Perhaps no other American city is as associated musically with a specific time, sound and style as Seattle. And, well, a record label: Sub Pop, which launched the careers of Nirvana, Soundgarden and other grunge pioneers turned superstars in the late '80s and early '90s. But even after the hype faded, the label, and Seattle's music scene, have thrived. On July 13, Sub Pop will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a free festival, the Silver Jubilee (silverjubilee.subpop.com).

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