2015 Tune Tourney’s Sweet Sixteen: Scandinavia

The Sweet Sixteen round of Idle Time’s 2015 Tune Tournament opens in Scandinavia. Not surprisingly, all four songs vying for regional supremacy hail from the same Nordic epicenter of pop perfection. Yes, it helped that two-thirds of the bracket was Swedish. And there might have been a slight bias in the seeding.

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2015 TUNE TOURNEY: More California Round 2 Matchups!

There was one shut-out in the first round, and it happened in California. Top-seeded Chromatics lived up to the billing and “Cherry” took every single vote in its matchup against The Growlers. Maybe The Y Axes can prove to be tougher competition. “Neon Street” claimed a 94% blowout victory over Ariel Pink.



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2015 TUNE TOURNEY: California Round 2

Kendrick Lamar’s “Rigamortis” made short work of Geographer in their first-round contest. He moves on to
face TV Girl, whose “Birds Don’t Sing” had a similarly easy time dispatching of Captain Murphy.



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2015 TUNE TOURNEY: More Canadia Round 2 Matchups!

It’ll happen one day… A sixteen-seed will take down a top-ranked bracket goliath. But not today. Despite Death From Above 1979 drawing even in the polling against Drake’s top-seeded “Hold On,” the Canadian favorite pulled ahead late to keep his tournament dream alive. Drake moves on to face “Kaputt” after Dan Bejar’s schizophrenic first-round battle resulted in a narrow win for Destroyer over The New Pornographers.



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2015 TUNE TOURNEY: Canadia Round 2

Time for our northern neighbors to get in on the second-round action. First up is second-seeded Grimes with her Majical Cloudz supporting cast taking on Mac DeMarco’s “Passing Out Pieces.” This may or not mean anything, and I realize poll results are shown in percentages, but digging into the post-game statistics reveal that the first-round contest between DeMarco and Arcade Fire had the smallest number of responses of any of the polls. I’m not a betting man… but it seems like we might be looking at another Grimes blowout…



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2015 TUNE TOURNEY: More Oceania Round 2 Matchups!

Nick Cave may have been the bracket veteran, but neither he nor his Bad Seeds were any match for third-ranked Tame Impala. “Eventually” moves on to face The Preatures and “Somebody’s Talking,” which pulled down an impressive 69% over Jagwar Ma.



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2015 TUNE TOURNEY: Oceania Round 2

Top-seeded Cut Copy demolished Electric Wire Hustle in their opening round contest, 95% to 5%. “Need You Now” looks to continue the Australia vs. New Zealand dominance as it faces off against Shocking Pinks and “What’s Up With That Girl,” which took an impressive 72% score over Flume & Chet Faker in round 1.



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2015 TUNE TOURNEY: More Scandinavia Round 2 Matchups!

The first great upset in the 2015 Tune Tournament happened in the Scandinavia bracket when 14th-ranked Little Dragon took out the triple-headed Nordic threat of R√∂yksopp & Robyn. “Paris” took 85% of the votes and now matches up against jj, whose “All White Everything” had a similarly impressive 77% victory over First Aid Kit.



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2015 TUNE TOURNEY: Scandinavia Round 2

The first games in the second round tip-off today. First up, regional top seed The Knife, fresh off an impressive 83% victory over Darkness Falls, takes on Tomas Barfod. Barfod’s Nina K-assisted track “Busy Baby” muscled out a close 58% win over Say Lou Lou’s “Julian.”



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2015 TUNE TOURNEY: More California Round 1 Match-Ups!

We’re just a few days away from tallying the results and introducing the 32 tunes advancing to the next round. But first, a few more National Anthems and the last games can get started:

We’re looking at the bottom half of the California bracket, starting with Katy Perry [RF: “Katy Perry totally deserves a spot on this list… and “Roar” will be her single.”] She mixes it up with the Local Natives and “Mt. Washington” off of the Hummingbird LP.




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