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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

A Pleasant Surprise on Friday the 13th

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”

The Social Dig: Brush up On Your “Herstory”

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...

Why the Tambourine is the Greatest Instrument Ever

Why the Tambourine is the Greatest Instrument Ever

Jaime Lepinsky

September 27, 2019

The tambourine is the greatest instrument ever conceived and yes you can quote me on that. This thought came to me both from listening to my favorite albums and reflecting on my own personal experience as a music consumer since the tender age of zero. The thing is, I have records from all kinds...

MetaMusician: A Posthumous Introduction

MetaMusician: A Posthumous Introduction

Sam Graziano

September 26, 2019

A few weeks ago, Daniel Johnston died at the age of 58. He began his musical career in the early ’80s, passing out his home-recorded tapes around Austin, Texas. Within a few years, he built up somewhat of a cult following and really began to grow as Kurt Cobain, a fan of Johnston’s, was seen wearing...

Mom and the Mailman

Mom and the Mailman

Niccolo Bechtler

September 26, 2019

Part hardcore punk, part lo­fi house beats, part meme­rock with a sprinkle of bath salts, Mom and the Mailman makes music that’s genuinely upsetting. I got turned onto Mom and the Mailman through their 2019 album Tasty Meat , which was on the WVAU rack last semester, and I was an instant fan....

Twin Fantasy: How My Music Taste Branched Off from My Brother’s

Twin Fantasy: How My Music Taste Branched Off from My Brother’s

Milo Paul

September 25, 2019

My Dad had us cut our teeth on the Beatles to start. Hunter and I both liked the Beatles—still do, in fact— but my interest in the Fab Four grew to its own dramatic heights separate from that of my twin. I remember arguing with Jacob Cornblatt, by then the only one of my classmates I knew to practice...

Concert Review: Judah & the Lion and Importance of Mental Health

Concert Review: Judah & the Lion and Importance of Mental Health

Morgan Bluma

September 16, 2019

  Featured image provided by Jacob Tracey. The Nashville, TN band, Judah & the Lion, put on an exceptional live show at the Anthem in DC Thursday night. The unique collective, who offer a mix of  folk, bluegrass, rock, hip-hop, and electric music in their sound came out on stage with...

WVAU & I.M.P September Concert Guide

WVAU & I.M.P September Concert Guide

Jacob Tracey

September 10, 2019

With September and the fall semester in full swing, here is a list of some of the most exciting upcoming concerts taking place in the DMV area this month! Black Pumas - 9/12 New to the music scene, Black Pumas is bringing back the key sounds of the 70s to the modern music world. Led by Grammy Awar...

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