Sound Off! Finals
Museum of Pop Culture
325 5th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109
An annual event since 2001, MoPOP’s Sound Off! supports the all-ages scene by giving artists an opportunity to showcase original music on a large platform, launch their music careers, and connect with peer musicians, industry leaders, and other members of the artistic community invested in supporting their success and growth.
Join MoPop on March 11th for the FINALS!!!
Show begins at 6:00 pm (doors at 5:30pm) and will take place inside MoPOP’s Sky Church.
Learn more about the finalists:
JASON MCCUE – Seattle, WA (indie, folk)
The wobbly, unfailingly melodic sound from alternative folk artist Jason McCue evokes the influence of artists such as The Beatles, Elliott Smith, and Built to Spill. But where he shines is in his lyricism, which alternates with ripples of wisdom, longing, blasé, and adolescent angst—often self-deprecating and satirical: “I wanna president who beats on his chest / who reassures me that America’s the very very best.” His fragile coo and intimate style of performance are the perfect pairing to deliver his sweet and folky bite-sized stories.
THE GOOD WEIRD – Federal Way, WA (indie rock)
Take the focused vocal style of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and lay it over guitars reminiscent of an upbeat Weezer track, and you’ll start to see what makes Federal Way trio, The Good Weird, tick. Even the most lethargic listener won’t be able to resist their upbeat, driving sound as it bounces over their ears. Distinct harmonies, thoughtful lyrics, and energetic passion make The Good Weird indie rock done right.
FALON SIERRA – Seattle, WA (alternative R&B, soul)
Falon Sierra’s unique style is a combination of smooth vocals and powerful lyrics. Her work bends traditional genres in new and interesting ways, creating an alternative R&B sound blended with electric soul. With influences like SZA and Amy Winehouse, Falon Sierra is taking up the mantle of the soulful songstress in a way that is completely her own. Her EP Beauty in Danger was released in the summer of 2016.
TORPOISE – Tacoma, WA (electronic)
Citing Sound Off! alum Manatee Commune as an influence, Torpoise combines an electronic style with a love of classical composers like Tchaikovsky to create dream-like tracks perfect for a long drive at night. He describes his sound as “if a Nintendo 64 was mashed together with a saxophone and a lucid dream,” and he’s not wrong. Torpoise’s music glides along on a 16-bit wave of melody interspersed with the perfect amount of beeps, boops, and trills.