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Best Live Bands of 2011

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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    Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock

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    Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock

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    Rock music, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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    Goregrind, Technical death metal, Deathgrind

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    new! Alternative rock, Indie rock

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    Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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    Dark cabaret, Gypsy punk, Folk rock

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    Indie pop, Emo, Alternative rock

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    Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica

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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock

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    ranked low on reranks Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    ranked low on reranks Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music

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    added by AlanMclaren Blues-rock, Rock music, Rock and roll Rival Sons will be the next big thing in the USA/Canada/Europe.  Their showmanship is ...

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    ranked low on reranks & added by KyleBurns Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

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    Rock music, Psychedelic rock

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    Indie pop, Garage rock, Neo-psychedelia

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass

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    Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    Indie rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Indie folk, Indie rock

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    Dance-punk, Punk rock, Indie rock

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    Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock

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    added by gamedemon24 Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock

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    Progressive metal, Rock music, Classical music

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

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    Rock music, Rapcore, Funk metal

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    Rock music, Jam band, Progressive rock

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Rock music, Experimental rock, Neo-psychedelia

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    ranked low on reranks & added by stephjsolorio Indie pop, Rock music, Alternative rock

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