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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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Vox Pop: Student Voices from President Obama’s UI Visit

By KRUI News Reporter Stephanie Nelson snelson@krui.fm President Barack Obama appeared in Iowa City on Wednesday, April 25th to speak at the University of Iowa Field House about the effects of increasing student loan interest rates and how doubling those rates could affect current and future college students in their quest for affordable education. KRUI News Reporters spoke with University of Iowa students about how doubling the interest rates of student loans would affect them and how they needed nation 21 bad credit and cash loans help. Listen to responses from various students here: [audio: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/35667540/OBAMA1st.mp3]

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