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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.
As Mac Miller gained fame, the confessional rapper kept ties to the underground scene that lifted him up

Mac Miller, the rapper whose confessional, introspective albums topped the Billboard charts and made him a favorite of pop and the underground alike, has died. He was 26.

Aretha Franklin's funeral: Jennifer Hudson hits the heights of 'Amazing Grace'

Jennifer Hudson took on Aretha Franklin's greatest gospel performance and did it justice.

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