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.

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Picnic Perfect

Picnic, you say? Perfect, we reply. Done right, al fresco eating is an art, swirling food and drink, scenery and company into a picture of pleasure. From beer-soaked beach barbecues to remote backcountry lunches to intimate wine-and-cheese...
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It’s Like That

In which we unapologetically, over-seriously consider the phenomenon of the tribute band ILLUSTRATION BY STEVIE VAN BRONKHORST The tribute band is pop music’s greatest indulgence. It trumps the extended solo in effort, the double album in...
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Lovetolove Agesandages

Just when you think you're at capacity for uber-sincere alt-folk bands, along come Agesandages--a warm, world-weary embrace of a band. The Portland septet came together after the demise of other, more aggresive projects, most notably Pseudosix,...
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Traditional but Personal: Q&A with Robin Pecknold

Tonight, Fleet Foxes play the second of two sold-out concerts at the Moore Theatre. Below is the full transcription of my interview with Robin Pecknold from two weeks ago, wherein Pecknold discusses the origin of the title to Fleet Foxes new album,...
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Shabazz Palaces

The road that led Ishmael Butler and his collaborators to make the most groundbreaking music coming out of Seattle today. Read now in our Seattle edition.
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Shabazz Palaces

The road that led Ishmael Butler and his collaborators to make the most groundbreaking music coming out of Seattle today. Read now in our Seattle edition.
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Shabazz Palaces Arrives

“Sitting in the car in my mom’s lap. I don’t know how old I was, maybe five. We’re on a beach, this really wide beach. She’s letting me drive. Might’ve been in the East, but I...
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News: Risky Co-Sign

Sir Mix-a-Lot stands up for Macklemore, gets cut down. (Read this story now in our Seattle edition.)
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News: Risky Co-Sign

Sir Mix-a-Lot stands up for Macklemore, gets cut down. (Read this story now in our Seattle edition.)
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Art vs. Tech

We sent three Seattle luminaries 20 questions about their relationship with technology. They sent us some answers.(Read this story now in our Seattle edition.)
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News: Risky Co-Sign

Sir Mix-a-Lot stands up for Macklemore, gets cut down Photo by Colby Perry At the conclusion of his third sold-out Showbox show in March, Macklemore summed up what might have been the apex of the run: an onstage cameo by Sir Mix-a-Lot, who rapped...
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Art vs. Tech

We sent three Seattle luminaries 20 questions about their relationship with technology. They sent us some answers. Illustrations by Bob Suh Lynn Shelton Film director, Special Jury Prize winner at Sundance 2009 What kind of cell phone do you...