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

  • Chicago's 4th of July weekend shows at the Hollywood Bowl will be a celebration of the band's legacy

    Chicago's 4th of July weekend shows at the Hollywood Bowl will be a celebration of the band's legacy

    Chicago’s Robert Lamm is best known for his dozens of smooth, brass-infused rock hits in the 1970s and ‘80s (“Saturday in the Park,” “25 or 6 to 4” — you know them well). But after nearly 50 years of touring, he also appreciates the virtues of a sweaty rave. “Whenever I’m in an art museum, they’re...

  • Television and Primus added to lineup for Desert Daze fest

    Television and Primus added to lineup for Desert Daze fest

    October’s Desert Daze festival already had an exceptionally strong lineup for 1970s experimental punk and outsider rock music – Suicide, the Sonics and the Black Angels among them. A second wave of lineup additions just made it even better. The pioneering New York City rock act Television, freaky...

  • D'Angelo MIA from BET's Prince tributes

    D'Angelo MIA from BET's Prince tributes

    Tributes to Prince were a highlight of Sunday night’s BET Awards – with salutes by Maxwell, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monáe and longtime collaborator Sheila E. among the most riveting moments of the show. But one scheduled performer was nowhere to be seen: D’Angelo.  The “Black Messiah” singer would...

  • Come for the new 'Star Trek Beyond' trailer, stay for the new Rihanna song

    Come for the new 'Star Trek Beyond' trailer, stay for the new Rihanna song

    Rihanna and Sia previously penned a smash-hit tune about glittering objects floating in the infinity of space. So it’s a natural fit that they’d return to collaborating for the new “Star Trek Beyond” film. Rihanna has released a new single, “Sledgehammer,” from the sci-fi epic’s soundtrack. The...

  • Jesse Williams talks racism, equality and why black lives matter in powerful BET Awards speech

    Jesse Williams talks racism, equality and why black lives matter in powerful BET Awards speech

    Jesse Williams made explicit what so much of this year’s BET Awards has been trying to imply: Things are different now, and so much of black America is fed up. The “Grey’s Anatomy” actor, teacher and producer/star of BET’s “Stay Woke” documentary delivered arguably one of the most searing speeches...

  • Prince given a worthy tribute by the BET Awards

    Prince given a worthy tribute by the BET Awards

    Prince hated tributes. He yanked covers of his music off YouTube, and generally loathed it when people played his songs. How could he not? Excepting Sinead O’Connor, were they ever remotely up to par with the original?  But it’s hard to imagine that he wouldn’t have been pleased on some cosmic...

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