On Monday, we revealed the bracket for the 2011 Musical March Madness tournament, an NCAA-style battle that pits the 64 bands that matter most in rock against one another, with ultimate glory — and a really nice trophy — up for grabs.
Of course, with the tournament now under way, we've already heard from a long list of championship contenders, including 30 Seconds to Mars, Linkin Park and Panic! at the Disco. A handful of underdogs are throwing their hats in the race too, like Adele and Brooklyn's own Sleigh Bells, who may be the longest of long shots to win it all, especially since they drew a tough opening-round matchup against #1 seed Linkin Park.
That said, it's not like the Bells are the MMM equivalent of UAB or VCU; they actually deserve to be in the tournament. And not only that, but they think they have a real shot at shocking the world, by knocking off the heavily favored Linkin and whomever crosses their path next.
Their key — at least according to frontwoman Alexis Krauss — is embracing their inner underdogs, and maybe breaking out the occasional foreign object to secure victory.
"Clearly, we're the underdog. I mean, we're dealing with Linkin Park. I don't quite know how we could compete, so thank you MTV for that," Krauss laughed. "They certainly have many, many years on us. But I'm appealing to you as the underdog to try to go out at least fighting a good fight. So [I'm] rallying the troops [and] reminding you that we do like to wield baseball bats and switchblades. I don't know if you've seen our videos, so Linkin Park, watch out, 'cause we're Sleigh Bells and we're badass."
So can Sleigh Bells lead an underdog charge? Or will the heavyweights rule the day? Well, that's up to you, really. Voting in all first-round MMM matchups is now under way over on the Newsroom blog and closes Sunday at midnight. MTV's Musical March Madness tournament is back! Voting on all first-round matchups has begun on the Newsroom blog and continues until Sunday. All winners are determined by your votes, so if your favorite act made the cut, it'll be up to you to guide them to glory. You can rally the troops on Twitter using the hashtag #MMM — but get ready, it's gonna be a war.