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

  • D'Angelo MIA from BET's Prince tributes

    D'Angelo MIA from BET's Prince tributes

    Tributes to Prince were a highlight of Sunday night’s BET Awards – with salutes by Maxwell, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monáe and longtime collaborator Sheila E. among the most riveting moments of the show. But one scheduled performer was nowhere to be seen: D’Angelo.  The “Black Messiah” singer would...

  • Come for the new 'Star Trek Beyond' trailer, stay for the new Rihanna song

    Come for the new 'Star Trek Beyond' trailer, stay for the new Rihanna song

    Rihanna and Sia previously penned a smash-hit tune about glittering objects floating in the infinity of space. So it’s a natural fit that they’d return to collaborating for the new “Star Trek Beyond” film. Rihanna has released a new single, “Sledgehammer,” from the sci-fi epic’s soundtrack. The...

  • Jesse Williams talks racism, equality and why black lives matter in powerful BET Awards speech

    Jesse Williams talks racism, equality and why black lives matter in powerful BET Awards speech

    Jesse Williams made explicit what so much of this year’s BET Awards has been trying to imply: Things are different now, and so much of black America is fed up. The “Grey’s Anatomy” actor, teacher and producer/star of BET’s “Stay Woke” documentary delivered arguably one of the most searing speeches...

  • Prince given a worthy tribute by the BET Awards

    Prince given a worthy tribute by the BET Awards

    Prince hated tributes. He yanked covers of his music off YouTube, and generally loathed it when people played his songs. How could he not? Excepting Sinead O’Connor, were they ever remotely up to par with the original?  But it’s hard to imagine that he wouldn’t have been pleased on some cosmic...

  • Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar open the BET Awards with a rebellious performance

    Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar open the BET Awards with a rebellious performance

    If Beyoncé’s “Formation” video was all about the proverbial water rising, then she turned the faucets on again for her introduction to the BET Awards on Sunday. In a powerful, politically and aesthetically charged opening number at the awards, Beyoncé joined Kendrick Lamar for a performance of...

  • A formidable Lil Wayne leads a celebratory hip-hop showcase at the BET Experience

    A formidable Lil Wayne leads a celebratory hip-hop showcase at the BET Experience

    When Lil Wayne finally came onstage to close the BET Experience’s Saturday night showcase at Staples Center, he wore a bright pink sweatshirt and shorts emblazoned with a simple message: “Know Yourself.” That was apt advice for a rapper who many fans briefly feared was on death’s door just a few...

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