//Playing Seattle

Every other Friday, we explore the music scene in Seattle, Washington.

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|

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|

PLAYING SEATTLE: Guitarist and songwriter Ings Preps New LP and SXSW Shows

As you wander from Cafe Racer to SoDo punk venue to University District house show, Ings, a contemplative guitarist and songwriter with a subtle touch on the guitar, is bound to be somewhere in the mix—likely (and hopefully) sharing her slow-simmering pop songs from behind her signature yellow glasses. With two mellow-yet-poignant EPs under her [...]

By |2019-03-08T18:58:15-04:00March 8th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle|

PLAYING SEATTLE: Tacocat Celebrate Friendship and Sub Pop Signing with “Grains of Salt”

Effervescent pop-punk band Tacocat released their new single, "Grains of Salt," on Valentine's Day, complete with a colorful music video featuring prominent members of the Seattle drag community. "Grains of Salt" is the first single teasing their third full-length album This Mess is a Place—following 2014's NVM and 2016's Lost Time—due out in May and [...]

By |2019-02-22T12:22:48-04:00February 22nd, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle|

PLAYING SEATTLE: Parisalexa Lets Anger Burn Bright on New Single “Hothead”

(Photo by Victoria Holt) On Feb. 4, Seattle singer-songwriter-producer Parisalexa dropped a blistering new single, “Hothead.” The track, both defiantly relevant and subtly creative, takes the confidence Parisalexa had on display with her last two releases to new heights. “Hothead” is perhaps one of Parisalexa’s most straight-forward pop releases. Rihanna and Ariana Grande [...]

By |2019-02-08T21:35:48-04:00February 8th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle|

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