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The Best Live Bands of 2011

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List Criteria: Vote on whether the band's should be considered the best live band of 2011

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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    Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011

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    Foo Fighters Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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    Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011


    Pearl Jam Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Metallica is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011


    Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    U2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011


    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

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    Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise

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    Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011


    Coldplay Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock

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    Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

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    Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

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    Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011


    Ozzy Osbourne Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock

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    Florence and the Machine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011


    Florence and the Machine Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica

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    Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop

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    Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011


    Arcade Fire Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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    The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011


    The Strokes Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

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    Band of Horses is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011


    Band of Horses Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock

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    Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011

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    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass

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    Glam metal, Industrial metal, Rock music

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    Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011

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    Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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    Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock

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    Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal

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    Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011


    Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal

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    Galactic is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011


    Galactic Hip hop music, Jazz rap, Jazz-funk

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    Alternative rock, Indie rock

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    Jimmy Buffett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011

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    Jimmy Buffett Tropical rock, Western music, Pop music

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    Indie pop, Adult album alternative, Pop music

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    Trans-Siberian Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011


    Trans-Siberian Orchestra Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music

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    Indie pop, Rock music, Alternative rock

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    Death Cab for Cutie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011


    Death Cab for Cutie Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

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    Animal Collective is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011


    Animal Collective Psychedelic folk, New Weird America, Electronic music

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Alternative country

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    Hip hop music, Electro hop, Electronic dance music

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    Blues-rock, Rock music, Jazz fusion

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    Emo, Post-rock, Punk rock

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Nu metal

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    Space rock, Psychedelic pop, Psychedelic rock

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    Alternative country, Gothabilly

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    Rock music, Psychedelic rock

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    Psychedelic folk, Folk music, Folk rock

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    Mathcore, Emo, Experimental rock

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    Indie pop, Folk music, Folk rock

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    STS9 - Sound Tribe Sector Nine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011


    STS9 - Sound Tribe Sector Nine

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    Folk music, Neofolk, Alternative country

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    Indie folk, Indie rock

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    Axe Murder Boyz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011


    Axe Murder Boyz Hip hop music, Horrorcore

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    Rock music, Contemporary Christian music, Christian rock

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