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Round 4, Week 4: The J Bangin' Brew vs. AJ Jordan The Crescendo

Congratulations to our Round 4, Week 3 winners: Steel Keys & Brass!

Congratulations to Steel Keys & Brass! They collected the most votes in our online Battle of Original Music this past week.

This week features two more of the best original acts that have thus far submitted a photo, an original mp3, and filled out our rigorous questionnaire. Check out their sound below and cast a vote for the act you prefer. Each week, the popular online vote decides who proceeds to the next live show (Saturday, April 9 at Nietzsche’s) where four acts will square off in a no-holds-barred extravaganza of local original music.

That night at Nietzsche’s (21+), each audience member will be given one ballot on which to cast his or her vote for his or her favorite band. At the end of the night, when the tally is completed, only one will have won the right to perform in the Artvoice BOOM Grand Finale—the battle royale, winner-take-all live blowout where one talented act will walk away with unspeakable prizes, a handsome wad of cash, and the eternal privilege to proclaim themselves Artvoice BOOM Grand Champions!

This week, we give you The J Bangin’ Brew and AJ Jordan the Crescendo. Take a moment to meet them and listen to them on this page. Finally, cast ONE vote for the one you like best. Through the magic of the digital age, we will tabulate the voting and announce this week’s winner on-line and in next week’s print edition.

A word of warning however: Bands attempting to stuff the ballot by submitting multiple votes will be rooted out using the most sophisticated intelligence software available on the black market. (Well, okay, that’s a bluff, but if you try to fool our IT guy you will be caught. Just ask the FBI…he’s that good. And if that happens, you will be disqualified with nowhere to appeal our decision.)

These are the last two entrants for this installment of BOOM. Next up is the live show at Nietzsche’s April 9, before the Grand Finale at the Tralf on Friday, May 13. So check them out, and may the best band win!

The J Bangin' Brew

AJ Jordan The Crescendo

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Band members: Joe Ackermann - vocals, rhythm guitar / Josh Tobias - vocals, lead guitar / Justin Schneider - drums, percussion / Tom Fritz - bass guitar

When/where did the band form? Fall, 2010, in Buffalo, NY.

You might like us if you like: O.A.R., Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, Pepper

Best show played: A recent show at the University at Buffalo. It was a great crowd, a lot of our friends were there and a bunch of them had our bands t-shirt on. It was great to have that much support as a new rock band in Buffalo.

Why you should win the Online Battle of Original Music: We all share a passion for writing and playing music for people to enjoy and connect with. Our new Acoustic Rock sound combined with an awesome live show is one of a kind and a great addition to the local music scene. All of our hard work deserves recognition and the title of the best original band in Buffalo!


Band members: A. Jordan - recording artist, author, designer / C. Lampke - instrumental composer, engineering

When/where did the band form?AJ Jordan The Crescendo Buffalo New York’s First Original Underground “Darker Side” of Hip Hop Entertainment Since 1998.

You might like us if you like: Insane Clown Posse, Anybody Killa, Tech N9ne, Kottonmouth Kings, Ice Cube, Eminem, Cypress Hill, Aesop Rock, Limp Bizkit, Mac Lethal, E-40.

Best show played: Audiences during such high-energy performances at over one hundred concert venues across the East Coast and Midwest, such as the historical Peabody’s in Cleveland Ohio and the now abandoned Showplace Theater in Buffalo NY.

Why you should win the Online Battle of Original Music: Because the name AJ JORDAN has and always will be a staple in the Buffalo New York community. When you hear the name “AJ Jordan” you know through your friends’ friend’s friend who heard from that one girl that he might have been a creeper. However, we’ve been working long & hard to ensure the people of our proud city will not be disappointed when the next album is released, and as usual everyone will be bombarded with spam filling your inboxes and invading the streets with various propaganda. I’ve personally waited patiently for over 10 years to receive some credit and recognition for representing my hometown while surviving as a starving artist with a passion for his craft!


Vote Now! (polls open for this pair of bands March 24 - March 29)

What did you think of this week's contestants? Feel free to discuss below - please keep it friendly - and remember, posting a comment in favor of a band doesn't count as a vote. Use the link above to cast your vote!

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