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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.


NBA Opening Night Takeaways

Magic 87 Pacers 97: When you see Indiana on your schedule make sure you get your jumper right the day before, Roy Hibbert has a reserved parking spot in the lane this NBA season. Last night Hibbert not only blocked shots he physically stopped opponents with much more momentum then him in their tracks with all SEVEN of his opening night blocks. Apparently his offseason goals of getting bigger with increased weight and MMA training have paid off. As long as he can stay healthy (he did scare us with a slight knee injury last night) he seems poised for … Continued

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While this homecoming doesn’t have as much drama surrounding it as LeBron James return to Cleveland, it is going to take a close second. Howard basically grew up in the city of Orlando calling it home since he was drafted into the NBA at age 18. In his eight seasons with the Magic fans grew to love him as much or more than any other player who had ever contributed to the team. For a small market team like the Magic he was not only the face of their organization but also a beacon of hope. As hard as it … Continued

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The ‘Harlem Shake’ has officially trickled down from pop culture into the wide world of sports. The Shake is a dance that originated in Harlem in 1981 but now has reemerged with the release of the song by ‘Baauer’, a DJ/Producer. NCAA athletes were the first to pick up on the craze but now it is spreading into the professional realm as well. It’s time we give these athletes some credit for their accomplishments off the field of play and onto the dance floor 5. Vanderbilt University Men’s Baseball Sneaking into the top 5 is Vanderbilt with their excellent video … Continued

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