Scenes from Gathering of the Juggalos' night court (NSFW)

Nate "Igor" Smith
A young juggalo faces the punishment for his crimes.
Those in the outside world tend to view the Gathering of the Juggalos as a lawless festival of debauchery, with apparently violent clowns -- "gang members," even, if you ask the U.S. government -- running rampant and chaos ruling the day.

In actuality, this notion is far from the truth. Juggalos in attendance not only consistently treat one another with respect, but even have an institutionalized arbiter of disputes for when conflict does arise.

Have an issue with a fellow juggalo? Take them to Juggalo Night Court.

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Slideshow: Wild Scenes at the Gathering of the Juggalos 2014

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Sylvan Esso: Kendrick Lamar was on constantly while we made this record

Categories: Q&A

Photo by Elizabeth Weinberg
Sylvan Esso are zipping down the interstate toward New York City in a Prius. There, vocalist Amelia Meath and beatmaker Nicholas Sanborn will perform on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon with the Roots' bandleader ?uestlove adding live drums. They opt for "Coffee," a glitchy, bells-strewn track with a coda referencing Tommy James and the Shondells, but virtually anything off their self-titled debut could spread their organic synth-pop to the masses.

Sanborn's past musical allies include indie stylists Decibully and bearded porch-rockers Megafaun (more on all of his bands here) and in Meath's background are Mountain Man's room-filling Appalachian harmonies and the ambient-folk collective BOBBY. She also has harmonized live with Feist, and he has produced beats solo under the Made of Oak moniker.

On Saturday, Sylvan Esso will warm up the stage for Polica at the second annual 10 Thousand Sounds Fest in downtown Minneapolis. Gimme Noise Spoke to Sanborn about the band's early success while Meath was behind the wheel.

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10 Thousand Sounds: Behind the Bands

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MC/VL at 7th St. Entry, 7/24/14

Categories: Last Night
Photo by Mike Madison

with Gay Witch Abortion and Kitten Forever
7th St. Entry, Minneapolis
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Rap duo MC/VL returned after a three-and-a-half-year hiatus to mark the upcoming departure of Vicious Lee, partner in rhyme of Mighty Clyde. Their old-school leanings and raw energy blew up a packed 7th St. last night, marking a bittersweet night of great performances.

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Slideshow: MC/VL pack the Entry

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Purple Rain-era cardboard Prince sees the Minneapolis sights

Categories: The Purple One

Photo by Tatiana Craine

Earlier this year, Gimme Noise discovered a prime piece of Prince memorabilia on Craigslist. A woman in Apple Valley listed a "RARE Prince/Purple Rain Stand Up" for sale and the timing seemed perfect. Purple Rain's theatrical release celebrates its 30th anniversary this weekend, and this cardboard cutout of Prince Rogers Nelson on his motorcycle dates all the way back.

Its previous owner said she was a massive fan, and fondly recalled working as an extra in both Purple Rain and Graffiti Bridge. But her impending move to Colorado meant paring down her family's belongings, so the Kid needed a new home.

What cardboard Prince got was so much more. After obtaining him, Gimme Noise propped up this lightly creased but viscerally loved recreation of the Purple One at iconic locations in Minneapolis. He is a few inches shorter than the real deal, but not camera shy. Captured by photographer Tatiana Craine, here are some highlights of our journey.

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God bless you, Palmer's Bar

Categories: Nightlife


As a born-and-raised, card-carrying south Minneapolis boy, I've finally come to grips with the fact that my Twin Cities have got to be the most insecure major urban metro in the U.S. We're constantly fishing for validation from the larger cultural hubs around the country to feed our low self-esteem, and no matter how much our friends from around the Midwest tell us how pretty or smart we are, their praise is immediately drowned out at the first mention of local interest on CNN.

So every once in a while, a slickster from some big magazine out East will waltz into town, take advantage of our open-armed hospitality, and decide to chronicle their adventures like an anthropologist wading into the bush. They'll take in some sights, marvel at how much life we've carved out of the tundra, scrawl out a quick missive for their editor, and hop back on the plane.

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10 ways the 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos is different in Ohio

Nate "Igor" Smith
After a seven-year stint at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, the Gathering of the Juggalos moves this year to Legend Valley Campground in Thornville, Ohio.

Will its new home prove as accommodating as its last? Or will the residents of Thornville freak the hell out - like the citizens of Kaiser, Missouri, did when they learned last year that the Gathering was flirting with a move to their town?

After Day One of the Gathering in Thornville, it's probably a bit premature to answer either of those questions. But there are plenty of differences between this year's Gathering and last year's festival. Below are ten initial observations we had as to how the move to Ohio may be better -- or worse.

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Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

Categories: Local Frames

Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties.

The Cactus Blossoms start us off this week with a new installment in the Spaces series, this time shot on the roof of the Turf Club. We've also got new clips from LOTT, Grolar Bears, and an introductory video of the young hip-hop duo LNJAY. We're also featuring a rousing selection of live performance clips from BK One and his illustrious friends at McNally Smith, the Federales, Bob Mould at Wits, Guided By Voices at Rock the Garden, and two videos from the last show ever at Cause, featuring Gay Witch Abortion and Buildings. Enjoy!

See Also: Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week (Trampled by Turtles, Tiny Deaths, Alpha Consumer, Dem Atlas, and more)

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Guante details his full-length with Dem Atlas as Sifu Hotman

Categories: Rap/Hip Hop
Photo courtesy of the artist

Last year, Guante and Dem Atlas dropped a short collaborative project with producer Rube as Sifu Hotman. The three-song EP has since grown into the full-length album Embrace the Sun, complete with more songs and an exclusive remix from producer Lewis Parker, set for release on July 29.

To premiere the group effort, the trio is playing an all-ages show at Intermedia Arts Friday, and Gimme Noise sat with Guante to get the details.

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A conversation with the cops at the Gathering of the Juggalos

Nate "Igor" Smith
Juggalos on Wednesday
What's different about this year's Gathering of the Juggalos in Thornville, Ohio? Well, the cops for one thing.

During last year's coverage of the event, set in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, we encountered minimal security. The gatekeepers and patrol staff, which were seemingly just exceptionally large juggalos in "SECURITY" shirts, peered into backpacks to eliminate glass bottles and fireworks. Aside from that, they pretty much did nothing except hang out and then - only after someone died of a drug overdose -- reactively shut down the Gathering's infamous drug bridge. This year, however, we encountered a different scenario.

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The 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos Opens Up in Ohio (NSFW)

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Carroll: Recording is like having a baby

Categories: Q&A

Leah Garaas

This past January, local indie group Carroll recorded their debut full-length album over a period of two and a half weeks in the Philadelphia studio of acclaimed producer Jonathan Low, who has worked with the likes of Sharon Van Etten, Local Natives and the National. Carroll are in the midst of a very busy summer with Saturday's 10 Thousand Sounds Festival just around the corner, followed by more local fest appearances and a First Avenue mainroom show with Strange Names, Tickle Torture, and Two Harbors this August. Plans for a fall tour are underway as the band continues to seek label backing, and the still-unreleased album hangs delicately in the balance.

Gimme Noise recently joined front man Brian Hurlow and guitarist Max Kulicke for coffee at Urban Bean, to talk about the much-anticipated new album and to learn more about the band who, with just one EP under their belt (last year's Needs) have left such an indelible mark on the Minneapolis music scene.

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