• SXSW Bands Singing “We’re Not Gonna Take It” is Mash-up Brilliance

    SXSW has always been the most progressive time of the year for brands and bands to show their creative side. It’s an atmosphere that encourages new ways of thinking, so when Bleachers, Future, and Best Coast visited the ‘UPROXX House’ during their music showcase, UPROXX took an interesting approach to their performances. They had all three acts agree to perform Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” an enjoyable song regardless if you have to hear it three times in one night, but the method to the madness was released today in a smash-up by all three artists performing the same song. The mash-up works so well, because of the dynamic sound off all three frontmen singing the classic-rock anthem in a cohesive union. Here is Twisted Sister’s original, as if you needed any reminder:

  • Inside Facebook’s New Menlo Park Mega-Campus [15 Photos]

    Facebook’s new campus in Menlo Park, California is open for business and employees have been having a field day uploading it’s colorful campus and open air style interior. The campus was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry who designed Spain’s Guggenheim Museum, most notably. The entire campus is a 430,000-square-foot LEED-certified building which will house twenty-eight hundred people, roughly a third of Facebook’s global team.

  • 7 Minimal Maps Of America That Are Big On Information

    Thanks to the Internet, we have more information at our fingertips than ever before. Unfortunately, simply rreading facts and figures may not help everyone visualize the data. With that in mind, London-based designer Michael Percino created this series of Minimal Maps that takes information from the USDA about something as dull as corn fields and presents it in a way that’s interesting and easily visualized. You can read that 4.83% of the US, 91 million acres, is corn fields. But until you see these fields mapped out, it’s hard to picture just what those figures mean. Michael writes that the project is ongoing and we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. And if you’re interested in purchasing prints, head over to Minimal Maps for more info.

  • Here’s What The Internet’s Most Read Articles Look Like (Interactive Graphic)

    The internet is by far the vastest channel of information on the planet. News, media and material is all offered up at the tip of our fingers and what Founders and Founders recently did was collect the most read news stories on the entire internet, and spread them out neatly on an interactive graphic. The internet is a pretty accurate reflection on what matters to humanity as a whole and based on the information gathered children, social class, death and self improvement seem to be the most consistent trends throughout popular media articles online. As F&F notes, intimate portraits of peoples lives also hold our interest quite well, for example “The life of Dasani, a homeless child from New York City” or “Dying on Your Own Terms, the story of Brittany Maynard”. Other articles that see spikes in reader engagement are self-help or lifehack articles that provide a sense of usefulness. After useful advice articles come entertainment from pop culture. Here’s how F&F landed on these stories “To find the most-read articles we looked at the top media sites and compared their social metrics, the number of backlinks, and the number of comments. The top 20 articles, one from each top media source, more »

  • Why Does This Mobile Home Cost $1.2 Million?

    Why does a .36-acre plot of land bought for $300 in 1956 now cost $1.2 million? Is it the fetching one-bedroom mobile home sitting on the property? Or maybe the adjoining tiny shed crammed with fishing gear? Not even close. It’s all about the location. 79-year-old fisherman Richard Lester originally purchased the property almost 60 years ago in New York’s highly-coveted East Hampton near Indian Wells Beach. Although the price may be shocking, it’s actually been reduced by $400,000 since October and is a steal in the neighborhood, where a nearby property recently sold for $4 million. In reality, the trailer and shed don’t factor in to the price much. The $1.2 million is really for the land, suitable for a 4,000-square-foot house with 20’x50′ swimming pool. And what does Richard Lester have to say about his real estate luck? “I think it’s ridiculous,” he told the New York Post.

  • An Insider’s Look At Warner Music’s UK HQ [16 Photos]

    Warner Music is the third-largest record company in the world, consisting of such labels as Atlantic, East West, Parlophone, Rhino, Warner Bros., and Warner Classics. It makes sense then that over the years, Warner’s London HQ encompassed six buildings. But with some leases expiring, Warner sought to consolidate into three buildings with its key labels all under one roof. Design firm Woods Bagot came up with the new HQ, featuring open, inviting spaces, a bar adorned in gold records, and plenty of classic Warner Music vinyl for the 500 employees to listen to. Oh, and there’s a pretty sweet (led) zeppelin crashing through the wall.

  • 30 Mind-Blowing Aerial Photos From Around The World

    Sometimes to make sense of something, you need to take a step back and view the big picture. Of course, when you’re trying to make sense of a sprawling metropolis, that can be a bit difficult. But fear not, we’ve made it easy on you with these 30 aerial photographs that will give you a new perspective on the world. Literally AND figuratively! Warning: Your bucket list will grow immensely after viewing these photos.

  • Celebrate Eric Clapton’s 70th Birthday With His Iconic MTV Unplugged Concert [Video]

    90s kids remember that MTV used to show music videos and live performances and the pinnacle was the MTV Unplugged Series. The Unplugged concerts featured artists of all genres performing their songs on acoustic instruments and the performances were always a hit. And one of the biggest Unplugged performances was Eric Clapton’s back in January of 1992. Eric Clapton Unplugged was a big comeback for the guitar great. His son had died tragically at the age of four less than a year before the performance and Clapton’s grief was exemplified by the song “Tears in Heaven.” The album of the concert would go on the win six Grammy awards for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Rock Male Vocal Performance, and Best Rock Song. On this, his 70th birthday, relive Eric Clapton’s incredible Unplugged performance featuring a reworked version of his Derek and the Dominoes hit “Layla” with former Allman Brothers Band keyboardist Chuck Leavell.

  • The Rock Played Bad-Ass Live Action Bambi on SNL

    Last night on SNL, Dwane “The Rock” Johnson hosted, in what may have been the funniest show of the year, but the skit that took the cake was by far “Bambi” as a live action movie. After hunters take the life of Bambi, played by the Rock, he swears revenge and calls upon a few of his friends for help. Vin Diesel plays “Thumper,”, Tyrese Gibson plays the skunk Flower, and Michelle Rodriguez is the girl Bambie named Faline. Ludacris even brings a catchy soundtrack called “Wham. Bam. Bambi.”

  • 8 More Videogames Reimagined As Pulp Novels

    Back in December we shared four pulp novel covers inspired by classic videogames. It’s a great idea, considering that videogames are the escapist pulp fiction of our generation, and we’re happy to see that more artists are following suit. Artist Joshua Ketchen’s series “Arcade Adventures” is similar to the covers we shared before, even including Metroid and Bioshock, but the style is less noir and more sci-fi. We’re just happy he included Earthbound, probably the greatest game on the Super Nintendo. Purchase posters of your favorites form the series at RIPT Apparel.

  • The Evolution of Hugh Jackman’s Upper Body

    Performance-enhancing drugs have become the key to bulging biceps and on-screen six-packs, as the pressure for stars to shape up fast leads actors to opt for a “shortcut.” We’re not going to say that actors like Joe Manganiello, Mark Wahlberg, Daniel Craig, Gerard Butler, Hugh Jackman and others are HGH junkies (because we don’t want to get sued) but it’s certainly difficult not to speculate. If the bar ain't bendin, then you're just pretendin #xmen #daysoffuturepast pic.twitter.com/7sDhbPNNUm — Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) July 30, 2013 As THR says, with its fountain-of-youth promise, HGH quietly has become the substance of choice for Tinseltown denizens looking to quickly burn fat, boost energy and even improve complexion. The drug costs up to $3,000 a month. Taken along with steroids ($50 to $150 per month), to help build muscle, the results can be startling. Hollywood trainer Happy Hill, who has helped sculpt Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Phillippe, estimates that some 20 percent of actors use PEDs to bulk up and define. “HGH is on the scene now more than ever before,” says Hill, who frowns upon PED use and stresses that none of his clients partake. “It’s hard not to use. Some people, especially the more »

  • 12 Ridiculous (And Rockin’) Drum Kits

    Drums are an essential part of rock music. Drums ARE the rhythm section. The Doors proved you can get away with no bass guitar, but leaving out drums? Forget about it! But as important as drums are to rock, are these outrageous drum sets really necessary? Look at Ringo Starr’s drum kit from when he was with The Beatles. Pretty simple, right? And so many iconic songs came from that little kit. But can you really compare Ringo’s solo from “The End” to Alex Van Halen on “Hot For Teacher?” Hell no! So if you drummers really need all that crap, go for it. Except for that Mark Temperato fellow. When it takes over an hour to strike all 813 pieces of your kit, it’s probably time to scale back.

  • This Proposed NYC High-Rise Will Include 5 Built-in Parks

    High-rise Manhattan life is becoming more and more unaffordable… and competitive as we can see with these renderings of a newly proposed residential 65-story, 700ft tower with actual fresh air parks built into it. There will be five “clusters” of shared park space for residents at intervals throughout the building, which NEF, a Turkish developer, wants to build in Midtown, according to Perkins+Will, the architecture and design firm behind the concept. On top of the five built-in parks, the 65-story tower with offer some out of this world amenities such as an art room, an exterior jacuzzi, event rooms, a private yoga studio, a chef’s table, a fitness room, terraced gardens, an outdoor cinema, an observatory, and a rooftop infinity pool with a terrace garden, according to the plans. The building, which is set to be completed by 2017, will include 65 apartment units ranging from 400sqft studios to 1,800sqft “floor-throughs,” according to a report byBloomberg Businessweek.   The architecture firm first unveiled the design earlier this month after it received a major international design honor —  the MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Award in the Tall Buildings category.

  • 4K 360° Music Videos Have Arrived

    When it comes to music videos showcasing hot new technology, our American pride would lead us to believe that it would be a US pop star, like Taylor Swift or Katy Perry, to take the lead. Boy were we wrong. The first 4K 360° music video is here and it stars Belgian pop star Noa Neal. Who? We have no idea. But the video for her track “Graffiti” was produced with help from Intel and features a large cast of musicians, dancers, and athletes in a single take that, when viewed in Chrome, cna be manipulated in 360°. The video has its fair share of problems. Despite being touted in 4k, its clearly not HD. And there are some instances of body parts and backgrounds disappearing as you move the camera around. But it’s an exciting first attempt at something that can be really great in time. The video can also be viewed on a smartphone-based head-mounted display or Oculus Rift here. We weren’t able to test that out, but if you can, let us know how it looks. Now we just need to wait and see how long it takes Pornhub to begin using this new technology.

  • If Your iPhone Notifications Gave You Wise-Ass Remarks

    Ever wish your UI could be a little more human and a little less…dull? Well Distractify would like to imagine your iPhone notifications as a bit of a wise-ass with ‘14 iPhone Notifications You Actually Need In Life’, reflecting these pop-ups with hilarious, more truthful response options. Check out all of them here.

  • We Want To Live In This Italian Urban Treehouse [13 Photos]

    Deep within Turin, the metropolis known as the “Detroit of Italy,” is the last place you would expect to find an enormous treehouse. But 25 Verde, constructed in 2012, is just that. The 63-unit apartment building, designed by Luciano Pia, is surrounded by 150 trees, with 50 additionally located in the center courtyard, that create a microclimate in the unique building. Air pollution and noise are reduced dramatically and all four seasons are visible to the building’s inhabitants despite being located in one of Italy’s busiest cities. The building itself is adorned in steel and larch paneling that blends in with its man-made forest surroundings, creating something out of the History Channel’s Life After People. So…when can we expect something like this in NYC?

  • Shots Fired. Taco Bell Compares McDonald’s Breakfast to Fascism in New Campaign

    Shots have officially been fired. Taco Bell recently released a “propaganda” style video harnessing the mascot of McDonald’s against them. In what seems like a dystopian fascist society dubbed Routine Republic, two rebels long for change in a society of monotony. The surreal campaign from Taco Bell comes after a cheeky campaign in which their Ad Agency, Deutsch, hired employees named Ronald McDonald to celebrate their breakfast line launch. This shot is a bit more apparent, using McDonald’s beloved clown mascot reimagined as a tired fascist clown, resembling Mao Zedong. As he rules over an army of clowns, forcing tedium upon the people of “Routine Republic”. After the dreariness of it’s communist-style intro, “Blitzkrieg Bop” commences inspiring the rebels to flee for change, reaching for a land where crunch wraps reign supreme. Although the whole piece is a bit on the dark side, we can’t help, but revel in it’s brilliance. Bravo Deutsch. Now all I can think about are geometrically shaped breakfast wraps.

  • This Uplifting Sidewalk Art Is Only Visible In The Rain [16 Photos]

    Today is the warmest day we’ve had all year at RSVLTS HQ, but that doesn’t mean it’s all sunshine and lollipops outside. In fact, looking out over Hoboken, you would think we were in the Cloud City from The Empire Strikes Back. But a little rain never hurt anybody (aquaphobes excluded), so why not make the best of it? At least that’s what Seattle-based artist Peregrine Church believes. The Pacific Northwest receives its fair share of rain, which makes Seattle the perfect place for Peregrine’s series “Rainworks.” Using superhydrophobic coating, Peregrine stencils uplifting messages and pictures that only show up when Washingtonians need them most–in the rain. Learn more about the project and keep up with new pieces at Rainworks and on Facebook.

  • Lollapalooza 2015 Lineup Announced

    Chicago’s annual Lollapalooza has announced their lineup for this year’s festival, taking place July 1 through August 2. Paul McCartney will be headlining for the first time this year and the rest of the lineup can be found below. Three-day passes to the event have already sold out, but single-day passes go on sale today at 10AM CDT for $110. Check out Lollapalooza for more info and to purchase tickets.

  • This Incredible Art Was Created By A Blind Man

    In 2001, John Bramblitt lost his eyesight after a series of seizures. He was understandably depressed but remembered how much joy and peace he found through sketching as a child. Despite his blindness, John decided to rekindle his love of art. He retaught himself how to draw and then decided to take up painting for the first time in his life. Using his sense of touch, John is able to differentiate and mix oil paints based on their varying viscosities. Through the use of different oil paint mediums, he can feel the different color lines and envision his paintings. John’s story illustrates just how powerful the human mind is. For an incredibly interesting, in-depth look at his methods, be sure to read the FAQ at Sightless Works: The Art of John Bramblitt.

  • Never Before Seen Photos of Johnny Cash At San Quintin Prison

    On February 24th, 1969, Johnny Cash rolled into San Quentin Prison, which would live on as one of the most iconic concerts of all time. The year before, Cash played Folsom Prison, just outside Sacramento where he recorded one his most acclaimed songs, “Folsom Prison Blues.” When the San Quentin show came to the mainstream, Cash’s rock’n’roll soul took over and completely captured the audience. These 10 photos of the show, brought to light from the ITV archive by Sonic Editions, were never publicly available until now. Get prints here.

  • Eye-Catching Series Captures The Piercing Gaze of Famous Eyes

    The eyes are a window into a person’s soul. They tell a story in themselves, even if you isolated them, cutting around everything else, which is exactly what artist Jason Edmiston did in his current series ‘Eyes Without A Face’ currently on exhibition at the Mondo gallery in Texas,  The gallery focuses on the piercing gaze of pop-culture icons from cinema and stage. Cobra Commander, Hannibal Lector, Daft Punk, Walter White and even Raphael (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) have had their eyes immortalized in this phenomenal series by Edmiston, best known for his work of detailed icons using vibrant color. Get what’s left of Edminston’s original work here. All images courtesy of Jason Edmiston

  • This NYC Penthouse Comes With Its Own Sky Garage [15 Photos]

    You really have to feel sorry for the ultra-wealthy in New York City. While the rest of us only live a few stories up in our tiny apartments, they are resigned to penthouses far above the clouds, victims of their own success (or inheritance). Things we take for granted, like walking up a couple flights of stairs with our two bags of groceries that overfill our minifridges, are huge issues for the mega-rich. Do you know what a pain it is to carry all your Whole Foods bags to the elevator then wait for it to travel to the very top of a skyscraper? Of course you don’t, peasant. That’s why the penthouse at 200 11th Avenue in Chelsea is constantly being eyed by celebrities. For not only does the property offer a huge space, with three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, 20 foot ceilings, and a terrace with views of the Empire State Building, there is also a car elevator and private garage. Never again will New York’s elite have to leave their vehicle and make idle chatter with a doorman. This smart freight elevator will recognize your car and take you right to your private garage in a 60-second more »

  • This Is What 32 Game Of Thrones Characters Would Look Like If They Lived In The ’80’s and ’90’s

    What would happen if we took our favorite characters from “Game of Thrones” and put them in our own world twenty or thirty years ago? Artist Mike Wrobel has created some delightful images that show exactly how Arya, Jon, and the others would dress if they had to live in our world in the ’80’s and 90’s. Only a few weeks to go until the new season!

  • Porn Stars Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before [24 Photos]

    As someone who was schooled by the Sisters of Mercy, I must say I don’t know who any of these “porn stars” are. In fact, I’m not even sure what porn is. Apparently people have relations on film, but that’s a surprise to me and Sister Catherine. But for the rest of you heathens, here are your favorite stars of such classics as Blondes Go Black, Big Booty Shakedown, and Transsexual Prostitutes 66 as photographed by Roger Kisby. The adult film stars were captured in these intimate portraits during the Adult Video News Awards in Las Vegas and they all look…pretty normal, actually.

  • 8 Post-Punk Icons As Marvel Superheroes

    We never noticed how similar angsty, costumed, post-punk music icons are to angsty, costumed, Marvel superheroes until we saw this latest series from artist Butcher Billy. You may remember Billy’s insanely popular series of post-punkers as DC heroes a few years back, but we think the connection with Marvel’s tortured heroes makes much more sense. Just look at poor Morrissey down there. He would go out tonight, but he hasn’t got a stitch to wear. Because he tore all his clothes when he turned into the Hulk. But he is human and he needs to be loved. Just like everybody else does.

  • Hilarious Video Of TV Show Stereotypes Made Entirely With Stock Footage

    Dissolve, stock video website created ‘Faux Shows’, a hilarious compilation of fake intros of TV shows we’ve all seen again and again. The footage shows intros with clever descriptions replacing the names of it’s stereotypical characters like “former ’90s heartthrob” and “Geeky Girl, Because Glasses”. We’re looking at you, Bones, Burn Notice, every single SVU, New Girl, that Mindy show, Cougar Town, HIMYM and dare I say Franklin & Bash. Oh also Survivor and every competitive reality show in existence. Watch the video below and count how many of the stock characters you’ve seen before.  

  • This Northern Lights Time Lapse Looks Like Something From Hollywood [Video]

    While doomsday cults are shouting about how the increased solar activity indicated our imminent destruction, we’re just enjoying all the great aurora borealis photos that result. And this video may just be the best footage we’ve ever seen of the northern lights. Back in February, photographer Alexis Coram packed up her Nikon D800 with Sigma 35mm and Nikon DF with Sigma 15mm FE along with her Induro Tripods and spent four nights outside of Fairbanks. The first two nights were overcast, and Alexis worried her trip would be for naught, but the next two nights were positively electric, allowing hours and hours of footage to be captured. The result is this incredible time lapse video, “Awake.” And if you’re a fan (how could you not be?), be sure to check out more amazing photography from Alexis Coram.

  • Be One With Nature In This Futuristic Floating House

    Looking to become one with nature like some newfangled Thoreau? Well don’t go moving into a dingy old cabin. Why not live right on top of Walden Pond in a futuristic floating abode? The WaterNest 100, designed by Giancarlo Zema for EcoFloLife, is a solar-powered, circular home that can be placed on any calm body of water. The two-bedroom home is made entirely from recycled glued laminated timber and a recycled aluminium hull. And if you don’t need two bedrooms, didn’t configurations are available for the 1,076 square-foot home with prices ranging from $500,000 to $850,000. And for all you tree-hugging do-gooders, the WaterNest is up to 98% recyclable and is classified as a low-consumption residential habitat thanks to a sophisticated system of internal natural micro-ventilation and air conditioning. For more info on the WaterNest 100, visit Giancarlo Zema Design Group. How about we pool our money and get one of these installed in the Hudson right outside RSVLTS HQ? I call dibs on the master bedroom!

 

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