Sound Off! Semifinals #3

The Northwest's premier 21 and under battle of the bands featuring Emma Lee Toyoda, Mystery Machines, One Above Below None, and Righteous Minds.

Friday, February 27, 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.


Semifinals #3 features Emma Lee Toyoda, Mystery Machines, One Above Below None, and Righteous Minds.

Emma Lee Toyoda

Emma Lee Toyoda
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.

Mystery Machines

Mystery Machines
Gig Harbor, WA (punk)
Mystery Machines exhales punk aggression, maintaining a raw intensity that invokes the ferocity of bands like Black Flag, Rancid, and Nirvana. Pairing socially resonant subject matter with sonically savage instrumentals, this four-piece grunge super-group subverts punk cliché’s with a whole lot of dark humor for a live show that’s high-energy and just the right kind of moshy. Prepare for a rhythmic onslaught!

One Above Below None

One Above Below None
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.

Righteous Minds

Righteous Minds
Vancouver, WA (hip-hop, soul)
Righteous Minds describe themselves as a conscious hip-hop group, “rapping to enlighten the minds of the weary and lost.” With a production style laden with cinematic flourishes and knockout rhymes, it’s their dexterity in blurring genre that’s their greatest asset. Their curious, darting lyrics aren’t afraid to call out a commercial rap scene inundated with materialism and disposable hooks—as they declare on their track “Cold Reflections”: real rap is back.

Read about all of the participating artists and listen to audio clips at the Sound Off! page.

Date and Time

February 27, 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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