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The Great Heights Band @ Coffeehouse 4/19

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 by Claire Riley

Don’t have plans this Thursday night? Come see the Great Heights Band with special guest Matt Talley (https://www.matttalleymusic.com) from 8-10 pm in Starbucks! They are a rad-pop/rock band from right here in the Baltimore/DC area. They have released a couple albums in the past few years including “Weird Thoughts” in 2014 and “Songs in Eastern Standard Timing” in 2015. They will be releasing their new album “rad-pop” on Friday April 20, the day after they play at Loyola. We are hoping they will give us a sneak preview of the new album! So, if you haven’t made any plans for this Thursday night, stop Starbucks, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy the Great Heights Band!



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Studio Seizure with The Crowning

Monday, April 16th, 2018 by The Professor

Steph got to spend some time with Stroudsburg, PA’s The Crowning for our most recent Studio Seizure. While they’re a bit heavier than her usual Vineyard Vibes show, she had a great time talking about the band, their tour and influences. Micah (Vocals, Guitar) and Ty (Bass) stopped in after their Baltimore gig and hung out with Steph for over an hour. The show ran long so we have an edited version playing on the air, but you lucky fans can hear the full 70 minutes here

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Battle of the Bands 4/5 McGuire Hall

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018 by The Professor

IT IS ON! Who will win the 2018 Battle of the Bands and open for Sean Paul at Loyolapalooza 2018?? 4 professional industry members will judge but YOU get to be a judge too. Join us in McGuire Hall 8-10pm (doors at 7:30) and cast your vote for the best band. This year the 4 bands competing are Wilmah, The Average, Juniper and Clash Carton. Your reaction and support can sway the judges and your vote will help break a tie. The Battle is back to it’s full glory with a raised stage, lights and PA filling all of McGuire Hall. Join us, win free stuff, have a great time supporting your favorite student band, and help pick the opening act for Loyolapalooza 2018!



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Caleb Stine @ Coffeehouse 3/15

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 by Emma Hagelin

Baltimore’s own, Caleb Stine, is an amazing folk singer-songwriter, and we could not be more excited to have him perform at our coffeehouse event this Thursday (3/15). Stine has not only released over ten albums, but has scored movies and film. He was even a subject for the film, “It Would Not Let Me Be”. His latest film score debuted at SXSW this week and WLOY plans to bring the film to campus in the fall. Caleb is adept as a solo performer or band leader and has so many local musicians in his circle you never know who might join him at a performance! With a new album coming in May you can also expect to hear something fresh this week!

As always WLOY will also have free tickets to upcoming shows you can win from Baltimore Soundstage as a bonus just for hanging out with us!



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Enter Battle of the Bands or Songwriter Skirmish!

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 by Tara Howell

Do you want to perform at Loyolapalooza? Here is your chance! Enter to compete in the Battle of the Bands, or the Songwriter Skirmish. Songwriter Skirmish is open to solo or duo acts (rappers, songwriters, duos, and mixers), while Battle of the Bands is for bands of 3 or more. Songwriter Skirmish will take place on Thursday 3/22 from 8-10pm at Starbucks. Battle of the Bands will take place on Thursday 4/5 in McGuire Hall. The winner of Songwriter Skirmish will be the first act of Loyolapalooza, and the Battle of the Bands winner will open for the national headliner. Loyolapalooza is Sunday 4/29.

To enter, you must be or have at least one active member connected to Loyola University Maryland. They can be employees, current students or alumni. Bands entering for Battle of the Bands must be able to perform a 15-20 minute set of original songs to compete. By entering, you are confirming that you are able to perform at Songwriter Skirmish (3/22) or Battle of the Bands (4/5), and are able to perform at Loyolapalooza on 4/29.

Think you have what it takes? Enter below! Submissions for Songwriter Skirmish are due 3/19 by 11:59 pm and submissions for Battle of the Bands are due 3/22 by 11:59 pm.

Fill out the online form.


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Open Mic Night 3/1

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 by The Professor

Join us for our last Open Mic Night before Battle of the Bands and Songwriter Skirmish! This is your last chance to get in some extra performance time and get psyched up to compete for a spot at Loyolapalooza!

The winners of Battle of the Bands (4/5) and Songwriter Skirmish (3/22) will get to perform on stage at Loyolapalooza, opening for a day of major artists. Share your talents with your friends at Starbucks this week and submit your name for the competitions. Know a band? Got a friend that just needs a push? Tell them to join us this Thursday night for a shot at stardom 🙂



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Review: Surf Harp – Mr. Big Picture

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 by Cara Hullings

Surf Harp by Micah E. Wood

Photo by Micah E. Wood

Artist: Surf Harp

Album: Mr. Big Picture

Release Date: 2/23

Rate: 9.2/10

LIYL: Talking Heads, The Strokes

Surf Harp’s sophomore album, Mr. Big Picture, is a new, unique sound for the 5-piece local band. Drawing from their garage pop origins as well as their psychedelic 90’s sound from their first LP, Peel, Surf Harp has finally found their own rhythm. This new album perfectly blends their previous style with a hint of 80’s new wave in sound and in concept. A lot of the tracks take the average aspects of a mundane office life and make it interesting by exploring concepts that are not-so-mundane like not fitting in, death, and even what seems to me like dissociation. Such lyrical writing reminds me of Talking Heads, which is exactly what this self-proclaimed art rock band is going for.

Their song writing blends perfectly with these new wave lyrical themes. Mr. Big Picture not only includes varying, layered vocals, synth, and layered guitar, but it also experiments with distorted, lo-fi samples from everyday objects, such as a vacuum cleaner and power tools. Such experimentation allows each song to have its own personality, giving the album a holistic integrity as an art piece. My favorites are “D.I. Cig,” “Mirror Maze,” which makes you want to dance with its post-punk feel and alternating vocals, as well as “Mr. Big Picture,” which gives you the band’s pop roots with an art twist. However, all the tracks rock in their own way, making this an album you absolutely need to listen to. Find it here on Friday when it’s released by Friends Records or on iTunes. The record release party is being held at The Windup Space on Friday night.



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Mark Hopkins @ Coffeehouse 2/22

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 by The Professor

Mark Hopkins is a Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, and more… He’s joining us for another coffeehouse because we can’t get enough of his excellent pop and rock songwriting. Whether solo or fronting his full band, Mark can rock out with his thoughtful songs and a lot of soul. Check him out at the Maryland Music Awards. Mark has played coffeehouse before and even graced our stage at Honfest and we know how much fun he brings with every song. It’s time for you to find out too!

As always WLOY will also have free tickets to upcoming shows you can win from Baltimore Soundstage as a bonus just for hanging out with us.



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Swampcandy & Doc Pine – Late Night 2/15

Monday, February 12th, 2018 by The Professor

Join us this Thursday night for a bluesy, swampy, rocking night. The great and powerful Swampcandy are playing again for us featuring Ruben ripping up the National Steel and Joey’s flailing bass (and mane). With 4 albums released, they’ve got a deep catalog of excellent songs to draw on, from “Drink Whiskey With Me” to “Devil in the Suitcase”. You’ll be transported to a late night roadhouse deep in the backwoods. Check out their website and amazing videos.

As a bonus this week you get 2 bands for the FREE price of 1! Swampcandy is joined by Doc Pine and The Respect He Deserves. A project of James Von Lenz (you may have seen his other band Voodoo Pharmacology on campus in the fall) they’re going to run the gamut from original twangy tracks to Springsteen covers (State Trooper!) and more. See if you can spot Ahren Bucheister in yet another band (is that 13 now?!).

Don’t order yet, there’s more! We also have a sample of the great bread pudding (and caramel sauce) from Cafe Hon for the lucky ones while it lasts, and free tickets to shows at Baltimore Soundstage you can win!



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WLOY Sports Director at the Winter Olympics

Friday, February 9th, 2018 by The Professor

WLOY Sports Director Bobby Trosset ’17 is no stranger to the Olympics and big events. While still a student at Loyola, Bobby worked for the Today Show as a runner at the 2017 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. He followed that up by helping to arrange the Guinness World Record Crab Walk at Loyola as part of the Rokerthon 2017. As the Sports Director at WLOY, Bobby did play-by-play of The President’s Cup city-wide high school baseball games and broadcast from the radio booth at Camden Yards several times. Now, out in the “real world” we find ourselves answering the question “Where in the world is Bobby?” with “South Korea”! Working for NBC Sports Washington, Bobby is covering the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Today we’re honored to have him tell us more about it during the 4-5pm (EST) weekly Sports Talk show with Stefan and Austin. Bobby’s joining us at 6am his time having just finished the first day of the 2018 Winter Olympics. We’re excited to hear more about it and continue the WLOY tradition of Sports Directors doing big things! Tune in today to catch the interview live from Korea!



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