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

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Nate "Igor" Smith
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 make the experience seem less like being on another planet, there was still an overabundance of hilarious and strange things happening at all times.

Here are the best overheard quotations from the 2014 edition of the Gathering of the Juggalos.

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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Hammerstein Ballroom - 7/27/14

Categories: Last Night

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Photo by Tom Oldham courtesy Nasty Little Man
Better Than: About 90-95 percent of the shows I've seen in my life.

First, a bit of disclosure. There's a certain degree to which you get spoiled living in New York, especially if writing about music factors into your job. You see a lot of concerts, and it all starts to blend together a bit. Much of it's great, and hey, going to three shows a week isn't a bad way to live your life, but naturally it becomes harder for things to stand out in your memory, for them to become challengers for your top 10 shows of all time, or whatever. A little over a month ago, I was covering Bonnaroo and made the unpopular decision of seeing Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds instead of Frank Ocean, or the Flaming Lips, or Skrillex's SuperJam. And I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that it was, on some level, life-changing. He's the sort of artist I've long been distantly familiar with, knowing and liking some of his music but always thinking I'd have to set aside some serious time to do a proper deep dive into his career; I walked out of that show feeling like I'd suddenly found an artist that had been under my nose for years, just waiting to become one of the most important artists in my life.

See also: Don't Ask Nick Cave About His Reputation as a "Dirty Old Man"

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Heavy Metal Spin Class Is a Thing

Categories: Metal

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Halston Bruce, cycling instructor
A tune by Death pumped through the speakers in the basement of SYNCStudio in Williamsburg. Halston Bruce, a tattooed chick with curly red hair, donned a headset microphone and mounted her stationary bike. This innaugural heavy metal cycling class (last Thursday) had been her longtime vision, and she percolated with excitement.

"Let's turn this basement into a double bass-ment!" she proclaimed.

Cue the Led Zeppelin.

See also: Heavy Metal Yoga Is a Thing

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Rap and Basketball: A History

Categories: Sports

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Doctor, Shaq would like to know if he can Roc.
On Sunday, Wale, Fabolous, and Big Sean performed at the Barclays Center as part of the celebrity basketball challenge. With the three performing in a venue that a rap artist help build, it's a reminder of the long and storied history rap and basketball have had together -- hip-hop and hoops have proven to be quite the slam dunk of a dynasty. With that in mind, here's our history of Rap and Basketball.

See also: The 10 Best Male Rappers of All Time

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The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Week, 7/28/14

Categories: Listings, Live

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C.S. Muncy
Nine Inch Nails will be joined by fellow '90s titans Soundgarden this Friday at Jones Beach
For more shows throughout the week, check out our New York Concert Calendar, which we update daily.

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The Twenty Best-Dressed Juggalos at the Gathering

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All photos by Nate "Igor" Smith
Clearly, this man takes top honors
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.

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Ten Reasons Juggalos Are Better Than You

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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.


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

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Nate "Igor" Smith
Big LA, on the left, star of TMZ's video that went viral yesterday.
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 of such impressive girth? How did he and the kindly young lady in the video find one another? Luckily for you, we have these answers which you seek.

See also: The Gathering of the Juggalos' Night Court Helps Wicked Clowns Bury the Hatchet (NSFW)

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A Wedding at the Gathering of the Juggalos

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Photos Drew Ailes
Tiffany and Dip Set, juggalo bride and groom, exhange vows.
"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 of the Juggalos in Thornville, Ohio.

"I'm gonna try and fuck her in the butt tonight," he jokes.

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

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Singer Jumps Off Stage and Punches Fan at the Gathering of the Juggalos

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Jared Gomes, on the far right, doesn't take heckling well.
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 rambunctious heckler.

According to an eyewitness account, the Southern California nu-metal act's 3:30 a.m. set on the Carousel stage was detoured after a member of the crowd kept yelling at the band to play songs by the Clue -- Gomes' highly memorable new-wave band from the '80s. As you can observe in the video below, the Clue's style is fairly distant from the jump-up-and-down rap/rock hybrid approach his current band is better known for, performing with acts such as Korn and System of a Down.

See also: The Gathering of the Juggalos' Night Court Helps Wicked Clowns Bury the Hatchet (NSFW)

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