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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.

See what our awesome KRUI DJs have been playing this week! Spoiler alert: Ducktails, who will play a free show sponsored by KRUI at The Mill on Monday, April 1st, are charting high!

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Rank Artist Recording Label 1 TITUS ANDRONICUS Local Business XL 2 DUM DUM GIRLS End Of Daze SUB POP 3 THE XX Coexist XL 4 METZ Metz SUB POP 5 GRIZZLY BEAR Shields Warp 6 TY SEGALL Twins Drag City 7 DEERHOOF Breakup Song Polyvinyl 8 BAT FOR LASHES The Haunted Man EMI 9 TAME IMPALA Lonerism Modular 10 DINOSAUR JR. I Bet On Sky Jagjaguwar 11 FLYING LOTUS Until The Quiet Comes Warp 12 ALT-J An Awesome Wave Canvasback 13 ANDREW BIRD Hands Of Glory Mom And Pop 14 DAVID BYRNE AND ST. VINCENT Love This Giant 4AD 15 … Continued

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Rank Artist Recording Label 1 PASSION PIT Gossamer Columbia 2 ANTLERS Undersea Anti 3 DIRTY PROJECTORS Swing Lo Magellan Domino 4 FANG ISLAND Major Sargent House 5 PURITY RING Shrines 4AD 6 JAPANDROIDS Celebration Rock Polyvinyl 7 DEEP TIME Deep Time Hardly Art 8 FERGUS AND GERONIMO Funky Was The State Of Affairs Hardly Art 9 METRIC Synthetica MMI-Mom And Pop 10 TWIN SHADOW Confess 4AD 11 PEAKING LIGHTS Lucifer Mexican Summer 12 DIIV Oshin Captured Tracks 13 AMANDA PALMER AND THE GRAND THEFT ORCHESTRA Theatre Is Evil 8 Ft. 14 DEAD CAN DANCE Anastasis Pias 15 WET HAIR Spill … Continued

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Rank Artist Recording Label 1 DIRTY PROJECTORS Swing Lo Magellan Domino 2 PASSION PIT Gossamer Columbia 3 FANG ISLAND Major Sargent House 4 WET HAIR Spill Into Atmosphere De Stijl 5 FIONA APPLE The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw, And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do Epic 6 HOT CHIP In Our Heads Domino 7 ICKY BLOSSOMS Icky Blossoms Saddle Creek 8 DELICATE STEVE Positive Force Luaka Bop 9 ANTLERS Undersea Anti 10 PEAKING LIGHTS Lucifer Mexican Summer 11 DAREDEVIL CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT The Nature Of Things File Under: Music 12 … Continued

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Rank Artist Recording Label 1 BEACH HOUSE Bloom SUB POP 2 JAPANDROIDS Celebration Rock Polyvinyl 3 PEAKING LIGHTS Lucifer Mexican Summer 4 FIONA APPLE The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw, And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do Epic 5 WALKMEN Heaven Fat Possum 6 HOT CHIP In Our Heads Domino 7 LIARS WIXIW Mute 8 METRIC Synthetica Mom And Pop-MMI 9 MYNABIRDS Generals Saddle Creek 10 A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS Worship Dead Oceans 11 KING TUFF King Tuff SUB POP 12 LOWER DENS Nootropics Ribbon 13 MOUNT EERIE Clear … Continued

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Rank Artist Recording Label 1 BEACH HOUSE Bloom SUB POP 2 WALKMEN Heaven Fat Possum 3 JAPANDROIDS Celebration Rock Polyvinyl 4 LIARS WIXIW Mute 5 BROKEN WATER Tempest Hardly Art 6 MYNABIRDS Generals Saddle Creek 7 LOWER DENS Nootropics Ribbon 8 TEMPER TRAP The Temper Trap Columbia 9 PUJOL United States Of Being Saddle Creek 10 OBERHOFER Time Capsules II Glassnote 11 POMEGRANATES Heaven Modern Outsider 12 FRIENDS Manifest! Fat Possum 13 ALABAMA SHAKES Boys And Girls ATO 14 KILLER MIKE R.A.P. Music Williams Street Records 15 2:54 2:54 Fat Possum 16 FATHER JOHN MISTY Fear Fun Sub Pop 17 … Continued

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