It's officially spring. That means it's once again time to crown CHIRP's favorite Chicago band. Inspired by the mayhem of that famous basketball tournament, we've once again collected 32 of the city's best current bands for the CHIRP Battle of the Bands.
In 2015, Modern Vices charged to an unexpected victory in a final round that saw the tournament's first-ever tiebreaker. They'll have the chance at repeat glory in 2016, and they'll be joined by 31 other artists that met the following criteria:
* Born, based, or founded in Chicago or the suburbs
* Earned a significant amount of airplay on CHIRP
* Released new music in 2015 or 2016
Below, vote on your favorites in part one of our Round One match-ups. Part two is right here. Voting for Round One closes at 6pm on Sunday, March 27. Is this Chance the Rapper's year? Can Veruca Salt hang tough? Will Meat Wave pull a stunning upset? The answers to those questions, and more, await your input.
The Wilco Regional
#1 Seed: Wilco First Round Song: "Random Name Generator" Why They're Here: The flirting-with-trademark-disaster rock of 2015's Star Wars
#8 Seed:Meat Wave First Round Song:"Witchcraft" Why They're Here: The post-punk brawn of 2015's Delusion Moon