Music

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.

With Millions of Records Sold, Bellingham’s Soundings of the Planet Are New Age’s Old Pros

After surviving the rocky MP3 era, they’ve found even more success in the world of digital streaming.

Ben Verellen’s New “Disneyland-Style” Bar Is Open For Business

The Helms Alee frontman and Verellen amplifier mastermind is venturing into the world of booze with style.

Remembering Jonathan Moore

Looking back on the life of one of Seattle hip-hop’s most vital mentors.

Dancing in the Darq

GIFs from last weekend’s edition of Seattle’s celebrated QTPOC dance party, Darqness.