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Dec 18

WVAU 2014: Style Icons

By Anonymous and Carson Bear and Ryan Shepard

Courtesy of The Fashion Law.

Continuing the fun activity of ranking musical artists on a completely non-musical basis, here are our top three style icons of 2014. While an artist's clothing style may have nothing to do with their music, it is indeed a major part of their perception and often an extension of their art. These three artists were chosen by WVAU DJs for their originality, aesthetic badassery and grace under pressure.

Dec 17

WVAU 2014: Best Live Acts

By Andrea Diaz and Cameron Stewart and Katie Cheyne

An essential part of the enjoyment of a band is their live show. If they can express and enhance the feeling of their recorded work, then they've succeeded. WVAU voted and our top three choices came to three very different acts, who share little but an amazing ability to express their music in a live setting in 2014.

Dec 16

WVAU 2014: Best Music Videos

Music videos have come a long way from the hair metal days. Musicians use their videos to explore new sides of their artistic persona, adding visuals to an already formed sound. Our top five videos span genres and moods, from goofy to surreal to sexual (guess who).

Dec 03

Is It Publishable? A Conversation with Two Inch Astronaut

By Cameron Stewart

Courtesy of NPR.

In step with many of the best bands of today, Two Inch Astronaut take their already immaculate sound and find ways to push it further and further into greatness. The songs on their latest record  Foulbrood are filled with immediately satisfying hooks punctuated with bittersweet dissonance that reveal immense intricacies upon closer examination.

Nov 24

WVAU Reviews: Ariel Pink, "pom pom"

By Paz Monge

Courtesy of Tumblr.

RIP the Haunted Graffiti. It’s sad to accept, but Ariel Rosenberg’s decade long project, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, takes a tiny hiatus for his new solo album, pom pom. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti gave us great party/karaoke classics like “Round and Round”, “Every Night I Die at Miyagis”, “Live it up” and probably every single track out of House Arrest. He even covered “Baby” originally by the Emerson brothers, which is by far one of the sexiest songs out there.

But, while the Haunted Graffiti says goodbye for a while, pom pom comes backs to Ariel’s roots of hi-fi silly pop, testing his listeners with his retro/virtuoso dialogues and LA 80’s sounds.

Nov 23

Vibe of the Week: The Thanksgiving Jam

By Kristina Kumpel

Courtesy of Neil Young Official Store.

Thanksgiving, the holiday we celebrate, but often overlook. For a day that we set aside for the sole purpose of reflection and gratitude, there is never quite as much hype for good old Turkey Day than there is for Christmas or New Years. Christmas music is basically a genre of its own, but where are the Thanksgiving jams?

Nov 23

Porque no los Dos: Why I am Scared to See My Favorite Artists in Concert

By Andrea Diaz

Courtesy of Huffington Post.

Never should a musical bond with strangers amount to touching or harassment of any kind, but in many cases it does and it is overlooked by venue staff. The problem with concert venues is that they work like nightclubs, but no one ever dares make that correlation because such mention would devalue the primary focus on music that concert venues like to “prioritize”.

Multiple times I have been groped while in the crowd of a concert. The first couple of times I began to think that this must be an accidental happening given the fact that at some shows people are packed like a can of sardines. But when should we draw the line?

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.