Dave Lake

Why Musicians Forget Songs… Right in the Middle of Them

Why Musicians Forget Songs… Right in the Middle of Them

After playing a song hundreds of times, what happens when performers simply go blank?

 

More Than a TAD Overdue

More Than a TAD Overdue

Sub Pop is reissuing the influential early releases of a Seattle grunge-rock original.

 

Ten Acts Worth Seeing at This Year’s Bumbershoot

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.

 

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

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?

Paul Allen’s New-Music Summit and Festival Draws Skeptics and Reserved Praise
The Democratizing LEGO Art of Nathan Sawaya

The Democratizing LEGO Art of Nathan Sawaya

The Pacific Science Center’s Art of the Brick exhibit will appeal to anyone who has ever snapped a brick in place.

The Democratizing LEGO Art of Nathan Sawaya
Local Bands and Artists Team Up for Forty-Two Inches of Record Store Day Fun

Local Bands and Artists Team Up for Forty-Two Inches of Record Store Day Fun

Fainting Room Collective’s Triple-Six 7-Inch Box Set features records from Haunted Horses, Bali Girls, Stickers, He Whose Ox Is Gored, The Family Curse, and Transmissionary.

Local Bands and Artists Team Up for Forty-Two Inches of Record Store Day Fun
7 Year Bitch. Photo by Lance Mercer

After moving offices every few years, Scott Blum finally got the courage

After moving offices every few years, Scott Blum finally got the courage to dive into the box of digital audio tapes (DATs) he'd been carting… Continue reading

7 Year Bitch. Photo by Lance Mercer
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While Dan Koch was a student at Cal Poly in the early

While Dan Koch was a student at Cal Poly in the early 2000s, he was simultaneously playing guitar in an up-and-coming guitar-heavy emo band named… Continue reading

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From London to Tokyo, Idol is never without a snarl.

Billy Idol survived New Wave, heroin, and a motorcycle wreck, and lived

Billy Idol survived New Wave, heroin, and a motorcycle wreck, and lived to tell about it all in his new memoir Dancing With Myself (Touchstone,… Continue reading

From London to Tokyo, Idol is never without a snarl.
To my mind, the highest achievement in the music biz is not

To my mind, the highest achievement in the music biz is not

To my mind, the highest achievement in the music biz is not being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or appearing on… Continue reading

To my mind, the highest achievement in the music biz is not
Thayil, second from right: Soundgarden’s unofficial secretary.

Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil is known for a lot of things—notably thick

Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil is known for a lot of things—notably thick guitar riffs, a graying beard, and hats. Less known, however, is his role… Continue reading

Thayil, second from right: Soundgarden’s unofficial secretary.
Reigning over earth and sky: Jordan Cook.

Jordan Cook was one of a few hundred lucky souls who packed

Jordan Cook was one of a few hundred lucky souls who packed the Showbox in April 2010 for the last-minute booking of a band called… Continue reading

Reigning over earth and sky: Jordan Cook.
Dave Grohl, not in Seattle. Photo by cAndrew Stuart 2014

On his final tour with Scream in 1990, just months before its

On his final tour with Scream in 1990, just months before its implosion, Dave Grohl made it to Seattle. His Virginia-based hardcore band had made… Continue reading

Dave Grohl, not in Seattle. Photo by cAndrew Stuart 2014
Noah Gundersen. Photo by Phillip Harder

At 25, Noah Gundersen has already logged more miles on the road

At 25, Noah Gundersen has already logged more miles on the road than many musicians 10 years his senior. His songs are like that, too—impossibly… Continue reading

Noah Gundersen. Photo by Phillip Harder
Photo by Justin Lapriore

J Mascis likes to play loud. Which is why it’s a bit

J Mascis likes to play loud. Which is why it’s a bit weird that his second solo record, Tied to a Star, is decidedly quiet.… Continue reading

Photo by Justin Lapriore
Photo by Shawn Stanley

It’s never easy for a band to replace a longtime singer—even if

It’s never easy for a band to replace a longtime singer—even if your band dresses in elaborate latex costumes while cartoonishly murdering audience members, as… Continue reading

Photo by Shawn Stanley
Wednesday, Nov. 5  For Event 2, Deltron 3030’s second concept album

Until recently, it seemed that most music from the 1980s would be

Until recently, it seemed that most music from the 1980s would be forever relegated to the dustbin of history—a musical purgatory where vapid hair metal… Continue reading

Wednesday, Nov. 5  For Event 2, Deltron 3030’s second concept album
The Psychedelic Furs, post-Ringwald.

It is both a blessing and a curse that English rock band

It is both a blessing and a curse that English rock band the Psychedelic Furs are tethered to the 1986 Molly Ringwald film Pretty in… Continue reading

The Psychedelic Furs, post-Ringwald.
Cover photo from Bob Dylan's 1964 album, The Times They Are A-Changin'. Columbia Records.

It’s hard not to feel a twinge of anxiety every time Robert

It’s hard not to feel a twinge of anxiety every time Robert Zimmerman announces a new string of tour dates. The prospect of seeing America’s… Continue reading

Cover photo from Bob Dylan's 1964 album, The Times They Are A-Changin'. Columbia Records.
It all started when Jen Wood finally bought a piano. With a

It all started when Jen Wood finally bought a piano. With a

It all started when Jen Wood finally bought a piano. With a new marriage and a new home, the Seattle singer/songwriter, best known as the… Continue reading

It all started when Jen Wood finally bought a piano. With a