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


Argentine Experimentalists Invade Seattle

ZZK Records is one of the leading ambassadors of electro-cumbia, an expansive, time-warping sound that spans the Latinx world.

“The Basement” by Marlowe

A surreal Lyft ride through LA's deviant backstreets.

‘Channel Surfing’ by Perry Porter

The short film is mesmerizing and appealingly disorienting, like trying a new drug for the first time.

“Blown Away” by Head Band

"Blown Away" sounds like 50 years of guitar-gasmic rock refined into three ecstatic minutes.

SIFF 2018: ‘Return to Mount Kennedy’

The new documentary film is a Seattle-based lens on American history.

Sendai Era, ‘LAKAS’

These personal, political songs sound like sweet summertime.

Welcome to ‘Trash Mountain’

Experiencing ridiculous novelty—as in this long-form GIF comic book/musical experience—has a disorienting effect.
At Large

Kelly O’s Upstream #FashRehash

Along with a ton of great live music, Upstream made for great people-watching.

Tacocat to co-headline this weekend’s Volunteer Park Pride Fest

The Day-Glo pop-punks come off a main-stage blowout at Upstream to join an already stellar lineup of performers this Saturday in Volunteer Park.

Up Next: Upstream!

Amid 200 bands playing 15 venues across Pioneer Square this weekend, City Arts hosts a wildly diverse showcase featuring Otieno Terry, FKL and Terror/Cactus.

Hidden Gem

The Ruby Room lies at the center of Seattle hip-hop supremacy.

Seeing the Unseen

Che Sehyun applies ancient wisdom to modern life.