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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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Iowa Women Fall to Wolverines in Three Straight Sets

The Iowa Hawkeye volleyball team was looking to change momentum in their Big Ten home opener last night against Michigan. Having lost three straight, including the first two games of conference play, the Hawks (8-7) had an uphill battle taking on the Michigan Wolverines (13-3), who were playing tonight’s game with a chip on their shoulders coming off a tough loss to the # 17 Purdue Boilermakers, and had lost two of their last four matches. Unfortunately for the Hawks, homecoming weekend has begun on a sour note. The Hawks opened up the first set trailing early, falling behind 5 … Continued

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