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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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UI Student Strives To Be Next Eco-Star

By KRUI News Reporters Emily Woodbury and Lauren Siebert Elliott Beenk is an engineer, entrepreneur, and an avid musician. There are few aspects of the sustainability movement with which Beenk hasn’t been involved. Currently Beenk is investigating biomass opportunities to meet 2020’s renewable energy targets as an intern at the University of Iowa Office of Sustainability. In addition, he is finishing his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and starting his Master’s in Environmental Engineering this spring. His sustainability work focuses primarily on academia, music, and consulting. At SimScale, we value your time. That’s why we reinvented the simulation workflow with the … Continued

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