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

  • Bon Iver to debut new music at Wisconsin festival

    Bon Iver to debut new music at Wisconsin festival

    After a heart-rending week for surprise Friday album drops (why, why no Frank Ocean?), Bon Iver is out to make it right. The Grammy-winning singer born Justin Vernon has announced that he’ll perform a set of all new music at his own Eaux Claires festival in Wisconsin on Friday. There’s no word...

  • Watch a preview of Flying Lotus' directorial debut 'Royal'

    Watch a preview of Flying Lotus' directorial debut 'Royal'

    This weekend, the beat-music staple Flying Lotus will make his directorial debut at the Sundance Next Fest at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Lotus’ aesthetic has always been heavily cinematic. His many videos and live installations, particularly with director Kahlil Joseph, are some of...

  • DJ Khaled knocks Drake off the top of the charts with 'Major Key'

    DJ Khaled knocks Drake off the top of the charts with 'Major Key'

    Drake now has a new view: from the No. 2 slot on the albums chart. The MC had been on a hot streak atop the Billboard 200, staying perched at No. 1 for 12 nonconsecutive weeks with his LP “Views” (with a brief knockout from Blink-182). This is owed in large part to the massive streaming success...

  • The Smell's future looks a little brighter after artists, fans rally to save the all-ages club

    The Smell's future looks a little brighter after artists, fans rally to save the all-ages club

    Leroy Macqueen climbed off the makeshift stage, gingerly walking on an Ace-bandaged knee. His band the Gooch Palms, a bubble-gummy punk duo with just a guitar and half a drum set, had just played to a few hundred teens and punk-scene regulars at Saturday’s Save the Smell benefit concert in Lincoln...

  • Save the Smell benefit aims to give the downtown L.A. venue a new lease on life

    Save the Smell benefit aims to give the downtown L.A. venue a new lease on life

    For now, the Smell is safe. That doesn’t mean the local music institution won’t need saving later. The beloved all-ages, punk-focused venue had a recent scare when club owner Jim Smith received a demolition permit notice from his landlord. The Smell had moved before – it was originally in North...

  • Tragedy once again calls into question Hard Summer's future

    Tragedy once again calls into question Hard Summer's future

    It’s a tragedy that now seems to happen every summer — young fans dying at large electronic music festivals in and around Southern California. This year, three fans passed away at Hard Summer at its new location at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. While their exact causes of death are pending,...

  • Sunday night at KCON: BTS, TTS and Eric Nam show K-Pop's range

    Sunday night at KCON: BTS, TTS and Eric Nam show K-Pop's range

    One thing that gets lost in Americans’ conversation on K-Pop is the eclecticism of the music. Like EDM or R&B, K-Pop is an extremely loose genre term that does little but describe the country it comes from (and given the global reach of K-Pop, even less so today). On Sunday night, the finale of...

  • Hard Summer, at a turning point, is driven by political hip-hop

    Hard Summer, at a turning point, is driven by political hip-hop

    During his Saturday set at Hard Summer, Canadian Palestinian rapper Belly paused to talk about a gig he’d recently spiked. “Jimmy Kimmel asked me to perform on his show,” he said. “But then I found out this [jerk] was going to be on too. So obviously I canceled that.” Upon saying that, the back...

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