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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.
Morocco's Oasis Festival is a portal to the vibrant culture of North Africa

If you're going to pay a vacation-sized sum to attend a music festival, why not take a vacation while you're at it? Case in point: Morocco, After a five-year ascent to becoming an international destination, Oasis is now a gateway to North Africa and the Middle East.

Local R&B duo Closegood found themselves through music

The rising L.A.-based R&B duo — made up of two transgender singers and producers — write big-hearted songs about love and outsiderdom.

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