• Warren G and Warren G. Harding

    Who Said It: Warren G or Warren G. Harding?

    Warren G. Harding, the 29th President of the United States, was a terrible leader. He also had a longtime mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips, whom he corresponded with in 100s of handwritten letters, some of them quite salacious. Yesterday, the New York Times published a number of these sexy-time correspondences, including ones in which the future President called his dick "Jerry." (As in: "Jerry came and will not go, says he loves you." ) Another famous Warren G has also talked about naked canoodling. Can you tell which famous Warren G said what?1. "It was a clear black night / A clear white moon"2. "I love your poise / Of perfect thighs / When they hold me / In paradise"3. "That bitch you was glancin on / If she leaves with me / No chance that / Her pants is on"  4.

  • Memory Map: One of these men has a very famous cat.

    Stream Memory Map's Jigsaw-Indie Album 'The Sky As Well As Space' in Full

    Memory Map are a constellation of Bloomington, Indiana all-stars. Guitarist Matt Tobey has another life as folk-punk character and Kimya Dawson collaborator Matty Pop Chart, as well as a staple of pop-punk trio Good Luck. Singer/rhythm guitarist/de facto bassist Mike Dixon, who's since relocated from Indiana, used to be in pinched-nose spazz-core foursome Rapider than Horsepower. Steely-armed drummer Josh Morrow splits his time among anywhere from three to 10 trillion other Hoosier bands, including psych-surf trio Triptides, '70s burnouts Harpooner, and a side-project called the Sands, fronted by former Magnolia Electric Co. linchpin Jason Evans Groth.

  • Strand of Oaks, Tim Showalter, Shut In, Dead Oceans

    Hear Strand of Oaks' Hermetic Rock Catharsis 'Shut In'

    Strand of Oaks is the recording identity of Timothy Showalter, a Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter with the grooming of a lion. Last December, the native Hoosier signed with Dead Oceans for his fourth record, the intensely personal HEAL, and that Secretly Canadian Group label debut comes out June 24.HEAL's second single, "Shut In," available today on iTunes, is a glorious ode to the hope of recovery. "It's not a soft, gentle healing, it's like scream therapy," Showalter says regarding the record's thematic title in press materials. "I ripped out my subconscious, looked through it, and saw the worst parts. And that's how I got better." You can hear that catharsis in this triumphant roots-rock anthem, a self-examined purge that matches Springsteen's phrasing with the Replacements' wounded alt-rock existence.

  • Hallelujah the Hills

    Watch Hallelujah the Hills' Drunkenly Antic Video for 'Do You Have Romantic Courage?'

    Hallelujah the Hills are a criminally underappreciated indie-rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, who've been around, in one form or another, since 2005. Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles cited the band's last LP, the Kickstarter-aided No One Knows What Happens Next, as one of 2012's best unsigned records, but it might just take the enduring strength of their forthcoming full-length Have You Ever Done Something Evil? — uh, why do you ask?

  • Kim Deal and Morgan Nagler

    Watch Kim Deal's Life-Affirming Parking-Lot Video for Solo Single 'The Root'

    Kim Deal is hilarious. She's on the phone from Dayton, where she lives with her mom and dad, explaining how she ended up recording a seven-inch single with singer/sometime actress Morgan Nagler. "I know her because she wore the shortest shorts I've ever seen onstage," says Deal, laughing. "She's the nicest and I always really loved her voice."In 2009, Nagler's band Whispertown, then known as the Whispertown 2000, opened for the Breeders on tour. A few years later, when Deal was temporarily living in Los Angeles ("in a killer house that's overlooking one of the valleys near — I don't know where it was really, I'm from the Midwest"), she ran into Nagler in a studio parking lot. "She handed me a demo. When I listened to it, it reminded me of how much I loved her voice.

  • Rashad Owens

    SXSW Crash Suspect Is Rashad Charjuan Owens, an Aspiring Musician

    Austin Police have identified the man who allegedly crashed into a crowd of pedestrians, killing two and injuring nearly two dozen others, early Thursday morning downtown during the SXSW music festival and conference. Sources report that he is, in fact, a performer who was booked to perform at a venue nearby.Rashad Charjuan Owens, a 21-year-old from Killeen, Texas, was arrested after trying to flee the scene on foot. He had initially been stopped at a DWI checkpoint, then in an attempt to evade police, plowed into pedestrians occupying a closed-off street. He faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle. Formal charges are still pending, Austin Police Department said in a statement.If convicted, Owens could face the death penalty. The victims names have been released.The San Antonio Express-News reports that Owens has a criminal record.

  • SXSW Crash Victims Identified

    SXSW Crash Victims Identified

    UPDATE: Austin police have identified the driver of vehicle involved in the fatal SXSW tragedy as Rashad Owens. More to come. A fund has also been set up to help people affected by the event. For more information on the SXSW Cares Fund and to make a donation, visit sxswcares.com.Early Thursday morning, Rashad Charjuan Owens was arrested after allegedly crashing into a stream of pedestrians gathered in downtown Austin, killing two and injuring 23. The two fatalities have been identified as Austin resident Jamie West, 27, and Steven Craenmehr, a 35-year-old MassiveMusic employee from Amsterdam, in town for the SXSW music festival and conference.

  • Steven Craenmehr, 35, Identified as SXSW Crash Victim

    Steven Craenmehr, 35, Identified as SXSW Crash Victim

    UPDATE: Austin police have identified the driver of vehicle involved in the fatal SXSW tragedy as Rashad Owens. More to come. A fund has also been set up to help people affected by the event. For more information on the SXSW Cares Fund and to make a donation, visit sxswcares.com.Early Thursday morning, an adult male driver trying to evade a DWI checkpoint crashed into a stream of pedestrians gathered in downtown Austin, killing two and injuring 23. One of the two fatalities has now been identified as Steven Craenmehr, a 35-year-old MassiveMusic employee from Amsterdam in town for the SXSW festival and conference, the music portion of which began Tuesday, March 11.The other has since been named: Austin resident Jamie West, 27.

  • sxsw crash accident car fatal deaths dead 2014

    Two Dead, 23 Injured After Car Drives Into Crowd At SXSW

    UPDATE: Austin police have identified the driver of vehicle involved in the fatal SXSW tragedy as Rashad Owens. More to come. A fund has also been set up to help people affected by the event. For more information on the SXSW Cares Fund and to make a donation, visit sxswcares.com.Early Thursday morning in Austin, Texas, March 13, a gray Toyota plowed into a crowd of people downtown, during the SXSW music conference and festival. Two people died and 23 were rushed to local hospitals. Five were initially reported to be in critical condition.At an 10:30 a.m. press conference following the incident, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said the investigation is fully underway and advancing quickly. The suspect, who has been formally booked, was initially identified only as a black adult male.

  • Wheelchair Sports Camp

    Watch Wheelchair Sports Camp's Disco-Glam 'Dance Off' Video

    When SPIN first introduced you to Wheelchair Sports Camp, the all-inclusive recording identity of disabled Denver rapper Kalyn Heffernan, the Mile High outfit was a shambling jazz-funk hip-hop four-piece who'd just endured a legendary run-in with the Texas cops on the way to their very first SXSW. Now, nearly three years later, Heffernan has transformed her band into a looser configuration of Colorado contributors, including DJ Everai, trumpeter Joshua Trinidad, butane-blasting producer and jazz-pianist QKnox, and hot-shit drummer Gregg Ziemba, whose primary affiliation is as one-third of the psych-rock trio Rubedo."Dance Off" is the boogie-down product of this new arrangement.

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