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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.

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A Guide to 2014 Music Festivals

I have attended Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza twice, and Pitchfork once. Each festival has had a different vibe. Here are some other festivals that are happening all over the country this summer.   Counterpoint Music Festival April 25-27, 2014 in Kingston Downs, Georgia $199 (GA Camping) This three-day festival features four music stages. Counterpoint also has an Art Village which features artists from all over the world displaying their work. The 2014 line-up includes: : Outkast, Pretty Lights, J. Cole, Major Lazer, Chance the Rapper, Sleigh Bells, Rubblebucket, and Tycho.   Hangout Music Fest May 16-18 in Gulf Shores, Alabama $229 … Continued

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