A new way to sneak pot into music festivals

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Megan Arseneaux
Arseneaux shows off how to smoke out of her handmade Secret Smoker Bracelet

One challenge of music festivals is figuring out how to sneak some pot inside, even while wearing as little clothing as possible. Is there really a good way to do it without sticking it up somewhere really uncomfortable?

Enter the Secret Smoker Bracelet, a colorful hemp-braided wrist accessory that unscrews to reveal a nickel bowl and wooden bead mouthpiece. It complements the Secret Smoker Headpiece, a headband that camouflages your intentions with three festival-friendly fabric flowers. The products are the brainchild of the sunny, pink-haired pothead Megan Arseneaux, who sells about 25 to 35 a week on her Etsy shop, she says, under the name Alice Moon.

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

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

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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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A conversation with the cops at the Gathering of the Juggalos

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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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5 surprises from the Gathering of the Juggalos 2014 lineup

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It's the most magical, miraculous time of the year, as this week the good people wicked clowns at Psychopathic Records bring us this year's Gathering of the Juggalos. No longer at Cave In Rock, Illinois, this year's festivities will take place at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio, or as the 2014 commercial installment would have you believe, "Heaven." RFT Music will be there -- look for that coverage later this week.

In the meantime, here are the biggest head-scratchers in the event's lineup.

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Electric Daisy Carnival raver's death under investigation

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Photo by Christopher Victorio

The Clark County Coroner is investigating the death of a 24-year-old who collapsed outside Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas Saturday morning.

An autopsy was being conducted this weekend, but results aren't yet available to the media, an official at the coroner's office told us. If drug use is suspected, it's likely that a cause-of-death determination will be put off until investigators get their hands on toxicology test results.

The raver, who collapsed outside the three-day festival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, was identified as Montgomery Tsang of San Leandro, California.

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Taste of Minnesota moves to Waconia after Harriet Island flooding [UPDATE]

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Photos by Erik Hess and Bree McGee
The reboot of Taste of Minnesota is in soggy shape after the heavy rains of the past week. Organizers say the food and music event cannot be held at Harriet Island in St. Paul because the land won't be dry enough in time to host tens of thousands of people over the weekend of July 3-6.

Update: A new location has been found!

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Taste of Minnesota 2014 lineup

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The 5 Most Overplayed Songs at EDM Festivals

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Festivalgoers, we feel for you. You've spent quality time to get your glow sticks, furry boots, and concert goodies ready, but the DJs aren't always working as hard as you are. Expect to hear, well, lots of songs you've heard before. In fact, whether it's Electric Daisy Carnival, Hard, Coachella, or countless other big EDM festivals, we're getting a bit tired of these moments of musical déjà vu.

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The worst of Coachella, part 2

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Death
A 24-year-old attendee from Oakland died on Thursday, after overdosing during weekend one. It's not time to be alarmist about the way Coachella runs the festival; after all, deaths happen at these types of events with alarming frequency. But the rampant, out-of-control culture surrounding the festival - drug smuggling, drunk driving, utter foolishness - needs to be addressed. Kids who think they can recklessly plow through synthetics with no consequences are mistaken, and the musicians who encourage them to do so are irresponsible. -Ben Westhoff

Drones
At the festival this year there actually were propeller crafts with camera attachments, hovering surreptitiously over the crowds for MGMT, Outkast and others. While we'd guess they're just being used to film sets and crowd footage, we were also a bit creeped out. -Andrea Domanick

See also: The Best of Coachella, Weekend 2

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The best of Coachella, part 2

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Billie Joe Armstrong Joins the Replacements
Early in the Replacements' Friday night set, Paul Westerberg welcomed Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong as their honorary member. Armstrong, matching the rest of the band in plaid suits, seemed beyond giddy to be onstage with his idols, joking "Dreams really do come true." Westerberg was splayed out on a couch for most of the set, letting Armstrong sing lead on several songs. No Green Day tunes were played, but who needs "Longview" when you've got "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out." -Kai Flanders
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