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Photo by Erik Hess
By IAN TRAAS
With every year that passes, it feels like electronic dance music gains a bigger foothold in the summer festival circuit, and the climb in popularity was especially apparent at Lollapalooza 2012. Music that used to be confined to clubs and illicit warehouse parties has been adopted wholeheartedly by a new generation -- a generation that now has as many ties to house and dubstep as it does to rock and rap. The saturation of dance beats in television, radio and advertising of all sorts has worked its eventual magic, allowing DJs and producers to conquer the world without ever needing to pick up a guitar. From Avicii to Justice to Bassnectar, the headliners at the Midwest's biggest music festival are proving that rave is now a huge component of mainstream teen culture.