Los Angeles Times

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

  • Hard Summer founder Gary Richards aims to rebound after a tough year

    Hard Summer founder Gary Richards aims to rebound after a tough year

    After one of Hard Summer’s toughest years, the festival is returning bigger than ever this weekend. In 2015, the electronic and hip-hop event (now produced by Live Nation) hung on by a wire after two fans died of suspected drug ovedoses at Pomona Fairplex. Following government scrutiny, Hard scaled...

  • The Strokes turn darkness into light at an L.A. benefit concert

    The Strokes turn darkness into light at an L.A. benefit concert

    For their whole life as a band, the members of the Strokes have evoked images of a seedy Lower East Side New York full of beautiful rocker kids indulging vices and balming melancholy in dark bars. On Monday night, however, the band played its only local date of 2016 to push for a safer, more compassionate...

  • Skrillex and Rick Ross deliver an IMAX-sized rap cut for the 'Suicide Squad' soundtrack

    Skrillex and Rick Ross deliver an IMAX-sized rap cut for the 'Suicide Squad' soundtrack

    Rick Ross has the largest single-family home in Georgia, and now he’s got a new single with Skrillex that’s big enough to fill every last room of it. The two collaborated on the new single “Purple Lamborghini,” a centerpiece of the upcoming “Suicide Squad” soundtrack released today via Zane Lowe’s...

  • Suicide's Alan Vega was one of rock's greatest antagonists

    Suicide's Alan Vega was one of rock's greatest antagonists

    Suicide was supposed to headline the upcoming Desert Daze festival in Joshua Tree. The fest was going to be the NYC duo’s first L.A.-area show in 16 years. The billing almost didn’t seem real, in part because Suicide had long become one of those bands, like the Velvet Underground, whose influence...

  • 'Ghostbusters' scares up a win at Friday's box office, but 'Pets' likely to top the weekend

    'Ghostbusters' scares up a win at Friday's box office, but 'Pets' likely to top the weekend

    For movie fans in search of a new action comedy on Friday, who did they call? “Ghostbusters.” The Paul Feig-directed Sony/Columbia comedy reboot starring Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy scared up $17.2 million on Friday, on its way to an estimated $46.5 million U.S....

  • N.A.A.F.I shows the connections between L.A. and Mexico City nightlife

    N.A.A.F.I shows the connections between L.A. and Mexico City nightlife

    This Saturday, the Mexican club-music crew N.A.A.F.I will make its L.A. headline debut at Red Bull Music Academy Radio’s La Transicion event at Pollution Studios. The group has strong opinions about the future of Mexico City nightlife and how the country’s scene is represented abroad: read them...

  • Mexico's N.A.A.F.I record label is changing club culture around the globe

    Mexico's N.A.A.F.I record label is changing club culture around the globe

    Museo Jumex, the new spiky-roofed contemporary art museum in Mexico City, is a beacon for a global cultural capital. Nestled between billionaire Carlos Slim’s own glittery private-collection monument Museo Soumaya and rows of gleaming new condo towers, the space is analogous to L.A.’s Broad Museum....

  • Bon Iver, Justice headline O.C.'s Beach Goth festival

    Bon Iver, Justice headline O.C.'s Beach Goth festival

    A tender-voiced singer-songwriter and a brutal arena-techno duo will headline the fifth Beach Goth festival in October.  Bon Iver and Justice are the two top acts at Beach Goth, a once-modest punk and garage rock festival (founded by local rockers the Growlers) that’s now catching up to FYF Fest’s size...

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