The act’s original manager (and storied Seattle record store owner) relates the enduring impact and legacy of “the most underrated band in Seattle music history.” A two-part story Read more


Not quite part of the Seattle scene, Tacoma, Washington’s Seaweed was nonetheless sucked up in the whole grunge thing in the early 90s. This is the complete story of the punk band that made a career on the outskirts of Seattle’s city limits -- and its success Read More


The Deep Six compilation has become the stuff of legend in the Seattle music scene as one of the first important records in the history of “grunge.” It shouldn’t be a surprise considering considering the lineup. But back in 1986 when it was released, Deep Six was ignored for the most part Read more

Pearl Jam

The term "grunge" was almost-universally reviled by the bands it was supposed to describe. Where did the name come from? And how did it stick? A look at the etymology of grunge Read more

Sub Pop Rock City: the story of the first Sub Pop Lame Fest

On June 9, 1989, Sub Pop hosted a showcase at the 1,400-capacity Moore Theatre with three acts from their “grunge” stable – Nirvana, Tad and Mudhoney. The sold-out show would be the first time any of the bands had played to an audience that large. It wouldn’t be the last Read more

Built to Spill and Up Records

Up and Away: The Ballad of Up Records

Seattle's reign as capital of the music universe was short lived, but great music continued to be made in the pacific northwest even after the peak of grunge. Up Records was one record label that documented the "new" Seattle scene Read more

Seven Year Bitch and 11 other forgotten bands

12 Forgotten Major Label Albums

Regional bands were being signed left and right in the early 1990s. Not all of them became national stars Read more

Northwest Passage

Northwest Passage is an exploration of the music scene centered around Seattle in the 80s and 90s. This project looks at all aspects of the rock scene, not just the part that became known as the “grunge explosion.” Learn more about Northwest Passage

Owen Atkins

We didn't really have any unfinished business. The reunion was fun, but I doubt we’ll ever do it again.

Birthdays / July

  • 4 William Goldsmith Sunny Day Real Estate, The Fire Theft
  • 4 Kevin Whitworth Love Battery, Crisis Party
  • 5 Ron Nine Love Battery, Room Nine, Vaporland
  • 9 Isaac Brock Modest Mouse
  • 16 Jeremy Enigk Sunny Day Real Estate, The Fire Theft
  • 20 Stone Gossard Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog, Pearl Jam, March of Crimes, Green River, The Ducky Boys, Brad
  • 20 Tobi Vail The Go Team, The Frumpies, Bikini Kill, Some Velvet Sidewalk
  • 20 Chris Cornell Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog
  • 21 Chris Eckman The Walkabouts