Music

The Best Local Records We Heard This January

Tile Plazas, DJ NHK Guy, and Breeze helped us bump it through Trump this month.

The Vera Project and Pacific Science Center Arm Local Musicians With Lasers

Sassyblack and Taylar Elizza Beth kick off an exciting new performance series at the Laser Dome.

Arcata’s Ash Borer Make Seattle Inroads on ‘The Irrepassable Gate’

There’s a good reason the black-metal heavyweight’s new record sounds so Northwestern.

Moksha Fest Marks Both an End and a New Beginning for the Vital Arts Space

The U District boutique is closing with a blowout music fest before reopening in the ID in spring.

Sound Artist Jake Muir on Field Recording, Sampling, and Video Games

Performing this weekend at Corridor Festival, we take a look inside the artist’s ambient toolbox.

Getting Down at KEXP’s Expansions MLK Unity Party

DJs celebrated MLK Day at the Northwest African American Museum by getting folks to dance.

Meet Shawn Parker, Tacoma Flex Music’s Fresh New Face

At 20, he’s one of the town’s promising crop of young trap-rappers.

Premiere: ZELLi’s “Solid” Music Video Brings It Back to the Golden Age

Nodding to the hip-hop/R&B pop divas of the 2000s, ZELLi breathes new life into a classic style.

An Outsider Artist Takes on the Trolls

How Arrington de Dionyso got wrapped up in a twisted conspiracy theory and how he is fighting back.

Good Person Recordings on Making Art (Not) For Art’s Sake

Post-Trump, as artists re-evaluate their political efficacy, two punks already provided a blueprint.

Blackout Dates Be Damned—DoNormaal Dominated 2016 By Doing What She Wants

Flouting industry norms, the rapper played nearly 100 Seattle shows in 2016. The city showed up.

The Most Underrated Local Records of 2016

Our music critics on the Seattle-area sleeper albums that didn’t get the love they truly deserved.