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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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Iowa City Opinions on Religion & the 2012 Campaign

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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