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August Brown

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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

  • A weird, lovely night at David Lynch's Festival of Disruption

    A weird, lovely night at David Lynch's Festival of Disruption

    “Disruption” is just about the hoariest cliche in contemporary culture, but few artists can better claim the term than David Lynch. The director, musician, meditation activist and onetime local weatherman has upset the dreams of more filmgoers than almost any living director, with a career spanning...

  • 'Old-chella'? Whatever. The all-star lineup at Desert Trip proves you can still rock over 70

    'Old-chella'? Whatever. The all-star lineup at Desert Trip proves you can still rock over 70

    Every spring, the entire Coachella Valley turns into one big after-party. The popularity of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (and its country cousin Stagecoach) had a transformative effect on the region’s nightlife and hospitality industry, jolting a scene best known for LGBT theme...

  • The Chainsmokers are getting comfortable with being the biggest pop stars in America

    The Chainsmokers are getting comfortable with being the biggest pop stars in America

    For the last six weeks, the Chainsmokers have had the No. 1 song in America. “Closer” is an unusual tune to have such a run. It’s an old-fashioned duet between the alt-pop singer Halsey and the duo’s own Andrew Taggart. It’s a mid-tempo, wistful production from a band that rose in popularity on...

  • Josh Fischel, founder of Music Tastes Good, dies at 47

    Josh Fischel, founder of Music Tastes Good, dies at 47

    Josh Fischel, the founder of last weekend’s inaugural Music Tastes Good Festival in Long Beach, died Thursday afternoon of liver disease, according to festival organizers. He was 47. The news came as a shock to the Long Beach and Southern California music communities, who just days ago saw Fischel...

  • At Symbiosis Gathering, Burning Man loopiness meets cutting-edge dance music

    At Symbiosis Gathering, Burning Man loopiness meets cutting-edge dance music

    The admissions officer at the so-called Symbiosis University had an elective quiz for new students. Sitting behind her desk in a pink wig, a low-cut unitard and a maybe-fake German accent, the woman grilled applicants on their intentions. What was their planned course of study here, at this loopy...

  • Music Tastes Good aims to put Long Beach on the festival map

    Music Tastes Good aims to put Long Beach on the festival map

    Festivals come and go, but Jon Halperin and Josh Fischel will have permanent reminders of their first Music Tastes Good event. “It was in the contract that Josh and I had to get Specials tattoos,” said Halperin, the festival’s talent buyer. “I literally cried when they were confirmed.” That ink...

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