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 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 Anonymous Choir Points: 9
Mentions: 3
54 Red Daughters Points: 9
Mentions: 4
55 Big Cats! Points: 9
Mentions: 2
56 International Karate Points: 9
Mentions: 3
57 K.Raydio Points: 9
Mentions: 3
58 Mr. Hide Points: 9
Mentions: 3
59 The Deceitful Lapwings Points: 9
Mentions: 2
60 Baby Boys Points: 9
Mentions: 3
61 Ex Nuns Points: 9
Mentions: 2
62 The Farewell Circuit Points: 9
Mentions: 2
63 The Murder of Crows Points: 9
Mentions: 3
64 Mastermind Points: 9
Mentions: 3
65 Friends by Fire Points: 8
Mentions: 2
66 Myrrh Points: 8
Mentions: 3
67 Bollywood Points: 8
Mentions: 3
68 OSO Points: 8
Mentions: 2
69 Enola Gay Points: 8
Mentions: 3
70 Dan Mariska Points: 8
Mentions: 2
71 Animal Lover Points: 8
Mentions: 2
72 Nato Coles and the Blue Diamond Band Points: 8
Mentions: 2
73 Teenage Strangler 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 Vague-à-bonde Points: 6
Mentions: 2
84 Nice Purse Points: 6
Mentions: 2
85 Malamanya Points: 6
Mentions: 2
86 The Union Suits Points: 6
Mentions: 2
87 Haphduzn Points: 6
Mentions: 2
88 Very Small Animal Points: 6
Mentions: 2
89 Colonial Watts Points: 6
Mentions: 2
90 Village Industry Points: 6
Mentions: 2
91 Brian Laidlaw Points: 6
Mentions: 2
92 Sativa Flats Points: 5
Mentions: 2
93 Spyder Baybie Points: 5
Mentions: 1
94 The Stew Bums Points: 5
Mentions: 2
95 Minor Planets Points: 5
Mentions: 1
96 Youth At Large Points: 5
Mentions: 1
97 Nerves Points: 5
Mentions: 2
98 Brother Nature Points: 5
Mentions: 2
99 Ogre Smash Death Boom Points: 5
Mentions: 1
100 Frozen Teens Points: 5
Mentions: 2
101 Morality Crisis Points: 5
Mentions: 1
102 Carroll Points: 5
Mentions: 1
103 Witchden Points: 5
Mentions: 1
104 Temple Points: 5
Mentions: 2
105 Fairfax, AK Points: 5
Mentions: 1
106 Prof Points: 5
Mentions: 1
107 Pleasure Horse Points: 5
Mentions: 1
108 Leisure Birds Points: 5
Mentions: 2
109 Ugly Motors Points: 5
Mentions: 1
110 Orion Treon and the Extraterrestrials Points: 5
Mentions: 1
111 Lungs Points: 5
Mentions: 1
112 Nikki & the Ruemates Points: 5
Mentions: 1
113 Nallo Points: 5
Mentions: 2
114 Hunting Club Points: 5
Mentions: 2
115 Panther Ray Points: 5
Mentions: 2
116 Bad Bad Hats Points: 5
Mentions: 1
117 Adam Bubolz Points: 5
Mentions: 1
118 Portage Points: 5
Mentions: 2
119 Frankie Lee Points: 5
Mentions: 1
120 Blueclaw Points: 5
Mentions: 3
121 Heartbeats Points: 5
Mentions: 2
122 Sleeping in the Aviary Points: 5
Mentions: 1
123 Cozy Points: 5
Mentions: 2
124 The Funeral and the Twilight Points: 4
Mentions: 1
125 Votel Points: 4
Mentions: 2
126 Jezebel Jones & Her Wicked Ways Points: 4
Mentions: 1
127 LaLiberte Points: 4
Mentions: 2
128 Deepest Bison Points: 4
Mentions: 2
129 Rupert Angeleyes Points: 4
Mentions: 1
130 Plastic Believers Points: 4
Mentions: 2
131 Mayfly Rooks Points: 4
Mentions: 1
132 Diver Dress Points: 4
Mentions: 1
133 Ryan Olson Points: 4
Mentions: 1
134 Food Pyramid Points: 4
Mentions: 2
135 DJ Smilodon of TC DubStep Points: 4
Mentions: 1
136 Mystery Train Points: 4
Mentions: 1
137 Is/Is Points: 4
Mentions: 1
138 Cole Allen Band Points: 4
Mentions: 1
139 Prostate Points: 4
Mentions: 1
140 Black Market Brass Points: 4
Mentions: 1
141 Andra Suchy Points: 4
Mentions: 1
142 Umami Points: 4
Mentions: 2
143 Dial Up Points: 4
Mentions: 1
144 Gigamesh Points: 4
Mentions: 2
145 Mrs. Smith Points: 4
Mentions: 1
146 Art Vandalay Points: 4
Mentions: 1
147 Chatham Rise Points: 4
Mentions: 2
148 Dream Brother Points: 4
Mentions: 1
149 Nasimiyu Points: 4
Mentions: 1
150 Rapedoor Points: 4
Mentions: 1
151 As|Of Points: 4
Mentions: 1
152 The Big Adventure Points: 4
Mentions: 2
153 Carnage Points: 4
Mentions: 1
154 Fathom Lane Points: 4
Mentions: 1
155 Jason Feathers Points: 4
Mentions: 1
156 Tips for Twat Points: 4
Mentions: 1
157 Makrrrr Points: 3
Mentions: 1
158 Oaks Points: 3
Mentions: 1
159 Prairie Fire Lady Choir Points: 3
Mentions: 1
160 JT & the Sloppy Seconds Points: 3
Mentions: 1
161 Dylan Rosen Points: 3
Mentions: 1
162 Wishbook Points: 3
Mentions: 1
163 Crankshaft & the Gear Grinders Points: 3
Mentions: 1
164 Disxo Points: 3
Mentions: 1
165 Teenage Whiskers Points: 3
Mentions: 1
166 Scaphe Points: 3
Mentions: 1
167 Juvie Points: 3
Mentions: 1
168 Sombear Points: 3
Mentions: 1
169 Jimmi & The Band of Souls Points: 3
Mentions: 1
170 The Pinsch Points: 3
Mentions: 1
171 Regal Treats Points: 3
Mentions: 1
172 Tree Party Points: 3
Mentions: 1
173 Mystery Date Points: 3
Mentions: 1
174 Claps Points: 3
Mentions: 1
175 Orchard Thief Points: 3
Mentions: 1
176 Gabe Barnett and the Roundhouse Band Points: 3
Mentions: 1
177 Elite Gymnastics Points: 3
Mentions: 1
178 Lovely Dark Points: 3
Mentions: 1
179 Night Moves Points: 3
Mentions: 1
180 Bird Sounds Points: 3
Mentions: 1
181 MCA MAY YOU RIP Points: 3
Mentions: 1
182 Crisis Line Points: 3
Mentions: 1
183 American Revival Points: 3
Mentions: 1
184 Caetani Points: 3
Mentions: 1
185 Silverback Colony Points: 3
Mentions: 2
186 Ghostmouth Points: 3
Mentions: 1
187 Said Kelley Points: 3
Mentions: 1
188 Hot Rash Points: 3
Mentions: 1
189 Arms Aloft Points: 3
Mentions: 1
190 Verskotzi Points: 3
Mentions: 1
191 Charn Points: 3
Mentions: 1
192 Culture Cry Wolf Points: 3
Mentions: 1
193 Doomstruck Points: 3
Mentions: 1
194 The Rice County Roosters Points: 3
Mentions: 1
195 Cait Leary Points: 3
Mentions: 1
196 FALSE Points: 3
Mentions: 1
197 Jack Cassidy Points: 3
Mentions: 1
198 The Katy Vernon Band Points: 3
Mentions: 1
199 Mary Allen and the Percolators Points: 3
Mentions: 1
200 Whiskey Plates Points: 3
Mentions: 1
201 Kitten Forever Points: 3
Mentions: 1
202 Sand Creeps Points: 3
Mentions: 1
203 The Drug Budget Points: 3
Mentions: 1
204 Space Angels Points: 3
Mentions: 1
205 Jon Rodine Points: 3
Mentions: 1
206 The Shamenettes Points: 3
Mentions: 1
207 Xaphan Points: 3
Mentions: 1
208 Dan Israel & John Schjolberg Points: 3
Mentions: 1
209 The Bad Spots Points: 3
Mentions: 1
210 Unhappy Virgin Damage Points: 3
Mentions: 1
211 Calamity & the Owl Points: 3
Mentions: 1
212 Jack Klatt & the Cat Swingers Points: 3
Mentions: 1
213 Marijuana Deathsquads Points: 3
Mentions: 1
214 Dimes Points: 3
Mentions: 1
215 Gold Lion Points: 3
Mentions: 1
216 Brian Just Band Points: 3
Mentions: 1
217 Hut Zut Points: 3
Mentions: 1
218 Dusty Miller Points: 3
Mentions: 1
219 The Rockford Mules Points: 3
Mentions: 1
220 Up Rock Points: 3
Mentions: 1
221 Beat Detectives Points: 3
Mentions: 1
222 Dissociate Points: 3
Mentions: 1
223 Real Bulls Points: 3
Mentions: 1
224 Mutables Points: 3
Mentions: 1
225 Exiles Points: 2
Mentions: 1
226 Circles Points: 2
Mentions: 1
227 Dead Bundy And The Neat Neat Neats Points: 2
Mentions: 1
228 Bobby Kahn of Freaky Deaky Points: 2
Mentions: 1
229 Pennyroyal Points: 2
Mentions: 1
230 SMG Points: 2
Mentions: 1
231 The Night Points: 2
Mentions: 1
232 Inboil Points: 2
Mentions: 1
233 Mally Points: 2
Mentions: 2
234 Walker Fields Points: 2
Mentions: 1
235 925ve Points: 2
Mentions: 1
236 Heidi Barton Stink Points: 2
Mentions: 1
237 LongShot Points: 2
Mentions: 1
238 Flavor Crystals Points: 2
Mentions: 1
239 Velahsa Points: 2
Mentions: 1
240 Faith Bobblett Band Points: 2
Mentions: 1
241 Boo Points: 2
Mentions: 1
242 The Sevateem Points: 2
Mentions: 1
243 Silverteens Points: 2
Mentions: 1
244 Robots From the Future Points: 2
Mentions: 1
245 Andrew Broder Points: 2
Mentions: 1
246 Literati Points: 2
Mentions: 1
247 Wild Child Points: 2
Mentions: 1
248 Sarah Morris Points: 2
Mentions: 1
249 Magic Castles Points: 2
Mentions: 1
250 Minneapolis Noise Dude Points: 2
Mentions: 1
251 Part Mammal Points: 2
Mentions: 1
252 Aldine Points: 2
Mentions: 2
253 Lake Avenue 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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