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Black Messiah: Hear a Playlist of Influences on D’Angelo’s Modern Soul Classic

After simmering for 14 years, Black Messiah finally bubbled over on December 15, 2014. The third album by D'Angelo, the erstwhile soul superstar, was ignited…
Jonathan Zwickel / December 15, 2017

Millennial Tension: FKA Twigs Arrives With the Menacing, Incandescent ‘LP1′

9SPIN Rating: 9 of 10Release Date: August 12, 2014Label: Young TurksThe FKA Twigs takeover began this time last year—August 1, specifically—when the "Water Me" video…
Jonathan Zwickel / August 11, 2014

Metal Champs Mastodon Defend Their Crown on ‘Once More ‘Round the Sun’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: June 24, 2014Label: RepriseAlbum after album, Mastodon set the pace for modern heavy metal. They took pole position fresh…
Jonathan Zwickel / June 23, 2014

Old Man White Slathers Reasonably Rockin’ ‘Lazaretto’ in Bummer Vibes

6SPIN Rating: 6 of 10Release Date: June 10, 2014Label: Third ManSo Jack White's an asshole. So what — as long as the music's good? The man matches…
Jonathan Zwickel / June 10, 2014

Chromeo’s Sappy Soul-Pop Comes of Age on ‘White Women’

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: May 13, 2014Label: Atlantic/Big BeatAt the beginning, Chromeo had to be a joke. An over-styled, overly self-aware Arab-Jew duo…
Jonathan Zwickel / May 9, 2014

Gather ‘Round the Fire, Woods Win Hearts ‘With Light and Love’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: April 15, 2014Label: WoodsistThe Woodsist cult comprises an eponymous record label based in upstate New York, an annual outdoor…
Jonathan Zwickel / April 16, 2014

An Oral History of the First Lollapalooza

In 1991, Jane's Addiction's attempt at a farewell-tour extravaganza accidentally defined a generation and changed the music industry. Seven or eight bands in 20 cities…
Jonathan Zwickel / May 17, 2011

Indie Supergroup Wild Flag Debut in Olympia

"We are Wild Flag. We've never played a show outside our practice space so thanks for coming to this one."
Jonathan Zwickel / November 11, 2010

10 Best Moments of Seattle’s Bumbershoot Fest

This weekend's Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival is defined as much by what it isn't as what it is. It's not an indie…
Jonathan Zwickel / September 7, 2010

Carissa’s Wierd Play One-Off Reunion Show

Call it musical archaeology: Seattle's alt-folk missing link made a rare appearance Friday night as a (mostly) reunited Carissa's Wierd played their first show in…
Jonathan Zwickel / July 12, 2010

Chart-Topper B.o.B. and Lupe Fiasco Wrap Tour

B.o.B. has the top album on the Billboard charts right now, but even so, Lupe Fiasco remained the No. 1 star of the pair's Steppin…
Jonathan Zwickel / May 10, 2010

Raphael Saadiq Wows in Seattle Tour Opener

One city, four concerts, nine months: Most performers would wear out their welcome, but Raphael Saadiq is not most performers -- and Seattle can't get…
Jonathan Zwickel / November 17, 2009

Best & Worst from Treasure Island Fest

This past weekend, 25-plus bands gathered on Treasure Island, an artificial landfill in the San Francisco Bay, for the third annual Treasure Island Music Festival.
Jonathan Zwickel / October 19, 2009

Pearl Jam Tour, Night 5: Seattle

When you're Pearl Jam, Key Arena is your living room and your family is 17,000 screaming Seattleites.
Jonathan Zwickel / September 22, 2009

Pink Gets Wet in Seattle Tour Kickoff

Amidst the mega-budget spectacle of Pink's tour kickoff in Seattle on Tuesday night, the most prominent feature was Her Pinkness, herself. During a two-hour, turbo-charged…
Jonathan Zwickel / September 16, 2009

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