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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. 

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.

To say Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz finished the 2013 season with a bang is a rude understatement. Last October, Ortiz amassed a .688 batting average in the World Series, drove in 13 runs throughout the playoffs, and hit 5 homeruns including this memorable grand slam in Game 2 of the ALCS. Ortiz’s strong play in the 2013 post season left him hoisting the World Series MVP trophy and most importantly, the Red Sox had claimed the Commissioner’s Trophy as the 2013 World Series Champions. Ortiz, now 38, has been hampered with questions about his ability to perform at … Continued

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Mark Freie address the notion that a state needs to have a professional sports franchise. Sometimes, a college team is all that is really needed.

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