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LAist Staff Picks 2005: Music

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With any luck, right now the mistletoe is hung, the presents are wrapped, the wassail is bubbling and all of our lovely readers are snuggled up happily at home, enjoying the beginning of what promises to be a fine holiday weekend.

We understand, however, that most of us are not that lucky. Most of us are, in fact, probably at work right now, resigned to spending one more day shuffling papers prior to making a mad dash to a mall for some last-minute gifts before hitting the freeway with a car full of mostly-wrapped packages en route to someone else's house for the holiday. Oh yes, a merry day indeed.

The friendly faces at LAist HQ would like, in a bid to help ease the frentic energy of the impending whirlwind, to offer our thoughts on some of the high points of 2005. It was, after all, a great year, which is what we all try so hard to remember while sitting amidst our fellow Angelenos in bumper-to-bumper traffic trying to get anywhere—anywhere—on the 5 this time of year.

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So, what follows is the first in a series of highlights for the year; we decided to kick things off with some noise, both for those wanting suggestions for the aforementioned last-minute gifts, and for those wishing to drown out the bleating horns of holiday traffic...