Music

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.

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.

Trump Isn’t Going to Make Music Great Again

It’s already great.

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.

In the Wake of Hurricane Matthew, Seattle Hip-Hop Artist Sol Lends Haiti a Hand

Proceeds from Sol’s upcoming show will go toward rebuilding 10 Haitian schools lost in the storm.

Broken Spear’s ‘True’ Stretches Pop Into Pointillism

Redmond-native Seb Choe’s latest is a musical salad worth picking apart.

Bruce Leroy’s (North)West Coast Hip-Hop

The Tacoma rapper’s latest makes a case for the PNW’s inclusion in the West Coast rap canon.