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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.

Defensive Miscues Cost Hawkeyes Against Seton Hall

When facing a team as offensively talented as the Seton Hall Pirates, defenses must bring their A-game. Iowa did not in their 91-83 loss at Carver Hawkeye Arena on Thursday night, giving up too many easy buckets, especially in the second half. “I would like to have seen us play better defense, collectively,” head coach Fran McCaffery said of his team’s performance. “For the duration, but certainly in the second half, you can’t give them 66 percent (shooting)… and the truth of the matter is we had a pretty experienced team out there. Everyone wants to talk about youth. That was … Continued

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