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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. 

From Baseball to Boxing, one thing that all sports have in common is that athletes, and coaches alike get nicknames. Some nicknames are just plain funny, but many demonstrate sheer dominance in the sport. Alias’s in NBA are as prominent as in any other sports and with nicknames like, “The Round Mound of Rebound” “The Black Mamba” and “AK47” the entertainment, The NBA boasts some of the most intriguing nicknames of all the major sports. Here is a list of the 25 greatest NBA player nicknames. This list is compiled based on how impactful the nicknames are, originality, and how … Continued

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The Tom Brands led Hawkeye wrestlers take the mat at 3 PM to face off against Minnesota. The Hawkeyes have dropped 2 straight dual meets, for the first time since the 2006 dual season. Happy Valley was not so happy for the Hawks last week, when they went into Penn State and the defending National Champs defeated the Black and Gold by a score of 22-12. The only bright spots from the meet were McDonough, Ramos, and Marion all getting victories over formidable opponents, with McDonough’s coming in sudden-victory, with a take down over Nicholas Megaludis. The Hawkeyes didn’t win … Continued

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The Iowa Hawkeyes came into this one off big wins against Drake and Central Arkansas and are looking to put up a another against a 9-3 Boise State team at Carver before going into the B1G conference season. The fans are packing Carver for a big game against the Blue and Orange. Getting a win in front of a pocked house would be great for Fran’s bunch going forward with Purdue coming to town next Wednesday the 28th in what will prove to be a highly attended and anticipated game for the Hawks. Update: 7:25 remaining in the first half … Continued

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The Hawkeyes, coming off a very impressive victory at Carver on Saturday beating Drake, 82-68, will look to continue the fine tuning and quality play with only 2 remaining games before the B1G season gets underway. Roy Devyn Marble has exploded on the scene as a quality pg, dishing the ball to scorers around the arc and in the paint, and he will look to continue his growth as a go-to option at the 1 guard spot for the Hawks. Matt Gatens had a team high, 20 points for the Hawkeyes, while Bryce Cartwright added 12 for the Hawks victory. … Continued

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