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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 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...

  • EDC 2016: A lack of festival deaths bodes well for its future

    EDC 2016: A lack of festival deaths bodes well for its future

    As 131,000 exhausted and exhilarated fans walked out on the final night of EDC Las Vegas on Sunday, one detail seemed both surprising and edifying: There were no deaths as yet reported at the festival this year.  Fan deaths had been the major cloud over the festival ever since the 2010 incident...

  • EDC 2016: Axwell Ingrosso grows up with the culture of Electric Daisy Carnival

    EDC 2016: Axwell Ingrosso grows up with the culture of Electric Daisy Carnival

    Few acts owe more to Electric Daisy Carnival than the Swedish duo Axwell Ingrosso. Their former group, Swedish House Mafia, was perhaps the defining act of the 2000s EDM era, with singles such as “Don’t You Worry Child” soundtracking a new culture on the American festival circuit. After that trio dissolved...

  • Electric Daisy Carnival: Bigger, brighter and all grown up

    Electric Daisy Carnival: Bigger, brighter and all grown up

    Is there an age at which you're too old for Electric Daisy Carnival? Just ask Abby Bujack and her Aunt Lynette.  Abby, 20, would seem the ideal carnival-goer: a wide-eyed dance music fan from Illinois at her first EDC, soaking in the sea of neon, the strobe lights and the relentless kick of big-room...

  • EDC 2016: How to age gracefully at the rave

    EDC 2016: How to age gracefully at the rave

    Is aging out of EDC inevitable? Ask Abby Bujack and her aunt, Lynette.  The 20-year-old Abby would seem the ideal Electric Daisy Carnival-goer: a wide-eyed dance music fan from Illinois at her first EDC, soaking in the sea of neon, strobe lights and the relentless kick of big-room house music on...

  • Electric Daisy Carnival celebrates 20th anniversary in Las Vegas with 400,000 revelers: ‘The stakes have never been so high’

    Electric Daisy Carnival celebrates 20th anniversary in Las Vegas with 400,000 revelers: ‘The stakes have never been so high’

    Raves are rarely built to last. But this weekend, more than 400,000 people are expected to jam the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the 20th anniversary of the nation’s biggest dance music festival, Electric Daisy Carnival. “I always knew I’d being doing this until I’m dead. But now the stakes have...

  • Meet the new 'simpler, clearer' Apple Music interface

    Meet the new 'simpler, clearer' Apple Music interface

    Apple Music’s 15 million users will soon wake up to a dramatically different layout for the streaming service. The company announced a significant redesign at its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday in San Francisco. The year-old service, which still trails Spotify’s 30 million paid users, will...

  • With 'HandClap,' Fitz and the Tantrums may soundtrack the summer

    With 'HandClap,' Fitz and the Tantrums may soundtrack the summer

    Fitz and the Tantrums didn’t set out to write 2016’s Song of the Summer. But “HandClap,” the lead single from the L.A. band’s new self-titled third album, has suddenly emerged as a contender. It’s already being counted alongside Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” and Drake’s “One Dance”...

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