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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.

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Crunch-time For the Hawkeyes

Three games into the 2014 College Football season and the Iowa Hawkeyes have managed to stumble their way into a 2-1 record.  Iowa thus far has yet to live up to the expectations this season that have led some to believe they could even win the West division in the Big Ten.  After the Hawkeyes most recent loss to an Iowa State team that they should have been able to beat and a near loss to Ball State, it has become evident that Iowa needs to regain their focus and find their form. Saturday the Hawkeyes will travel to the … Continued

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With the 2013 MLB season starting Sunday anything could happen including historical records being broken. The Houston Astros this year while carrying the lowest payroll in the league are considered by many to be in the running for a couple of the leagues least prestigious including most team strikeouts in a season by their hitters as well as most losses in a season. The Astros in their first 3 games alone have struck out 43 times at the plate while still posting a 1-2 record over that same span. The Astros team is so young and inexperienced that many analysts believe that … Continued

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With the 2013 NFL Draft now just less than two months away and the scouting combine just coming to an end I would like to take a look at how I see the first 10 picks of the NFL draft playing out this April. 1. Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M: After making a deal with the San Francisco 49ers for quarterback Alex Smith there is no longer a reason to take a one here.  They will look to re-sign Branden Albert and let Eric Winston go to free agency making Joeckel a perfect replacement for Winston. 2. Jacksonville … Continued

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With the 2014 FIFA World drawing closer International teams all over the world are preparing and practicing in hopes to Qualify, including the United States Mens National Team (USMNT). However, the chances for the USMNT to qualify are not looking so bright after a sickening 2-1 loss to Honduras last Wednesday  which proposes the question is it a lack of experience or a lack of talent that made the USMNT look so horrendous in Honduras. The US is by no means considered a top soccer country in the world on the mens side, but they still are expected by many to … Continued

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At the end of the final game on Sunday both of the Harbaugh brothers had successfully lead their teams victory and solidified themselves a spot in New Orleans on February 3rd for the 47th Super Bowl. Mike Milder takes a look at what to expect from both teams.

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“For the Love of the Game”: it’s why we watch, it’s why we play, and why fans flock to professional sports stadiums year after year to support and cheer on their teams, but is it possible that this is being taken too far?

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