The Current's March Music Madness 2017

March Music Madness 2017
What quintessential '90s album will win The Current's March Music Madness 2017 tournament? (MPR graphic)

Three years ago at college basketball tournament time, The Current tried an experiment: We invited our listeners to vote on their favorite artists to choose who would advance in a tournament-style bracket. The results? Never mind who won (okay, it was the Beatles, David Bowie and the White Stripes) – you were really into it. So, of course, we wanted to keep the tradition going!

Just like the NCAA bracket, we have 64 "teams." Unlike past years where we've selected a range of different artists — past and present — that we play on The Current, this year has a new twist: — all 64 "teams" are quintessential albums from the '90s. The shot clock is ticking. Who makes the three-point jump for your love? Nirvana's Nevermind or Soul Coughing's Ruby Vroom? Fiona Apple's Tidal or Erykah Badu's Baduizm? Pixies' Bossanova or Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea?

Here's how The Current's March Music Madness works: from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 21 to 24, 2017 we'll open a new match online every 30 minutes for you and other listeners to vote on. As each round ends, a new one begins. And in case you need a refresher, you can hear back-to-back songs off albums going head-to-head at the top of each hour and half hour on The Current.



Note: Registration is only needed once. Once you're registered, you're good to vote in every matchup.

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How to Participate in The Current's March Music Madness

Here's everything you need to know to make the most of The Current's March Music Madness.

Download a PDF of the bracket, print it off and pencil in your picks. Before the teams tip off, we want to see your predictions, so share your bracket using #90smadness on Twitter and Instagram.

Share a photo of your predictions on Twitter and Instagram using the #90smadness. We'll archive 'em here on the site so you can prove later that your perfect bracket beat the odds of 1 in 9.2 quintillion.

While you're on Twitter, follow along with #90smadness and to connect with other listeners. The reaction GIFs that emerge after an upset are priceless.

Register using the form above. We'll send you a friendly reminder to vote plus a rundown of the previous day's results as voted by listeners of The Current.

Starting Tuesday, March 21 at 9 a.m. CT, vote for your favorite quintessential '90s album every half hour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through March 24, 2016. Pro tip: Leave the voting page open, set an alarm for the top of every hour and half hour, refresh and vote.

Text "bracket" to 677677 to receive push notifications on your phone. We'll let you know when the The Current's Sweet 16, Elite Eight, etc. polls open.

Fill out your March Music Madness 2017 bracket »

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