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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. 

Football Limbo: Iowa sputters in loss to Michigan, 10-3

Image Rights: Detroit Free Press Despite some scintillating defense, Iowa was never able to overcome four turnovers and eight sacks in its first loss of the season, falling to #20 Michigan in Ann Arbor. The 14th-ranked Hawkeyes were split down the middle in Michigan Stadium on Saturday. The defense kept the team in the ball game from start to finish, handing the ball back to the offense time and time again with no success. Phil Parker’s side held the Michigan offense to 267 yards and 10 points, well below their season averages. All of this was done in front of … Continued

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By Madeleine Stroth 11:41 AM – It is COLD out there folks! We’re through one and starting up another! Iowa leads Michigan 7-6.  Hawks are hanging with the Wolverines at the 40 yard line.  Hawks manage to keep Michigan at the 40, a 49 yard punt, a 14 yard return for Hyde, and it’s back to the Haweyes at the 20 yard line.  12:13 left in the 2nd. 11:46 AM – Hoke thinks he’s a tough guy with those short sleeves on. 11:54 AM – Hawks at the one yard line, Brad Herman for the touchdown!  Meyer locks in the … Continued

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