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

  • The logistical and cultural challenges of creating the Manana Cuba festival

    The logistical and cultural challenges of creating the Manana Cuba festival

    It’s hard to overstate the amount of work and ingenuity that went into producing Manana Cuba, the country’s first international electronic music festival. The Times’ Sunday Calendar piece on the event mainly focused on the cultural significance of the festival and the experience of being in Santiago...

  • Justin Bieber and Skrillex sued over 'Sorry' song

    Justin Bieber and Skrillex sued over 'Sorry' song

    Justin Bieber and his producer Skrillex have been sued over the prominent vocal hook that opens his smash hit "Sorry." Casey Dienel, a singer/producer who records as White Hinterland, has filed suit against Bieber and Skrillex claiming that the duo used a prominent element of her single "Ring the...

  • The Strokes announce first new record in three years

    The Strokes announce first new record in three years

    After a run of successful festival appearances, the Strokes have announced their first new record since 2013's "Comedown Machine." "Future Present Past" is a four-track EP with three new songs -- "Drag Queen," "OBLIVIUS" and "Threat of Joy" -- and the second track sporting a remix by the band's...

  • Former Dum Dum Girl Kristin Welchez embraces pop as Kristin Kontrol

    Former Dum Dum Girl Kristin Welchez embraces pop as Kristin Kontrol

    The second song on Kristin Welchez’s debut album as Kristin Kontrol is a matter-of-fact tale recounting a party she DJed at a hotel in New York City. At first, “White Street” sounds like a pretty humdrum night out, especially for a musician who for years fronted the venomous noise-pop group Dum...

  • SHINee to headline KCON in L.A.

    SHINee to headline KCON in L.A.

    The Los Angeles installment of the 2016 KCON festival will feature some familiar faces, new guises for established acts, and a whole lot of rising stars.  The boy-band quintet SHINee is scheduled to headline the annual convention for South Korean pop culture July 29-31. The group joins previously...

  • Dance music festival Manana comes to Cuba and magic ensues: 'Cubans have a right to demand concerts like this'

    Dance music festival Manana comes to Cuba and magic ensues: 'Cubans have a right to demand concerts like this'

    “Solo quiero conectarme la Wi-Fi.” That's the hook from a new song by the Barcelona-based, Afro-Cuban singer and producer Kumar Sublevao-Beat. And throughout the hot, smoggy weekend of Manana Cuba, the country's first international electronic music festival, it was everywhere. The tune thumped...

  • Paul McCartney backs Kanye West's N-word use

    Paul McCartney backs Kanye West's N-word use

    In a new interview for the BBC Mastertapes series, Paul McCartney defended Kanye West's use of racially volatile language in his single "All Day." McCartney recalled collaborating with West on the single, which featured a McCartney melody radically revised by West into a hard-hitting single that...

  • Tragically Hip's Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer

    Tragically Hip's Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer

    Gord Downie of the Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The band announced the news in a Facebook post on Tuesday. “[H]e’s endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard. In privacy along with his family, and through all of this,...

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