by Sean Jewell:: Let’s all just bow our heads for a minute in a moment of silence and thank the universe for Nashville one more time. I mean, have you heard Natural Child? I’ve been hooked on their rocking country soul since 2012, when they released Hard in Heaven, and the hard to share because […]

by Bart Cameron :: When Sundae + Mr. Goessl get back from their month long tour, the Seattle throwback jazz darlings are going to saunter into the most unassuming bar in Ballard, set up, and play a free show on a Monday night. This is the new normal. Hattie’s Hat, also known as the place of […]

By Sean Jewell:: At its core Macefield Music Festival is a block party in Ballard that celebrates the determination of Edith Macefield, a Ballard resident who refused to sell her home despite offers amounting to millions of dollars –even while the construction of new buildings enveloped her tiny old farmhouse. Her reason? Happiness. She had accepted […]

By Sean Jewell:: Above all, American Standard Time is an outlet for people to come and have a conversation about roots music, Americana, and vintage lifestyle. I can’t think of a band working today that fits into our vision better than The Sonics. They represent everything cool about music over the last fifty years. More than […]


KEXP put the challenge to all its listeners in Seattle neighborhoods during their last Member Drive. It was simple: which ‘hood could deliver the most dough in order to keep KEXP free, independent,  and the “listener-powered” radio station it is. And the good people of Ballard, with their Swedish pancakes, fishermen, and rustic dive bars came […]