The Whammys 2016: Round 1.2


Welcome to the back to the second day of The Whammys!  We’ve still got a long way to go, and a bunch of great matchups ahead of us.  First, let’s look at yesterday’s results:

The Cranberries – “Zombie” def. INXS – “What You Need” (171-32)
Deep Blue Something – “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” def. Ed Sheeran – “Sing” (156-41)
Weezer – “Thank God for Girls” def. Hinder – “Lips of an Angel” (105-81)
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “Don’t Do Me Like That” def. Three Days Grace – “Never Too Late” (121-72)
Twisted Sister – “We’re Not Gonna Take It” def. Orleans – “Still the One” (147-54)
The Hollies – “Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)” def. X Ambassadors – “Renegades” (111-71)
Naked Eyes – “Always Something There to Remind Me” def. Royal Blood – “Figure It Out” (105-83)
Vance Joy – “Riptide” def. Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight” (93-86)

All losers have been sent to the losers bracket.

You may have noticed a typo in yesterday’s list that said there were 16 matchups.  Well, I planned on having 16 matchups that day!  But I had to get to work, so I was rushed to complete the seeding, bracket, and yesterday’s post before I had to leave.  So, today’s matchups will be the rest of what was planned for yesterday!

Here are the 8 matchups for today:

Five Finger Death Punch – “Wrong Side of Heaven” vs. Dead Sara – “Mona Lisa”
Breaking Benjamin – “Failure” vs. Shawn Mendes – “Stitches”
Aerosmith – “Cryin'” vs. Lamb of God – “Redneck”
Pixies – “Where Is My Mind?” vs. Stone Temple Pilots – “Wicked Garden”
U2 – “Sunday Bloody Sunday” vs. Linkin Park – “Rebellion”
Aerosmith – “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)” vs. One Direction – “Drag Me Down”
Elle King – “Ex’s & Oh’s” vs. Catfish and the Bottlemen – “Cocoon”
U2 – “Vertigo” vs. Mastodon – “High Road”

Have fun voting!

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October DLC Revealed!


Well, this is a bit different. Instead of revealing just the artists for this month, we’ve been given a treat with them revealing all of the songs, too! While we already knew that October 18th would feature the Rivals pre-order songs (with the Amazon pack coming at a later, unspecified date), it’s nice to know exactly what songs we’re getting, if not the exact date.

[Official announcement]

DLC for 10/4: More 90s Classics


It’s the first week of a new month and that means we’re going in blind with regards to what to expect for the DLC. Will we see three packs begin to become the norm again following the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest pack from a couple weeks ago or was that a one off with two songs continuing to be the norm? As far as what we could see, anything is possible. The new Green Day album comes out this week, so that’s entirely possible, but really the only way to know is to keep reading!

  • Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta
  • Jane’s Addiction – Stop!

All songs are $1.99.

[Official announcement]

The Whammys 2016: DLC of the Year Tournament


The first year of Rock Band 4 is coming to a close, and what a year it’s been!  Since release, 165 songs have been released as DLC.  We’ve gotten tracks from legendary bands like Aerosmith, Van Halen, and U2, modern headliners like Five Finger Death Punch and Imagine Dragons, as well as the (long-awaited) Rock Band debut of both Justin Bieber and One Direction.  Truly, there’s been something for everyone.

One of the things I like to do is to make Top 10 lists of Rock Band DLC, in an attempt to build the perfect setlists for my play sessions.  With the first year over, I wanted to make a definitive list of my favorite songs for this year, but I couldn’t do it. There’s just far too many great songs for me to choose from, I always feel like I’m leaving out something. To remedy this, I thought it would be cool if the entire RB community came together to decide what we believe to be the best DLC songs released for the year.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been putting together a tournament to decide just that.  There’s been 165 songs released so far, but I can’t make an even bracket with that many songs.  Instead, the tournament will include 128 songs.  To decide what songs get left off the bracket, I’ve been running pools over this past week on the Rock Band forums.  The worst performing songs in those pools were eliminated.

Pools are now over, and everything’s been seeded.  Now is the time for the tournament to officially begin!  To see the full bracket, click here.

Today, there will be 8 matchups.  They’ll include:

The Cranberries – “Zombie” vs. INXS – “What You Need”
Ed Sheeran – “Sing”
vs. Deep Blue Something – “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”
Weezer – “Thank God for Girls”
vs. Hinder – “Lips of an Angel”
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “Don’t Do Me Like That” vs. Three Days Grace – “Never Too Late”
Twisted Sister – “We’re Not Gonna Take It” vs. Orleans – “Still the One”
X Ambassadors – “Renegades” vs. The Hollies – “Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)”
Royal Blood – “Figure It Out” vs. Naked Eyes – “Always Something There to Remind Me”
Vance Joy – “Riptide” vs. Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”

Have fun voting, and I’ll see you again tomorrow for the next batch of matchups!



Thursday Throwback – “Stray Cat Strut” by Brian Setzer


In this week’s Thursday Throwback, we’re going to examine a 1982 release from the American band Stray Cats. Though the track is pretty recognizable, it may have slipped under the radar of some players, since it was credited in-game to the band’s guitarist Brian Setzer as a solo artist. The album that originally featured this tune was the band’s first taste of success in the US, and also contained “Rock This Town”- another hit that was recently released as DLC for Rock Band 4. Let’s take a closer look at an old favorite: “Stray Cat Strut.”

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DLC Playthrough for 9/27: Disturbed & Fitz and the Tantrums


This week is a mixed bag featuring a metal ballad from Rock Band favourites Disturbed and a jumpy indie pop song from the debuting Fitz and the Tantrums! Be sure to take a look at these full band playthrough videos courtesy of the totally awesome Spectro’s Rock Hero! Definitely check out and subscribe to their YouTube channel!

Links to purchase DLC songs online at and are included below for each track. All tracks are $1.99.

Disturbed – The Sound of Silence (XB1/PS4)

Fitz and the Tantrums – HandClap (XB1/PS4)