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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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The NBA: Where Playoff Predictions Happen

The NBA Playoffs start on Saturday and all of the match-ups have been set.  Depending on your loyalties, you are either happy (Bulls fans) or mildly disappointed (Houston fans).  But luckily for you, dear readers, I will break down every match-up and then continue to make hypothetical predictions for the ensuing rounds.  This won’t end up like my college bracket, because I will be 100% correct this time.  I guarantee. Out West the first match-up is OKC vs. Houston in the 1-8 match-up.  OKC will take out Houston but it will be a fun series.  The exciting part of this … Continued

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There have been many story lines this year in the NBA, most recently being Rondo tearing his ACL and ending his 2012-2013 campaign.  However, the media has been ranting about the Lakers and raving about LeBron and Durant while completely missing one of the greatest stories in the NBA.  What is that story you ask?  The Golden State Warriors are a legitimate threat in the Western Conference. I repeat.  The Golden State Warriors are a legitimate threat in the Western Conference.  The fans of the Bay Area cannot believe their eyes.  Historically they are one of the most doomed teams … Continued

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It’s hard to imagine that this time last year the NBA was just getting underway.  Already the story lines are better than ever and we’re only about 30 games into the season.  Just five games into the season, the Lakers fire coach Mike Brown and flip L.A. the bird hiring Mike D’Antoni which has paved the way for a Pau Gasol mope fest and Kobe having a career year.  The New York Knicks seemingly limped into the Garden as the oldest team in league history and have shown that age is just another number.  The Golden State Warriors have come … Continued

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In the midst of sports these days, it seems as though the next scandal is just around the corner.  We’ve seen it in college football with recruiting, certainly with what happened at Penn State, and the numerous steroid controversies that have riddled the MLB over the past 15 years.  After all of these scandals, I have found myself wondering, what is going to happen next?  Over this Thanksgiving break, a friend and I were discussing this at length, trying to determine which scandal that we could remember being the worst.  Was it the Kobe Bryant sex scandal?  Was it Spygate?  … Continued

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This offseason for the Chicago Bulls has been a frustrating one to stay the least. Bulls fans knew that this would be a financially constraining free agency period not being able to re-sign almost everyone from the Bench Mob — Omer Asik, Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver, and C.J. Watson all departed — and that getting capable replacements without going over the salary cap would be almost impossible. But what we don’t know are the specific stories behind the acquisition of our new players. Luckily for you, dear readers, I have the inside scoop. Two years ago, Kirk Hinrich stood in … Continued

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