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