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2016 Tune Tourney Round 2: San Francisco

The dust has settled after the first round of Idle Time’s 2016 Tune Tournament, and, while chaos and upsets reigned in other regions, here among the San Francisco sixteen, the higher seed won almost every matchup.

None more dramatically than “Nobody Dies” by Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, which bested its opponent with a 96% share of the votes. The San Francisco-based band released its latest LP, A Man Alive, this past spring, which has been garnering a host of accolades, filling up various year-end best-of lists (and I can pretty much guarantee one more list appearance before all is said and done). And while “Nobody Dies” moves on to the second round to take on the lone underdog winner, “Santa Monica” by Teens in Trouble, another track from A Man Alive made NPR’s 2016 list of so-far favorite songs. So, yeah, that’s cool too.

Who moves on to the Sweet Sixteen? Cast your votes and spread the word, as these four matchups close on Wednesday, November 30 at noon.

Matchup 1: The Y Axes – “Monsters” vs. Xiomara – “Crystal King”



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2016 Tune Tourney Round 1: San Francisco

This year’s Tune Tournament kicks off in the San Francisco region, hometown to both Idle Time and last year’s champions, The Y Axes. With this week’s release of their new album, Umbra, the Axes are in championship form and primed to defend their crown.

jefferson_airplane_fillmore_poster_1966SF is also home to The Fillmore, the iconic music venue on the corner of Geary and Fillmore that was the epicenter of the Bill Graham-led counterculture revolution. The walls of the upper bar and balcony are covered in gig posters that span genres, styles, and generations. A good number of bands competing in this region have been lucky enough to play on this stage, and for the others, it’s only a matter of time.

Who moves on to the round of 32? Cast your votes and spread the word, as these eight matchups close on Wednesday, November 23 at noon.

Matchup 1: The Y Axes – “Monsters” vs. The Stratford 4 – “Just Sad Really”


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