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.
Sweet 16 voting closed on Tuesday night, which means that we’re into the Elite Eight round of the MTV News Musical March Madness tournament. Check out the summary of the Sweet 16 voting, check out our awesome hoops-centric photo gallery below and then ready your clicking fingers to cast your votes for the regional finals. Voting will close Thursday night (April 1) at 10 p.m. EST. Next up is the Midwest bracket, where two titans will go to the mattresses for a chance to advance.
(2) Muse vs. (4) The White Stripes
The Midwest bracket may be the only one that shook out in (relatively) predictable fashion. Muse have a massive following and continue to gain fans every day, while the White Stripes’ legacy remains strong despite the fact that they’ve been on hiatus for years (though Jack White’s continued work in bands like the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather has probably helped). They have each survived both close calls and routs, but only one can head to the Final Four to meet up with the winner of the My Chemical Romance/Panic! at the Disco game. Who ya got?