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

  • SHINee to headline KCON in L.A.

    SHINee to headline KCON in L.A.

    The Los Angeles installment of the 2016 KCON festival will feature some familiar faces, new guises for established acts, and a whole lot of rising stars.  The boy-band quintet SHINee is scheduled to headline the annual convention for South Korean pop culture July 29-31. The group joins previously...

  • Dance music festival Manana comes to Cuba and magic ensues: 'Cubans have a right to demand concerts like this'

    Dance music festival Manana comes to Cuba and magic ensues: 'Cubans have a right to demand concerts like this'

    “Solo quiero conectarme la Wi-Fi.” That's the hook from a new song by the Barcelona-based, Afro-Cuban singer and producer Kumar Sublevao-Beat. And throughout the hot, smoggy weekend of Manana Cuba, the country's first international electronic music festival, it was everywhere. The tune thumped...

  • Paul McCartney backs Kanye West's N-word use

    Paul McCartney backs Kanye West's N-word use

    In a new interview for the BBC Mastertapes series, Paul McCartney defended Kanye West's use of racially volatile language in his single "All Day." McCartney recalled collaborating with West on the single, which featured a McCartney melody radically revised by West into a hard-hitting single that...

  • Tragically Hip's Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer

    Tragically Hip's Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer

    Gord Downie of the Canadian rock band the Tragically Hip has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The band announced the news in a Facebook post on Tuesday. “[H]e’s endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard. In privacy along with his family, and through all of this,...

  • Insomniac announces EDC Las Vegas lineup

    Insomniac announces EDC Las Vegas lineup

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival, and some familiar faces will be returning to the main stages in Las Vegas on June 17-19. Kaskade, Hardwell, Tiesto and Zedd are among the EDM heavyweights who are topping the bill this year at America’s largest multi-day...

  • Questlove on that Billboard Music Awards Prince tribute: 'Let's not get ugly'

    Questlove on that Billboard Music Awards Prince tribute: 'Let's not get ugly'

    Prince was famously not a fan of covers of his own work. But after Madonnaand Stevie Wonder's widely pilloried tribute performance at the Billboard Music Awards, it may be time to reassess what it means to "pay tribute" to a dead artist (particularly at televised awards shows) and whether or not...

  • Questlove on that Billboard Music Awards Prince tribute: 'Let's not get ugly'

    Questlove on that Billboard Music Awards Prince tribute: 'Let's not get ugly'

    Prince was famously not a fan of covers of his own work. But after Madonna and Stevie Wonder's widely pilloried tribute performance at the Billboard Music Awards, it may be time to reassess what it means to "pay tribute" to a dead artist (particularly at televised awards shows) and whether or not...

  • 'Angry Birds' takes flight at the Friday box office and lands above 'Captain America: Civil War'

    'Angry Birds' takes flight at the Friday box office and lands above 'Captain America: Civil War'

    Fans of “Angry Birds” attacked the proverbial box office walls this weekend, taking the animated comedy based on the popular mobile-app game to the top of the weekend’s haul. “The Angry Birds Movie” pulled in an estimated $11 million on Friday. That should be good enough to land the film a weekend...

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