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WVAU’s #10 Album of 2016: "ANTI" by Rihanna

WVAU’s #10 Album of 2016: "ANTI" by Rihanna

Calkie Fisseha, General Manager

December 22, 2016


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When I was told I get to write about ANTI, a weird stream of emotions rushed over me. I was excited. I was overwhelmed. I was worried about not being able to do this album justice. Repeat after me: Rihanna is more than a fashion icon. She‰'s an artist, badass, and angel that miraculously lives...

WVAU’s #10 Song of 2016: "Heart Shaped Face" by Angel Olsen

WVAU’s #10 Song of 2016: "Heart Shaped Face" by Angel Olsen

Kathleen Lovito

December 22, 2016


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I‰'m sitting on the edge of my bed, bare feet feeling into the worn-down grain of the cold wooden floor. I try to count the grooves like I always do. Like I always do when I‰'m sitting here and you‰'re way over there. Down the stairs, across town, states away... but I‰'m thinking of you, anyway....

WVAU‰’S MOST UNDERRATED AOTY: Mykki by Mykki Blanco

WVAU‰’S MOST UNDERRATED AOTY: Mykki by Mykki Blanco

Tessa Dolt

December 21, 2016


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Courtesy of Pitchfork Mykki Blanco has taken the aggressive rap of previous albums and added an impressive vocal range that works honestly with the heavy, introspective lyrics in her studio debut, Mykki. The queer, gender-fluid performer and alter-ego of Michael Quattlebaum Jr., has established herse...

WVAU 2016: BEST LOCAL DC ARTIST

WVAU 2016: BEST LOCAL DC ARTIST

Kathleen Lovito

December 18, 2016


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Just a month or so back, AU‰'s music mongers flocked to the Tavern to drool over Girlpool‰'s honest lyrics and swoon over Frankie Cosmos‰' psychedelic sweater at WVAU‰'s fall Capital Punishment show, but few expected to be blown away by the four-piece that led the pack: Big Hush. Big Hush may...

WVAU 2016: BEST NEW ARTIST

WVAU 2016: BEST NEW ARTIST

Michael Lovito

December 17, 2016


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Hinds‰'s 2016 LP Leave Me Alone is far from their first release; the Madrid-based quartet has been releasing music as far back as 2014, which makes their designation as “Best New Artist‰” a little dubious. However, 2016 is certainly the year that Hinds broke, turning a bunch of heads in the firs...

WVAU 2016: BEST ALBUM ART

WVAU 2016: BEST ALBUM ART

Tessa Dolt

December 16, 2016


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Courtesy of Prince Rama I was way into Xtreme Now's album art before I knew it was inspired by energy drinks and Taraka Larson's prophetic vision of people base-jumping off planes while the Mona Lisa smiles back at them from their parachutes, but now I have even more of a reason to love it. I like to...

WVAU’s #1 Album of 2015: “To Pimp a Butterfly” by Kendrick Lamar

Calkie Fisseha, General Manager

December 31, 2015


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Courtesy of Genius To Pimp a Butterfly? What does that even mean? Why are all these shirtless dudes in front of the White House on the cover? Therapeutic. That's the only word to describe To Pimp a Butterfly. As I write this, I am at a loss for words about how this album makes me feel. It's th...

WVAU’s #1 Song of 2015: "Hotline Bling" by Drake

Jack Fitzpatrick

December 31, 2015


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Courtesy of Pitchfork When I was selected to write about Hotline Bling as WVAU‰'s Song of the year, I was excited, yet felt a plague of pressure. This track is just so much more than a song. Hotline Bling is the summation of Drake‰'s entire year. This record has so many components, scandals, be...

WVAU’s #2 Album of 2015: "Carrie & Lowell" by Sufjan Stevens

Luke Palermo

December 30, 2015


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Courtesy of Wikipedia Sufjan Stevens‰' musical journey has left few territories uncharted - over the course of his career, the Detroit native has explored acoustic folk, ambient rock, orchestral ballads, electronic, and everything in between. But on his latest album, he strips everything down t...

WVAU’s #2 song of 2015: "Should Have Known Better" by Sufjan Stevens

WVAU’s #2 song of 2015: "Should Have Known Better" by Sufjan Stevens

Matthew Reise

December 30, 2015


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Courtesy of The Daily Gazette Ah, yes, the token feelsy Top 10 songs. Because even us angsty college hipsters have to let our dammed-up emotions flood out in private every once in a while. The wide appeal of “Should Have Known Better‰” likely stems from its versatility as both a good sob-i...

WVAU’s #3 Album of 2015: "I Love You, Honeybear" by Father John Misty

Luke Palermo

December 29, 2015


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Courtesy of Wikipedia In I Love You, Honeybear Josh Tillman AKA Father John Misty takes a big, gaudy, rhinestone-lined heart and sews it onto his sleeve for all to see. According to Tillman, himself, the album is a concept album of his life, and it focuses very heavily on the past, present, and...

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