Watch a Model Transform Into Marge Simpson

Russian photographer Alexander Kholov, makeup artist Veronica Ershova, and hair stylist Mikhail Kravchenko have transformed a model into a real life Marge Simpson. The highlight of the makeover is the re-creation of Marge’s towering blue bouffant, made with chrysanthemums spray-painted blue and attached to a wire cage. Watch the video below:

A Fourth Person Has Died From Injuries Sustained During the 2014 SXSW Crash

SXSW accident

On March 12, 2014, a man drove his car through a crowd at SXSW while try to evade police. Two people were dead on the scene, and more than 20 were injured. A third person later died, and now, a fourth person has passed due to injuries incurred during the tragedy.

From Statesman.com:

A fourth person who was injured in a massive South by Southwest festival crash has died, according to Austin police.

DeAndre Tatum, 18, of Forth Worth died from his injuries at University Medical Center Brackenridge on Thursday morning. He was among the nearly two dozen victims hurt when police said 21-year-old Rashad Owens plowed through a crowd of people on Red River Street while attempting to flee officers on March 13.

Jamie West, a 27-year-old from Austin, 35-year-old Steven Craenmehr from the Netherlands and 26-year-old Sandy Thuy Le of Austin also were killed.

Owens remains in the Travis County Jail charged with capital murder with bail set at $3 million. A grand jury will determine whether Owens will be charged with additional crimes, police said.


Jake Bellows Announces Spring 2014 Tour Dates

Jake Bellows

Jake Bellows has announced a spring tour with Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s. Bellows is touring in support of his critically acclaimed debut solo album New Ocean, which was released in 2013 on CD, vinyl, and cassette. Dates are listed below — additional tour dates, including Jake’s first solo dates on the East Coast, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Jake Bellows on Tour
4/27 Scottsdale, AZ @ The Rouge Bar
4/28 Santa Fe, NM @ Duel Brewing
4/28 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
5/11 Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
5/24 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
5/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
5/30 Boise, ID @ Neurolux *
5/31 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
6/01 Portland, OR @ The Doug Fir *
6/03 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
6/04 Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg *
6/06 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
6/07 Santa Ana, CA @ The Constellation Room *
6/10 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada *
6/11 Austin, TX @ Red 7 *
6/13 Norman, OK @ Opolis *
6/14 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird *

* with Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s

Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Tupac Shakur, Marilyn Monroe, Bruce Lee, and Elvis Presley Are All Still Alive…and Selling Beer

Thanks to a weird beer company, we now know the truth behind all of these celebrity deaths — Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe, Tupac, and others actually are on a deserted island. Apparently, Andy Kaufman wasn’t invited to the party.

And here’s how 12 deceased rock stars might look today…if they really were alive.

(via Spin)

Gwar Front Man Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus) Dies at Age 50

Dave Brockie

Dave Brockie, better known as Oderus Urungus, the founder and lead singer of Richmond, Virginia-based metal band Gwar, has died at the age of 50. Roommates reportedly found Brockie’s body at his home on the evening of Sunday, March 23, 2014.

“At approximately 6:53 p.m. on Sunday, Richmond Police were called to a residence in the 4800 block of West Seminary Avenue for a report of a deceased individual,” a Richmond Police spokeswoman said in a statement. “When officers arrived, they found David M. Brockie, 50, deceased inside the home. Detectives do not suspect foul play at this time and the Medical Examiner’s Office will determine cause of death.” (via Blabbermouth)

Built to Spill Announce May 2014 Tour Dates

Built to Spill

Built to Spill have announced several upcoming shows in May, including a series of headlining dates, a show with Death Cab For Cutie on May 23rd, and a performance at the Boston Calling Music Festival on May 25th. The Warm Hair will provide support on all headlining shows. Tickets go on sale either Friday, March 7th or Saturday, March 8th , depending on the venue, at the official Built to Spill website.

Built to Spill on Tour
5/16 Wilmington, DE @ World Café Live
5/17 Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony (The Warm Hair support)
5/18 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar (The Warm Hair support)
5/19 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl (The Warm Hair support)
5/20 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (The Warm Hair support)
5/21 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (The Warm Hair support)
5/23 Canandaigua, NY @ Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (w/ Death Cab For Cutie, The Head and The Heart)
5/24 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground (The Warm Hair support)
5/25 Boston, MA @ City Hall Plaza (Boston Calling Music Festival)
6/20 Seattle, WA @ Fremont Fair

10 Cover Songs Commonly Mistaken for Originals

Cover songs mistaken for originals

The great thing about cover songs is that any artist can take something old and make it new again. Sometimes, the cover version is better than the original, while in other instances, you end up with an abomination. And, of course, there are musicians who take an excellent original tune and create something entirely different, but of equal quality — Elliott Smith commonly covered The Beatles, and Joe Cocker made his name by completely transforming the Fab Four’s “With a Little Help From My Friends.”

Some cover songs become so ingrained in our culture that they eclipse the original version entirely — sometimes to the point that listeners may not even realize that they are covers at all. Here are 10 hit songs that you may be surprised to learn are not originals.

Blondie Cover “Hanging On the Telephone” by The Nerves

This song was the first track off Blondie‘s third studio album, Parallel Lines. Released in 1978, it would prove to be the band’s major breakthrough record.

“Hanging On the Telephone” was written and originally released only two years earlier by The Nerves on their self-titled, four-song EP — the only record the band would ever release.

Click here to listen to the original version by The Nerves

Natalie Imbruglia Covers “Torn” by Ednaswap

While Blondie’s cover of “Hanging On the Telephone” came a mere two years after the original was released, Natalie Imbruglia’s cover of “Torn” was released the same year as the original version, which was written and released by the Los Angeles-based band Ednaswap. Since 1997, Imbruglia’s version has been played millions and millions of times, while Ednaswap has long since been forgotten.

Click here to listen to the original version by Ednaswap

UB40 Cover “Red Red Wine” by Neil Diamond

In 1983, UB40 recorded a reggae-tinged version of Neil Diamond’s 1969 soft rock ballad, and in August of that year it reached number one on the UK charts. Five years later, in 1988, the song was re-released in the United States and rocketed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Interestingly, Tony Tribe was the first artist to do a reggae cover of “Red Red Wine.”

Click here to listen to the original version by Neil Diamond

Quiet Riot Cover “Cum On Feel the Noize” by Slade

In 1983, hair metal was all the rage, and Quiet Riot peaked at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100 with this shout-along ditty. The song is practically a straight copy of Slade’s version, released 10 years earlier in 1973. Yes, when it came to creating horrible radio-friendly pop-metal, Slade was truly ahead of their time .

Click here to listen to the original version by Slade

Soft Cell Cover “Tainted Love” by Gloria Jones

Soft Cell made this song famous in 1981, but it was originally recorded in 1965 by then-20-year-old soul singer Gloria Jones. However, Jones was not the songwriter either — that distinction goes to Ed Cobb of The Four Preps.

Click here to listen to the original version by Gloria Jones

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Seattle Police Reexamine Kurt Cobain’s Death

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana

Nearly 20 years after the Nirvana front man was found dead in his home, a Seattle cold-case detective has taken another look at the police investigation into the death of Kurt Cobain.

The detective found rolls of undeveloped film, which included photos of the scene, said police spokeswoman Renee Witt. However, there were no new findings and the case is not being re-opened, contrary to some media reports.

“He dug up the files and had another look and there was nothing new,” said Witt.

Witt said police plan to release the new photographs and will answer questions on the anniversary of Cobain’s death next month. (via The Seattle Times)

Ivan Reitman Quits “Ghostbusters 3″ Following Harold Ramis’s Death

Ivan Reitman with the cast of "Ghostbusters"

Ivan Reitman, the director of the first two Ghostbusters films, has said he will no longer direct a proposed third installment in the series following the death of original star Harold Ramis in February 2014.

“A lot of things happened in the last few months, the most significant of which was the passing of Harold, who was a very good friend who was extraordinarily influential in my career,” Reitman told Deadline. “We did five movies together including both Ghostbusters.”

Reitman will remain on board as a producer. Studio Sony plans to move forward swiftly with the new film, which has a new screenwriter, Etan Cohen. Sony plans to shoot the new film in early 2015 in New York. (via The Guardian)

NFL Suing MIA for $16.6 Million for Super Bowl 2012 Middle Finger

MIA at the Super Bowl in 2012

As The Hollywood Reporter revealed, the NFL has been secretly pursuing M.I.A. in arbitration in the aftermath of Super Bowl XLVI on February 5, 2012. During the event, the singer-rapper extended her middle finger during a performance of “Give Me All Your Luvin’.”

M.I.A. wasn’t paid for the event (no performers are, surprisingly), but the NFL still spent the first two years of arbitration demanding $1.5 million for allegedly breaching her performance contract and tarnishing its goodwill and reputation.

Now the NFL is seeking an additional $15.1 million in “restitution” as the alleged value of public exposure she received by appearing for an approximately two-minute segment during Madonna’s performance. The figure is based on what advertisers would have paid for ads during this time.

“The claim for restitution lacks any basis in law, fact, or logic,” say M.I.A.’s response papers. ”NFL, and NBC, failed to exercise ordinary care in the conduct of the Halftime show by not activating the ’5 second delay’ system in place for the broadcast. Any alleged fault or liability of Respondents should be diminished by NBC’s dereliction. Discovery has not been taken yet to determine whether contractually NBC owed a duty to NFL to properly operate the delay system. Very likely that is indeed the case.”

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