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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.

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Hawkeyes Walk Off, Top Jackrabbits in 11

The Iowa baseball team churned out 13 hits against South Dakota State Friday at Duane Banks Field, but the biggest hit seemed to elude them. Iowa had bounced into inning-ending double plays in both the 9th and 10th innings, and had let numerous chances to win the game go to waste. Taylor Zeutenhorst wasn’t about to let his chance go. In the eleventh inning, Zeutenhorst drilled a game-winning single to give the Hawkeyes a 2-1 victory over South Dakota State, their third walk-off win of the season. Four Iowa pitchers combined to toss a gem of a game, allowing just … Continued

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On Selection Monday, the path was made clear for the Louisville Cardinals: two wins in the NCAA Tournament would send the Cardinals home to play the Regional rounds of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at the KFC Yum! Center. The first part of that path was completed Sunday evening, as the third-seeded Cardinals (31-4) blew past No. 14 Idaho  (25-9) 88-42 in an NCAA Tournament First Round game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. It is the fifth tournament game in 2014 to be decided by more than 35 points. Five players reached double figures for Louisville, who received a three-seed from the NCAA … Continued

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One of the words that Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery chose to describe his team was fragile. Illinois head coach John Groce, on the other hand, used words such as resiliency, toughness, and heart to describe the Fighting Illini. It’s easy to see how a close, back-and-forth game would go the Illini’s way. After Iowa’s overtime loss to Michigan State back on January 28, McCaffery questioned his team’s toughness, placing the blame for the loss to the Spartans on the Hawkeyes’ lack of it. At the time, it seemed like a one-game lapse that had angered the Iowa head coach. … Continued

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The Iowa Hawkeyes women’s basketball team have made the NCAA Tournament in six consecutive seasons, including all three during Nebraska’s time in the Big Ten. But the Hawkeyes have not been able to figure out the riddle that is the Cornhuskers. Iowa lost to Nebraska for the seventh consecutive time Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, dropping a 80-67 decision to the Huskers. The loss dropped the Hawkeyes to 5-4 in Big Ten play, tied for fourth in the conference. Nebraska went on a 26-8 run in the middle of the game, spanning the final ten minutes of the first half and … Continued

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By Mark Freie I remember watching Tim Tebow win the Heisman Trophy in 2007 as a sophomore for the Florida Gators. At that time, like many, I thought that Tebow would be one of the best stories to ever make it into the NFL. With his persistent work ethic, open faith, and personable attitude, it seemed that Tim Tebow had it all. When Tebow was selected in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos many, including myself, were waiting to see just what this gunslinger from Florida could do amongst the most elite football players in the world. Although … Continued

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By Mark Freie It was a Wednesday night in April; just a few days removed from a bomb that blew open the heart of Boston and changed countless lives forever. Thousands of Boston Bruin fans filled in TD Garden as their beloved Bruins returned to the ice to provide a source of escape, unity, and perseverance for a city facing the aftermath of such a heartless act. And then as one, athletes and fans in attendance stood up as one city to the evil that reared its ugly head earlier in the week. As the Star Spangled Banner began, as … Continued

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By John Schmitt Much like driving through a river basin, the 2012-2013 Boston Celtics have experienced many peaks and valleys. The team will hit win streaks of six and eight, then lose four straight and seven of nine. Inconsistency is the Achilles’ heel of many teams around the NBA (i.e. Atlanta Hawks in recent years) that bounce them out early in the postseason, and this years Celtics could be a candidate for the same story… You don’t honestly believe that do you? Over the last five NBA seasons, the Celtics have consistently been an inconsistent team. In 2008-2009, they started … Continued

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