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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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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