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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. 

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On Cloud Nine with Beach Bunny

Beach Bunny had had their first performance of their tour at the Englert Theatre. The theater quickly filled with excited young bodies thrilled to see Beach Bunny live.

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Bill Callahan – Drover

Bill Callahan has been around for some time creating some of the most inventive DIY folk recordings. This is the initial song off of his new album entitled Apocalypse released off of Drag City Records. In Drover he sings about embracing the west, leading cattle, and manning up to this wild wild country. [audio:http://unnecessaryumlaut.com/mp3/friday_041511/Bill-Callahan_Drover.mp3]

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The Mission Creek Music Festival is back! KRUI will be hosting two shows at Mission Creek this year. Come Celebrate KRUI’s Birthday at Gabes on Monday March 28th: Rubblebucket – From Brooklyn, NY with a new record coming out in the Spring, “Rubblebucket sounds like a kaleidoscope looks — a continually changing pattern of ebullient drum beats, harmonies and horn exclamations, led by the buoyant vocals and saxophone of Kalmia Traver and the hyperkinetic energy of trumpet player Alex Toth.” via Facebook Birds and Batteries – You should know them by now. We’ve hosted them several times here in Iowa … Continued

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This is Animal Collective’s member Panda Bear’s new track from forthcoming album entitled Tomboy. The album is set to be released on April 12th on Paw Tracks. [audio:http://downloads.pitchforkmedia.com/Panda%20Bear%20-%20Last%20Night%20At%20The%20Jetty.mp3]

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Drew Ingersoll the Music Director for KRUI interviewed Dan Deacon prior to our website launch party on February 12th, 2011. This took place in the back seat of a car heading from the airport in Moline, IL to Iowa City, IA.

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By Drew Ingersoll We had the pleasure of having the Wailers stop by for an intimate KRUI Underground session with us at Public Space One on Saturday, February 5th before taking stage at The Blue Moose Tap House. The crowd varied from young children to older adults who all experienced the interview by KRUI’s own Alina Perez Gomez and a two song set by The Wailers. They emphasized being humanitarians, musicians, and taking pride in education. Stay tuned for more remote broadcasts from Public Space One. A live stream and/or video will be up shortly. Photos by Lars Headington

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Rank Artist Recording Label User Supplied Version 1 IRON AND WINE Kiss Each Other Clean Warner Bros. 2 SMITH WESTERNS Dye It Blond Fat Possum 3 TENNIS Cape Dory Fat Possum 4 NO JOY Ghost Blonde Mexican Summer 5 DESTROYER Kaputt Merge 6 ELVIS COSTELLO National Ransom Hear 7 DEERHOOF Deerhoof Vs. Evil Polyvinyl 8 MATT AND KIM Sidewalks Fader 9 BLANK DOGS Land And Fixed Captured Tracks 10 BELLE AND SEBASTIAN Write About Love Matador 11 DELICATE STEVE Wondervisions Luaka Bop 12 GOSPEL CLAWS C-L-A-W-S Common Wal 13 AKRON/FAMILY S/T II: The Cosmic Birth And Journey Of Shinju TNT … Continued

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By Rob Rodriguez Kiss Each Other Clean, offers a different sound than fans may be used to but still has the Samuel Beam eminence to it. The first thing you will notice is the rarity of the acoustic guitar, and the amount of traffic within the album. Each song contains multiple tracks featuring a variety of instruments like the piano, electric guitar, drums, synth and heavy bass. The main emphasis is still on Samuel Beam’s voice, but this dense layering of sound is certainly meant to follow and compliment the vocals. There are obvious elements of jazz and funk within … Continued

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