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The Best Live Bands of 2012

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The best live bands of 2012 include many well-established musicians and some newcomers. Whether it's the straight up rocking live shows of music vets like Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band or Neil Young & Crazy Horse, or the new, unique, bluesy sounds of the Alabama Shakes, each band or musician on this list gave everything to fans at live shows in 2012. Who do you think deserves the title of best live band of 2012? Time to vote! Also, if you saw a great live band this year that isn't listed, be sure to add them.

A truly great live band manages to inhabit the stage completely, capturing an audience's attention and keeping it for hours. Whether it's catchy pop songs or long, meandering jams, the best live bands in 2012 brought it all to the stage. Some of the bands listed here were headliners at major music festivals, including the likes of Coachella, Pink Pop, Bonnaroo and the New Orleans JazzFest. Attending these sorts of festivals can be an excellent way to discover new and exciting live acts.

Not every band on this list was a headliner in 2012. Some, like the Alabama Shakes, opened up for much more well-known acts (like Neil Young & Crazy Horse). But every great band starts somewhere, right? Muse, for example, opened for U2 on the 360 Tour a few years back. Now, the band is lighting up stadiums all over the world as the featured performer.

Enjoy thgis list of 2012's best live bands, and be sure to add your favorite acts too.
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    Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music

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    New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock

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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Metallica is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012

    Metallica Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal

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    Red Hot Chili Peppers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012

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    Red Hot Chili Peppers Classic rock, Jazz-funk, Rock music

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    Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge

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    Trip hop, Dance-punk, Garage rock

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    Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012

    Bruce Springsteen Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock

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    Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music

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    Avenged Sevenfold is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012

    Avenged Sevenfold Thrash metal, Deathcore, Rock music

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    Rock music, Electronic music, New Prog

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    Florence and the Machine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012

    Florence and the Machine Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica

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    Indie pop, Noise rock, Alternative dance

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    Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore

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    Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal

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    Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock

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    Nu metal, Rock music, Experimental rock

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    Alabama Shakes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012

    Alabama Shakes Americana, Blues-rock, Rock music

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    Imagine Dragons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012

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    Imagine Dragons Indie pop, Pop music, Alternative rock

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    Acid house, Dance-punk, Rock music

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    Indie pop, Britpop, Alternative rock

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    Indie pop, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Jane's Addiction is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012

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    Jane's Addiction Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Power pop

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    Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop

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    Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock

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    Santigold is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012

    Santigold Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Synthpop

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    Pop music, Folk music, World music

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    Soundgarden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012

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    Rock music, Grunge, Heavy metal

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass

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    Neo-progressive rock, Space rock, Rock music

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    Hip hop music, Dubstep, Trip hop

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    Indie pop, Folk rock, Dream pop

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    Garage rock, Neo-psychedelia, Alternative rock

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    Matthew Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2012

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    Matthew Bellamy Progressive metal, Rock music, Space rock

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    Blues-rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock

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    Rock music, Hip Hop, Rhythm and blues

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