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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v12n2 (01/10/2013) » Battle of Original Music

Round 1, Week 4: Cosmic Shakedown vs. Second Trip

Congratulations to the Blue Ribbon Bastards for collecting the most online votes last week. With that win, they join Randle and the Late Night Scandals and Super Killer Robots in the live showcase scheduled for January 26 at Nietzsche’s. Who will be the next act to join them? We know it will be one of the two featured below—depending on which one collects the most votes this week at

Congratulations Week 3 winners, Blue Ribbon Bastards!

Round 1, Week 4:

Cosmic Shakedown
Blue Ribbon Bastards

Vote Now at the BOOM Website!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with our Battle of Original Music—or 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 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, January 26 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. This year, the big show takes place at the Sportsmen’s Tavern Music Hall on Friday, June 14. There, the cream of the crop will 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—Second Trip and Cosmic Shakedown—then visit the website to listen to their music and vote for the one you like best. As always, may the best band win.

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