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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.

On this week’s Lit Show, Justin Torres, a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a current Stegner Fellow at Stanford, discusses his debut We the Animals: A novel. Listen to the full interview over at The Lit Show. Torres is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and he’s currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. His fiction has been published in The New Yorker, Glimmer Train, Tin House, and elsewhere.

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This week on The Lit Show, Writers’ Workshop graduate Alexander Maksik discusses his debut novel, You Deserve Nothing. Listen to the full episode at litshow.com: http://litshow.com/archive/season-04/alexandermaksik Set at an international school in Paris, the novel focuses on 33-year-old star teacher, Will Silver. His senior seminar in English not only introduces students to the best, fiercest writing of Shakespeare, Faulkner, Albert Camus, and Jean-Paul Sarte—it challenges them to define, then defend, their personal values. With the verve and tenacity of a French philosopher, Silver attacks his pupils’ assumptions about literature and living; and under his guidance they become better readers, wiser … Continued

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Tune into Local Tunes Tuesday night starting at 10 PM and ending at midnight to listen to local band “The Treats” play some of their songs live in the studio. So far, there’s no word on if they will be playing fully electric or acoustic; you’ll have to tune in to hear.  We’ll also be playing some Dead Larry from their latest album “As The Radio…” one of the best local albums in recent times, Kelly Pardekooper from his 2007 release “Brand New Bag,” also some David Zollo and more!  You can check out more about The Treats here. Also, we … Continued

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The DJ crew of Emily Kane, Megan Logan, Katie Harrington, Jon Hackbarth, and Rachel Mardoian turn out a diverse weekly playlist while keeping their audience up to date on SCOPE news.

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