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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.

The Iowa Hawkeyes men’s basketball team finally made the national sports’ talking head show cycle this week. It would be a pleasant idea to think that they were in the news because they just came off what was probably their best two game stretch of the season, blowout victories on the road against Michigan and at home against then 16th ranked Maryland. Unfortunately, that was not case. The Hawks hit the Around the Horn, PTI, His and Hers talking head cycle after Junior Center Adam Woodbury poked Maryland Freshman Melo Trimble in the eye. On paper, that sounds like it could … Continued

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Aaron White scores 18 second-half points in the Hawkeyes 76-67 win over Ohio State. IOWA CITY, Iowa – Adam Woodbury, who is listed as 7-feet 1-inch and 245 pounds on the Iowa Hawkeyes men’s basketball team, has been the target of criticism during his career at Iowa. The center, who is his junior year at Iowa, may have silenced some critiques as he recorded a double-double performance (13 points, 10 rebounds). His performance propelled the Hawkeyes (13-5, 4-1) over the Ohio State Buckeyes (14-5, 3-3) 76-67 on Saturday afternoon in Iowa City. “[Woodbury] was spectacular,” Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery … Continued

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Carver-Hawkeye Arena was rocking, the student section was in full force. The nearly sell-out crowd of 15,127 turned the place into a Black and Gold ruckus. Probably the loudest Carver has been in four years. Correction, the loudest it has been in four years. In a game that featured a multitude of runs and many momentum swings, Iowa forgot about its atrocious 3-point shooting in the first half, out-rebounded the best rebounding team in the nation, and ultimately defeated Iowa State. Down 36-35 at the break, the Hawkeyes (8-2) started off the second half on a 6-0 run, took the … Continued

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