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"Your New Favorite Band"

Admit it. You love saying “I listened to them before they were cool.” Countless indie artists have disappeared into the mainstream, leaving underground music junkies to cling to old demos and unreleased tracks. Rock and Roll Night Club is my favorite Mac Demarco album because I truly do like the songs. However, I like the sense of moral superiority I feel when someone raves about Salad Days. Don’t get me wrong, that slaps too. But if you’re gonna throw yourself into the world of musically self-righteous hipsters, you better know your shit.

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WVAU's #1 AOTY: Ctrl by SZA

The best way to maintain control is to let go. We must let go of fears, expectations, burdens, and anything else that hinders our growth in order to remain in control. In her long-awaited debut album, Ctrl, SZA takes us through her journey of learning to let go with 14 liberating tracks.

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WVAU's #1 SOTY: "HUMBLE." by Kendrick Lamar

Only a handful of recording artists carry the cultural influence and industry clout to consider their music releases events. The world stopped to watch Beyoncé mount a sinking cop car, we stopped to watch Frank Ocean build a staircase, and this year, we stopped to watch Kendrick Lamar return to his throne as the king of contemporary hip hop. Is anyone really surprised that the lead single off our #2 album of 2017 with the best music video of 2017 topped our best songs of 2017? 

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WVAU's #2 AOTY: DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar

There are two types of people in the world. Those who admit to rapping everywhere to Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA” in the mirror and liars. Admit it! You’ve done it. I’ve done it. We’ve all done it. Why? It’s just been incredible year for Kendrick Lamar. 

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