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.

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: February 27–March 5

Rapper P.O.S returns with a vengeance, Naked City Brewery hosts an encore screening of Local Sightings top films, and Seattle Symphony adds music to Dr. Seuss's 'Green Eggs and Ham.'

02/27/2017 By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

Met Picks

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

Ali Wong offers a comedic edge, Japandroids returns to rock, and Kelsey Plum leads the Huskies into the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament.

02/27/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Seattle Sound

Song Premiere: The Maldives' "2 Know U Is 2 Love U"

The Seattle alt-country institution takes things in a new direction with the first single from its upcoming album, 'Mad Lives.'

02/23/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Summer Festivals

Upstream Music Fest and Summit Reveals Its Debut Lineup

The first year of Paul Allen's answer to SXSW features Flying Lotus, AlunaGeorge, Shabazz Palaces, and a glut of local bands.

02/23/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Theater Review

Women Literally Rule in Seattle Shakespeare's 'Bring Down the House'

Upstart Crow Collective's two-part all-female adaption of 'Henry VI' avoids feeling like a gimmick.

02/22/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Upcoming Events

Spring Arts 2017: Modern Pop, High Art

Mainstream pop culture is taking over everything—including local arts—resulting in a season of spectacle and thought-provoking genre blends.

02/21/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Local Talent

A Fiendish Conversation with Dude York's Peter Richards

The Seattle indie rock trio looks to live up to its self-proclaimed title of "America's band" with the release of 'Sincerely.'

02/21/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: February 20–26

The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle delivers another gripping novel, Cinerama screens all of the year's Best Picture nominees, and Pickwick headlines a loaded ACLU benefit show lineup.

02/20/2017 By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

Hot Take

The New Nintendo Switch Has a Lot to Learn from Seattle Tech Failures

Here's hoping the video gaming giant’s new console avoids similar perilous pitfalls.

02/20/2017 By Seth Sommerfeld

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