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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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Iowa Bounces back with 95-68 win over Stetson

Iowa City IA- Things have not been going well for the Iowa Men’s Basketball Team lately, who were losers of there last four before coming into Monday night game against Stetson. But the Iowa Hawkeyes (4-5) turned up the defensive intensity to get a 95-68 win over the  Stetson Hatters (4-6). The Hatters shot 35% for the whole game and only shot 30% in second half. “That was a total team effort on the defensive side of the floor,” McCaffery said. “The players on floor along with the guys on the bench had the energy we need to bring every single game.” … Continued

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