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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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4/13: Strange Stories

By KRUI News Reporter Kuper Bergman In the April 14th edition of Strange Stories, Kuper found that George Zimmerman, the alleged Trayvon Martin killer awaiting trial, now has a Twitter account despite being in jail; police say two people in ninja costumes robbed a medical marijuana delivery man; and a Floridian man beat a rattlesnake with his trusty golf club. Listen to the strange stories below: [audio: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/35667540/4-14-12%20Strange%20Stories.mp3]

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By KRUI News Reporters Emily Woodbury, Caitlin Fry, and Kuper Bergman Kristian Day is the director of the documentary film, Capone’s Whiskey: The Story of Templeton Rye which played at the Bijou Theatre the weekend of May 2, 2012. Day’s film chronicles the history of the infamous whiskey cookers of Carroll county from their outlaw days of Prohibition to the legalized and much sought after liquor. Day called into the station to discuss the process of making the film and how the idea to revive the legend of Templeton Rye came to him with KRUI News Reporters, Emily Woodbury, Caitlin … Continued

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By KRUI News Reporters Emily Woodbury, Caitlin Fry, Jen Hoch, and Kuper Bergman UI assistant professor in the journalism school, Melissa Tully, joined us for our weekly RoundTable discussion to examine how the recent changes in internet privacy have caused ads to become more tailored to web users and Google’s recent “for dummies” privacy statement to help limit the time users spend reading privacy policy (it would take a person 25 days out of the year to read privacy policies). Listen to the RoundTable discussion below: [audio: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/35667540/RT%203-3-12%20(Melissa%20Tully).mp3] We also spoke with Nick Bergus, an Iowa City blogger, University of … Continued

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By KRUI Reporter Caitlin Fry Recently, the Iowa City City Council approved the second reading on the ordinance amendment that would allow red light cameras on certain Iowa City intersections with a 4-3 vote. Those in favor of the red light cameras believe it will cut down on traffic accidents and increase safety for drivers and pedestrians. Personal injury attorney near downtown Nashville believes that everything that can prevent an accident is a change for the better. Those who oppose the red light cameras argue that they are unnecessary and that any tickets issued from a citation will be received … Continued

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