Best Live Bands of 2011 Bands/Musicians

Best Live Bands of 2011

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The best live bands of 2011 include mainstream rock icons like U2 and Foo Fighters, indie and Americana darlings like The Avett Brothers, over-the-top arena acts like Muse and straight up classic bands like The Pixies (really, if you haven't seen The Pixies live, you are doing yourself a great disservice). I've put together this list to recognize the great live bands of the year, though it's a tough order. I've seen almost all of the bands on the list this year, but I'm sure I've missed a lot of great live acts. What was your favorite live band in 2011? If you don't see it on this list, add it. Vote up the bands you thought were the absolute best, and vote down those you saw and hated. Hey, to each his own, right? Not everybody thinks Coldplay is the be-all, end-all of live music.

The bands on this list brought it in 2011, big time, putting on incredible live shows. Several of them hit up the big music festivals, like Coachella, Bonnaroo and SXSW. With concert ticket prices soaring in a hobbled economy, a music festival can be a great way to catch several live bands for one price. That being said, if you have a favorite live band, they'll get a shorter set (usually) at a festival - so go for the whole enchilada and see just them. Also, pay close attention to some of the opening acts for the mega-bands - some of them will go on to become headliners (case in point: I saw Muse and Kings of Leon open for U2 a few years ago and was blown away...now look at them!)

Live music fans, this is your chance to be heard: Add your favorite live acts to this list, so we'll all know who to see in 2012. And if you're a live music aficionado, definitely check out these lists of the greatest live bands/artists of all time and the best rock bands ever.

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      Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, West Coast hip hop More
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    2. 16
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      Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock More
      53
    3. 13
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      Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock More
      56
    4. 41
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      Rock music, Folk rock, Alternative rock More
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    5. 25
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      Rock music More
      36
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    6. 37
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      Goregrind, Technical death metal, Deathgrind More
      29
    7. 10
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      Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop More
      58
    8. 38
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      Dark cabaret, Gypsy punk, Folk rock More
      27
    9. 17
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      Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock More
      46
    10. 40
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      Power pop, Indie rock More
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      Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica More
      64
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      Foo Fighters

      Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
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    13. 26
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      Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Jazz-funk More
      34
    14. 31
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      Rock music, Emo, Folk rock More
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    15. 21
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      Korn

      Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal More
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    16. 33
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      Space rock, Psychedelic pop, Psychedelic rock More
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    17. 4
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      Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal More
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      Rock music, Gamewave, Bitpop More
      27
    19. 11
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      Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock More
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    20. 14
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      Muse

      Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music More
      54
    21. 9
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      Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock More
      59
    22. 23
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      Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock More
      40
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      Jazz, Dixieland More
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    24. 15
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      Pearl Jam

      Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge More
      53
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      new! Pixies

      Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise More
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      Rammstein

      Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music More
      44
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      Blues-rock, Rock music, Rock and roll More
      27
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      Rival Sons will be the next big thing in the USA/Canada/Europe.  Their showmanship is ... more
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      Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore More
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      Rock music, Psychedelic rock More
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    30. 42
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      Indie pop, Garage rock, Neo-psychedelia More
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      Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass More
      62
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      Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music More
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      Alternative rock, Punk rock, Post-hardcore More
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    34. 7
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      Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop More
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    35. 30
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      Indie pop, Adult album alternative, Pop music More
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      Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
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      Indie rock More
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      The National

      Indie folk, Indie rock More
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      Dance-punk, Punk rock, Indie rock More
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      Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock More
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    41. 24
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      Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock More
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    42. 29
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      Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music More
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      U2

      Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock More
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      Rock music, Rapcore, Funk metal More
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      Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock More
      34
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      Modern rock, Post-grunge, Alternative rock More
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      Ween

      Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia More
      42
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      Indie pop, Rock music, Alternative rock More
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