Modest Mouse, the Presidents of the United States of America, Nada Surf, the Thermals, Arthur & Yu... All good bands, but seeing as how most of them are Northwest natives, is it worth it to travel all the way to the Gorge for their show? It's a three-hour drive! What is the Download Festival, and why does it expect us to do that? Well, the Download Festival claims to be different. "Download lets you get up close and personal with some of the hottest bands through fan interaction activities such as Q&As, autograph sessions, and musician's clinics," says their website. Fair enough, but why the fuck does Seattle get Incubus when other cities get Snoop Dogg and the Cure?

The Gorge is at 754 Silica Road NW in Quincy, www.hob.com/venues/concerts/gorge. To get there from Seattle, head east on I-90. Take Exit 143, then turn left on Silica Road.