Aloud and Alive In 2005

Our favorite bands of next year, predicted this year

BONUS PICK: VARIOUS ARTISTS POWER TRIPPIN'. Fourth Cycle Clothing—a local concern run by some fashion-conscious graffiti writers—originally intended this compilation of OC-and-not hip-hop to be a free sampler, to sort of tuck in with clothes orders as a nice little surprise. But instead, it's got potential as a strong stand-alone release, a mixtape-rough collection of iconoclastic local artists—starting off with Exile's already-released "Exile for President," then spinning through 20-some tracks of wildy varying styles, including several Spanish-language rappers. It's not the kind of thing you'll find in stores—but it is the kind of thing you can start looking for. (Charlie Rose)

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