It’s Day 4!! March Music Madness continues. Let’s just hope today’s fan turnout surpasses yesterday’s dismal performance. Today’s parings should prove to be interesting as the No. 4 seeds take on the closely matched No. 5 seeds. I mean, Vampire Weekend vs. MGMT — FTW! Let’s do this. Check out the seeds below, then vote on your favorite artist. Top vote-getters will move on to the Sweet 16 or Round 2 for those non-basketball fans among us.
Round 1 Match-Ups: No. 4 vs. No. 5
Alkaline Trio has been at it for almost 14 years, and though the lineup has seen changes, the band’s sound has remained relatively the same. With the original crew hailing from Chicago’s northwest suburbs, Alkaline Trio built a solid following within the Midwest punk scene by playing their own dark brand of punk, and releasing a pair of EPs before bursting onto the scene with their first of nine full length albums titled Goddamnit. It was quickly followed by Maybe I’ll Catch Fire. The Trio are currently touring for their most recent release This Addiction. After a brief stay out of the spotlight, Alkaline Trio is working its way back into the hearts of mainstream rockers. But they might find stiff competition facing off against Passion Pit. Songs about redemption, paranoia, and guilt cloaked in catchy pop hooks – is there any question as to why we love these guys?! Didn’t think so. Just don’t hold it against them that just about every brand (Palm, FIFA, CW) in the world is using their tunes to sell products to young wanna-be hipsters with disposable income (read: rich mommies and daddies). This match up might prove to be just too close to call!
Did you hear that? It’s the sound of hipster hearts breaking all over the world as a result of having to choose between Vampire Weekend and MGMT. It’s like trying to publicly choose your favorite child. We know you say you won’t, but you know you will! Vampire Weekend creates unique music that they’ve described as “upper west side meets Soweto” — a mix of African, classical, and western pop music. Guess you either love them or hate them. I (Jayvee) choose to love them! MGMT, how I love thee as well. The band recently made headlines for kidnapping fans…in a good way. To build buzz around their upcoming album Congratulations (avail 4/13 or now if you can work the internets), the band created a multi-city scavenger hunt where fans received a series of clues that led to a “mystery van” where they had to provide a password. Lucky fans were driven around in the mystery van and got a first-listen to the new album. We don’t envy you here — going to have issues picking our favorite as well.
What do Ke$ha and AP have in common? They both wake up in the mornin’ feelin’ like P. Diddy. This girl makes me scratch my head. I (Jayvee) understand (somewhat) why Lady Gaga is popular right now, but Ke$ha baffles me. She’s like a poor-man’s Gaga with less street cred (hails from Nashville) right? Anyway, people seem to love her as she’s blowing up the chart with her hit “Tik Tok,” if you want a laugh watch the “live” version. Let’s hope Cursive can make her wake up tomorrow morning feeling more like an aged one-hit wonder. The Omaha natives have been mainstays with Saddle Creek Records along with the likes of Bright Eyes and The Rural Alberta Advantage. Some might argue Cursive hit its peak with the releases of Ugly Organ and Domestica, but they’re still kicking and should have what it takes to knock Ke$ha off her pedestal.
Jason Derulo aka FT’s man crush quietly built up his resume by writing hit songs for artists such as Danity Kane, Cassie, and Sean Kingston, which ultimately led to getting signed at a small label. Looks like luck … or fate… was on his side as that label merged with Warner Music who released Derulo’s debut single “Whatch Say.” The single became a massive digital hit – 2x platinum. Subsequently, every song he’s released since has become a mainstay on FT’s iPod and has landed him the coveted #4 spot in the South bracket. His opponent(s): Of Montreal, fronted by Kevin Barnes, is one of the most experiential indie pop bands on the scene who evolve album to album. They’ve been known to mix catchy hooks with funk, electronica and vaudeville stage antics. Of Montreal is currently in the studio working on their next album with the legendary Jon Brion. Needless to say, we’re stoke to hear it and I (Jayvee) can’t wait to watch FT squirm over who to vote to Round 2.
(8) Broken Social Scene vs. (4)Alkaline Trio/(5) Passion Pit
(1) Jay-Z vs. (4) Vampire Weekend/(5) MGMT
(8) Tony Lucca vs. (4) Ke$ha/(5) Cursive
(8) Matt Mayfield vs. (4) Jason Derulo/(5) Of Montreal