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Gathering of the Juggalos

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    November 4, 2014
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    October 28, 2014
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    October 9, 2014

    Six Reasons Why Bands Break Up

    While Aerosmith still flails around in a body without bones, propped up by the hot air of its backward-cap-wearing fanbase, most sensible bands know when to call it quits. Sure, reunion tours are still a thing, but those tend to happen on the stinking fumes of nostalgia, and they serve to fuel the n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    Six Reasons You Need To Flyer Your Shows

    Social media takes the heat for a lot of things. Some people insist that it's responsible for diluting activism and killing personal interaction. Others may recall the recent viral Craigslist post about the restaurant that blamed their slowing service on social media and smartphones, while some scie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2014

    Celebrating an Album's Anniversary Is Pointless

    Arcade Fire's Funeral celebrates its tenth anniversary this week. If you think this is a big deal, you are wrong. Don't worry, it's not your fault. It's something we've come to expect now: making a big to-do about an album turning a nice, round number. That's because, given the pace at which media ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Songwriting Advice From Successful Songwriters

    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 26, 2014

    In Defense of Liking Music for No Good Reason

    Why did you like Yeezus? Did you find it anarchic? Did you like how it challenged racial norms in a confrontational, blacked-out way? Did you like its minimalism? Or its maximalism? Did you find the songs to speak to a larger narrative of where Kanye West is artistically and emotionally? Did you app ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    R.I.P. Jesus Ayala, Mythical Burrito Man

    It is with sadness that we dutifully announce the passing of Jesus Ayala, known to many as the Burrito Man. At age 58, Ayala passed away from congestive heart failure. As outlined in our 2013 article about the various foods present at the Gathering of the Juggalos, Ayala's food truck-turned-covert ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Punk/Hardcore Shows: August 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

    August 15, 2014

    Dumbass RFT Music Editor Locks Keys in Car at Site of Ferguson Unrest, Is Stupid Dumbass

    [Note: The situation in Ferguson is as such that even lowly music journalists such as myself have felt compelled to report on the scene -- I wrote this article, which was published Wednesday -- despite having more experience with things like Ra Ra Riot than real-life riots. In keeping, I am an idiot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2014

    Can You Guess the Real Music Genre?

    If there is one thing you can always blame music writers for, it's the utterly useless proliferation of genre tags into modern cultural dialogue. The construction of a genre can serve as hot branding for certain publications -- it's why a site like Pitchfork was totally happy to nurture an imaginary ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Video: Apop Records Celebrates Ten Years with Party at Plush

    St. Louis' Apop Records, premier purveyor of subversive sounds in the city, celebrated a decade in the business this past June with a show at Plush. Performers included Humanbeast, TwoDeadSluts OneGoodFuck, Sofia Reta, Self Help and Black James. RFT Music's Nicola Muscroft visited the shop in antic ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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

    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 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.

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    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

    June 5, 2014

    Getting Post-Tour Stench Out of the Band Van

    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 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 29, 2014

    This Is Why No One Cares About 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

    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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

    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!

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    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

    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 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 >>

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    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 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 >>

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    December 11, 2013

    Vote for the First Song to be Played On-Air from KDHX's New Studios

    KDHX (88.1 FM) has completed its move to its new home, the Larry J. Weir Center in Grand Station, and will officially begin broadcasting from the building this upcoming Sunday, December 15 at noon. In case you missed it, RFT Music got an exclusive first look at the new digs, and trust when we tell y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    Lumpy & the Dumpers' New Music Video for "Sex Pit" is the Most Awesome Thing

    Lumpy & the Dumpers, St. Louis' premier purveyors of slime-covered, dirty punk rock, just released a music video yesterday, and boy is it a doozy. See Also: Lumpy & the Dumpers: Slime Addicts On The Prowl

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    October 18, 2013

    Six Common Misconceptions That Make Bands Suck

    For some dumb reason, everyone wants to be in a rock band. Probably because it's a good way to avoid gazing into the inescapable black hole of painful loneliness. That and rock & roll kicks ass, and gets you chicks or dudes or money or something. The problem with rock music (aside from the talentle ... 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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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