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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. 

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Listen to hot takes on Bolo Ties, The Royal Wedding, and more from Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats

May 21, 2018
You might think a Summer Camp 2018 band with the name Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats might have some pretty spicy hot takes, but when it comes to playing games on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the hottest take from the band was about bolo ties , which makes a lot of sense when more

Paramount Theatre celebrating 90 years with free Death Cab For Cutie concert in June

May 15, 2018
90 years ago, The Paramount Theatre opened its doors for the first time showing silent movies. When The Paramount Theatre opened on March 1, 1928, it couldn't have been the best thing since sliced bread, because sliced bread wasn't even invented for a few more months. Now, 90 years later, more

Bumbershoot 2018 lineup announced with Fleet Foxes, Portugal The Man, Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs

April 30, 2018
The 2018 Bumbershoot lineup has been announced with Fleet Foxes , J.Cole, SZA, and The Chainsmokersall headlining this year's three-day festival at Seattle Center on August 31-September 1. RELATED: 50 Things To Love About Seattle Video of Bumbershoot 2018 Portugal. The Man , Cold War Kids , more

Arctic Monkeys announce Seattle show October 23 at WaMu Theater

April 24, 2018
It's happening. Arctic Monkeys are headed back to Seattle this fall to play WaMu Theater on October 23 with supporting act, Mini Mansions. The brit rockers first new album since 2013's AM , called Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, is due out May 11, just five months before they trek up to more

5 food trucks to check out before Taco Truck Challenge at Seattle Center

March 27, 2018
Taco Truck Challenge has a brand new location this year which means we all need to start stretching our gut for all the food we are about to cram into our mouth holes. Here are the Top 5 food trucks that you don't have to find while stuck in a traffic jam to check out before Taco Truck Challenge more

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