Tonight Sound Off! Semi-Finals, Round Two Tonight
posted by February 16 at 16:35 PMon
Here’s who’s playing this week at Level 3 at EMP|SFM:
Seattle crew KnowMads name Blue Scholars, Tupac, and OutKast as a few of their biggest influences. Their songs are relaxed and cool—catchy hooks and grooves loop underneath the MCs’ passionate but laid-back delivery. “Sunrise” has a vintage feel to it—the balladesque music might be played during a couples skate at the roller rink; the lyrics address political and social issues and express optimistic personal thoughts.
Scribes, a solo rapper also from Seattle, has a more abrasive style—his flow is quicker and more aggressive than that of KnowMads, while his piano/horn-heavy tracks (produced by Sound Dialect) nod to jazz, blues, and soul. He takes on the things that dumb down society in “Distractions” (“Distractions/From the clothes that I get/to the women swimming in my television set/I’m staring in a daze/like a media slave”). He has some range, though—the song “Sweetheart” is a little more playful.
Jumping from hiphop into singer/songwriter territory, this weekend’s show also has two folk-influenced artists. The Nextdoor Neighbors, from Olympia, are a pair of young women who accent their quaint, lo-fi pop songs with electronic flourishes that sound like they come from kids’ toys. Pat Goodwin, on the other hand, is a solo artist from Seattle, who, with a piano and backing tracks of drums and bass, is comparable to previous Sound Off! finalists the Lonely Forest.
Who’s gonna take it? The singer/songwriters? The hiphoppers? Show up at EMP Saturday at 8:00 p.m. to find out. Tickets are $10 for the general public.