Assistant Editor (Arts)

Seth Sommerfeld runs the arts department at Seattle Met, crafting the magazine's On the Town section, editing the Culture Fiend blog, and contributing to reader service features such as “The Ultimate Seahawks Guide” and the front-of-the-book department, Mudroom.

Seth has written about music and culture for Rolling Stone, Spin, Pacific Northwest Inlander, Charleston Post and Courier, Syracuse Post-Standard, and Billings Gazette. He also extensively covered the NBA Draft for years for Fox Sports and, and was published as part of Myth, Media, and Culture in Star Wars: An Anthology.

Originally from Billings, Montana, Seth first lived in Washington while earning an undergraduate degree in journalism and broadcasting at Gonzaga University. He followed up those studies at Syracuse University, where he earned a master’s degree in arts journalism.

Ticket Alerts

Radiohead Comes to KeyArena in April

The band returns to Seattle for the first time in 5 years in support of 'A Moon Shaped Pool.'

11:11am By Seth Sommerfeld

TV Talk

'Real World Seattle' Recap: My Only Friend, the End

Bidding a less than fond farewell to the reality show's stint in Seattle.

01/11/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

(Formerly) Local Talent

A Fiendish Conversation with Shane "Swerve" Strickland

The indie pro wrestler (known as Killshot on 'Lucha Underground') and Tacoma native returns home to face Cody Rhodes at Washington Hall's DEFY1 Legacy.

01/11/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Season Announcement

'Hamilton' Headlines Broadway at the Paramount's 2017–18 Season

The slate of musicals also includes 'Les Misérables,' 'Disney's Aladdin,' and 'The Book of Mormon.'

01/09/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Ticket Alerts

U2 Brings 'The Joshua Tree' Tour to CenturyLink Field

U talkin' U2 to me? (Yes, we are.)

01/09/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang for Your Buck

Cheap Week: January 9–15

Gazebos and Summer Cannibals team up to rock Chop Suey, Jet City improv mixes comedy and baking, and Northwest Film Forum hosts some of the best Sundance shorts.

01/09/2017 By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

TV Talk

'Real World Seattle' Recap: Why Are We Yelling?

Another cast member leaves the house and a relationship turns ugly.

01/04/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Art Walk

Where to Go This First Thursday: January

Start off the year on an artistic note.

01/03/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: January 2–8

SIFF offers an outlet for mourning David Bowie via a 'Labyrinth' Quote Along, Fantagraphics celebrates a new queer and quirky installment of 'Wuvable Oaf,' and Central Cinema presents pro- and anti-screenings of 'Titanic.'

01/02/2017 By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

Year in Review

Top 10 Albums of 2016

Take a listen to the best records put out this year.

12/31/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Year in Review

Met Recap: Seattle Arts and Entertainment in 2016

A look back at our favorite cultural moments of the year.

12/29/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Seattle Sound

Top 10 Seattle Albums of 2016

The best local music the year had to offer.

12/28/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: December 26–January 1

Al Farrow's sculptures mix gun violence and religion, SIFF lets you quote along with 'The Princess Bride,' and Thunderpussy rings in the New Year with racy rock.

12/26/2016 By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

TV Talk

'Real World Seattle' Recap: Surprises and Inevitabilities

It's a reality TV trifecta with ugly heartbreak, sister squabbles, and a life-changing revelation.

12/21/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Hot Take

Book Clubbers

In honor of the Rat City Rollergirls and Seattle Arts and Lectures, we've built an all-star roller derby team of female authors.

12/21/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Met Picks

The Top Things to See and Do in Seattle: January 2017

Seattle Symphony remembers David Bowie a year after the pop icon’s death, Seattle Rep’s Woody Guthrie musical and Spectrum Dance fight the system, Jim Woodring creates surreal illustrations with gigantic implements.

12/21/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: December 19–25

The Neptune transforms into an EDM snow globe for Manatee Commune on Ice, West of Lenin screens an abominable Christmas film, and Sugar Plum Gary comes to comedically haunt your holiday dreams.

12/19/2016 By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

Holiday Dread

David Bazan Is Dreaming of a Dark Christmas

The singer-songwriter explores the beautiful sorrow of the season on 'Dark Sacred Night' and attempts to cope with the Christian right in the age of Trump.

12/15/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

TV Talk

'Real World Seattle' Recap: Family and Opportunity

Welcome to a week of Italian meatballs and tearful goodbyes.

12/14/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: December 12–18

Light sculptures brighten spirits at Olympic Sculpture Park, Tacocat returns home to spread pop punk joy, and Henry Art Gallery hosts a screening of the queer coming-of-age stop-motion animation feature 'Torrey Pines.'

12/12/2016 By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld