If you didn’t know already, our friends at Y-Not radio are gearing up for this year’s Modern Rock Madness.  Starting on Monday, Y-not is matching 64 bands  up in pure March tournament fashion to determine who Y-Not listeners think is the best band this year.  Beginning at 9:00 AM on Monday, and continuing each day until Friday at 3:00 PM be sure to tune into http://ynotradio.net/ in order to cast your votes.  If you’re on the go and need to rep your favorite band, just text 267-293-YNOT with your vote.

Grab the brackets over at Y-Not Radio:  http://ynotradio.net/, which include the schedule for voting.

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There are going to be 16 match-ups between 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM this coming Monday.  Right now, I’m gonna’ break down what I see as the four most interesting matches.








1. Coldplay vs. The Flaming Lips:  I picked this one out because I’m not sure if any other match-up will highlight two completely different styles than these two bands.  Coldplay have mastered the art of the catchy tune, while The Flaming Lips have come to resemble a set of “fearless freaks.”  In 2011, Coldplay released Mylo Xyloto, one of their poppiest releases to date.  On the other hand, The Flaming Lips last year released marijuana flavored gummy skulls that had music flash drives inside.  Also, they came out with a 24 hour song.  That’s right, a whole day, which was released inside of an actual human skull.  So as we can see, Coldplay continues to do what works best for them, pop songs that blow up the charts and earn them international fame. And The Flaming Lips do, well, whatever the hell The Flaming Lips do.  In the end, I think Coldplay will come out victorious because no matter how hard I try, I can’t get the songs of Mylo Xyloto out of my head.

2. Yeah Yeah Yeahs vs. Wilco:  I chose this match-up because each band has done a lot of cool things in recent memory.  I mean, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs did “Maps,” right? That’s true, but Wilco did Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, one of the most strident “f-you record label” stories of all time.  Though Wilco is a two-time Grammy winner, keep in mind that The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been nominated three times, one for each of their three LPs.  Wilco released The Whole Love in 2011 and an iTunes session earlier this year, so they’re more in the loop in terms of brand new music.  Although Wilco’s new releases didn’t generate a ton of hype, I still have them winning this match-up.


3.  Phoenix vs. Ben Folds (Five).  Ben Folds is that guy that doesn’t get played on the radio a lot, but everyone know his music, and most like it.  Phoenix is the band that not a lot of people knew before 2009 (even though they have a lengthy discography dating back to 2000).  But when Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix dropped, and along with it “Lisztomania,” and “1901,” these French dudes brought pop-rock to the American indie scene in a big, big way.  Ben Folds, on the other hand, relentlessly puts out piano driven ballads that have produced through the years heart-breakers like “Brick,” and monster sing-a-longs like “Hiroshima.”  What’s so interesting about this match is that each band is so likable.  I think this one’s going to be a close one, but in the end, I think Phoenix will take it due to their more recent huge successes.








4. Shins/Broken Bells vs. LCD Soundsystem:  I almost wish this wasn’t a first-round match-up.  Port of Morrow came out last week and, to be honest I think the hype surrounding it will carry The Shins through this round.  “Simple Song” has been getting a lot of radio play, and it is really, really good.  But don’t forget LCD Soundsystem!  Remember, they brought us Sound of Silver.  That means “North American Scum,” and “All My Friends.”  Don’t forget earlier successes, like “Daft Punk is Playing in My House,” and “Tribulations,” either.  Add to that their triumphant final Madison Square Garden show in April, 2011 which is documented in the short film Shut Up and Play the Hits, and you’ve got the recipe for success.  Nevertheless, I think The Shins’ recent coverage and radio play because of Port of Morrow will make them victorious in this match-up.