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

Feature

Pickwick: Universal Motown

Pickwick started out playing the music everyone else does. Now it’s playing the music everyone loves. The residential neighborhood squeezed between Northgate Mall’s sprawl and Lake City Way is a sidewalkless lattice of narrow streets and traffic...
Food

Burgermaster Saves

A reminder: $14 is too much to pay for a hamburger. I’m not saying don’t do it—money is an abstraction, value is relative, etc. But as we fetishize the lowliest consumables—organic Cheetos, anyone?—let’s remember that our adult insides...
Review

Fleet Foxes at the Paramount

"I'm in a nostalgic, self-mythologizing mood right now," Robin Pecknold told the Paramount audience midway through Fleet Foxes performance Tuesday night. It was meant as a goof, Pecknold momentarily ribbing guitarist Skye Skjelset, but like much of...
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Fleet Foxes at the Paramount: Nothing Less than Transcendence

"I'm in a nostalgic, self-mythologizing mood right now," Robin Pecknold told the Paramount audience midway through Fleet Foxes performance Tuesday night. It was meant as a goof, Pecknold momentarily ribbing guitarist Skye Skjelset, but like much of...
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Mayor’s Arts Award: Jack Straw Productions

Jack Straw photo by Jennifer Richard “There isn’t a simple explanation for what we do,” says Joan Rabinowitz, director of Jack Straw Productions. “We tend to be that group that doesn’t fit into a box.” The enigmatic Seattle institution is...
News

Mayor’s Arts Awards: Tet in Seattle

Cinco de Mayo. Bastille Day. St. Patrick's Day. Tet? One Seattle organization is paving the way for America to assimilate the Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebration into its canon of ethnic holidays. "In a way Tet is like Christmas, a time when people...
Feature

Around Town: Can You Pass the Mushroom Test?

Through the mind’s eye with Fungal Abyss. Read in our Seattle edition.
Around Town

Around Town: Can You Pass the Mushroom Test?

Through the mind’s eye with Fungal Abyss For four Wednesdays in August, the Comet Tavern hosted Fungal Abyss, a four-piece psych-rock side project by the members of Seattle metal band Lesbian. Guests from the city’s bubbling lysergic scene sat in...
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Nine Weekend Highlights (In Chronological Order)

1. Faustine HudsonThe Whalebones drummer (shown above performing with the Maldives at Doe Bay Fest) is always the musician having the most fun onstage at any given performance. In contrast to the stoic psych-roc Black Mountain and bluescore stomp of...
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Doe Bay Fest: Everything Elevated

Last weekend’s Doe Bay Fest surpassed lethally high expectations. Following three summers of consistent upgrades, year four—“the Year of the Full Moon”—was a quiet, cozy triumph, all glorious vistas and elated moments. Musically,...
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City Arts Rocks the Croc TONIGHT

You read it every month--today's your chance to HEAR City Arts Magazine! Starting at 5 pm at the Crocodile, City Arts editorial staffers/superstar DJs DJLBJ (Leah Baltus), Bobby Digital (Bob Suh), Dark Mark Baumgarten, and Jonathan "Zwickipedia"...
Q&A

Expansive, Torrential: the Jesse Sykes Q&A

There is no corralling Jesse Sykes. Not musically: Most songs on Marble Son, her new album with the Sweet Hereafter, stretch past the six- to nine-minute mark. Not conversationally: During 90-some minutes at Fremont Coffee several weeks ago, a day...