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The Best Releases of August: Music Staff Picks

Tropical Fuck Storm – Deep States Aussie noise rock band Tropical Fuck Storm’s third album, Deep States, is as messy and disorienting as the doomed political landscape it was birthed out of. Reflecting mind-poisoning social media discourse twisted through the filter of a distortion pedal, vocalists Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin deliver some of their most compelling melodies over lacerating guitar and synth lines. The opening track, “The Greatest Story Ever Told”, writes from the perspective of Jesus’ second coming to Earth to proclaim in a grand chorus “There ain’t no end of days.” Even at its loudest, a sense … Continued

The Best Releases of June: Music Staff Picks

Spellling – The Turning Wheel The Turning Wheel, Chrystia Cabral’s third album under the project Spellling, offers bewitchingly captivating progressive folk and neo-soul songs. A shift towards natural instrumentation marks a stark change from 2019’s synth-heavy Mazy Fly, giving these songs a new liveliness, and pushing Cabral’s songwriting towards the theatrical. The sonic palette on its own can be bewildering at first–veering off without warning into performances of soul, hard rock, classical, folk, and of course, synthwave. It’s no surprise that the personnel list reveals more than thirty performers–all of whom sound great. The songs are left with an enchanting … Continued

The Best Releases of May: Music Staff Picks

Squid – Bright Green Field Long before the release of their debut LP, Squid has been making waves in the post-punk community with their own brand of angular and uniquely provocative songwriting that has set them apart from peers in the genre. With the often deranged and purposely erratic vocal delivery of singer Ollie Judge and the driving pseudo-punk melodies conducted by the rest of the band, there is no doubt the group has emotional, musical, and lyrical potency. In their most recent works, including the two singles they released in 2020 and their latest LP, Squid has begun to incorporate … Continued

Vaccines in Iowa: How are we doing?

As of April 5th, all Iowans are eligible to receive vaccinations. Previously, state guidelines restricted vaccines to high-risk groups such as essential workers, adults aged 65 and up, or people with pre-existing medical conditions. Now that eligibility has expanded, securing an appointment may be a difficult task. (image via Global Gazette)

Iowa Spring Practice: QB’s duel, youth arrives, and defense shines

Not since Iowa beat Illinois 19-10 on Senior Day in 2019 had the Hawkeyes played in front of home fans outside of friends and family. That streak ended Saturday morning as Iowa held it’s first of two open practices this spring with fans in attendance. Fans arrived as early as before 7 AM to get the first chance to see their Hawkeyes in person since November of 2019. Many were pleased with the results, but it would’ve taken a natural disaster to ruin the moods of the black and gold this weekend. “Certainly is great to be back in Kinnick … Continued

After offseason flurry, Cubs finally ready to make noise

In the three seasons since Theo Epstein took over as Cubs president, the Cubs have gone a combined 200-286, good for a .412 winning percentage.  However, this was all part of a master plan to completely revamp the Cubs minor league system and eventually make a big splash in free agency, and in the offseason following the 2014 season, the Cubs made sure they let the rest of the MLB know that it was ready to make an impact.  Once Joe Maddon opted out of the final year of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago quickly picked him … Continued

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Even after losing to the lowly Northwestern Wildcats in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday night, many of the so-called analysts had Iowa safely in the tournament. Fast forward to Sunday. Thanks in large part to fellow bubble teams like Providence and St. Joseph’s winning their conference tournament, Iowa was knocked down to a First Four game in Dayton.  Iowa will take on the Tennessee Volunteers on Wednesday night at approximately 8:10 CT.  The winner will take on the 6th-seeded Massachusetts Minutemen Friday in Raleigh.  Two weeks ago, Iowa was projected to be around a 6 … Continued

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It is very well known that the Chicago Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908, by far the longest drought in any of the four major sports, and while the Cubs have had some teams since then that many believed would be the team to break that drought (2003 immediately comes to mind), they haven’t even made the World Series since 1945.  While Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have a plan to finally bring a championship to the North side, it is highly unlikely that plan will be accomplished this year.  The Cubs lost more than 90 games … Continued

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For the past two seasons, the Iowa Hawkeyes basketball team has had numerous close losses.  In many of those losses, they were winning for much of the game, and couldn’t hold on.  They had similar games this past week against Michigan State and Illinois.  On Tuesday, the Hawkeyes had yet another chance to get a signature victory, and they couldn’t quite pull it off, losing 71-69 in overtime despite leading for much of the second half.  Then came Saturday’s game against a struggling Illinois team.  Iowa needed a win  to stay with Michigan and Michigan State (both 8-1) in the … Continued

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Ever since the acquisition of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and the re-signing of Dwyane Wade in the summer of 2010, the Miami Heat have ruled the Eastern Conference. Miami has won the Eastern Conference three seasons in a row, and have won the NBA Championship each of the last two seasons, however it’s time to look at which teams have the chance to take down the Heat and represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals this season. Chicago Bulls: The Bulls are finally healthy again.  On Tuesday, Derrick Rose will play in his first meaningful game since Game 1 … Continued

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