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Bruno Mars closes out Rock in Rio festival with a bang
Bruno Mars closes out Rock in Rio festival with a bang

Rock in Rio USA, the new-to-America music festival that wrapped Saturday after two often-incoherent weekends here, needs to figure out some things if it wants to compete in the rapidly growing festival scene dominated by the likes of Coachella and Bonnaroo. For starters, the event — a splashy expansion of the festival founded 30 years ago in Brazil — could use a clearly defined concept. Sure, Rock in Rio presented one weekend dedicated to rock (with headliners Metallica and No Doubt) and another to pop (with Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars). Beyond that old-fashioned sorting system, though, it was hard to detect what the festival was trying to tell you about music in 2015. ...

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