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Nov 21

The Current: Why Music Needs More Female Role Models

By Lauren Peressini

Courtesy of Orlando Weekly.

When I hear Forbes Magazine stating that Beyonce has made $115 million this past year, it makes me feel that women and men have equality in music, or that maybe even girls are running the music world. But this is far from the truth. It is crucial to note that the statistic of Beyonce’s great success came out on a list titled “Highest-Paid Women in Music 2014.” It was not just a list of prosperous musicians overall.

Nov 20

Keep Ya Head Up: Rap in 2014

By Abby King

Courtesy of World Star Hip Hop.

I recently read an article declaring 2014 as one of the worst years for rap ever. It is not surprising fans felt this way coming on the heels of a red hot year for hip hop in 2013. JAY Z, Eminem, and Kanye all dropped albums last year; not to mention solid projects from Wale, J.Cole, and Chance the Rapper. It would be hard for 2014 to compete with such fanfare but was it really one of the worst years ever? I have mixed feelings.

Nov 20

Minutia: Data, Democracy, Music & the Perpetual Race to the Bottom

By Cameron Stewart

Courtesy of Intelligence Aerospace.

What better way to bring music to the masses than the Internet? There’s never been a time when you could hear more music from the comfort of, well, anywhere. On top of that, what better way to serve the purposes of populism and democracy than to give the people exactly what they want? With infinite tracking, data processing, and targeted markets, the producers know exactly what you want and can deliver it instantaneously.

Nov 20

Leading Ladies: Dance and Feel Good!

By Teta Alim

British singer Moko shows us how to get down. (Courtesy of DJ Semtex.)

Finals are nearing, deadlines are looming and your life force is steadily dwindling to zero. You want to go to the gym but that’s too much effort and going outside now would leave you as a human iceberg. The best thing you can do is shelter yourself in your room, put on a great song and dance! Shake your hips, twist your arms, do whatever: just move! It’s a foolproof method that will not only boost your energy but also make you feel good.

Nov 19

The Tough Crowd: Beagle Edition

By Christina Kelly

Courtesy of Bunk Blog.

If you have spent any amount of time aimlessly wandering around campus for something to do, you’ve probably come across a copy of The Beagle. In case you haven’t had the pleasure of finding this gem, its American’s premier (and unofficial) satire publication. The Tough Crowd was lucky enough to get an exclusive interview with one of the founders for our return to our usual format. Since The Beagle is anonymous, this interview was conducted via email and our inside source choose to stay unidentified.

Nov 19

Another Kind of Currency: The Wordplay in "Dog Problems"

By Jonathan Skufca

Courtesy of It's a Fabulous Life.

One of the many things I owe my older brother for would be introducing of me to some of the music that has become my personal favorite to this day. Most of it happened when he was in high school and I, being five years his junior, in middle school. At this point my music tastes hadn’t truly been formed yet (and arguably still haven’t) but I had an idea of what I liked and what I found deplorable.

Nov 18

Feedback | The Anaconda in the Room: How Nicki Minaj Fuses Style & Substance

By Austin Ryan

Oh man have I learned to love Nicki Minaj. Pop never sunk its hooks deep into my musical sensibilities, but I cannot resist a lightning rod like Nicki Minaj. Convinced by boredom and an odd itch, I tried to quantify the raw rage over Nicki Minaj. I did so by calculating the percentage of dislikes from the ten most watched YouTube videos from a few big pop figures. After that I calculated the mean of the percentages to get an average “percentage disliked” for a pop star’s big videos. Minaj’s videos total at 20.9 percent disliked on average.

Nov 17

Submit to "The Stream"!

By Eli Fosl

Haven't you always dreamed of SUBMITTING WORK TO THE WVAU ZINE? Well now you CAN! Read the details below and submit! Submissions are open to ALL AU students.

Nov 17

The Looking Glass: Les Sins, "Michael"

By Jeoffrey Pucci

Courtesy of

What is at stake in the latest album put forth by Chaz Bundick – under the alias Les Sins ­– is no doubt the collective future of the entire genre of chillwave; musician, and album alike. The aesthetic scene we are confronted with in Michael does not have much in common with usual images and sounds we commonly associate with the genre – here, undoubtedly, the signifiers of the album appear stretched and distorted from the work of his earlier project Toro Y Moi, or the work of Neon Indian, Chad Valley, Memory Tapes Wild Nothing and so on.