August Brown

Writer

August Brown has covered pop music and nightlife at the Los Angeles Times since 2005. He has written extensively on electronic dance music, hip-hop, K-Pop, noise music and many other genres, and can reliably locate the best dive bar within a one-mile radius of any point in L.A. County. Once, as a wiseacre adolescent, he was almost cast opposite Burt Reynolds in an early '90s buddy-cop comedy, and really wishes that had panned out. 

Recent Articles

  • In strange times for Internet satire, the Hard Times grows beyond its punk niche

    In strange times for Internet satire, the Hard Times grows beyond its punk niche

    When Matt Saincome was an adolescent punk rocker, he sculpted his hair into a foot-tall red mohawk. He was proud of his spiky gesture of defiance, but he quickly had to find a sense of humor about it when he needed transportation. “I’d have to tilt my head so it wouldn’t hit the roof of my parents’...

  • New anti-Trump compilation enlists indie-rock luminaries

    New anti-Trump compilation enlists indie-rock luminaries

    Many music fans will be craving some sort of comfort — or inspiration for protest — during the first days of the Trump administration. A new subscription music service hopes to offer one, by way of 100 new songs from popular indie artists. Our First 100 Days has corralled new tracks from Mitski,...

  • Forget the E Street: The B Street Band will play Springsteen tunes at Trump celebration

    Forget the E Street: The B Street Band will play Springsteen tunes at Trump celebration

    Bruce Springsteen made it clear that he wanted nothing to do with Donald Trump during the 2016 election. But a band playing the Boss’ songs will be headed to the president-elect’s inauguration. Some music fans have chuckled at the lack of A-list talent performing at Trump’s upcoming celebrations. Then...

  • After a hiatus, Ed Sheeran reveals release date for new album

    After a hiatus, Ed Sheeran reveals release date for new album

    Ed Sheeran spent most of 2016 working behind the scenes, co-writing pop hits for Justin Bieber (“Love Yourself”) and Major Lazer (“Cold Water”). Now the British singer-songwriter is back out front with a new album.  The LP, called “÷” (pronounced “Divide,” in the style of his last album, “Multiply”),...

  • Musicians rally to defend the Affordable Care Act

    Musicians rally to defend the Affordable Care Act

    The life of a musician can be economically precarious, and the club-gig circuit rarely comes with health insurance. Under the Affordable Care Act, many artists have been able to find and afford coverage for the first time. Now that the law is threatened by the incoming Trump administration, some musicians...

  • Common and the National to play inauguration-week benefit for Planned Parenthood

    Common and the National to play inauguration-week benefit for Planned Parenthood

    While the music lineup at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration looks pretty thin, a whole festival’s worth of counterprogramming will happen across America and outside the National Mall. The latest edition to the protest roster? Common and the National, who will headline a benefit and awareness...

  • U2 will bring 'Joshua Tree' to the Rose Bowl in May

    U2 will bring 'Joshua Tree' to the Rose Bowl in May

    Fans may not appreciate U2 sneaking onto their phones, but they adore the Irish rockers when they come to town on stadium tours. And the band’s new one should have plenty to say about American life at the moment. The group has announced a full tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of “The Joshua...

  • A decade after protesting Bush's election, Conor Oberst wonders what Trump means for art

    A decade after protesting Bush's election, Conor Oberst wonders what Trump means for art

    Has Hollywood lost touch with American values? Jan. 7, 2017, 12:30 p.m. The contentious presidential campaign was filled with accusations of elitism and bias by the media -- from the news to entertainment. Many supporters of Donald J. Trump saw his victory as a repudiation of the so-called liberal...

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