WVAU’s #9 Album of 2015: "What For?" by Toro Y Moi

Matthew Reise

December 23, 2015

One of the most hotly contested indie albums of 2015, a lot has been said about Toro Y Moi‰'s fourth studio album What For?. Drastically different than anything frontman Chaz Bundick had ever released, the band‰'s new sound caught the indie music community totally off-guard. Bracing for another c...

WVAU’s #10 Album of 2015: "T R A P S O U L" by Bryson Tiller

December 22, 2015

T R A P S O U L is not only novel and exciting, but it is a display of how much Bryson Tiller has advanced since his last mixtape, Killer Instinct, was released in 2011. All 14 tracks featured on T R A P S O U L are a little bit out of this world: spacey, cosmic, relaxed, and sexy. But that‰'s not to say t...

WVAU 2015: Best Rackspin Find

Ian Evans, Dani Rosen

December 19, 2015

Royal Headache- High Courtesy of  Stereogum I was rummaging through the rack looking for material for my first show when I stumbled upon Royal Headache. Although High was put on the rack at the beginning of the semester with no review, the album unexpectedly became part of the soundtrack to my semester. The album contains some terrific tu...

WVAU 2015: Best Local Artists

Kathleen Lovito, John Hackney

December 18, 2015

Genocide Pact Courtesy of Decibel Magazine As a long-haired metalhead freak, the first thing I did when I came to AU was try to connect with the local scene. And although DC is rich with musical history and has a thriving punk and hardcore scene, I was disappointed to find that DC‰'s metal sce...

WVAU 2015: Best Music Videos

Jack Fitzpatrick, Jonathan Skufca

December 16, 2015

Titus Andronicus ‰ÛÒ The Magic Morning As my entire cohort of Facebook friends and Twitter followers probably know, I was super excited for the release of Titus Andronicus‰'s fourth LP, The Most Lamentable Tragedy, and freaked out when a few lead singles dropped, hung on nearly any tidbit of ne...

WVAU 2015: Best Twitter

Lauren Peressini, Maddy Thigpen, Maddy Thigpen

December 15, 2015

Lil B The Based God @LILBTHEBASEDGOD Possibly the only rapper that follows (1.31 million) more people than follow him (1.2 million) on twitter. People today are awfully concerned with their ratios on social media. Lil B is not one of those people. Lil B is not afraid to flood your timeline, if you follow him, at any point in time with mass...

WVAU 2015: Best Beef

Calkie Fisseha, General Manager

December 14, 2015

The Beef of Our Generation: Meek Mill and Drake                It seems like a millennium ago… rolling through my neighborhood on a beautiful July morning bumping Dreams Worth More Than Money in my parent‰'s mini van. Singing along to “R.I.C.O‰Û, trading off Meek and Drake‰'s verses with my homies and doing ...

WVAU’s #1 Album of 2014: FKA twigs – LP1

Teta Alim

December 31, 2014

Courtesy of Pitchfork. British singer FKA twigs astounded music critics and lovers with her debut album LP1, a true tour de force that topped nearly every year-end “best albums of 2014‰” list. On WVAU‰'s various year-end lists, twigs won spots for #7 song of 2014, style icon and even...

WVAU’s #1 Song of 2014: Pile – "Special Snowflakes"

Jesse Paller

December 31, 2014

Courtesy of Pile's Bandcamp. “Special Snowflakes‰” is, in many ways, the sound of potential being reached. It feels sort of ridiculous to say so, being that Pile have an incredible back catalog, and are one of the most beloved cult bands on the East Coast. But on “Special Snowfl...

WVAU’s #2 Album of 2014: Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

Brendan Principato

December 30, 2014

Courtesy of Angel Olsen. For me, 2014 will be remembered as the year of Angel Olsen. Her masterpiece, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, stands as a landmark record that expresses sentiments about loneliness, honesty, and vulnerability in a such a way that you can‰'t help but emotionally ...

WVAU’s #2 Song of 2014: Sun Kil Moon – "I Watched the Film the Song Remains the Same"

Mike Creedon

December 30, 2014

Courtesy of Stereogum. Benji‰'s success story seems to be inscribed in the songs themselves. Mark Kozelek is far from an emerging artist and he‰'s definitely not returning from any type of break. To even claim that Benji was a reinvention for Kozelek would be disingenuous; his nylon-strin...

WVAU’s #3 Album of 2014: Iceage – Plowing Into the Field of Love

Jesse Paller, Paz Monge

December 29, 2014

Courtesy of Matador Records. Iceage is by far the best-dressed boy band I‰'ll ever see. After delivering two flawless LPs that made the world see why they possess the title of “coolest Danish post-punk band,‰” hot babe Elias Bender RÌünnenfelt and his friends decided to give Plowing Into the Field of Love a more baroque approach. Sometimes I like to think that they just got bored of their trademark sound (aggressive but catchy)...

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