My favorite band of the 1990s (one of my favorite bands ever, in fact), the Afghan Whigs, will perform for the first time in more than a decade next year at the All Tomorrow's Parties festivals in London (5/25-5/27) and Asbury Park, New Jersey (9/21-9/23). Whigs frontman Greg Dulli is curating the Asbury Park lineup. The Afghan Whigs mean a great deal to me as I "grew up" with them in Cincinnati, Ohio, when I was covering the local music science for the alt.weekly paper there. Also, the first article I ever wrote for a national magazine was a profile of the Whigs for Alternative Press back in 1992. I most recently hung out with bass player John Curley over the summer at his Ultrasuede Studio. He and my son played a rousing rendition of the Whigs' classic "Somethin' Hot." My son sang. He is 5 years old. A recording of that session is locked in the vaults for some future box set, but in the meantime, above is the tune as the Whigs played it back in 1998. And below they perform "Debonair" in 1993. "The Afghan Whigs to Reunite for ATP"
David Robinson used the data from the 28,657 people who self-selected to take the Stack Overflow survey to investigate the relationship between programmer pay and the conventions of using either tabs or spaces to mark indents, and found a persistent, significant correlation between using spaces and bringing home higher pay.
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