The Best Songs I Heard in May 2019

Goodness gracious are you in for it, dear reader. Prepare your day for 11 songs that will change the way your soul thinks about the world. In these following internet words, you will learn about music from rock to deathsparkle (more later). I believe so much in these songs, I won’t waste your time dancing…

Artist Home Premiere: “Prefixed Image,” by Sylvi

There’s something tactile about the myriad shades of gray draped over the Northwest skyline. They generate an atmosphere that frequently seeps into the music coming from this region. Sarah Feinberg’s voice is a distinctive sound that just feels like this part of the world. It’s a dusky instrument that captures all of the surging layers,…

Artist Home Premiere: “Sing-A-Long” by Tilson XOXO

When Seattle-based hip-hop artist Tilson XOXO answered the phone, he immediately asked me a question: “What’s your favorite word to say?” I’d never thought about this before. But since I make a living asking other people personal and at times jarring questions, I responded. “Spaghetti.” Tilson laughed and said, “Okay, okay! I got you. Good….

The Best Songs I Heard in April 2019

Buckle up, dear ones. We’ve got 11 tracks for your ears that will put 11 separate smiles on your face. Songs that will summon up 11 different thoughtful ideas and 11 new ways to see the world. In an age when playlists are made everyday, this one is worth your listening hour. And if you…

Indie Label Spotlight: Big Bldg Records

From where I’m sitting, Big Bldg Records is doing the Lord’s work. The Seattle nonprofit indie label, created by co-founders Rob Granfelt, Pete Jordan, and Ben Schauland, was built to give support to great fledgling musical acts. That boost comes in the form of what’s perhaps the most costly aspect of making music: Big Bldg,…

The Best Songs I Heard in March 2019

With love, dear reader, I present to you five songs I hadn’t heard until this month and one I heard months ago but really want to bring to your attention now. The tracks range from sharp-tongued hip-hop to fuzzy rock to gentle lullaby to stoner Christmas song. I dig them all dearly and I hope…

Timber! Outdoor Music Festival Lineup Announcement

The seventh Annual Timber! Outdoor Music Festival returns to deliver another weekend full of amazing musical discoveries, outdoor adventures and fun for all What’s New This Year Mark Lanegan & the Passenger String Quartet: From his beginnings as frontman for Screaming Trees, to his thriving and brilliant three-decade solo career, to fertile collaborations with Guns n’…