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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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Bettman Strives for NHL Lockout Hat Trick

Gary Bettman has been the commissioner of the National Hockey since 1993. Under his power, the league has had two previous lockouts, one during the 1994-1995 season and the other being the 2004-2005 season. As more and more times passes, a lockout of the entire 2012-2013 season looms nearer. The war wages on between the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association with tensions high on each side. Since the National Hockey League announced the lockout of the 2012-2013 hockey season, talks and deliberations between the two groups have been at a stand still. Neither side wants to give into to … Continued

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