David Pierre-Louis, owner of LUCID Lounge in Seattle's University District. (Photo by Johnny Miller)

Film featuring Seattle entrepreneur David Pierre-Louis brings Haiti home

A new documentary, "Kenbe Fem," featuring David Pierre-Louis' efforts to rebuild his family's hometown in Haiti debuts this Thursday, June 25.
Jun 23, 2015
Iranian pop singer Amitis and Snoop Dogg, united by green screen. (Photo via YouTube)

Snoop Dogg as gateway to Iranian culture?

Am I the only Iranian American excited about this new Snoop Dogg cameo?
Jun 8, 2015
(Photo by Tong Chang)

Seattle-bound Beijing bands reimagine rock for the Western world

Beijing bands birthed from post-Cultural Revolutionary China are carving their own rock history in the West.
May 14, 2015
Krown (left) and Chino'o (right) met in Seattle and began making music together in their teens (Photo by Tendai Maraire).

Malitia MaliMob rapper voices Somali American struggles

Tired of living out negative Somali stereotypes, the rapper behind Seattle's Malitia MaliMob decides to confront them head-on.
May 12, 2015
Hollis Wong-Wear. (Photo by Shyn Midili)

Seattle’s Smartest Global Women: Hollis Wong-Wear

Not only is Hollis Wong-Wear a multi-talented artist, she is carving a unique niche in the entertainment industry.
May 2, 2015
Emma Lee Toyoda performs at the EMP. (Photo by Alia Marsha)

Seattle’s Smartest Global Women: Emma Lee Toyoda

Tired of waiting for role model in indie folk, a young Asian American musician claims her stage.
Apr 20, 2015
The Nile Project performs for KEXP's 'Immigrant Songs' online series. (Photo by Eric Gonzalez Alfaro, courtesy KEXP.)

KEXP’s ‘Immigrant Songs’ digs for musical roots

KEXP is celebrating modern musicians influenced by the immigrant experience in a new online series, "Immigrant Songs."
Mar 30, 2015
Viet Cong  plays a sold-out show  in Seattle this Sunday post-band name controversy. (Photo by Colin Way)

Viet Cong’s loaded band name a cautionary tale to indie artists

What’s in a name? For Viet Cong, who plays a sold-out show in Seattle this Friday, way more than they thought.
Mar 25, 2015
The Capitol Hill club uses their name against Bruce Lee's image to promote their venue. (Photo from Chop Suey Facebook page)

Musicians say Seattle club ‘Chop Suey’ needs a name change

Seattle music mainstay Chop Suey is getting some unwanted attention upon new ownership.
Feb 26, 2015
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Pussy Riot’s first English song ‘I Can’t Breathe’ pays tribute to Eric Garner

Pussy Riot first English song, "I Can't Breathe," repeats the last words of Eric Garner when he died at the hands of police officers.
Feb 18, 2015
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New Kore Ionz video takes viewers on a ‘Starship’

The video, which went live just moments ago, is already getting some national limelight.
Feb 13, 2015
Kendrick Lamar ignites controversy over new single, "The Blacker The Berry." (Photo by Kim Metso)

‘Hypocrisy’ in new Kendrick Lamar lyrics has fans debating

A few lines have earned Kendrick Lamar's new single 'The Blacker the Berry' a closer reading than any hip hop song in years.
Feb 12, 2015
Seattle hip hop artist Draze performs at the EMP's Black History Month Kickoff on Saturday. (Photo by Jama Abdirahman)

Black History Month gets a star-studded kickoff at EMP

Talib Kweli and Draze joined up and coming Seattle artists in celebrating the value of Black lives.
Feb 9, 2015
Things get a little bit weird with Swedish psychedelic band Goat, one of more than a dozen international acts currently signed to Sub Pop. (Courtesy photo)

Sub Pop’s music shop an unlikely fit at Sea-Tac

Your world tour of alternative music departs from Sea-Tac — but you won’t even have to get on a plane.
Oct 23, 2014
Horse head fiddle player and throat singer Davaazorig Altangerel performs as part of Mongolian orchestra Agra Bileg at Town Hall last Friday. (Photo by Aida Solomon)

Mongolian jazz kicks off Town Hall’s “Global Rhythms” series

Tejano rock, Hawaiian chanting, and Mongolian jazz all come to Seattle as part of a world music concert series at Town Hall.
Sep 24, 2014
(Photo courtesy AEG)

Die Antwoord: South Africa’s answer to world music?

South African rave-rappers Die Antwoord return to Seattle’s Paramount Theatre on Monday.
Sep 18, 2014
Anacortes-based group, Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble, are a regular act at Folklife. Here, they perform at the annual Spring Festa in Skagit County, another one of their regular annual gigs. (Photo from www.goskagit.com)

Folklife Festival: A Memorial Day weekend from around the world

This weekend Seattle Center will transform into a microcosm of the Northwest’s prolific community of world music and arts. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the rich cultural diversity of the Pacific Northwest all in one place, this is where you will find it.
May 23, 2014
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Northwest break dancers rock their way to the global stage

The presence of international dance competition R-16 is a sign that the Seattle Break-dancing scene has made its mark in the global B”boy” world. #seattle #R-16
May 11, 2014
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Trinidad transplant puts musicians first on new indie label

Former Microsoft programmer Kirt Debique wanted to build a new kind of record label to supported Seattle musicians. So far, so good.
Apr 28, 2014
Mailarie Muñoz, age 16 (center) and Jennifer Bravo, age 16 (right), during the intermediate Mariachi class program at Wenatchee High School. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Wenatchee’s Mariachi youth keep the beat of success

A high-school program called Mariachi Huenachi in Wenatchee is not only producing fine music, it’s helping students do better in school.
Apr 18, 2014