WVAU 2015: Best Local Artists

Kathleen Lovito, John Hackney

December 18, 2015

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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

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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 w...

WVAU 2015: Best Twitter

Lauren Peressini, Maddy Thigpen, Maddy Thigpen

December 15, 2015

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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 o...

WVAU 2015: Best Beef

Calkie Fisseha

December 14, 2015

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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...

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

Teta Alim

December 31, 2014

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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 201...

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

Jesse Paller

December 31, 2014

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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 o...

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

Brendan Principato

December 30, 2014

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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 ...

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

Mike Creedon

December 30, 2014

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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

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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 ba...

WVAU’s #3 Song of 2014: Real Estate – "Crime"

Drew Sher

December 29, 2014

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Courtesy of Domino Records. "Crime‰” was first released on Youtube, ahead of Real Estate‰'s third LP Atlas, as a how-to-play guitar tab music video. Both lead and rhythm guitar parts are tabbed out in a sing-...

WVAU’s #4 Album of 2014: Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2

Richard Murphy

December 28, 2014

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Courtesy of RTJ. On their first record, Run The Jewels proclaimed that they were "the new Avengers,‰” a statement which was only half true. They‰'re gonna save the world, no doubt about it, but this isn‰'t a PG-13 summer funtime adventure. RT...

WVAU’s #4 Song of 2014: Sia – "Chandelier"

Ryan Shepard

December 28, 2014

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Courtesy of Popjustice.Yes, I went to one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country for high school and I attend one of the best universities in the country, but I just learned what the word “chandelier‰” meant about fifteen minutes ago. Seriously...

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