Welcome to the long-awaited third installment of the S&R Tournament of Rock. This competition will pit 16 bands and solo artists against each other in a standard single-elimination format. The rules are simple:
- Selection criteria were informal: we picked 16 acts we liked that released new music in 2011. Then we drew names out of the hat and matched them randomly.
- Special thanks to Art Jipson (of WUDR Radio’s outstanding Tuesday afternoon indie showcase), The Blueflowers’ Tony Hamera and Ed Colavito, manager of The Lost Patrol, for recommending some worthy participants. We thought Tony and Ed might at least take the opportunity to suggest competition that sucked, thereby making things easier on themselves, but they responded by pointing us to some really good acts that we’d never heard of before. So no fear of a challenge there, and we respect that.
- We’ll post a match-up with links so that readers can give the bands a listen.
- At the bottom, click on your choice. Winners advance, and losers depart with a copy of the home version of our game and a year’s supply of Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat.
So let’s get under way with our first matchup.
Baron Bane: Hailing from Sweden – dark, lush, sensual – reminiscent of Kate Bush’s more accessible work. LISTEN
Able Archer: New project from former Splitsville front man Matt Huseman – intriguing fusion of Radiohead-esque complexity and enduring Power Pop tune sensibilities. LISTEN
Both bands are available on Spotify.
Now, it’s up to you.
<a href=”http://polldaddy.com/poll/5709783/”>Which band do you pefer in this round of the Tournament of Rock?</a>Here’s the bracket.