Hailing from the northern deserts of Mali, Tamikrest released its debut album, Adagh, in 2010. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Los Angeles music scene churned out some of 2010's best albums. iStockphoto hide caption

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KCRW's Best L.A. Bands Of 2010

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In her long and singular career, Laurie Anderson has never sounded quite so pointed, and perhaps so dark. Courtesy of Nonesuch hide caption

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Beach House (Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally) gave David Dye's favorite World Cafe performance of 2010. Jason Nocito hide caption

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Seattle indie-rock act The Head and The Heart was one of KEXP's favorite discoveries in 2010. Caitlyn Mirete hide caption

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