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

  • Green Day gets political at the AMAs: 'No Trump, no KKK, no fascist U.S.A.'

    Green Day gets political at the AMAs: 'No Trump, no KKK, no fascist U.S.A.'

    Green Day is at its best when a widely divisive president ascends to power. That was true in 2004 for “American Idiot,” and it’s maybe even more true in 2016 for “Revolution Radio.” At Sunday’s American Music Awards, where Green Day played the double-time barnstormer “Bang Bang,” the band had the...

  • American Music Awards try to bring pop levity in a stressful time

    American Music Awards try to bring pop levity in a stressful time

    In 2016, even a group as resolutely upbeat as Fifth Harmony felt a need to perform atop a flaming pile of apocalyptic wreckage at the American Music Awards on Sunday. The group’s members trampled over a rubble-strewn, fire-spitting stage as they performed “That’s My Girl” — an apropos setup for...

  • Kanye West, a Trump supporter? As always, it's complicated

    Kanye West, a Trump supporter? As always, it's complicated

    Kanye West has always had a testy relationship with politics and politeness. But after his widely panned onstage monologue Thursday night at his show in San Jose, where he confirmed rumors that he supported Donald Trump, he may have finally alienated his fan base. West’s first, famous foray into...

  • Around the Clubs: Daniel Avery, Lobster Theremin, the Black Madonna and more

    Around the Clubs: Daniel Avery, Lobster Theremin, the Black Madonna and more

    If there’s anything the late David Mancuso would have wanted you to do on a weekend like this, it would be to go dancing. For some, it may be hard to muster anything like enthusiasm for going out right now, but that’s how darkness wins. Here are some of the best club nights this weekend to try...

  • 'I feel good for speaking up': YG on his 2016 protest anthem that goes after Donald Trump

    'I feel good for speaking up': YG on his 2016 protest anthem that goes after Donald Trump

    On the Wednesday evening after the election, the streets of downtown L.A. shook with anger. Thousands of young protesters took to the Historic Core to show their opposition to a Donald Trump presidency. And on nearly every corner, one song set the tone. For weeks leading up to the Nov. 8 election,...

  • Prince's estate sues Tidal over the streaming rights to his music

    Prince's estate sues Tidal over the streaming rights to his music

    When Tidal landed exclusive streaming rights to Prince’s music in 2015, it was seen as a coup for the fledgling service. Prince, a notorious music business skeptic, seemed to believe in Tidal’s artist-centric mission and streamed his Baltimore “Rally 4 Peace” on the platform. But now Prince’s catalog might...

  • BET sends Obama off in style with star-studded concert

    BET sends Obama off in style with star-studded concert

    With President Obama’s admirers now looking on his departure with an extra jolt of nostalgia, BET did its best to send him off in style. On Tuesday night, the network aired a tribute concert from the White House lawn. “BET Presents: Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration” honored the nation’s first...

  • David Mancuso's Loft was a dance music utopia. We should all learn from it now

    David Mancuso's Loft was a dance music utopia. We should all learn from it now

    If you’ve gone clubbing to escape the pain and anxiety of this week, you have David Mancuso to thank for your moments of camaraderie and relief. Mancuso’s death at 72, first announced Monday by Kid Recordings, adds to the tally of musical visionaries we’ve lost in 2016. The cause of death has not...

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