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The Best of 2021: Music Staff Picks

20. Snail Mail – Valentine “Snail Mail retains the same wounded lover ethos and hazy, scorned vocals but with a noticeably more pop-inspired instrumental palette. Indie rock guitars and peppy drums provide a sturdy melodic base, while additions of piano or dreamy synths give this album a sometimes danceable effect.” –Sydney Sjobakken 19. Lingua Ignota – Sinner Get Ready “Lingua Ignota has always incorporated a regal and grandiose instrumental palette, but SINNER GET READY shows a slightly softer side to her work with elements of religious hymns and neofolk. Yet, despite drawing back a bit from her more abrasive tendencies, she still … Continued

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Music and our Mood

We listen to music every day. In the shower, on our way to and from work, while we’re making dinner– the list goes on. How does the music we listen to affect our mood, productivity, and all-around well-being on a given day? (Image via Professor Ramos)

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The Best Releases of October: Music Staff Picks

The Body & BIG|BRAVE – Leaving None But Small Birds  The Body and BIG|BRAVE have each earned their tenure in metal, but together they have created an album that defies any preconceived notions one might have had for them. On Leaving None But Small Birds, both bands veer into a brand of folk rock that is rife with an eerie grit. Twangy layered strings mesh with the heavy distortion of guitars that both The Body and BIG|BRAVE are known for, creating a delicate and foreboding atmosphere. Similarly, the guttural shrieks and growls of The Body are replaced by the haunting croons of BIG|BRAVE’s lead vocalist Robin … Continued

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Iowa set to join Battle 4 Atlantis field

The Iowa men’s basketball team will be announced sometime this week as the eighth team scheduled to play in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. The preseason tournament is held at Atlantis Resorts in Nassau, Bahamas. This year’s tourney is Nov. 28-30. CBSSports.com senior basketball writer Jeff Goodman first reported the news. Iowa joins a field that includes Kansas, Tennessee, UNLV, USC, Villanova, Wake Forest and Xavier. Kansas and Villanova made the NCAA tournament this past season. The Hawkeyes were originally scheduled to play in the Great Alaska Shootout, but Wisconsin-Green Bay took their spot upon Atlantis’ invitation to fill the … Continued

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The Iowa football team announced several staff changes on Thursday afternoon. After the departure of Erik Campbell in December, there are four other coaches coming and going. Running backs coach Lester Erb and defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson have left to pursue other jobs while Bobby Kennedy is the new receivers coach and Jim Reid has been named a defensive assistant. Erb and Wilson were long rumored to be leaving the Hawkeyes, but there was no official release on the matter until today. They were on head coach Kirk Ferentz’ staff for 13 and 11 years, respectively. Kennedy replaces Campbell … Continued

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Former Virginia defensive coordinator Jim Reid is reportedly interviewing at Iowa today. The interview was first reported over the weekend by 247Sports. On Friday night, FootballScoop.com tweeted that Reid — along with former Colorado receivers coach Bobby Kennedy — “will likely join the staff.” Reid was fired Dec. 2 as associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Virginia; the Cavaliers went 4-8 in 2012. Reid led the Cavaliers to a No. 31 national ranking in total defense at 353 yards per game. The question is where does Reid fit in on the Iowa coaching staff. Head coach Kirk Ferentz has announced … Continued

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Thursday night was a must win for the Iowa men’s basketball team. For a squad that has NCAA Tournament aspirations come March, a loss on Thursday would have virtually eliminated the Hawkeyes from that conversation. Lose to Penn State — a team that arrived in Iowa City with a winless Big Ten record — and you simply lose relevancy. Although sluggish at times, the Hawkeyes (14-7, 3-5 Big Ten) were able to hold off the Nittany Lions (8-13, 0-9) in the second half and win, 76-67, in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. So, Iowa succeeded at remaining relevant. Even if it is only … Continued

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