Rock the Bells, Day 1
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Through heat and hip-hop, the first day of Rock the Bells trudged on as one well-oiled, wild machine. We spotted a few cases of what appeared to be heat exhaustion, one lone altercation, lots of plumes of smoke, and most importantly — we enjoyed one of the decidedly-superior festival lineups of the year. Whether it was a newcomer or one of our old-school heroes, virtually everyone we saw gave the San Bernardino audience everything they could muster, pull, and release from their creative and physical bodies. Several years into Rock the Bell's tenure as a festival, every artist must know by now to bring their highest form of self with them when they hit the stage, and we consider ourselves lucky to have been able to witness all these luminaries of the genre in one day-long span. Here's a list of the stuff that stood out.