MTV’s Musical March Madness: Can The 1975 Stop Tokio Hotel From Taking The East?

We break down all the #MMM first-round matchups, and today, it's the Epic East region!

MTV’s fifth-annual Musical March Madness tipped off on Monday (March 17), with 64 bands beginning a mythic quest for total tournament supremacy … and one very toned trophy.

Who will take home the title? Ultimately, it’ll be up to you: Vote now for your favorites in all first-round matchups at, and make sure to check back on Monday, March 24 at noon E.T. when the tournament moves on to round two.

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Of course, this year’s #MMM is already proving to be an unpredictable affair; after all, we let fans pick all the bands in the field of 64, which has infused the tournament with some much-needed new blood (and, of course, Tokio Hotel, who brought a dog to this year’s bracket.) So to help you make sense of all the craziness, we’re breaking down the action, region by region.

We’ve already taken a look at the bands battling it out in the Midwest and West , and today, we’re turning our attention to the East, home of plenty of indie rock acts, blog bands and, yes, Tokio Hotel, who, if history is any indicator , are probably going to win it all. But as a matter of mere formality, let’s dive deeper into all the matchups in the East!

The #1 seed in the East went to Vampire Weekend, #MMM vets who claimed their second chart-topping album last year (and displayed an alarming amount of Steve Buscemi knowledge in the process). They’re pitted against #16 Palaye Royale, who you probably have never heard of … because they’re the first unsigned band to every make the tournament.

And while they’re newcomers to #MMM, Palaye Royale aren’t shying away from the spotlight; in fact, they’re blasting VW in their first-round matchup, and right now, look like locks to advance to round two, where they’d take on either #8 the 1975 or #9 Coldplay, two British bands currently locked in a back-and-forth battle that’s too close to call.

The rest of the East’s top half features matchups between #5 Arctic Monkeys and #12 the Vamps (currently, it’s AM in the lead) and #4 Bastille and #13 Electric Century , which seems like it’s destined to come down to the wire: Mikey Way’s band may be new, but they’re giving Bastille everything they can handle in the first round … make sure you keep your eyes on this one.

The East’s #2 seed is Lorde, and though she had no problem dominating the chats in 2013, she’s having plenty of difficulty getting past #15 Phantogram in round one; the winner will get either #7 Tegan and Sara or #10 Bring Me The Horizon in round two, and though BMTH entered the tournament as many folks’ sleeper pick, they’re currently trailing the Quinn sisters by a sizeable amount.

Meanwhile, #3 Arcade Fire look to hold serve against #14 Bayside, though the winner of this is largely arbitrary; they’ll draw #11 Tokio Hotel (currently eviscerating #6 Korn) in round two, and likely lose by double digits. Can anyone stop the Germans from their march to the title? Probably not; and we’d like to apologize in advance for that fact.

Of course, as history has shown, there are no sure things in #MMM, and there’s plenty of time for the totals to change. If your favorite band is up big, you’ve got to keep them in the lead … or, if they’re losing, well, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Voting in the first-round continues until Monday, March 24 at noon E.T. … so hit the polls! Championship dreams hang in the balance!

MTV’s Musical March Madness tournament is underway! Vote in all first-round matchups now at, and spread the word on Twitter using the hashtag #MMM