Best New Music 2018

Featuring Tyler Dopps, Haunted Horses, Guayaba, Pink Parts, Parisalexa, Terror/Cactus, The Sons of Rainier, Tres Leches, Bread & Butter and Head Band

The 10 artists and bands in this year’s Best New Music issue are not only making some of the most compelling music on the planet, they’re feeding a network of fellow musicians, record labels, venue operators and fans that’s vital to the creative life of the city. They’re looking out for each other, nurturing and being nurtured by a community that’s simultaneously thriving and threatened. They’re providing the essential sound of Seattle’s soul—a warning, a celebration, a cry of persistence. To listen is to understand.

Tyler Dopps reclines

Tyler Dopps Picks up the Beat

By Macklemore


Haunted Horses at Hollow Earth Studios

Haunted Horses

Punishing, cathartic noise



Experimental, shape-shifting hip-hop


Pink Parts Band

Pink Parts

Heavy rock, pissed-off and proud


Liam Mears


Buoyant, brilliant soul



Terror/Cactus at Space Craft


Cinematic electro-cumbia


The Sons of Rainier

Vagabond cowboy folk


Tres Leches

Bilingual left-field post-punk


Bread & Butter at Fisherman’s Village Music Fest

Bread & Butter + Head Band

Timeless, good-times rock ’n’ roll