Two Burien Musicians/Bands competing in EMP Museum’s 2016 ‘Sound Off!’

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Two Burien musicians and bands will be competing in the Experience Music Project Museum’s 2016 ‘Sound Off!‘, being held next Saturday, Feb. 20 – Animal Camera and Travis Thompson.

Both Artists are also featured in regular rotation on SoKing Internet Radio, your free, 24/7 all-local music source – tune in here!


Photo by Brady Harvey courtesy of EMP Museum.


Psych-pop outfit Animal Camera is perfectly in control and simultaneously ungovernable. At times they are extra-terrestrial, eccentric, and dreamy (echoing an Ariel Pink basement recording) before suddenly transforming into a murky, menacing, rambunctious, and even campy sound (invoking intonations resonant of Lux Interior of the Cramps). One thing that becomes clear quickly is that this is a band with a sense of humor and a shrewd wit. Their gloom is offered alongside a joke, and we’re happy to both laugh, cry, and rock with them.


Photo by Brady Harvey courtesy of EMP Museum.

Burien rapper Travis Thompson is a throwback to a time when hip-hop music was light-hearted and fun. Refusing to take himself too seriously, Thompson raps about being a pudgy, hilarious goofball. That type of self-awareness and honesty lends an authenticity to his music that’s missing in most of today’s radio raps. Through his genuine verses and slick beats, Thompson is quickly raising his stock with songs on wide-ranging subjects including Tom Hanks, Horchata, and social justice.

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One Response to “Two Burien Musicians/Bands competing in EMP Museum’s 2016 ‘Sound Off!’”
  1. Lisa says:

    Another EMP Sound Off 2016 band, the COSMOS, has a Burien resident, Jonathan Mantello. They won Semifinal#1 last night and will perform in the Finals on March 5th! Check them out at

    Best of luck to all the bands!

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