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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.


Draft Countdown: An Attempt to Expect the Unexpected

It is almost upon us – the NFL Draft. One of the most fascinating events during the NFL year is the NFL Draft and millions will tune in on April 25th during what is typically the strongest block on television – primetime on a Thursday night. For teams such as the Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Oakland Raiders, the draft brings hope. For teams such as the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, and New England Patriots it brings opportunity to become one step closer to what they came just short of this past year. For a team such as … Continued

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With two weeks left in the NFL regular season, playoff talk is heating up. Right now, I believe there are five teams currently projected to be in the NFC playoffs and three teams projected to be in the AFC playoffs that have a real shot at winning it all. Those teams are the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, and New England Patriots. If the New York Giants make the playoffs, then they are a threat given their recent playoffs success. Here is how I currently see things shaking out: … Continued

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At the annual NFL draft this past April, the Jacksonville Jaguars shockingly selected punter Bryan Anger from Cal. This prompted NFL Network analyst Rich Eisen to seemingly mock the selection – though he has since gone on record saying he liked the selection – and, memorably, declared Bryan Anger a weapon and said “punters are people, too!” Jokingly or not, those words may be the proper way to describe Anger. As NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said in response to Eisen’s comments, there is indeed something special about Anger. Those who have watched him punt in person, such as Mayock, have … Continued

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