Dave Lake

Why Musicians Forget Songs… Right in the Middle of Them

After playing a song hundreds of times, what happens when performers simply go blank?

 

More Than a TAD Overdue

Sub Pop is reissuing the influential early releases of a Seattle grunge-rock original.

 

Ten Acts Worth Seeing at This Year’s Bumbershoot

From hip-hop to country to improv Shakespeare, the Labor Day fest offers something for everyone.

 

Paul Allen’s New-Music Summit and Festival Draws Skeptics and Reserved Praise

Will the Upstream Music Festival vitalize the local music industry and community, or simply piss it off?

The Democratizing LEGO Art of Nathan Sawaya

The Pacific Science Center’s Art of the Brick exhibit will appeal to anyone who has ever snapped a brick in place.

Local Bands and Artists Team Up for Forty-Two Inches of Record Store Day Fun

Fainting Room Collective’s Triple-Six 7-Inch Box Set features records from Haunted Horses, Bali Girls, Stickers, He Whose Ox Is Gored, The Family Curse, and Transmissionary.

After moving offices every few years, Scott Blum finally got the courage

After moving offices every few years, Scott Blum finally got the courage to dive into the box of digital audio tapes (DATs) he'd been carting… Continue reading

While Dan Koch was a student at Cal Poly in the early

While Dan Koch was a student at Cal Poly in the early 2000s, he was simultaneously playing guitar in an up-and-coming guitar-heavy emo band named… Continue reading

Billy Idol survived New Wave, heroin, and a motorcycle wreck, and lived

Billy Idol survived New Wave, heroin, and a motorcycle wreck, and lived to tell about it all in his new memoir Dancing With Myself (Touchstone,… Continue reading

To my mind, the highest achievement in the music biz is not

To my mind, the highest achievement in the music biz is not being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or appearing on… Continue reading

Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil is known for a lot of things—notably thick

Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil is known for a lot of things—notably thick guitar riffs, a graying beard, and hats. Less known, however, is his role… Continue reading

Jordan Cook was one of a few hundred lucky souls who packed

Jordan Cook was one of a few hundred lucky souls who packed the Showbox in April 2010 for the last-minute booking of a band called… Continue reading

On his final tour with Scream in 1990, just months before its

On his final tour with Scream in 1990, just months before its implosion, Dave Grohl made it to Seattle. His Virginia-based hardcore band had made… Continue reading

At 25, Noah Gundersen has already logged more miles on the road

At 25, Noah Gundersen has already logged more miles on the road than many musicians 10 years his senior. His songs are like that, too—impossibly… Continue reading

J Mascis likes to play loud. Which is why it’s a bit

J Mascis likes to play loud. Which is why it’s a bit weird that his second solo record, Tied to a Star, is decidedly quiet.… Continue reading

It’s never easy for a band to replace a longtime singer—even if

It’s never easy for a band to replace a longtime singer—even if your band dresses in elaborate latex costumes while cartoonishly murdering audience members, as… Continue reading

Until recently, it seemed that most music from the 1980s would be

Until recently, it seemed that most music from the 1980s would be forever relegated to the dustbin of history—a musical purgatory where vapid hair metal… Continue reading

It is both a blessing and a curse that English rock band

It is both a blessing and a curse that English rock band the Psychedelic Furs are tethered to the 1986 Molly Ringwald film Pretty in… Continue reading

It’s hard not to feel a twinge of anxiety every time Robert

It’s hard not to feel a twinge of anxiety every time Robert Zimmerman announces a new string of tour dates. The prospect of seeing America’s… Continue reading

It all started when Jen Wood finally bought a piano. With a

It all started when Jen Wood finally bought a piano. With a new marriage and a new home, the Seattle singer/songwriter, best known as the… Continue reading