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

Review

Attractive Singles

Five can't-miss tracks from the PNW Sir Lancelot Thaddeus David, 
feat. Nacho Picasso and Avatar Darko Last month, this column praised the latest from Nacho Picasso, the molasses-mouthed MC with surrealist verse and smoldering bravado. This month...
Q&A

Q&A with David Bazan

David Bazan has a complicated relationship with the past. As the primary force behind the now-defunct band Pedro the Lion, Bazan spent a decade documenting personal struggles with his Western culture and his Christian faith through dynamic indie rock...
News

D. Black Returns as Nissim

Three years ago, Damian Black declared that he was done with music. His faith was at fault. “I had to step away from music to surround myself with things that would allow for spiritual growth,” says the 25-year-old MC. “Anything that didn’t...
Q&A

Q&A with Joel RL Phelps

Over the summer a powerful new recording from Joel RL Phelps surreptitiously appeared on the Internet. The song, “Thank You and Goodnight,” harkened to the more noisy, aggressive sound of Phelps’ old band Silkworm, and it wasn’t new; Phelps...
News

Ben Fisher Buys a Beer

Ascendant songsmith Ben Fisher is normally alone on stage, belting out his modern folk songs accompanied only by his acoustic guitar. During his headlining set at the Conor Byrne pub on the last Thursday night of September, though, he had some unusual...
Feature

Pieces of Benjamin

The Death Cab for Cutie singer returns from Los Angeles carrying a retrospective solo album, hope for the future and a refined sadness inside. We were losing him. We, the college radio listeners with abandonment issues, the broken-hearted bedroom...
Review

Attractive Singles

Five can't-miss tracks from the Pacific Northwest. Exit Music (For a Film) Portland Cello Project, featuring Adam Shearer The song isn’t new, and neither is the concept. What makes this performance notable is guest singer Adam Shearer, who matches...
News

Over the Rainbow

State Representative and tenor Jamie Pedersen talks about how the Seattle Men’s Chorus and the Seattle Women’s Chorus will use their voices to support Referendum 74. When I first ran for office in 2006, it was a hotly contested Democratic primary...
Q&A

Q&A with Yussef El Guindi

The Ramayana runs at ACT Theatre Oct. 12–Nov. 11. Legend has it that the Hindu sage Valmiki was the first to tell the Ramayana, a 50,000-line poem about Rama, his wife Sita and the epic journey to free her from an evil king. Many have shared a...
Music

The Song Show Singles

Thrift Shop Macklemore and Ryan Lewis As earnest and endearing as Macklemore’s tracks about sports heroes and marriage equality have been, the Seattle rapper is so much more in his comfort zone while being utterly ridiculous, as he is here. Off the...
Q&A

Q&A with Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson's Dirtday! is at Meany Hall on Oct. 20 For more than 40 years, New York performance artist Laurie Anderson has created art defined not by genre but by inspiration and technology. The result is a body of work that is wildly diverse,...
News

On the Record

The Melvins’ Big Break Barring an act of God or thrown rod, the Melvins will make their mark. This was clear when the band played at the Showbox at the Market on Sept. 6, sparing no energy for its eager fans, despite the fact that it was at the...