MTV News’ Musical March Madness: Dave Matthews Band Vs. Phish, Mastodon Vs. Coheed And Cambria

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.

Last night’s NCAA basketball games featured a tremendous double overtime tilt featuring Kansas State and Xavier, as well as Butler’s upset over top-ranked Syracuse. The voting in Musical March Madness remains aggressive, and most of the second round voting remains tight. Today, we plow through the South bracket in preparation for the Sweet 16 on Monday.

(10) Mastodon vs. (15) Coheed and Cambria
Both bands pulled off first round upsets using their individual brands of prog-friendly headbanging. Now they are entrenched in a great second round tilt. This is a great section of the tournament, because no matter who wins either of these games, the Sweet 16 will have a metal versus jam showdown that will be epic.

(3) Dave Matthews Band vs. (6) Phish
Two of the jam universe’s biggest titans won their first round match-ups handily, but only one can stand alone. A longshot prediction: Whoever wins this match-up will make a run to the finals. But which one will it be?