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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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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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