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The Best of 2021: Music Staff Picks

20. Snail Mail – Valentine “Snail Mail retains the same wounded lover ethos and hazy, scorned vocals but with a noticeably more pop-inspired instrumental palette. Indie rock guitars and peppy drums provide a sturdy melodic base, while additions of piano or dreamy synths give this album a sometimes danceable effect.” –Sydney Sjobakken 19. Lingua Ignota – Sinner Get Ready “Lingua Ignota has always incorporated a regal and grandiose instrumental palette, but SINNER GET READY shows a slightly softer side to her work with elements of religious hymns and neofolk. Yet, despite drawing back a bit from her more abrasive tendencies, she still … Continued

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Music and our Mood

We listen to music every day. In the shower, on our way to and from work, while we’re making dinner– the list goes on. How does the music we listen to affect our mood, productivity, and all-around well-being on a given day? (Image via Professor Ramos)

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The Best Releases of October: Music Staff Picks

The Body & BIG|BRAVE – Leaving None But Small Birds  The Body and BIG|BRAVE have each earned their tenure in metal, but together they have created an album that defies any preconceived notions one might have had for them. On Leaving None But Small Birds, both bands veer into a brand of folk rock that is rife with an eerie grit. Twangy layered strings mesh with the heavy distortion of guitars that both The Body and BIG|BRAVE are known for, creating a delicate and foreboding atmosphere. Similarly, the guttural shrieks and growls of The Body are replaced by the haunting croons of BIG|BRAVE’s lead vocalist Robin … Continued

Hawkeyes Can’t Find Form in Upset Loss To Penn St.

CHICAGO — It was an ugly start, and even uglier finish as the fifth-seeded Iowa Hawkeyes failed to find any sort of consistency and were upset by thirteenth-seeded Penn State 67-58 on Thursday afternoon at the United Center in the second round of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. It was a cold start to the game to say the least for both teams, as Penn State shot just 25 percent from the field (7-of-28) in the opening half, and the Hawkeyes weren’t much better at just 32 percent on 8-of-25 from the floor. It seemed as though Iowa was … Continued

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.– The second-seeded Iowa Hawkeyes completed a three-game season sweep of Nebraska with a 74-65 win over the seventh-seeded Cornhuskers Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Women’s basketball tournament. The Hawkeyes (25-6) got off to a hot start hitting their first four shots from the field to take a 9-2 lead just two minutes into the game. Iowa would lead by as many as eight points in the first half behind 11 points from senior center Bethany Doolittle, who was taken out after her second foul with 9:24 remaining in the half. The real story … Continued

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#2 Iowa Hawkeyes vs. #7 Nebraska Cornhuskers Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals 6pm, Sears Centre Arena, Hoffman Estates, Ill. The 14th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes and Nebraska Cornhuskers renew their rivalry as they face- off in Big Ten Women’s basketball tournament quarterfianls action Friday night at the Sears Centre. The #2 seeded Hawkeyes earned a double-bye in the tournament, while the #7 seeded Huskers used a dominating performance Thursday night against Illinois to force what will now be the third meeting of the season between the two teams. Nebraska beat the Illini 86-71 Thursday night behind a career-high 26 points from … Continued

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IOWA CITY – The Hawkeyes seemingly just needed something positive to go their way following two consecutive losses to in-state foes Iowa State and UNI. They got that on Monday night with an 80-70 hard-fought win over North Florida. There was a rare change to Iowa’s starting lineup as sophomore Peter Jok got the nod at shooting guard over the injured Anthony Clemmons, who did play six minutes off the bench before spraining his other ankle and leaving the game for good. Jok made the most of his start, scoring 12 points on two of four from 3-point range in … Continued

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Sitting in Tampa Bay Times Forum on a Sunday evening back in December, I took in game between the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning. In that game, Rangers star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, in his first game back from injury, made 37 saves and the blue shirts power play went a perfect 3-3 in route to a hard fought 4-3 victory. In what may have seemed like a meaningless regular season win to many, what I saw that evening made me believe that this version of the Rangers could defy the odds and bring the Stanley Cup back to … Continued

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Iowa City, Iowa – Head coach Mark Dantonio said earlier this week that Michigan State was a better team coming out of a bye week. That certainly proved true as the Spartans earned a hard-fought 26-14 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday afternoon at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa’s offense netted just 26 yards on its first five possessions of the game. Going three-and-out four times and the other ending in a Jake Rudock interception. Spartan’s cornerback Darqueze Denard had two picks on the afternoon, including one with 5:09 left in the game that all but ended the Hawkeye’s chances. Michigan … Continued

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