Artvoice's Battle of Original Music

Congratulations Round 3 Winners, The Naturalists!

Congratulations to The Naturalists! They collected the most votes at our Round 3 showdown, this past Friday, April 11th, at Nietzsche's. With the win, they are the third band to advance, and will join Folkfaces and Pine Fever at the BOOM 2013-2014 finals in June!

Special thanks to Orius, Tired Iron, and Child of Folly, who all contributed to a top notch show. Thanks to all the fans of local music who came out to support these acts and cast their votes!

Our on-line voting resumes on Thursday, April 17th, where we'll be announcing our first pair of bands in Round 4. Check back shortly to see who's up next, and who will be headed to our next live show on May 23rd.

Our Grand Prize Just Got Bigger...

We're pleased to welcome our new partner Alternative Buffalo 107.7 FM. Like us, they want to help boost our local original music scene. That's why we're proud to announce that this year's Artvoice B.O.O.M! Grand Champion will not only win bragging rights and $5,000 - but also a spot on the station's Sunday night local music show, AND a spot on the bill at the big summer show they are planning for Canalside!

Band Registration Still Open, But Time is Running Out!

As usual for BOOM, band registration remains open throughout the duration of the contest, but getting your submissions in early on give you more chances to be part of one of the weekly battles. There's only one round - four weekly battles left! The last possible day to sign up is May 2nd, but realistically if you want a chance in this year's contest, you'll want your registration in sooner than later.

Registration is open to any Western New York area band that plays *original* music. Every year's contest is a clean slate - so it doesn't matter if you've signed up before or participated before, all are welcome back. (But you must submit a new registration!)

Before you register, make sure you know How BOOM Works. Next, it's important to review the Contest Rules. Lastly, if you need help with your registration, or would like some pointers on how to put the best possible face on by submitting quality materials, check the Registration Help page.

BOOM 2013-2014 Continues!

We're back for our 8th annual Battle of Original Music (B.O.O.M! for short), and we've got another $5000 cash to give away!

As we do annually, BOOM will once again consist of four rounds. Each round lasts four weeks; each week a pair of bands will be selected by Artvoice and featured both here on the BOOM website, as well as, and in the print edition of Artvoice. Local music fans vote on this very website for the band they want to see move on to a live contest. After four weeks, we put those four bands head to head at a live quarterfinal show. Fans in attendance vote for their favorite, and whoever collects the most votes wins the round and move on to the finals. The finals bring together the prior winners from all four rounds for one last live grand finale show, and again fans in attendance will decide on the winner.

For a more detailed explanation on how the contest works, please see the How Boom Works page.