Fresh Off the Boat: beabadoobee – the comfort voice that we all need


Yen Dang

October 7, 2019

19-years-old indie-pop singer-songwriter, beabadoobee, real-named Bea Kristi, enters the 21stcentury music scene with her secondhanded guitar, her disarmingly gentle and dreamy voice and revives the heady sound of 90s alternative pop to its fullest glory. Bea captures the eyes of the Gen Z’s Lonely Hea...

Headphoning It In: Living In A “Happy Nation”

Headphoning It In: Living In A “Happy Nation”

Madee Sadozai

October 4, 2019

1993: Twenty-six years ago, a Swedish pop quartet, comprised of two females and two males that isn’t ABBA, released their monumental debut album, Happy Nation. On my very birthday, September 25th, Ace of Base graced humankind with a, dare I say, life-changing auditory experience. Note, there are t...

Do great artists steal? And if so, how can I?

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James Lepinsky

October 4, 2019

The following is an excerpt from James Lepinsky’s upcoming book “How to Write a Song.” He is not done writing the book yet, but he will definitely let you know when it’s going to be published. There is a sentiment shared in the discussion of art: do great artists steal? And the answer is ye...

Up and Coming in the District: Poppies and Halpine


Isabella Goodman

October 4, 2019

Concerts have always been one of my favorite past times. Whether it’s a sold-out arena show where thousands of people are screaming along to songs we all know or it’s a three-person gig in somebody’s basement, I’ve rarely had a bad time at a concert. If you’re ever trying to find some live...

Respect the Classics: The Doors

The Doors

Zoe Joy

October 3, 2019

The Arctic Monkeys are now known as modern day rock and roll gods, filled to the brim with bravado and stage presence. For those of us who were fans before the immense success of AM and “Do I Wanna Know” (or were curious enough to do a deep dive into their discography) we know that  Alex Turner...

Why I Cover: “Career Opportunities” by The Clash

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Milo Paul

October 2, 2019

My very first article with WVAU was about my total adoration for all things Joe Strummer. That semester I had planned to provide The Clash with an album review akin to my treatment of AJJ’s People Who Eat Peopleand Guided By Voices’ Alien Lanesrecords, but that never came to be because I literal...

An Artist to Soothe Your Soul: Keshi

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Marjorie Blum

October 2, 2019

With starting your first year of college comes change, stress, and confusion. In attempt to try and juggle everything, I turned to music to help calm myself down. This is when I came across one of my new favorite artists. Casey Luong, professionally known in the music world as keshi, is a 24-year-old...

Teen Angst and The Lightning Thief

Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Jessica Anthony

October 2, 2019

Everyone had that series of books growing up. For many, it was Harry Potter, but for me, it was Percy Jackson - and I know I’m not alone in that. It remains one of the bestselling book series of the last decade, and I know that it certainly defined my and many other middle schoolers’ formative years. ...

All Hail Queen Naija

All Hail Queen Naija

Maggie Mahoney

October 2, 2019

Fitting for this series’ title: Queens of R&B, our first spotlight artist is the prolific: Queen Naija. Born on October 17, 1995, to an African American mother and Arab father, Queen grew up in Detroit, Michigan, singing in her church’s choir since the age of three. Ever since her early years,...

A Pleasant Surprise on Friday the 13th

Photo Credit: Claire Daniel

Claire Daniel

October 1, 2019

Fridays that fall on the 13th of the month are notoriously ominous. There’s an entire movie series based around the calamities that seem to ensue on these dates, but on Friday September 13th, my roommate and I were pleasantly surprised by what we stumbled across. That afternoon I stumbled across...

The Social Dig: Brush up On Your “Herstory”

Young Ma Album Cover

Chanell Noise

September 30, 2019

Young M.A’s second studio album, Herstory In The Making, is a uncommon blend of gang, queer and intimate stories. The stark contrast between her personal raps and her tough-guy persona makes Herstory In The Makingunique. But the personal raps coupled with the conspicuous consumption bars make the album re...

Happy Birthday Pure Heroine

Happy Birthday Pure Heroine

Johanna Zen

September 27, 2019

Six years ago, 16-year-old Ella Yelich-O’Connor, under her stage name Lorde, released her debut album Pure Heroine to overwhelming success and would go on to be nominated for a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album. Since the start of her popularity, Lorde has become sort of a patron saint for bored sub...

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