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Gathering of the Juggalos

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2014
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    September 30, 2014

    Win Tickets to Modern Life Is War at Fubar This Friday

    Fans of hardcore in the mid-aughts might remember Modern Life Is War. The band was perpetually on tour, writing and recording albums until its split in 2008. Being from Marshalltown, Iowa, MLIW treated our city like a second home and played here with the frequency of a local band. After re-forming ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Is It Possible to Stay Sober on Tour?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Early Worm's Debut LP, Truck: Listen Now

    If Collinsville-based band Early Worm was content with being a snotty, smirking, neo-emo band, that would be good enough for its first full-length release. But perhaps owing to the members' music-school background (and confirmed jazzbo extracurriculars), the trio stretches the guitar-bass-drums form ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    Should Bands Play Corporate-Sponsored Shows?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Our Singer Is an Overconfident Manchild

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Overheard at the Gathering of the Juggalos 2014: The Best Quotations

    Another Gathering of the Juggalos has come and gone, and with it, thousands of face-painted, fun-loving freaks and misfits to and from the event's first year in Thornville, Ohio. While the move from the deep wilderness of Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, to this year's decidedly more inhabited location did m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2014

    The Twenty Best-Dressed Juggalos at the Gathering

    Juggalo fashion generally involves great big pants and T-shirts that were possibly purchased at truck stops. Hair is best when it is braided and aloft in the style of Coolio, and everything looks better coated in a thin layer of sticky-delicious Faygo, of course.

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2014

    Ten Reasons Juggalos Are Better Than You

    Life sucks. There is a multitude of reasons why, and no one has come to terms with this inescapable truth better than juggalos. Zen masters of nihilism and partying, they have become unquestionable experts at finding creative ways to cope with the unrelenting pain of reality.

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2014

    A Wedding at the Gathering of the Juggalos

    "Please, we ask you to hold your Faygo until the wedding begins," a woman with electric green braids instructs the crowd. Standing anxiously nearby is the groom, outfitted in a Jack Skellington top hat. His big day has arrived -- he is about to be wed to the love of his life, here at the Gathering o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2014

    We Got the Inside Scoop On That Fat Guy You Saw On TMZ at the Gathering of the Juggalos

    Yesterday, TMZ posted a video of a juggalo stripper giving a lap dance to the belly button of an enormously fat man here at the Gathering -- a short film actually shot by DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia/Da Mafia 6ix fame. The video quickly went viral. We know what you are asking yourself: Who is this man ... More >>

  • 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 23, 2014

    Sixteen Stupid Hats Musicians Love Wearing

    Recently, my enemies have been accusing me of having a problem with hats. Maybe it's because I am (predictably) a bald, pale music critic and wearing a hat makes me look like a Nosferatu vampire-creature. But personally, I think someone's choice of headwear can tell a lot about a person -- usually h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    5 Unexpected Acts Playing This Year's Gathering of the Juggalos

    It's the most magical, miraculous time of the year, as this week the good people wicked clowns at Psychopathic Records bring us this year's Gathering of the Juggalos. No longer at Cave In Rock, Illinois, this year's festivities will take place at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio, or as the 2014 com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Here Are Some Terrible Pickup Lines From Hilarious Comedians

    Smooth talking the opposite sex is a mysterious art form deserving of a master class. Still, any idiot knows that cheesy pick-up lines are never the way to go. We've all heard them, laughed at them, and if one of them actually worked for you, well...more power to your genitals. The general rule wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Six Reasons to Take Your Band On Tour

    There are a lot of ways to travel the world. Most of them involve being extremely wealthy. However, if you weren't born with the gift of mommy and daddy's golden checkbook, you can still find a fairly respectable way to see the world, provided you're OK with sleeping on a pool table and using a bloo ... 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 8, 2014

    The First LouFest Lineup Clue Is Washed Out

    LouFest's organizers dropped their first lineup clue via social media today, and we can say with near certainty that the band it is hinting at is chillwave act Washed Out, perhaps best known for creating the opening theme music for IFC's Portlandia.

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    LouFest Lineup: Here Are the First Nine Bands That Will Be Announced

    Thanks to an anonymous tip in our inbox, we now have the first nine bands for this year's LouFest lineup figured out. Don't worry about those lineup clues.

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    How to Get Your Band Beyond "Local"

    Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    LouFest Early-Bird Passes On Sale Now, Lineup Soon

    LouFest early-bird passes are officially on sale now. The tickets are $75 for a two-day pass, as opposed to the $95 you can expect to pay after the lineup is announced.

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Music "Festival Style": Now at a Mall Near You, Unfortunately

    If you think summer festivals are mainly about the music, you're naive; they've become one of the year's most highly-anticipated fashion shows. Say what you want about the styles -- the floppy hats and the garlands and those gosh darn spirit hoodies -- but music festivals most certainly have a "l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    LouFest Organizers Ask: Who Do You Want To Play This Year?

    The organizers of LouFest want to know who you'd like to see perform at this year's festival -- and they have two free VIP passes as an incentive. See also: Attention LouFest Organizers: Please Get OutKast, Thanks

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    What Happens When a '90s Star Gives Up On His Music Career?

    Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Half of the Village People Banned From Ballpark Village By Dress Code

    Ballpark Village's newly announced dress code has hit the Village People community especially hard, leaving half of the band barred altogether from the premises each night after 9 p.m.

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    How Can My Band Rebound After a Bad Tour?

    Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you stop doing it wrong. Send your problems to her -- confidentiality i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Doorway Performs Drive-By Concert for Crowds at SXSW

    St. Louis hip-hop group Doorway, winner of 2013's RFT Music Award for best hip-hop group, has seemingly never-ending hustle. Its members can be found at events all over town, handing out CDs and performing, and generally taking any opportunity possible to get their names out there into the world. So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2014

    In Defense of the Juggalos

    There's something to be said for non-conformity. We tend to think of non-conformist types as pioneers, free-thinkers, uninhibited by the expectations and opinions of others and unafraid to stand out in a crowd. We admire their courage and originality, and secretly wish we could be so brave. We've he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    The Gathering of the Juggalos is All Yours, Ohio

    After residents of Kaiser, Missouri essentially ran it out of town with everything short of pitchforks and torches, the fifteenth edition of the beleaguered festival will now be taking place at the Legend Valley Concert Venue in Thornville, Ohio. The announcement was made Friday night via the Hatche ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2014

    Missouri Fights Back, Gathering of the Juggalos Driven Out of Kaiser Already

    According to a press release issued by Psychopathic Records director of public relations Jason Webber, the Gathering of the Juggalos will no longer take place in Kaiser, Missouri this year, as we previously reported. From the press release: "We at Psychopathic Records want to apologize to all the J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: February 2014

    Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brought ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Holy Ship!!! 2014 in Animated GIFs

    Have you ever seen a gingerbread man with no arms do the shimmy? What about two sharks going at it in shallow water? Seriously, who doesn't want to see a drunk dude having the time of his life, only to fall flat on his ass? It's the simple things in life that bring the greatest joy. And luckily for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Pazz and Jop 2014: Here are RFT Music's Picks

    The Village Voice's annual critic's-list-to-end-all-critic's-lists, the venerable Pazz & Jop issue, is now in circulation. Each year the Voice polls hundreds of music critics across the country in an effort to provide the most comprehensive list possible of the former year's most critically-acclaime ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2014

    Six St. Louis Acts That Keep It In The Family

    During last week's Snowpocalypse, many of us were snowed in for days with family members. AGONY, AMIRITE? Sure, for a few of us, that so-called "polar vortex" might have been grounds for murder, but for many St. Louis bands, the forced post-holidays togetherness simply meant more practice time. Be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2013

    A Rough Guide to Choosing Your First Bandmates

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Flowchart: Should I See This Old Band?

    Rock & roll is less than 60 years old, remember, so the idea of multiple generations of active bands is still a fairly new one. But as big-ticket concerts and festivals become prevalent, more and more people are going to get the ol' band back together for another shot. We don't want anyone's preciou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Rare, Unreleased Bottle Rockets Track Featuring Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy: Listen

    In this week's print edition, Ben Westhoff, music editor of our sister paper the LA Weekly, wrote of the Bottle Rockets and the new reissues of two of the band's albums -- one self-titled, the other The Brooklyn Side. Those re-released records are available today from Bloodshot Records. In the meant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Definitely the Best Rap Quiz You're Going to Take Today

    This is easy: You're going to click through (what is essentially) a slideshow of drawings of adorable little line characters. You'll look at the pictures and see if you can figure out what famous rap song it represents. Click the hyperlink underneath that reads "Answer" to see if you're correct. If ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Juggalos Charged With Artistically Awful ICP-Related Vandalism in Madison County

    Four individuals in Madison County have been charged with vandalism after spraypainting cars, buildings, fences and the Livingston Village Hall with logos and slogans related to the horrorcore hip-hop group Insane Clown Posse. See Also: "Where Did My Dick Go?" The Gathering of the Juggalos' Best Ov ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013
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    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

    Death at the Gathering of the Juggalos: "Four Dudes That Had Been Sleeping With a Corpse."

    Update: Reached by phone on Sunday afternoon, Hardin County coroner Jessica Cullum released the name of the man who died as Cory Collins, 24, of Harrisburg, Illinois, a town about 35 miles northwest of the music festival. Cullum said the cause of death was still pending. More details about the fata ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2013

    The Gathering of the Juggalos' Best Overheard Quotations

    During the Gathering of the Juggalos, Cave-In Rock, Illinois becomes a sonic disaster zone. Even if you're a rap lover, it's hard to keep your mind sharp with all of the noise. But within the cacophony of sounds, a few incredible Juggalo statements were somehow deciphered and recorded by our numbed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2013

    Ten Things You Do Not Need When Camping With Juggalos

    Even as we enter day four of our time here at the Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, we still haven't yet exactly mastered the art of being productive, functioning people in a kingdom of hedonistic insanity. As we ascend the mountain of madness and slime, more and more things becom ... More >>

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    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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    July 25, 2013

    Ranking the Gathering of the Juggalos Infomercials

    For the fifth consecutive year, the good people at Psychopathic Records have smiled upon us and delivered unto the Internet another magical miracle in the form of their Gathering of the Juggalos informercial. For the unaware who may not be "down with the clown," The Gathering of the Juggalos is the ... More >>

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