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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. 

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.


Iowa defeats MSU in double OT

The Iowa Women’s soccer team came out strong this past Sunday in Iowa City, looking sharp both offensively and defensively. The Hawks battled against Michigan State and temperamental weather conditions to secure a 1-0 victory in double overtime. Although regulation ended in frustration as the Hawkeyes placed 19 shots toward goal with no result, the team rallied and came back to fight for the one goal that would end the game. The game winner started with a foul against Michigan State just 35 yards outside their box. Melanie Pickert, a junior for the Hawkeyes, stepped up to take the free … Continued

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