2016 Tune Tourney Round 1: Minneapolis

The fourth and final region to be featured in 2016’s Tune Tournament is Minneapolis, whose music scene is perhaps best known one of its most famous residents, Prince Rogers Nelson, known to the world simply as Prince.

Minneapolis’ most storied music venue, First Avenue, built its legacy in the 1980’s, when bands like The Replacements and Hüsker Dü made the Twin Cities the epicenter of a rock revolution, the effects of which rippled out into Seattle in the 90’s, and throughout the country in the decades to follow. But First Avenue will also be eternally linked to Prince; this is the club featured in Purple Rain, and this seemed to be the one place – after Paisley Park – that the artist could call home.

Who moves on to the round of 32? Cast your votes and spread the word, as these eight matchups close on Friday, November 25 at noon.

Matchup 1: The Hold Steady – “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You” vs. Naive Sense – “Kerosene”

Matchup 2: Sleep Study – “Peace and Letting Go” vs. Doomtree – “.38 Airweight”

Matchup 3: Caroline Smith – “Magazine” vs. Haley Bonar – “No Sensitive Man”

Matchup 4: Bob Mould – “Voices in My Head” vs. Lucy Michelle – “Beat Like Mine”

Matchup 5: Trampled By Turtles – “Are You Behind the Shining Star?” vs. Morly – “Plucky”

Matchup 6: Rogue Valley – “Transference” vs. Communist Daughter – “Avery”

Matchup 7: Night Moves – “Denise, Don’t Want To See You Cry” vs. Chastity Brown – “Man and Gun”

Matchup 8: Poliça – “Lime Habit” vs. Graveyard Club – “Cellar Door”

Don’t forget to cast your votes for the first-round matchups in London and Chicago!