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Chastity Belt’s Not Too Cool to Care

On “I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone,” the band explores post-loner life.

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Pickwick on the Edge

Pickwick on the Edge

The Seattle band’s new album, “LoveJoys,” emerged as a creative purging of personal anxiety.

Pickwick on the Edge
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?

Why Musicians Forget Songs… Right in the Middle of Them
The Euphoria and Sorrow of Naomi Wachira’s ‘Song of Lament’

The Euphoria and Sorrow of Naomi Wachira’s ‘Song of Lament’

The Seattle singer-songwriter’s new album was born “effortlessly” of a “spiritual experience.”

The Euphoria and Sorrow of Naomi Wachira’s ‘Song of Lament’
Premiere: Emma Lee Toyoda’s New Video Is a Haunting Femme Fever Dream

Premiere: Emma Lee Toyoda’s New Video Is a Haunting Femme Fever Dream

Directed by Anissa Amalia, “fuuuck // Dream” waltzes through an otherworldly realm.

Premiere: Emma Lee Toyoda’s New Video Is a Haunting Femme Fever Dream
Mommy Long Legs. Photo by Allyce Andrew

The Best Local Records We Heard This May—XL Edition

The scene put out too many good albums, so get ready for a jumbo-sized edition of our roundup.

Mommy Long Legs. Photo by Allyce Andrew
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Five Must-See Acts at This Year’s Folklife Festival

Navigating the massive lineup can be tricky—here are some of our favorites.

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Draze’s “Ain’t Nobody Talking About No Real Shit” Music Video Is One of Local Hip-Hop’s Best

Draze’s “Ain’t Nobody Talking About No Real Shit” Music Video Is One of Local Hip-Hop’s Best

With its incredibly wide-scope and commitment to realness, Draze’s latest is a 2017 highlight.

Draze’s “Ain’t Nobody Talking About No Real Shit” Music Video Is One of Local Hip-Hop’s Best
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The Radical Vulnerability of Hoop’s Soft Rock

The Seattle four-piece are the ‘anti-Metallica,’ but their new album is heavy in its own way.

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Chris Cornell plays Download Festival in 2009. Photo by Adam Gasson/Alamy

How Chris Cornell Shaped Seattle Music

Through his friendship and his example, the late singer pushed his peers to new heights.

Chris Cornell plays Download Festival in 2009. Photo by Adam Gasson/Alamy
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Six Years Later, Seattle Still Loves Fleet Foxes

The band’s long-awaited return at the Showbox was met with a rapt, adoring crowd.

Photo by Agatha Pacheco
Soundgarden’s ‘Superunknown’ album sits beneath a rose on top of a speaker at the KEXP memorial for Chris Cornell. Photography by Alex Garland

Fans Gather in Remembrance of Chris Cornell

KEXP welcomed hundreds of mourners to listen to the work of the late, great Seattle-born musician together.

Soundgarden’s ‘Superunknown’ album sits beneath a rose on top of a speaker at the KEXP memorial for Chris Cornell. Photography by Alex Garland
Chris Cornell in 2007. Photo by Max Vadukul/Interscope

Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell Dead at the Age of 52

The singer was found unresponsive in a hotel room following a Wednesday night concert.

Chris Cornell in 2007. Photo by Max Vadukul/Interscope
Upstream, the Neoliberal Bumbershoot

Upstream, the Neoliberal Bumbershoot

Paul Allen’s new music festival was fun, but like the system that enables it, weird.

Upstream, the Neoliberal Bumbershoot
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
Seattle’s Free Community-Based Festivals Are Wrestling With a Cash-Strapped Future

Seattle’s Free Community-Based Festivals Are Wrestling With a Cash-Strapped Future

With mounting expenses, Folklife and Block Party at the Station wonder if they can go on.

Seattle’s Free Community-Based Festivals Are Wrestling With a Cash-Strapped Future
The Complete Northwest Summer Music Fest Guide

The Complete Northwest Summer Music Fest Guide

Hydrate yourself before wading through these exhaustive, sizzling listings.

The Complete Northwest Summer Music Fest Guide
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
Ten Years of Debacle Fest, One Giant Pile of Goop

Ten Years of Debacle Fest, One Giant Pile of Goop

Comic artist Max Clotfelter walks us through a brief history of the region’s reigning weirdo music fest.

Ten Years of Debacle Fest, One Giant Pile of Goop