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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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International Student Experiences at the University of Iowa

By KRUI News Reporter Annalisa Donahey  The University of Iowa has about 3,200 international students enrolled this academic year enrolled in either the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or School of Business. Students come from as far away as China to the Democratic Republic of Congo. KRUI News Reporter, Annalisa Donahey, spoke with a few international students about their experiences in the classroom, adjusting to the different weather conditions, and learning about life in Iowa as well as other foreign cultures. Listen to the feature below: [audio: http://www.krui.fm/assets/news/DonaheyINStudents.mp3]

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