Thursday, January 7th, 2016 by The Professor
Welcome back to campus from WLOY and Late Night Loyola! Our first FREE CONCERT of the semester will be 8-10pm in McGuire Hall, Thursday January 21st featuring NEMES from Boston! How good are they? How about: “One of the top 5 unsigned bands in the country” -Alternative Press.
Nemes (pronounced knee•miss) has made their mark on the Boston and larger New England music scene by playing everywhere from subway stations to highly-revered rock venues. Led by duel-frontmen Dave Anthony and Josh Knowles, the band showcases a true metamorphosis of sound, featuring warm, layered harmonies and one-of-a-kind violin shredding Vanyaland describes as “fiddle-action glory.” These components are delicately layered across captivating original songs to form what Under the Gun Review calls “some of the most engaging music we’ve heard,” garnering shout-outs from national and international acts such as Alt-J and Nirvana.
Released in the fall of 2015, their debut studio full-length album, “I Carry Your Heart,” has lifted the band from the subway stations of Boston to larger stages around the region, performing as support for acts such as X Ambassadors and Guster. The album was co-produced and mixed by Rick Kwan (Jim James, My Morning Jacket) and funded by a combination of busking, gigging, and crowd-funding. The 11-track record is an exploration of four minds working to create a resonant, cathartic listening experience.
Friday, November 6th, 2015 by Allison Langley
WLOY + Caribbean Students Union = Jah Works
WLOY and the Caribbean Students Union (CSU) will be joining forces to bring you an awesome late night event from 7pm to 10pm on November 12th in McGuire Hall. CSU will be starting things off with a cultural event including delicious food, such as fried plantains and jerk chicken. There will be poets, music, dancers and both fun and knowledgeable activities. From 9pm to 10pm Jah Works, a great Baltimore-based reggae band, will be performing a great show for everyone! Jah Works has traveled the world performing for more than 20 years and 9 albums. We’re excited that some of the band members are alumni of Loyola who met during study abroad in the 90s! They write and perform original reggae music! Jah Works are a high energy band that appeals to music listeners of all genres! Come out on Thursday to hear a great show and enjoy a great cultural event!
Check out a live performance from Jah Works!
Free to come and watch, $7 for endless treats!
Monday, November 2nd, 2015 by The Professor
Calling one and all! WLOY is hosting another awesome open mic night! Bring any talent you have! Try out some slam-poetry, entertain us with knock-knock joke, and belt your absolutely favorite tune! WLOY will be there to support you and to encourage you to share!
Sooth your vocal chords with some FREE coffee (decaf and caf of course) and FREE delicious and delectable snacks. Don’t forget to check out our awesome merchandise! Take home a big WLOY mug to sip your favorite fall drinks in! Grab a glow-in-the-dark tshirt too!
Bring your friends; bring your family; bring your tap dancing dog and jam out this Thursday with WLOY! We would love to hear and see you there!
Monday, October 12th, 2015 by The Professor
It’s been an insane last week here at WLOY! We’ve had Dead Flowers, Red Sammy and Jake Star all in the studio for interviews and even some music. We chatted by phone with The Sheepdogs, and (of all people) Herb Alpert! It might take us a moment to get the perfect versions of those up here, but stay tuned, we have more coming! In addition we’ve been working with local 8th graders to create and record their own radio plays! Plus, of course, tons of great music and our live shows with Canopy & Swampcandy. We’re crazy busy but don’t forget to check in and see what’s next – tickets, shows and more! Did we mention we’re going to be hosting an Open Mic Night 10/22 and showing the amazing Rocky Horror Picture Show on the quad 10/29?
Thursday, October 1st, 2015 by Allison Langley
It’s the 1st WLOY late night event of October! We have the amazing Swampcandy playing our WLOY coffeehouse series this Thursday. Not only is it FREE but also we’ll be providing delicious snacks AND coffee.
Swamp candy is Ruben Dobbs on guitar and Joey Mitchell on the bass. They are described as a bluesy duo. Ruben Dobb’s, a Maryland farm boy, is Swampcandy’s lead vocalist and guitarist. He has more talent in his fingers alone than I could I possibly imagine. His voice is raw, a little rough, deep, and very real. Dobbs sings his bluesy lyrics with conviction and passion. Joey Mitchell is quite the instrumental talent, maneuvering through all genres and filling the gaps of this two-person band on bass. These two are able to create music that sounds like a fully fitted band is playing along side them.
Do not miss out on this opportunity to see this dope band perform! Check out some videos and their website to get acquainted with them if you’re not already huge fans! Swampcandy
Also, at the show we will be selling raffle tickets for WLOY’s, College Radio Day give away — a turntable with 8 records (including 3 from local label Friends Records) and a $30 gift certificate to Sound Garden in Fells Point – a pretty sweet prize, if we do say so ourselves! Hope to see you there this Thursday October 2nd, buying raffle tickets, sipping on coffee and enjoying the sweet, sweet Swampcandy Tunes.
Thursday, September 24th, 2015 by Allison Langley
This past Monday and Tuesday, WLOY had the pleasure of hosting 60 eighth graders, along with some teachers and parents, from Roland Park Middle School. Students spent about an hour touring the station, learning about the operations, and watching DJs in action. They learned about the equipment and functions of each recording and production studio, asked lots of questions about sound dampening panels on the walls and ceilings, and tried to fathom how we got 10,000 CDs and 7,000 LPs in that small space. The students got to meet and talk to some pretty cool DJ’s while they were on the air!
These students are currently involved in Roland Park’s theater class. They are currently writing radio plays and the best ones will be selected by their teacher to record and produce them at WLOY. They will be back in October to share their plays with everyone…so be sure to tune in!! We have been fortunate enough to collaborate with Roland Park Middle on this project for 4 years. There have been some very creative plays written during our time together and we hope to inspire these young kids to be future DJs! Remember to keep an open ear for more of these creative plays in October as details emerge. Thank you, Roland Park Middle School!
Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 by The Professor
Words & Photos by Katie Kazmierski ’18
Paul Janeway of Saint Paul and the Broken Bones sauntered on stage in box-toed shoes almost more sparkly than the Rams Head lights. As he opened with the first song I knew that he wasn’t going to put on any ordinary old show, what with his incredible voice and an extremely talented band that compliments it.
Closing my eyes, I felt like I was transported back in time to the 60s when soul music was revolutionary. But instead of Otis Redding, opening my eyes I found Paul Janeway, who looks like just a normal guy—not someone you’d expect to have the extraordinarily powerful voice he does. Turns out he was once just that: a normal guy who worked as an Alabama bank teller. Lucky for us, he met current bassist Jesse Phillips (who Rachel interviews here!) in 2012 and together they embarked on a musical journey with the goal of making music that worked with Janeway’s smooth, soulful voice. (more…)
Monday, September 14th, 2015 by The Professor
Jesse, the bassist for St. Paul & The Broken Bones took some time between shows to chat with Rachel ’16, from the “Kat & Rae In The Middle of the Day” Show. Although she started off by confusing herself with her co-host Rae had a great time with Jesse and even put him through her infamous lightning round. St. Paul & The Broken Bones, with opening act Alanna Royale, followed up the interview with a great show at Rams Head Live. Check out the show review by Katie, posted elsewhere on the WLOY page
Monday, September 14th, 2015 by Allison Langley
Join us in McGuire Hall, THIS Thursday from 8-10pm for a killer FREE show! Wing Dam, hailing from Baltimore, and Vundabar, coming all the way from Boston, are perform for free in McGuire Hall on September 17! Both bands possess a beachy, fuzzy, electronic rock sound that is enticing and addicting.
Wing Dam is Sara Autrey, Austin Tally and Abram Sanders, a coed group, possessing a punk 90’s vibe. Check out my personal favorite “House Boat”— this song shifts from beachy to rock throughout—listen before the show!
Vundabar, created by two cool guys, Branden Hagen and Drew McDonald have the classic fuzziness coming through their guitar in songs like “Gawk”. Both of these bands have excellent stage presence, stop by McGuire and enjoy an amazing FREE show with Wing Dam and Vundabar! (more…)
Thursday, September 10th, 2015 by Allison Langley
On a rainy day such as this all you want to do is sit down with your hands wrapped around a hot WLOY mug and listen to some tunes. Fortunately, I know the perfect place for you to do this: the 3rd Floor Reading Room in the student center. Come by for WLOY’s, Open Mic Night, the first WLOY event of the school year. Bring your guitars, banjos, or mandolins to perform a cozy set or rock on. Voices are also much appreciated and encouraged; recite your favorite slam poetry or an original song. I am sure there will be some awesome talent coming out of the wood works tonight. If you prefer to rest your vocal chords, well that is just fine too; enjoy sit down in a coffee house setting with a warm beverage. But, don’t be shy! We would love to hear what you have to share with the friends in the Loyola community!