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The Best Off-the-Radar Music Festivals 

With Coachella next week, the summer music festival season is officially beginning. And for outdoor live music, this country offers a lot more than just sweaty hipsters in Southern California. There are sweaty metalheads in Maryland, sweaty EDM dancers in Las Vegas and sweaty reggae lovers in Southern Florida. If you're planning a road trip this summer, you could do worse than following the trail of these music festival across the country.

Curated by Rebecca Aronauer
"Summer in New York is one big music showcase, starting with Ende Tymes Festival, an experimental noise, music and video festival coming out of Brooklyn and Queens.
Joshua Davis
"The Blip Festival in New York from May 25-27, 2012 is a celebration of "chiptune," the music made out of the beeps and bops of ancient video game consoles
Palika Makam
The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is a borough-wide celebration of hip-hop. De La Soul's Posdnuos, pictured, played last year, and this year's festival takes place from July 9-14,
Cee-Lo Green was set to perform at last year's Afro-Punk Festival in New York until the Hurricane Irene canceled the show. But this fusion-heavy festival s
From New York, drive a bit south to The Maryland Deathfest, "America's biggest metal party of the year," from May 24-27, 2012. The showcase will feature Godflesh, Morbid Angel and Electric Wizard in Baltimo
Yesenia Hernandez
After the metal show, keeping take I-95 south to Nine Mile Music Festival, a.k.a. Marley Fest in Virginia Key Beach Park, Florida, organi
Kat Bein
"Ravers in Southern Florida satisfied their glow stick cravings from March 23-25, 2012 at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. This year, Fatboy S
"From Florida, head west: Independent music shop Goner Records will put on Gonerfest, a punk and garage rock festival in Memphis, Tennessee from September 27-30, 2012.

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Craig Hlavaty
SXSW is not the only music festival in Texas. Free Press Summer Fest in Houston features crowd surfing, girls covered in body paint, and overheated young people. Th
"Chaos in Tejas is a celebration of a variety of music — from crust to punk, indie to hardcore — from May 31-June 3, 2012. This year's showcase in Austin, Texas will feature Ted Leo & The Pharmacist
Catherine Downes
"If you haven't heard of 35 Denton in Denton, Texas, it may be because the four-day festival has changed its name three times. It started as a local response to
"Austin Psych Fest in Austin, Texas celebrates the city's history of psychedelic rock and multimedia art. This year's showcase, from April 27-29, 2012 includes the Black Angels,the Black Lips and Brian Jonest
Nick Schnelle
From Texas, head north to LouFest, an indie rock festival in St. Louis, Missouri taking place on August 25-26, 2012. Previous acts included TV on the Radio, TV on th
Denis Jeong Plaster
"Keeping heading north for Soundset, the annual hip-hop festival outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, proves rap in the midwest is
Aaron Thackeray
From Minnesota, head to the mountains. The Global Dance Festival is a three-day dance party and is held at the historic Red Rocks am
Colin Young-Wolff
From June 8-10, 2012 ravers will overtake Las Vegas, Nevada for the Electric Daisy Carnival. Don't expect to get any sleep over the three-day electronic da
Jonathan McNamara
Southeast of Las Vegas is the McDowell Mountain Music Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona. The festival celebrates local musicians, as well
Benjamin Leatherman
Country Thunder is a four-day celebration of pop-country music in Florence, Arizona. This year's festival, from April 12-15, 2012, will feature D
Christopher Victorio
From Las Vegas, head to Southern Californa. One part Coachella and one part Burning Man, Lightning in a Bottle is an arts and music festival in Silverado from May
Wendy Gilmartin
"The Abbot Kinney Festival in Venice, California is an indie-rock community-orientated music showcase. This year's festival is set for September 30, 2012 and last year
Christopher Victorio
"From Venice, drive north to Noise Pop Festival, which started off as a small showcase in San Francisco, California, and turned into one of
Hanna Quevedo
The Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast. Over 90,000 visitors take in the jazz on Fillmore Street in San Francisco, California
Christopher Victorio
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, formerly Strictly Bluegrass, is a bluegrass-related festival held in San Francisco, California every October. Last year, the
Hanna Quevedo
Officially, LovEvolution is a parade, and historically, it began in Germany to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now in Oakland, California, the after-parade dance p
Catherine Anstett
"North of the Bay Area, Hollow Earth Radio, an internet based music station, put on the Magma Festival in Seattle, Washington all of March, 2012 to support lo
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"Summer in New York is one big music showcase, starting with Ende Tymes Festival, an experimental noise, music and video festival coming out of Brooklyn and Queens.
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