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Round 1 Week 3: N'Dias (The Mix) vs. Carpo Phorus

Welcome back, my friends, to the online battle of the bands that never ends—the fantabulous Artvoice Battle Of Original Music (B.O.O.M.). Often imitated, but never duplicated, this marks the third year we’ve been reaching out to the local original music community, and discovering a depth of talent and drive that few knew existed here. Turns out the Buffalo area continues to serve as a hotbed for new artists, and we’re proud to offer them a platform to get their music out there.

Congratulations to Week 2 winner, David Cloyd!

This week, we’d like to congratulate David Cloyd! He collected the most votes in our online contest this past week, so he proceeds to the live preliminary at Nietzsche’s on Friday, October 16.

For you, dear readers, who’ve been living under a rock, here’s how our contest works. Solo artists and bands visit and register by answering a brief questionnaire, like the ones on the right of this page. They also submit a couple songs and a photo.

From the pile of submissions we receive, two acts are chosen each week, and they appear in the print edition of the paper. These two then compete head to head in our virtual concert hall—where visitors to can listen to the music, and then, with the click of a mouse, cast one vote for the contestant he or she prefers.

Thus, each week produces one winner. At the end of four weeks, we arrive at the four bands that then square off in a live showdown, where each audience member receives one ballot to cast for his or her favorite. At the end of the night, one band emerges victorious and wins a spot in the B.O.O.M. Grand Finale, the big live concert battle that pits the four winners of our preliminary shows against one another. That night, one band will walk off with awesome prizes, and join the ranks of past B.O.O.M. Grand Champions Dali’s Ghost, and TypeRelevant.

Bands are encouraged to get out the vote any way they can short of stuffing the ballot box. Our IT guy has detected such instances in the past, and it’s never been taken lightly. If you’re caught cheating, you can be disqualified. And there’s nowhere to appeal our decision.

Also, musicians, there’s still time to enter B.O.OM., even if you’ve entered before. Visit the registration page to find out how.

Good luck to the Bear Exchange and David Cloyd. May the best band win.

N'Dias (The Mix)

Carpo Phorus

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When/where did the band form? July 2008, Buffalo, NY.

Band Members: Allasane Sarr (lead vocals, djembe, conga, sabar, tama) / Kevin Cummings (drumset) / William "Robot" Ridgeway (electric bass) / (John Bertini) lead guitar / Reginald Halloway (rhythm guitar) / Ringo Brill (djembe, conga) / Ras Jomo Akono (djun-djun, sabar) / Jimmy Johnson (flute) / Yvette Hicks (vocals, djun-djun) / Robin Hibbert (vocals, djun-djun) / Dancers Shantina Moore, Crysta Geiger, and Erika Mitchell

You might like us if you like: World beat, traditional West African drumming, Youssou N-Dour.

Best show ever played: Great Blue Heron Music Festival 2009.

Why you should win the Online Battle of Original Music: N’Dias, made up of both the African and the American-born, is living proof of the eternal stamp of internal African spirit. With every drum-beat, rhythm and dancers movement you feel the power lifting something deep inside you. N’dias makes you feel the happiness and strength of African arts and culture, and N’Dias’ love for these is obvious. What a wonderful intercourse when art enthralls everyone who can see, hear and feel the power. N’Dias wants to prove that music and dance is universal in its ability to convey feelings of joy, love and compassion.


When/where did the band form? In the early summer of 2007 in Buffalo, NY

Band Members: Bryan Kutneak (rhythm guitar, lead vocals) / Josiah Consiglio (lead guitar) / Elliott Douglas (drums) / Christopher Consiglio (bass)

You might like us if you like: The Reign of Kindo, Mutemath, Radiohead, Cake, Sigur Ros, The Bad Plus, Miles Davis.

List of recorded releases: We have a three-song demo.

Best show ever played: We opened for Mewithoutyou and Damien Jurado back in august at Mohawk Place. there were about 100 people crammed in front of the stage, everyone was into it, we handed out a ton of demos, and we gained alot of new fans.

Why you should win the Online Battle of Original Music: The reactions we’ve gotten after shows from people we’ve never met have been astonishing. People from all types of subcultures have genuinely enjoyed the music we’ve played for them.

While all the feedback is encouraging, the honest answer of a stranger isn’t enough for us. The four of us have been called music snobs by nearly all of our peers; and over the course of the past two years we’ve been writing together, we can all honestly say that we’re proud of the material we’re putting out.


Voting is closed! Congratulations to Week 3 winner, Carpo Phorus!

Visit the BOOM! page for current contestants.

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