Picked to Click

We interrupt your regularly scheduled 2012 election-season rage tweets with a special report: the 22nd installment of Picked to Click is here!

This is my first year behind Picked to Click, and I'll already say I'd much rather steer this band wagon (get it?) than a PedalPub. Regardless of how you'd rate this current crop of bands, we are certainly in a golden age for voter participation. With the input of 146 Twin Cities club employees, label owners, writers, and scene citizens, we have a weighted cheat sheet for hundreds of performers — and the 10 freshest of the bunch — vigorously keeping this music scene kicking.

Since I just moved back to Minnesota earlier this year, I've noticed Twin Citians often forget how good we have it. So many major metropolitan centers are nowhere close to being as hair-trigger opinionated as we are about our local scene. It's impressive that something as outwardly benign as a yearly survey of the region's new and underappreciated acts can be so reviled by some, but we've always been a little different here. Coming to it with fresh eyes, I take Picked to Click as a bit of nerdy, statistical fun, not an outright industry forecast.

This year, the votes clustered the top four artists within a 12-point range, which made for an exciting bit of spreadsheet-gazing as the ballots poured in. Voters who numbered their picks gave their first-place act five points, the second-placers got four, and so forth. The non-ordered ballots gave each nominated act three points. The ballots that nominated Y.N. Rich Kids in all five slots, or said "Reed, let's get a beer" earned points in my heart, but didn't change the ultimate outcome. —Reed Fischer

1 The Chalice Points: 83
Mentions: 31
2 Pony Trash Points: 78
Mentions: 24
3 John Mark Nelson Points: 71
Mentions: 20
4 Wiping Out Thousands Points: 71
Mentions: 23
5 Heavy Deeds Points: 63
Mentions: 17
6 Actual Wolf Points: 58
Mentions: 17
7 Strange Names Points: 39
Mentions: 14
8 Observer Drift Points: 36
Mentions: 10
9 Prissy Clerks Points: 34
Mentions: 11
10 Audio Perm Points: 32
Mentions: 9
11 A. Wolf & Her Claws Points: 29
Mentions: 8
12 Van Stee Points: 28
Mentions: 11
13 Bomba de Luz Points: 28
Mentions: 13
14 YNRichKids Points: 27
Mentions: 8
15 Apollo Cobra Points: 26
Mentions: 7
16 The Velveteens Points: 26
Mentions: 7
17 All Eyes Points: 25
Mentions: 6
18 Sean Anonymous Points: 23
Mentions: 6
19 The Cactus Blossoms Points: 21
Mentions: 6
20 The Miami Dolphins Points: 21
Mentions: 8
21 Father You See Queen Points: 21
Mentions: 7
22 Demographics Points: 18
Mentions: 6
23 Wolf Lords Points: 18
Mentions: 6
24 Now, Now Points: 18
Mentions: 5
25 The Tribe & Big Cats! Points: 17
Mentions: 6
26 Hollow Boys Points: 17
Mentions: 7
27 Tickle Torture Points: 16
Mentions: 5
28 Greg Grease Points: 16
Mentions: 4
29 Crimes Points: 15
Mentions: 5
30 Reina del Cid Points: 15
Mentions: 4
31 Meta Points: 15
Mentions: 6
32 Sleep Study Points: 15
Mentions: 5
33 Buildings Points: 14
Mentions: 4
34 Awkward Bodies Points: 14
Mentions: 4
35 France Camp Points: 14
Mentions: 4
36 Lizzo & The Larva Ink Points: 14
Mentions: 5
37 L'Assassins Points: 13
Mentions: 5
38 Astronautalis Points: 13
Mentions: 3
39 Tha Clerb Points: 12
Mentions: 3
40 F to I to X Points: 12
Mentions: 5
41 The Japhies Points: 11
Mentions: 3
42 Weakwick Points: 1
Mentions: 3
43 Sorry OK Points: 1
Mentions: 3
44 Mankwe Ndosi Points: 1
Mentions: 3
45 Web of Sunsets Points: 1
Mentions: 4
46 Polica Points: 1
Mentions: 3
47 Svoboda Points: 1
Mentions: 3
48 This Debris Points: 1
Mentions: 2
49 Brain Tumors Points: 1
Mentions: 3
50 Bloodnstuff Points: 1
Mentions: 3
51 Rollerblade Points: 1
Mentions: 3
52 Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps Points: 1
Mentions: 3
53 Big Cats! Points: 9
Mentions: 2
54 International Karate Points: 9
Mentions: 3
55 K.Raydio Points: 9
Mentions: 3
56 Mr. Hide Points: 9
Mentions: 3
57 The Deceitful Lapwings Points: 9
Mentions: 2
58 Baby Boys Points: 9
Mentions: 3
59 Ex Nuns Points: 9
Mentions: 2
60 The Farewell Circuit Points: 9
Mentions: 2
61 The Murder of Crows Points: 9
Mentions: 3
62 Mastermind Points: 9
Mentions: 3
63 Anonymous Choir Points: 9
Mentions: 3
64 Red Daughters Points: 9
Mentions: 4
65 Bollywood Points: 8
Mentions: 3
66 OSO Points: 8
Mentions: 2
67 Enola Gay Points: 8
Mentions: 3
68 Dan Mariska Points: 8
Mentions: 2
69 Animal Lover Points: 8
Mentions: 2
70 Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band Points: 8
Mentions: 2
71 Teenage Strangler Points: 8
Mentions: 2
72 Friends by Fire Points: 8
Mentions: 2
73 Myrrh Points: 8
Mentions: 3
74 Arby Points: 7
Mentions: 2
75 Southside Desire Points: 7
Mentions: 2
76 Hardcore Crayons Points: 7
Mentions: 2
77 Hasps Points: 7
Mentions: 3
78 Teenage Moods Points: 7
Mentions: 3
79 Chris Bates' Red 5 Points: 7
Mentions: 2
80 Fire in the Northern Firs Points: 7
Mentions: 2
81 Ben Rosenbush & The Brighton Points: 7
Mentions: 3
82 Claire de Lune Points: 7
Mentions: 2
83 Nice Purse Points: 6
Mentions: 2
84 Malamanya Points: 6
Mentions: 2
85 The Union Suits Points: 6
Mentions: 2
86 Haphduzn Points: 6
Mentions: 2
87 Very Small Animal Points: 6
Mentions: 2
88 Colonial Watts Points: 6
Mentions: 2
89 Village Industry Points: 6
Mentions: 2
90 Brian Laidlaw Points: 6
Mentions: 2
91 Vague-à-bonde Points: 6
Mentions: 2
92 Frozen Teens Points: 5
Mentions: 2
93 Morality Crisis Points: 5
Mentions: 1
94 Carroll Points: 5
Mentions: 1
95 Witchden Points: 5
Mentions: 1
96 Temple Points: 5
Mentions: 2
97 Fairfax, AK Points: 5
Mentions: 1
98 Prof Points: 5
Mentions: 1
99 Pleasure Horse Points: 5
Mentions: 1
100 Leisure Birds Points: 5
Mentions: 2
101 Ugly Motors Points: 5
Mentions: 1
102 Orion Treon and the Extraterrestrials Points: 5
Mentions: 1
103 Lungs Points: 5
Mentions: 1
104 Nikki & the Ruemates Points: 5
Mentions: 1
105 Nallo Points: 5
Mentions: 2
106 Hunting Club Points: 5
Mentions: 2
107 Bad Bad Hats Points: 5
Mentions: 1
108 Panther Ray Points: 5
Mentions: 2
109 Adam Bubolz Points: 5
Mentions: 1
110 Portage Points: 5
Mentions: 2
111 Frankie Lee Points: 5
Mentions: 1
112 Blueclaw Points: 5
Mentions: 3
113 Heartbeats Points: 5
Mentions: 2
114 Sleeping in the Aviary Points: 5
Mentions: 1
115 Cozy Points: 5
Mentions: 2
116 Sativa Flats Points: 5
Mentions: 2
117 Spyder Baybie Points: 5
Mentions: 1
118 The Stew Bums Points: 5
Mentions: 2
119 Minor Planets Points: 5
Mentions: 1
120 Youth At Large Points: 5
Mentions: 1
121 Nerves Points: 5
Mentions: 2
122 Brother Nature Points: 5
Mentions: 2
123 Ogre Smash Death Boom Points: 5
Mentions: 1
124 Deepest Bison Points: 4
Mentions: 2
125 Rupert Angeleyes Points: 4
Mentions: 1
126 Plastic Believers Points: 4
Mentions: 2
127 Mayfly Rooks Points: 4
Mentions: 1
128 Diver Dress Points: 4
Mentions: 1
129 Ryan Olson Points: 4
Mentions: 1
130 Food Pyramid Points: 4
Mentions: 2
131 DJ Smilodon of TC DubStep Points: 4
Mentions: 1
132 Mystery Train Points: 4
Mentions: 1
133 Is/Is Points: 4
Mentions: 1
134 Cole Allen Band Points: 4
Mentions: 1
135 Prostate Points: 4
Mentions: 1
136 Black Market Brass Points: 4
Mentions: 1
137 Andra Suchy Points: 4
Mentions: 1
138 Umami Points: 4
Mentions: 2
139 Dial Up Points: 4
Mentions: 1
140 Gigamesh Points: 4
Mentions: 2
141 Mrs. Smith Points: 4
Mentions: 1
142 Art Vandalay Points: 4
Mentions: 1
143 Chatham Rise Points: 4
Mentions: 2
144 Dream Brother Points: 4
Mentions: 1
145 Nasimiyu Points: 4
Mentions: 1
146 Rapedoor Points: 4
Mentions: 1
147 As|Of Points: 4
Mentions: 1
148 The Big Adventure Points: 4
Mentions: 2
149 Carnage Points: 4
Mentions: 1
150 Fathom Lane Points: 4
Mentions: 1
151 Jason Feathers Points: 4
Mentions: 1
152 Tips for Twat Points: 4
Mentions: 1
153 The Funeral and the Twilight Points: 4
Mentions: 1
154 Votel Points: 4
Mentions: 2
155 Jezebel Jones & Her Wicked Ways Points: 4
Mentions: 1
156 LaLiberte Points: 4
Mentions: 2
157 Juvie Points: 3
Mentions: 1
158 Sombear Points: 3
Mentions: 1
159 Jimmi & The Band of Souls Points: 3
Mentions: 1
160 The Pinsch Points: 3
Mentions: 1
161 Regal Treats Points: 3
Mentions: 1
162 Tree Party Points: 3
Mentions: 1
163 Mystery Date Points: 3
Mentions: 1
164 Claps Points: 3
Mentions: 1
165 Orchard Thief Points: 3
Mentions: 1
166 Gabe Barnett and the Roundhouse Band Points: 3
Mentions: 1
167 Elite Gymnastics Points: 3
Mentions: 1
168 Lovely Dark Points: 3
Mentions: 1
169 Night Moves Points: 3
Mentions: 1
170 Bird Sounds Points: 3
Mentions: 1
171 MCA MAY YOU RIP Points: 3
Mentions: 1
172 Crisis Line Points: 3
Mentions: 1
173 American Revival Points: 3
Mentions: 1
174 Caetani Points: 3
Mentions: 1
175 Silverback Colony Points: 3
Mentions: 2
176 Ghostmouth Points: 3
Mentions: 1
177 Said Kelley Points: 3
Mentions: 1
178 Hot Rash Points: 3
Mentions: 1
179 Arms Aloft Points: 3
Mentions: 1
180 Verskotzi Points: 3
Mentions: 1
181 Charn Points: 3
Mentions: 1
182 Culture Cry Wolf Points: 3
Mentions: 1
183 Doomstruck Points: 3
Mentions: 1
184 The Rice County Roosters Points: 3
Mentions: 1
185 Cait Leary Points: 3
Mentions: 1
186 FALSE Points: 3
Mentions: 1
187 Jack Cassidy Points: 3
Mentions: 1
188 The Katy Vernon Band Points: 3
Mentions: 1
189 Mary Allen and the Percolators Points: 3
Mentions: 1
190 Whiskey Plates Points: 3
Mentions: 1
191 Kitten Forever Points: 3
Mentions: 1
192 Sand Creeps Points: 3
Mentions: 1
193 The Drug Budget Points: 3
Mentions: 1
194 Space Angels Points: 3
Mentions: 1
195 Jon Rodine Points: 3
Mentions: 1
196 The Shamenettes Points: 3
Mentions: 1
197 Xaphan Points: 3
Mentions: 1
198 Dan Israel & John Schjolberg Points: 3
Mentions: 1
199 The Bad Spots Points: 3
Mentions: 1
200 Unhappy Virgin Damage Points: 3
Mentions: 1
201 Calamity & the Owl Points: 3
Mentions: 1
202 Jack Klatt & the Cat Swingers Points: 3
Mentions: 1
203 Marijuana Deathsquads Points: 3
Mentions: 1
204 Dimes Points: 3
Mentions: 1
205 Gold Lion Points: 3
Mentions: 1
206 Brian Just Band Points: 3
Mentions: 1
207 Hut Zut Points: 3
Mentions: 1
208 Dusty Miller Points: 3
Mentions: 1
209 The Rockford Mules Points: 3
Mentions: 1
210 Up Rock Points: 3
Mentions: 1
211 Beat Detectives Points: 3
Mentions: 1
212 Dissociate Points: 3
Mentions: 1
213 Real Bulls Points: 3
Mentions: 1
214 Mutables Points: 3
Mentions: 1
215 Makrrrr Points: 3
Mentions: 1
216 Oaks Points: 3
Mentions: 1
217 Prairie Fire Lady Choir Points: 3
Mentions: 1
218 JT & the Sloppy Seconds Points: 3
Mentions: 1
219 Dylan Rosen Points: 3
Mentions: 1
220 Wishbook Points: 3
Mentions: 1
221 Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders Points: 3
Mentions: 1
222 Disxo Points: 3
Mentions: 1
223 Teenage Whiskers Points: 3
Mentions: 1
224 Scaphe Points: 3
Mentions: 1
225 925ve Points: 2
Mentions: 1
226 Heidi Barton Stink Points: 2
Mentions: 1
227 LongShot Points: 2
Mentions: 1
228 Flavor Crystals Points: 2
Mentions: 1
229 Velahsa Points: 2
Mentions: 1
230 Faith Bobblett Band Points: 2
Mentions: 1
231 Boo Points: 2
Mentions: 1
232 The Sevateem Points: 2
Mentions: 1
233 Silverteens Points: 2
Mentions: 1
234 Robots From the Future Points: 2
Mentions: 1
235 Andrew Broder Points: 2
Mentions: 1
236 Literati Points: 2
Mentions: 1
237 Wild Child Points: 2
Mentions: 1
238 Sarah Morris Points: 2
Mentions: 1
239 Magic Castles Points: 2
Mentions: 1
240 Minneapolis Noise Dude Points: 2
Mentions: 1
241 Part Mammal Points: 2
Mentions: 1
242 Aldine Points: 2
Mentions: 2
243 Lake Avenue Points: 2
Mentions: 1
244 Exiles Points: 2
Mentions: 1
245 Circles Points: 2
Mentions: 1
246 Bobby Kahn of Freaky Deaky Points: 2
Mentions: 1
247 Dead Bundy And The Neat Neat Neats Points: 2
Mentions: 1
248 Pennyroyal Points: 2
Mentions: 1
249 SMG Points: 2
Mentions: 1
250 The Night Points: 2
Mentions: 1
251 Inboil Points: 2
Mentions: 1
252 Mally Points: 2
Mentions: 2
253 Walker Fields Points: 2
Mentions: 1
254 Stereo Confession Points: 1
Mentions: 1
255 Electric Anthem Points: 1
Mentions: 1
256 Grolar Bears Points: 1
Mentions: 1
257 American Cream Points: 1
Mentions: 1
258 La Manchita Points: 1
Mentions: 1
259 Still Pacific Points: 1
Mentions: 1
260 Ceewhy Points: 1
Mentions: 1
261 John Jacobson and the Nightime Hiccups Points: 1
Mentions: 1
262 The Push Points: 1
Mentions: 1
263 Tender Meat Points: 1
Mentions: 1
264 The Jelly Project Points: 1
Mentions: 1
265 Dentist. Points: 1
Mentions: 1
266 Kara Laudon Points: 1
Mentions: 1
267 MRMB Inside Joke Band Points: 1
Mentions: 1
268 Enemy Planes Points: 1
Mentions: 1
269 Football Points: 1
Mentions: 1
270 Worriers Points: 1
Mentions: 1
271 Lilian and the Harveys Points: 1
Mentions: 1
272 Collin Gorman Weiland Points: 1
Mentions: 1
273 Q's Junction Points: 1
Mentions: 1
274 Actual Wolf Lords Points: 1
Mentions: 1
275 Machine 22 Points: 1
Mentions: 1
276 The Mad Way Out Points: 1
Mentions: 1
277 Musk Assault Points: 1
Mentions: 1
278 Speed's the Name Points: 1
Mentions: 1
279 Jonny James and The Hall of Fames Points: 1
Mentions: 1
280 The Shiny Lights Points: 1
Mentions: 1
281 Littlefoot Points: 1
Mentions: 1
282 I Hate Sports Points: 1
Mentions: 1
283 Ashley Gold Points: 1
Mentions: 1
284 The Boys N' the Barrels Points: 1
Mentions: 1
285 Matt Helgeson & Chris Besinger's pre-release recordings Points: 1
Mentions: 1
286 Greycoats Points: 1
Mentions: 1
287 Tramps Like Us Points: 1
Mentions: 1
288 The Gold Guys Points: 1
Mentions: 1
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