Round 3 - Results
Here are the results of Round 3:
Avenged Sevenfold vs. Wolfmother
With a second album that rivals their stunning debut, I figured Wolfmother had this one locked up, but the metal fans are coming out of the woodwork for this tournament and Avenged Sevenfold keeps chugging on. Take Drew's advice: listen to "Nightmare" and maybe you'll see why they've made it this far.
Winner: Avenged Sevenfold
LCD Soundsystem vs. The Darkness
In one of the closest contests of Round 3, James Murphy's LCD Soundsystem narrowly escaped elimination, keeping the last hopes of electronic fans alive. Had The Darkness announced their reunion just a tad earlier, things might have been different.
Winner: LCD Soundsystem
Priestess vs. Audioslave
Audioslave may have disbanded, but that doesn't mean their music can't live on. With nearly 70% of the vote, Audioslave takes this contest easily.
The Raconteurs vs. The Black Keys
The contest Megan described as the hardest decision of the round ended in a tie. Unfortunately, I have to agree with her. The Raconteurs and The Black Keys are both extremely talented, but like Megan, I think I have to give this one to The Black Keys.
Winner: The Black Keys
Local Natives vs. Band of Horses
The little 16 seed that could, Local Natives, made waves by beating out Broken Bells to get into the tournament and then handling #1 seed Elbow easily. Sadly, Band of Horses was too much for them to handle and their story ends here...this year.
Winner: Band of Horses
The Decemberists vs. Paper Route
Give Paper Route a few more years and I wouldn't be surprised if they win this thing. For the time being, however, The Decemberists are the far bigger name, which was reflected in voting.
Winner: The Decemberists
The Postal Service vs. The Strokes
For me, this was by far the most surprising outcome of the tournament. The Strokes just released a new album which has earned them headlining spots at festivals like Bonnaroo, but that doesn't matter for fans of The Postal Service's 2003 debut, which is still their only album as of yet.
Winner: The Postal Service
Bloc Party vs. Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons is one of very few artists to have been certified platinum in both the US and the UK. Over 75% of the people who voted probably own their debut.
Winner: Mumford & Sons
Alicia Keys vs. Ingrid Michaelson
Another #1 seed bites the dust. Ingrid Michaelson fans gave the talented singer/songwriter over 60% of the vote.
Winner: Ingrid Michaelson
Sara Bareilles vs. Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse has been in the news more than Sara Bareilles recently, but not for musical reasons. Winehouse managed only 27% of the vote. Bareilles moves on to face Ingrid Michaelson, an artist she has played many shows with in the past, including a recent performance at The White House.
Winner: Sara Bareilles
Kanye West vs. Lady Gaga
Kanye West earned my pick for the best album of last year, which is saying a lot if you're familiar with my typical musical tastes. However, even his greatest achievements weren't enough to knock over the juggernaut that is Lady Gaga. With over 70% of the vote, Gaga moves on easily.
Winner: Lady Gaga
Alexi Murdoch vs. Jonsi
There weren't enough Sigur Ros fans to keep Jonsi moving forward. Alexi Murdoch whispers his way into Round 4.
Winner: Alexi Murdoch
Gorillaz vs. Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire just won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, and rightfully so. That was all they needed to defeat #1 seed Gorillaz. Only one #1 seed remains.
Winner: Arcade Fire
Hard-Fi vs. Franz Ferdinand
Hard-Fi recently announced a few big shows in the UK, but they remain relatively unknown in the US. Franz Ferdinand, a much bigger band in the US, received nearly 80% of the vote.
Winner: Franz Ferdinand
Keave vs. Kings of Leon
A relatively close contest compared to many this round, but Kings of Leon managed to hold on long enough for a victory.
Winner: Kings of Leon
The Killers vs. Interpol
The Killers ran away with this one early. Despite a slight comeback for Interpol in the last day of voting, The Killers move on easily.
Winner: The Killers
Round 4 will be posted shortly