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

  • Watch: Adele returns with 'Hello' music video

    Watch: Adele returns with 'Hello' music video

    You couldn't have scripted a more Adele-appropriate comeback than her new video for "Hello." A windswept forest, a nostalgic sepia color palette and intimations of total loneliness only overcome by the resilience of her voice? Yep, that about covers the waterfront.  The video, directed by Xavier...

  • Meet booker Tom Windish -- a lifeline for bands who want make a living today

    Meet booker Tom Windish -- a lifeline for bands who want make a living today

    The concert-booking firm the Windish Agency has a new office, where Los Angeles State Historic Park gives way to the concrete-lined course of the L.A. River. At the moment, there's not much inside the gutted brick building on the fringes of Chinatown save for reams of scaffolding and dusty concrete...

  • Adele sets '25' release date

    Adele sets '25' release date

    This week, Adele announced that a new album was ready -- and that she was "sorry it took so long, but, you know, life happened.” Now the wait is nearly over. "25" has a final release date on XL/Columbia Records: Nov. 20. The singer made the announcement with an Instagram post featuring the above...

  • Live: Blur lovingly sends up L.A. in its long-awaited Hollywood Bowl show

    Live: Blur lovingly sends up L.A. in its long-awaited Hollywood Bowl show

    Blur’s “Parklife” is one of the most essentially English rock singles ever put to tape. But during Tuesday night’s show at the Hollywood Bowl, the band revisited the rambling 1994 tune with an appropriately L.A. twist. The band brought out comedian Fred Armisen to update the song — originally a...

  • Drake releases 'Hotline Bling' video, but it's stirring up rip-off accusations

    Drake releases 'Hotline Bling' video, but it's stirring up rip-off accusations

    It's a big day in Canada: a new (and rather photogenic) prime minister gets elected and a new Drake video drops all at once. While both stand to change the current mood of the country, only the latter is ginning up some charges that it got an uncredited push to the top.  The "Hotline Bling" video...

  • Kanye West posts two new songs on Soundcloud

    Kanye West posts two new songs on Soundcloud

    The two new tracks that Kanye West posted Monday heavily reference familiar tunes from his orbit. But they might also hint at where he's heading with his much-anticipated next LP, "SWISH."  The singles appear on West's newly active Soundcloud page, and bear the titles "When I See It" and "Say You...

  • Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and L.A. artist Alex Prager collaborate on new film

    Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and L.A. artist Alex Prager collaborate on new film

    Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood has earned plenty of acclaim for his recent film work, but now the band's producer, Nigel Godrich, has an immersive and unsettling new score for a film by one of L.A.'s finest rising photographers. Godrich has teamed up with Alex Prager, the renowned photographer and...

  • Live: Kygo takes the Greek Theatre to the tropics of EDM

    Live: Kygo takes the Greek Theatre to the tropics of EDM

    On the crowded walk up the paths to the Greek Theatre on Saturday night, two young women in clingy metallic dresses scrambled up the hill to see Norwegian dance music star Kygo. Their heels clacked on the rough sidewalk, and as they clambered a few feet at a time, they tripped, dropped their purses...

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