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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.

By KRUI News Reporter Kuper Bergman Your Strange Stories of the week for March 3rd include: •Ultimate Tazer Ball which involves players carrying a stun gun to electrically shock their opponent who is carrying the ball, •A Republican congressman from Maryland is in a hairy situation over a proposal to give tax breaks to Americans with mustaches, •The race for a Senate seat in Virginia may evolve into a cat fight now that one Springfield resident has tossed his collar into the ring. Listen to this week’s Strange Stories below: [audio: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/35667540/RT%203-3-12%20(Strange%20Stories).mp3]

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This Week in Global Unrest is a weekly radio segment and podcast covering strikes, protests, marches, and people’s movements from across the world. I look for the stories that you don’t hear on corporate media broadcasts inside the US and always strive for a protester perspective. I also try to provide an in-depth look into the context of complicated international stories that larger news outlets may only consider in their headlines. Whether you are interested in austerity, the environmental movement, the IMF and World Bank, corporate greed, police brutality, or just a good street fight, This Week in Global Unrest … Continued

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By KRUI News Reporter Emily Woodbury [audio: http://www.krui.fm/assets/news/Vox%20Pop%20Religion.mp3] “Five of the eight major GOP candidates reject or doubt the theory of evolution as an explanation for life’s origin on Earth. Although it is not as pertinent of an issue as unemployment or taxes, where candidates stand on such a prominent scientific theory could have an effect on the way people vote. KRUI News Reporter, Emily Woodbury, hit the streets of Iowa City to find out how much the religious or scientific beliefs of a candidate influences voters.”

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By KRUI News Reporter Kuper Bergman Museum of Broken Relationships in Croatia What becomes of a garden gnome hurled in fury at a car during a stormy breakup? Or a teddy bear that was once a Valentine’s Day present? A wedding dress from a marriage gone awry? An axe that smashed through household furniture? All are on display at the Museum of Broken Relationships in the Croatian capital, each with written testimonies telling tales of passion, romance and heartbreak. On Valentine’s Day, the museum sees its visits almost double. “The objects that are here represent all the stages of a … Continued

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Nov 10: [audio:http://www.www.krui.fm/assets/news/SS%2011-10-11.mp3] Nov 3: [audio:http://www.www.krui.fm/assets/news/SS%2011-3-11.mp3] Oct 25: [audio:http://www.krui.fm/assets/news/StrangeStoriesOct25.mp3] Mar 10: [audio:http://www.krui.fm/assets/news/StrangeStoriesMarch10.MP3]

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