//Playing Seattle

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

PLAYING SEATTLE: Katie Kuffel Premieres Video for Recovery Anthem “Jelly Donut”

In 2013, Seattle musician Katie Kuffel broke out as a fierce-yet-tender songwriter, with artful piano skills and a husky, blues-imbued voice. She's also made a name for herself as a community builder, organizing the Fremont Abbey Sessions in 2016—a community-driven music and video project—and striving to collaborate with and raise up local talent. Kuffel is [...]

By |2019-10-25T13:08:48-05:00October 25th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle|

PLAYING SEATTLE: PAMPA Bridges Cultures on La Contumacia

To Moon Baillie, an immigrant from Buenos Aires and the lead singer and songwriter of Seattle-band PAMPA, to be an expat is to "look at yourself, where you come from, understand it, digest it, and express it" in order to add to your new home. For Baillie, writing songs for PAMPA has been a vehicle [...]

By |2019-10-10T23:24:38-05:00October 11th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle|

PLAYING SEATTLE: Lemolo Premieres “South of Sound” Single Ahead of New LP

Photo by Jacquilyn Shumate As much as the Seattle sound is about notions of counterculture and nonconformity, the ever-present majesty of the area's natural surroundings is embedded within it as well, offering a sense of cohesion among what is otherwise a city of musical eclecticism. The melancholy gray skies, majestic evergreen forests, and [...]

By |2019-09-20T13:08:12-05:00September 19th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle, Premieres|

PLAYING SEATTLE: SassyBlack Returns With Latest Solo LP Ancient Mahogany Gold

SassyBlack, a.k.a. Catherine Harris-White, has spent years making lunar-inflected R&B and sending Seattle audiences on a funky galactic journey—both as a member several Seattle-based groups, like rap duo THEESatisfaction, and now as a formidably innovative and prolific solo artist. With a production vibe reminiscent of Roy Ayers and Pharrell, and an expressive vocal style that [...]

By |2019-09-10T19:40:11-05:00September 6th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle|

PLAYING SEATTLE: Golden Idols Explore Realistic Side of Love on Uneasy EP

On "Getting My Own Place," a new song from Seattle band Golden Idols'  Uneasy EP, lead singer Patrick Broz croons, "I need some space, and you do too/We need some time to work this whole mess through/Couples counseling or admit we're through: I'm getting my own place." It's a tragically familiar refrain for most people [...]

By |2019-08-26T17:57:36-05:00August 23rd, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle|

PLAYING SEATTLE: Drummer Heather Thomas Opens Up on Gritty New EP

Seattle-based singer, songwriter, and drummer Heather Thomas has held it down on the kit since she was a kid in Puyallup, WA, playing in her church youth group band and learning percussion parts from her dad. Steadily, through writing and performing her own songs, teaching music, and touring with notable Seattle-bred artists like Mary Lambert, [...]

By |2019-08-13T16:04:44-05:00August 9th, 2019|COLUMNS, Interviews, Playing Seattle|

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 |2019-07-22T18:14:59-05:00July 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 |2019-07-09T09:30:53-05:00July 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 |2019-06-21T16:44:29-05:00June 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 |2019-06-10T18:27:26-05:00June 7th, 2019|COLUMNS, Playing Seattle|

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