As anyone involved with WRVU knows, we’re constantly trying to showcase new musical talent while also keeping our station’s output connected to industry buzz. Let’s take a look at a few of the recent albums that have made it onto the airwaves at WRVU.

The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream

The War on Drugs specialize in their own unique brand of “heartland rock” that is a little like Bruce Springsteen mixed with a more urgent version of Real Estate. Lost in the Dream stands as their best release yet, from rip-roaring cuts like “Red Eyes” to more pensive jams like “Suffering”.

Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron

Oxymoron stands out as Q1 2014’s quintessential hipster-accepted rap album. From catchy singles “Collard Greens” and “Los Awesome” to deeper cuts like “Prescription/Oxymoron” and “Hell of a Night”, this release is fully loaded with memorable guest spots, hard-hitting beats, and snapshots of Schoolboy Q’s enviable lifestyle. Please note that the “Collard Greens” video posted below contains explicit lyrics.

Wild Beasts – Present Tense

Present Tense is another winner from this British synth-heavy rock group. Key songs like “Wanderlust” and “Mecca” showcase a confident group that at this point in their career completely owns their sound.  Wild Beasts is the band The Strokes wishes they were able to become.

We also recently added St. Vincent’s self-titled album and Beck’s Morning Phase. Be sure to click through for our more in depth reviews of those releases. Most of all, just keep listening to the station.

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