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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

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. 

So, you’ve imbibed in the magic, ribaldry, and unparalleled majesty that is the Lab.

Perhaps it was a random decision; an accidental mis-click.  We’d prefer you think of it as FATE, but if you’re disinclined to those sorts of notions, we won’t press you.

But admit it: it was fucking awesome, was it not?  Was it not the most open, the most expressive, the most wonderful listening experience you’ve ever had (or at least a close second)?  If we’re all capable of being honest adults, I think we know what the answer is: “Sort of”.

Fair enough.  But it was certainly interesting, unique, and honest.  That you must concede.

And surely, in the aftermath of this sonic awakening, one question remains:  who the fuck was I listening to?

Well, toil in ignorance and uncertainty no longer!  For here is an ongoing and ever changing synopsis of every show on our dear Lab (a Labclopedia, if you will).  Learn of our dynamos, our heroes, our anti-heroes, our champions- our raison d’etre!

A gallery of rogues; a roll of honorables:  The Lab’s life blood and squishy organs!

The least hyperbolic series of show spotlights in all of human history!