Music

Before You Upstream, Know Your Local Scenes

The 300-artist lineup is one of the most locally focused in the region—here’s who’s representing.

Seattle’s Free Community-Based Festivals Are Wrestling With a Cash-Strapped Future

With mounting expenses, Folklife and Block Party at the Station wonder if they can go on.

The Complete Northwest Summer Music Fest Guide

Hydrate yourself before wading through these exhaustive, sizzling listings.

The Top Five New NW Acts You Need to See This Summer

If you’re making the festival rounds this season, don’t miss this fresh regional talent.

As Upstream Music Fest Approaches, Local Artists Turn Into Activists

A new coalition is petitioning Vulcan to commit to equitable development in the Central District.

Ten Years of Debacle Fest, One Giant Pile of Goop

Comic artist Max Clotfelter walks us through a brief history of the region’s reigning weirdo music fest.

The Best Local Records We Heard This April

This month’s best were messy masterpieces for messy times.

Upstream Artists and Community Groups Call On Vulcan to Commit to Equitable Development

A new petition outlines four ways that Vulcan can “truly preserve Seattle art, music and culture.”

Pleather’s New EP Deconstructs Pop and Contemporary Seattle

On ‘Tether,’ the mutant pop duo tackles the service industry, Frappuccinos, and a commodified Seattle.

Skating Polly Learns Some New Tricks

The band stretches their skills with some help from Veruca Salt on their new EP.

MoPop’s 2017 Pop Conference Gets Political

Academic music types will gather to chat about house music, tunes in the Reagan and Obama eras, and more.

Record Store Day’s Best Confusing Exclusive Releases

From Toto’s Africa on an Africa picturedisc to Prince’s “Batdance,” we present the best of the weird.

On ‘Being Here Is Hard,’ Whitney Ballen Sings the Existential Blues

“It’s not a happy album at all.”

Upstream Music Fest + Summit Reveals All 300-Plus Artists On Its Lineup

With more than double the number of artists than last year’s Bumbershoot, Upstream looks enormous.

Breaking Up With the U.S.A.

Customs founder Allen Huang is moving to Taipei, but for other locals, leaving the U.S. is complicated.

Pearl Jam Versus Ticketmaster

The ringside story of the multibillion dollar battle between an upstart band and the rock industry’s high-tech ticket monopoly.

A Brief History of Pearl Jam’s Drummers

On the eve of the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an exploration of how each helped make the band what it is today.

Big BLDG Records Review Roundup, With Roy Rodgers and Western Haunts

Getting mathy and hazy with the local label’s newest releases.

COSMOS Is Punctuating a Busy Year With an Eclectic New Record

Even though “Moonshine” ranges stylistically, Téron Bell’s lyricism holds it all together.

The Best Local Records We Heard This March

Sango, somesurprises and Simic helped us not think about death this month.