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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

NCAA Tournament Breakdown: Midwest Region

This is part three of our four part tournament coverage series. The midwest bracket is headed by Kansas, the #2 overall seed in the tournament. This regional looks to be the most wide open quadrant of the tournament considering each of the top seeds have more weaknesses than in the other regionals. Combine that with two major conference tourney champions seeded #5 and #7, and we might be in for some chaos. Chaos! Let’s get to it. The Favorites Kansas- The Jayhawks were in a great position to secure the #1 overall seed in the tournament, but they blew it by … Continued

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