Drew Ailes

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    We Talked to the Cops at the Gathering of the Juggalos

    What's different about this year's Gathering of the Juggalos in Thornville, Ohio? Well, the cops for one thing.

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2014

    Six Ways for Degenerates to Celebrate the 4th of July

    Every red-blooded American with the day off will agree: The 4th of July is one of our nation's finest holidays. While the historic significance is a no-brainer for our country, more importantly, it's a day of excess and celebration as we're expected to dutifully cram grilled meat and cheap beer into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Six Rules For Sharing a Practice Space

    Mixing business with pleasure is a dirty game, isn't it? While necessary, practice spaces exemplify the tension that comes with sharing a small area with a number of personal friends and acquaintances. It's like living in a tiny house with eight other unbalanced roommates. Between paying rent, keepi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Six Reasons People Want To Have Sex With Musicians

    Recently, Business Insider published the results of a study that purports to prove specifically why women want to enter the bone-zone with musicians. The article is just summarizing research from the University of Sussex, and there's a few glaring holes in it that make it useless to the general popu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Six of the Most Underrated Songs of All Time

    The world continues to burn, propelling artists such as Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and La Bouche to the top of the charts. Meanwhile, some of the most brilliant artists sit silently in obscurity. Sometimes people discover them years later and bring them to light through covers, or a hip-hop artist i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Six Reasons Your Band Should Not Play Longer Than Twenty Minutes

    Imagine you're on a date and you're telling a story. It's a long one, but you know it's a winner. Everyone always loves this story. Three quarters of the way to the punch line, you notice a shift in your date's behavior. They're glancing at the door, bouncing their leg or messing with their hair. Do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Six Hilariously Awesome Pop Culture Mashup Paintings from a Demented Mind

    One of the most painful feelings in the world is when you encounter someone who desperately wants you to see their art. If you're not overcome with waves of panic and dread, you're already plotting out all of the ways you can safely compliment something you're expecting to absolutely suck. Thankful ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2014

    Six Terrible Bands I Would Fight if I Could

    In the most head-shaking article unleashed on the Internet in recent memory, it was revealed that rapper/necrophiliac/federal agent impersonator DMX has been in talks to fight George Zimmerman, the infamous idiot who gunned down young Trayvon Martin. Luckily for humanity and overall decency in gener ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Tech N9ne: "I would never conform for any amount of money."

    Tech N9ne is the only rapper on the 2013 Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings list who wears face paint and has performed at the Gathering of the Juggalos six times. After raking in an impressive $7.5 million over the past twelve months, the Kansas City native appears on the list in between Swizz Beatz and 50 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    The Six Most Badass Musicians from Outer Freakin' Space

    Recently, I stopped drinking alcohol for a few weeks due to a severe case of "turning into a tremendously fat man." Attending / eating at the Gathering of the Juggalos essentially ruined my metabolism, which now runs off of warm beer and chocolate-covered waffles. As a result, I've been compensating ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    I Pissed Off Megadeth This Week, My (Former) Favorite Band

    When I began interviewing bands eight years ago, my ultimate goal was to interview one person: Dave Mustaine from Megadeth, my favorite band since I was thirteen years old. Sitting in front of my parents' computer and ruining my ears through a pair of oversize headphones, I listened and loved Mustai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    Huff Post Live Interviews RFT Music's Drew Ailes About Juggalos

    RFT Music's own Drew Ailes was invited this week to appear on Huffington Post Live for an interview about our coverage on the Gathering of the Juggalos. The ten-minute piece aired yesterday evening at about 6:12 Central. See Also: - Our Complete Gathering of the Juggalos Coverage

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Juggalo Aftermath: Things We Found on the Ground at the Gathering

    I worked as a garbage-man for a few months back in North Carolina during a dark period of my life. It was awful. I'd get in a pick-up truck every day at 9AM and watch my boss drink beer and smoke weed on the way to being immersed in disgusting waste. In retrospect, if he had been younger, my boss pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Juggalo Eats and the Quest for the Mystical Burrito Man

    One of the true hardships that we face as a nation is the omnipresent problem of being surrounded by booze and stimulating foods. In the comforts of your own home, you may be able to curb your pizza roll addiction into having just a civilized cup of tomato soup. At the Gathering of the Juggalos, you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Here Are the Things That Happen After 5 a.m. at the Gathering of the Juggalos

    Festivities here at the Gathering of the Juggalos run every day from noon until 5 a.m., and then things start getting weird. That's not to say they weren't weird to begin with, but after hours of drugs and partying and wicked clown love, juggalos will begin displaying even more bizarre, hilarious be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2013

    Behold the Waking Nightmare of Juggalo Port-a-Potties

    One of the many rumors one may hear in advance of attending the Gathering of the Juggalos is that the bathroom-related accommodations leave something to be desired. Showers, for example, take place in trailers and may or may not have running water--that one I cannot speak to, as truth be told, I hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: August 9 to 11

    This weekend, our intrepid music editor Daniel Hill and reporter Drew Ailes endure a full weekend of the Gathering of the Juggalos. In Daniel's stead, attend some concerts this weekend while he does dog-knows-what in the woods or wherever the heck he is. Head to the biennial Printbangerz Ball for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    10 Must-Have Items When Camping with Juggalos

    At some point in your life, you may find yourself sitting in a minivan in rural Illinois, stressed out as you wear a metal butcher knife pendant around your neck. Your ankles are covered in mysterious goo and all of your beer is warm. It could only mean one thing -- you're at The Gathering of the Ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    Death Reported at Gathering of the Juggalos; Drug Bridge Closed

    [Editor's note: Daniel Hill and Drew Ailes are covering the Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois.] See also: - Gathering of the Juggalos: Misconceptions and First Impressions - 10 Must-Have Items When Camping with Thousands of Juggalos - Slideshow: Gathering of the Juggalos (NSFW) ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013
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    January 31, 2013

    Lessons Learned From Loving And Hating the Mars Volta

    Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. Let it be known that this is not a reaction to Drew Ailes' polarizing RFT Music article praising the Ma ... More >>