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The Top Five Northwest Acts You Need to Check Out This Festival Season

DoNormaal, JusMoni, Chanti Darling, The Dip, and Jo Passed.

 

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The Best Local Records We Heard This May

Despite the onslaught of sad news this month, the local scene kept pumping out gold nuggets.

 

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Car Seat Headrest’s Post-Teen Punk

Will Toledo Delivers the Rage of Youth With Years of Wisdom

 

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The Complete Cascadian Summer Music Festival Guide

All the music your sunburnt face can handle.

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Carlos Lopez Wins Grand Jury Prize for Sync 2016

The Seattle filmmaker’s 3-D turn distinguishes him in an excellent field.

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RAMZi on the Spirits, Cartoon SFX, and Healing Bird Noises Behind Her Alien Jungle Music

Phoebé Guillemot’s unclassifiable sonic universe is like a safari through a mutant forest.

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Measuring the Homogenization of the Music Festival

Are music festivals truly all the same now? We crunched the data for 21 NW fests to find out.

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Charting the Homogenization of the Music Festival

Are music festivals truly all the same now? We crunched the data for 21 NW fests to find out.

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The D.I.Y. artist with his own take on the classic Nudie Suit, sewed by Clarity Miller. Photo by Jason Quigley

Karl Blau Takes a Nashville Turn With Producer Tucker Martine as His Guide

The indie mainstay finds new life in songs from another place and another time.

The D.I.Y. artist with his own take on the classic Nudie Suit, sewed by Clarity Miller. Photo by Jason Quigley
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SassyBlack’s Sci-Fi Seduction

“I remember going to Disneyland with my homegirl,” she says, giggling on a U District patio. “We went to the Star Wars part, and I was tripping. They had, like, a synopsis of all the journeys and I kind of cried a little bit at the end. It was so good.”

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In Its Ninth Iteration, Debacle Fest Expands ‘Experimental’

Given the silo-centric culture here in Seattle, the notion of uniting the city’s disparate scenes might also be considered “experimental”—an interesting new tack the festival is taking this weekend.

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Local Producer Justin Hartinger Logs Into ‘Darknet’

Within the next five weeks, Hartinger is unleashing not one, but two new EPs of original tracks unto the world.

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Electric Eye: Beach Party at Golden Gardens

Seattle’s dance music scene goes to Golden Gardens for a day party.

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The Leaked Bumbershoot Lineup Was the Real Deal

A Redditor named “CoogiMonster” beat AEG to the punch, but did it really even matter?

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Electric Eye: Paradise Blooms with Sunshine Jones

In anticipation of the third summer of their weekly Wednesday evening dance party, Paradise Sunset Sessions hosted a little pre-launch soiree.

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The Best Local Records We Heard This April

Activist hip-hop, occult rap, and weirdo punk made our month.

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After the Death of Prince, KEXP Gives Fans a Place to Come Together

The Seattle nonprofit radio station has long celebrated the musicians who defined a particular kind of pop music. Now itis getting used to mourning them.

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Jarv Dee’s Dank Adventures

A firsthand account of the rapper’s hot-box bus stunt.

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Spekulation Continues Local Hip-Hop’s Uncle Ike’s Resistance

“I don’t think Uncle Ike’s is the cause of the problem,” Watson notes, “but I’ll be damned if it isn’t a perfect metaphor.”

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Hip-Hop Activist Draze on Uncle Ike’s, Community Justice, Political Rap, and Being a Dad

The clearest and most incisive recent critique of the capital forces changing the Central District came last week in the form of a seven-years-in-the-making hip-hop record, Seattle’s Own, from Central District native and current South-Ender Draze.

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Valerie Calano (right) and Christian Petersen (left) join forces to turn Q Nightclub into a New Age meditation palace. Photo by Cate McGehee

Get Down on the Dance Floor (Literally) at This Unusual Local Club Night

People drift in and out, chat, or meditate, and you might see someone popping a melatonin or asking if the bar has tea.

Valerie Calano (right) and Christian Petersen (left) join forces to turn Q Nightclub into a New Age meditation palace. Photo by Cate McGehee
Joule at the Fremont Foundry. Photo by Brooklyn Benjestorf

Electric Eye: Joule Is a Nightlife Jewel

It was the perfect recipe for an unforgettable evening—one that had many boasting it was their best night yet in 2016.

Joule at the Fremont Foundry. Photo by Brooklyn Benjestorf
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ILLFIGHTYOU’s Mosh-Pit Trap Hits the Crocodile

You can find the Tacoma-based trio ILLFIGHTYOU at the corner where glass-rattling bass intersects with murder-mayhem lyricism.

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‘Lost Time’ Is Tacocat’s Sharpest Record Yet

If NVM is Tacocat’s Nevermind—the album that brought them to the world’s attention—then Lost Time is their In Utero: heavier, darker, realer, and produced to pack a stronger punch.

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The Best Local Records We Heard This March

Brilliantly minimalist songwriting from Ings, ass-shaking gold from Ca$h Bandicoot, four overwhelming records from Carlos Garcia, and spacey contemplations from Astro King Phoenix.

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Hey Marseilles Streamlines Its Sound and Looks on the Bright Side

A decade in, the Seattle orchestral indie outfit has gone pop. Lead singer Matt Bishop tells us why.

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At ‘Hide Out,’ Live Drummers and DJs Join Forces

Each month the DJs are accompanied by live hand drums from Tor Dietrichson, who throws down on the congas throughout the night, adding an organic and spontaneous flavor to the party.

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Campana Is a Grounded Space Cadet on ‘Eviction Notice’

The album, which chronicles the artist’s experience being evicted from his home, is impressive, especially considering it is being narrated so soberly by a 21-year-old.

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Fueled by Curry, Four Eclectic Artists Hit the Road in Search of Indigenous Stories

Building on the success of their “Curry NA Hurry” video, Jamil Suleman and his co-conspirators are attempting to build an indie media empire.

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With His Latest, Damien Jurado Returns to Form a Changed Man

When he released Visions of Us on the Land last week, Damien Jurado completed a four-year musical journey. But where is he now?