Ask A Seattle Expert: Best Ways To Discover New Music

February 25, 2016 5:00 AM

Waving during the concert

The popular website, Northwest Music Scene, was founded in 2010, and is run by editor Glen Casebeer, along with his staff of local, talented writers. Northwest Music Scene is the best online source to keep you updated on all things music-related in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, including music news and local events. As per Northwest Music Scene’s Facebook page, the site was “created to help musicians keep realizing their dreams…” Read on to learn all about the best ways to discover new music around the Seattle area from music expert and Northwest Music Scene editor, Glen Casebeer.
Glen Casebeer
Editor At Northwest Music Scene
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www.northwestmusicscene.comUpon contacting editor Glen Casebeer of Northwest Music Scene, he stated, “Although we may be a little biased, covers more new music than anyone in the Northwest.” Casebeer went on to explain that he and his staff of music writers have completed more than 25 album reviews so far in 2016, and for the end of 2015, his site highlighted 50 different local bands for 50 days – calling it the “50 Bands in 50 Days” series. Northwest Music Scene has annual reader’s polls that it’s 62,000 Facebook and 27,000 Twitter followers participate in, and it has won awards from KING 5’s Best of Western Washington under the category of Best Music Blog several times.

Visit Northwest Music Scene And SubscribeNorthwest Music Scene is a solid source for all of the latest music news when it comes to the Seattle area and beyond. Music fans can peruse the main website to find the latest in album reviews, interviews, music news and local events. Or you can follow Northwest Music Scene on Facebook or Twitter and get notifications for all of the site’s latest posts about Seattle-area music.

Check Out Local Bars And ClubsAccording to expert Glen Casebeer, there are many great local bars and clubs in the Seattle area, since it’s “such an incubator for new talent.” Several local clubs showcase newer Seattle music artists and provide them an opportunity to take the stage. Venues that Casebeer recommended include Ballard’s Substation, which features a steady line-up of bands and artists that most people have never heard of. Other recommended venues include the Sunset Tavern, Vera Project, High Dive, Royal Room, Columbia City Theater, Slim’s Last Chance, Victory Lounge and the Blue Moon.

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Utilize Local Online Music ServicesIn addition to the Northwest Music Scene site, Casebeer recommends a new app for Seattle-area music fans called GigTown. This app was first started in the San Diego area in 2015 and one of its owners is NFL quarterback Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. GigTown’s primary focus is to feature local music scenes including Seattle, and to allow music fans to discover the wealth of new bands and solo artists. GigTown also provides information about various bands and their music that people can learn about and listen to before going to a live show. And if you check into a band’s show through the GigTown app, the band receives $5 tips from GigTown for each fan check-in.

Visit Local Record StoresSome of Seattle’s local record stores will feature new local music, as well as host CD release parties for local bands and artists. Casebeer states that local record stores have unfortunately taken a major hit in the last few years, but there are a few still out there that support local music and artists. His recommendations include West Seattle’s Easy Street Records, which has featured some of the best in-store music release parties over the years. Everyday Records, located on Capitol Hill, has also made a name for itself in the Seattle area, proving you can find some of the more exclusive, hard to find local music. Last but not least, you can’t forget Capitol Hill’s Wall of Sound record store. It specializes in carrying limited edition and out of print CDs and vinyl LPs.

Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on