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How Music Festivals Keep the Music Industry Afloat

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McDowell Mountain Music Festival

The 2013 installment of the McDowell Mountain Music Festival--the 10th--transformed Margaret T. Hance park into a full-on campgrounds-and-stages music-fest. It featured The Shins, Les Claypool, and The Roots, among others. Oh, and a lot of dancing hippies:

That's what I like about hippies, among other things: They're always finding some strange new thing to twirl around in lieu of a yo-yo. If you're ever desperately in need of a set of devil sticks, stop the first guy with dreadlocks you pass and ask him to open up the back of his Volvo.

We liked the increasingly poppy sounds of the Shins and were a little shocked that The Roots can pull off both a drum solo and a "Sweet Child o' Mine" cover. We also learned that Joe Arpaio sucks, but so does petition overload.

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