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

  • FYF Fest: 10 acts that make it worth braving yet another music festival

    FYF Fest: 10 acts that make it worth braving yet another music festival

    Typically scheduled near the end of the long, hot summer festival season, FYF Fest can be a tough sell every year for music fans who’ve spent the previous several months watching bands while standing under a broiling sun. That said, the lineup for the latest edition — set for Saturday and Sunday...

  • Metallica returns with 'Hardwired...To Self-Destruct'

    Metallica returns with 'Hardwired...To Self-Destruct'

    Metallica  has returned with its first new album since 2008. The veteran group announced “Hardwired...To Self-Destruct,” its first non-collaborative record since 2008’s “Death Magnetic.” The band’s last LP was a head-scratcher of a collaborative concept album, 2011’s “Lulu,” with the late Lou Reed....

  • Netflix hopes to do the dance community justice with 'XOXO' and 'I'll Sleep When I'm Dead'

    Netflix hopes to do the dance community justice with 'XOXO' and 'I'll Sleep When I'm Dead'

    We’re a decade into the EDM boom of the 2000s. So why hasn’t there been a great American television show or movie set within the scene? EDM – and all the raptures, perils and outsize personalities that come with it – would seem a natural setting for film. Its exaggerated stage productions are science...

  • Dance music producer Zhu goes from darkness into the light

    Dance music producer Zhu goes from darkness into the light

    Steven Zhu’s career has risen in reverse. His breakthrough 2014 single “Faded,” a lithe, late-night house cut, took off before anyone knew anything about the artist going by the name Zhu. When the Bay Area-raised, now L.A.-based producer earned a Grammy nomination for it in 2015, no fan had yet...

  • Nick Jonas goes deep into the bro psyche in 'Goat'

    Nick Jonas goes deep into the bro psyche in 'Goat'

    Nick Jonas is currently on a joint tour with Demi Lovato — and by all accounts, it’s quite a duet. But he also made a just-as-auspicious L.A. debut of sorts over the weekend at the Sundance Next Fest at the Ace Hotel. “Goat,” a new feature from director Andrew Neel (out in theaters and on-demand...

  • Rapper Killer Mike: 'If you’re voting for Trump or Hillary Clinton, you’re voting for the same thing'

    Rapper Killer Mike: 'If you’re voting for Trump or Hillary Clinton, you’re voting for the same thing'

    The rapper Killer Mike, one half of the duo Run the Jewels, had been one of Bernie Sanders’ most outspoken advocates in the campaign. It’s clear that Sanders’ loss still doesn’t sit well with him, and he’s immensely dissatisfied with the remaining candidates. In remarks to TMZ, Killer Mike said...

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