There are only so many notes out there, so there are bound to be some sour grapes whenever a song gets big. At first, that's what the latest accusation of plagiarism leveled at rock gods Led Zeppelin seemed like, but lately, the accusation is taking on some weight. So much so that a judge has thrown out the band's request to dismiss the case.
The accusations in question surround "Stairway to Heaven," the one Led Zeppelin song you've definitely heard even if you don't listen to Led Zeppelin. A not-wildly-famous '70s band called Spirit has long claimed that Zep stole the chords from their 1968 song "Taurus." The two bands did tour together for some time, giving the accusation a hint of merit. Spirit frontman Randy Craig Wolfe died penniless, but his wife has taken up his cause, pursuing a lawsuit for monetary damages. You've doubtless heard "Stairway to Heaven" before, so take a listen to "Taurus" below and see what you think. Discuss
Disney's animation machine was looking flimsy there for a minute, but the House of Mouse effectively turned the ship around with a string of delightful animated films like Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph that will be as worth watching ten years from today as they are right now. And, of course, Frozen catapulted the whole thing back into the stratosphere. Now we're getting our first look at Moana, a teen Polynesian princess who will anchor Disney's next big princess movie. The movie was set to come out in 2018, but the studio must be feeling mighty confident, because they're bumping it to 2016. Moana will be Disney's fifth princess of color, and their second heroine of Pacific Islander descent. The movie will be directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, who also directed The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, so here's hoping they can re-bottle that magic ... Discuss
Today, you will see ecstatic posts from friends and family, welcoming the new Golden Age of the Hoverboard as was first foretold to us in Back to the Future II. They will spin tales of Arx Pax, a small company from Los Gatos, California, which has invented, in the words of The Guardian, "the real thing." True enough, Arx Pax has created a board that does hover, but do not be misled. Do not be satiated. This is not the hoverboard we were promised. We deserve better. The world deservers better.
This board operates like a magnet, hovering only off of certain surfaces like copper or aluminum—and then, only for about fifteen minutes at a time. It has its uses—like moving heavy machinery around copper-floored warehouses. But you can't ride it down to the supermarket. You can't ride it while holding onto the back of the back of a pickup truck. You can't really ride it at all unless you happen to have a bunch of metal sheets lying around. You can, however, get one for $10,000 and the extra whatever it'll take to coat your neighborhood in aluminum. Do not let inventors get away with checking this box off their list and continuing on to other futuristic wonders. Demand something better. Demand a real hoverboard ... Discuss
Virgil Griffith is a CalTech student who set out to find the correlation between average SAT/ACT scores and favorite bands, because life is short and we've all got to fill our days the best way we know how. Using Facebook, CollegeBoard stats and his own know-how, he put together this chart, broadly correlating bands' fan bases with their intellect. Of course, as he notes on his site, correlation does not equal causation, so the chart might not mean anything at all, but it's interesting. As you might expect, Beethoven fans are the smartest, followed by Sufjan fans. Meanwhile, Lil Wayne fans are solidly in last place. Among Christian bands, Jars of Clay fans rank smartest and as for last place, well, don't take it personally, Casting Crowns fans ... Discuss