The Current's March Music Madness

Come arbitrarily vote for bands with reckless abandon! (MPR Graphic / Brett Baldwin)
Come arbitrarily vote for bands with reckless abandon! (MPR Graphic / Brett Baldwin) (MPR Graphic / Brett Baldwin)

Here at The Current, we love all music and don't believe it should be judged or criticized. No one artist is better than another and all our kids are above average.

Who are we kidding? It's College Basketball tournament time and there's nothing more fun than judging, criticizing, and arguing about who's gonna be in the final rounds.

Download our bracket. Get the PDF version or the PNG version.

So while the Gophers didn't even show up in the brackets this year — and a whole lot of great bands didn't make our cut either — we're giving you the opportunity to determine the outcome in The Currents March Music Madness!

Like the NCAA bracket, we've got 64 bands, but unlike the NCAA,
we're running match-ups every half hour in an online vote-off.

Maybe you've imagined it in your mind, but now you'll get to hear it! The Strokes vs. the White Stripes! The Cure vs. Depeche Mode! The Beastie Boys vs. Outkast! Elvis Costello vs. Talking Heads... living up to the names, the match-ups truly are mad.

The planning was anything but harebrained, however. We started with nearly 200 artists, and pared them down. We even came up with a few categories: '80s College Rock, '90s Alternative, Classic Rock, Indie Rock, Punk, Rap/Hip Hop, Funk/Soul/R&B and Oldies/Original Rockers.

We think it'll be fun, and most important, it's not skill or athletic acumen that are the determining factors — it's your vote that will help declare the winner!

Here's how it works: follow along Tuesday through Friday this week. Starting at 9 a.m. each day, we'll run a new match up every 30 minutes. As each round ends, a new one begins. (You can see the dates and start/stop times on each round in the list below.)

You help crown the champion by reloading the webpage and voting for your favorite band in the current match. Winners will advance to the next round, and the next, and so on and so forth, until we crown The Current's March Music Madness champion Friday at 4:30 p.m.!

It goes without saying, there's no billion dollar prize attached, but you will feel the satisfaction of knowing that you helped a famous artist claim a meaningless title.


Round 5 (Four Artists Left!)

Beastie Boys

Johnny Cash

Winner!
Vs.
  • Beastie Boys
    35.97%
     
  • Johnny Cash
    64.03%
     

Nirvana

The Beatles

Winner!
Vs.
  • Nirvana
    42.40%
     
  • The Beatles
    57.60%
     

Round 6 (Final Round)

Johnny Cash

The Beatles

Winner!
Vs.
  • Johnny Cash
    49.08%
     
  • The Beatles
    50.92%
     

Round 1 (Polls closed)

U2

Winner!

Hüsker Dü

Vs.
  • U2
    55.64%
     
  • Hüsker Dü
    44.36%
     

The Cure

Winner!

New Order/Joy Division

Vs.
  • The Cure
    53.17%
     
  • New Order/Joy Division
    46.83%
     

R.E.M.

The Replacements

Winner!
Vs.
  • R.E.M.
    49.86%
     
  • The Replacements
    50.14%
     

The Smiths

Winner!

Depeche Mode

Vs.
  • The Smiths
    55.43%
     
  • Depeche Mode
    44.57%
     

Beastie Boys

Winner!

Outkast

Vs.
  • Beastie Boys
    72.41%
     
  • Outkast
    27.59%
     

Run D.M.C.

Atmosphere

Winner!
Vs.
  • Run D.M.C.
    48.24%
     
  • Atmosphere
    51.76%
     

The Roots

Winner!

Public Enemy

Vs.
  • The Roots
    50.77%
     
  • Public Enemy
    49.23%
     

A Tribe Called Quest

Winner!

Kanye West

Vs.
  • A Tribe Called Quest
    75.70%
     
  • Kanye West
    24.30%
     

The White Stripes

Winner!

The Avett Brothers

Vs.
  • The White Stripes
    73.13%
     
  • The Avett Brothers
    26.87%
     

LCD Soundsystem

Winner!

The Strokes

Vs.
  • LCD Soundsystem
    53.01%
     
  • The Strokes
    46.99%
     

Arcade Fire

Winner!

My Morning Jacket

Vs.
  • Arcade Fire
    66.58%
     
  • My Morning Jacket
    33.42%
     

Wilco

Winner!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Vs.
  • Wilco
    58.42%
     
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    41.58%
     

The Black Keys

Winner!

Spoon

Vs.
  • The Black Keys
    62.57%
     
  • Spoon
    37.43%
     

The Flaming Lips

Winner!

Vampire Weekend

Vs.
  • The Flaming Lips
    50.91%
     
  • Vampire Weekend
    49.09%
     

Elvis Presley

Winner!

Buddy Holly

Vs.
  • Elvis Presley
    51.14%
     
  • Buddy Holly
    48.86%
     

Chuck Berry

Johnny Cash

Winner!
Vs.
  • Chuck Berry
    18.83%
     
  • Johnny Cash
    81.17%
     

The Ramones

Winner!

Patti Smith

Vs.
  • The Ramones
    68.90%
     
  • Patti Smith
    31.10%
     

Elvis Costello

Talking Heads

Winner!
Vs.
  • Elvis Costello
    43.21%
     
  • Talking Heads
    56.79%
     

Sex Pistols

Blondie

Winner!
Vs.
  • Sex Pistols
    43.35%
     
  • Blondie
    56.65%
     

The Clash

Winner!

Iggy Pop

Vs.
  • The Clash
    74.66%
     
  • Iggy Pop
    25.34%
     

Nirvana

Winner!

Björk

Vs.
  • Nirvana
    77.22%
     
  • Björk
    22.78%
     

Weezer

Winner!

Oasis

Vs.
  • Weezer
    71.50%
     
  • Oasis
    28.50%
     

Pearl Jam

Beck

Winner!
Vs.
  • Pearl Jam
    49.03%
     
  • Beck
    50.97%
     

Radiohead

Winner!

Pixies

Vs.
  • Radiohead
    58.47%
     
  • Pixies
    41.53%
     

The Beatles

Winner!

Bruce Springsteen

Vs.
  • The Beatles
    76.58%
     
  • Bruce Springsteen
    23.42%
     

Neil Young

Jimi Hendrix

Winner!
Vs.
  • Neil Young
    46.52%
     
  • Jimi Hendrix
    53.48%
     

Bob Dylan

Winner!

Velvet Underground

Vs.
  • Bob Dylan
    68.12%
     
  • Velvet Underground
    31.88%
     

Led Zeppelin

Winner!

The Who

Vs.
  • Led Zeppelin
    65.29%
     
  • The Who
    34.71%
     

Rolling Stones

Queen

Winner!
Vs.
  • Rolling Stones
    49.45%
     
  • Queen
    50.55%
     

David Bowie

Winner!

The Beach Boys

Vs.
  • David Bowie
    71.66%
     
  • The Beach Boys
    28.34%
     

James Brown

Aretha Franklin

Winner!
Vs.
  • James Brown
    41.21%
     
  • Aretha Franklin
    58.79%
     

Prince

Winner!

Stevie Wonder

Vs.
  • Prince
    60.06%
     
  • Stevie Wonder
    39.94%
     

Round 2 (Polls closed)

U2

Winner!

The Cure

Vs.
  • U2
    51.08%
     
  • The Cure
    48.92%
     

The Replacements

Winner!

The Smiths

Vs.
  • The Replacements
    56.73%
     
  • The Smiths
    43.27%
     

Beastie Boys

Winner!

Atmosphere

Vs.
  • Beastie Boys
    69.95%
     
  • Atmosphere
    30.05%
     

The Roots

Winner!

A Tribe Called Quest

Vs.
  • The Roots
    54.49%
     
  • A Tribe Called Quest
    45.51%
     

The White Stripes

Winner!

LCD Soundsystem

Vs.
  • The White Stripes
    71.36%
     
  • LCD Soundsystem
    28.64%
     

Arcade Fire

Winner!

Wilco

Vs.
  • Arcade Fire
    50.75%
     
  • Wilco
    49.25%
     

The Black Keys

Winner!

The Flaming Lips

Vs.
  • The Black Keys
    60.64%
     
  • The Flaming Lips
    39.36%
     

Elvis Presley

Johnny Cash

Winner!
Vs.
  • Elvis Presley
    21.85%
     
  • Johnny Cash
    78.15%
     

The Ramones

Talking Heads

Winner!
Vs.
  • The Ramones
    40.27%
     
  • Talking Heads
    59.73%
     

Blondie

The Clash

Winner!
Vs.
  • Blondie
    37.36%
     
  • The Clash
    62.64%
     

Nirvana

Winner!

Weezer

Vs.
  • Nirvana
    68.76%
     
  • Weezer
    31.24%
     

Beck

Radiohead

Winner!
Vs.
  • Beck
    46.84%
     
  • Radiohead
    53.16%
     

The Beatles

Winner!

Jimi Hendrix

Vs.
  • The Beatles
    71.27%
     
  • Jimi Hendrix
    28.73%
     

Bob Dylan

Led Zeppelin

Winner!
Vs.
  • Bob Dylan
    48.44%
     
  • Led Zeppelin
    51.56%
     

Queen

David Bowie

Winner!
Vs.
  • Queen
    49.03%
     
  • David Bowie
    50.97%
     

Aretha Franklin

Prince

Winner!
Vs.
  • Aretha Franklin
    35.31%
     
  • Prince
    64.69%
     

Round 3 (Sixteen Artists Left!)

Round 3 (Polls closed)

U2

The Replacements

Winner!
Vs.
  • U2
    49.24%
     
  • The Replacements
    50.76%
     

Beastie Boys

Winner!

The Roots

Vs.
  • Beastie Boys
    75.54%
     
  • The Roots
    24.46%
     

The White Stripes

Winner!

Arcade Fire

Vs.
  • The White Stripes
    61.03%
     
  • Arcade Fire
    38.97%
     

The Black Keys

Johnny Cash

Winner!
Vs.
  • The Black Keys
    29.41%
     
  • Johnny Cash
    70.59%
     

Talking Heads

The Clash

Winner!
Vs.
  • Talking Heads
    49.79%
     
  • The Clash
    50.21%
     

Nirvana

Winner!

Radiohead

Vs.
  • Nirvana
    55.64%
     
  • Radiohead
    44.36%
     

The Beatles

Winner!

Led Zeppelin

Vs.
  • The Beatles
    57.95%
     
  • Led Zeppelin
    42.05%
     

David Bowie

Prince

Winner!
Vs.
  • David Bowie
    49.7%
     
  • Prince
    50.3%
     

Round 4 (Polls closed)

The Replacements

Beastie Boys

Winner!
Vs.
  • The Replacements
    42.88%
     
  • Beastie Boys
    57.12%
     

The White Stripes

Johnny Cash

Winner!
Vs.
  • The White Stripes
    34.11%
     
  • Johnny Cash
    65.89%
     

The Clash

Nirvana

Winner!
Vs.
  • The Clash
    42.92%
     
  • Nirvana
    57.08%
     

The Beatles

Winner!

Prince

Vs.
  • The Beatles
    66.67%
     
  • Prince
    32.23%
     


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