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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.

The Alt Rock Chick: Of Monsters and Men

I’ll never forget the first time I heard Of Monsters and Men. I was 14 and on the cusp of discovering my love for Alternative Rock music. It was the age that I ditched the empty, Top 40 Hits nonsense and finally acquired an actual music taste. I dove deep into the excitement of finding new bands, plucking them from obscurity and bringing them to life inside the purple walls of my childhood bedroom. I was on vacation with my family in Colorado, listening to Pandora in the twin bed of our rented condo. “Sloom” trickled through my earbuds and … Continued

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