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Darondo: The Extravagant soul funk singer sampled by Kendrick, Mac Miller, Vic Mensa, and others

Darondo: The Extravagant soul funk singer sampled by Kendrick, Mac Miller, Vic Mensa, and others

August Greenberg, Web Staffer

February 24, 2019


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William Daron Pulliam is known to diehard soul fans as Darondo--an elusive singer with a distinctly powerful voice. Graham Reid wrote a detailed and comprehensive history of the singer on Elsewhere, after his unfortunate passing in 2013. It seems Darondo has always been a flamboyant figure, attracte...

MetaMusician: My Love-Hate Relationship with Cover Songs

MetaMusician: My Love-Hate Relationship with Cover Songs

Samuel Graziano, Web Staffer

February 24, 2019


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Earlier this month Denzel Curry performed a cover of the Rage Against the Machine classic “Bulls on Parade.” It was amazing to say the least. Energetic, angry, and sweaty-all the things one would want in a rendition of a RATM tune. Performances like this one that keeps covers on the map of respected...

The Ariana Grande Effect

The Ariana Grande Effect

Elyssa Dalaker, Web Staffer

February 22, 2019


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You’d have to be living under a rock not to recognize the cover for Ariana Grande’s latest #1 album, thank u, next. It’s the eagerly anticipated, confident breakup album currently taking the world by storm. Following the release of the album, Grande quickly snagged the top 3 spots on the Billb...

The Boyband Manifesto: Brockhampton’s “Boogie” and the Death of Genre

The Boyband Manifesto: Brockhampton’s “Boogie” and the Death of Genre

Niccolo Bechtler, Web Staffer

February 21, 2019


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Author’s note: I originally wrote this piece in sorta flaccid academic style last spring, when Saturation III was still a hot release and we didn’t yet know how hard Ameer Vann sucks. Nonetheless I stand by this song and my take on it (which might be rendered even hotter by Vann’s departure...

The Social Dig: “BLK Magic”

The Social Dig: “BLK Magic”

Chanell Noise, Web Staffer

February 20, 2019


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“BLK Magic” by iLLism speaks to the intrinsic value of Black culture just in time for Black History Month.   Black culture, via an American lens, is rich. It can be argued that American Black culture: a blend of eurocentric standards, western religion, antebellum southern traditions and remixe...

Art Imitating Life: How A Star is Born Romanticizes the Power Dynamics of the Music Industry

Art Imitating Life: How A Star is Born Romanticizes the Power Dynamics of the Music Industry

Johanna Zenn, Web Staffer

February 18, 2019


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Content Warning: discussions of sexual assault, abuse, and substance use   Article contains spoilers for A Star is Born (2018)   Last week, the New York Times published an exposé of singer-songwriter, Ryan Adams, in which several women accused him of sexual assault, abusive behavior, a...

Five albums for Black History Month

Five albums for Black History Month

James Lepinsky Contreras

February 16, 2019


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Charles Bradley - No Time for Dreaming (2011, Daptone) Genre: R&B/Soul Verdict: The real deal, no time machine present. The late Charles Bradley was cut from the same cloth that made James Brown and Sam Cooke musical deities. However, despite his natural talents, it took four decades fo...

Let’s Talk About the “Teal Album”

Let’s Talk About the “Teal Album”

Melissa Weinstein

February 16, 2019


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Procrastination got the best of me. On January 24, 2019, Weezer came out with their twelfth studio album, and fifth self-titled album, also known as the Teal Album. Yet here we are, about three weeks later finally sitting down, ready to talk about it. I listened to the cover album this past week while...

James Lepinsky is Listening: Deerhunter – “Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappared?”

James Lepinsky is Listening: Deerhunter – “Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappared?”

James Lepinsky

February 14, 2019


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Verdict: Pop and sound is everywhere! Money! One of the most notable bands to come out of the 2000s indie rock smorgasbord, Atlanta band Deerhunter have always jumped out different styles and genres throughout each release. The band can go funky on one release (Fading Frontier), dream pop on another...

Agendered and Going On a Bender: Punk Experienced by a Non-Binary Fan

Agendered and Going On a Bender: Punk Experienced by a Non-Binary Fan

Milo Paul

February 12, 2019


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The topic for this article could make for a compelling 200-page memoir in and of itself but I’ve been tossing this concept around in my head for awhile and I suppose it’s time I spilled some guts before they spill themselves for me. If you haven’t already taken a hint from the title, I am someone...

Phoebe Bridgers Has No Chill

Phoebe Bridgers Has No Chill

Shannon Durazo

February 11, 2019


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It’s another day, and indie/folk songstress Phoebe Bridgers has created another side project, this time a collab with indie rock titan and Bright Eyes front man Conor Oberst under the moniker Better Oblivion Community Center. Oberst and Bridgers have performed together in the past on the track “Would...

WVAU’s 2018 Albums of the Year

WVAU’s 2018 Albums of the Year

WVAU Staff

December 31, 2018


Filed under Current Columns, End of the Year Awards

Every year, WVAU asks its community about the music that moved them, the songs they listened to on repeat, and the albums they'll never forget. This year, in a new form, we're highlighting what our community says is this year's best. These are WVAU's albums of the year. 10. Spirit of the Beehive - H...

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