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