MTV’s Musical March Madness: 30 Seconds To Mars, Disturbed, Panic! At The Disco Jump Out Early

It’s MTV’s second annual Musical March Madness! MTV News took the 64 biggest names in rock, split them up into four regions, assigned 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 64, so over the next few weeks, fan voting will determine who will emerge as this year’s champion. It’s all about the fans, and the artist with the most passionate fan base will score the awesome Musical March Madness trophy!

Two full days of MTV’s Musical March Madness are in the books, and the first round match-ups are shaping up to be extra lively. The South bracket will be unveiled on Wednesday (March 16) with the East bracket coming on Thursday (March 17). All of the first round voting will run through Sunday night (March 20), and the winners will be revealed and relaunched on Monday (March 22).

Most of the first round is pretty tight, only a handful of artists really beating down their opponents. In case you missed any of the first round, here are the match-ups that are currently live, with more to come constantly, so stay tuned!

Midwest

» (1) Foo Fighters vs. (16) The Damned Things

» (8) Dave Matthews Band vs. (9) Disturbed

» (5) Neon Trees vs. (12) Patrick Stump

» (4) Rise Against vs. (13) Pete Wentz/Black Cards

» (6) Coheed and Cambria vs. (11) Crystal Bowersox

» (3) Vampire Weekend vs. (14) Bright Eyes

» (7) Avenged Sevenfold vs. (10) Taylor Swift

» (2) The Black Keys vs. (15) Taylor Swift

West

» (1) 30 Seconds to Mars vs. (16) Yellowcard

» (8) Pearl Jam vs. (9) Train

» (5) Panic! at the Disco vs. (12) Avril Lavigne

» (4) Florence and the Machine vs. (13) Brandon Flowers

» (6) U2 vs. (11) Ke$ha

» (3) Green Day vs. (14) Adam Lambert

» (7) Red Hot Chili Peppers vs. (10) Death Cab for Cutie

» (2) Blink-182 vs. (15) All Time Low

And just in case you need a little guidance about this year’s bracket, check out the expert analysis by Dick Bagwell and Vincent Twice.

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Who is your favorite to win MTV’s Musical March Madness? Let us know in the comments!