MTV News’ Musical March Madness: Phish Vs. MMJ, DMB Vs. Them Crooked Vultures

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.

The voting in the South region is already heating up, so let’s get to our next two opening round match-ups.

(3) Dave Matthews Band vs. (14) Them Crooked Vultures
A cluster of rock veterans going head-to-head here, and DMB’s constantly evolving sound and vision goes up against the supergroup composed of Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. That’s a lot of rocking experience in a single power trio, but DMB have seven studio albums, a ton of live recordings and legions of devoted followers behind them. Will that stand strong against the power of the underdog Vultures?

(6) Phish vs. (11) My Morning Jacket
The jam kings are probably ranked a little too low (though they did score a higher seed than the University of Vermont), and they’ve got some stiff competition with the also jam-centric My Morning Jacket. My Morning Jacket probably have the better records (they put out the best Prince album the Purple One never made in 2008′s Evil Urges), but Phish host their own three-day festivals. Who will reign supreme?