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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

News
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)

Sports
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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Rank Artist Recording Label 1 DIRTY PROJECTORS Swing Lo Magellan Domino 2 PASSION PIT Gossamer Columbia 3 FANG ISLAND Major Sargent House 4 WET HAIR Spill Into Atmosphere De Stijl 5 FIONA APPLE The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw, And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do Epic 6 HOT CHIP In Our Heads Domino 7 ICKY BLOSSOMS Icky Blossoms Saddle Creek 8 DELICATE STEVE Positive Force Luaka Bop 9 ANTLERS Undersea Anti 10 PEAKING LIGHTS Lucifer Mexican Summer 11 DAREDEVIL CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT The Nature Of Things File Under: Music 12 … Continued

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Rank Artist Recording Label 1 BEACH HOUSE Bloom SUB POP 2 JAPANDROIDS Celebration Rock Polyvinyl 3 PEAKING LIGHTS Lucifer Mexican Summer 4 FIONA APPLE The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw, And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do Epic 5 WALKMEN Heaven Fat Possum 6 HOT CHIP In Our Heads Domino 7 LIARS WIXIW Mute 8 METRIC Synthetica Mom And Pop-MMI 9 MYNABIRDS Generals Saddle Creek 10 A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS Worship Dead Oceans 11 KING TUFF King Tuff SUB POP 12 LOWER DENS Nootropics Ribbon 13 MOUNT EERIE Clear … Continued

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By Max Johnson Chris Ford’s main musical project, Christopher the Conquered, is perhaps the most quintessential “Iowa” band right now. I don’t mean that as a description of a particular sound or style. Just look at the songs on their latest album “Christopher the Conquered and the  Black Gold Brass Band Decide the Fate of a Good Man.” You’ll find the left and right politics of a swing state, the hardworking ethic that Iowa is known for, and most importantly, you’ll see something brilliant and beautiful that has been criminally overlooked. It’s important to know, before listening to the record, … Continued

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Rank Artist Recording Label 1 BEACH HOUSE Bloom SUB POP 2 WALKMEN Heaven Fat Possum 3 JAPANDROIDS Celebration Rock Polyvinyl 4 LIARS WIXIW Mute 5 BROKEN WATER Tempest Hardly Art 6 MYNABIRDS Generals Saddle Creek 7 LOWER DENS Nootropics Ribbon 8 TEMPER TRAP The Temper Trap Columbia 9 PUJOL United States Of Being Saddle Creek 10 OBERHOFER Time Capsules II Glassnote 11 POMEGRANATES Heaven Modern Outsider 12 FRIENDS Manifest! Fat Possum 13 ALABAMA SHAKES Boys And Girls ATO 14 KILLER MIKE R.A.P. Music Williams Street Records 15 2:54 2:54 Fat Possum 16 FATHER JOHN MISTY Fear Fun Sub Pop 17 … Continued

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It’s that time of the week! Our DJs have been hand-selecting new artists and albums all week long just for you and playing them on the air. Check out our Top 30 Chart here and discover some sweet under-the-radar tunes.

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Need some new music in your life? We’ve got you covered! Check out what KRUI’s DJs have been playing lately for some recommendations. You’ll be glad you did!

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