Author: Randall Roberts

Coachella by the hour: Weekend highlights from Vince Staples, Kali Uchis, Moodymann, Oh Sees and, oh yeah, Beyoncé

6:22 p.m. On the Mojave stage, the rap collective Brockhampton, formed online, leap into reality. The dozen-odd members bounced to their beats — while wearing personalized flak jackets. After shouting out Prince and M.I.A., they moved into “Gold” and the crowded tent rapped along. “Rock the boat like a one-eyed Read More

California Sounds 1968: 10 essential Los Angeles-infused records from a kaleidoscopic era

For many Los Angeles pop and rock acts paying dues in the mid-1960s music scene, 1968 marked an end. Worldwide standard bearers the Beatles had concluded 1967 with “Magical Mystery Tour,” a stylistic Pandora’s box of sounds that typified the experimentation of the time (and featured George Harrison’s hat-tip to Read More

Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer Prize sparks lively — and at times snobby — conversations on the aesthetics of music

A rapper — a rapper! — named Kendrick Lamar was placed on a pedestal as the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in music, joining geniuses of American composition including Aaron Copland, George Crumb, Elliott Carter and dozens of other classically trained artists. Lamar, 30, did so without studying in a Read More