Music

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.

A Holiday Wish List From Kevin Sur

The Artist Home co-founder wants a city that thinks and sings, and serves up a decent burrito.

A Very Mindful Wishlist From Lady Krishna

Capitol Hill’s mystic rocker shares her wants for the season.

Typonexus is Bringing Outer Space to Seattle’s Underground

A covert artist is inviting local experimental musicians to flip the Golden Record into new sounds.

Zahara’s Tender R&B Debut Will Hold You Close This Winter

The Woodinville-born singer’s ‘Efflorescence’ showcases a strong new local voice.

Earth, WEEED and So Pitted Rock the Boats at the Ballard Shipyard

GIFs from Filson Ballard’s very Filson-y launch party.

A Holiday Wish-List From SassyBlack

In the form of a poem.

Giving the Gift of Good Local Music

Five albums for the curious fan on your list.

Guayaba’s Debut EP Finds Power in Brighter Sounds and Beauty in Alienation

The Afro-Cuban-inspired ‘Black Trash/White House’ is an entomological ode to self-acceptance.

The Best Local Records We Heard This November

A garbage month. But Bujemane, Guayaba, Moving Pictures, and New Information made it a bit better.

On ‘Mirror,’ Rapper Romaro Franceswa Reassesses His Reflection

The local hip-hop artist’s new record is a confident stride towards an ascendant selfhood.

Seattle Punk Group MOIST May Have Dried Up, But Don’t Miss the Killer Record They Left Behind

Hailing from Hawaii, the band moved to Seattle and took it by storm before decamping once again.

Big BLDG Is Making the Jump From Music Festival to Nonprofit Record Label

The SoDo-based organization will provide physical releases for up-and-coming artists, for free.