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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.

Hawkeyes First Round NIT Preview

Iowa kicks off the NIT at 8pm CT on ESPN 2 tonight against the Summit League regular season champion South Dakota Coyotes at Carver Hawkeye Arena. While many fans are surely disappointed that Iowa lost its fifth straight Big Ten tournament game last week, ending their chances of a NCAA tournament bid, the NIT can provide this young team with a few more games together and an experience at Madison Square Garden. The 2013 team featured nine players set to return in 2014 and advanced to the NIT final, every returning player from that team never missed the NCAA tournament … Continued

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