2011: Music's Year of the Dog
Cats were the "it" symbol of cool last year, especially in the indie-rock world. Best Coast, Wavves, the Klaxons and more capitalized on the trend, putting cats on album covers, in music videos and, as Lady Gaga did, even wearing a Hello Kitty dress. But as the music world fell in love with anything that purred, their mortal enemies were plotting their revenge.
And so, 2011 became the year of the dog. Cats still made the occasional cameo -- don't worry, Snacks the Cat, people still follow you on Twitter even if you're no Boo the Dog -- but it was clear that canines were the music's worlds new best friend.
It's tough to tell just yet who will take 2012 (Bears? Owls? Sea Monkeys?!?) but as the year comes to a close, let's shout-out the music scene's top dogs of 2011.