Austin and Nicole Stone at their club Kremwerk.
  • Kelly O
  • Austin and Nicole Stone at their club Kremwerk.

If Austin and Nicole Stone—perhaps Seattle's only son-and-mother nightclub partnership—have their way, Kremwerk will help shift Seattle's epicenter of cool from Capitol Hill to the Denny Triangle. The small basement space on Minor Avenue has been open only since February, but it's already establishing itself as a crucial cog in the city's electronic-music scene.

Kremwerk hit the ground running. In its first week, Austin—the venue's booker—scored future-bass star L-Vis 1990, and since then, he's brought in an excellent array of local and international talent, including Silent Servant, Santiago Salazar, Dreamweapon, Jimi Jaxon, and Raica. When Electric Tea Garden closed, it left an opening for another entity to host the sort of edgy electronic music most venues consider too risky to embrace. Kremwerk—which now has a capacity of 160 with its newly installed patio—appeared at an opportune time to help champion the scene's underground action.

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