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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.

NFL Midseason Honors 2017 Edition

IOWA CITY – Entering Week 8 of the 2017 season, the NFL never ceases to amaze its fans. Rookies have grown throughout the first 7 weeks. Some have flourished, others have stalled. The league’s elite continued their stride. The veterans’ show off their leadership as they enter decline. Thus, the cycle of the NFL moves on. This period of the season, known as the midseason, is one where teams attempt to regroup for the final push. The playoffs are on the horizon. However, if the season ended today, how would the awards shape up? While the annual NFL Honors show … Continued

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Southern California is now home to the reigning AL and NL MVP. Camden Palmisano has his take on the awards and whether Kershaw deserved to win as a pitcher. (Photo: Garrett Wilson)

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By Jordan Kabialis  “From Chicago, At Guard, 6’3”, #1…” With twenty games left in the NBA regular season, talk will continue to increase over who the league MVP should be. One problem with that is there is no clear-cut definition as to what the MVP is.  Many people will say that it is the player with the best statistics. Some will say that the MVP must come from an “elite” team,  some will just give it to the guy whose name is the biggest. I’ve got a definition for everyone: Derrick Rose. You might be saying to yourself, “Dude, this guy’s … Continued

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