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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.

Mister Miracle was a 12-issue limited series written by Tom King, illustrated by Mitch Gerads, and published monthly by DC Comics. The final issue of the limited series was released on November 14th. Tom King and Mitch Gerads both won Eisner Awards, the highest award offered in the comics industry, for their work on this series. The pair previously worked on The Sheriff of Babylon, a 12-issue series published under Dc’s adult-oriented Vertigo imprint. The story of Mister Miracle follows an American police officer-turned military consultant as he attempts to solve the murder of one of his Iraqi police trainees … Continued

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Seasoned DJ and music reviewer Carter Alan takes readers on a road trip through 50 years of rock concerts in his book The Decibel Diaries. Hop in the passenger seat and hold on for the legendary ride! (Featured Image via Pinterest)

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