Music Madness 2014: Critic Chris Richards crowns Fugazi the winner

The idea sounded more like Music Agony than Music Madness. The editors of The Washington Post Magazine had whipped up an NCAA tournament-style bracket filled with musicians associated with the Washington area. Would I pick my winners? Gulp. Okay. Who qualified for the bracket? Luminaries who were born and/or raised here. Or maybe they just worked here for a time. Obviously, there wasn’t room for everyone in this contest. The editors settled on 32 and arranged them randomly into a bracket. So, with clenched teeth, I began the impossible task of ranking apples and oranges. I was born in Washington nearly 35 years ago, and I think my selections speak to my age. Artists I’ve seen perform had an edge over those who died before I was born — as in the case of Fugazi vs. John Philip Sousa. And true to any great March Madness tournament, my bracket includes its share of logic-smashing upsets. Students trumped their teachers (Bikini Kill vs. Joan Jett), and an American icon lost to “the wickedest band alive” (Duke Ellington vs. Rare Essence). But these are just my picks. Readers made theirs in a bracket online. See whom they chose at wapo.st/musicmadness. And watch the Upsets and Underdogs video here.

The idea sounded more like Music Agony than Music Madness. The editors of The Washington Post Magazine had whipped up an NCAA tournament-style bracket filled with musicians associated with the Washington area. Would I pick my winners? Gulp. Okay. Who qualified for the bracket? Luminaries who were born and/or raised here. Or maybe they just worked here for a time. Obviously, there wasn’t room for everyone in this contest. The editors settled on 32 and arranged them randomly into a bracket. So, with clenched teeth, I began the impossible task of ranking apples and oranges. I was born in Washington nearly 35 years ago, and I think my selections speak to my age. Artists I’ve seen perform had an edge over those who died before I was born — as in the case of Fugazi vs. John Philip Sousa. And true to any great March Madness tournament, my bracket includes its share of logic-smashing upsets. Students trumped their teachers (Bikini Kill vs. Joan Jett), and an American icon lost to “the wickedest band alive” (Duke Ellington vs. Rare Essence).  But these are just my picks. Readers made theirs in a bracket online. See whom they chose at <a data-xslt='_http' href='http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/lifestyle/dc-music-madness-tournament/900/'>wapo.st/musicmadness</a>. And watch the Upsets and Underdogs <a data-xslt='_http' href='http://www.washingtonpost.com/posttv/lifestyle/style/music-madness-2014-upsets-and-underdogs/2014/04/04/a71b95f2-bc40-11e3-80de-2ff8801f27af_video.html'>video here</a>.
Chris Richards and Greg Manifold. Published on April 6, 2014, 6:00 a.m.
 
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