VOTE NOW: Should The Velvet Underground Or The Wu-Tang Clan Advance To SOTC's March Madness Final?
As March comes to a close, so does our month-ish-long battle royale between 64 New York musicians, all of whom were put in the mix to decide which one best embodied the spirit of the city. Each of the divisionsUptown, Queens, Downtown, and Brooklynhas now crowned a winner, and for our second semifinal matchup, we pit the rock and roll innovators the Velvet Underground (the No. 3 downtown seed) against the mighty Wu-Tang Clan (No. 4), who came all the way from Staten Island to rule the Brooklyn division. The ballot is below, as is a look at how both musicians arrived at this exalted point. Vote now; the polls close at midnight tonight!
HOW LOU REED AND THE VELVET UNDERGROUND BECAME THE CHAMPIONS OF DOWNTOWN
Round of 64: Def. Stephin Merritt/Magnetic Fields (14)
Round of 32: Def. Patti Smith (11)
Round of 16: Def. Beastie Boys (10)
Quarterfinal: Def. Sonic Youth (5)
HOW THE WU-TANG CLAN BECAME KINGS OF BROOKLYN (EVEN THOUGH THEY AREN'T EVEN FROM THAT BOROUGH, BUT HAVING A STATEN ISLAND DIVISION WOULD HAVE SCREWED UP THE BRACKETOLOGY IN A BIG WAY)
Wu-Tang Clan, "Da Mystery Of Chessboxin'"
Round of 64: Def. Rammellzee (13)
Round of 32: Def. Pete Seeger (5)
Round of 16: Def. A Tribe Called Quest (8)
Quarterfinal: Def. Rakim (6)