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