Indigenous DJ trio A Tribe Called Red. (Courtesy photo by Falling Tree Photography)

A Tribe Called Red’s “Electric Pow Wow” comes to Seattle

First Nations DJ trio A Tribe Called Red’s rising star as musicians has put them on the forefront of indigenous activism.
Nov 14, 2016
Bomba Estéreo perform in Barcelona last summer. The band has toured in over 40 countries. (Photo from Flickr by scannerFM)

Seattle’s love affair with Colombian indie band Bomba Estéreo

Thanks to early recognition by KEXP DJs, Seattle helped launch Colombian party band Bomba Estéreo to global acclaim. They're in town Wednesday.
Sep 13, 2016
Seattle resident and reggae legend Winston "Flames" Jarrett, immortalized in art for the forthcoming film "True Born African." (Courtesy Nicholas John Nakis)

A rare local show from Seattle’s resident reggae pioneer

Septuagenarian Rastafarian Winston “Flame” Jarrett, one of the creators of reggae music, now lives in Seattle, and is putting on a free show Thursday.
Aug 16, 2016
Fountain, a post-punk band from Victoria, B.C. were the talk of the Sled Island music festival in Calgary last weekend. (Photo courtesy of Candace)

The next wave of post-punk is breaking in Western Canada

Post-punk bands from smaller Western Canadian burgs few Americans could even pinpoint on a map stole the show at last weekend's Sled Island Festival.
Jun 29, 2016
Grey Filastine, right, with Indonesian rapper Nova. The experimental activist electronic music duo are playing at an undisclosed warehouse location Saturday night. (Courtesy photo by Miguel Edwards)

Veteran anti-capitalist noisemaker Filastine is back in Seattle for a secret show

Activist musician Grey Filastine, who cut his teeth raising a ruckus during the WTO riots, returns to Seattle this weekend.
May 17, 2016
"The Ladder" by Troy Gua.

Nothing Compares 2 U: Artist Troy Gua’s complicated relationship with Prince

Seattle artist Troy Gua doesn’t hesitate to name Prince as his biggest influence. Gua’s photo series “Le Petit Prince,” which features a miniature Prince doll replicating iconic images from the singer’s career, went viral in 2012, counting Questlove among its many fans. But then Gua was served with a cease and desist by The Artist himself.
May 2, 2016
For many, the best part of Record Store Day are the indoor gigs. The Abjects performed in a London record store in 2015. (Photo: Paul Hudson)

As Seattle rocks Record Store Day, Europe mourns shuttered stores

While Seattle's vinyl-happy scene celebrates Record Store Day, many overseas are mourning businesses killed by music streaming.
Apr 15, 2016
Brushy One String (Courtesy photo by Agustin Dusserre)

World music powerhouse globalFEST touches down in Seattle

Bringing world music to American stages isn’t easy. That’s what makes the globalFEST tour in town this week so special.
Apr 12, 2016
Seattle hip hop artist Draze performs at the EMP's Black History Month Kickoff on Saturday. (Photo by Jama Abdirahman)

What the south end sounds like: Draze drops “Seattle’s Own”

Seattle hip-hop's hometown hero Draze has a new mixtape filled with South Seattle anthems.
Mar 31, 2016
Stic.Man of Dead Prez performs in Sweden in 2009. (Photo from Flickr by Henrik Isaksson)

Dead Prez show apt to shake up a gentrifying city

Don’t be surprised if the next big Seattle rap classic isn’t about big butts or thrift stores, but gentrification and community displacement.
Feb 17, 2016
Hollis Wong-Wear. (Photo by Shyn Midili)

Why Seattle Times’ “sidekicking” Hollis Wong-Wear is bad for journalism

The Seattle Times' tone-deaf treatment of musician Hollis Wong-Wear is a symptom of #JournalismSoWhite.
Feb 4, 2016
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. (Photo from Flickr by Ted Eytan)

Free Holocaust Remembrance Day concert at Benaroya Hall

Art from the Ashes, a Holocaust Remembrance Day concert Wednesday evening features works by composers who were killed by the Nazis.
Jan 26, 2016
Dina Trageser, second from right, leads Dunava, a Bulgarian folk singing ensemble. (Photo by Steve Borzilleri)

Seattle’s Balkan folk rockstars celebrate ten years

An unlikely ensemble of Northwest women is celebrating ten years as one of the world's most popular Balkan folk choruses.
Nov 10, 2015
Saz player Abdallah Abozekry will be part of the OneBeat Festival, which will be in Seattle the week of Nov. 2 to 7. (Photo courtesy Found Sound Nation.)

Egyptian musician brings soulful sound of the saz to Seattle in OneBeat Festival

Saz player Abdallah Abozekry is one of 24 musicians from 17 countries who are part of the OneBeat Festival, in Seattle the week of Nov. 2-7.
Oct 30, 2015
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Viet Cong band name sparks outcry at Neumos

Members of Seattle's Vietnamese American community gathered outside Neumos to protest the Canadian punk band Viet Cong.
Oct 17, 2015
A member of the G.O.O.D. Girls addresses the crowd at Beautify the Block. (Photo by Jama Abdirahman)

These Rainier Vista kids throw an awesome block party

They may look tough, but the B.A.D. Boyz and G.O.O.D Girls of Rainier Vista just want to Beautify the Block.
Oct 2, 2015
A child contributes to an interactive art portion of the exhibit. (Photo by Mahroo Keshavarz)

MOHAI spotlights Seattle hip-hop’s under-recognized gems

What will keep the legacy of Seattle hip-hop moving? MOHAI exhibit curators have an idea.
Sep 25, 2015
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This guy from Maldives islands interviews Seattle band the Maldives

A Seattle band named after the tiny island country Maldives finally gets a taste of their namesake.
Aug 10, 2015
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Ky-Mani Marley carries on his father’s legacy in Northwest tour dates

Ky-Mani Marley brings his reggae/hip-hop/country fusion sound to Nectar Lounge tonight.
Jul 9, 2015
"Space Gospel" artist NorvisJr performs at Moshka. (Photo by Joy Okot-Okidi)

Unique U-District venue a hub for groundbreaking black music

Moksha, a hybrid clothing store and venue on the Ave, is showcasing genre-bending black musicians.
Jun 29, 2015