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Rock Band March Madness II, Round 4: Day 1

I don't have access to my Photoshop clone to make the header image today, so sorry about that.

I don’t have access to my Photoshop clone to make the header image today, so sorry about that.

We’re plowing through March at a rate that hopefully means that we’ll be finished this tournament by the 31st. That means that there’s going to be a whole bunch of match-ups today and tomorrow (4 in the main tournament and 8 in the loser’s bracket), and then because it turns out we have an extra round in the loser’s bracket, the rest of this week will be focused on the next round over there.

First up, let’s take a look at the results in the last set:

The Offspring’s Come Out and Play def. Blondie’s One Way or Another (213-137)
Foo Fighters’ Everlong def. System of a Down’s Chop Suey (244-114)
Silversun Pickups’ Lazy Eye def. Joan Jett’s Bad Reputation (203-147)
Alanis Morissette’s You Oughta Know def. Elvis Costello’s Pump It Up (242-100)

And in the loser’s bracket:

Avenged Sevenfold’s Almost Easy def. The Sterns’ Supreme Girl (234-70)
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ Where’d You Go? def. Squeeze’s Cool for Cats (164-142)
Tenacious D’s Master Exploder def. That Handsome Devil’s Rob the Prez-O-Dent (242-72)
Modest Mouse’s Float On def. Jane’s Addiction’s Mountain Song (218-104)
Megadeth’s Peace Sells def. Social Distortion’s I Was Wrong (180-132)

Now, let’s see what we’ve got today:

Our first match is something people have been waiting the whole tournament to see. It’s Journey’s Any Way You Want It vs. Kansas’ Carry On Wayward Son!

Next up, we have two of the only songs from Rock Band 2 that are currently also available as DLC with Soundgarden’s Spoonman taking on Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer!

After that, we have two classic 90s alternative rock tracks as Pearl Jam’s Alive battles Smashing Pumpkins’ Today!

Finally, the final challenge of Rock Band 2 faces off against one of the first songs you’ll play when Judas Priest’s Painkiller faces Billy Idol’s White Wedding (Part 1)!




And here’s your loser’s bracket matches:

NOTE: There’s a lot of matches and coming up with flavour text is difficult, so if it starts to get repetitive, there’s only so many ways to say “these songs don’t share too much in common.”

First up, it’s a pair of rock n’ roll legends with AC/DC’s Let There Be Rock taking on Motörhead’s Ace of Spades ’08!

Then, we have a modern great taking on a legendary classic with Linkin Park’s One Step Closer facing Steve Miller Band’s Rock’n Me!

After that, we have two great modern punk-ish songs as Anarchy Club’s Get Clean battles Rise Against’s Give It All!

Next, we have two quirky alternative songs when Devo’s Uncontrollable Urge faces Lit’s My Own Worst Enemy!

Then, Ramblin’ Man faces a rambling man when The Allman Brothers Band’s Ramblin’ Man takes on Bob Dylan’s Tangled Up in Blue!

Next, two almost polar opposites face off when Steely Dan’s Bodhisattva meets Rage Against the Machine’s Testify!

Our next match pits two favourites from the early tiers against each other as The Guess Who’s American Woman does battle with Nirvana’s Drain You!

Finally, it’s a 90s alternative battle. It’s The President’s of the United States of America’s Lump vs. Dinosaur Jr.’s Feel the Pain!








DLC for 3/22: Off the Charts 03

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There’s not too much March left, but we still have quite a few announced artists to get through. Presumably, this means we’re going to just be getting singles, but who knows? Fall Out Boy and Carrie Underwood could easily fill a pack, but we’ve also seen them appear in singles weeks as well. Let’s not forget, of course, the leaked Neon Trees song from before Rock Band 4 launched… Anyway, let’s take a look at what’s actually coming this week.

  • 5 Seconds of Summer – She Looks So Perfect
  • Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up)
  • Neon Trees – Everybody Talks

All songs are available for $1.99. Off the Charts 03 will be available for $5.49.

Rock Band March Madness II, Round 3: Day 4

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We’re down to our last thirty-two songs! But only one can win, of course. We’re quickly vaulting towards the end of March, and the end of the tournament itself. Since we’ve hit the third round, we’ve also introduced the loser’s bracket, where all the songs that were eliminated these past couple rounds will have one last shot to stand tall! Who will win? Well, that’s up to you!

Before we get to today’s matches, let’s see how the last ones turned out.

Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way def. Go-Go’s We Got the Beat (296-37)
Jimmy Eat World’s The Middle def. RATT’s Round and Round (179-152)
Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer def. Metallica’s Battery (165-161)
Bad Company’s Shooting Star def. Panic at the Disco’s Nine in the Afternoon (193-133)

And in the loser’s bracket:

Lacuna Coil’s Our Truth def. L7’s Pretend We’re Dead (158-125)
Jethro Tull’s Aqualung def. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Give It Away (191-110)
The Muffs’ Kids in America def. Mastodon’s Colony of Birchmen (159-125)
The Replacements’ Alex Chilton def. Breaking Wheel’s Shoulder to the Plow (225-56)
Dream Theater’s Panic Attack def. Beastie Boys’ So What’cha Want (190-95)

Now, let’s see what today’s match-ups bring.

First up, it’s two punk classics with Blondie’s One Way or Another going head to head with The Offspring’s Come Out and Play (Keep ‘Em Separated)!

Then, we have two songs that have been on the path of destruction this whole tournament, but will it be Foo Fighter’s Everlong or System of a Down’s Chop Suey that triumphs?

Next, we have a battle between fast paced punk and slower indie rock with Silversun Pickups’ Lazy Eye taking on Joan Jett’s Bad Reputation!

Finally, it’s an alternative battle as Alanis Morissette’s You Oughta Know battles Elvis Costello’s Pump It Up!




In addition to those matches, we also have the loser’s bracket. Let’s take a look at what’s on tap there.

First up, we have a modern metal classic taking on a beloved bonus track when Avenged Sevenfold’s Almost Easy takes on The Sterns’ Supreme Girl!

Then, we have a pair of quirky alternative tracks with Squeeze’s Cool for Cats battling The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ Where’d You Go?!

Next up, we have a pair of groups that don’t mind adding a bit of humour to their serious musicianship as Tenacious D’s Master Exploder faces That Handsome Devil’s Rob the Prez-O-Dent!

After that, we have a battle of world tour proportions as Jane’s Addiction’s Mountain Song faces off against Modest Mouse’s Float On!

Finally, we have punk legends taking on metal legends with Social Distortion’s I Was Wrong going head to head with Megadeth’s Peace Sells!





Rock Band March Madness II, Round 3: Day 3

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We’re down to our last thirty-two songs! But only one can win, of course. We’re quickly vaulting towards the end of March, and the end of the tournament itself. Since we’ve hit the third round, we’ve also introduced the loser’s bracket, where all the songs that were eliminated these past couple rounds will have one last shot to stand tall! Who will win? Well, that’s up to you!

Before we get to today’s matches, let’s see how the last ones turned out.

Pearl Jam’s Alive def. The Who’s Pinball Wizard (173-124)
Smashing Pumpkins’ Today def. AFI’s Girls Not Grey (178-113)
Judas Priest’s Painkiller def. Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger (164-129)
Billy Idol’s White Wedding (Part 1) def. Guns N’ Roses’ Shackler’s Revenge (238-51)

And in the loser’s bracket:

Bob Dylan’s Tangled Up in Blue def. Speck’s Conventional Lover (144-116)
Steely Dan’s Bodhisattva def. Beck’s E-Pro (140-115)
Rage Against the Machine’s Testify def. Norman Greenbaum’s Spirit in the Sky (138-123)
Nirvana’s Drain You def. Testament’s Souls of Black (184-74)
Dinosaur Jr.’s Feel the Pain def. Bang Camaro’s Night Lies (142-114)

Now, let’s see what today’s match-ups bring.

Our first match pits two of the all time great female fronted groups with Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way taking on Go-Go’s We Got the Beat!

After that, we have hair metal legends taking on emo superstars as RATT’s Round and Round faces Jimmy Eat World’s The Middle!

Then, we have two songs that were favoured to win clashing when Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer battles Metallica’s Battery!

Finally, we have a great battle of new vs. old with Panic at the Disco’s Nine in the Afternoon going head to head with Bad Company’s Shooting Star!




In addition to those matches, we also have the loser’s bracket. Let’s take a look at what’s on tap there.

First up, we have two of my personal favourites from Rock Band 2 as L7’s Pretend We’re Dead faces Lacuna Coil’s Our Truth!

Then, we have two songs that put up very impressive showings and were ultimately victims of poor match-ups. It’s Jethro Tull’s Aqualung vs. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Give It Away!

After that, we have two songs that have potential to be big sleeper hits in this tournament with The Muffs’ Kids in America taking on Mastodon’s Colony of Birchmen!

The next match is a pair of under-appreciated greats with The Replacements’ Alex Chilton taking on Breaking Wheel’s Shoulder to the Plow!

Finally, we have a super easy hip-hop classic taking on a super hard prog great with Beastie Boys’ So What’cha Want going head to head with Dream Theater’s Panic Attack!





Rock Band March Madness II, Round 3: Day 2

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We’re down to our last thirty-two songs! But only one can win, of course. We’re quickly vaulting towards the end of March, and the end of the tournament itself. Since we’ve hit the third round, we’ve also introduced the loser’s bracket, where all the songs that were eliminated these past couple rounds will have one last shot to stand tall! Who will win? Well, that’s up to you!

Before we get to today’s matches, let’s see how the last ones turned out.

Journey’s Any Way You Want It def. Paramore’s That’s What You Get (268-122)
Kansas’ Carry On Wayward Son def. Alice in Chains’ Man in the Box (293-94)
Soundgarden’s Spoonman def. Rush’s The Trees (Vault Edition) (239-150)
Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer def. Duran Duran’s Hungry Like the Wolf (244-143)

And in the loser’s bracket:

Motörhead’s Ace of Spades ’08 def. Cheap Trick’s Hello There (227-98)
Linkin Park’s One Step Closer def. The Main Drag’s A Jagged Gorgeous Winter (180-138)
Steve Miller Band’s Rock’n Me def. Libyans’ Welcome to the Neighborhood (260-55)
Rise Against’s Give It All def. Sonic Youth’s Teen Age Riot (197-117)
Lit’s My Own Worst Enemy def. The Grateful Dead’s Alabama Getaway (187-131)

Now, let’s see what today’s match-ups bring.

First up, we have two songs that have dominated every match they’ve been in so far when The Who’s Pinball Wizard takes on Pearl Jam’s Alive!

Then, we have a pair of classic alternative tunes as AFI’s Girls Not Grey battles Smashing Pumpkins’ Today!

After that, it’s one of the last songs you’ll play taking on one of the first when Judas Priest’s Painkiller goes head to head with Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger!

Finally, we have a pair of songs that are both in some way about revenge. It’s Billy Idol’s White Wedding (Part 1) vs. Guns N’ Roses’ Shackler’s Revenge!




In addition to those matches, we also have the loser’s bracket. Let’s take a look at what’s on tap there.

First up, we have two songs that got very little love in their first matches out looking for revenge! It’s Speck’s Conventional Lover vs. Bob Dylan’s Tangled Up in Blue!

Next, it’s some alt-rock taking on some yacht rock when Beck’s E-Pro takes on Steely Dan’s Bodhisattva!

After that, we have a classic rock great facing a legendary alternative band when Norman Greenbaum’s Spirit in the Sky battles Rage Against the Machine’s Testify!

Then, we have two classic 90s songs going head to head with Nirvana’s Drain You facing Testament’s Souls of Black!

Finally, we have a revered 90s alternative rock band going head to head with a beloved Harmonix group as Dinosaur Jr.’s Feel the Pain does battle with Bang Camaro’s Night Lies!





Rock Band March Madness II, Round 3: Day 1

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We’re down to our last thirty-two songs! But only one can win, of course. We’re quickly vaulting towards the end of March, and the end of the tournament itself. Since we’ve hit the third round, we’ve also introduced the loser’s bracket, where all the songs that were eliminated these past couple rounds will have one last shot to stand tall! Who will win? Well, that’s up to you!

Before we get to today’s matches, let’s see how the last ones turned out.

The Offspring’s Come Out and Play (Keep ‘Em Separated) def. Breaking Wheel’s Shoulder to the Plow (258-43)
Foo Fighters’ Everlong def. Tenacious D’s Master Exploder (230-76)
System of a Down’s Chop Suey def. Social Distortion’s I Was Wrong (200-102)
Silversun Pickups’ Lazy Eye def. Linkin Park’s One Step Closer (188-109)
Joan Jett’s Bad Reputation def. Mastodon’s Colony of Birchmen (180-125)
Alanis Morissette’s You Oughta Know def. Beastie Boys’ So What’cha Want (232-67)
Elvis Costello’s Pump It Up def. Libyans’ Welcome to the Neighborhood (230-66)

Now, let’s see what today’s matchup’s bring.

Our first match is a pop-rock delight as Journey’s Any Way You Want It takes on Paramore’s That’s What You Get!

After that, we have the simplicities of grunge vs. the excesses of progressive rock when Alice in Chains’ Man in the Box battles Kansas’ Carry on Wayward Son!

Then, we have a bassist’s dream battle with Soundgarden’s Spoonman going head to head with Rush’s The Trees (Vault Edition)!

Finally, it’s a totally awesome 80s battle. Yes, it’s Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer vs. Duran Duran’s Hungry Like the Wolf!




In addition to those matches, we also have the loser’s bracket. Let’s take a look at what’s on tap there.

First up, we have two re-records that put on a great showing, just not great enough. It’s Motörhead’s Ace of Spades ’08 taking on Cheap Trick’s Hello There!

After that, we have two ends of the 2000s rock spectrum as Linkin Park’s One Step Closer battles The Main Drag’s A Jagged Gorgeous Winter!

Following that, it’s two songs that both got utterly destroyed in their first matches looking for revenge. It’s Steve Miller Band’s Rock’n Me vs. Libyans’ Welcome to the Neighborhood!

Then, it’s two songs that people expected to go very far when Rise Against’s Give It All faces Sonic Youth’s Teen Age Riot!

Finally, we have two fan favourites from the Rock Band 2 setlist facing off when The Grateful Dead’s Alabama Getaway does battle with Lit’s My Own Worst Enemy!