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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. The Bourne Legacy knocked The Dark Knight Rises out of its number one spot at the weekend box office, taking in $40.3 million and proving that there are fewer Matt Damon loyalists out there than we’d assumed. Interestingly, the Batman movie didn’t come in second place either. That honor went to Zack Galifianakis and… Read More

9 Weird Subcultural Holidays You Didn’t Know Existed

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Friday is May 25th, which the geeks of the world know as Geek Pride Day! They aren’t the only subculture to have their own yearly celebration, however — and no, we don’t mean the infamous Talk Like A Pirate Day (who does that?). There’s a lot of cool festivities to be had for those in the know, and a lot of them involve dressing up all fancy and walking around in public wearing petticoats and the like. Awesome, right? OK, maybe not, but we know you’re intrigued. Get your calendars ready and check out all the unofficial holidays we have to tell you about after the jump.
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A Field Guide to Recognizing 21st-Century Subcultural Tribes

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You know you’re not a teenager anymore when you can walk down a city street and be entirely baffled by the costumes of the subcultural tribes you pass. What, for example, do you call a woman with bright green and purple dreadlocks who wears eight-inch platform boots and a gas mask as an accessory? Or a mustachioed fellow in Victorian garb who can’t decide between a monocle and a pair of goggles? When we spot a guy in black-and-white face paint and leather armor carrying a fancily embellished axe, should we ask him for some music recommendations or run the other way? Thankfully, Rob Dobi has all the answers at a website called Your Scene Sucks, which features annotated portraits of groups ranging from Juggalos to the “Apple Store Indie” crowd. Click through for some of our favorites from the site, then be sure to visit Your Scene Sucks to see the rest. If you’re especially amused, you can own the pictures in book form.
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An Intimate Look at This Year’s Gathering of the Juggalos

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Frequent Flavorwire readers know that we have a longstanding obsession with the Juggalo subculture — not that we have any firsthand experience involving clown make-up or Faygo. That’s why we find this beautifully-shot new short film by Sean Dunne so fascinating to watch; you get to feel like you’re at this year’s Gathering of the Juggalos without, you know, having to actually be there. If you’ve got 22 minutes to spare this afternoon, and you don’t scary too easily, click through to check it out now.
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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. The Weeknd has released his second mixtape, Thursday, for free download. It comes out a mere five months after his mysterious debut, House of Balloons.

2. He’s an actor, producer, and activist, but it turns out Ashton Kutcher isn’t much of a journalist. After guest editing a special online issue of Details, he may… Read More

A Field Guide to the Musical Tribes of the 21st Century

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Over the weekend, the Guardian published an opinion piece that asked the question, “Is tribalism in music dead?” The article was inspired by this year’s Mercury Prize shortlist, a suitably eclectic selection of 12 artists that ranged from King Creosote to Tinie Tempah to James Blake. It argues that the Internet has mitigated the once fiercely territorial tendencies of music nerds, and that these days we’re all totally happy to have Rihanna nestling next to Battles on our gym playlists. We’re not sure we really buy this idea — if anything, casual listeners might get exposed to a greater diversity of genres than they used to, but there will always be fans who are fiercely protective of “their” music and would be aghast at the idea of it ending up on the iPod of someone who just doesn’t get it, man. Join us as we indulge in some affectionate stereotyping of the tribes that still exist in the world of music. (And before you go crazy in the comments section, let’s just emphasize those last two words again: “affectionate stereotyping”.)
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