This year’s music issue contains a mix of great questions: If full-length albums are dead, why do so many people still want them? Is hip-hop growing up or having its Yacht Rock moment? Can lo-fi recordings compete with the digital onslaught? What are the most…distinctive music videos of the year? Have cutbacks at big labels been good for hip-hop? Why has D.C.’s DJ scene been so off the hook? Why did vinyl sell so well?

And Washington City Paper has all the answers: