KEXP Suggests: EMP’s Sound Off! Semi-Finals #3 at the EMP Museum 2/27

Local Music, KEXP Suggests
02/26/2016
Janice Headley

Every year, EMP's Sound Off! competition showcases emerging stars in the all-ages music scene. Previous winners have included The Lonely Forest, Dyme Def, Sol, Kithkin, Brothers from Another, Manatee Commune, Fauna Shade, Schoolyard Heroes, Tomten, and Brite Futures, just to name a few. COSMOS took the lead in Round #1, with Redmond R&B artist Paris Alexa winning last week.

Round Three features Dre’zy and Too Smoove, Hello, I’m Sorry, Paralexis, and Lee.

[ Photos by Brady Harvey, courtesy of EMP Museum ]

Dre’zy and Too SmooveRenton collective Dre’zy and Too Smoove cite influences from A Tribe Called Quest to Snarky Puppy, bringing a soulful hip-hop to their beat-driven sound.


Hello I’m Sorry Bellingham trio Hello, I’m Sorry have nothing to apologize for: the one-time one-man project of Seth Little has grown from its lo-fi bedroom-pop beginnings, as you can hear on their debut album Benevolence.


ParalexisLake Stevens electropop duo Paralexis features University of Washington sophomore Alexander Bonilla and Seattle University sophomore Aprille Perez. Together, they create dreamy synth sounds with Perez's airy vocals.


LeeInspired by artists like Erykah Badu, Kendrick Lamar, and Robert Glasper, local frontwoman Lee has a confident voice that defies genres.


Tickets to Saturday's show are $14 for general public, and $10 for EMP members, youth ages 5-17, and students with ID. (Online tickets available here.) Doors are at 7:00 PM with the show starting at 8:00 PM.

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