Sound Off! Finals

The Northwest's premier 21 and under battle of the bands featuring Bleachbear, Emma Lee Toyoda, Naked Giants, and One Above Below None.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Now in its 14th year, Sound Off! supports the local music scene by giving artists from different backgrounds an opportunity to showcase their work, connect with the larger artistic community, and perform live at a top venue in the region.


Sound Off! Finals features the winning band from each semifinals round plus the wild card winner.

Find out more about all participating artists by visiting the Sound Off! page.


Semifinals #1 Winner
Seattle, WA (indie)
Bleachbear is an all-female family band that was recently named “Seattle’s Best Underage Band” by Seattle Weekly. Packing an indie dreampop punch, they’re heavy on an atmosphere full of vintage influences, while front woman Tigerlily Cooley’s angst-soaked lyrics create an evocative, wistful vibe. With their breezily sweet harmonies layered over a fusion of distortion, Bleachbear is the perfect juxtaposition of fragile and badass.

Emma Lee Toyoda

Emma Lee Toyoda
Semifinals #3 Winner
Seattle, WA (indie, folk)
Singer-songwriter Emma Lee Toyoda channels the intimate atmosphere of folk greats like Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens, invoking a rural aesthetic that unfurls like a whisper from another time. With a rustic sound that cherry-picks from a broad spectrum of styles, it’s the strong sense of empathy at the core of this nostalgic escapism that’s at the heart of what makes Toyoda so special.

Naked Giants

Naked Giants
Semifinals #2 Winner
Mercer Island, WA (rock)
Naked Giants weave a stomping garage blues rock template that invokes the likes of Ty Segall, The White Stripes, and Thee Oh Sees. The group revels in styles from soft psych to blistering rock in a textural landscape painted with fuzzy distortion and ghostly vocals. The catchier the tune, the more fun they sound like they’re having—and who can argue with that?

One Above Below None

One Above Below None
Wild Card Band
Seattle, WA (hip-hop)
One Above Below None paint a hip-hop landscape loaded with slow-burning beats that float along without ever losing their edge. Bubbling bass lines underscore complex lyrics and fearless, stylistically restless hooks. Inspired by names from Nas to Kanye West to Dom Kennedy, it’s the heart and exuberance in their flow that’ll win you over.

Listen to tracks from all of these artists on the Sound Off! page, or on KEXP's Sound Off! podcast hosted by DJ Sharlese.

Date and Time

March 7, 2015

8:00pm (doors 7:00pm)


EMP Museum
Sky Church
325 5th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

Ticket Info

$12 ($8 EMP member and youth)

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Sound Off! is made possible, in part, by support from:

BNSF Railway

Additional support generously provided by:

ChipotledwDunlopFenderSennheiserKEXP 90.3London BridgeFastback StudiosCapitol Hill Block PartyTimberNorthwest FolklifeTalking Rain

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