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Round 2 Week 4: The Tins vs. Speak Easy Three

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 4 winners, The Frontline!

CONGRATULATIONS to The Frontline for collecting the most online votes this past week. Just like that, they’ve secured a spot on the bill for our next live battle of the bands at Nietzsche’s on Friday, November 27. This week, we’re featuring The Tins and Speak Easy Three in our online battle of the bands.

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 that 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 recording gear from Guitar Center, a nice chunk of change, 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.O.M., even if you’ve entered before. Visit today, to find out how. Tune in next issue to see who won, and who’s up to bat.

Good luck this week to The Tins and Speak Easy Three. One of them will win a spot in our next live showdown, scheduled for Friday, November 27 at Nietzsche’s. May the best band win.

The Tins

Speak Easy Three

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When/where did the band form? Living in Binghamton, three years ago.

Band Members: Dave Munter - Drums / Adam Putzer - Guitar, Vocals / Mike Santillo - Keyboards, Vocals

You might like us if you like: Spoon, Wolf Parade, The Strokes

Best show you've played: The best show we ever played was at a hair salon in Pennsylvania. It was a very "Flight of the Conchordsy" moment.

Worst show you've ever played: The worst show we ever played, and there are a lot of worsts, would have to be at an outside rave festival one summer ago. We were the only band that showed up, even though there were supposed to be like fifty... because there was a tornado.

Why you should win the Online Battle of Original Music: Do we deserve it? Who knows... but we work ridiculously hard and have an original sound. Got to give us credit for that!


When/where did the band form? Speak Easy Three formed in the Summer of 2009 in the Buffalo area.

Band Members: Clint Manning - Guitar, Vocals / Andy Reardon - Bass / Mike Ruben - Drums

You might like us if you like: We have a variety of songs but we can be comparable to bands such as Weezer, Maroon 5, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Best show you've played: Our best show so far was in a little bar where a bunch of our friends came out to see us. People were dancing and having a good time so it just felt right and the music flowed.

Worst show you've ever played: Every show is special in its own way.

Why you should win the Online Battle of Original Music: We offer a breath of fresh air that the music scene desperately needs.


Voting is closed - visit for results & BOOM updates!

Polls are open Thursday-Tuesday; winners and new contestants will be announced in next week's issue!

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