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Branden is the Managing Editor of Likes: Thai food, chicken wings, watching the Sounders and Rainier Beer. Sometimes you'll hear him on the Locals Only Podcast, but mostly you'll read stuff he writes on this website. 

Branden has been a PNW resident his whole life and covers music, culture and everything Seattle for The End. You can follow him on Twitter, but you probably shouldn't. 

Recent posts

Seattle Superman Jonathan Belle takes stunning must-see photos across the Emerald City

March 22, 2018
Supported by StickerYou Watch out, Metropolis. Seattle has it's own "Superman" and instead of Clark Kent flying around the city, it's photographer and designer Jonathan Belle . “Have great hopes and dare to go all out for them. Have great dreams and dare to live them. Have tremendous more
Imagine Dragons

WATCH: Imagine Dragons release music film for Next to Me

March 13, 2018
The opening track to Imagine Dragons ' 2017 album Evolve now has an 11-minute "music film" to go along with it. Video of Imagine Dragons - Next To Me Directed by Mark Pellington, the same director who did the video for Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" and U2's "One," the video for "Next To Me" chronicles more

Capitol Hill Block Party 2018 Lineup released featuring Father John Misty, Dude York, Dillon Francis, and more,!

March 5, 2018
Capitol Hill Block Party has announced its 2018 lineup featuring headliners Father John Misty, Dillon Francis, and Brockhampton. This year's festival, which takes place in the heart of Capitol Hill with the main stage at the intersection of Pike and Broadway, will happen on the weekend of July more

Run The Jewels remixed "Supercut" by Lorde and it's pretty good

February 28, 2018
Run The Jewels are great. Lorde is great. The rap duo and Kiwi pop princess make for unlikely companions, but as they start their tour of North America with Mitski (beginning in Seattle on March 9), their pairing starts to make a lot of sense. RELATED: Hear First Aid Kit's Folksy Cover of Lorde's " more

What should we call the Seattle NHL team when it comes? The Kraken? Rainiers? Tauntauns?

February 27, 2018
Since the birth of team sports, fans have been picking weird monikers to rally around to support their favorite teams. To call yourself a "Seahawk" or a "Sounder" only makes sense when referencing the team of the same name which you support (Mariners are real-life sea-men and women, so it's not more

Someone made the new Han Solo movie trailer way better by adding Sabotage by Beastie Boys

February 22, 2018
It's been done before and it will be done again, but somebody took an already decent movie trailer (the new Star Wars spinoff Solo) and added Beastie Boys' "Sabotage" and made it infinitely better. Just watch. Video of Solo: A Star Wars Story - Sabotage Trailer Re-Cut It got me thinking, what more

We could get a Seattle NHL team sooner than you think

February 20, 2018
Before you read any further, NO, we haven't been granted an NHL team yet... BUT, there is a group in Seattle that will start collecting season ticket deposits for as low as $500 per ticket on March 1 for a potential team that would play at a new arena on the footprint of KeyArena at Seattle more
Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkins announce reunion tour with Seattle show at KeyArena on August 24

February 15, 2018
The long-talked-about Smashing Pumpkins reunion (sans bassist D'arcy Wretzky) is officially happening and the Shiny And Oh So Bright tour will come to Seattle for a stop at KeyArena on August 24. Win tickets to see Smashing Pumpkins in Seattle Tickets for their Seattle show go on sale Friday, more

A local cartoonist totally nailed a bunch of Seattle-themed Valentine's Day cards

February 14, 2018
A Seattle cartoonist who posts to Instagram as @SeattleWalkReport is feeling the love this Valentine's Day and has made a bunch of Seattle-specific Valentine's Day cards to give to your Emerald-city-loving significant other today. 50 things to love about Seattle Download these cards, print them more

The Fremont Bridge is going to have a resident musician in one of the towers this summer

February 8, 2018
Some of the most exclusive and unique studio space is up for grabs for one lucky Seattle musician this summer. RELATED: 50 Things to love about Seattle The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture put out a call for musicians who want to use the northwest tower of the drawbridge as their more