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

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Peace in Little Mezze

When a thousand years of culinary conflict find a new battleground in an unlikely neighborhood, everybody wins. With the March opening of Hummus Café, a half-mile square of Greenwood is now home to eight Mediterranean restaurants. At one...
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Show Me the Money

In the face of daunting financial challenges, artists are interfacing directly with the people who matter most: you. But how does that affect their art? “Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.” —Bertolt...
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Video World Premiere! Staxx Brothers, “Sugarwalls”

The artistry of the Staxx Brothers extends beyond music. The Seattle rock-n-soul band, long beleaguered in its hometown but beloved elsewhere on the West Coast, has poured incredible effort into its music videos—to impressive results. Their previous...
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Pat Thomas: Minister of Information

Pat Thomas is many things: author, lecturer, filmmaker, DJ, A&R man, student, drummer, beer tequila drinker, bath taker. There is one thing he is not. "I loathe being noted as an academic," Thomas says. "'Academic' sounds too dry, and I'm not a dry...
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Why Doesn’t Seattle Dance?

That's the wrong question. The right question is: Why does Seattle dance? Despite dunderheaded conventional wisdom and rote overgeneralization, Seattle dances. You know it’s true because at some point you’ve been in the right place at the right...
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A Legacy of Northwest Soul

The Expatriots Some of Seattle’s earliest, greatest musical talents had to leave the city to find fame. After graduating from Garfield High, Quincy Jones moved to New York to arrange songs for greats like Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Ray...
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Stupid Genius

Don’t Talk to the Cops party with a reason.It’s after midnight at the Baltic Room on a recent Saturday and the packed place absolutely reeks. It’s an auspicious odor that rarely occurs in Seattle, a densely nuanced mélange of sweaty bodies,...
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Escape Artist

Damien Jurado’s Latest Conjures Worlds Among the fiery, fuzzy swirl of sounds in “Nothing Is the News,” the song Damien Jurado released last month in advance of his tenth album, it’s hard to tell where the voices come from. Or how many...
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Hand-Made, Mass Produced

Theo Chocolate walks a fine, sugary line Fremont-based Theo Chocolate was founded on values of fair trade, organic ingredients and adventurous flavors. Their artisanal sweets feature ingredients like scotch, burnt sugar and Ceylon cinnamon. Their...
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Enter Space Buddha

Bruce Pavitt was Seattle's first underground music mogul. Today he's a psychedelic raver dad still pushing for a revolution.Across a velvet-black night sky, shooting stars streaked like glowing threads. A breeze hushed down from the distant hills,...
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Top Howevermany Live-music Moments of 2011 In No Particular Order

Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction’s “Noir Night Show” at Neumos (February); Kelli Schaefer at St. Mark’s Cathedral (October); Damien Jurado and John Vanderslice by tiki torchlight at Doe Bay Fest (August); Fleet Foxes at Columbia City...
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I Don’t Care Where We Go, I Don’t Care What We Do: Prince at the Tacoma Dome

Only after an artist has established and consistently met impossibly high standards do we measure him or her by them. Which is what Prince has done over the course of a superstar 35-year career, which was his undoing Monday night. He turned in a...