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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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RT Blog Post: Development in Downtown Iowa City

By KRUI News Reporter Lauren Siebert lmsiebert@gmail.com On Saturday, March 24th, the KRUI News Team invited Anna Wickes, social media guru of Revival Clothing Store, and Tara Cronbaugh, president, head of accounting and owner of The Java House, into the studio to discuss development in downtown Iowa City. Many Iowa City residents are familiar with the changes that have been taking place in downtown since the 2008 floods, but the city council and local business owners and developers have been working on comprehensive growth plans for the city since 1997. Called the Comprehensive Plan, it defines a vision and a … Continued

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