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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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Dress to Honor. Dress to Impress.

One of the most explosive athletes in professional sports, an Olympic gold medalist, Russell Westbrook doesn’t just make headlines for his on-court performances. In almost every press conference Westbrook has been known to make fashion statements. Whether it be glasses with no lenses, unique hats, or unusual shirts, he always seems to be wearing something that makes people go, “huh?”. He may not have started the trend, but he has definitely been a big influence. The likes of LeBron James and Dwayne Wade have followed suit (no pun intended) in press conferences as well. This past Sunday the Thunder announced … Continued

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