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

Categories: Juggalo Watch

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Nate "Igor" Smith
By Daniel Hill and Drew Ailes

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 the 2014 edition of the Gathering of the Juggalos.

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6 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Week - 7/28 to 7/31

Categories: This Week

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Courtesy of Skating Polly
The step-sisters of Skating Polly bring a sound that's mature without being precocious.

We bring you the finest musical offerings the Valley of the Sun has to offer you this week. Check out our comprehensive concert listings for more options.

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Bare-Knuckle Boxing at the Gathering of the Juggalos

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Nate "Igor" Smith
Nebraska, a personable and modest 22-year-old dishwasher from Lincoln, Nebraska, takes a punch.
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 is still a place where brawls remain brutal, honorable and organized.


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Tori Amos - Ikeda Theatre at Mesa Arts Center - 7/25/2014

Categories: Last Weekend

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Melissa Fossum
Tori Amos

Tori Amos, wearing leather pants underneath a long flowing dress, straddled herself on the piano bench in a position that would seem uncomfortable to anyone who played the 88 keys on a regular basis. She played "Parasol" from the 2005 album The Beekeeper with her right hand on a keyboard and her left on a grand piano, gyrating like a metronome.

Everyone in the intimate Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center knew that they weren't seeing a typical singer-songwriter like Carole King. The red-haired, porcelain-skinned beauty, wearing horn-rimmed glasses like a alluring church organist, was going to sing of sex, fantasy, and religion in way that is personal and confrontational.


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The Last Concert at a Storied Phoenix Underground Venue Canned by Cops, 7/26/14

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Stressors' lead singer.

Well, it was bound to happen anyway. As one Facebook commenter put it, "They were responding to a call they got in the goddamn '90s." I'm talking about W___ S____, a South Phoenix storage unit turned underground show space that's been hosting shows for nearly two decades -- and was finally broken up by the police on its final night.

Maybe we can mention the venue name anyway, since it's not really much of a secret at this point (thanks, Google) and of course, the cops are keen now. But I'd rather not, just because this "venue" tends to get passed down like a DIY-scene heirloom, and I respect the few shreds of anonymity we're allowed in this post-Snowden era. Saturday night was supposed to be the venue's final night, unless someone else took it over. When I asked one of the organizers what was next, that person shrugged, saying, "No one knows yet."


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5 Reasons I Don't Review New Music

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Rolling Stone infamously panned the classic Led Zeppelin I when if first came out.

Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. Biweekly, he shares stories of great music and wacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always-zany music biz.

Generally when I tell people that I write about music, they assume I write reviews for new music. However, those of you that may have read my past ramblings may have noticed that I never write about new music.

Since I don't get to talk to many of you deranged characters, my assumption is that most of you just figure it is because I'm some middle-aged cat whose music-finding drive got stuck in his early 30s.

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Ten Reasons Juggalos Are Better Than You

Categories: Juggalo Watch

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Photos by Nate "Igor" Smith

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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The 20 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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Thieves Steal Gold Records From Former Player Drummer John Friesen

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The members of Player, including drummer John Friesen (far right).
Heads up, music lovers: If you happen to spy someone trying to hock a few gold records at a local pawn shop -- particularly one for the 1977 Player hit "Baby Come Back" -- better call the Phoenix Police Department, STAT.

That's because John Friesen, the former drummer for the '70s soft rock band and current Valley resident, is the rightful owner of said golden discs, which were stolen from his North Phoenix home earlier this month.


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Prom Body Might Be Tucson's Next Musical Export

Categories: Hi Tucson!

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Yu Yu Shiratori
Prom Body, Tucson's next band to break out?

So far, the most talked about band from Tucson this year is Prom Body. During the month before the release of its second album, Naughty by Natural, the band has gotten coverage from Spin and NPR, among others, and are poised for a breakthrough not seen since The Bled or Calexico.

In reality, Prom Body is two separate acts. On record, Mike Fay writes the songs, plays all the instruments and sings, and is both producer and engineer. One year ago, he was the drummer in post-rockers Sleep Like Trees. In his downtime, his four track recorder picked up the sounds of drum pads from old Casiotone synths, mutated guitar fuzz, and his Robert Pollard (but snottier) whine. Taking cues from '80s trashiness -- Roxette, most notably -- he submerged his yuppie pop aspirations into a garbage disposal, resulting in last year's sublime Creep the Strange (Topaz Records). The new album, Naughty By Natural, to be issued on July 29 again on Topaz, is more of the same, but refined and fully realized.

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