Metric is the most distinctively popular band in Minnesota

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Metric's Emily Haines at Rock the Garden 2013
Have you listened to Metric on Spotify today? No?! Whether you're a fan or not, some fresh research shows another side of music listenership in the U.S.

According to a new map created by a fella at the Echo Nest -- the "music intelligence platform" company that provides data for VEVO, MTV, and tons of major record labels -- the Canadian indie rockers represent the most uniquely popular act in Minnesota. 

Now, this guy -- Paul Lamere, Director of Developer Platform at The Echo Nest, if you were curious -- is not saying Metric is the most popular band in Minnesota. Everyone knows that it's actually Soul Coughing or Dawes.

But based upon data from Spotify and a "range of data services," Lamere made a map of the 50 artists who are the most uniquely listenable in a given state -- when compared with other states in the region. No shock that Sufjan Stevens' tactic of writing an album about the state won him Illinois. And if anyone needs a spare reason to make fun of Wisconsin, you can write your own joke now.

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Lamere created an app that can be customized thousands of different ways to compare the MN sound scenesters' tastes with another region or state. This is one way to lose an entire afternoon. Fer sure. Lots more on his methodology at his blog, MusicMachinery.com.

When you plug in Minnesota vs the entire United States, you can see that the Okee Dokee Brothers are getting a heck of a lot more love here than anywhere else. The rest of the MN vs US list has some amusements. And when you compare MN vs WI, it's clear that Har Mar Superstar should work on his outreach across state lines. 

Whether it's for serious research or just an avenue for creating nerdy regional comparisons that no one will quite understand, we applaud Paul Lamere and the Echo Nest for their work.

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22 comments
SteveOr
SteveOr

Sounds about right. Kindatimidly artsy, very white (but apologetically so)fanbasewell established through years of touring with a lot of critical praise. That's the kind of stuff that sells around here. NTTAWWT.

Laurel Richmond
Laurel Richmond

I was mesmerized by her legs when I saw them in concert and it's the first thing I think of when I see her.

Dave Salmonson
Dave Salmonson

Popular to people the small group of people that stream music.

Stephanie Marie Jones
Stephanie Marie Jones

Once again, Wisconsin is embarrassing. I'll take Emily over bubble toes any day.

Joey Lusvardi
Joey Lusvardi

Dustin, why are we not friends...? That tattoo is ballin'!

AdBendyn
AdBendyn

@CjWymore I disagree, it's a very good game, but I think Donkey Kong is the best game ever.

Dustin Washam
Dustin Washam

I have her tattooed on my arm... seriously I do! And I live in MN so this is no shock to me!

DeAnna Bacon
DeAnna Bacon

Of course. Emily Haines is amazing. And has amazing legs. Lol.

Onan
Onan

Metric, the Canadian band that killed it during last year's "Rock the Garden" event, not The Who.

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