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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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Where the Chicago Bulls go from here

A season with so much promise, so many expectations, is out the window with one turn up the court. Bulls fans have seen this story before, and they are unfortunately going to get a sequel. It is amazing how one player can make such a difference in the game of basketball, but that is just the nature of the game. This can be a positive aspect, such as adding LeBron James to the Miami Heat, totally changing the look of their franchise. Or it can be a negative aspect because a franchise is relying so heavily on one player, that … Continued

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A young, top prospect pitcher gets drafted by a team who has a history of losing and that is desperately in need of a savior to be the ace at the top of their rotation for years to come. The prospect has an electric arm and seems virtually un-hittable in the Minor Leagues. Then he gets to the Majors and is mowing down batters left and right. He is on top of the world, the team thinks that they have an ace for the next decade or more, and the city is buzzing. Then one pitch goes terribly wrong and … Continued

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Yes ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of year again. The middle of March has come, and anyone who knows anything about sports knows that it is almost time to print off that blank bracket and start weaving your way through the games. You have to look at the number one seeds, the cinderellas, and the team that got hot during the conference tournament to win it. Everybody’s inner-bracketologist knows all the factors that go into selecting the perfect bracket. But this year has been a year unlike any in college basketball. With countless upsets, buzzer beaters, and a court … Continued

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When someone thinks about Major League Baseball, usually the first division to come to mind is the American League East. Once someone thinks of the American League East, they think of the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. This is for good reason too because these are two of the most historic franchises in all of sports. But times are definitley changing and so is the AL East. The Yankees and the Red Sox are still going to generate a great deal of buzz because of who they are, but there is a very good chance that neither … Continued

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People often look at a certain draft class for a sport and they want to label it as a success or a failure. But not often to people look at an entire sports year’s class as a whole. It has been brought to attention recently because of the recent announced retirement of Ray Lewis, who is arguably the greatest linebacker of all-time. Many other athletes that made their debutes in ’96 are nearing the end of their careers as well. The ’96 class is loaded with Hall of Famers in every sport so it begs the question, is it the … Continued

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