August 29, 2008

Sound Off! at Experience Music Project

By Kim Nowacki

Sound Off! at Experience Music Project

Seattle's Experience Music Project is seeking entries for the eighth annual Sound Off!, an underage battle of the bands for performers who play rock, hip-hop, electronic, pop or any other kind of music. All participants must be 21 or younger as of March 7, 2009.

The winner gets stage time at the 2009 Bumbershoot festival.

To enter, mail the application -- which can be downloaded at -- and a non-returnable CD with original music to: EMP/SFM, Attn: Sound Off!, 330 Sixth Avenue North, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98109. The deadline is Nov. 10.

Twelve semifinalists will be chosen to perform live on Feb. 14, Feb. 21 or Feb. 28. The bands will be narrowed down to three for a live musical battle in the Sky Church at EMP on March 7, 2009.

Past Sound Off! competitors include Schoolyard Heroes, Idiot Pilot, Mon Frere, The Lonely H, Dyme Def, The Lonely Forest and Natalie Portman's Shaved Head.

This year's winner, New Faces, were recently signed by Loveless Records. The Port Townsend trio plays Saturday at Bumbershoot.

-- Kim Nowacki

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