Music

On His New Solo Record, ‘Leavings,’ Seattle MC Tay Sean Asks Us to Evolve

Featuring cosmic funk, outré hip-hop, and a cosmology equal parts Carl Sagan and Carl Jung.

The Genre-Fluidity of Raven Matthews

‘Disco Christ’ is a raw, emotional, uncategorizable work of self-exploration.

J’Von’s ‘Potato’ Is More Than Just Meat and Potatoes

The animator/MC’s latest has a simple surface that belies its lyrical and structural complexity.

With HEAT Records, Seattle’s Getting Spicier

The young imprint showcases local underground club producers with a penchant for bodied bangers.

Chance of Rain Announces First Wave of Performers

The brand new electronic festival’s lineup includes Derrick May, one of the inventors of techno.

Bouncing Under the Bridge at the Chinatown/International District Block Party

Selfie sticks, breakdancing, and swaying to the sounds of Kero One, Awkwafina and Tomo Nakayama.

For Seattle’s Electronic Music Community, the Post-Decibel Future Is Cloudy With a Chance of Rain

Michael Manahan’s new festival hopes to bridge the gap—but does that gap exist?

Fremont’s Eclectic Daybreak Records Opens for Business

Offering local vinyl hounds a new hangout, with further proof of record retail’s vitality in Seattle.

Tacoma Rapper Yung Fern Condemns Society, and Himself

‘Weekend at Fernie’s’ is the latest addition to the city’s new wave of hip-hop.

Ten Acts Worth Seeing at This Year’s Bumbershoot

From hip-hop to country to improv Shakespeare, the Labor Day fest offers something for everyone.

To Understand the Best Local Records this Month, Look North and South

Context for these albums lie outside Seattle’s core, up and down the Salish Sea.

Zoolab and King Snake, Possessed by Rhythm

With the addition of two live drummers, Terence Ankeny’s DJ sets go from transfixing to mesmerizing.

Luna God’s ‘LGEP 2’ Is a Brilliant Showcase for Seattle’s Promising Hip-Hop Up-and-Comers

Each of the producer’s inventive tracks playfully highlights the vocalists’ unique strengths.

Monkeying Around on the Jungle Gym

Seattle’s newest house and techno label found international success by diddling around.

No Sleaze, All Squeeze

Seattle label Suicide Squeeze has lasted two decades by treating artists like family, not business.

Ghoulavelii’s Dark, Punk-Infused Trap Epitomizes the New T-Town Sound

Take a whiff of the new Tacoma aroma—equal parts Marilyn Manson and flex-ready rap.

Paul Allen’s New-Music Summit and Festival Draws Skeptics and Reserved Praise

Will the Upstream Music Festival vitalize the local music industry and community, or simply piss it off?

Auburn Artist Ike Watson’s Latest Is a Local Entry in the New Age of R&B

On ‘To Venus From Mars,’ he can sing, he can rap, he can sing while he raps.

MOTOR Invites Seattle Into the Wormhole With an Ambitious Summer Series

Closing this week with a bang, we look back on the electronic music series’ wild summer successes.

A West Seattle Gem Fine-Tunes an Old Tradition

Best Open Mic: Skylark Cafe and Club