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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What the Hell is Shinjuku Nexus??

Hard to tell exactly what's gonna happen at Neumo's tonight. What we know: Electro-rock crushers Truckasauras and boy-toy rap crew Mad Rad warm up for Junkie XL, aka The Dutch DJ Who Did That Ubiquitous Elvis Remix in 2002. There will be taiko...
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“This is our pastime: We go to shows for fun.”

Christopher Nelson has photographed Seattle concerts for over a decade. His new show at the Paramount documents his last two years of show-going, with a very specific subject: the crowd. "Fans--A Look At The People Who Make A Show Great" features 15...
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Hugh Masekela, Musical Ambassador

Hugh Masekela, who plays the Triple Door on Thursday, was one of the first African musicians to make an impression on American ears. Masekela was born in South Africa in 1939 and trained in jazz trumpet since age 14. He came to the U.S. in 1961 to...
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5 Highlights of 48 Hours

1. Kelli Schaefer's guitarist playing a shovel and box of gravel during "Ghost of the Beast" at Columbia City Theater 2. Quilter's Irish Death dark ale by Iron Horse Brewery at the Snorting Elk, Crystal Mountain3. "Loving Cup" performed by Rolling...
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Let It Grow

From Portland practice spaces to Tacoma living-room shows to a Seattle open mic to a small festival with a big following on a little island, a new type of Northwest music scene – er, community – is starting to bloom. (Read this story now in our...
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Let It Grow

Photography by Dylan Priest It’s an Alexander McQueen pea coat, midnight blue, sleek and high collared, scored on the cheap from a vintage store in Portland. Drew Grow had worn it almost every day this winter, and he was wearing it the night in...
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The Head and the Heart and the Van

Seattle’s best new band gears up for the road ahead. As you read this, the Head and the Heart is somewhere on the other side of the country, either sweating onstage or squished into a smelly van, one month into the ten they will spend on the road...
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Shabazz Satisfaction

A kinder, gentler Shabazz Palaces played Neumos last night, a year and a month after the band's live debut in the same venue. The time between served the CD-dwelling hip-hop duo well: Underground music circles buzzed as SP's 2009 EPs spread across the...
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Kory Kruckenberg Wins Grammy, Shouts out Pickwick

Last Sunday, Kory Kruckenburg won a Grammy in the category of “Best Engineered Album, Classical" for his work on Eliesha Nelson’s album Quincy Porter: Complete Viola Works. On Monday, Kruckenberg was in his Toyota station wagon, heading north on...
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New Radiohead Album “a quantum leap; in the sense that it transplants you inside the body of a West Virginia stripper in 1967 who has to solve her brother’s murder with the help of a computer called Ziggy.”

The rigorous cultural arbiters at Vice UK have heard the new Radiohead album, The King of Limbs! And they've reviewed it for your edification. Enjoy phrases such as "beastly overture," "angry rant," "the perfect take," "tender ballad," "more than...
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The Sound of Sunshine

Just in time for a sunless Seattle weekend: Willie Wright, "Nantucket Island" Chicago-based label Numero Group recently reissued Willie Wright's second and final album, 1977's Telling the Truth. According to the liners, Wright was a...
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PDX Does SEA

Seattle has no legitimate claim on strummy/clappy campfire-pop other than we do it better than everyone else. (See: the Cave Singers, Fleet Foxes, the Head and the Heart, the Duchess and the Duke, the forehead-slappingly-named Campfire OK.) Portland...