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

  • 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...

  • Knitting Factory buys 49% stake in local promoter Spaceland Presents

    Knitting Factory buys 49% stake in local promoter Spaceland Presents

    Spaceland Presents has long been one of the most influential independent concert promotion firms in L.A. Now they’re set to potentially get a lot bigger. The firm announced this week that Knitting Factory Entertainment had acquired 49% of the L.A.-based firm, which books venues like the Echo and Regent...

  • Lady Gaga announces her new album, 'Joanne'

    Lady Gaga announces her new album, 'Joanne'

    Lady Gaga has announced a new album, and her first under her birth name — well, almost. The singer debuted the news of a new record on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show Thursday. The LP, titled “Joanne,” will come out Oct. 21 on Streamline/Interscope. The record is titled after Gaga’s middle name (she was...

  • Timbaland to exit 'Empire'

    Timbaland to exit 'Empire'

    Timbaland’s futuristic hip-hop has been the backbone of Fox’s hit series “Empire” for each of its first two seasons. Now the acclaimed producer is leaving the show.  In a report in Billboard, show executives announced that Timbaland will be replaced by producer Rodney Jerkins and the songwriter...

  • Kristen Wiig joins Norah Jones and many more at Petty Fest for singer-songwriters

    Kristen Wiig joins Norah Jones and many more at Petty Fest for singer-songwriters

    The Fonda’s annual Petty Fest has become a freewheeling, high-wattage jam for Los Angeles’ singer-songwriters. This year’s version marked the 40th anniversary of the founding of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and the star power was commensurate with the occasion. Kristen Wiig, fresh off her summer...

  • In Fabric's closing in London, an echo of L.A.'s rave scene woes

    In Fabric's closing in London, an echo of L.A.'s rave scene woes

    A world-class nightclub takes years to build, but it can be undone in just a few hours. On Tuesday, the local council overseeing venue licensing in the Islington area of London revoked the permits for Fabric, one of the most influential and internationally renowned electronic music venues on the...

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