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Round 2, Week 1: ronaldraygun vs. The Anti-Bodies

Congratulations Round 1 Winners: Folkfaces!

Up Next - Round 2, Week 1:

The Anti-Bodies

Vote Now at the BOOM Website!

Welcome to the eighth installment of Artvoice’s Battle of Original Music—a contest we call BOOM, for short. Briefly, here’s how it works: Each week, we will feature two local, original music acts like the ones you see to your right. Next, hundreds of readers like you will visit to listen to their music and click on the band they like the best. The band that gets the most votes this way wins a spot in a live showdown, where they will be joined by three other bands who also won their place on the bill in the same way.

At that live event, each audience member will receive one ballot to cast for the band they like the best. By evening’s end, those votes will be counted and the winner will gain a spot on the bill at the Artvoice BOOM Grand Finale scheduled for June 6 at the Tralf Music Hall.

CONGRATULATIONS TO FOLKFACES! They just won the first of of our live contests, playing before a sold-out house at Nietzsche’s this past Friday. With that win, they proceed to the big show in June.

The winners of our three other preliminary live shows—scheduled for February 28, April 11, and May 23—will compete alongside them in the Grand Finale. The winner on that big night will gain bragging rights as the 2014 BOOM Grand Champion, along with $5,000.

That’s right, kids. When’s the last time an original music act in Buffalo got paid $5,000 for a gig? Well, you’d have to go back to June 14, 2013—the last Artvoice BOOM Grand Finale at the Sportsmen’s Tavern—where Randle and the Late Night Scandals won the grand prize.

You say you’re in a band and would like a piece of that action? Visit the website. There, you can learn how easy it is to enter the contest. Number one, it’s free. 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.

The most successful bands are those that not only have created a cool sound, but have also cultivated a loyal fanbase that will visit and vote.

A word of warning however: Bands attempting to stuff the online 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.)

This week we offer The Anti-Bodies vs. ronaldraygun. Visit to check out both acts and vote for the band you prefer. Online votes are due by the end of Tuesday, January 28.

Good luck to these competitors, and may the best band win.

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