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Jan 25

Porque no los Dos: Julieta Venegas

By Andrea Diaz

Courtesy of La Reputada.

I first heard  Julieta Venegas on the radio when her album, Si, had just come out in 2003. Following widespread success, the album won a Latin Grammy Award for Best Rock Solo Vocal Album. It was rock enough to be in that category and pop enough to widen its audience. One of the songs, “Lento,” was my childhood anthem; it was about slowing down the pace of life to enjoy the little details and fall in love. Clearly, nine-year-old me needed this. 

Jan 23

The Current: Coyote Ugly Casanova

By Lauren Peressini

Courtesy of Pitchfork.

Coming off an eight year hiatus, my favorite band, Modest Mouse, are officially putting out a new album. The new album, Strangers to Ourselves, will be released on March 3. So far, two singles have been released, “Lampshades on Fire” and “Coyotes.” “Lampshades on Fire” is more upbeat than a lot of the songs I love from Modest Mouse but is nonetheless a necessary listen. The track “Coyotes” is “Inspired by the true story of a coyote that rode Portland's MAX light rail train in 2002” according the music video's Youtube description.

Jan 22

Keep Ya Head Up: BestCoast Connection Tour Remembers A$AP Yams

By Abby King

Courtesy of NYT.

This past Sunday the hip hop community was shocked by the death of one Steven Rodriguez, better known as A$AP Yams. Yams was one of the original cofounders of the Harlem-based A$AP Mob, a hip hop collective home to, most notably, rappers A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg. Often likened to the Puff Daddy to Rocky’s B.I.G. Yams successfully navigated Rocky to a 3 million dollar record deal while never compromising the creative integrity so crucial to the A$AP Mob brand.

Jan 21

Another Kind of Currency: Is Visiting the Past Worth the Hassle?

By Jonathan Skufca

Courtesy of Some Will Never Know.

The song that will be gracing this week’s column is English musician Frank Turner’s “Time Machine.” A bonus track from Turner’s 2013 album, Tape Deck Heart, “Time Machine” is a perfect example of what I’ve seen described as “campfire punk.” It's a mixture of folk, rock and punk that isn’t quite folk-punk but something all its own that you just need to hear to understand.

Jan 20

Feedback: A Progressive Rock Ghost Story

By Austin Ryan

Courtesy of Progsphere.

Progressive rock band the Mars Volta occupy an almost unfillable niche for their fans. For some sweet few years the band’s driving forces, guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, created a stream of innovative albums. However, the Mars Volta’s most interesting achievement does not come from their twisted time signature and jacked up meter. It comes from a Ouija board and a schizophrenic spirit. This story has been told before, but like any good ghost story, it needs retelling.

Jan 20

The Tough Crowd: The "In The Bin" Challenge

By Christina Kelly

Papa Kelly hangs out at Joe's Record Paradise - Silver Spring.

In case you didn't hear, 2014 was a huge year for vinyl. Overall vinyl sales jumped 49%, Jack White sold zillions of copies of his hit record Lazaretto, and the continent's largest pressing plant can't even keep up with production demand. While all of this is awesome, the real stars of the show are the independent record stores keeping their doors open for us and supplying the raddest of finds. In honor of their efforts in bringing us the best the world of vinyl has to offer, I’m going to teach all of you my favorite game of my own creation. A game I may or may not be making up as I go along.

Jan 19

Pop Exodus: The Great Punk Direction Controversy of 2015

By Carson Bear

Courtesy of Redbubble.

The story goes like this: some One Direction fan in some nether region of the internet decided they wanted to make bootleg t-shirts of other bands with 1D’s name on them.

At first, it seemed that everyone was in on the joke: these bands are not in fact the same band as One Direction; they are also often well respected among a somewhat elitist community that seriously dislikes 1D and everything it stands for. So, to put those bands’ logos on a shirt and brand them as One Direction is a genius move sure to offend some uppity Black Flag fan. 

Jan 16

Overlooked by WVAU 2014: Prince - ART OFFICIAL AGE

By Jack Fitzpatrick

Courtesy of HipHop-n-more.

Let me take you back to Tuesday, September 30, 2014. I woke up from a tumultuous dream and realized the date was one that signified an important birth that will be remembered and celebrated in musical history. You may be thinking: "Jack, what's the big deal? In the saturated music world provided by the World Wide Web, isn't music being released constantly? Why would September 30th be any different?"

Jan 15

Overlooked by WVAU 2014: Naomi Punk - Television Man

By Katie Cheyne

Courtesy of Captured Tracks.

Naomi Punk’s sound can be metaphorically compared to Woody Allen’s favorite font, Windsor: “Windsor is an unusual design cut by Stephenson Blake in 1905. Windsor is a bold face with heavy rounded serifs and strong diagonal stress” (description by Linotype). Unusual, bold, heavy, and strong are four words that can easily summarize Naomi Punk’s sound on Television Man.