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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.

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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Head coach Lane Kiffin was fired in the early hours of Sunday morning, not long after USC suffered an embarrassing 62-41 loss at the hands of Arizona State Saturday night at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. In the game, the Sun Devils put up a staggering 612 yards of offense, and the Trojans committed four turnovers. The setback proved to be the final straw for Kiffin, as USC officials didn’t even allow the team to return back to campus before issuing the decision, but instead called Kiffin off the team bus following their arrival at LAX and relieved him of … Continued

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Pittsburgh refers to itself as the “City of Champions,” which is hard to argue with given the six Super Bowls and three Stanley Cups that the Steelers and Penguins have won respectively. The third team in Pittsburgh however, the Pirates, have not won a World Series since 1979, and would simply be happy with finishing a season above .500.   The Pirates have logged an almost unbelievable 20 straight losing seasons, not only an MLB record for futility, but also the longest sub-.500 stretch for any North American professional sports team. You have to go all the way back to … Continued

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You would think that paying $3,000 for seats behind home plate affords you the right to wear whatever team’s colors you want right? Apparently this is not the case at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. During the first inning of last Friday’s game between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers, several fans could be seen in the suite right behind home plate wearing their Dodger blue and enjoying the game. Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick apparently took exception to what he saw and ultimately gave the group an ultimatum. They could keep their Dodgers gear on and move seats, or … Continued

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When most people think of Nashville, the first things that probably come to mind are country music, cowboy hats, and maybe even the hit television show of the same name. But hockey? When the city of Nashville was awarded an NHL expansion team back in 1998, many people were critical of the move because they thought that hockey in the South was something that just couldn’t work. The Predators, however, have proven that hockey in the South can work, when a rabid fan base is coupled with a stellar marketing team that has successfully branded the city “Smashville,” and has … Continued

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With Selection Sunday approaching this weekend and the NCAA tournament tipping off next week, we now find ourselves in what college basketball fans refer to as the most wonderful time of the year, March Madness. I however am here to talk about the other college basketball tournament that happens every March, which of course is the National Invitation Tournament. This is the tournament that features the next best 32 teams who failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament. Many people don’t know that the NIT is actually college basketball’s oldest post-season tournament, preceding the NCAA by one year, and was … Continued

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Sitting at the Blackhawks game a few weeks ago, it occurred to me that the United Center or “Madhouse on Madison” has become – over the last few years – not only one of the best arenas atmosphere-wise in the NHL, but also in all of sports as well. This fact is especially evident when it comes to the rousing rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” delivered by soloist Jim Cornelison and accompanied by the cheers of a sell-out crowd in excess of 20,000 fans before each Blackhawks home game. This tradition of cheering the anthem before each game has … Continued

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-By Patrick Behof As February Frenzy turns into March Madness in the craziest college basketball season that I can remember, we see that it is the usual suspects like Indiana, Kansas, and Michigan St, and a few surprises like the Miami Hurricanes atop the rankings and on the minds of college basketball fans. The one team however that no one seems to be talking about is the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Despite being both a mid major and national power for the last decade and making 14 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, Gonzaga has still not earned their due respect from the rest … Continued

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