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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. 

Champions League Draw Reveals Elite Matchups

The UEFA Champions League unveiled its quarterfinal draw on Friday, revealing a host of appetizing matchups between Europe’s most elite clubs. Here are all of the ties, including a heavyweight bout between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, and an attacking showcase in Borussia Dortmund vs. AS Monaco. Will FC Barcelona build on their momentum after humbling PSG? Will Leicester City FC’s fairytale run continue against Atletico Madrid? These questions and more will all be answered in the quarterfinals. The first-leg matches take place April 11-12, followed by the second legs on April 18-19. Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich Easily the … Continued

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