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 ma ... More >>
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.
What's different about this year's Gathering of the Juggalos in Thornville, Ohio? Well, the cops for one thing.
Lorde may only be 17, but this week she revealed herself to be wise beyond her years. In a recent interview with Look magazine, the songstress behind the No. 2 Pazz & Jop single "Royals" responded to a question about attempting to give her fans a cutesy name. "I find it grating to lump everyone in ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 overheard by our numbed ears. The thin ... More >>
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 >>
By Nate Jackson Lee "Q" O'Denat, founder of World Star HipHop.com, is an unlikely figure in the canon of modern hip-hop success stories. The reserved, 40 year-old Hollis,Queens native of Haitian descent is probably one of the first and most controversial examples of hip-hop's ability to create mogu ... More >>
In this week's music writing round-up, we share an account of a night with Dave Navarro, how the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs got free, and why hip-hop may be getting stagnant. If you see a piece of writing you'd think should be included, please let us know.
Though it's practically needless to say by now, this Saturday -- March 16 -- is a date that most rock fans have long had circled on their calendar: The 20th anniversary of Kid Rock's remarkable second album, The Polyfuze Method. See also: Scott Stapp Clears Up That Story About the Orgy on Kid Rock' ... More >>
We covered a lot of music ground in 2012. You loved all of it. But some stories were more read than others. Here now, our 20 most popular posts of the year. Thanks for reading. The Ten Best Reissues of 2012 The Ten Best Noise Tracks of 2012 The Ten Best Metal Albums of 2012 The Ten Best Country Alb ... More >>
We've covered a lot of music ground in 2012. And you loved all of it. But you read some stories more than others. Here now, our 20 most popular posts of the year, from 20 - 11. The Ten Best Reissues of 2012 The Ten Best Noise Tracks of 2012 The Ten Best Metal Albums of 2012 The Ten Best Country Al ... More >>
Well, shit--JUST when we'd finally recovered from 11/11/11, here comes the titanic saturnalia we like to call 12/12/12! So hey, here's 12 songs with "12"/"twelve" in the title, because what the fuck else.
For the last six months, the Sound of the City Supercomputer (a 1998 Compaq Presario) has been analyzing the structure and content of every pop news headline in the world in order to create a highly detailed predictive model of the music industry. While this project has important practical uses, suc ... More >>
The Gathering of the Juggalos, a post-apocalyptic five-day wicked-clown festival we may have told you about once or 379 times, begins tomorrow in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois. Tomorrow, as in not today. Yet this has not stopped Insane Clown Posse fans from traversing the far ends of the Juggalo universe t ... More >>
The Song: Tyler, The Creator, "Bitch Suck Dick" The Crimes: Ugh. There really is no winning when one discusses the output of Tyler, The Creator, the leader of the West Coast hip-hop collective Odd Future, a skateboard-riding LA dude who this year showed the world that he loved the Neptunes and his ... More >>
The 2012 edition of The Bamboozlethe weekend-long festival of complete and utter overstimulation in the name of music and carnival rideswill take place May 18 through 20, and instead of being held in the parking lot of the Meadowlands' football stadium, as it has been for the past cou ... More >>
n+1 explores everything from Gchat to Juggalos
Juggalo well-wishes for Scott Olsen It's been less than a week that the world has known Scott Olsen, the 24-year-old US Marine and Iraq veteran critically injured during last Tuesday night's Occupy Oakland debacle. A peaceful protestor hit in the head by police-fired teargas canister, the young Mi ... More >>
courtesy Jason Wade, Unitus Arts & Entertainment Festival Jesse Waters a/k/a "Scarab," photographed here on August 7, 2011, didn't necessarily identify as a Juggalo. His name was Jesse, but he went by Scarab or Drake. He was 24, stood five-feet, nine-inches tall, and had reddish-brown shoulder-len ... More >>
photo by Nate "Igor" SmithMatt-O from Ohio. Why he made this: "He's fucking winning, man! Look at him!" Name: Matt-O from Elyria, Ohio Age: He'd just turned 24 at midnight. Occupation: Drywall finisher "doing construction shit"
Tila Tequila, who is incredibly famous for no reason and who our intrepid Camille Dodero witnessed being attacked by Juggalos, is moving to our fair metropolis. She feels that LA is "played out" (true) and now she's "ready to conquer NYC." She told TMZ, "I'm looking forward to starting a new life ... More >>
Juggal-uh-ohs will never dieYesterday, Charlie Sheen took to Twitter to confirm that the Access Hollywood creature would be hosting one night of this year's 12th annual Gathering of the Juggalos. Soonafter Sheen's four-million followers learned that Sheen is Down with the Clown, Psychopathic Records ... More >>
A pseudoscientist wants to know: Is pop music proof that we're all too in love with ourselves? (Spoiler: Not really!) Venue closures: Don Hill's; Paul Shaffer's House. Ad-Rock's 10 best remixes.
Urlesque is officially closing up shop today. In an appropriate goodbye post, Jason Newman strung together the most popular memes of the last three years into a video backed by "The End of The Road" by Boyz II Men. Can you identify all of the memes in the video? Don't worry, we've got you covered wi ... More >>
Presenting... burger-core. Pic by Puja Patel.In the week we spent holed up in Sound of the City headquarters preparing Pazz & Jop results, we still found time to report back from shows by former Talking Heads members Tom Tom Club, former Deee-Lite member, Lady Miss Kier, former the Pack membe ... More >>
photo by Nate "Igor" SmithCome visit beautiful Lake Hepatitis. And so the wicked-clown army cannot be stopped. Reality TV star Tila Tequila may've vowed to end the annual "juggalo gathering" after getting rocks, rubber dildos, beer cans, Faygo containers, Stryofoam cups, liquor bottles, cigarettes, ... More >>
This really felt like a breakout year at the Voice, with our big NYPD investigative series, the Runnin' Scared, Sound of the City, and Fork in the Road blogs blowing up, and, um, you know, we're still in print and stuff. Can you guess which Voice story made the biggest splash this year? Befo ... More >>
Yes, this holiday hip-hop happy hour-themed party thrown by none other than our own nightlife correspondent Puja Patel is called "I Got Ho's," and yes guest DJ and SOTC stalwart Christopher R. Weingarten has threatened to play a solid hour's worth of Christmas-themed rap (not to mention Insane Clo ... More >>
The annual multi-day Bamboozle Festival, held every spring in a lovely parking lot or three out at the New Meadowlands Sports Complex, mingles emo punks with metal dudes and crossover-minded rappers, to often hilariously uncomfortable effect: The first day of last year's version was co-headli ... More >>
Ah M.I.A., it just wasn't your year, was it? Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In 2010, Vampire Weekend and Arcade Fire both had #1 records. LCD Soundsystem, Spoon, MGMT, the National, M.I.A, and Sufjan Stevens all had albums debut in the top ten. Kanye West joined Twitter. Drake started a riot in New ... More >>
Tom Green is as genius as ever
Tomorrow night at the Bowery Poetry Club, there will be a short fourth-wall-dropping play entitled Gaga of the Dead, as part of the Blue Box Productions bar-performance series Sticky. The concept? According to curator Nick Job, this little number "is a zombie play in which the cure for undead blood ... More >>
Behold the amazing talents of Ryan Dombal.In the week someone introduced us to the term "rap sabbatical," we got investigative, bringing news of the newfound hip-hop ban at Savalas (which sent DJ Ayres packing), HARD Fest's harsh words for M.I.A., Lil Wayne's prefe ... More >>
Even casual observers of this blog know of our great esteem for Das Racist, and our great excitement at the release yesterday of their latest mixtape, Sit Down, Man, featuring guests from Diplo to El-P, Boi-1da to Devo Springsteen. Samples include "People Are Strange" and "Return to Innocence ... More >>
The real star of this week's Village Voice. Don't miss 1:00 to 1:20--capturing it on camera changed my life. Also, his dancers are amazing. Andrew Hieb is a 12-year-old Juggalo from Rock Springs, Wyoming, a town with a population of "approximately 20,000," according to the city clerk's office. His ... More >>
Last one of these, we swear. Photo by Nate "Igor" SmithIn the week we got real cozy with some our subjects, Camille Dodero spent four days at the Gathering of the Juggalos and came back best friends with Tom Green, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope (who say it's happening again next year), the worl ... More >>
Jay-Z and Eminem kick-start Detroit's recovery. Photo by Kevin Mazur.In this week's Village Voice, Camille Dodero reports live from Insane Clown Posse's Gathering of the Juggalos, Michael D. Ayers compiles an oral history of Pavement's New York City, Tom Breihan heads to Detroit to see the fi ... More >>
photo by Nate "Igor" SmithHannibal Buress walks through a city of lost souls, i.e. the Gathering of the Juggalos' Drug Bridge On the comedy stage of All Tomorrow's Parties New York this weekend is the recently minted 30 Rock writer Hannibal Buress. The local comic's been all over the festival circu ... More >>
Nate "Igor" SmithTila, topless, after getting hit at the Gathering of the Juggalos The statement didn't go out until today because ICP was literally running a four-day festival in the middle of the woods, with no cell reception or internet access. But now TMZ finally got some quotes from Violent J ... More >>
Nate "Igor" Smith. If you steal photos and don't link back, we will come and find you.Method Man, after getting hit at the Gathering of the Juggalos.Yes, Method Man did get hit in the face during his set with Redman at the Gathering of the Juggalos on Sunday night. Witnessed this too, though from th ... More >>
Tila Tequila, charming no one. Photo by Nate "Igor" Smith.Tila Tequila's face turned bloody this past Friday at the Gathering of the Juggalos, and I was onstage behind her when it happened. Two rocks meant for her head missed their target and pelted my shins; no bruises, but I can attest that ... More >>
As you may recall, Eminem kicked off his press tour for Relapse by claiming that he had urinated on Mariah Carey, back when they were dating. She also makes a cameo or two on the actual album, in amongst the Kim Kardashian and Sarah Palin references. Her pint-sized husband, Nick Cannon, eventually ... More >>
Stay away from clowns! Just continue to be ones yourselves. (And other Dear ABBA suggestions.)
Obnoxious digital NYC ant-corers hit with kids elsewhere