It’s Musical March Madness! The sprawling bracket — both a parody and a tribute to the NCAA basketball tournament, masterminded by MTV News’ James Montgomery — takes the 65 biggest names in rock, splits them up into four regions, assigns them seeds and puts them up against one another in a single-elimination series of match-ups in a winner-take-all contest. We’re leaving it to you to decide an actual champ in this field of 65. Over the next few weeks, we will present a series of polls that will allow you to vote for the match-ups presented in MTV News’ Band Bracketology. You vote for the winners, we’ll keep advancing the seeds and, in the end, we’ll have some sort of champion. What will the winner receive? Little more than our esteem (as well as that of the fans) and some Internet bragging rights.
In a stunning upset in the NCAA basketball tournament, Ohio University upset Georgetown last night in an absolute beat down. That was a 14 seed topping a three, which is pretty dramatic, but not quite as huge as the upset currently happening in the MTV News Band Bracketology tournament, where 16 seed Tokio Hotel is putting the hurt on top-seeded Coldplay in the East. Today we focus on the West bracket, featuring a number of heavy-hitters.
(2) Green Day vs. (15) Panic at the Disco
Green Day narrowly missed a top seed, as they adroitly transferred their success in the rock world to the theater world, as “American Idiot” is about to open on Broadway. Meanwhile, Panic at the Disco are a hot-starting team who hit a few roadblocks (and lost a lot of players) that is looking to make a big comeback. But can they build up enough momentum to knock off the surging Green Day?
(7) Death Cab for Cutie vs. (10) Soundgarden
After years of hiatus, Soundgarden are back with a vengeance and ready to dominate (consider them this year’s Temple). Meanwhile, Death Cab for Cutie kill with consistency (just like the Washington Huskies, with whom they share a home state). Do the veterans pull the upset or is Death Cab too quick off the dribble?