Pocket Bells and The Dead Pens at Coffeehouse 3/21

Monday, March 18th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

Pocket Bells is a Baltimore-based “electrifying indie” band that really grew big in 2016 and has had three singles in regular rotation on AAA radio since.  Their sound is quite euphoric, incorporating a generous mix of instrumentals and and synthetics combined with relatable yet unexpected lyrics.  The Dead Pens are a (mostly) acoustic trio based out of Annapolis, Maryland.  All three of them are professional musicians who met while working on other projects.  They describe their original music as “unabashedly dark” and “unapologetically bitter” and claim to write songs about “love, death, and monsters”.  Pocket Bells and The Dead Pens will be performing this Thursday at Starbucks from 8-10pm, so come out, take a break from your studies, and enjoy some great live music!

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Poetry Slam at Starbucks 3/14

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

This Thursday night, from 8-10pm at Starbucks, WLOY, CAB, and the Writing Center present Poetry Slam, hosted by Baltimore teaching artist Meccamorphosis!  Meccamorphosis has performed for venues like Busboys and Poets and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and has accomplished numerous impressive feats, including creating and hosting a national poetry radio show!  Anyone can perform at Poetry Slam, just sign yourself up in the Office of Student Activities or email wloy@loyola.edu!  Come out to share your talent and support the art!

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Rufus Roundtree and Da B’More Brass Factory at Blackbox 2/28

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

Rufus Roundtree and Da B’More Brass Factory is a New Orleans styled brass band located here in Baltimore. They combine the jazz of New Orleans with a little Baltimore Club and House, a little Parliament Funkadelic, a little Chuck Brown, and a little Bob Marley to produce a super energetic folk soul sound.  According to the band itself, “this is not the traditional band, this is truly an invigorating experience.”  They’re guaranteed to have the crowd dancing and the spirit of New Orleans will be so alive that you’ll feel just like you’re at Mardi Gras.  AND there’ll be snacks–so you can’t lose!  Come out this Thursday to the Blackbox theater to celebrate Mardi Gras before spring break with king cakes, macaroons, cupcakes, and New Orleans jazz from Rufus Roundtree and Da B’More Brass Factory!

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Strangers on a Plane “Wings” Review by Jovial Njinyi

Friday, February 22nd, 2019 by Lindsey Zapata

Strangers on a Plane – Wings

Released: 2018

Rate: 8.8/10

Review by Jovial Njinyi

Wings by Strangers on a Plane, is a really interesting album that boasts sounds of cool indie pop. You can listen to them now on Spotify. Strangers on a Plane have developed a sound similar to a mix between Billie Eilish and Lana del Rey.

The songs on the album are definitely more on the soft soothing side. Track 10, “Wings”, that shares its title with the album, has a slightly more upbeat tempo than the other songs, with a lot more complex instrumental composition and base in the background. But of all the songs, track 5, “Look At Me”, is my personal favorite — considering it was the song that drew me to review the album in the first place. (more…)

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Ellen Cherry Live at Coffeehouse 2/21

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

Emmy nominated Ellen Cherry is a full-time touring singer-songwriter based out of Baltimore. Her songs have been licensed to the Oxygen Network, MTV, and Soap.net, and she even wrote, recorded, and performed a TV campaign for FOX Networks in 2009. Ellen Cherry has been writing and recording songs since 1997 and has gone on to win multiple awards and honors, including the impressive accomplishment of starting her own record label: Wrong Size Shoes. Her music mixes multiple genres, such as folk, pop, jazz, and instrumental sounds. Cherry’s unique blend of music and lyrics combine on-the-fly humor and vivid storytelling to create beautiful melodies.  Ellen Cherry will be performing live on Thursday at Starbucks from 8-10pm, so be sure to come out and witness this amazing performance.

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J Pope and the HearNow at McGuire 2/14

Monday, February 11th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

This Thursday, WLOY will be hosting a Valentine’s Day themed concert at Mcguire Hall featuring artists J Pope and the HearNow. J Pope and the Hearnow is another Baltimore-based favorite of ours with a hip hop funk fusion sound. J Pope, the frontwoman of the group, uses clever and sophisticated lyrics to wow audiences and bring something different to the hip hop scene. Some have even referred to them as “one of Baltimore’s best kept musical secrets”. So come out this Thursday, Valentines Day, from 9-11pm in McGuire to discover the “secret” that is J Pope and the HearNow and to have yourself a great time with your friends or valentines!

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ATW – Alternative Baseball – Interview

Friday, February 8th, 2019 by The Professor

Check out WLOY After the Whistle host Austin Medina as he sat down with Taylor Duncan, founder and CEO of the Alternative Baseball Organization. Alternative Baseball is a league dedicated to teens and adults with Autism and special needs. Taylor called into WLOY Radio to speak on behalf of his organization, which started in the Spring of 2016. The organization gives a platform to those who are diagnosed with Autism or special needs who want to enjoy and learn America’s pastime, free of judgment. Alternative Baseball has gained traction and is now expanding all across the country, including the Baltimore area. They are looking for coaches and players! For more news or donations, be sure to visit www.alternativebaseball.org

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Lavender & The Holy Circle at Blackbox 2/7

Monday, February 4th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

We are so very excited to announce our very first Thursday night concert at the Blackbox Theater this Thursday featuring the bands Lavender and The Holy Circle! Lavender is a Washington D.C. based indie pop band who’s style can be compared to popular bands like The 1975 and Two Door Cinema Club.  The band consists of members Emily Carlson (vocals), Alli Vega (guitar), Trent Burns (also guitar), and Matt Wright (drums). They have an unforgettable and irresistible sound you are sure to not only feel familiar with but also love. The Holy Circle is a Baltimore based band consisting of members Erica Burgner-Hannum (vocals), Terence Hannum (synths) and Nathan Jurgenson (drums). Their sound is described as a “dreamy, haunting synthpop”, with elements of R&B and shoegaze. It’s definitely going to be something totally new to most of you, so this would be a great chance to come expand your musical horizons! We hope to see you there, this Thursday from 8-10pm, for our first (free) concert at the Blackbox Theater!

Check out Lavender and The Holy Circle here:

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Red Sammy Live at Coffeehouse 1/31

Monday, January 28th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

Red Sammy is a “lyric-driven Americana folk rock n’ roll” band with an added country/blues aesthetic.  The band consists of writer/singer/songwriter Adam Trice as well as an ensemble of accompanying musicians.  Trice comes from right here, Baltimore, Maryland, and has gone on in his career to join both regional and national artists on the stage.  He’s performed in festivals in such cities as Baltimore, Denver, Toronto, Buffalo, and many more.  Red Sammy will be playing here at Loyola on Thursday, January 31st at our free coffeehouse at Starbucks from 8-10pm, so be sure to come by and not miss out!

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Stacked Like Pancakes Concert 1/24 McGuire Hall

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

Stacked Like Pancakes is definitely a WLOY favorite.  A Baltimore-based brass rock band, Stacked Like Pancakes features a trumpet and two trombonists that steal the show.  The band has gone on in their career to play in the Vans Warped Tour for several years and has performed alongside artists/groups like Bless the Fall, Memphis May Fire, Jule Vera, and Microwave.  This concert will without a doubt be a unique experience, with the promise of both “spontaneity and precision”, and it is guaranteed that if you attend, you will experience an exhilarating, exciting, and unforgettable show.  Come out to McGuire this Thursday, January 24th from 8-10pm to see Stacked Like Pancakes rock the stage.  You won’t be disappointed.

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