Gathering of the Juggalos

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2014

    Bare-Knuckle Boxing at the Gathering of the Juggalos

    As our nation's culture and economy continues to deteriorate, more and more people are taking an interest in watching people beat the shit out of each other. While, under normal circumstances, these events are highly promoted and take place in giant arenas after two opponents carefully train, there ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    Jared Gomes of Hed PE Jumps Off Stage and Punches Heckler at the Gathering of the Juggalos

    While the Gathering of the Juggalos is generally known as a peaceful event filled with unity and togetherness, there are still occasional scuffles. One such incident took the form of a melee early Thursday morning when Hed PE rapper/singer Jared Gomes launched himself into the crowd to confront a ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    The Feed To Release Debut LP Outsider This Saturday

    There are probably more than a few fans of the Feed that had given up on the prospect of an actual full-length album. Short of a seven-song EP from 2006 with an earlier lineup and a track on 2012's Tower Groove Records comp, the band's recorded output has been nil, despite steady gigs and no shortag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2014

    Taylor Swift Is a Cyborg

    I've always thought something was off about Taylor Swift. Her immaculate, porcelain skin, picture-perfect golden bangs -- and certainly, her singing voice. Previously, I attributed these things to digital image doctoring or recording software magic. More recently, I have become suspicious of the 24- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Rap-Metal Is Back...and It's Actually Good

    Metal is an ever-turning and twisting genre, following wormholes into subgenres and melding any and all techniques and sounds along the way in a constant struggle to create something new and original. It doesn't always work, and anyone who lived through the '90s can attest that the addition of hip-h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    STL's Play It Forward Program Puts Instruments in the Hands of Needy Kids

    Being a musician is expensive. Equipment can be nightmarishly costly, often running up into the hundreds of dollars just to get your hands on decent gear. Decent , that is. Not even "great." (And God help you if you are a drummer.) So how are kids supposed to get into playing music without serious ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Various Hands to Host CD Release/Tour Kickoff Show This Saturday at Plush

    For more than a decade Jeff Nations has been chasing his own personal rock & roll dream with dogged persistence. He's held down happy-hour gigs at Soulard bars, dabbled in music criticism, launched regional tours and, for the past few years, led the frenetic, spacey rock band Various Hands.

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    LouFest Releases Full Schedule; Single-Day Tickets Now On Sale

    LouFest's organizers have finally released the full schedule for this year's lineup, with dates and times and everything. This answers the most oft-asked question we've heard with regards to the event: What day does OutKast play? (The duo will shut the festival down on Sunday.)

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Is Wrong About Punk

    Bruce Dickinson rules. He's the greatest singer for one of the greatest bands of all time, Iron Maiden. But recently, he unleashed some pretty charged words in an interview with the Guardian. In addition to dropping one of the most incredible quotations ever, "fame is the excrement of creativity," h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2014

    How to Kick a Drunk Out of Your Band

    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

    June 9, 2014

    RFT Music Awards Ceremony at Atomic Cowboy Tuesday Night

    WHEW! Well despite the constant threats made by the weather, this year's RFT Music Showcase went off without a hitch. It was fun seeing that many music fans swarming about in the Grove, and even more fun to watch the 88 local acts in attendance. Thanks to all who participated and came out! But we'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    The Complete 2014 RFT Music Showcase Schedule

    Hard to believe that the RFT Music Showcase is only a week away, but here we are! A lot of hard work has gone into making the event extra-special this year, and we have more bands and musicians on board than ever before -- people seem eager to see what the event is like at its new home in the Grove. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    How Do I Stop My Bandmates From Hooking Up?

    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 16, 2014

    The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: May 16-18

    This weekend, get down at the third annual Roller Disco at the Skatium, pick up a copy of Monogram Suitcase's debut release and select from a wide variety of touring acts stopping in to play some shows in town. The recommended list includes everything from Nappy Roots to Bobby Bare Jr. Read on to le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Can Guitar-Driven Bands Still Make Money?

    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 9, 2014

    The Ten Best Concerts in St. Louis This Weekend: May 9 to 11

    Happy Friday! Get out and enjoy another week of spring before summertime weather completely invades our climes. Head to Cicero's to grab Nite Owl's latest release, get sunburnt at Pointfest, witness some real-life juggalo action as ICP hosts wrestling at Pop's or do something completely different. H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    The 2014 RFT Music Showcase Lineup: 80 Acts Across Ten Venues

    Every year we at RFT Music work hard to honor the many local bands and performers who make St. Louis an epicenter for music in the Midwest. So what better way to celebrate our city's art than with a local music festival? On Saturday, June 7, ten venues throughout the Grove neighborhood along Manches ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Vote Now For the 2014 RFT Music Awards

    It is that time of the year again, when we celebrate the bands and artists that provide the eclectic and engaging soundtrack to life in the city of St. Louis. This is a music town, through and through, and the wealth and caliber of talent that lives among us cannot be overstated. From blues to hip-h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Win Tickets to See Slightly Stoopid This Saturday at the Pageant

    San Diego's Slightly Stoopid will be performing at the Pageant this Saturday, and RFT Music has two tickets to give away!

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2014

    There Were Real-Life Drones Flying Overhead at Coachella

    By Andrea Domanick Remember an April Fool's post earlier this month, about drones at Coachella? Well, it turns out it was prophetic. Those hovering, propeller-powered crafts have indeed arrived at Coachella. They could be spotted this year floating surreptitiously above the crowds, during performan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    Foxing Signs to Triple Crown Records

    St. Louis post-hardcore/emo revival act Foxing has signed a deal with New York-based Triple Crown Records, a subsidiary of Warner Music Group. The label has been home to a wide array of acts over the years, ranging from the ultra-tough hardcore of Death Threat to bands like the Dear Hunter, and even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2014

    St. Louis Rock Band Tok Interviews Some Dogs

    Tok's ability to write a killer rock song is matched only by its members' outrageous sense of humor. On April Fool's Day, for example, the band announced a new partnership with Taco Bell, and a subsequent name change for the group (Tok-O-Bell). Most bands would have been content to leave the joke at ... 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

    March 18, 2014

    Justin Bieber Does Not Eat Poop

    Have you ever Googled something only to find that their autofill feature suggests some really strange stuff? This has been the source of Tumblr blogs and memes alike. It has also been the reason many a person has lost faith in humanity, seeing ridiculous questions on obvious subjects. Just type "why ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Snoopify Is a Disaster That's Only Getting Worse

    By Jennifer Swann Since launching in May, Snoop Dogg's Snoopify app has transformed millions of otherwise boring Instagram photos into virtual g-thangs, with the help of digital "stickers": blunts, cash money and chicken n' waffles. According to a recent press release from its promoters, it boasts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Rappers and Ravers: Quit Glorifying Drugs That Kill

    Are ravers the modern day hippies? There are plenty of parallels, from the flower imagery to the PLUR mentality. Then, of course, there's the idea of using drugs as a path to enlightenment. (Or at least, amazing vibes.) But when it comes to drugs there's a key difference: The hippies were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2014

    Live Blog: 24 Consecutive Hours at Pop's Nightclub

    We've all done it. You're at a bar and it's closing time, but you're not quite ready for the night to end. Maybe you want to grab just one more drink. Then someone in your crew suggests that you "go to the east side." Fifteen minutes later you're in another state. You've crossed the Mississippi riv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Erratics' Nothing Goes Here: Ambient Sound-Craft Collides with Guitar-Driven Songwriting

    Erratics Nothing Goes Here Ambient sound-craft and conventional, guitar-driven songwriting collide on Erratics' first full-length. The two-man band, Alex Nezam and Chris Chartrand, split these eight tracks rather evenly between looping, echoing sound collages and pastoral guit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Help Us Select the 2014 RFT Music Awards Nominees

    Surely you know the drill by now: Each year, RFT Music recognizes the hard work and exceptional talent of St. Louis' local musicians with the RFT Music Awards. In addition, our summer awards showcase, to be held this year for the first time in the Grove, provides local music lovers an opportunity to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    In Defense of Schwag Weed

    By Keith Ploceck This is a big week for weed, with Colorado becoming the first state in the nation to have legal recreational marijuana. All across the Centennial State, fluffy buds twinkling with crystals are being loaded into swirled glass pipes and sparked in celebration. There is no pretense of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    Your Guide to Holiday Drinking at Your Hometown Bar

    It's the holidays, which means that, for all you transplants out there, it's time to go home and see Mom and Dad. After a few hours with the family, however, you'll get that urge to get out of the house and go to a bar. Which is great! Except that, with all of these (formerly) familiar faces in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    Kanye West: The Illustrated Cartoon Quiz

    [Editor's Note: In his column Serrano Time, award-winning writer and goofball Shea Serrano writes about his life and times.] This game is very simple: Look at the pictures and guess what Kanye West song each one represents. Boom. That's it. That's all. You're done. That's a little thing called resp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Ransom Note Digs Deeper and Rocks Harder on Big Soul

    Ransom Note Big Soul Tower Groove Records When Ransom Note made its recorded debut two years ago with It's You!, the quintet's mix of soft-rock smoothness and blue-eyed soul made for some fun, easy listening, but you'd be forgiven for not taking the band as a serious endeavor. After all, what were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Win Tickets to See Alt-J and Grouplove Tonight at the Pageant

    England's Alt-J and LA's Grouplove will be performing at the Pageant tonight, and RFT Music has two tickets to give away!

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Dubb Nubb Displays Growth and Delicate Charm on Wild Dreamin'

    Dubb Nubb Wild Dreamin' When local audiences first heard of Dubb Nubb, twin sisters Delia and Hannah Rainey were just wrapping up high school and charming stages with their sweetly sung but rough-hewn folk songs. The intervening years have seen growth, both the usual kind (the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    How I Accidentally Became a Drug Dealer

    [Editor's Note: In this new column, award-winning music critic/goofball (and hip-hop coloring-book purveyor) Shea Serrano writes about his life and times. Better put on your shoes because your socks are about to be blown off.] The biggest concern in my life recently is that every show on my DVR is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Win Tickets to See Atlas Genius December 9 at the Pageant

    Australia's Atlas Genius' rescheduled show at the Pageant will be December 9, and RFT Music has two tickets to give away!

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    The Best Halloween Shows in St. Louis Tonight

    Halloween is here! Whether you planned that get-up for months or now have to scour the gutter for some tumbleweave to augment that makeshift costume, get on out and partake in some prime people watching tonight. Lots of local musicians went all out to dress up for one-night-only cover sets, and plen ... 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

    October 25, 2013

    Premiere: Tef Poe and Rockwell Knuckles' New Single "Night Light" From David Ruffin Theory

    The first single has just dropped from Tef Poe and Rockwell Knuckles' long-awaited and much-anticipated David Ruffin Theory collaboration, due for release next week, and RFT Music has it! See Also: The Thirteen Best St. Louis Rappers in 2013

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: October 11 to 13

    Welcome to the weekend! There's a lot going on, so brace yourself three days filled with a smorgasbord of shows to choose from. While RFT Music's fearless leader enjoys the remainder of a long overdue staycation, we bring you the following recommendations. Don't forget to let us know what else is go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: October 2013

    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

    October 3, 2013

    "Punk" Band Makes Sex Video On Westboro Baptist Church Property, Still Sucks (NSFW)

    Recently, a quote-unquote "punk" band called Get Shot! decided to do what quote-unquote "punk" bands love to do for the attention of the media: make a brainless scene. In this particular case, it was a brainless porn scene. In a video shot by the group, Get Shot!'s bassist, Laura Lush, masturbated o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    Guys, Predatory Dance Floor Boners are Not OK

    Gentleman, this is a public service announcement. We know that things can get hot and sweaty on the dance floor. The atmosphere is festive, the music is peaking and the ladies are looking good. You see one you like, and you want to dance with her. Totally cool. Men and women have been dancing togeth ... 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 >>

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    August 22, 2013
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    August 12, 2013

    Gathering of Juggalos: Tattoo-Faced Man From Viral Mugshot Cuts Off Nipple, Staples Body

    This week, RFT music editor Daniel Hill is immersed in the Gathering of the Juggalos at Cave-in-Rock, Illinois, publishing all sorts of colorful dispatches along the way. Check 'em out at RFT Music! In the meantime, here's Daily RFT's contribution to the coverage: One of the attendees -- photograp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    This Incredible Make-A-Wish Teenager Went to the Gathering of the Juggalos, Got a Lap Dance (NSFW)

    We first heard about seventeen-year old Cody Morin on our way in to Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, site of the fourteenth-annual Gathering of the Juggalos. After hours spent driving through Southern Illinois we stopped at a restaurant/visitor's lodge in the park to ask for directions, where we learned that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    Gathering of the Juggalos: Misconceptions and First Impressions

    By its organizers' own assessment, the Gathering of the Juggalos is an event filled with the most misunderstood people of all time. Juggalos are generally looked down upon by "normal" members of society, thought of as losers, degenerates or outright criminals -- even, most recently, as a full-fledge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Juggalo Family Gathering at Pop's: The 12 Hatchet Men of a Very Ninja Christmas

    Last night, Pop's Nightclub hosted a Christmas Juggalo bash, featuring performances by Ryda Click, Nyremare, P.O.W, Nuttinxnyce, Local Kings, Hazmat, Trip C and Rhyme Time Familia. Jon Gitchoff was there for some quality family time, and with his photos we invite you take a tour of the twelve Hatche ... More >>

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