In Seattle, there are 2 "alternative" newspapers: Seattle Weekly and The Stranger. I suppose that Seattle Weekly is more of your dad, and The Stranger is more of your little brother with the peircings and pink hair.
Don't be put off by the on-again, off-again competeition between the two. They target two separate audiences and should not be seen as "alike" newspapers.
That being said, Seattle Weekly definitely has the upper hand on hard-hitting, investigative journalism. They write about issues that affect more than the 16-23 year olds living on Capitol Hill.
They have good food, arts, and entertianment listings as well.
The paper is free and widely distributed around the city every Wedensday. Pick one up!