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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

Things are not looking so bright right now for the New York Knicks. Yes, I know that this is just the start of the 2013-2014 NBA season, but the Knicks are off to an slow start and now it’s just getting ugly. The New York Knicks have a record of 1-3, with their only win coming in the season opener against the Milwaukee Bucks. Ever since then, they are on a three game losing streak falling to the Chicago Bulls, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Charlotte Bobcats. Just when you think, the slow start is already bad for the Knicks … Continued

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