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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

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. 

Outdoor “Office Space” Screening In City Park

Friday night may have been a tad more chilly than we’ve been used to in Iowa City, but that didn’t stop people from enjoying the 90’s cult classic Office Space in City Park. The film was played on September 21st as part of the Starlite Cinema, an open-air cinema experience. Not only did everyone get to enjoy the classic comedy, they also got the opportunity to destroy an office printer before the film (which was inspired by the scene from the film). Audience members also had a chance to win a red Swingline stapler for the viewer with the most “flair” (another reference to the film). It was definitely a night of … Continued

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