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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.

3 Reasons it was Okay for Jameis Winston to Steal those Crab Legs

Let’s cut to the chase. On Tuesday April 29th, 2-sport athlete, Jameis Winston of Florida State University, was caught stealing $32 worth of crab legs and crawfish from a Florida supermarket. For the charges to be dropped, he has to comply to the civil suite he was issued and complete at least 20 hours of community service. I’M PERFECTLY OKAY WITH HIM STEALING THE CRAB (AND CRAWFISH). Here’s why: 1. He stole the food. He wasn’t GIVEN the food by an “anonymous booster.”  The crazy thing is, I bet this would have been blown out of proportion even more if some … Continued

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One of the most explosive athletes in professional sports, an Olympic gold medalist, Russell Westbrook doesn’t just make headlines for his on-court performances. In almost every press conference Westbrook has been known to make fashion statements. Whether it be glasses with no lenses, unique hats, or unusual shirts, he always seems to be wearing something that makes people go, “huh?”. He may not have started the trend, but he has definitely been a big influence. The likes of LeBron James and Dwayne Wade have followed suit (no pun intended) in press conferences as well. This past Sunday the Thunder announced … Continued

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Every year is THE year a team believes  they can reach the ultimate goal-a championship. Regardless of a team’s performance in the previous year or the hardships they may currently face, fans believe it’s possible. With opening-day for Major League Baseball earlier this week, there was a wide spread of that “this is the year” feeling. What fan base had the strongest feeling of it though? The same fan base that’s had their hopes brought up only to be ruined for over 100 years. There are only 9 teams in the MLB that haven’t won a championship: the San Diego … Continued

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Here we go again. Another article about whether or not LeBron James is “better” than Michael Jordan. The typical write-up would include dozens of stats and numbers relevant to both players and their careers; the article you’re about to read has neither. The truth is, it’s not fair to say either player is better than the other. Not right now anyway. Only when LeBron James’ playing career is over can the judgement be made. Until LeBron James matches everything that Michael Jordan did (or goes beyond), he will always be viewed as the lesser of the two players. Even if … Continued

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Drugs and Baseball. The two words are becoming synonymous with each other. It seems like “everyone” in the MLB is being accused (and eventually being confirmed) of taking performance enhancing drugs of some sort. Johnathon Koob shares his thoughts on what it means for the future of sports. (Photo: foxsports.com)

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The National Football League season is well underway, which also means fantasy football seasons are in full effect. Fantasy football is an underlying part of the NFL, where money as well as dignity can be made or lost. (Photo by Joe Robbins, Getty Images)

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The men of the Iowa Football Team were not the only Hawkeyes take on a Big 10 foe on Saturday. The Iowa Volleyball team took on the #24th ranked Michigan State Spartans Saturday night on Mediacom Court in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. After losing in 3 sets to Michigan the night before, the Hawkeyes were looking to get back on track in the Big 10 versus the Spartans. Iowa started off strong with a 6-3 lead and the momentum on their side. The Spartans proved to be ready for the challenge though as Iowa had to take it’s first timeout when they … Continued

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