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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.

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Opinion: Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks

By Sam Odeyemi The Chicago bulls open up the second round of the 2011 NBA playoffs tonight vs the Atlanta Hawks. The last time these two met in the playoffs was in 1993. The Atlanta Hawks are the underdogs, but they are still a very formidable team with all-star, Joe Johnson, and high flier, Josh Smith. The Hawks are very athletic and they will make you pay for turning the ball over. The Bulls have struggled against these Hawks during the regular season and they are going to have to play flawlessly to make this series go by as smooth … Continued

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