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Round 4, Week 1: Sleepless City vs. Ten Cent Howl

B.O.O.M! Round 4, Week 1

Congratulations to Round 3 winners, '92 Bills!

Congratulations to The ‘92 Bills for winning last week’s live showdown at Nietzsche’s. With that win, they secure a spot in the BOOM Grand Finale, coming up on April 20 at the Tralf.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with BOOM, here’s how it works: Local original music acts visit the website. There, they can learn how easy it is to enter the contest. Number one, it’s free. That out of the way, all a band has to do is supply a digital photo, a digital song track, and answer a few questions about themselves. This is all done in a matter of minutes.

Each week from those submissions we choose two acts to go head-to-head against one another. Then, local music fans visit the same page where they can click on the band they prefer.

The most successful bands are those that not only have created a cool sound, but have also cultivated a loyal fanbase that will go to the website and vote for them. Fans only have from Thursday when the paper hits the street until the following Tuesday at midnight to register their vote. By the following morning, those votes are counted, and the band with the most votes wins a spot on the bill at the next live BOOM Bash. The next one happens to be scheduled for Saturday, April 7 at Nietzsche’s—one of the area’s top live music venues. There, audience members are issued a ballot at the door which they can then cast for their favorite act. At the end of the night, the band that garners the most votes wins a spot in the BOOM Grand Finale—an event that will be described in a moment.

The process then repeats three more times—two bands facing off against one another—until we have four finalists for each upcoming BOOM Bash. Along the way, a total of eight local original acts get exposed to a wider audience every month by simply participating in the contest.

But the fun doesn’t end there. For, once we have the four winners from these live BOOM Bashes, we send them all into the crucible of public opinion known as the live BOOM Grand Finale. There, the cream of the crop go all out in one last heroic effort to blow the audience away and coax the most ballots into their pile—because, at the end of the night, the band with the most votes wins the right to call themselves Artvoice BOOM Grand Champions.

Along with $5,000.

Sounds good? That’s ‘cause it is good.

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.)

IF YOU’RE IN A BAND, AND WOULD LIKE TO ENTER BOOM, visit to find out how. In the meantime, check out this week’s contestants—Sleepless City and Ten Cent Howl, and head over to the polls at the bottom of this page. As always, may the best band win.

Sleepless City

Ten Cent Howl

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Band Members: Craig Perno - vocals, guitar / Drew Lazelle - guitar / Travis Perno - drums / Kevin Mehltretter - bass / Stephen Ruotsi - keyboard

When/where did the band form? Grand Island, 2010.

You might like us if you like: Sublime, Foo Fighters

Why you should win the Online Battle of Original Music: We deserve to win BOOM! because Sleepless City is a very unique and original sound that could even get the pope to dance.


Band Members: Bill Smith - acoustic, lead vox, mandolin / Jerry Hall - bass, vox / Robert Joseph - guitars, harmonicas, vox / Steve Puglisi - persussion

When/where did the band form? Fredonia, NY, in late ’90s but Buffalo has always been the hometown.

You might like us if you like: Johnny Cash, Avett Bros, Hank Sr., Bob Dylan

Why you should win the Online Battle of Original Music: Great original songs, great musicians, great harmonies.


The polls are now closed for this pair of bands.

Check the B.O.O.M! website for results thus far!

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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