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

  • Your guide to Halloween weekend at L.A. clubs

    Your guide to Halloween weekend at L.A. clubs

    Hard Day of the Dead used to be the high-water mark for fall raves in L.A. But now that Hard has shuttered that event (for now) following fan deaths in years past, there’s room for other dance music promoters to try new ideas.  And have they ever. This weekend is one of the year’s best and busiest...

  • Dead or Alive singer Pete Burns dies at 57

    Dead or Alive singer Pete Burns dies at 57

    Pete Burns, the singer behind the dark new wave band Dead or Alive, has died of cardiac arrest, according to a statement released by his family and management. He was 57. Burns rose to prominence with the 1980s pop hit "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” and became a staple of '80s pop fashion....

  • Beach Goth's lineup had the goods, but fest may not be ready for its close-up

    Beach Goth's lineup had the goods, but fest may not be ready for its close-up

    This is a golden era for the kind of festival that Beach Goth set out to be. A growing crop of events — Desert Daze, Burgerama, Diversion and Further Future among them — are going intimate, with capacity for just a few thousand fans in off-the-grid locations. The acts are packaged in imaginative...

  • New Prince tracks to be released, along with 'Purple Rain' remaster

    New Prince tracks to be released, along with 'Purple Rain' remaster

    After Prince’s death, the memorializing of the artist is now turning to reissuing and repackaging his trove of classic and unreleased material.  Coming up: “Purple Rain.” Warner Bros./NPG announced a 2017 release for a remastered, repackaged edition of “Purple Rain,” perhaps Prince’s most beloved...

  • Trump's 'nasty' comment turns Janet Jackson's hit into a political anthem

    Trump's 'nasty' comment turns Janet Jackson's hit into a political anthem

    When R&B fans heard Donald Trump’s remark about Hillary Clinton being “such a nasty woman,” they immediately knew where to turn. That is, of course, to Janet Jackson’s 1986 hit “Nasty,” which quickly emerged as the meme du jour of Wednesday’s presidential debate. The song, which spiked 250% on...

  • Eminem releases anti-Trump single 'Campaign Speech'

    Eminem releases anti-Trump single 'Campaign Speech'

    Eminem is possibly the only person more adept with free-associative, syntactically imaginative insults than Donald Trump. So it makes a certain sense that Trump would bear Em’s ire on a new single, “Campaign Speech.” The eight-minute track was released Wednesday to tide fans over as they await...

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