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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

Not terribly surprising, but still sad: the excellent folk duo Civil Wars, who've been on a hiatus since 2012, have officially and permanently parted ways. In a statement released via the band's Facebook page, Joy Williams said that

I am saddened and disappointed by the ending of this duo, to say the very least. JP is a tremendous musician, and I will always be grateful for the music we were able to create together. I sincerely hope that ‘You Are My Sunshine’ will be accepted as a token of my gratitude for every single person that has supported our duo throughout the years. I’m so thankful and my heart is full. Looking ahead, I’m excited to share the music that I am writing and recording in the midst of this difficult transition. I’ve loved being back in the studio, and have missed performing live. I look forward to seeing you soon.

For his part, John Paul White added

I would like to express sincere thanks to all who were a part of the arc of The Civil Wars—from the beginning, to the end, and all points in between. My deep appreciation goes out to all who supported, disseminated, and enjoyed the music. Whatever shape or form the next chapter takes, thanks for being a large part of this one.

As a parting gift, the band released a digital version of "You Are My Sunshine" ... Discuss

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It's that time of year again. It seems to come a little sooner every year and, as with every other year, we took our sweet time delivering it. Things like this just can't be rushed. We haggled over it. We went back to the beginning of the year and listened to everything over again. We threw chairs at people who didn't agree with our personal picks and, finally, we set our list in stone. Read More