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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. 

The plan of putting Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony has not panned out for New York and has the city Pan-Knicking.

Bottom Five: Humiliation

By Jeremy Blumberg The bottom five… it’s a long way to the top.   5. Kicking Off New Rules: One of the rules implanted into the NFL at the owner’s meetings was that the Kickoff will now start from the 35 yard line.  The whole point of this rule was to eliminate wedge blocking to reduce the number of injuries.  But if that is the case, why is wedge blocking still allowed?  Last year, a rule was added stating that no more than 3 players could be placed to form a wedge, in an effort to prevent injuries.  If the … Continued

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