TCCT 2013 ballots: How each critic voted

The individual top 10 lists and more from our 27 participating local pundits in the Twin Cities Critics Tally.


Dessa laced up for another busy year surrounding her "Parts of Speech" album, which landed on many local critics' year-end lists.

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 JAY BOLLER, assistant editor

1. Fury Things, “EP2”

2. Hollow Boys, “It’s True”

3. Kitten Forever, “Pressure”

4. Lizzo, “Lizzobangers”

5. Caroline Smith, “Half About Being a Woman”

6. The Stnnng, “Inward Empire”

7. The Replacements, “Songs for Slim”

8. Low, “The Invisible Way”

9. The Cloak Ox, “Shoot the Dog”

10. The Cactus Blossoms, “Live at the Turf Club”


JON BREAM, Star Tribune music critic

1. Caroline Smith, “Half About Being a Woman”

2. Nancy Harms, “Dreams in Apartments”

3. Dessa, “Parts of Speech”

4. Low, “The Invisible Way”

5. Lizzo, “Lizzobangers”

6. The Suburbs, “Si Sauvage”

7. Frankie Lee, “Middle West”

8. Cactus Blossoms, “Live at the Turf Club”

9. Sena Erhardt, “All In”

10. Various, “Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound”



1. Low, “Plastic Cup”

2. Caroline Smith, “Magazine”

3. Suburbs, “Turn the Radio On”

4. Dessa, “Call Off Your Ghost”

5. Har Mar Superstar, “Lady, You Shot Me”


TIM CAMPBELL, Star Tribune Senior A&E Editor


The Cloak Ox, “Shoot the Dog”

Dessa, “Parts of Speech”

Dorothy Doring and Phil Mattson, “Compositions by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn”

Grant Hart, “The Argument”

Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, “Number One Contender”

Dakota Dave Hull, “Under the North Star”

Lizzo, “Lizzobangers”

Low, “The Invisible Way”

Poliça, “Shulamith”

The Stnnng, “Empire Inward”


SONGS (unranked)

The Ericksons, “Gone Blind”

Lizzo, “Batches & Cookies”

The Replacements, “I’m Not Sayin’ “

Caroline Smith, “Magazine”

The Suburbs, “Turn the Radio On”


LIVE ACTS (unranked)


Erik Koskinen


Marijuana Deathsquads

The Replacements (!)


CYN COLLINS, KFAI “Spin With Cyn” program host, freelance journalist


1. Grant Hart “The Argument”

2. The Blind Shake “Key To A False Door”

3. “Rockin’ Here Tonight: Songs For Slim” /The Replacements: “Songs For Slim”

4. Enemy Planes “Beta Lowdown”

5. First Communion Afterparty “Earth Heat Sound”

6. Cactus Blossoms “Live at the Turf Club”

7. The Cloak Ox “Shoot the Dog”

8. Kitten Forever “Pressure”

9. The Chambermaids “Whatever Happened Tomorrow”

10. Tie: BBGun Self-titled/Frankie Lee “Middle West”


LIVE ACTS (unranked)

The Blind Shake


Flavor Crystals

Enemy Planes

Tie (in punk, hardcore rock): Buildings/Ex Nuns/Nightosaur

Tie: (in country/honky-tonk) Cactus Blossoms Erik Koskinen Band


SONGS (unranked)

Grant Hart, “Is the Sky the Limit”

The Suburbs, “What’s It Like Out There”

The Blind Shake, “Garbage on Glue”

Ex Nuns, “Crash Meditation”

Eleganza, “High Country”


No. 1 sign the local music scene was alive and well in 2013:

– many more in hardcore, punk, metal, and garage than ever – and many veterans returning to the stage and releasing brilliant new records. Our music scene is thriving as much as, if not more than, ever.”


REED FISCHER, City Pages music editor

1. Low, “The Invisible Way”

2. Marijuana Deathsquads, “Oh My Sexy Lord”

3. Hollow Boys, “It’s True”

4. Lizzo, “Lizzobangers”

5. Actual Wolf, “Actual Wolf”

6. Charlie Parr, “Barnswallow”

7. American Cream, “Nathan”

8. Grant Hart, “The Argument”

9. Retribution Gospel Choir, “3”

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