Music of Seattle

Music of Seattle



Because Seattle is Washington's largest city, the music of Seattle has long played a major role in the music of Washington, in genres of alternative rock that included grunge, and major bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam.[1] Seattle remains home to several influential bands, labels, and venues.

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Jimi Hendrix
American rock musician
bornNovember 27, 1942
Seattle, Washington
Jay Park
American recording artist, dancer and actor
Eddie Vedder
bornDecember 23, 1964
Evanston, Illinois, United States
Paul Allen
Co-Founder of Microsoft
bornJanuary 21, 1953
Seattle, U.S.
Resides inMercer Island, Washington, U.S.

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Notable Band

Nirvana was an American rock band formed by singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting being Dave Grohl, who joined the band in 1990. Despite releasing only three full-length studio albums in their seven-year career, Nirvana has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and important rock bands of the modern era. Though the band dissolved in 1994, their music continues to maintain a popular following and to inspire and influence modern rock and roll culture.

In the late 1980s, Nirvana established itself as part of the Seattle grunge scene, releasing its first album, Bleach, for the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989. The band eventually came to develop a sound that relied on dynamic contrasts, often between quiet verses and loud, heavy choruses. After signing to major label DGC Records, Nirvana found unexpected success with "Smells Like Teen Spirit", the first single from the band's second album Nevermind (1991). Nirvana's sudden success widely popularized alternative rock as a whole, and the band's frontman Cobain found himself referred to in the media as the "spokesman of a generation", with Nirvana being considered the "flagship band" of Generation X.[1] In response, Nirvana's third studio album, In Utero (1993), released to critical acclaim, featured an abrasive, less mainstream sound and challenged the group's audience.

Nirvana's active career ended following the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994, but various posthumous releases have been issued since, overseen by Novoselic, Grohl, and Cobain's widow Courtney Love. Since its debut, the band has sold over 25 million records in the United States alone, and over 75 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.[2][3] Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, in its first year of eligibility.

Notable Band

Pearl Jam is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. Since its inception, the band's line-up has comprised Eddie Vedder (lead vocals), Mike McCready (lead guitar), Stone Gossard (rhythm guitar) and Jeff Ament (bass). The band's fifth member is drummer Matt Cameron (also of Soundgarden), who has been with the band since 1998. Boom Gaspar (piano) has also been a session/touring member with the band since 2002. Drummers Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons are former members of the band.

Formed after the demise of Gossard and Ament's previous band, Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam broke into the mainstream with its debut album, Ten, in 1991. One of the key bands in the grunge movement of the early 1990s, over the course of the band's career, its members became noted for their refusal to adhere to traditional music industry practices, including refusing to make proper music videos or give interviews, and engaging in a much-publicized boycott of Ticketmaster. In 2006, Rolling Stone described the band as having "spent much of the past decade deliberately tearing apart their own fame."[1]

To date, the band has sold nearly 32 million records in the United States[2] and an estimated 60 million worldwide.[3][4] Pearl Jam has outlasted and outsold many of its contemporaries from the alternative rock breakthrough of the early 1990s, and is considered one of the most influential bands of that decade.[5] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic referred to Pearl Jam as "the most popular American rock & roll band of the '90s".[6]

Notable Artist

Ben Haggerty (born June 19, 1983),[1] known by his stage name Macklemore (/ˈmæk.ləmɔːr/ MAK-lə-mor)[2][3] and formerly Professor Macklemore, is an American rapper and songwriter from Seattle, Washington. His stage name originated from his childhood; it was the name of his made-up superhero. Since 2000, he has independently released one mixtape, three EPs, and four albums. He has significantly collaborated with producer Ryan Lewis as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Macklemore and Lewis' single "Thrift Shop" reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 2013.[4] The single was premiered on commercial radio by radio personality Jay Postal on September 2, 2012, and was soon dubbed by Billboard as the first song since 1994 to top the Hot 100 chart without the support of a major record label, although Macklemore, in a slightly unusual recording contract, pays a nominal percentage of sales to use Warner Bros. Records' radio promotion department to push his singles.[5][6] Their second single, "Can't Hold Us" also peaked at number one of the Hot 100 Chart, making Macklemore and Lewis the first duo in the chart's history to have their first two singles both reach the peak position.[7] Macklemore and Lewis released their debut studio album The Heist on October 9, 2012, which charted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200. The pair won four Grammy Awards at the 2014 ceremony, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album (The Heist), Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance ("Thrift Shop"). Their second album, This Unruly Mess I've Made was released on February 26, 2016.

Popular Artists from Seattle136

Top Albums by Popular Artists from Seattle119

Top Songs by Popular Artists from Seattle62

Popular Bands from Seattle161

Top Albums by Popular Bands from Seattle293

Top Songs by Popular Bands from Seattle91

Popular Music Events in Seattle5

Popular Music Venues in Seattle8

Popular Radio Stations in Seattle35

Popular Songs about Seattle50

Albums Featuring Popular Songs about Seattle11


Spotify - Featured Albums & Singles469


Spotify - Featured Tracks186


News Articles11

Playing Fair: A Musician’s Guide to Booking Great Shows, Getting Along With Venues, and Getting Paid For It
Sonic Scoop  –  August 25, 2016
This story first appeared in Trust Me, I’m a Scientist, August 5th, 2013. In January of 2011, singer/songwriter Gabriel Mintz performed at a popular Seattle music venue. At the end of the night, the venue gave Mintz a printout of incomes and expenses ...
This Friday: Concerts at the Mural w/ Industrial Revelation, Kyle Craft, Pickwick  –  August 24, 2016
In an interview with Earshot Jazz, upright bassist Evan Flory-Barnes explained, “All the eras of Seattle music — high points ranging from the Jackson Street days, the early days of jazz, to the Wheedle’s Groove days — that’s all in our music.”
Fictitious Fragrance Fan: Mia Wallace of ‘Pulp Fiction’  –  August 24, 2016
Few other movie characters can claim such an impact–and especially during such a patently unchic time when fashion and beauty were left to draw inspiration from the emerging Seattle music scene as many major influencers in fashion at this time were ...
Watch Eddie Vedder Dedicate Rarity 'Man Of The Hour' To Layne Staley At Wrigley  –  August 23, 2016
Both Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam emerged from the Seattle music scene around the same era. Watch the emotional moment from last night's show, courtesy of Brian Ruschman on YouTube. The full performance setlist can be seen below.
50 Things Millennials Have Never Heard Of  –  August 22, 2016
a laser pointer and a thirty minute explanation of the devastating impact of Mother Love Bone frontman Andrew Wood’s death on the Seattle music community. Recorded before anyone heard of Eddie Vedder, this Pearl Jam/Soundgarden mash-up band produced one ...
Telling the Musical Life  –  August 18, 2016
In the beginning, music mimics the turbulence in her life, as the band searches for places to practice, to write songs, to cohere as a group, to get along with one another, and to establish themselves in the Seattle music scene, as well as outside the US.
Capitol Hill Block Party ready to welcome Paul Allen-backed Upstream to Seattle music festival scene
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog  –  August 18, 2016
As Capitol Hill Block Party owner Jason Lajeunesse decompresses from the 20th edition of the annual E Pike music festival, it’s hard not to turn an eye to 2017. The CHBP crew have already started the process of booking bands for the 21st installment of ...
Paul Allen’s New-Music Summit and Festival Draws Skeptics and Reserved Praise
Seattle Weekly  –  August 16, 2016
“What would make me a fan of it,” says Capponi, “is to really include the vastness of the Seattle music community, and also be very mindful of the vibe of the actual shows. If they throw up something at the Central, really listen to Michael ...
Lionell “Voxx” Lomax Prepares to Release His Greatest Album Yet  –  August 16, 2016
One of the leading independent hip hop stars on the Seattle music scene is Lionell “Voxx” Lomax who has already released hit albums like “Rock Star Life” to popular and critical acclaim. Voxx is currently in the studio working on his next album ...
Verity Credit Union’s Truth Series: Fly Moon Royalty  –  August 14, 2016
One of the bolder names in Seattle music, Fly Moon Royalty has made a name for themselves because of their instantly recognizable approach to neo-soul and R&B. The consummately powerful and commanding vocals of singer Adra Boo are backed up with classy and ...
North by Pacific Northwest: Paul Allen backing new Seattle music festival
Curbed  –  August 10, 2016
When you think about huge music festivals, think of...Paul Allen? The Microsoft founder, real estate mogul and Seahawks owner has announced that he is funding Upstream Music Fest + Summit, a three-day music festival that will take over Pioneer Square.


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