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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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The Best Releases of May: Music Staff Picks

Squid – Bright Green Field Long before the release of their debut LP, Squid has been making waves in the post-punk community with their own brand of angular and uniquely provocative songwriting that has set them apart from peers in the genre. With the often deranged and purposely erratic vocal delivery of singer Ollie Judge and the driving pseudo-punk melodies conducted by the rest of the band, there is no doubt the group has emotional, musical, and lyrical potency. In their most recent works, including the two singles they released in 2020 and their latest LP, Squid has begun to incorporate … Continued

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Vaccines in Iowa: How are we doing?

As of April 5th, all Iowans are eligible to receive vaccinations. Previously, state guidelines restricted vaccines to high-risk groups such as essential workers, adults aged 65 and up, or people with pre-existing medical conditions. Now that eligibility has expanded, securing an appointment may be a difficult task. (image via Global Gazette)

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Iowa Spring Practice: QB’s duel, youth arrives, and defense shines

Not since Iowa beat Illinois 19-10 on Senior Day in 2019 had the Hawkeyes played in front of home fans outside of friends and family. That streak ended Saturday morning as Iowa held it’s first of two open practices this spring with fans in attendance. Fans arrived as early as before 7 AM to get the first chance to see their Hawkeyes in person since November of 2019. Many were pleased with the results, but it would’ve taken a natural disaster to ruin the moods of the black and gold this weekend. “Certainly is great to be back in Kinnick … Continued

The Bears are Ryan Pace’s Team and this Years Draft is the Proof

Ryan Pace is not in the business of shooting for 9-7. He is in the business of taking calculated and measured risks in an attempt to build a roster full of players that have legitimate potential of one day belonging in the top tier of their position group. A blueprint exists for building the type of team Pace seems determined to build. Drafting players with conviction and signing free agents that project to be more valuable in the future, rather than paying players for what they have done in the past. So far Ryan Pace has been following this blueprint. … Continued

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This is the final piece of our NCAA tournament breakdown, and I believe we saved the best for last. The top four seeds of the south regional have more collective talent than in any other regional, which should make for some very entertaining basketball. Let’s get to it. The Favorites North Carolina- The Tar Heels are about as talented of a seven loss team as you’re going to find, and they are more than deserving of a #1 seed after winning the brutally competitive ACC regular season title. North Carolina accumulated ten wins this season against NCAA tournament opponents, and that … Continued

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This is part three of our four part tournament coverage series. The midwest bracket is headed by Kansas, the #2 overall seed in the tournament. This regional looks to be the most wide open quadrant of the tournament considering each of the top seeds have more weaknesses than in the other regionals. Combine that with two major conference tourney champions seeded #5 and #7, and we might be in for some chaos. Chaos! Let’s get to it. The Favorites Kansas- The Jayhawks were in a great position to secure the #1 overall seed in the tournament, but they blew it by … Continued

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This is part two of our four part NCAA tournament preview, you can see part one right here. In this piece we take a look at the teams playing out west. Lets get to it! The Favorites Gonzaga- Don’t let their status as a mid major fool you, Gonzaga has been a giant for a while now. They’ve been a tournament regular for the last two decades and have made it to the sweet 16 the last two season, including an elite eight appearance in 2015. Now don’t get me wrong, Gonzaga’s conference is an absolute walk in the park, and … Continued

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We are less than 24 hours removed from the NCAA tournament bracket reveal, which means every college basketball fan in America is searching for all the right picks. This years tournament features a lot of depth and parity while several high profile programs secured top eight overall seeds. That formula usually leads to the most entertaining tournaments, so hopefully this years tournament is a one to remember. In order to help out any fan that has questions about their bracket, or just help making sure you know what you’re talking about at the water cooler this week, we’ll have a … Continued

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Iowa kicks off the NIT at 8pm CT on ESPN 2 tonight against the Summit League regular season champion South Dakota Coyotes at Carver Hawkeye Arena. While many fans are surely disappointed that Iowa lost its fifth straight Big Ten tournament game last week, ending their chances of a NCAA tournament bid, the NIT can provide this young team with a few more games together and an experience at Madison Square Garden. The 2013 team featured nine players set to return in 2014 and advanced to the NIT final, every returning player from that team never missed the NCAA tournament … Continued

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