Mark Baumgarten served as executive editor of City Arts from 2009 to February 2011 before becoming the magazine’s editor-at-large from February 2011 through March 2013. Mark previously worked for a long list of publications, including the late Sound magazine, Willamette Week in Portland, Twin Cities Metropolitan and Lost Cause magazine, the ill-fated local-music publication he founded while working as a banquet captain at a Minneapolis hotel. He is currently editor-in-chief at Seattle Weekly. Mark is also the author of Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music, which was published by Sasquatch Books in July 2012.

Recent Articles

At Large

Behind the Camera with Northwest Video Stars

You would think that Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” might have solved the riddle of the music video: Is it art or advertisement? Despite its ongoing title as Most Important Music Video Ever, the 13-minute production only confused the...
Album of the Month

Lotte Kestner’s “The Bluebird of Happiness”

The voice of Anna-Lynne Williams begins The Bluebird of Happiness, Williams’ third album as Lotte Kestner. Whispering, the Seattle songwriter counts off “1-2-3, 1-2-3.” Then she plucks out a simple melody and sings, in a forlorn and winsome...
Attractive Singles

Attractive Singles

Heavy Drinker The Colt Kraft Band Colt Kraft has grabbed attention from club crowds with a lonesome cowboy croon that’s destined for greatness. His band’s new EP is worthy of that voice, with this simple song about a simple man stuck in a simple...
News

Deconstructing Easy Street: A Record Store on the Auction Block

The celebration was Friday, Jan. 18. That night, nearly a thousand music fans flocked to the Easy Street Records store in Lower Queen Anne to watch Yo La Tengo become the 527th and final act to play an in-store concert there. A few days before, owner...
Q&A

Karen Finneyfrock on Her New Novel and Teen Poets

Five years ago, Karen Finneyfrock was a celebrated Seattle poet walking through an airport. Then a sentence popped into her head. “At fourteen I turned Dark,” it said. “Now I’m Celia the Dark.” Finneyfrock wrote the line down and kept...
At Large

The Truth About that Jon Brion & Elliott Smith Tape

Last week a 13-year-old performance by the late Elliott Smith was posted on YouTube by a user named Al Rose Promotions. It was accompanied by this message: “I tore up the floorboards at H.Q. the other day 
and came up with this little number on...
At Large

Jake Hemming Plays It Forward

Jake Hemming is a big man. But he is not self-conscious about his bigness. He wears it like a stylish hat. Hemming is often the tallest man at the show and he is also, often, the one doling out hugs that engulf the musicians who make up the area’s...
Q&A

Q&A with Allen Stone

Allen Stone takes a rare break to reflect on a hectic year that put him among soul royalty. In the year since America met Allen Stone during his appearance on Conan, the 25-year-old soul singer and his band have travelled 350,000 miles. They’ve...
Feature

The Family Man: David Nixon

Age 39 Neighborhood Columbia City Hometown Seattle Most recent book NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman Favorite movies Raiders of The Lost Ark, Brazil, Harold and Maude Hero David Byrne David Nixon has...
Feature

The Ritualist: Steven Miller

Age 44 Neighborhood Pioneer Square Hometown Tucson, Ariz. Years of practicing yoga 41 Favorite movie The Holy Mountain Favorite song ever “Regiment” by Brian Eno and David Byrne Personal Hero Caravaggio In 2012, Steven Miller produced six...
News

The End of an Archetype

There was a time when rock stars ruled Seattle. That time is over. Last month the Jambox, a storied practice space in Lower Queen Anne, went silent. After 20 years providing a place to play loud to hundreds, maybe thousands, of bands—including...
Feature

Hope, Change & Zombies

On the road with author Isaac Marion, the man who gave the walking dead free will. People are obsessed with zombies, but people don’t care about zombies. They’re not supposed to. Zombies wander aimlessly, hungry for human flesh. And...