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Sep 17

Under the Tide: You+Me

By Gar Meng Leong

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My initial reaction to this dry, uninspiring choice of a group name immediately set my gears running into overdrive. Was it going to be a musical duo whose songs play off romantically, albeit with a cheesy yet truthful tinge to it, or would it be a formulaic pop group with a breakthrough track?

Sep 14

Porque no los Dos: Secreto de Amor

By Andrea Diaz

I am here to bring you the best of the best in terms of Spanish music. You can use this as an excuse to seem cultured and cool. Let’s be real, you probably only listen to songs in English, rightfully so, it IS your language. But music crosses barriers, and I know you better than that. So I ask you,


May 14

Interviews: Catching Up With The Hold Steady

By Cameron Meindl


Over the last ten years, The Hold Steady have established themselves as one of America’s most joyous, intelligent, and overall best rock and roll bands. Our Music Director emeritus Cameron Meindl spoke with lead guitarist Tad Kubler over the phone to discuss the band’s decision to add a second guitarist, their recent tour with Deer Tick, and what it’s like to be a guitar-based rock band at a time where that idea is becoming less and less prevalent.

May 09

Live in the Hive: Natural Child

By Mike Creedon


If you’ve tuned into WVAU at any point this semester, it’s safe to say you heard a track off of Natural Child’s latest record Dancin’ With Wolves. The record’s been played non-stop since we’ve received it and to have the Nashville Burger boys in for a session was a true treat. Rather than doing the typical “here’s the new single” performance, Natural Child reached into their pockets and pulled out two lint covered specialties. The first being a jam-laden rendition of “Blind Owl Speaks” off of 2013’s Hard In Heaven, the second their laid back track “Don’t Wake The Baby” off of their split with Guantanamo Baywatch. Listen and download their session below!

Apr 04

Introducing VEDAS

By Teta Alim


VEDAS, comprised of vocalist and songwriter Alex Lee and drummer Andrew Monborne, has been hard at work getting ready for their big debut but Lee was able to sit down and have a little chat about the band, music, and being a part of the DC music scene.

Apr 02

WVAU Sits Down With: TOPS

By Shira Karsen


About a week ago today, the delicate Canadian indie-pop group TOPS came to D.C. to shred the stage at DC9. Didn’t get to see them? Rough. Never heard of them before? Well lucky for you, that’s why I’m here. The night before the group trekked on down to the District, I was lucky enough to snag a quick interview with the charmingly bad-ass 26 year-old lead singer Jane Penny to virtually chat about being on tour, their sound, Penny’s hatred of high school musicals and, of course, what any American millennial will ever bring up to a Canadian — Drake.

Mar 26

WVAU Sits Down With: Forest Swords (Matthew Barnes)

By Allen Nguyen


Originally from Liverpool, England, Matthew Barnes produces intricate soundscapes under the name Forest Swords. The former visual artist turned electronic musician creates his music from a highly visual background. His debut LP Engravings was released in August 2013 to critical acclaim, garnering a “Best New Music” from Pitchfork. WVAU recently sat down with Barnes before his live show with How To Dress Well at the U Street Music Hall.

Mar 24

Live in the Hive: The So So Glos

By Mike Creedon


Too pop for punk, too punk for pop. The So So Glos have made a name for themselves with their melodic DIY punk anthems over the past few years. With the release of 2013’s excellent Blowout, many yearned for their out of print earlier albums. Now comfortable with themselves and their sounds, they have rerelease these excellent early entries in The So So Glos discography. Listen below to hear two excellent cuts from Blowout, a discussion on internet haters, Andrew WK, and more.

Mar 16

Live in the Hive: Soundtrack to Sleep

By Mike Creedon


DC emo-nites Soundtrack to Sleep came by the studio for an intimate acoustic session. Packed to the brim with sing-along choruses, punchy rhythms, and vocal/heart tearing lyrics, Soundtrack to Sleep are perfectly emotive.

Mar 04

Live in the Hive: Cigarette

By Mike Creedon


DC’s ethereal slow-mo pop purveyors Cigarette stopped by our studio for an enchanting set filled with new material and songs off of 2013’s ‘gush’. Based out of DC, Cigarette have already achieved a sound distinctly their own.

Feb 06

Live in the Hive: Saintseneca & LVL UP


Across from the WVAU studio is American University’s apiary, where many Washingtonian bees like to call home. In tribute to our buzzing buddies across the hall, and as the hub of all things independent and eclectic in music at AU, WVAU is proud to announce its new in-studio sessions series: Live in the Hive. Focusing on all the great independent acts on tour and situated in DC, Live in the Hive is here to pollinate DC with intimate performances from some of our favorite bands.

Apr 06

WVAU Interviews Japandroids!

By Seth Shamon

DJ Seth Shamon caught the action last week and has this to say: “This clip is from an interview that I conducted with Japandroids in their dressing room at the Rock ‘n Roll Hotel on Monday March 29, immediately before their dynamite performance.