Senior editor Jonathan Zwickel has been writing about popular culture since 2000 for publications in San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale and Seattle. Along with his work at City Arts, he occasionally contributes to Pitchfork, Stereogum and Thrillist. His first book, Beastie Boys: A Musical Biography, was published in 2012 by Greenwood Press. He lives on Capitol Hill with his best friend and personal trainer, Edison the Wonderdog.

Recent Articles


At the Intersection of Tech, Culture and Commerce

From a nucleus in downtown Seattle, Arif Gursel stakes out space for a new wave of Black empowerment.

WATCH: Prom Queen and the Black Tones

You gotta see the grand finale to believe it, and you can do it here.
Photo Album

Dig DUG’s 10 Years of Getdowns

"Doing a dance party was a way to expose the records I'd been finding."

“Melt Your Brain” by Shit Ghost

"We use our music to encourage people to explore the unknown parts of the human mind."

Dr. Lonnie Smith: “Play Life”

Spend 60-some years in the relentless pursuit of groove and you may end up as effervescent as Dr. Lonnie Smith.
Album of the Month

With ‘In the Comfort Of,’ Sango Points a Way Forward

Sango’s wholehearted embrace of change as an agent of evolution speaks to a larger truth.

Become Desert: Q&A with John Luther Adams

A world-premiere composition from Pulitzer-winner John Luther Adams

LoveCityLove Expands and Evolves

The DIY arts collective embarks on a brand-new chapter.

DIY Aquatic Utopia

Floating from the Spheres into the underwater world of Aquarium Zen

Kung Foo Grip, “Sposed Ta B”

The new video from director Andrew Imanaka is full of irresistible attitude.