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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.

On Friday, February 28th, National Theatre Live had a live broadcast of Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus at the Englert. Coriolanus, one of Shakespeare’s last plays, tells the tale of a proud Roman war hero who returns home after defeating his archrival, the Volscian ruler Aufidius, and attempts to translate his success in the battlefield to the political sphere.  However, Coriolanus is too proud to speak to the public and beg them for votes. He first feigns a favorable opinion of the people, but cannot withhold it to advance his campaign. He instead tells the plebeians exactly what he thinks of … Continued

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