With explosive drums, fuzzed-out guitars, and Wolfmother-style vocals, YB's first English-language single, "Cigarette Girl," might finally break YB in the West. Though already regarded as the Bon Jovi of South Korea, YB has not made much of a dent stateside -- unless you happened to catch the band at one of its sold-out 2006 NYC performances or at its acclaimed 2007 SXSW showcase. Under new manager Doug Goldstein, who formerly managed Guns N' Roses, Danzig, and Blind Melon, they just might make it here. As YB prepared for its first US mini-tour in seven years, frontman Do-Hyun … Read more
A mystery rock which seemed to appear out of nowhere on Mars last month stirred up much speculation among alien enthusiasts, but it appears the mystery is solved. The answer is more simple than sci-fi.
Investors have poured another $250 million in funding into cloud-storage company Dropbox, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.
With this latest round, the 7-year-old company is valued at $10 billion. Investment firm BlackRock led the funding round, unnamed sources told the Journal. Also, two other investors are in discussions with the company, which could bring an additional $100 million to $150 million to Dropbox, according to a report from Recode.
We've contacted Dropbox for comment and we will update if we hear back.
This latest infusion of cash nearly doubles the amount Dropbox has raised from investors. The company … Read more
Burning Man has announced its 2014 theme: "Caravansary," and that The Man is returning to its roots on the desert floor.
The counterculture arts festival's theme changes each year, with past events focusing on things like Fertility, The Seven Ages of Man, the Green Man, and many others. Many artists choose to build their projects around the themes, while others ignore it altogether.
In a blog post, organizers of the annual counterculture arts festival wrote that:
This year we will create a caravansary that occupies the crossroads of a dreamland: a bazaar of the bizarre wherein treasures … Read more
On an April day in 2009, bizarre four-inch flames of light were seen hovering above a stone-paved road in the historical city center of L'Aquila, Italy. Shortly after, a cataclysmic magnitude 6.3 earthquake devastated the area reportedly leaving about 300 people dead.
At the time, these light-filled flashes were thought to be a coincidental phenomenon, but now researchers believe they had a direct correlation to the earthquake.
A new study published in Seismological Research Letters says these flashes of light rarely seen before or during earthquakes are caused by naturally occurring electrical processes in certain types of rock.
L'Aquila was one of several places to see such lights before an earthquake. Other instances include the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, Calif., where locals witnessed a rainbowed light beam above a street right before the temblor, and the 1988 earthquake in Quebec, Canada, where people saw a purplish glowing sphere near the St. Lawrence River 11 days before the quake, according to National Geographic.… Read more
When one of the lead actors in your film is too muscly to fit into any car remotely fast or furious, you have to wonder whether the franchise may have strayed from what it originally stood for.
It was with some hesitation, although in retrospect not enough, that I sat down to watch "Fast and Furious 6," which is now available to Blu-ray and DVD. I was, and am, a fan of the first in the series: the story of an undercover cop embedded in the world of illegal street racing trying to get the bottom of a … Read more
Did you know that after 28 years, Burning Man has officially jumped the shark? Or at least cut the tether with its counterculture roots and become the new Davos, where tech bigwigs swarm the annual desert gathering wearing fancy outfits and bearing fat wallets.
The "arrival" of tech's elite and their money led grumpy chroniclers to complain how the latest Burning Man festival was little more than another venue for Silicon Valley's ruling class to share power lunches. And that, harrumph, harrumph, we are told, is bad. "Is Burning Man the new golf?" tweeted … Read more
There are a lot of people who probably think that Burning Man is a game, but this year, it's actually true.
When the gates open this Sunday to the annual countercultural arts festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, each of the up to 68,000 people who enter will be initiated into a participatory game designed to make their experience at Burning Man just a little bit richer.
You've never heard of the TV show "Fly or Die," but it could be the next "Orange is the New Black." At least, it could if its producers and BitTorrent get their way -- which just happens to involve heavy audience participation and the sensibilities of the YouTube era.
The public debut of "Fly or Die" is available on Tuesday as a BitTorrent Bundle. It's not a full-fledged show, at least not yet. The first "Fly or Die" Bundle includes an introduction to the main characters and the show's &… Read more