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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

  • R.I.P., Christopher Lee, actor and heavy metal hero

    R.I.P., Christopher Lee, actor and heavy metal hero

    Any actor who played a definitive Dracula and Saruman in "Lord of the Rings" would surely be welcomed in the realm of heavy metal fans. But Sir Christopher Lee, the estimable British actor who died Monday, is a particular hero to fans of heavy rock.  Lee, a lifelong musician, had dabbled in vocal...

  • Record industry's global release date change to Fridays gets a start date

    Record industry's global release date change to Fridays gets a start date

    Those who once built their music-buying week around new albums coming out on Tuesdays will have to change their schedules. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry -- a trade group representing more than 1,300 international record labels -- has announced that beginning July 10,...

  • N.W.A's MC Ren hates the official trailer for 'Straight Outta Compton'

    N.W.A's MC Ren hates the official trailer for 'Straight Outta Compton'

    Just days after Ice Cube announced that an N.W.A reunion (well, most of a reunion) would land at the BET Experience festival, one member of the group is lambasting the major, soon-to-be-released biopic about the pioneering hip-hop act. MC Ren, a founding rapper and writer in the group, brought...

  • Don't expect Apple Music to rule streaming world overnight, execs caution

    Don't expect Apple Music to rule streaming world overnight, execs caution

    Apple announced its Apple Music service on Monday with the fanfare of a returning hero. The streaming and radio platform does indeed have the potential to transform and consolidate the market for subscription-based music.  But in a new interview, some of its marquee music executives already are...

  • Jamie xx previews new ballet 'Tree of Codes'

    Jamie xx previews new ballet 'Tree of Codes'

    Jonathan Safran Foer's novel "Tree of Codes" recasts sliced-up pieces of the Polish writer Bruno Schulz's book "Street of Crocodiles" into a whole new work of fiction. It's an act of creation made from re-assembled, half-remembered fragments and the ideal source material for a new project by electronic...

  • L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre changes name to Microsoft Theater

    L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre changes name to Microsoft Theater

    Say goodbye to an old titan of '90s electronics sponsoring a downtown L.A. music venue, and say hello to the new one. The Nokia Theatre, part of downtown's popular (if a bit Potemkin) L.A. Live complex, has been rechristened as the Microsoft Theater. Go ahead, make jokes about the upcoming AOL...

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