Seattle Office of Film + Music

Sasquatch Lineup Announced, Includes Local Talent

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The lineup for Sasquatch has just been announced, and on it are a few extremely local and incredibly cool bands and artists. Seattle is again proving itself as a powerful music capital, landing artists on the lineup next to big acts such as Jack White and Tenacious D. Notably, the list includes names such as The Head and The Heart, Shabazz Palaces, Allen Stone, Pickwick, Hey Marseilles, Fresh Espresso, The Physics, Sol, Grynch, and Fly Moon Royalty. It should make for a great festival again this year. Here’s the awesome lineup announcement video for your viewing pleasure:


Sound Off! is the Northwest’s foremost underage battle of the bands event. Each year EMP is electrified by this annual musical event that provides a stage and spotlight for promising young bands in the Seattle area. Those interested in participating can submit an application starting September 2. Sound Off! has been the launching ground for various artists and bands including The Lonely Forest, Dyme Def, Sol, New Faces, The Lonely H, Schoolyard Heroes and Brite Futures (Formerly Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head). Last year’s winner was pop-centric group Tomten. Participants must be 21 or under, and live in Washington, Oregon or British Columbia. EMP will also have a booth in Center Square during Bumbershoot this weekend with more information about next year’s Sound Off!

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June 24, 2011, 10:06 am
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Curated by EMP’s Youth Advisory Board, After Hours brings together premiere musical talents from around the Seattle area to perform in front of an all-ages crowd; it’s a program designed by teens for teens. This year marks the first hip-hop lineup for the quarterly event. Attendees can expect energetic sets by notable local hip-hop artists like Sol and Grynch, plus newcomers Kung Foo Grip and DJ Nphared. EMP’s main gallery space will also be open during the performances, allowing people to browse the recently-opened exhibit Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses. Adding to the evening’s event will be youth-made music videos by the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY), dance showcases from the UW Hip-Hop Student Association B-Boys, and much more.

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The Seattle Party is back and bigger than ever for the 2011 SXSW Music Conference! On Friday, March 18, the SxSeattle committee presents an official all-day party packed with 16 amazing Seattle acts: MC Tilson, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Fences, The Young Evils, Wild Orchid Children, The Globes, Black Whales, Campfire OK, MC Larry Mizell, Jr., Redwood Plan, Tea Cozies, Super Secret Surprise, Ravenna Woods, The Physics, Grieves w/Budo, D. Black, State of the Artist, Fatal Lucciauno and Sol. To learn more about SxSeattle or to RSVP, visit the above link. You can also become a fan of SxSeattle on Facebook or take the party to Twitter @SxSeattle.

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Seattle Weekly
Seattle Weekly posted the article above to highlight Seattle’s Top 10 Hip-Hop Videos of 2010. The list includes everything from Sol’s “Dear Friends” and Dyme Def’s “Do Something” to “ExtraHellaDope” by State of the Artist and “Soothsayer” by Victor Shade. Topping the list is the video for Grynch’s “My Volvo,” directed by Stephan Gray. Gray says the video almost never happened; “’We were planning on shooting a different song for most of the pre-production, and then after two months of planning I get a late-night call from Grynch and he goes, ‘Yo, we’ve gotta do My Volvo,’ said Gray.” To check out the full listing and to watch some of the videos, follow the link.

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August 20, 2010, 11:40 am
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Seattle Weekly
Below is local hip-hop artist Sol’s debut video. The film, shot by Jon Augustavo, is for Sol’s “Dear Friends” off his new album, Dear Friends Vol. 2.

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NEW SOL VIDEO FOR “DEAR FRIENDS”, posted with vodpod

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Sol toggles between youth and maturity on his debut album
February 27, 2009, 10:33 am
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solSeattle Weekly:
On Sol’s debut album, the University of Washington sophomore (double-majoring in American ethnic studies and communications) raps more like a tenured professor. Politics, racial identity, the state of hip-hop, and literature, plus aggressive battle raps, all crop up in varying degrees on The Ride, which feels like an adult piece of work. It’s clear at times that having a knack for words comes easy to Sol—the mixed-race son of a Haitian mother and a Russian-Jewish father. Over sandwiches at Flowers Bar & Restaurant in the U District, Sol explains that he started writing the album at 18 and finished just before his 20th birthday. Executive-produced by himself, Isaac Meek, and Captain Midnite, and recorded at Meek’s Undercaste studio, the disc’s title refers to the journey Sol took during its recording, as well as to the voyage he leads listeners on through the album’s 16 tracks.