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

  • Desert Trip: A harvest moon descends over Neil Young

    Desert Trip: A harvest moon descends over Neil Young

    It’s hard to imagine a more poetic way to ring in Neil Young’s Saturday Desert Trip set than a cream-colored harvest moon settling in over the Empire Polo Club in the desert city of Indio. Young, the most electric, powerful performer so far at this second weekend of Desert Trip, the mega-festival...

  • Desert Trip: The music's great, but slow down, Dad

    Desert Trip: The music's great, but slow down, Dad

    Of all the things Desert Trip has to teach the kids — the wisdom of the deep Dylan catalog, the joy of Mick Jagger's catwalk, the pleasures of rolling out a blanket on a windless night of the Polo Grounds and hearing the best music from rock's best era — there's one thing the EDM kids in the Sahara...

  • 'This can't be real': Fans shed tears to see Paul McCartney at the tiny Pappy and Harriet's

    'This can't be real': Fans shed tears to see Paul McCartney at the tiny Pappy and Harriet's

    “This is the biggest gig we’ve ever played," said Paul McCartney, right as he took the stage at the intimate Pappy & Harriet's in Pioneertown, Calif.,  on Thursday night. On the contrary, it had to be one of the smallest gigs he’d played since the Beatles were a knock-around bar band in Hamburg,...

  • In Bob Dylan, Desert Trip now has a Nobel laureate on its bill

    In Bob Dylan, Desert Trip now has a Nobel laureate on its bill

    Among all the other groundbreaking aspects of this week’s Desert Trip festival, the concert can now add a Nobel Prize-winning headliner to its pedigree. The news of Dylan earning literature’s highest honor came as a surprise to many.  “We hoped the news would be received with joy, but you never...

  • It's no Coachella, but this Joshua Tree festival may be the music model of the future

    It's no Coachella, but this Joshua Tree festival may be the music model of the future

    This weekend, a new kind of music festival will draw thousands of rock fans out to the Coachella Valley, hoping to re-create the mind-expanding possibilities that a weekend-long concert might have had in the ’60s. Yes, some folks will also be heading to Desert Trip for round two of the Rolling Stones, Paul...

  • 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...

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