Thirteen of the best bands we saw at UMS this year

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Aaron Thackeray

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It would be easy to drift off into a dream world listening to Hollow Talk at low volume, but that's not really an issue. The Denver-based shoegaze/psych band features members of Endpoint, Guilt and Good Riddance, bands known less for their subtlety and nuance than for their bombast and message. Hollow Talk melds the two styles seamlessly, at once relaxing and impossible to ignore. --Oakland L. Childers

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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.

See also: Our complete coverage of the Gathering

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The best things we overheard at the Gathering of the Juggalos 2014

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 the 2014 edition of the Gathering of the Juggalos.

See also: Our complete coverage of the Gathering


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Meet the volunteers who make UMS work

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Aaron Thackeray
There was a lot going on all the time at this year's Underground Music Showcase (UMS). Bands were setting up and breaking down to keep to the festival's tight schedule, fans clogged the sidewalks for blocks on both sides of the street, and food trucks and other purveyors of trinkets and pot paraphernalia hocked their wares outside nearly every venue.

Among the throng were always one of two serious looking people, obviously not among any of the aforementioned groups. Clad in hard-to-miss green t-shirts, they manned the doors, checking IDs and event credentials and generally helping make the whole thing move along.

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Holy crap, Great White was incredible at the Buffalo Rose this weekend

Categories: Last Night

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Tom Murphy
Great White at Buffalo Rose
There were no gimmicks over the weekend at the Buffalo Rose, beyond some rock theater, and none were needed. Great White, of all bands, gave us a startlingly strong rock and roll show, the likes of which isn't often seen these days.

When the band came on stage, it looked like what it is: a veteran hard rock band. Before anyone took a step from the back area of the Buffalo Rose stage, a recording of a bit from Jaws played through the P.A. -- the scene when Robert Shaw's character talks about how the only emotion one sees in a great white shark happens when it bites into flesh and the whites of its eyes roll over the pitch black. Going immediately into "Shot in the Dark," it was obvious that these guys were taking the show and the music very seriously. They also looked like they were having the time of their lives. And the crowd reacted in kind.

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Ten reasons juggalos are better than you

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All 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.

See also: Our complete coverage of the Gathering

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The twenty best-dressed juggalos at the Gathering

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All photos by Nate "Igor" Smith

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.

See also: Our complete coverage of the Gathering


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Mike Busey brings viral lapdances and Three 6 Mafia's BBQ seasoning to the Gathering

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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: Our complete coverage of the Gathering


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A wedding at the Gathering of the Juggalos

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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: Our complete coverage of the Gathering


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The eleven must-see sets at this weekend's Underground Music Showcase

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From the Aww Shucks tape cover
High Plains Honky plays Sunday night at Gary Lee's.
The Underground Music Showcase is underway. Last night's kickoff of the 400+ band festival featured standout sets from the likes of Jux County and Homebody. But there's plenty more to see and hear. We've picked out eleven of the sets we're most excited about.

See also: Denver musicians talk about the local bands that inspire them

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