MTV’s Musical March Madness: Phoenix Vs. Phish, The Strokes Vs. MGMT

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!

Welcome to the East bracket, the last of the four regions of the first round of the 2011 MTV Musical March Madness tournament. The East contains some of the most elite and critically-acclaimed squads in the entire field, and it should make for some amazing match-ups.

Just as a reminder, first round voting continues through Sunday night (March 20), and you can catch up with any match-ups you might have missed here. Let’s get to the match-ups!

(5) Phoenix vs. (12) Phish
Phoenix spent most of 2010 elevating themselves to new heights, scoring more hits from their 2009 album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (including the bouncy “Lisztomania”), headlining Lollapalooza and selling out Madison Square Garden. Phish continue to be one of the most popular touring acts in the world and have one of the most massive Internet presences of any rock band. Which one will find themselves in round two? You decide!

(4) The Strokes vs. (13) MGMT
After a four year hiatus, the Strokes are back with a vengeance. They went on a well-received reunion tour last year and have an excellent new album called Angles hitting the streets next week. MGMT took some lumps in 2010 (their second album Congratulations was a very polarizing release), but they remain one of the key members of the modern indie rock community. Which New York favorites will move on?

Watch Dick Bagwell and Vincent Twice break down this year’s bracket!

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Check out the Musical March Madness bracket and be take a look at the hoops-centric photos of some of the tournament’s biggest bands.