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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.
Pleather’s New EP Deconstructs Pop and Contemporary Seattle

Pleather’s New EP Deconstructs Pop and Contemporary Seattle

On ‘Tether,’ the mutant pop duo tackles the service industry, Frappuccinos, and a commodified Seattle.

Pleather’s New EP Deconstructs Pop and Contemporary Seattle
Skating Polly Learns Some New Tricks

Skating Polly Learns Some New Tricks

The band stretches their skills with some help from Veruca Salt on their new EP.

Skating Polly Learns Some New Tricks
MoPop’s 2017 Pop Conference Gets Political

MoPop’s 2017 Pop Conference Gets Political

Academic music types will gather to chat about house music, tunes in the Reagan and Obama eras, and more.

MoPop’s 2017 Pop Conference Gets Political
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
On ‘Being Here Is Hard,’ Whitney Ballen Sings the Existential Blues

On ‘Being Here Is Hard,’ Whitney Ballen Sings the Existential Blues

“It’s not a happy album at all.”

On ‘Being Here Is Hard,’ Whitney Ballen Sings the Existential Blues
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
Breaking Up With the U.S.A.

Breaking Up With the U.S.A.

Customs founder Allen Huang is moving to Taipei, but for other locals, leaving the U.S. is complicated.

Breaking Up With the U.S.A.
Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder and a sea of empty seats. Photo by Lance Mercer

Pearl Jam Versus Ticketmaster

The ringside story of the multibillion dollar battle between an upstart band and the rock industry’s high-tech ticket monopoly.

Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder and a sea of empty seats. Photo by Lance Mercer
Pearl Jam now, with drummer Matt Cameron (second from left). Photo by Sarah Seiler

A Brief History of Pearl Jam’s Drummers

On the eve of the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an exploration of how each helped make the band what it is today.

Pearl Jam now, with drummer Matt Cameron (second from left). Photo by Sarah Seiler
Big BLDG Records Review Roundup, With Roy Rodgers and Western Haunts

Big BLDG Records Review Roundup, With Roy Rodgers and Western Haunts

Getting mathy and hazy with the local label’s newest releases.

Big BLDG Records Review Roundup, With Roy Rodgers and Western Haunts
COSMOS Is Punctuating a Busy Year With an Eclectic New Record

COSMOS Is Punctuating a Busy Year With an Eclectic New Record

Even though “Moonshine” ranges stylistically, Téron Bell’s lyricism holds it all together.

COSMOS Is Punctuating a Busy Year With an Eclectic New Record
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
Dean and Dudley Evenson. Courtesy of the artists

With Millions of Records Sold, Bellingham’s Soundings of the Planet Are New Age’s Old Pros

After surviving the rocky MP3 era, they’ve found even more success in the world of digital streaming.

Dean and Dudley Evenson. Courtesy of the artists
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
Remembering Jonathan Moore

Remembering Jonathan Moore

Looking back on the life of one of Seattle hip-hop’s most vital mentors.

Remembering Jonathan Moore
Dancing in the Darq

Dancing in the Darq

GIFs from last weekend’s edition of Seattle’s celebrated QTPOC dance party, Darqness.

Dancing in the Darq
Photo by Brady Harvey

Watch the Transcendent Performance That Won Jason McCue This Year’s Sound Off!

Armed with only an acoustic guitar, the 20-year-old Seattleite was full of surprises.

Photo by Brady Harvey
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