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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.

Football Limbo: Iowa sputters in loss to Michigan, 10-3

Image Rights: Detroit Free Press Despite some scintillating defense, Iowa was never able to overcome four turnovers and eight sacks in its first loss of the season, falling to #20 Michigan in Ann Arbor. The 14th-ranked Hawkeyes were split down the middle in Michigan Stadium on Saturday. The defense kept the team in the ball game from start to finish, handing the ball back to the offense time and time again with no success. Phil Parker’s side held the Michigan offense to 267 yards and 10 points, well below their season averages. All of this was done in front of … Continued

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Before the championship even tips off, I am sitting here surrounded by my busted brackets, seeing exactly where things went wrong. If only (X) team would have beat (Y) then I’d be rich. An old saying. Giving ourselves reassurance that it was not our faults, rather the universe has some sort of score to settle. South Carolina in the Final Four? Three of the Four #16 Seeds had higher final four picks that South Carolina. This year of March Madness certainly wasn’t the craziest in recent memory, nor the one with the most bracket-busters early. It was rather one where … Continued

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Video games in the recent age have had a very small number of companies control the entire sports market. EA Sports and 2K Sports are juggernauts in their own rights. But there was once a company that made games that were simple, fun and uber-competitive: Humongous Entertainment. They made “Pajama Sam” and “Putt-Putt” as well as many other franchises. However, the one franchise HE is widely known for is their “Backyard” sports editions. Baseball, Football, Basketball. All sorts of sports full of kids that are short and from port to port. A particular game that I grew fond of over … Continued

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IOWA CITY, IA—Last night the unranked Iowa Hawkeyes (6-4, 4-3) took down the undefeated #3 ranked Michigan Wolverines (9-1, 6-1) on a Keith Duncan game winning field goal. Duncan’s kick sent Kinnick Field into a frenzy; the players piled on Duncan, and the 70,000 fans in attendance were right behind them. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said about the moment, “To have 70,000 of our best friends with us, that was fantastic.” It was a great night for the Iowa Hawkeyes, and a fantastic night for one Hawkeye in particular, Akrum Wadley. The junior has often been plagued with ball security … Continued

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By Madeleine Stroth The fans were here in full force tonight in the CRWC Natatorium for day 2 of the Men’s B1G Swimming & Diving Championships.  One Michigan fan even brought a trumpet to play alongside the Wolverine Fight Song every time it played, and oh did it play. Michigan ended the night at the top of the leader board (253 points) with three B1G Champions, and dominated the 500 yard Freestyle snatching up first, second, and third for the Wolverines. Iowa currently holds the number four spot (152 points) after today’s events. Men’s 500 Freestyle Finals: Ryan Feeley 4:15:12 … Continued

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By Madeleine Stroth 11:41 AM – It is COLD out there folks! We’re through one and starting up another! Iowa leads Michigan 7-6.  Hawks are hanging with the Wolverines at the 40 yard line.  Hawks manage to keep Michigan at the 40, a 49 yard punt, a 14 yard return for Hyde, and it’s back to the Haweyes at the 20 yard line.  12:13 left in the 2nd. 11:46 AM – Hoke thinks he’s a tough guy with those short sleeves on. 11:54 AM – Hawks at the one yard line, Brad Herman for the touchdown!  Meyer locks in the … Continued

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