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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Sound Off! Semi-Finals, Round 3

posted by on February 23 at 15:00 PM

Tonight is the third and final round of Sound Off semi-finals featuring Deer City, Kusikia, Shotty, and Man Down Medic. Here’s a little more info about each band from this week’s Underage:

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Deer City is a name you may already be familiar with, as the Issaquah kid’s gotten a couple mentions in The Stranger lately. Deer City’s Jeff Stillwell is a talented, one-man, teenaged band armed with a gamut of keyboards, drum machines, and other noisy toys. His thoughtful electro-pop tunes have the honesty of a young Bright Eyes minus all the debilitating depression.

Listen to the song “Austrian Empire” by Deer City.

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Man Down Medic from Seattle share Deer City’s electronic inclinations (in that they also have keyboards), but instead of lo-fi bedroom lullabies, Man Down Medic play power pop dripping with oversized emotions. They’ve got the kind of explosive, anthemic choruses that Reggie and the Full Effect rock, but Man Down Medic add dreamy male vocals, bright female harmonies, and subtract the lyrics about midgets and fictional Swedish metal bands.

Listen to the song “Extra Extra” by Man Down Medic.

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If you’re a fan of more traditional alternative rock, then Kirkland’s Shotty’s the band you’ll be rooting for. Their influences include Loudermilk, the Smashing Pumpkins, and “loose women and broken hearts.” They’re perhaps the most straightforward rock band in this year’s Sound Off!—though sometimes they throw in a little pop (“Blue Bom”) or some dirty guitars (“Deep Fried”) to keep ya guessing.

Listen to the song “Emporer X” by Shotty.

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Finally, from Tacoma, is a duo called Kusikia. They do experimental jazz-meets-blues stuff by way of drums and guitar—it’s not all instrumental, but there are very few vocals. Their sometimes-psychedelic songs really sound more like sessions—a couple of musicians jamming after listening to some Hendrix records. It’ll be interesting to see how their loose compositions stand up to, say, Man Down Medic’s pop outbursts.

Listen to “Inconnu” by Kusikia.

Tonight’s show starts at 8 pm on Level 3 at EMP|SFM. Tickets are $7 for students and EMP members, and $10 for general public. The line up won’t be announced until right before the show, so if you’re going for a specific band, get there on time to make sure you don’t miss ‘em.

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