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As 2012 comes to a close, and we enjoy the holiday season, alive and well (yup, we made it, Mayans!), its time to take a look back at the releases this year and select the best of the best.  As with last year, since the focus of this site is always live music and we’re discussing studio albums, we’re providing a live song from each artist who made the list.

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Earlier this week among all the Super Bowl madness in Indianapolis, Nas performed @ The Madden Bowl as part of the weeklong festivities leading up to the big game.  Nas, who was dressed the part to represent his home team NY Giants, did a full set backed by a live band and it was one of the better live performances I’ve heard by Nas in recent years.  Here is a soundboard recording of the full set- download links and setlist are below.

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To celebrate the release of his highly anticipated new album, The Dreamer / The Believer, Common took the stage to a sold out crowd at Highline Ballroom in NYC.  Backed by a live band, Com performed many new cuts as well as some of his classics.  One of the shows highlights was a surprise appearance by Nas to perform NY State of Mind and Ghetto Dreams.  For fans who could not attend in person, Spotify and Livestream webcasted the concert, and we have the mastered soundboard audio rip below.

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The 4th annual Roots Picnic was headlined this year by The Roots (of course) and Nas, who performed a special set backed by The Roots.  It was a great way to close out the festival, with The Roots digging up some gems from their catalog and flawlessly rockin’ the set with Nas.  The personal highlight for me was a surprising cover of The Bottle, to pay homage to the late great Gil Scott-Heron.  Check out the soundboard recording of the full set right here.

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If you aren’t lucky enough to be in Philly today for The Roots Picnic 2011, WXPN and Okayplayer have you covered with a webcast of the main stage.  Be sure to tune in at 1pm today, Saturday 6/4 to hear performances from Little Dragon, The Dismemberment Plan, Ariel Pink, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Esperanza Spalding (backed by The Roots), Wiz Khalifa, Nas (backed by The Roots) and of course, The Legendary Roots Crew.  Live stream after the jump!

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2010 was another great year for music and as the new year approaches, its time to look back at the best albums to come out in 2010.  As with last year, since the focus of this site is live music and we’re discussing studio albums, we will provide a new live song from each artist who made our list.

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