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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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Review: Alexis Stevens, The Lonelyhearts, Bowerbirds, Sharon Van Etten

By Shari Ellis Jaffri The Mission Creek Festival continued in festive force on Friday, March 30th. Even as early on as 7 PM, Iowa City was thick with celebration in the air with a majority of its residents eagerly ushering in the weekend by choosing to bask in live music. With a lineup of shows worth boasting about at The Mill by Alexis Stevens, The Lonelyhearts, Bowerbirds and Sharon Van Etten, the Mission Creek festival promised a delectable palate to all fortunate music-enthusiasts in town, particularly for lovers of folk music. If it’s any indication of success, The Mill itself … Continued

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