Senior editor Jonathan Zwickel has been writing about popular culture since 2000 for publications in San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale and Seattle. Along with his work at City Arts, he occasionally contributes to Pitchfork, Stereogum and Thrillist. His first book, Beastie Boys: A Musical Biography, was published in 2012 by Greenwood Press. He lives on Capitol Hill with his best friend and personal trainer, Edison the Wonderdog.

Recent Articles



The first single from the upcoming album 'Mr. Zero' smacks of abnegation and anxiety but also a kind of material transcendence.

“Get You Alone” by Golden Idols

Golden Idols are very good at musical misdirection.

Tacos Chukis brings some color back to the Central District

“I’m proud to be a minority owning four restaurants in Seattle, doing well, kicking ass with something I love, something I grew up with,” says owner Roberto Salmerón.

Beast phone: Marshawn Lynch fuses technology, philanthropy and celebrity

In his latest endeavor, the former Seahawk joined forces with Seattle-based mobile-industry entrepreneur Leigh Hunt to launch a proprietary cell service.

ArtsFund study confirms the social benefits of art

A major new study demonstrates that the positive, transformative nature of art is more than a feeling.

Moorea Masa & the Mood, “Shine a Light”

An anthem of resilience and uplift that comes from confronting—and releasing—the past.

‘History Rhymes If It Doesn’t Repeat (A Southend Healing Ritual)’ by Gabriel Teodros

The veteran MC is Seattle's conscience and its memory and his new album plays like a social media account that you actually want to follow.

Jonathan Toubin, Professional Partystarter

"These records, ultimately it’s party stuff. But it’s also a huge statement about culture, time, music, history."

Ten Questions for Your Band: Richie Dagger’s Crime

'Sea of Dysfunction,' the debut LP by Richie Dagger's Crime, is one of Seattle's strongest releases this year.