MTV News’ Musical March Madness: Foo Fighters Vs. AFI, Cobra Starship Vs. Shinedown

It’s Musical March Madness! The sprawling bracket — both a parody and a tribute to the NCAA basketball tournament, masterminded by MTV News’ James Montgomery — takes the 65 biggest names in rock, splits them up into four regions, assigns them seeds and puts them up against one another in a single-elimination series of match-ups in a winner-take-all contest. We’re leaving it to you to decide an actual champ in this field of 65. Over the next few weeks, we will present a series of polls that will allow you to vote for the match-ups presented in MTV News’ Band Bracketology. You vote for the winners, we’ll keep advancing the seeds and, in the end, we’ll have some sort of champion. What will the winner receive? Little more than our esteem (as well as that of the fans) and some Internet bragging rights.

If you need more college basketball in your life today, the NIT continues tonight )featuring an intriguing game between Connecticut and Virginia Tech). The NIT is sort of silly, because it essentially decides who the 66th best team in the country is. We don’t care about whoever the 66th best band is — we only care about who will be left standing at the end of MTV News’ Musical March Madness. Here are two more interesting pairings.

(3) Foo Fighters vs. (14) AFI
This is how dominant Dave Grohl’s band is: Despite the fact that they’ve essentially been off the grid for a year (save for a few shows and a greatest hits album), the Foos remain a dominant force in the rock world. Like Duke, they’re always a big deal, no matter what is happening. On the other side is AFI, who have quietly put together two decades of greatness. But which veteran squad will come out on top?

(6) Cobra Starship vs. (11) Shinedown
Gabe Saporta’s club is a quick, spry group who execute well and have a great time doing it. On the other side of the court, Shinedown dominate with power and hard work (they operate a lot like an Ivy League team). Which group will advance to the second round?