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Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther Album Is Dazzling and Afrocentric

An album that goes above and beyond the usual movie soundtrack. by Jenni Moore Initially enchanted by lead single “All the Stars,” with its tribal drum beat and dazzling Afrocentric music video, I’ve been bumping the Kendrick Lamar-curated Black Panther soundtrack all week. Show More Summary

How Spoon Helped Me Find My Seattle Groove

Spoon lifted the funk. by Leilani Polk G a Ga Ga Ga Ga was the album that made me like Spoon. But Seattle made me love the Austin indie-rock band. Which, without context, probably doesn't make much sense. Let me explain. I came to Seattle...Show More Summary

Manatee Commune's Millennial ADHD

Not your typical EDM outfit. by Amber Cortes G rant Eadie just can't seem to stop himself from trying new things. A classically trained musician versed in multiple instruments including viola, violin, and guitar, the 24-year-old behind Manatee Commune is pretty much a one-man band and sound machine. Show More Summary

Rock Goddesses Thunderpussy Signed to a Major Label and Are Poised to Blow Up

This might be the last New Year's Eve celebration ever. Why not go out with Thunderpussy's decadent rock bang? by Dave Segal R eal talk—this might be the last New Year's Eve we're ever going to have. A quick look at the news fills one with a keen sense of apocalyptic anxiety. Show More Summary

Cam Forges Her Own Path Through Country Music

With experience from Bangerz to “Burning House,” singer/songwriter Cam feels blissfully free of industry expectations. by Robert Ham The singer/songwriter known simply as Cam has managed to carve a comfortable path between the two extremes of country music success. Show More Summary

My Complicated Devotion to Brandon Flowers and the Killers

The last thing 2017 needed was an ode to machismo. by Ciara Dolan T he last thing 2017 needed was an ode to machismo, which is why the lead single off the Killers’ brand-new record, Wonderful Wonderful, initially gave me pause. In the...Show More Summary

The 5 Best Places to Buy Vinyl in Seattle

Favorite places to stock up on records. by Dave Segal Wall of Sound (1205 E Pike St, #1C, Small but exquisitely curated, Wall of Sound has been to Seattle what the defunct Other Music was to New York City: the place with the highest ratio of amazing, obscure, eclectic vinyl from around the world. Show More Summary

Valerie June Does the Damn Thing

Talking subatomic cosmic blues with the Brooklyn singer-songwriter. by Santi Elijah Holley W ith her Tennessee twang and infectious laugh, Valerie June could charm the dew off a honeysuckle. It’s difficult not to smile and laugh along...Show More Summary

The Band Industrial Revelation Is Covering Björk's Homogenic Live at the Neptune

Why is a Seattle jazz group taking on the immense challenge of performing an Icelandic pop maverick's music? by Dave Segal I n one of the year's most surprising developments, Industrial Revelation will be covering Icelandic singer/songwriter/producer Björk's third album, Homogenic, in its entirety on December 20 at the Neptune. Show More Summary

A Tribute to Mary J. Blige at the Royal Room

Seattle Afro-punk singer Om Johari organizes another good idea. by Charles Mudede T he thing that has marked Seattle musician Om Johari's music career has been the successful execution of very good ideas. For example, back in 2000, she...Show More Summary

Top 10 Albums of 2017, Local and National

The best tunes of the year, from Bjork to Versing (and many more between), as selected by the Stranger Staff. by Stranger Staff A conservative estimate places the number of full-length albums released in the past calendar year at roughly 13,000. Show More Summary

Billy Bragg's Pop and Politics Are More Relevant Than Ever

Best known as an '80s leftist, Billy Bragg has never sounded timelier than he does in 2017. by Sean Nelson I f pop musicians are extraordinarily lucky, they have a moment. Sometimes it lasts a season, sometimes a bit longer, but in general, singers and songwriters tend to be time-stamped and sealed in their original era. Show More Summary

An Interview with the Producer Who's Helping Lee "Scratch" Perry Connect with Younger Audiences

If not for 81-year-old dub innovator Lee "Scratch" Perry, you wouldn't have EDM or rap. by Greg Scruggs D o you swear you saw a giant gorilla at Bumbershoot 2015, but your friends keep telling you it was just the 'shrooms? I have good news: You were right. Show More Summary

Lizzo Is the Body-Positive MC Who's Healing the Nation

On Coconut Oil, Lizzo elevates feeling good about yourself to an art form. by Amber Cortes O n her 2016 EP, Coconut Oil, Lizzo elevates feeling good about yourself to an art form, all while proclaiming that self-care is not a luxuryShow More Summary

Son Little Finds New Magic in a Loaned Guitar

The Philadelphia musician is a musical alchemist. by Santi Elijah Holley S ome people say guitars have songs living inside them. Aaron Livingston, the Philadelphia-based musician who performs as Son Little, experienced this firsthand while touring through Australia last fall. Show More Summary

Prom Queen's Doom-Wop Sweetly Evokes Existential Dread

Twisted Americana. by Amber Cortes A sk Celene (Leeni) Ramadan, the creative force behind Prom Queen, why she's so drawn to that kitsch 1950s and '60s aesthetic—the beehives, the roller skates, the drive-ins, and the forlorn, love-lost songbirds of doo-wop and blues—and she'll say she doesn't quite know. "It's really a mystery. Show More Summary

A$AP Mob Rule the World

The New York collective is leading the new golden age of hiphop crews. by Robert Ham W e’re right in the middle of another golden age for hiphop crews. Multi-member outfits like the Native Tongues and Murder Inc. held sway for the first...Show More Summary

Don't Be Surprised If Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Becomes the Future of Electronic Pop

Orcas Island native Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith uses old synths to create a new, strange kind of electronic beauty. by Dave Segal I f Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith isn't a pop star yet, she ought to be one in the near future—when humanity is evolved enough to appreciate her peculiarly beautiful songcraft. Show More Summary

Perfume Genius Enters Uncharted Territory on No Shape

"I work myself up into a fervor, which is, you know, a method that requires some drama." by Amber Cortes F rom the very first song, Perfume Genius's new album, No Shape, feels like getting caught in a thunderstorm. It starts off with just a few drops of delicate piano notes and a shift in the air pressure to a hymn-like hum. Show More Summary

What'd You Do Over the Summer? Dude York Was Recording Christmas Songs

Dude York's management wanted them to write the songs on Halftime for the Holidays in a certain way, but they didn't really listen. by Anna Kaplan D ude York are a trio of twentysomethings with service-industry jobs who call themselves America's band. Show More Summary

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