Music

The 5 Must-See Local Acts of the Summer

Don’t miss these rising Seattle artists during festival season.

Album Premiere: Ruler’s ‘Winning Star Champion’

Seattle music scene utility player Matt Batey steps into the spotlight with his new indie rock album for Barsuk Records.

Death Cab for Cutie To Play Free Concert for Paramount Theatre’s 90th Anniversary

Tickets for the June 23 show will be awarded via Ticketmaster’s random lottery.

Bumbershoot 2018 Lineup Features J. Cole, SZA, Fleet Foxes, and Portugal. The Man

The Labor Day weekend festival reveals its extensive roster.

Hear Top Northwest Drummer Chat for Free at KEXP

The drumming podcast ‘The Trap Set’ heads to Seattle on April 12 with drummers from Pearl Jam, Death Cab For Cutie, and more.

The Moondoggies is a hoot. Photo by Jason Neuerburg

The Moondoggies Push Against Rock Escapism with ‘A Love Sleeps Deep’

Frontman Kevin Murphy discusses how drastic life changes reshaped the local band’s outlook and sound.

The Moondoggies is a hoot. Photo by Jason Neuerburg
John Luther Adams. Courtesy Seattle Symphony

Seattle Symphony’s ‘Become Desert’ Exceeds the Hype

John Luther Adams’ follow-up to ‘Become Ocean’ delivers a stunning surround-sound experience.

John Luther Adams. Courtesy Seattle Symphony

Clock In at Clock-Out Lounge

The new Beacon Hill venue/restaurant/bar strives to foster the music scene with a working class vibe.

Full Upstream Music Fest Lineup Revealed

The reunited Jawbreaker joins Miguel, The Flaming Lips, and a myriad of local bands.

Sasquatch! Music Festival 2018 Lineup Revealed

David Byrne, Tyler, the Creator, Bon Iver, The National, and Modest Mouse headline the Gorge.

Courtesy Barsuk Records

Song Premiere: Hibou’s ‘Black Mirror’-Inspired “Junipero Love”

The Seattle indie pop songwriter gets lost in dreamy sound on a new track from ‘Something Familiar.’

Courtesy Barsuk Records
Photo by Danny Clinch

Pearl Jam Announces Safeco Field Concerts to Raise Money for Homelessness

August’s “The Home Shows” will be the band’s first Seattle gigs in five years.

Photo by Danny Clinch
The New Year’s Garbage Bash moves to Conor Byrne and brings along Honcho Poncho. Courtesy of the band

Your Guide to New Year’s Eve in Seattle

Fill your weekend with folly and frivolity and music for every taste as we ring in 2018.

The New Year’s Garbage Bash moves to Conor Byrne and brings along Honcho Poncho. Courtesy of the band

The Encyclopedic Sets of T.Wan

Seattle’s most multifarious DJ finds her voice.

Heatwarmer. Courtesy of the artist

The Best Local Records We Heard This September Smooshed the Unsmooshable

Mackned, Heatwarmer, and Darto brought together styles we didn’t know could coexist.

Heatwarmer. Courtesy of the artist

Versing Ascends to ‘Nirvana’

On their new record, the band explores self-criticism and problematic faves.

In “Undying Light,” Tomo Nakayama Glows Amid the Darkness

Written as a balm before the election, forgotten, then revived, the song imagines brighter days.

On the Labor, Ego, and Reward Behind IVVY’s ‘Safe Within’

For Madi Levine, dance music is no place for rock stars.

Quoth the RVN

A local rapper trades hip-hop for soft grunge, exploring the darkness within.

Redoubling Its Efforts, an Artist-Lead Activist Group Asks Vulcan for Equitable Development

Initially emerging before the Upstream Music Fest, the coalition returns with new support and goals.