Best New Music

Meet the bands, MCs and producers who are making this moment in Seattle sound so good. This issue navigates the labyrinth of local music and shines a light on its most intriguing corners. COVER PHOTO BY JENNY JIMENEZ
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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Mother

I came into my identity as both an artist and a parent at the same time, and it wasn’t a coincidence.

Ways to Be

From the concussed scuzz-rock of their early stuff to the diffident almost-anthems of their latest, Dude York has chased a guitar-pop ideal through a series of giddy singles and EPs.
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Longfellow

Oil on canvas by Claire Johnson.
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The Rise of Locomotive Punk

NighTraiN is leaving the station—and taking you with it.
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Ready for Takeoff

Airport rises from the electionic underground. Here are the annotated details of the one-man mood-elevating flying machine.
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Dry the Rain

Low Hums unleash Northwest-bred desert rock.
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Glow For It

Dance music for daytime, Odesza’s upbeat EDM positively glows with sunlight.
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Gold From Here On

Rapper Raz Simone narrates Seattle's unconscious. His first LP, "Cognitive Dissonance," exists outside of rap’s feedback loop—it must, because Simone pays little attention to hip-hop at large.
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Triumph of the Will-not

Posse’s effortless brilliance
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Really Loud Rock of Ages

A timeline of Helms Alee, titans of Seattle’s heavy-music scene.
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The Turning of the Tide

The Comettes voyage into the welcome unknown.
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Outer Spaces

The four women of Wishbeard hover near 30 years old and “look like 12-year-old boys,” says keyboardist Erin Resso. Their luscious, dreamy space-rock has garnered a diverse following.
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Extra-large Cheese

ILLFIGHTYOU spits hot fire—over Tacoma’s best pizza.
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The Outsiders

Industrial Revelation wrecks expectations.