Sound Off!

The Northwest’s premier 21 and under battle of the bands.

  1. Jason McCue snagged first place at Sound Off! 2017 with his inventive lyrics, excellent acoustic technique, and unfailingly melodic sound. As one of his many first place prizes, he will perform at Bumbershoot later this year.

     Photo by Nate Watters.

  2. Winner of Semifinals #3, Falon Sierra's unique sound is a mix of alternative R&B and electric soul. Her winning performance secured her a spot in the Sound Off! Finals on March 11, where she will be joined by Jason McCue (Semifinals #1 winner), The Good Weird (Semifinals #3 winner), and Torpoise (wild card artist selected by MoPOP's Youth Advisory Board).

    Photo by Nate Watters.

  3. The Good Weird brought their weirdly good style of indie rock to the Sky Church stage for Sound Off! 2017 Semifinals #2 and it paid off. The Federal Way trio will advance to Finals on March 11. 

    Photo by Nate Watters.

Make some noise for the leading all ages musicians in the Northwest at Sound Off! 2018.


Strawberry Mountain perform their song "Bruce" at MoPOP.

MoPOP’s premier 21 and under battle of the bands supports the local music scene by giving artists of all backgrounds the opportunity to showcase original music on a large platform, connect with peers and industry professionals, and take the next step in their music careers.

The winning band from each semifinal will progress to Finals on Saturday, March 3, broadcast live on KEXP’s Audioasis.

Sound Off! Info + More

Participants must be age 21 or under and residents of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or British Columbia.

Three panels review all the applicants, choosing twelve bands to perform live at MoPOP. Panels include MoPOP’s Youth Advisory Board, MoPOP staff, and music industry professionals. Bands are scored based on song composition and arrangement, creativity and originality, technical ability and musicianship. All categories will be weighted equally. Following are examples of questions the judges may consider when rating bands:

How strong is the songwriting/composition (musical arrangement, lyrics, harmonies, instrumentation, rhythm, use of technology etc)?

Does the music sound inspired? Do they have an artistic identity? Are they bringing something interesting to their genre?

How impressive is the musicianship? Are they proficient with instruments, vocals, and in time and/or in tune?

Band selection criteria subject to change without notice.

Please see Rules and Regulations and FAQ for more information.


$14 General Admission
$10 Students (w/ ID)
$9 MoPOP Members Become a member »
$5 Teen Tix Members 

Semifinals #1 | Friday, February 9

  • Dreadlight
  • Jawzilla
  • Maiah Wynne | Wildcard
  • Strawberry Mountain | Winner

Semifinals #2 | February 16

  • Micaiah Sawyer | Winner
  • Sam Foster
  • Step Dads | Wildcard

Semifinals #3 | Friday, February 23 8:00pm | doors 7:00pm

  • Beyond the Woods
  • Claudine Magbag
  • EyezOthelo
  • Misundvrstood

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Finals | Saturday, March 3
7:00pm | doors 6:30pm

  • Strawberry Mountain
  • Micaiah Sawyer
  • ?

+ one of the wildcard bands:

  • Maiah Wynne, Semifinals #1
  • Step Dads, Semifinals #2
  • TBD, Semifinals #3

Bands for finals will be determined by results of previous three semifinal shows.

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