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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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Day 2 Recap: Men’s B1G Swimming & Diving Championships

By Madeleine Stroth The fans were here in full force tonight in the CRWC Natatorium for day 2 of the Men’s B1G Swimming & Diving Championships.  One Michigan fan even brought a trumpet to play alongside the Wolverine Fight Song every time it played, and oh did it play. Michigan ended the night at the top of the leader board (253 points) with three B1G Champions, and dominated the 500 yard Freestyle snatching up first, second, and third for the Wolverines. Iowa currently holds the number four spot (152 points) after today’s events. Men’s 500 Freestyle Finals: Ryan Feeley 4:15:12 … Continued

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