KEXP Suggests: Sound Off! Semi-Finals #3 at the MoPOP Museum 2/24


Week by week, we get closer to MoPOP’s Sound Off! finals on Saturday, March 11th, which will be broadcast LIVE on KEXP’s Audioasis! Now in its 16th year, this all-ages “battle of the bands” has introduced us to acts like The Lonely Forest, Naked Giants, Manatee Commune, and more.

Last week’s winners were Federal Way punk-pop trio The Good Weird, with Torpoise named runner-up. (Runners-up will be entered into the Wildcard Pool, and one of the three Wildcard bands will be selected by the Mo’Pop Youth Advisory Board to compete in the finals.) Let’s take a look at who will be competing in the final round of semi-finals this Friday, February 24th:

[ Photos courtesy of MoPOP Museum ]

animals_in_the_atticPortland trio Animals in the Attic already took the trophy in Seattle University’s 2015 Battle of the Bands; maybe they’ll be adding another accolade to that list! Think dreamy Mac DeMarco-style guitars with Real Estate-ish vocals, and you’ve got an idea of what this surf-psych band sound like.

brotha_grooveWith a name like Brotha’ Groove, you know you’re in for some sweet funk sounds, and that’s just what this Woodinville based collective deliver. They come from an impressive background, too: each member of this eight-piece funk/jazz-fusion band has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall. This Friday night, they take on the Sky Church!

nomadNomad truly travel with their unique brand of modern global pop. The duo features a multi-instrumentalist and a vocalist/ukelele player, and together, they’ll take you to distant lands with their exotic sound, invoking comparisons to bands like Beirut.

falon_sierraSeattle’s own Falon Sierra combines her soulful voice with electronic beats for a cosmic R&B/funk vibe that calls to mind SassyBlack. Her latest EP Beauty in Danger was released in the summer of 2016.

It’s the final round of semi-finals! Tickets to Friday’s show are $14 for general public, and $10 for MoPOP members + youth age 5–17. (Online tickets available here.) Doors are at 7:00 PM with the show starting at 8:00 PM.

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