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Astronaut9: Everything Like It’s the Last Time

Astronaut9: Everything Like It’s the Last Time

Everything Like It’s the Last Time tenderly takes back a survivor’s agency, giving the artist, and the audience, permission to feel what was too painful before, and to exist in the way we so badly want to as queer and trans survivors. Because of Astronaut9’s generous narrative, when you listen to this project, you also are heard.

DEVMO And The Conflicts Of Stayin’ Here

DEVMO And The Conflicts Of Stayin’ Here

Queer female rapper DEVMO just dropped the music video for her summer single “Stayin’ Here.” The music video takes place at a golden hour beach party where friends laugh together by the ocean (perhaps in Santa Monica, where DEVMO hails from). It's a classic millennial...

Nauticult Navigates Genre and Gender

Nauticult Navigates Genre and Gender

Seattle genre-fluid band Nauticult has decided to change it up again. “We’ve recently decided to, instead of calling ourselves experimental hip hop, call ourselves experimental punk. That was a long discussion,” says vocalist Austin Sankey.

Porch Cat Is A Manual For Finding Joy In Cruel Places

Porch Cat Is A Manual For Finding Joy In Cruel Places

It takes a skilled artist to transform dysphoria, loneliness, and chronic illness into catchy punk tunes you can scream along to in a sweaty basement. Chan Benicki of Porch Cat has the chops to do just that. Their music is tinged with anger and sadness, but never sounds pessimistic. For every moment of despair on their latest album, the self-titled Porch Cat, there’s a balancing moment of hope.

Glimpse Into Tomorrow at the SIFF VR Zone

Glimpse Into Tomorrow at the SIFF VR Zone

The SIFF VR Zone is a pop-up virtual reality installation living, for now, on the first floor of Pacific Place Mall. It’s the most intriguing thing the 44th Annual Seattle International Film Festival has had going on all season – or for even the last two SIFF seasons. Maybe three.

The Honesty and Raw Emotion of ArtsWest’s Hir

The Honesty and Raw Emotion of ArtsWest’s Hir

The honesty and raw emotion conjured of Hir is enough to leave anyone shaken to their core. Every element of this production created a performance that is a rollercoaster – and should not be seen lightly. If you have the opportunity to see Hir, do yourself a favor: skip the mascara and bring some tissues.