It's playoff time. New and unlikely faces pop up to play hero, old ones trip over the blueline and fall by the wayside. Second lines are clambering over the boards, and depth matters.
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So here they are, your first round results and conference semifinalists in Rawk the PUCK! And as in the first round -- east and west, and for the judges' verdicts go here -- it's a mix of the old, the new, the borrowed and the cheezy. As we move on, saying goodbye to the likes of the White Stripes, Bootsy and high school Hustle lessons, and hello to the stirring comeback of Spinal Tap, think of this as a matchup of old-timey singles now and cast your votes, with bobbleheads and CDs up for grabs (first-round prize winners at bottom):
First round results
CAPITAL Radio (The Clash) over Ride the LIGHTNING (Metallica) 13-1
Like a HURRICANE (Neil Young) over MONTREAL (Blue Rodeo) 11-3
DEVIL to Pay (Johnny Cash) over NEW YORK CITY (Demics) 11-3
BUFFALO Stance (Neneh Cherry) over T.S.O.P. (MFSB) 9-5
SLIPPERY PEOPLE (Talking Heads) over HOTEL YORBA (White Stripes) 9-5
STAR Sign (Teenage Fanclub) over MILE HIGH Club (Adam and the Ants) 7-6
Streets of FIRE (New Pornographers) over Rubber DUCKIE (Bootsy Collins) 9-5
SHARK Sandwich (Spinal Tap) over TENNESSEE Plates (John Hiatt) 8-6
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First-round winners: Congratulations and a bobblehead apiece to Dan Monti and Ken. And a hearty handshake and a CD each to Kent MacDonald and Big Dawg (Please email me, folks, to claim your prizes, as I expunge the email addresses before publishing in an effort to repel the spambots).