KEXP's Summer BBQ is fast becoming the anti-Bumbershoot. It's inexpensive. The music is good. You can actually see and hear the bands. There are no hippies trying to sell you stuff made out of yak hair. And the only time you have to stand in cattle lines is when you need to use the bathroom. The beer is better, too.
Popular bands like Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails are leaving record labels and choosing to distribute music themselves electronically. It remains to be seen whether this is a business model that works, but it's certainly an uncomfortable development for the consumer unfriendly recording industry.