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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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Rookie of the Year Speculation

After Kentucky won the NCAA Tournament last spring, it was unanimous that Anthony Davis would be selected first overall in the 2012 NBA Draft. In June, when the New Orleans Hornets used their top draft pick to get the award-laden center, everyone assumed he would be Rookie of the Year. Before the season, Anthony Davis was the most talked about rookie, and it was as if there was no competition for the award. In the first few weeks of the NBA season however, a few rookies have shown that they can challenge Davis for the Rookie of the Year Award, … Continued

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