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Lord knows, it ain’t easy Call it the Happy Meal effect, but what used to be considered “bonus” is now taken for granted. The multiple-stage gimmick offers more of a festival atmosphere, but if you go for the music you will eventually have to choose, and sometimes it ain’t easy.

Fuji Rock, Summer Sonic, Rock in Japan, Solstice 2001 . . . massive music festivals have become an annual tradition in Japan. For those about to rock — or whatever else it takes to kick out the jams — we salute you with this guide to the many sounds of summer.

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