Rock Band March Madness II: Quarter Finals

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Incredibly enough, it looks like we’re actually going to make our April 1st deadline! We kick off the quarter finals of Rock Band March Madness II today, and the tournament has already yielded some incredibly close results as well as its fair share of massive upsets. Just remember that if you don’t vote, you’re favourite could go home!

Before we get to today’s matches, let’s take a look at yesterday’s results:

Motörhead’s Ace of Spades ’08 def. Linkin Park’s One Step Closer (181-99)
Rise Against’s Give It All def. Lit’s My Own Worst Enemy (145-133)
The Allman Brothers Band’s Ramblin’ Man def. Rage Against the Machine’s Testify (179-97)
Nirvana’s Drain You def. The Presidents of the United States of America’s Lump (155-123)
Jethro Tull’s Aqualung def. Disturbed’s Down with the Sickness (169-109)
Dream Theater’s Panic Attack def. The Replacements’ Alex Chilton (151-115)
Tenacious D’s Master Exploder def. Avenged Sevenfold’s Almost Easy (153-122)
Modest Mouse’s Float On def. Megadeth’s Peace Sells (162-117)

Now, let’s see what we’ve got today!

First up, two incredibly fun to play songs that have just dominated everything they’ve gone up against go head to head when Kansas’ Carry On Wayward Son faces off against Soundgarden’s Spoonman!

Next, a grunge favourite takes on a well loved new wave song that no one expected to get this far. It’s Pearl Jam’s Alive vs. Billy Idol’s White Wedding (Part 1)!

Then, two of the great groups of the 70s face off with Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way taking on Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer!

Finally, it’s the two most modern songs left in the tournament duking it out as Foo Fighters’ Everlong meets Silversun Pickups’ Lazy Eye!




Now, let’s see what’s coming up in the loser’s bracket.

First up, we have one of the all time great metal bands taking on one of the best punk band out there. It’s Motörhead’s Ace of Spades ’08 vs. Rise Against’s Give It All!

Then, it’s a southern rock classic taking on an iconic grunge band as The Allman Brothers Band’s Ramblin’ Man faces off against Nirvana’s Drain You!

After that, it’s a battle of progressive rock with Jethro Tull’s Aqualung taking on Dream Theater’s Panic Attack!

Finally, can indie rock kill the metal, or will the metal prevail? Find out as Tenacious D’s Master Exploder battles Modest Mouse’s Float On!




Rock Band March Madness II, Round 4.5

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So, it turns out that we have an extra round of loser’s bracket matches that need to be taken care of before the next round of matches officially starts, so let’s get those out of the way here.

First, let’s see the last set of results.

Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way def. Jimmy Eat World’s The Middle (208-139)
Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer def. Bad Company’s Shooting Star (177-167)
Foo Fighters’ Everlong def. The Offspring’s Come Out and Play (Keep ‘Em Separated) (250-103)
Silversun Pickups’ Lazy Eye def. Alanis Morissette’s You Oughta Know (190-148)

And in the loser’s bracket:

Disturbed’s Down with the Sickness def. Lacuna Coil’s Our Truth (208-99)
Jethro Tull’s Aqualung def. The Muffs’ Kids in America (228-85)
The Replacements’ Alex Chilton def. Bikini Kill’s Rebel Girl (218-75)
Dream Theater’s Panic Attack def. Abnormality’s Visions (267-22)
Avenged Sevenfold’s Almost Easy def. The Donnas’ New Kid in School (197-105)
Tenacious D’s Master Exploder def. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ Where’d You Go? (197-107)
Modest Mouse’s Float On def. Interpol’s PDA (216-91)
Megadeth’s Peace Sells def. Lush’s De-Luxe (198-94)

Now that’s out of the way, let’s take a look at today’s loser’s bracket matches:

First up, two artists that practically define their respective genres. It’s Motörhead’s Ace of Spades vs. Linkin Park’s One Step Closer!

Then, two well loved alternative songs that showcase both sides of the spectrum go head to head as Rise Against’s Give It All battles Lit’s My Own Worst Enemy!

After that, we have southern rock greats meeting the modern kings of protest music with The Allman Brothers Band’s Ramblin’ Man facing off against Rage Against the Machine’s Testify!

Next, it’s a 90s battle when Nirvana’s Drain You faces The Presidents of the United States of America’s Lump!

The next battle pits two high tier songs against each other as Disturbed’s Down with the Sickness takes on Jethro Tull’s Aqualung!

Then, we have two fan favourite tracks battling it out when The Replacements’ Alex Chilton faces off against Dream Theater’s Panic Attack!

After that, two giants of modern heavy metal duke it out when Avenged Sevenfold’s Almost Easy does battle with Tenacious D’s Master Exploder!

Finally, indie rock meets heavy metal when Modest Mouse’s Float On faces Megadeth’s Peace Sells!








Rock Band March Madness II, Round 4: Day 2

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

I still don’t have access to my Photoshop clone to make the header image today, so, again, 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 (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:

Kansas’ Carry On Wayward Son def. Journey’s Any Way You Want It (231-127)
Soundgarden’s Spoonman def. Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer (189-169)
Pearl Jam’s Alive def. Smashing Pumpkins’ Today (243-113)
Billy Idol’s White Wedding (Part 1) def. Judas Priest’s Painkiller (178-175)

And in the loser’s bracket:

Motörhead’s Ace of Spades ’08 def. AC/DC’s Let There Be Rock (173-141)
Linkin Park’s One Step Closer def. Steve Miller Band’s Rock’n Me (157-156)
Rise Against’s Give It All def. Anarchy Club’s Get Clean (216-81)
Lit’s My Own Worst Enemy def. Devo’s Uncontrollable Urge (229-77)
The Allman Brothers Band’s Ramblin’ Man def. Bob Dylan’s Tangled Up in Blue (229-72)
Rage Against the Machine’s Testify def. Steely Dan’s Bodhisattva (165-141)
Nirvana’s Drain You def. The Guess Who’s American Woman (155-149)
The Presidents of the United States of America’s Lump def. Dinosaur Jr.’s Feel the Pain (175-131)

Now, let’s see what we’ve got today:

First up, we have two songs that have just been lighting up the competition and destroying everything that they’ve come across, but only one can win. It’s Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way vs. Jimmy Eat World’s The Middle!

Next, two classics from the 70s go head to head with Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer facing Bad Company’s Shooting Star!

After that, it’s the 90s battle featuring The Offspring’s Come Out and Play (Keep ‘Em Separated) taking on Foo Fighter’s Everlong!

Finally, two giants of alternative rock meet as Silversun Pickups’ Lazy Eye battles Alanis Morissette’s You Oughta Know!




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, we have a clash of modern metal as Disturbed’s Down with the Sickness takes on Lacuna Coil’s Our Truth!

Next, two polar opposite tracks meet with Jethro Tull’s Aqualung facing The Muffs’ Kids in America!

After that, we have a battle of beloved alternative bands as Bikini Kill’s Rebel Girl meets The Replacements’ Alex Chilton!

Then, top tier metal battles it out when Abnormality’s Visions faces Dream Theater’s Panic Attack!

The next match is a modern rock battle with The Donnas’ New Kid in School taking on Avenged Sevenfold’s Almost Easy!

After that, two songs that were both part of soundtracks to beloved films when The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ Where’d You Go? battles Tenacious D’s Master Exploder!

Next, it’s the indie rock battle as Interpol’s PDA takes on Modest Mouse’s Float On!

Finally, two sides of the early 90s scene meet when Lush’s De-Luxe battles Megadeth’s Peace Sells!








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!