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

  • Paul McCartney announces massive new compilation

    Paul McCartney announces massive new compilation

    Paul McCartney fans have a new authoritative compilation. McCartney announced the upcoming release of a new 67-track compendium, "Pure McCartney" that covers the entirety of his post-Beatles output. That spans a wide-ranging career including tracks from "McCartney," his underrated 1970 solo debut,...

  • Kanye West's 'The Life of Pablo' gets wide release

    Kanye West's 'The Life of Pablo' gets wide release

    Kanye West's "The Life of Pablo" is an album unbound by conventions regarding stable tracklists, mixes or even when it's truly finished. Now it's been freed from its Tidal-only release. The album -- again updated, remixed and remastered, naturally -- is available for streaming at all major services....

  • Rising soul singer Andra Day makes flaws seem beautiful at the El Rey

    Rising soul singer Andra Day makes flaws seem beautiful at the El Rey

    Andra Day took out a handkerchief from her pocket and began wiping off her makeup. A normal thing to do after a show, for sure. But the young neo-soul singer wasn’t winding down backstage, sweaty from her sold-out show at the El Rey on Wednesday. She did it midway through her set, in front of everyone...

  • Puff Daddy reunites Bad Boy Records roster for Notorious B.I.G.'s birthday

    Puff Daddy reunites Bad Boy Records roster for Notorious B.I.G.'s birthday

    When Puff Daddy says "Bad Boy For Life," he means it — even 20 years after Notorious B.I.G.'s death. The producer/mogul has announced that he'll be reassembling much of the Bad Boy Records roster for a reunion show at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on May 20, tied to Biggie's 44th birthday.  Acts slated...

  • The Roots back out of David Bowie tribute over equipment dispute

    The Roots back out of David Bowie tribute over equipment dispute

    It's just been a day since Michael Stipe's lovely rendition of "The Man Who Sold the World" suggested that the upcoming David Bowie tribute shows would be truly special occasions. But trouble is now stirring behind the scenes at the same shows. The Roots, the hip-hop mainstays and Jimmy Fallon's...

  • Death of an Echo Park record store: What happens when vinyl goes mainstream

    Death of an Echo Park record store: What happens when vinyl goes mainstream

    The black-and-white paper-crane-shaped sign has come down for good at Origami Vinyl. The Echo Park record store abruptly closed this month after seven years of pushing against the streaming revolution by selling vinyl LPs, hosting live bands in its loft and serving as a focal point for the neighborhood's...

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