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


Dr. Lonnie Smith: “Play Life”

Spend 60-some years in the relentless pursuit of groove and you may end up as effervescent as Dr. Lonnie Smith.
Album of the Month

With ‘In the Comfort Of,’ Sango Points a Way Forward

Sango’s wholehearted embrace of change as an agent of evolution speaks to a larger truth.

Become Desert: Q&A with John Luther Adams

A world-premiere composition from Pulitzer-winner John Luther Adams

LoveCityLove Expands and Evolves

The DIY arts collective embarks on a brand-new chapter.

DIY Aquatic Utopia

Floating from the Spheres into the underwater world of Aquarium Zen

Kung Foo Grip, “Sposed Ta B”

The new video from director Andrew Imanaka is full of irresistible attitude.

Lotte Kestner, “Go to Sleep Now”

Two Seattle artists fuse their individual oeuvres into a unique, unified expression.

Tiffany Wilson, “Me & You”

Humanity rings loud and clear on "Me & You," a standout track from Tiffany Wilson's album 'See Sharp' and an anthem of solidarity.

Malitia Malimob, “Dum Dum”

"Stand together as foreigners/Back to back when they corner us/Help each other to victory, brotherly love the formula/Africans, Asians, Persians and Mexicans are my brothers."

Prom Queen + the Black Tones: A Love Story

This weekend, the Black Tones and Prom Queen fulfill their commingled destiny when they play Band Crush, City Arts' live musical-mashup concert series.

4Culture and the King County Council: Oversight or Overreach?

King County Council has introduced an ordinance to assume greater oversight over 4Culture, the independent agency that disburses millions of dollars in grant money to King County artists and arts organizations each year.