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Are you a live music lover in Seattle? Check out our list of must-see shows coming to this great city of ours in April and May.

Featuring Marina and the Diamonds, Foals, Los Amigos Invisibles, Beth Orton, and The Skatalites.

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-Top Ten Albums of 2011-

1. Rome // Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi

This album has been mysteriously absent from every other Top 10, 20, 50, 100, etc. list and I swear to God, I’ve checked its release date about four times now just to make sure I’m not missing something. I’m not. Why this album isn’t getting the love it deserves I’ll never know, because it’s absolutely fantastic. Described as “a soundtrack for a movie that doesn’t exist” (but not for long, read more about that here), Rome has captured my imagination more than anything else released this year. In between the spaghetti-western style instrumental tracks are the songs featuring the warbling and satiny vocals of Jack White and Norah Jones respectively. Despite how random this union may seem, it’s a winning combination. Maybe my fascination with this album springs from my undying love for everything Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone, but Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi have done an incredible job paying homage to that style while weaving their own modern flair throughout. The result is a stunning work of art.

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2. Helplessness Blues // Fleet Foxes

Despite worries that they wouldn’t live up to 2008’s acclaimed debut, the band has more than surpassed expectations with this follow-up. They’ve kept everything that was beautiful about the first record while crafting their style into something more complex and mature, most noticeably in their lyricism and work as a musical ensemble. “The Shrine/An Argument” is a shining example of this evolution. The music has become more personal and the connection between the band and their audience is stronger than ever, if their live performances are anything to go by. For anyone who may still be doubting, these guys are here to stay and quite frankly, they deserve all the accolades.

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3. Cults // Cults

I’d like to thank NPR for my discovery of this duo, who seemingly came out of nowhere. Although they’ve only been an act for one year, it’d be unwise to think of them as another indie flash in the pan as I think they have a lot more up their sleeves. In keeping with the 60’s girl group and soul vibe they’ve got going, their pairing of cutesy vocals with darker subject matter (though played out in many circles) is executed wonderfully here. Though I would like to see a little more substance to their music in the future, for a debut album it’s one hell of a start. If nothing else, it’s the perfect summertime album.

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4. Wounded Rhymes // Lykke Li

Though significantly more mature sounding than her debut album Youth Novels, Lykke Li has maintained a lot of the same bouncy electronic and percussive elements that made her popular back in 2008…she’s just turned up the angst and the volume for this one. You can’t help but sway along to the beat as she embraces her darker side, singing in an overwhelmingly sweet and honest way.

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5. Black Up // Shabazz Palaces

This is the future. In 2009, they made history as the first hip-hop act to be signed to Sub Pop, the label responsible for the popularization of grunge and the “Seattle Scene” in the 90’s and the current indie-folk trend led by Fleet Foxes. The hype for Shabazz has steadily gained momentum over the past two years and it’s no wonder that their debut album, filled to the brim with haunting, experimental instrumentation and tight lyricism, has received universal acclaim. Will they be the leaders of a new movement? One can only hope.

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-Top Ten Albums of 2011-

6. Strange Mercy // St. Vincent

Annie Clark’s ever impressive lyricism, poetic and raw, when coupled with earnest vocals and aggressive melodies, strikes the perfect balance between her two previous records. This is her highest-selling work to date and it’s nice to see that Clark is finally getting more of the attention her genius deserves.

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