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

  • Coming to Stagecoach 2017: Shania Twain, Kenny Chesney and ... Kiefer Sutherland?

    Coming to Stagecoach 2017: Shania Twain, Kenny Chesney and ... Kiefer Sutherland?

    Shania Twain, Dierks Bentley and Kenny Chesney will top the bill at next year’s Stagecoach country music festival, joining a diverse lineup that will likely attract broader crowds. The bill pairs two pop-friendly male acts with a relative rarity at Stagecoach: a ’90s-veteran female artist at the...

  • At Camp Flog Gnaw, fans share their rage and depression over the election

    At Camp Flog Gnaw, fans share their rage and depression over the election

    Cassidy Hill waited in line Saturday for the Camp Flog Gnaw music festival in Exposition Park when she said a twentysomething man knocked into her as he rushed by the gates.  Hill, 33, had come from Texas on a road trip to see the festival, which featured headliners like Lil Wayne, Chance the Rapper...

  • For Mija, club-music success came quickly. Now she's trying to subvert it

    For Mija, club-music success came quickly. Now she's trying to subvert it

    Compared with her current career as one of L.A.’s fastest-rising club music DJs, Amber Giles’ first consistent music gig wasn’t quite so glamorous.  After a teenagedom spent promoting raves around her hometown of Phoenix, Giles finally landed a regular slot at a professional venue. The club, however,...

  • So long, Leonard Cohen. We need you now more than ever

    So long, Leonard Cohen. We need you now more than ever

    Today in Entertainment: Kanye West out of the hospital, Netflix offers some downloads Dec. 1, 2016, 9:27 a.m. Here's what's new and interesting in the world of entertainment and the arts today: What sent Kanye West to the hospital?Netflix offers downloads of some shows, moviesWill Scorsese's 'Silence'...

  • So long, Leonard Cohen. We need you now more than ever

    So long, Leonard Cohen. We need you now more than ever

    Of all days, of all years. What a time for one of music’s greatest, wisest and kindest points of light to go dark. At 82, Leonard Cohen became the second epochal songwriter to foresee his own death on an album released this year.  “You Want It Darker,” like David Bowie’s “Blackstar,” tried to find...

  • L.A. hard-core band Dangers forces you to pay attention

    L.A. hard-core band Dangers forces you to pay attention

    Inside a windowless warehouse in industrial Vernon, Alfred Brown IV got repeatedly punched in the face. Spittle dripped from his mouth, and his jaw crunched under the hail of fists. Someone in Doc Martens boots kicked his head to the ground and stepped on his skull, grinding Brown’s face into the...

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