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Fundraising for Bahamian Relief

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 by The Professor

WLOY and the Caribbean Students Union are teaming up to raise money for Bahamian relief aid through raffles and a great live show. Starting next week you can contribute at the tables set up by Boulder and enter the raffles.

On October 10th by Starbucks, we will present reggae artist Autarchii who has graciously offered to come to support our fundraising efforts in a FREE show. We will ask for donations, and be offering raffle tickets throughout the show. Please join us for an awesome night of music and help us feed those in need in the Bahamas. (more…)



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Review: Barns Courtney – 404

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 by Tara Howell

By Aly Martinez

Barns Courtney – 404

Release: September 6, 2019

Rate: 10/10

RIYL: Bryce Fox, grandson, Tribe Society, Oh The Larceny

From listening to so many artists some of the music and sounds seem to blend together. What makes this album so special is that it made me look up while listening. I was immediately grabbed by the sound and lyrics of this album. Its indie rock sound shines through in all the songs but there are so many other things mixed in like gospel and punk rock. It is difficult nowadays to find an artist that seems to pull this off, but Barns Courtney has found a way to do it.

Barns Courtney has been no stranger to adversity. He started off in a band that failed to take off and was left without direction and with very little money. Bouncing from couch to couch, he finally took off when his song “Fire” was used in the movie Burnt. 404 is Barn Courtney’s second album and I would highly recommend “You and I” for it has a fun upbeat sound and impactful lyrics. Overall this album has been one of my favorites and I truly believe it deserves its 10/10 rating. I would definitely categorize it as a “MUST LISTEN.”



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Lavender at Blackbox 10/3

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

Lavender band poster / Lavender with special guest / WLOYThis Thursday, Lavender will be performing at the Blackbox Theatre, joined by special guest Ozmo.  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 close friends and ex-college roommates 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. They describe it as “anthemic dream pop with atmospheric synths/guitars”.  If you like that kind of cool, indie-pop vibe, this one’s totally for you!  We hope to see you there, this Thursday from 8-10pm, for a (free) concert from Lavender at the Blackbox Theater!



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Review: Shannon Lay – August

Monday, September 30th, 2019 by Tara Howell

By Aly Martinez

Album artwork for Shannon Lay's album, artwork. Female presenting person in a cream button up shirt, with bright orange hair and black hat looking directly at the camera with a tan background.Shannon Lay – August

Released: August 23, 2019

Rate: 8.2/10

RIYL: Molly Burch, Bedouine, Anna St. Louis, Boy Scouts

This album truly caught my attention because of its dreamy and soothing sound as well as its powerful lyrics. Lay wrote this album to commemorate the month in 2017 when she quit her job to follow her dreams of making music. The album is a way for her listeners to feel and hear her liberation and finding herself as a musician.

This album was written in a span of 3 months during her solo tour. This was a way for her to create her own sound away from the band she used to play with called Feels. She was able to capture an easy flowing mood within her music. She compares her sound to the flow of a river. Her heavy use of acoustic guitar makes it the perfect music to listen to when you’re chilling out or crunching for a big test. Full of mellow waves of guitar and soothing melodies and deep impacting lyrics makes this album a “Must Listen.



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Acoustic Paradise at Starbucks 9/26

Thursday, September 26th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

wloy coffee house 9/26 flyer - acoustic paradise with Nick and Bobby from paradise creek - WLOYAcoustic Paradise is a duo that sprung from an alternative rock band called Paradise Creek, that was created in Annapolis, Maryland back in 2014.  The full band consists of Nik Diamondidis with vocals, Nick Macleay on guitar, Bobby Sacker on bass, Garrett Smith on guitar, and Nate Merrill on drums.  The duo Acoustic Paradise, however, is made up of band members Nick Macleay and Bobby Sacker.  Their sound and perspective is fresh and extremely relatable to young people, as they are quite young, themselves.  In fact, Paradise Creek won our very own Loyola’s Battle of the Bands in 2016!  Nick and Bobby will be performing here at Starbucks tonight from 8-10pm so be sure to come check it out…and if you like what you hear, stay on the lookout for our giveaway tomorrow where we’ll be giving out two tickets to go see the full band this Saturday at Zen West!  Come on out to Starbucks tonight!



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Review: Bodywash – Comforter

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 by Tara Howell

By Aly Martinez

Bodywash – Comforter

Release Date: August 30, 2019

Rate: 7/10

RIYL: Memoryhouse, Craft Spells, Japanese Breakfast, SASAMI

Bodywash is a band that came to be in 2014 when Chris Steward (vocals, guitar, bass, synths, and drums) and Rosie Long Decter (vocals, and synths) started to play music together at McGill University.

The band captures a very dreampop sound, with its soft vocals and heavy use of synth to make you feel like you are being lifted up to the clouds. They recorded this album in a span of two years making the sound absolutely perfect. The dedication and hard work put into this album is seen in songs like Twins and Reverie. You can tell that this album come from self-exploration and learning to let things be the way they are. I would recommend listening to this album when looking for something to relax to, or even if you’re going through your own self exploration journey.



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Livingston Taylor Interview

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 by The Professor

Livingston Taylor press photo

Livingston Taylor by Mim Adkins 2017

This past Tuesday Tim Tilghman, host of the weekly Radio RockOnTour show (Tuesdays noon-2pm) was able to score a few minutes of time with singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist and more Livingston Taylor, who celebrating 52 years in the music business this year. He maintains a performance schedule of more than a hundred shows a year, delighting audiences with his unique brand of popular music which includes mostly original repertory from his thirteen albums. In addition to his performance schedule, Livingston is a full professor at Berklee College of Music, passing on the extensive knowledge gained from his long career on the road to the next generation of musicians. We caught up with him just after he finished teaching for the day at Berklee and chatted about his love of everything from Billy Joel to his TV show and a few of his interesting students (John Mayer, Charlie Puth, and more). Listen in and catch him when he’s nearby at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, MD on Saturday, September 28.

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Baltimore Record Bazaar

Thursday, September 19th, 2019 by The Professor

Sunday September 22nd ~ 11am to 5pm

Are you a vinyl fiend, new collector or just interested in something fun on a Sunday? Follow up your Saturday at Hampdenfest by digging in some crates for some new tunes. The Baltimore Record Bazaar has returned following the (very sad) closing of the great Windup Space with a new event at Peabody Heights Brewery (401 E 30th St, Baltimore). These are fun events for music lovers regardless of your choice of format. From CDs to 8-track tapes, you’re likely to find a bit of everything in the crates. Typically more than 30 vendors fill the space with tables full of classic and obscure vinyl. Baby’s on Fire (another great Baltimore place you need to visit) will be providing the food, and live DJs will provide entertainment (along with a special show from Loop Diggas) so you’ll be able to chill while you shop. Adult beverages will be available from Peabody Heights on-site brewery. Vendors will include Trax on Wax, Smash!, Joe’s Record Paradise, Mikie Love’s Discount Vinyl Shanty & Turntable Emporium, The Book Thing, Krony’s Records @ Just Audio, Kabukiman’s Treasure Dojo, Retro Effex, Mystery Sound Recordings, Boops Records, Rasslin’ Records, Chick’s Records, Indoor Games Records, Dj Kenny Megan, Bernie, & many more. Entry is FREE so you can put that cash into vinyl 🙂



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Majority Onion & F City at Blackbox 9/19

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

This Thursday, Majority Onion, featuring beatboxer Max Brent, and F City will be playing here at Loyola in the Blackbox Theatre from 8-10pm.  Majority Onion is a Baltimore based band with a sound described as “farm funk”.  Their songs feature bass, vocals, and beatboxing by Max Brent, who also creates his own original music and performs for all ages from pre-kindergarten to adult.  F City is a band also from Baltimore, featuring Paul Joyce on bass, Lala Anderson on lead vocals and keyboards, and Landis Expandis on lead vocals and drums.  Their genre is described as “soul punk”, one that could fit a variety of settings from a dance club to a rock show.  They’re fun, eccentric, and brilliantly weird.  They’ll also be performing at Hampdenfest on September 21st, so be sure to check that out.  Come out this Thursday to the Blackbox Theatre and experience Majority Onion and F City!



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5 Unique Restaurants in Baltimore You NEED To Try

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

Food with as much personality as you!

@gutterutter shares a photo at The Papermoon Diner / unique restaurants in baltimore / WLOY

Photo via Instagram @gutterutter

Sometimes, we need to spice up our lives a bit. And what better way to do that than trying some new places to eat? Don’t be boring and go back to the same old, plain restaurants that just don’t seem to offer anything special. Try one of these 5 unique restaurants in Baltimore and find your new hidden gem in this city that’s exploding with culture and charm!

1. One of the MOST Unique Restaurants In Baltimore – The Papermoon Diner

The Papermoon Diner is my FAVORITE of these unique restaurants in Baltimore. Not only is the food unbeatable, with mouth watering carnivorous AND vegetarian/vegan options like crab quesadillas and vegan nachos, but the atmosphere is spectacularly eclectic and nostalgic. It’s located right by the Baltimore Museum of Art, but the real art is the restaurant, itself. Upon walking in you’ll feel like you just stepped into a real-life comic book, with weird trinkets and figurines, galore. It’s also a great date spot; you’ll have lots to discuss as you dine in your childhood heaven!

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