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

  • Father John Misty goes 'Generic' on three tongue-in-cheek songs

    Father John Misty goes 'Generic' on three tongue-in-cheek songs

    Father John Misty, who has had a brief sideline as a Top 40 pop-song writer for Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, has a new album, “Pure Comedy,” out soon. And it’s supposedly the most bloodletting LP he’s ever written. But Misty, the stage name of Josh Tillman, has also sipped from the well of run-of-the-mill...

  • The Grammy Museum and others to honor Ella Fitzgerald on her 100th birthday

    The Grammy Museum and others to honor Ella Fitzgerald on her 100th birthday

    On the occasion of what would have been Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday, the Grammy Museum and many other institutions will look back at her incomparable legacy in American music. The Grammy Museum has announced a new exhibition, “Ella at 100: Celebrating the Artistry of Ella Fitzgerald,” due...

  • Notorious B.I.G. lauded in Congress on the 20th anniversary of his murder

    Notorious B.I.G. lauded in Congress on the 20th anniversary of his murder

    A titan of ’90s hip-hop — a genre that was once the scourge of Washington pearl-clutchers — has been lauded on the floor of Congress. Hakeem Jeffries, a Democratic congressional representative from Brooklyn and Queens, gave a speech Thursday to Congress marking the 20th anniversary of Notorious...

  • Reflecting on Elliott Smith's 'Either/Or' through its loving, extensive reissue

    Reflecting on Elliott Smith's 'Either/Or' through its loving, extensive reissue

    The Elliott Smith wall is still — sort of — standing on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake. The red, white and blue swirl outside the old Solutions speaker repair shop served as a backdrop for Smith’s 2000 album “Figure 8” and was, for years, a place for fans to leave little hand-drawn memorial messages...

  • Chicano Batman takes on the 800-pound gorilla with 'Freedom Is Free'

    Chicano Batman takes on the 800-pound gorilla with 'Freedom Is Free'

    Chicano Batman’s new song, “The Taker Story,” is surely the first  2017 resistance anthem to be inspired by a telepathic gorilla.   The L.A. band’s frontman, Bardo Martinez, recently read and loved Daniel Quinn’s 1992 novel, “Ishmael,” a work of magical realism from the point of view of a primate whose...

  • German label Giegling shut out the world for a weekend in L.A.

    German label Giegling shut out the world for a weekend in L.A.

    With all the inherent challenges in maintaining underground club music, perhaps there’s some safety in numbers.  And not in terms of crowd size.  As the sun came up on the Boyle Heights warehouse housing last weekend’s showcase from the German label Giegling, the dozen-strong crew of DJs, producers...

  • Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert lead ACM nominations

    Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert lead ACM nominations

    The nominations for the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards have been announced, and the early favorite looks to be Keith Urban. The Australian singer leads the field with seven nominations, including for the major categories of album of the year, entertainer of the year and male vocalist of the...

  • HBO acquires 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years'

    HBO acquires 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years'

    HBO has acquired the rights to the forthcoming documentary “David Bowie: The Last Five Years.” The film, directed and produced by Francis Whately, follows the late Bowie through the recording of his final two albums, “The Next Day” and “Blackstar,” and the stage musical “Lazarus.”  “Blackstar,”...

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