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.
Experimental, shape-shifting hip-hop
Heavy rock, pissed-off and proud
Buoyant, brilliant soul
Vagabond cowboy folk
Bilingual left-field post-punk
Timeless, good-times rock ’n’ roll