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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.

Work hard, Play harder! It was a long day for Hawkeye fans but in the end the Hawks came out on top with Duzey having the Game winning 12 yard touchdown with one minute left. Jake Duzey is a junior Tight End at Iowa from Michigan who stands 6’4 and weights 245. He has pretty good speed for a route running TE. His Freshman year his role was very small behind C.J. Fiedorowicz, last year his role expanded and he recorded 19 receptions for 270 yards and two Touchdowns. He had seven catches last week providing solid hands for Ruddock … Continued

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