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


Pearl Jam at Safeco: All of Us Are the One

The Home Shows demonstrate that we can indeed have nice things—such as rock 'n' roll concert spectacles—as well as forward momentum on social issues.

Amplifier Infiltrates the Classroom

After a massively successful viral art campaign, Amplifier Foundation turns its attention to education.
Album of the Month

‘HH100’ by Various Artists

HH100’s speculative utopian electronica invites listeners into an aspirational future born of communal creative endeavor.

The Spirit and Substance of a Changing Tacoma

A deep look at the current state of Tacoma's creative community.
August 2018

Tacoma Funny

Tracking the city’s comedy boom

Meditating in the Marketplace: A Q&A with Kassa Overall, Drummer, Producer, MC, Prodigal Son

"You're seeing jazz evolve in front of your eyes and you have to be part of it."

‘We Will Not Despair’ by Breaks and Swells

The neo-soul septet debuts with a unique sound while also embracing the traditional role of soul music as spiritual balm for the masses.

Old World Wonder

Luigi’s is more than a restaurant—it’s a way of life.
Album of the Month

‘Single Rider’ by Jenn Champion

Going full-blown electro-pop, Jenn Champion's new album finds human connection on the dance floor.