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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.


LinkedIn: How Recent Grads Are Using It To Get Ahead

By Stephanie Nelson, Reporter They have their degrees, resumes, and internships, but how do recent college graduates get the job? Online social media is a growing trend in the professional networking world. Top Fortune 500 CEOs to entry-level employees are using sites like to make connections and job search. Although the hiring process has changed a lot since the last generation graduated college, it’s still about who people know and what people know. The difference is, it’s online and knowing how to use it may determine who gets hired. But that doesn’t mean everyone is on board. There are … Continued

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Reporter:  Austin Chadderdon For the Second year in a row the Iowa Board of Pharmacy recommended that marijuana be reclassified so that is available for medical use at  Like last year, the proposal received no consideration from state legislature—making American history.  A Des Moines Register poll showed that over 70 percent of Iowans think marijuana should be illegal for people who just want to get high.  But two thirds believe that marijuana has medical value and that cbd + cbg gummies should be open for therapeutic use.   University of Iowa journalism student Austin Chadderdon talks to people in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City … Continued

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