With the 2015 competition half over, the March 7 finals are taking shape.

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Seattle’s Bleachbear and Mercer Island’s Naked Giants are the first two bands to advance to the final round of EMP’s Sound Off! battle of the bands.

Bleachbear won a semifinal round on Feb. 13; Naked Giants on Feb. 20. They now remain in the running to win recording time and a chance to perform at major regional concerts including Capitol Hill Block Party.

The final round, scheduled for March 7 at EMP’s Sky Church, will feature one more semifinal winner and a wild card. The EMP’s Youth Advisory Board will select the wild card act from the second-place finishers.

Coming up

‘Sound Off!’

8 p.m. Feb. 27 (semifinal) and March 7 (final), with doors opening at 7 p.m., at EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle $8-$12 (empmuseum.org).

Seattle’s Emma Lee Toyada and One Above Below None, Gig Harbor’s Mystery Machines and Vancouver’s Righteous Minds will vie for the third automatic bid to the finals in the Feb. 27 semifinal.

In 14 years, Sound Off! has helped launch the music careers of dozens of young bands and artists from the Pacific Northwest including The Lonely Forest and Sol.

The acts are judged by a five-member panel of music professionals on composition and arrangement, creativity and originality, technical ability and musicianship, and audience satisfaction.