5 For '10 NPR Music's partner stations pick the best music of the year.

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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