It wasn't until night two, during a lively performance by Vintage Trouble, that an overheard comment forced me to realize how impressive the music portion of the festival really was.
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The concept is perhaps the biggest leap yet in this still hot and malleable direct-to-fan era of music vending -- and the process is quite simple once you remove the middleman.
This year drew big name acts, mostly known for killer live performances, like Deadmau5, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Empire of the Sun and !!!.
I was reassured that not all was lost for live music the night I witnessed Art vs. Science rock a packed-out show earlier this year at Mercury Lounge.
It's a treasure to see musicians earn their rank by living, changing and ripening into their talent organically, even sometimes painfully. To see someone like Darwin Deez is a truly refreshing phenomenon.
At the hands of technology and busy schedules it's important to remember just how much depth music can possess when it's being played between people -- rather than through headphones.
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