Oh, play-in games. The NCAA’s way of expanding the tournament and giving teams a chance to win a game before they get crushed in the actual tournament. In recent years they’ve expanded it to include 11 and 12 seeds, teams that might actually have a chance in the tournament, which made for some interesting matchups in my Governor’s Ball tournament. But as with basketball, there were a few shit artists in the mix too.
Meg Myers (16) vs Cayucas (16)
It’s a shame that the only two 16 seeds I give a fuck about have to face each other in the play-in match. Cayucas are a beach-pop band perfect for sunny days and summer drives. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Meg Myers is a singer-songwriter who makes dark pop music that borders on rock at times. Cayucas would probably be a lot of fun to see in the early afternoon while I’m still working on getting drunk, but I have to give the edge to Meg Myers. She’s incredibly talented and beautiful, and in any toss-up decision my weakness for female vocalists is going to win out.
Winner: Meg Myers
Cris Cab (16) vs Ben Cameron (16)
I had no idea who either of these guys were. Their names both sound like former contestants on American Idol who probably made it to the final five and got eliminated, but pulled a devoted following of teenage girls and middle-aged mothers. It turns out Cris Cab is a 21-year-old kid who sounds like the pop version of Jason Mraz, and Ben Cameron is a folk artist with a unique voice and a fairly standard sound. I won’t be seeing either of them at Governor’s Ball, but Cris Cab has a music video with Pharrell in it, so he gets the win. Have fun against Vampire Weekend.
Winner: Cris Cab
AlunaGeorge (11) vs Jason Isbell (11)
I love AlunaGeorge and have never heard of Jason Isbell, so this was a no-brainer. In the interest of being fair, I looked up one of his music videos. It turns out that he used to be in Drive-By Truckers, which is pretty cool. But his solo work is mostly acoustic, which doesn’t sound fun during a music festival, and also he never had a shot against AlunaGeorge anyways.
Deafheaven (12) vs Run The Jewels (12)
This was another somewhat tough decision. Deafheaven is a talented metal band with a great stage presence, and while metal usually isn’t my thing, Sunbather was an excellent album. Unfortunately, they’re pitted against Run The Jewels, El-P and Killer Mike’s hip-hop group. As much as I’d enjoy seeing Deafheaven, there’s no way I’m going to miss Run The Jewel’s show. They’re too damn good, and have you seen the video for “A Christmas Fucking Miracle”? No? Watch it right now.
Winner: Run The Jewels