August Brown

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.
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A farewell concert for 03 Greedo? While the courts decide, fans turn out for a big night of L.A. rap

L.A. hip-hop hero 03 Greedo faces a potential 20-year prison term, so this showcase for producer Ron-Ron served as a way to keep fans' spirits up, with a bill that included Greedo and Shoreline Mafia.

End of the Warped Tour: What the loss of rock's 'cheap, scruffy' roadshow means for the concert biz

Vans Warped Tour, the summertime punk rock staple transformed the U.S. concert industry for almost 25 years. It offered cheap tickets, scruffy amenities and was among the first festivals to mix hard rock and hip-hop. But as it winds down its last roadshow, it's clear the music business has changed.