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BOOM Round 4, Week 2: BlueShift vs. Rustic Radio

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 16:46 -- webmaster

The polls have been closed for this pair of bands. Congratulations to Rustic Radio for collecting the most votes in this battle!

BOOM isn't just about picking favorites - it's also about promoting and supporting local music. Even though it's too late to vote, get to know the bands below, give them a listen, and if you hear something you like the best way to show support is to check them out in person when possible!

You can find more weekly battles in the BOOM Archives!


Rustic Radio

Band members: Nick Brokaw - bass guitar / Dan Caruso - drums, percussion, backing vocals / Robert Hunt - lead vocals and guitar / Sean Quigley - lead guitar / Jon Rizzo - keyboards, backing vocals

Band bio: BlueShift is an original band that formed in Buffalo in June of 2011. As an ambitious group of writers based in Western New York, the band melds an eclectic blend of Progressive Rock, Hard Rock, Grunge, Funk, Metal, Blues and Jazz influences. These diverse musical styles allow the group to appeal to a broad audience and are the basis of the band’s pioneering sound.

You might like us if: like King Crimson, Soundgarden, Dream Theater, Genesis, Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Alice in Chains, Yes

Why you should win the Online Battle of Original Music: We love what we do and take it very seriously. We think there is a lot of talent here in Buffalo and would love the opportunity to represent our city.


Band members: Leanne Thomas - lead vocals / Dan Knight - guitar / Pat Sheridan - bass / Nick Piazza - drums / Brian Yanacek - lead guitar

Band bio: Dan and Leanne (cousins) found out they were musically compatible at a family party so they started to write music together. After a year or so they asked Pat to join. Later they picked up Nick to play drums and Brian (Nick’s best friend) to play guitar.

You might like us if: like a cross between Grace Potter and The Black Keys—with a small amount of country flavor thrown in. (Leanne loves Johnny Cash.)

Why you should win the Online Battle of Original Music: I can see us being the BOOM winner because not only do we put on an entertaining show but we have a great sound too. Leanne has a fantastic, sultry singing voice that people love to hear. Pat is a beast on bass and Brian absolutely shreds on guitar. I’ve heard many people compare him to Derek Trucks which is an extremely high complement. We’re looking to be the next band to make it from Buffalo.


What did you think about this week's contestants? Feel free to discuss below. Please keep comments friendly, and please remember a comment is not the same as a vote - if you'd like to vote, cast your ballot above!