Kelton Sears

Before You Upstream, Know Your Local Scenes

Before You Upstream, Know Your Local Scenes

The 300-artist lineup is one of the most locally focused in the region—here’s who’s representing.

Before You Upstream, Know Your Local Scenes
Photos by April Sol, Devin Tolman, Olivia Morrow, Jade Sotelo, Brady Harvey

The Top Five New NW Acts You Need to See This Summer

If you’re making the festival rounds this season, don’t miss this fresh regional talent.

Photos by April Sol, Devin Tolman, Olivia Morrow, Jade Sotelo, Brady Harvey
The Promenade at 23rd & Jackson St. is slated for massive redevelopment by Vulcan, the management firm behind the Upstream Music Fest + Summit. Photo by Kelton Sears

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.

The Promenade at 23rd & Jackson St. is slated for massive redevelopment by Vulcan, the management firm behind the Upstream Music Fest + Summit. Photo by Kelton Sears
The Best Local Records We Heard This April

The Best Local Records We Heard This April

This month’s best were messy masterpieces for messy times.

The Best Local Records We Heard This April
Via the “Create Equitable & Inclusive Development in Seattle” petition at change.org.

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.”

Via the “Create Equitable & Inclusive Development in Seattle” petition at change.org.
Illustration by Robyn Jordan

A Marxist Critiques Identity Politics

A Q&A with Asad Haider, founding editor of Viewpoint Magazine, on an ideology fracturing the left.

Illustration by Robyn Jordan
Record Store Day’s Best Confusing Exclusive Releases

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.

Record Store Day’s Best Confusing Exclusive Releases
‘Ghosts of Seattle Past’ Is Chicken Soup for the Cynical Seattleite Soul

‘Ghosts of Seattle Past’ Is Chicken Soup for the Cynical Seattleite Soul

For those angry with our rapidly developing city, this book will remind you what we’re fighting for.

‘Ghosts of Seattle Past’ Is Chicken Soup for the Cynical Seattleite Soul
Upstream Music Fest + Summit Reveals All 300-Plus Artists On Its Lineup

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.

Upstream Music Fest + Summit Reveals All 300-Plus Artists On Its Lineup
C.M. Ruiz’s Last Art Show in the Lusty Lady? An Ode to Kirby

C.M. Ruiz’s Last Art Show in the Lusty Lady? An Ode to Kirby

“C.M. Dreamland” pays homage to the surreal Nintendo character through painting and installation.

C.M. Ruiz’s Last Art Show in the Lusty Lady? An Ode to Kirby
Short Run’s Dash Grant is Now Open—Apply, and Join Their New Mini-Comics Club While You’re At It

Short Run’s Dash Grant is Now Open—Apply, and Join Their New Mini-Comics Club While You’re At It

Get $250 to develop your own comic, or pay $120 to get local comics delivered to your door.

Short Run’s Dash Grant is Now Open—Apply, and Join Their New Mini-Comics Club While You’re At It
Alexa and the Dawn of So-What Surveillance

Alexa and the Dawn of So-What Surveillance

Amazon, the biggest retailer of web-connected microphones, works for the CIA. Should that bother you?

Alexa and the Dawn of So-What Surveillance
Sango. Photo by Canh Solo

The Best Local Records We Heard This March

Sango, somesurprises and Simic helped us not think about death this month.

Sango. Photo by Canh Solo
Photo by Kelly O

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.

Photo by Kelly O
Porter Ray’s “Past Life” Video Tells a Story Rooted in Seattle

Porter Ray’s “Past Life” Video Tells a Story Rooted in Seattle

The video off the rapper’s Sub Pop LP (out tomorrow) features scenes from MLK Way and Lake Washington.

Porter Ray’s “Past Life” Video Tells a Story Rooted in Seattle
Pegadeth. Courtesy of the artist.

The Best Local Records We Heard This February

Pegadeth, Bujemane, Dude York, and Crater helped us shred through the snow days.

Pegadeth. Courtesy of the artist.
Upstream Announces First Round of Artist Lineup (and Hey, It’s Pretty Good!)

Upstream Announces First Round of Artist Lineup (and Hey, It’s Pretty Good!)

Headliners Flying Lotus, AlunaGeorge and Shabazz Palaces are joined by a huge, diverse cast of locals.

Upstream Announces First Round of Artist Lineup (and Hey, It’s Pretty Good!)
Porter Ray. Photo by Jay Scroggins

The Color Spectrum of Porter Ray

After experiencing high highs and tragic lows, the rapper is gearing up to release his lush magnum opus.

Porter Ray. Photo by Jay Scroggins
Taylar Elizza Beth. Photo by Annisa Amalia

The Top 5 Local Records to Look Forward to This Spring

Don’t miss new albums coming from Taylar Elizza Beth, Mount Eerie, Bujemane, Dude York, and Sisters.

Taylar Elizza Beth. Photo by Annisa Amalia
The Best Local Records We Heard This January

The Best Local Records We Heard This January

Tile Plazas, DJ NHK Guy, and Breeze helped us bump it through Trump this month.

The Best Local Records We Heard This January