Randall Roberts Staff Writer
  • Los Angeles
  • LA Times

Randall Roberts is a staff writer covering music and pens the weekly California Sounds column for the Los Angeles Times.

39 Articles
9 months ago
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After 40 years, Prince Estate claims band name 'Morris Day and the Time' belongs to it

’80s R&B star Morris Day said that 'the people who control [Prince's] multimillion-dollar estate want to rewrite hist...

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9 months ago
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What does Bandcamp's sale to Epic Games mean for independent music?

Bandcamp is beloved by indie musicians and fans, hailed as an artist-first company. Its sale to giant Epic Games worr...

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10 months ago
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Betty Davis, funk pioneer and former wife of Miles Davis, dies at 77

Betty Davis, who released three classic funk albums in the '70s then left music behind, dies at 77.

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10 months ago
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Björk's response to the pandemic? 'Dance like a crazy person'

The Icelandic artist on re-launching her Cornucopia tour in the middle of the Omicron surge, and the joys of jumping ...

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12 months ago
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Security shortcomings under scrutiny in Drakeo the Ruler killing

Eyewitnesses contend that security was lacking at the Once Upon a Time in LA festival, at which rapper Drakeo the Rul...

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12 months ago
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From Britney to the Beatles, it was a watershed year for music documentaries

Thanks to deep-pocketed streamers with an insatiable need for content and subscribers, music fans enjoyed an unparall...

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12 months ago
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How Jim Morrison's final sessions with the Doors produced an L.A. classic out of chaos

A reissue of the Doors' "L.A. Woman," and a memoir from guitarist Robby Krieger, find the band navigating Jim Morriso...

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12 months ago
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'I don’t deserve to be other-ized anymore': Arooj Aftab on becoming a surprise Grammy nominee

The Pakistan-raised, Brooklyn-based artist, who sings mostly in Urdu, received two Grammys nominations, including bes...

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about 1 year ago
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Sorry, Swifties: The 2022 Grammy nominations are filled with snubs, surprises

Taylor Swift and BTS each received just one Grammy nomination this year, while little-known Pakistani singer Arooj Af...

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about 1 year ago
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David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Queen: Photographer Mick Rock captured stars of glam rock and beyond

Though he made his shooting on the '70s London glam music scene, Mick Rock quickly became, and remained, the ultimate...

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about 1 year ago
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Taylor Swift impersonator on the star's 'SNL' performance: 'I was sobbing and I know I wasn’t alone'

Everybody knows the words to Taylor Swift songs "like Bible verses," says Swift impersonator Lauren Corzine, who asse...

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about 1 year ago
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Concert safety expert: Deaths at Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival were 'preventable'

The on-site investigator at the deadly 1979 Who concert said that festival seating and crowd density may have contrib...

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