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Music Staff Picks: The Best Releases of April

billy woods – Aethiopes On Aethiopes, billy woods reestablishes his strengths as a storyteller, with help from producer Preservation’s experimentally jazzy beats. By now, woods has cemented himself as one of hip hop’s greatest writers, and his brooding yet clever introspection sounds especially powerful over Preservation’s musical backdropping. Samples of pianos will twinkle across some tracks, and pound discordantly on others, while electric guitars ring and horns blow. By the time the harmonica enters the equation, the beats here are unparalleled. It is an enveloping atmosphere completed by excellent percussion, which moves between hand drums, full kits, and shuffling jangles … Continued

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Soccer Mommy Hints at New Sound at Mission Creek Festival

Overall, Soccer Mommy earned the headline spot at Mission Creek Festival with their bright-sounding indie underpinning the deeper, darker meaning looming in the lyrics. Sometimes, Forever releases June 24th and can be pre-ordered through her website. 

Calgary Flames captain, Jarome Iginla, has been quite the name in trade talk around the NHL. With many teams shopping around before the trade deadline, Iginla has been a major point of interest for several teams. Two of these organizations being the powerhouse teams the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins. Wednesday night early predictions were made that Iginla would go to the Boston Bruins. TSN’s Aaron Ward even initially reported that Iginla was indeed going to Boston. Meanwhile, after midnight the official news came out that Jarome Iginla would be joining the Pittsburgh Penguins. After this trade statement was reported, … Continued

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When the NHL returned in January, no one knew exactly what to expect. With the season being cut from eighty-two games to forty-eight games, anything could happen. Which teams would rise to the top and who would fall under the new, hectic schedule? One team in particular took main stage as the season began. The Chicago Blackhawks are usually a dominant force in the league, but this season they took that title to new heights. They won their first six games of the season and in their seventh game took a loss in a shootout. They again lost in a … Continued

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On Friday, November 30th, the Northern Illinois Huskies defeated #17 Kent State in the Mid-American Conference championship game. This placed them into the top 16 in Sunday’s Bowl Championship Series standings, earing them a spot in the . This is the first time ever that a team from a non-automatic qualifying conference has made it into the BCS while not being undefeated. NIU ended 12-1 with their only loss being to the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Huskies will be playing Florida State (11-2) in the Orange Bowl on January 1st. This will be a tough match-up for the Huskies, especially since they … Continued

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The Hawkeyes faced the Illinois State Redbirds on Sunday in their second game this season. Coming into the game with one win already under their belt, the Hawkeyes were in good spirits. Their confidence was easy to see, as Iowa won the beginning tipoff against the Redbirds. The high energy and fast pace were evident from the first tip. Illinois State scored first resulting in what would be their only lead throughout the entire game, 2-0. Just 2:34 into the game, Iowa’s Melissa Dixon really got the crowd going when she hit a three-pointer, and ten minutes in, Dixon hit another … Continued

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The Hawkeyes’ record currently stands at 4-5 with three games left in the regular season. Iowa’s recent loss to Indiana has made the team’s record a losing one. To have a hope of getting into a bowl game, the Hawkeyes will have to win at least two of their remaining three games to end with a winning record. Next week, the Hawkeyes will take on Purdue, who sports a 3-6 record. Looking back at Iowa’s season this year, there have been many ups and downs with plenty of bumps along the way. The Hawkeyes started the season off with a … Continued

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Gary Bettman has been the commissioner of the National Hockey since 1993. Under his power, the league has had two previous lockouts, one during the 1994-1995 season and the other being the 2004-2005 season. As more and more times passes, a lockout of the entire 2012-2013 season looms nearer. The war wages on between the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association with tensions high on each side. Since the National Hockey League announced the lockout of the 2012-2013 hockey season, talks and deliberations between the two groups have been at a stand still. Neither side wants to give into to … Continued

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