Randall Roberts covers Los Angeles music culture. He has served various roles since arriving at The Times in 2010, including music editor and pop music critic. Currently a staff writer, he has explored the layered history of L.A. music, from Rosecrans and Sunset to Ventura Boulevard and beyond. His 2020 project on the early Southern California phonograph industry helped identify the first-ever commercial recording made in Los Angeles.
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The Times’ Randall Roberts, Suzy Exposito and Nate Jackson braved the heat in Pasadena for blasts from the new wave and goth-rock past.
The two-day festival, at Brookside at the Rose Bowl, features ‘80s alternative stars Morrissey, Bauhaus, Blondie, Devo and more.
As one of the so-called groupies integral to the ‘60s and ‘70s rock scene, Cynthia Albritton gained fame by casting phalluses of her musical heroes.
A new Showtime documentary, “Cypress Hill: Insane in the Brain,” traces the musical and extra-musical legacy of the hip-hop greats.
Rupe founded Specialty Records, which helped establish the L.A. music industry and jump-started careers of Little Richard and a gospel-era Sam Cooke.
An 11-year-old Prince turns up in newly discovered archival news footage.
The ‘Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ bandleader took home the last award of the night for ‘We Are.’ He won five Grammy Awards on Sunday.
‘Leave the Door Open’ won both song and record of the year. ‘A clean sweep,’ said Anderson .Paak.
Tribute was paid to Hawkins, Sondheim and other musicians and music industry figures who died in the past year.
Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, known together as Silk Sonic, took home the prize for songwriting over Olivia Rodrigo and Billie Eilish, among others.