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


A close encounter with Look Up Fest

Into the fog of the counterfactual arrives Look Up Fest, a brand-new confab of music, visual art, beer and strange vibes.

“Sugar Mama” by Soultanz

The latest from electro-soul duo Soultanz sounds like it was born poolside in Rio with a piña colada in hand.

Art Intervention!

The City of Bellevue looks to a trio of unconventional Seattle artists to manifest a massive civic transformation.

Nick Carroll cultivates Seattle’s weirdest, most welcoming dance club

A conversation with the Kremwerk booker will dispel any misunderstanding about the world of electronic music being cold, sterile or indifferent.

A meal at Jerk Shack takes you someplace else

Engage vacation mode at this Caribbean restaurant in Belltown.
Album of the Month

Album of the Month: ‘Dinner Dates for the End of Days’ by Scarves

These are strange days we live in; here’s the right album for them.

Meet the 2018 Mayor’s Arts Award Winners: Tarik Abdullah

If the South End has a celebrity chef, it’s Tarik Abdullah.

Ten Questions for Your Band: Cloud Person

"The Cold Starts" is the title track and lead single from the band's upcoming debut album; it's seven very interesting, very satisfying minutes from a promising new-ish band.

Arts in Nature is Seattle at its finest

This weekend's festival at Camp Long in West Seattle features headliners Nikkita Oliver and Total Experience Gospel Choir.
Photo Album

SPF30: Old Seattle meets new Seattle at the beach

Credit Sub Pop's iconic history, embrace of forward-looking artists and general good taste in music, branding and fun.

Travis Thompson on his ‘YouGood?’ visual album

'YouGood?' is a wildly ambitious, impeccably shot 40-minute trip through a young man's confident, conflicted mind.