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.

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

TV Talk

'Real World Seattle' Recap: The Race Episode

And now, they kinda start getting real.

12/07/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

(Formerly) Local Talent

A Fiendish Conversation with Luke Burbank

The host of 'Live Wire Radio' discusses the upcoming taping at the Neptune Theatre and growing up on Seattle radio.

12/07/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Points of Reference

How the Head and the Heart Turned Commune Vibes and Classic Rock Influences Into 'Signs of Light'

Charity Rose Thielen chats about how Leonard Cohen, the Eagles, and a German set designer helped in the creation of the band's latest album.

12/06/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: December 5–11

Fantagraphics turns 40, Freakout Festival gathers together Seattle's musical weirdos, and 'Ham for the Holidays' delivers its usual yuletide irreverence.

12/05/2016 By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld

Ticket Alerts

Seattle Singer-Songwriters Come Together To Honor Leonard Cohen

Ben Gibbard, Kimya Dawson, Tomo Nakayama, and more prepare to play a tribute concert for the departed Cohen at Town Hall on December 22.

12/01/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

TV Talk

'Real World Seattle' Recap: Whoa, We're Half Way There

Taking stock of the cast as the season reaches its midway point.

11/30/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Met Picks

The Top Things to See and Do This December and Holiday Season

A guide to the most festive festivities this month.

11/29/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Local Talent

A Fiendish Conversation with Mark Calderon

The Seattle artist creates hands of stone and fighters of felt for his new Greg Kucera Gallery exhibit, 'Show of Hands.'

11/29/2016 By Seth Sommerfeld

Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: November 28–December 4

Warm up with Cathedrals concerts from Damien Jurado and Lemolo, swing away with Sad13's electropop at the Vera Project, and laugh along with Joe Mande, 'Austen Translation,' or Emmett Montgomery.

11/28/2016 By Jane Kidder Edited by Seth Sommerfeld