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 NBADraft.net, 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.

Local Talent

A Fiendish Conversation with Sisters

The Seattle pop band breaks open the bubbly to celebrate the release of its debut LP, 'Drink Champagne.'

02/14/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Ticket Alerts

Metallica Brings the Heaviness to CenturyLink Field

The iconic metal band comes to town to shred in August.

02/14/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: February 13–19

Lemolo offers Valentine's Day comfort at Nectar Lounge, Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter tape their bookish podcast live at Town Hall, and Northwest Film Forum screens top South Asian documentaries.

02/13/2017 By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

Hot Take

Can David Duchovny Solve Seattle's Mysteries?

Hopefully the ‘X-Files’ star will tackle these cases when he comes to town in February to play a concert with his band.

02/09/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Resist

Stream Seattle Symphony's Celebration of Music From the Muslim Ban Countries

'Music Beyond Borders: Voices From the Seven' highlights music from the countries cited in the POTUS's Muslim ban.

02/08/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Ticket Alerts

Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, and Chris Stapleton Headline Watershed Festival 2017

The annual country music party gets rowdy at the Gorge in July.

02/08/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Ticket Alerts

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Head to Safeco Field This Summer

The band's 40th anniversary tour (which includes the Lumineers) comes to Seattle on August 19.

02/08/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Ticket Alerts

Ben Gibbard Plans Standing Rock Benefit Concert

The Death Cab for Cutie frontman heads to the Showbox with Sherman Alexie and Naomi Wachira to raise funds for the Water Protector Legal Collective.

02/07/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Ticket Alerts

Lady Gaga Comes to the Tacoma Dome in August

Fresh off her Super Bowl halftime show, the pop diva announces her world tour.

02/06/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang for Your Buck

Cheap Week: February 6–12

Surfer Blood brings fresh material to Barboza, the Paramount screens silent romance of ‘Ramona,’ and David Shields's argumentative tome becomes a James Franco documentary.

02/06/2017 By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

Local Talent

A Fiendish Conversation with Seattle Music Exchange Project's Angelo Rondello

The founder, director, and pianist for the new worldly music exchange program discusses the state of Seattle classical music.

02/02/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Art Walk

Where to Go This First Thursday: February 2017

Stay engaged with the political art of Ernesto Yerena Montejano and images from the Women's March.

02/01/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Social Dance

Spectrum Dance Theater Takes Its 'Shot'

The company's latest piece confronts police shooting unarmed black people. Plus, a conversation about resistance with artistic director Donald Byrd.

01/31/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Met Picks

The Top Things to See or Do in Seattle: February 2017

‘Let the Right One In’ aims for the jugular, Dude York packs a pop rock punch, and Sarah Silverman goes as blue as she wants.

01/30/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: January 30–February 5

The best American portraits grace Tacoma Art Museum's walls for 'The Outwin,' local hip-hop pioneers Ghetto Children reunite at MoPop, and the Seagull Project takes on Chekhov's 'The Cherry Orchard' at ACT Theatre.

01/30/2017 By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

Local Talent

A Fiendish Conversation with Kate Wisniewski

The Upstart Crow Collective co-founder and actress discusses the creation of 'Bring Down the House,' Seattle Shakespeare's all-female version of 'Henry VI.'

01/26/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: January 24–29

SIFF hosts a Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Film Fest encore, Childbirth's punk brings together nasty women, and comedian Harland Williams gets weird in Tacoma.

01/24/2017 By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

Festival Season

Frank Ocean and Chance the Rapper Headline Sasquatch! 2017

The Memorial Day excursion at the Gorge also features Twenty One Pilots, the Head and the Heart, MGMT, and the Shins.

01/23/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Local Talent

A Fiendish Conversation with Jim Woodring

The artist and cartoonist shares of his latest collection of oversized surreal imagery at Frye Art Museum.

01/19/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

hope and resistance

Stay Inspired in 2017 with These Local Anthems

With a new POTUS comes a new soundtrack. Stream the playlist today.

01/19/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld