Will Johnson may be one of the hardest-working people in indie rock. He leads two bands, records as a solo artist and plays as a sideman in a host of other projects. Johnson is originally from Denton, Texas, and his music — be it the lonesome balladry of South San Gabriel or the rock 'n' roll machine that is Centro-Matic — is inspired by the distinctive sounds of that state.
In North Dakota, the Souris River has reached record levels faster than anyone had expected. Already, portions of Minot, N.D., are inundated, and it's only expected to get worse. Upstream of Minot, the town of Burlington has given up sandbagging efforts. Jerome Gruenberg, the town's mayor, has said, "We're no longer able to save the city." Robert Siegel speaks with Kim Fundingsland, writer for the Minot Daily News, about the latest on the catastrophic flooding.
About 90,000 people are expected to fill the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, to watch the latest match in a long-running soccer rivalry: The United States against Mexico. They're meeting in the finals of the Gold Cup. Robert Siegel talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis for more.