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Concert Review: Emarosa at Baltimore Soundstage

Sunday, December 9th, 2018 by Kaili McDonald

On Tuesday, November 27th 2018, five bands rolled up to the Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, MD to liven up a welcoming crowd. Arlington, the Faim, Devour the Day, Emarosa, and Hands Like Houses made for an interesting line-up for sure.

I’ve found that Soundstage always has amazing opening bands, and Arlington was no exception. In fact, I’m listening to them as I write. Anyways, the show started off with Arlington, a three-member band from southern California. The first thing that I noticed besides their incredibly full sound and high energy performance was that the lead singer, Tyler Benko, sounded like Alex Turner from the Artic Monkeys. Then I realized that this band had the sound that I wish the latest Artic Monkeys album had. Amazing. Arlington was definitely one of the best performances that I’d ever seen. They even played a cover of “Reptilia” by the Stokes, which the bassist Channing Peake took on the vocals. It was Peake’s birthday, and “Reptilia” is one of his favorite songs. I also have to give credit to drummer Grant Whitson. I honestly wish they could have played longer, as I would have loved to hear so much more! Arlington’s sound, stage presence, mastery of instruments, crowd reaction, and style were all around incredible, and I definitely recommend checking them out. (more…)



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Hymn For Her at Starbucks 12/6

Monday, December 3rd, 2018 by Lindsey Zapata

This your last chance to join WLOY for a Coffeehouse Performance, until next semester, and believe me this band may be last, but in no way are they the least. Hymn for Her describes themselves on their Facebook as, “punksy folksy airstreamy country bluesy grassy waynesy lucy take you on a hayride to hellsy,” which in regular English means that they are of fun with a twist of a psychedelic vibe. The duo has been touring all over the world, and we are lucky to have them come to visit at Starbucks this Thursday, December 6th, from 8-10pm. Remember these performances are FREE, which is unthinkable with this caliber of talent. Please come relax with some coffee from Starbucks (who always stays open later for our Thursday performances) and enjoy this music and grab a WLOY Van Cookie while they last.



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Red Sammy Live at Starbucks 11/15

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 by Lindsey Zapata

Red Sammy has played for us on multiple occasions, including (but of course not limited to) claiming the stage at Honfest. Fortunately, for us, we will be graced with their presence once again performing at a Coffeehouse this Thursday, November 15th, at Starbucks. Interestingly enough, Red Sammy’s band name hits closer to home than meets the eye, coming from Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” at least I think that is pretty cool. For those not on campus the most recent dormitory on campus was named after Flannery O’Connor. In addition to drawing inspiration for their name from Flannery O’Connor’s books, they also use his, along with Faulkner’s, Hawthorne’s and Poe’s writing as inspiration for their lyrics as well. We hope to see you at Starbucks, and remember, (as always) bring your friends! Red Sammy will be performing from 8-10pm and Starbucks stays open late for these events in case you need some extra energy…



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The Mayor’s Christmas Parade – Gallery

Monday, November 5th, 2018 by The Professor

WLOY has been a part of the Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade in Hampden since 2010 when we were invited to enter. We naturally assumed this meant we needed a float so we built one. Unlike all the other media that entered the parade with their generic vans, we got a bit serious… We have lots of photos from the various years but below are links to the official ones on the parade’s website. Perhaps the best result was when the parade was up for US Today’s 10 Best Holiday Parades in the US award. The featured image used worldwide was our very own float with Hillary tossing out fuzzy snowballs to the kids lining the sidewalks. We were pretty overwhelmed to see that as the photo used as it was a complete surprise! The parade is coming back this year (December 2nd, 1:00pm) and runs from Falls Rd & Cold Spring Lane along Falls Road South to 38th Street where it turns East and runs to Chestnut, turning North and ending. Join the fun (and 20,000 friends) and say hi to WLOY. Who knows what this year’s theme will be?? Read on for the image gallery! (more…)



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Skribe Live at Coffeehouse 11/1

Monday, October 29th, 2018 by Lindsey Zapata

Skribe has graced the WLOY stage on multiple occasions and we could not be more ecstatic to have him back. Originally from Annapolis, MD, Skribe enjoys traveling around spreading not only his love for music, but also his own garage folk vibes himself. He not only sings, but also plays guitar, canjo-zookie, electric kazoo, baritone guitar, kick drum, and hat drum. Go check him out on Spotify, Youtube, or at his own website https://www.skibestudio.com.

Come to Starbucks this Thursday from 8-10pm, and enjoy some soft tunes to distress from the past Halloweek!



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Rocky Horror Picture Show on the Quad 10/25

Monday, October 22nd, 2018 by Lindsey Zapata

“Let’s do the time-warp again…” and again and again. It’s that time of year for WLOY, where we get a little more wacky, a little more thrilling, a little more spoopy. For WLOY Halloween means watching Rocky Horror Picture Show on the quad with some friends in costumes. So, if you want to join in on the fun, come this Thursday, October 25th, from 8-10pm; not only will we be playing the movie, but we will also be doing giveaways for the best costumes! Also, for those who don’t know much about the film (please come) it is a cult-classic and is a musical that parodies science-fiction and B list horror movies. If that sounds wild, well it should. That aside, it is the most accurate way to describe the movie. Happy Halloween and we will see you Thursday!



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Pressing Strings Concert 10/12 McGuire Hall

Monday, October 8th, 2018 by Lindsey Zapata

Pressing Strings is one of my favorite bands that we will be having at Loyola this semester. Thursday, October 12th, WLOY will be hosting Pressing Strings for their Thursday night concert in McGuire Hall. The band is made up of Jordan Sokel on guitar and vocal, Nick Welker on bass, and Brandon Bartlett on the drums. Like many of the performers we have hosted, Pressing Strings is a locally grown band coming from the Annapolis- Baltimore area. The reason they are one of my favorite bands that we have is because they are the epitome of the type of sound you would find on the Happy Folk channel on Spotify; their Indie Soul Rock vibes put you right into your happy place. So come to McGuire this Thursday and take a break from all your mid-term studies. We’ll be doing giveaways like tickets and mugs! See you! Remember, like all Thursday night WLOY shows this is FREE!



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Mike Mains & The Branches Interview

Monday, October 8th, 2018 by The Professor

On Monday October 8, Emma caught Mike Mains on the phone for a few minutes between DC and Philly shows. She managed not to mention Mac DeMarco even once. Mike discussed his newest single and the new album When We Were In Love due later this year.

Mike Mains & The Branches first entered the national music scene with the release of their debut album Home, released in 2012. While touring Home, founding members Mike and Shannon fell in love and got married. Mike and Shannon began writing their second album, which they crowdfunded without the support of a record label, in 2013. Matt Hoopes, of Relient K, would produce the finished album, with Zach Farro of Paramore, playing drums. They the finished Calm Down Everything’s Fine and released the album in 2014. The album hit the top 20 ranks on Billboard’s New Artist Albums Chart.

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Dead Air Halloween Specials

Sunday, October 7th, 2018 by The Professor

It’s October and that means it’s time for the return of DEAD AIR! Terence Hannum creates these seasonal shows from horror movie soundtracks, just in time for Halloween. To celebrate this 5th anniversary year we are running all of the previous shows at midnight on Tuesdays (starting 10/9) in October. On the 30th running into the 31st we will run the 2 hour special from last year and at 7pm on the 31st you can hear a BRAND NEW episode of DEAD AIR. Put it on your speakers and you’ve got a great soundtrack to scare trick or treaters coming to the house! Enjoy some amazing, rare and deep tracks, some fantastic artists and a lot of history all month long as we celebrate the horror movie soundtrack with DEAD AIR!



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Shemekia Copeland Interview

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 by The Professor

The Professor was lucky enough to snag a few minutes on the phone with the amazing Shemekia Copeland, on October 2, just before her shows in DC and Columbia. She’s on tour with her new album America’s Child which explores the fractures in our society, touches on some important history lessons and pulls no punches. It’s her most personal work to date in an outstanding 20 year career. From her first appearance on stage at the legendary Cotton Club at age 9(!) to her incredible guest artists list on the new album, Shemekia shares some great history with the Professor. Listen to the interview and DEFINITELY check out the new album!

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