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HIGHlights of SXSW 2005

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Each year Austin, Texas hosts its annual SXSW (South by Southwest) Music Festival, drawing thousands of bands and music lovers from all over the world to come play, party and get their toke on. This year's line-up included both the well-known ganja-lovin' rockers from the 70s and 80s, as well as an onslaught of music that ought to be introduced to every stoner's collection.

As it turns out, Billy Idol is still alive, and might I add looking better than ever. Rocking out in his traditional black leather and spikes, Idol was in Austin promoting the upcoming release of his new CD, Devil's Playground.

The "Golden God" himself, Robert Plant, performed to a psychedelic new sound and promoted Mighty Rearranger, due to release on May 10th.

If you haven't yet heard of Dubtex, let me be the first to introduce you to this righteous reggae band. Their CD, Bayou Bush Burners, was one of the best things to land in my lap during the festival.

The Asylum Street Spankers are a local Austin tradition, and with songs like Wake and Bake and Amsterdam.

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