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The Complete Cascadian Summer Music Festival Guide

The Complete Cascadian Summer Music Festival Guide

All the music your sunburnt face can handle.

The Complete Cascadian Summer Music Festival Guide
The Best Local Records We Heard This May

The Best Local Records We Heard This May

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

The Best Local Records We Heard This May
From "You Disappear." Courtesy of Carlos Lopez

Carlos Lopez Wins Grand Jury Prize for Sync 2016

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

From "You Disappear." Courtesy of Carlos Lopez
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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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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
Diogenes. Photo by Sofia Lee

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.

Diogenes. Photo by Sofia Lee
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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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By Brooklyn Benjestorf

Electric Eye: Beach Party at Golden Gardens

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

By Brooklyn Benjestorf
Justin Hartinger. Courtesy of the artist

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

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 it is getting used to mourning them.

After the Death of Prince, KEXP Gives Fans a Place to Come Together
Paradise Sunset Sessions. By Brooklyn Benjestorf

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.

Paradise Sunset Sessions. By Brooklyn Benjestorf
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The Best Local Records We Heard This April

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

Oh, Rose. Photo courtesy of the artist.
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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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Photo by Aubrey Rhodes

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

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.”

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

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.

Hip-Hop Activist Draze on Uncle Ike’s, Community Justice, Political Rap, and Being a Dad
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
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
Tacocat. Photo by Michael Lavine (detail)

‘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.

Tacocat. Photo by Michael Lavine (detail)
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