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About Alexa Peters

Alexa Peters is a freelance writer living in Seattle, WA. She has written about music, travel, and lifestyle for The Seattle Times, The Washington Post, No Depression, Paste, Seattle Magazine, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, and Fretboard Journal. When she’s not writing, she likes crate-digging for vinyl, talking to dogs, and eating Thai food.

PLAYING SEATTLE: Fall in Love with Lizzie Weber’s Latest Single, “When You Look At Me”

press photo by Tony Hammons Like a child's pirouette, the new single from songwriter Lizzie Weber, "When You Look At Me," spins gentle and dreamlike. Inspired by the early days of her relationship with her now-husband, "When You Look at Me," is sung with the sort of tender lilt that plunges someone into [...]

By |2019-07-22T18:14:59-04:00July 19th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle|

PLAYING SEATTLE: Nauticult Scream Into the Void on Human Use of Human Beings EP

Seattle's Nauticult— equal parts industrial hip-hop and thrashing noise punk—was born in a moment of raw inspiration. For years, the members had known each other and even considered rapping over beats together, but they didn't actually pull the trigger until a surprise birthday party performance in 2015.  The result was cataclysmic innovation—electric drums, synth guitar [...]

By |2019-07-09T09:30:53-04:00July 5th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle|

PLAYING SEATTLE: Omar Schambacher of Great Spiders on Making Music His Own Way

In Seattle, bands are known to achieve success in unconventional ways. Unlike bands in popular music towns like L.A. and Nashville, Seattle musicians are stubborn about forging their own way in order to maintain creative control, playing music that's authentic first and foremost, and bucking industry commercialism. It's how grunge was born, and why Seattle [...]

By |2019-06-21T16:44:29-04:00June 21st, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle|

PLAYING SEATTLE: Leeni Ramadan Goes from Craigslist Collaborator to Prom Queen

By Carol Hodge With her teased bouffant, vintage A-line dresses, red lipstick, and coy, lilting voice, musician Celene "Leeni" Ramadan, who releases music as Prom Queen and as Leeni, stands out as one of Seattle's most unique exports. Though she currently lives and works her day job as an editor in Los Angeles, [...]

By |2019-06-10T18:27:26-04:00June 7th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle|

PLAYING SEATTLE: The “Cosmic Glitter” of Golden Gardens

Cosmic glitter. That's how singer Aubrey Bramble describes Golden Gardens, the band she co-founded with Gregg Neville in 2012. She's dead on, of course. Their last album, 2016's Reign, is one ethereal, melancholic starburst after another. Likewise, the listening experience of  their newest single, "Desert Rose," is less a walk on parched earth than it is [...]

By |2019-05-24T15:11:28-04:00May 24th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle|

PLAYING SEATTLE: Simon Henneman Explores “Non-idiomatic Shred Guitar” with Cantrip

Cantrip plays the release show for Authentic Luxury at River Dan's on May 4th. Seattle has a vibrant community for free improvisation, and guitarist Simon Henneman is a veteran member. Since the early 2000s, Henneman has been playing at Cafe Racer, a local hang known for its weekly free Racer Sessions jam, and [...]

By |2019-05-10T14:55:17-04:00May 9th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle|

PLAYING SEATTLE: The Pornadoes Carry on the PNW’s Longtime Ties to Surf Guitar

Along with rock, punk, jazz and a vibrant hip hop scene, Seattle has musicians who thrive in the in-between - who have a knack for suspending themselves between styles and bring in multiple influences, highlighting Seattle's quirkiness and creativity. The Pornadoes, "The World's Only Swingasurfajazzabilly Band," are a perfect example of that ethos. Their cinematic [...]

By |2019-04-26T16:16:22-04:00April 26th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle|

PLAYING SEATTLE: Rat Queen’s Jeff Tapia on Facebook Drama and D.I.Y. Collaboration

Songwriter, guitarist, and singer Jeff Tapia is a true Seattle artist. As an honest, quirky lyricist and melody-focused songwriter, Tapia carries on the traditions of true Seattle D.I.Y. culture. Along with their staunch support of other communities in the local arts scene, their authentic connection to the soul of city can be heard in their [...]

By |2019-04-11T15:21:52-04:00April 12th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle|

PREMIERE: Beatrice Deer Returns to Her Inuit Home for “Immutaa”

Half-Inuk, half-Mohawk indie pop songwriter Beatrice Deer hails from Quaqtaq, a small village in Northern Arctic Quebec that’s only accessible by plane. There, she planted the seeds of what she would become—a television director, clothing-maker, mental health advocate, a mother and songwriter—and there she returned to film a heartwarming music video for her rendition of [...]

By |2019-04-04T16:44:55-04:00April 5th, 2019|FEATURES, Premieres|

PLAYING SEATTLE: The Black Tones Prep Cobain and Cornbread LP

Photo by L. Mckill Brother and sister rock 'n’ roll duo The Black Tones are all about rewriting Seattle rock history, and playing their asses off in the process. Their latest LP, Cobain and Cornbread, draws on the Seattle music and cultural aesthetic but puts the diversity and innovation back into the style. [...]

By |2019-03-22T20:01:57-04:00March 22nd, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle|

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