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August Brown

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.
How Hopeless Records has thrived for a quarter century in indie punk

The plucky L.A. independent punk label celebrates 25 years in business, which included a few unlikely mainstream hits and a new wind at its back among young punks.

Soul singer Jen Awad melds the grittiness of punk rock into Aretha-style R&B

Jen Awad's striking soul is generous yet assertive, a blend of throwback-ish sentiment and modern aesthetics. When so many of her R&B peers are going sleek and minimal, Awad is way out in front, holding almost nothing back. Just take her single Break a Man."

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