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Aug 6, 2014

Jesus Loves Juggalos

5 Things Learned at The Gathering of the Juggalos



On Saturday, July 26th we crossed one off the bucket list and attended The Gathering of the Juggalos. If you’re unfamiliar, its an annual festival curated by Psychopathic Records the brain trust of the Insane Clown Posse and organizers of Juggalos worldwide.

What’s a Juggalo? If you were to ask someone with any sort of sensibility, a Juggalo may best be described as a member of the Insane Clown Posse’s fan club. However, according to FBI dipshits, they are somehow categorized as a gang.

Anyways, if you absolutely need an accurate visual, here’s some guy’s aerial drone footage from Saturday afternoon.

While we can’t say we thoroughly “enjoyed” ourselves, we do have a new found respect for all parties involved as we received a crash course in Juggalo culture. What did we learn?

5. Use the buddy system. According to Trevor, “getting separated from you guys was the most terrifying 90 seconds of my fucking life.”


4. Juggalos think breasts and vaginas make great decor.

Juggalo Decor

3. It’s hardly about the music. Just like Coachella and Lollapalooza attendees are primarily there to see, be seen and experiment with lots of happy time drugs.


2. Bring cash and beer. Little did we know there were no legitimate beer vendors at The Gathering, a fact that many enterprising Juggalos skillfully take advantage of.

Juggalo For Sale

1. Jesus Loves Juggalos. Ok, this can’t technically be confirmed, but The Insane Clown Posse certainly does. The most shocking moment of our experience came during a town hall style meeting in which Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope let Juggalo’s vote on a themed cruise. Some thought it was lame, while others brought up the expense of a cruise and the assumed socioeconomic condition of the Juggalo demographic. Very admirable.

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Jun 9, 2014

The Nelsonville Music Festival: Prefection

We came for Kurt Vile and fell in love with a festival.



You know that concept, something is so good that you feel no one else deserves to know about it? Well, that was my first reaction after attending the Nelsonville Music Festival. Even as I write this, I consider retracting my personal infatuation and regurgitate a generic band-by-band review… with photos.



Unfortunately for me, I can no longer contain myself. The Nelsonville Music Festival was, hands-down, the absolute best festival I have ever attended. NO, I didn’t have that life altering experience of losing myself feet from the stage with my favorite band in the world. In all actuality, it had far less to do with the bands and everything to do with the fans.



First and foremost, NMF was the best organized event I have ever attended, let alone festival. From the moment I walked through the single entrance point and were informed I could come and go as I please, I was in love. From segmenting the main stage viewing area into sitting and standing sections, to having a plethora of bathrooms, to turning a corner and walking directly into a competitive game of tag, my experience at NMF was perfect.












Photo stolen from Athens News

However, I was far from alone in my feelings. The biggest musical surprise of NMF was The Head & The Heart. While you still wont find me listening to their music by my own free will, they exuded such modesty and appreciation that I couldn’t dare write them off before having a listen. Not only did they deliver the most entertaining set of the festival, they couldn’t stop praising the staff and basically begged to be invited back… there’s no doubt they will.

Best Set: The Head & The Heart

Best Musicianship: Lucius

Best Solo Act: Shakey Graves

Kurt Vile: Kurt Vile

May 27, 2014

Nelsonville Music Festival Preview: Shakey Graves

The Nelsonville Music Festival starts on Thursday and we’re ready to share our absolute favorite solo artist on the bill, Shake Graves.


Shakey Graves is a RethinkPopMusic favorite as we have covered his exceptional talent when he came through Columbus with some Austin friends. And if you aren’t familiar, the Shakey Graves set up is a man, a guitar and a suitcase contraption acting as a kick drum, but housing whatever it is that gives his guitar that tasty tone.


And like our friends Lucius, Shakey Graves will be playing two sets at the Nelsonville Music Festival. On Friday Shakey Graves will play the Nelsonville Music Festival main stage at 4:30pm and then again in the No-Fi Cabin at 9:15pm. Without knowing of anyone joining Alejandro on stage, it’s hard to imagine there will be a vast difference in the performance. Regardless, if it sounds anything like this, Shakey Graves is an artist not to be missed at the Nelsonville Music Festival.

May 23, 2014

Nelsonville Music Festival Preview: Lucius

The Nelsonville Music Festival is less than a week away and we’ll be doing our best to preview some of those bands a little less familiar to the masses. And to kick things off we’d like to reintroduce the world to Lucius.


When we found out Lucius was playing the Nelsonville Music Festival, a wry smile may have eked out. Meeting the band atop a soap box at SXSW back in 2011, it  was immediately obvious that they were very special. We invited Lucius to play the RethinkPopMusic CMJ and Northside Festival showcases and they’ve since grown into a melodic force.


Categorizing Lucius into some sort of genre would be absurd. The songwriting is easily digested, instrumentation is appropriately intricate and the combined voices of Jess and Holly are bound for individual stardom. Folk influences peak in and out of the new recordings, but if you can find earlier demo tracks, you’ll hear brilliance the likes of Dolly Parton. And speaking of Dolly, the following NPR Tiny Desk performance just so happens to start with said track.

So, if you’re coming out to the Nelsonville Music Festival next weekend, try and see their Main Stage show at 6:00pm on Saturday… or better yet, check them out at 9:15 in the No Fi Cabin as I’m sure it will be more representative of the video above.

Apr 28, 2014

Free Nelsonville Music Festival Tickets

Win Free Nelsonville Music Festival Tickets

So we came across this amazing contest being curated by the Hocking Hills Tourism Association. Not only are they giving away 4 pairs of tickets to the Nelsonville Music Festival, but the grand prize winner also gets a 3 night stay in a Hocking Hills cabin during the festival.

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Now, you may know us as cynical here at RethinkPopMusic and ticket contests are hardly our thing, but this one passes our test… I mean, its a non-profit and have you seen the Nelsonville Music Festival lineup?!

Friday night alone features Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile and Shakey Graves. While longtime RethinkPopMusic sweethearts Lucius play alongside The Avett Brothers and The Head & The Heart Saturday.

Anyways, we will be previewing a lot of the earlier acts as the festival approaches, in the meantime here’s an article from 2011 regarding the beautifully-talented Lucius.

See you at the Nelsonville Music Festival!


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