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Gooch Palms Interview

Saturday, April 6th, 2019 by The Professor

Leroy, one half of the magical Australian madness that is The Gooch Palms stopped by the station today to chat with the Professor about their upcoming show at The Crown here in Baltimore. As long as he was here we wandered off on topics from touring the US as a couple in an RV, their new album, signing to a major label (and yet being able to keep their indie label brand), aliens in Texas, moving back to Australia, why they haven’t been in the station since 2016, and Kat’s amazing new addition to her touring kit. Check it out and make sure to catch them at The Crown, or when they come back in the fall in support of the new third album, which may or may not be called THREE… and drops May 10th.



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WLOY in Loyola Magazine!

Saturday, March 30th, 2019 by The Professor

Wow! WLOY was given a massive feature story in the March 2019 Loyola Magazine and we are thrilled! Not only did it feature amazing alumni talking about what made WLOY special for them, it included some great features on what they do now. Check out the great story about Katie Kazmierski ’18 who is working at KNOM Radio in Nome, Alaska! You can grab the PDFs of the articles here and enjoy them at your own pace. If you don’t get the magazine, please reach out to the alumni office at Loyola and ask that they add you to the mailing list.

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Open Mic Night at Coffeehouse 3/28

Monday, March 25th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

This Thursday, March 28th, WLOY will be hosting one of our many Open Mic Nights! This will be a great chance for you all to come out and share your many talents with your peers! It’s completely open to your creative freedom–original songs, covers, comedy acts, poetry, spoken word, or any other talent you have to share is all fair game. We’d love to see what you’ve got, so be sure to come out to Starbucks this Thursday from 8-10pm and show us! See you there!



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Got Talent? Show it off and win!

Sunday, March 24th, 2019 by The Professor

WLOY & SGA present a series of events to highlight Loyola’s talent. Winners will perform at Loyolapalooza and the new Loyolapalooza Pep Rally!

Battle of the Bands April 4 – McGuire Hall
Got a band of 3 or more performers? Enter the 2019 Battle of the Bands now! This event is open to any band with a real Loyola connection – alumni, current students and employees. If a member of your band fits one of these categories send in your entry. The bands will compete of a full stage in McGuire with industry professionals as the judges. The audience will decide any tie voting so bring your friends!Many past winning bands have gained live show gigs in Baltimore as a result and more than a dozen albums have been released. The winning band will perform at Loyolapalooza on April 28th.


Songwriter Skirmish April 11 – Starbucks
New for this year we will have 2 winners! Are you a solo or duo act? Acoustic or Electric? You can enter to win this year in either category. This is open to any combination of performance that is electric or acoustic so whether you are an a capella duo or a rapper with a laptop, you can win. Choose your category and enter your act. Judges will include 2 past Battle of the Band winning alumni who perform professionally as well as a representative from WLOY and SGA. The audience will decide any tie voting so bring your friends!
The 2 winning acts will perform at Loyolapalooza on April 28th.


DJ Spin-Off April 25 – Black Box Theater
A brand new event for 2019, the DJ Spin-off is a chance for DJs, remixers and producers to show off their set-making talents and originality. In the Black Box Theater you will perform a 10 minute mix of fun, high energy music, including as much original music, remix or mashup material as you can create to wow the judges. Judges will include 2 industry professionals (possibly some surprises) and a representative from WLOY and SGA. The audience will decide any tie voting so make sure to bring your friends! The winning act will perform an extended set at the new Loyolapalooza Pep Rally to be held on the quad April 26th.


Got a talent and want to show it off at these competitions? ENTER HERE and include as much of the information as possible. Selected entries will be notified by April 2 for Battle, April 9 for Skirmish and April 23 for Spin-Off. And don’t forget the Open Mic Night Thursday March 28th at Starbucks as a chance to test out your talents!



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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!

Check them out here:
https://pocketbells.bandcamp.com
https://thedeadpens.com/home



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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!

Check out Meccamorphosis here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYYJbfFp2Mo



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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!

Check them out here:
https://www.reverbnation.com/rufusroundtreeanddabmorebrassfactory



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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.

Check her out here:
https://ellencherry.bandcamp.com



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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!

Check them out here:
https://jpopeandthehearnow.bandcamp.com/releases



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