Artvoice's Battle of Original Music

Congratulations Uncle Ben's Remedy!

Congratulations to Uncle Ben's Remedy! They collected the most votes at our Round 4 live show this past Friday, May 22nd, and will be the fourth and final act to move on to the Grand Finale on June 5th. Special thanks to Rustic Radio, The Get Money Squad, and Jess Chizuk who all put on top notch performances. Thanks to Nietzsche's for hosting our four live shows, and all the fans who have come out to cast votes and support local music. Hope to see you all back at the finals!

The Finals Are Next!

Mark your calendars - this is the big one! On Friday, June 5th we'll be at the Tralf and we're bringing all of our quarterfinal winners - Intent to Sell, Erica Wolfling, Luanjie, and Uncle Ben's Remedy - for our grand finale. Like our other shows, every fan through the door will receive a ballot to cast for their favorite. Every band that's made it to the finals will go home with a prize, but the band who receives the most votes that night will walk away with our $5000 grand prize! We'll have more details about the show posted shortly, stay tuned!

Announcing even more prizes...

In addition to our $5,000 cash prize, we're pleased to announce several additional prizes for this year's BOOM Grand Finale winners, and runners-up. All four bands who make it to our finals will walk away with something this year!

Grand prize, BOOM winners: $5,000 cash and a gig at a major Canalside event hosted by 107.7FM.
2nd place: 15 hours studio time care of Chilliam Studios, and a PreSonus AudioBox iTwo Studio recording gear package care of The Guitar Factory.
3rd & 4th place: 15 hours studio time care of Chilliam Studios.

Band Registration is Closed

Band registration for this year's contest is over. If you're interested in being notified when next year's BOOM starts up, visit the Band Registration page and sign up for our bands only e-mail list.

In Memory, Jonathan M. Cheman, 1978 - 2015

We learned on Monday that Jon Cheman, the songwriter/singer/guitarist in the band Ruthless Tom passed away suddenly in his home in Arcade, NY, on Sunday, March 22. He was 36.

Mike Perks, the band’s drummer, informed us of the sad news via email as the polls were still open in this week’s Artvoice BOOM competition. “It actually makes us want to win the vote even more just for him. He was so excited and happy to be included. He was so looking forward to hearing his song on the radio last night too, but didn’t get the chance,” he wrote.

Ruthless Tom did win this week’s matchup, by a very wide margin.

According to Perks, “Jon had a love for music. He and his various band members produced countless hours of music over the years. He had finally realized his dream of recording in a studio and was about to release his first EP “Shadow View” with his band Ruthless Tom. Jon loved his family and friends more than anything, though. He was a compassionate friend who only wanted what was best for everyone, and for everyone to be happy.”

We at Artvoice would like to express our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and bandmates. Memorials can be made to the family.

For a full obituary, visit:

Dates to Remember

The official start of the contest - our first weekly battle - takes place December 4th, both here on the web, and in Artvoice. The quarterfinal live shows will take place at Nietzsche's and are: January 16, 2015 (Round 1), February 27 (Round 2), April 10 (Round 3), May 22 (Round 4). The grand finale will take place at The Tralf on June 5th, 2015.

Congratulations BOOM 2014-2015 Winners, Folkfaces!

Emerging from the second week of the first round of the 2014-2015 contest, Folkfaces went on to win the Round 1 Live Showdown back on January 17th at Nietzsche's, earning them a slot in the finals. On June 6th they received the most votes at the Tralf during our Grand Finale show, and took home the $5000 prize. As part of their prize they also receive a slot at 107.7FM's Kerfuffle in July, 2014, where they performed along side national touring artists Bear Hands, Big Data, Bleachers, Brick + Mortar, Cage The Elephant, The Crystal Method, KONGOS, and Semi Precious Weapons.

A huge thank you and job well done to our other finalists, Pine Fever, The Naturalists, and The Heavenly Chillbillies. Combined, they set a new BOOM attendance record at the Grand Finale, with over 400 fans showing up in support.

BOOM would not be possible without our vibrant local music scene, including bands and fans alike. So in no particular order, thanks goes out to the over 60 bands who signed up for this year's contest, the 32 who were selected to participate in on-line battles, the 10,000+ fans that casted votes on-line throughout the contest, the 16 bands who played 4 live quarterfinal shows and all the fans who attended, and of course our four finalist bands and everyone in attendance at the Grand Finale. Special thanks to Alternative Buffalo 107.7FM for sweetening this year's prize pot, and to Nietzsche's and The Tralf for providing us a space to showcase our local talent.