Critics Week 2011: Steve Smith

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As the year draws to a close, we’re asking a trusty team of critics to share their musical favorites of 2011 – no genres barred. Today, Time Out New York music editor Steve Smith shares his top ten picks, from a new Julliard-performed opera to an abrasive and avant-garde hip hop crew. Plus: A look at the year in music gadgets and technology. And: A live holiday performance from violinist Mark O'Connor.