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

  • David Bowie and Berlin: A decadent desolation that still resonates in nightlife

    David Bowie and Berlin: A decadent desolation that still resonates in nightlife

    The last time I went to Berlin, I got on a wrong train at the Schonefeld Airport, and ended up alone in the distant suburbs. It was almost midnight and close to freezing, and I’d terribly underpacked for the weather. I’d gone to see a friend who moved there to make anarchic noise-folk and tour...

  • David Bowie: An unlikely hip-hop icon

    David Bowie: An unlikely hip-hop icon

    David Bowie was an unapologetic, ferociously independent artist who inspired outsiders everywhere. So perhaps it's not surprising that amid all his incalculable influences on music, he's also something of an icon in hip-hop.  On Monday, the day after he died of cancer at age 69, many of today's...

  • Kendrick Lamar debuts new song 'Untitled 2' on 'Tonight Show'

    Kendrick Lamar debuts new song 'Untitled 2' on 'Tonight Show'

    Kendrick Lamar's album "To Pimp a Butterfly" is looking like the consensus pick for the best and most important album of 2015, a standing that's perhaps a preview of potential Grammy success. But that doesn't mean that he's taking a break from new music. On Thursday night's "Tonight Show Starring...

  • Coachella 2016: LCD Soundsystem returns to find its formula everywhere

    Coachella 2016: LCD Soundsystem returns to find its formula everywhere

    Five years are just a finger-snap for bands between headlining festival gigs. But it’s an eternity in electronic dance music. That's why the return of LCD Soundsystem to the Coachella main stage for the first time since 2010 (and its first show since a Madison Square Garden sendoff in 2011) feels...

  • Lemmy Kilmister dies at 70; Motörhead singer helped pioneer hard rock

    Lemmy Kilmister dies at 70; Motörhead singer helped pioneer hard rock

    Ian Fraser Kilmister, the raucous singer and bassist known as Lemmy who helped pioneer hard rock and heavy metal with his band Motörhead, has died. He was 70. Representatives for the band confirmed Kilmister's death, from what they described as "a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer,"...

  • Video: Deep in the wilds of the Desert Hearts festival

    Video: Deep in the wilds of the Desert Hearts festival

    In November, The Times took a long (and extremely cold) expedition into the wilds of Desert Hearts' three-year anniversary festival. Three thousand club music fans gathered in the woods an hour outside of San Diego for 100 nonstop hours of house and techno music, with all the weird and beguiling...

  • DTLA nightlife moves forward with the 25-year-old promoters behind Fine Time

    DTLA nightlife moves forward with the 25-year-old promoters behind Fine Time

    Around 2 a.m. in a sweatbox of a downtown L.A. attic loft recently, Tahl Klainman and Kate Stimac were soaking wet and exhausted. The two 25-year-old club promoters behind Fine Time, a year-old series of roving electronic music events and concerts, had thought that a September show was locked in...

  • Woman missing after jumping overboard on Mad Decent cruise

    Woman missing after jumping overboard on Mad Decent cruise

    A woman is missing after she jumped overboard during a Mad Decent concert cruise off the coast of Mexico. The woman, who has not been identified, went missing Thursday after fans and security saw her climbing over the side of the ship and into the water of the Yucatan Channel. The ship, the Norwegian...

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