2016 Tune Tourney Sweet Sixteen: San Francisco

The 2016 Tune Tournament field has narrowed down to the Sweet Sixteen, with just four songs remaining in each region. And because they’re all winners, really, we’ve posted a special edition of our Tunes of the Month show featuring sixteen tracks of heart, hustle, and perseverance. Show ’em all some love. That, and a Gene Hackman speech, might be all these folks need to push ever closer to a championship. You can also click here to see the fully updated bracket.

The reigning champs keep rolling. “Monsters” by the Y Axes edged Xiomara in the round of 32, but they may face their toughest challenge to date in the latest showdown. Fellow San Franciscans Cathedrals have been clobbering the competition: “Harlem” has won its first two matchups with shares of 90% and 88%.

The other faceoff features a couple of Bay Area stalwarts & their Musical Friends. Thao Nguyen and her Get Down Stay Down bring “Nobody Dies” out to rumble against Sonny Smith and his Sunsets, whose “Well But Strangely Hung Man” already has us thinking of clever cupcake decoration. We’re imagining the newsteam melee from Anchorman, but with fewer sportcoats.

Who moves on to the Elite Eight? Cast your votes and spread the word, as these matchups close on Wednesday, December 7 at noon.

Matchup 1: The Y Axes – “Monsters” vs. Cathedrals – “Harlem”

Matchup 2: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – “Nobody Dies” vs. Sonny & The Sunsets – “Well But Strangely Hung Man”

Coming Tuesday, December 6: Sweet Sixteen Matchups in the London Region!