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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.

On Sunday, November 17, 2013 Jimmie Johnson won his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title.  Johnson is one NASCAR Sprint Cup championship away from tying Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty for the most NASCAR championships of all time. However, the debate that has sparked controversy for years had more fuel added to the fire when former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb said on Fox Sports Live proclaimed, “Do I think he’s (Johnson) an athlete? Absolutely not.” There is a common thought among sports fans that NASCAR drivers are not athletes and auto racing is not a sport. Why is this? … Continued

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Oh, Jerry Jones, when will things go your way? This past Sunday night, the Dallas Cowboys — 5-5 and tied for first in the NFC East — looked helpless as they saw Drew Brees and the high powered New Orleans Saints offense put up 625 yards and 40 first downs. Yes, that’s right, 40 first downs. The Cowboys had a huge off-season in terms of making personnel changes. It all started when they fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan (who by the way is now the defensive coordinator for the Saints) and hired Monte Kiffin to take the helm as defensive … Continued

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It is hard to believe we are already 5 weeks into the NFL Season. From the Cleveland Browns having their first record over .500 in nearly a decade to the New York Giants having their worst start since the 1980’s, the NFL has once again managed to shock us all. Biggest Surprises through Week 5: NFC East: It’s safe to say that the NFC East may be one of the most disappointing divisions this year in the NFL. The NFC East currently combines for a 5-14 record with the Giants contributing a 0-5 record to that count. What is the … Continued

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The newest name on the already extensive list of players accused of getting paid for play in NCAA sports has added more fuel to an all out wildfire. That name is Johnny Manziel. As the debate regarding whether student athletes should be paid heats up while playing collegiate sports analysts, fans, and athletes have all chimed in addressing their opinions regarding payment of NCAA athletes. Quick Look: The 2013 year of college football began with an investigation stemming from allegations that Texas A&M Quarterback and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel accepted payments for autographs he had signed in January … Continued

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