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Lavender & Modern Nomad LIVE 9/20

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 by The Professor

Late Night at McGuire Hall. 8pm-10pm. Be there or be square. WLOY will be hosting Washington DC’s Lavender and Baltimore’s own, Modern Nomad– and I honestly could not think of a better sound combination. If you think of driving in the car with the windows down on a comfortably warm summer’s day and you only had your thoughts and a soundtrack– this concert would be it. Lavender and Modern Nomad’s alt indie vibes will put you into a dream-like trans. Lavender is closer in likeness to the 1975, but with a female vocalist, where Modern Nomad has a more Tame Impala feel to them. Trust me this is not a show you want to miss; hope to see you there.



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Kabaka Pyramid Interview

Sunday, September 16th, 2018 by The Professor

‘I Never Knew Radio’ host Junior had the pleasure of having a powerful reasoning from the lyrical mastermind Kabaka Pyramid. Kabaka Pyramid has made a name in the reggae and hip-hop world as top tier lyricist who uses his abilities to speak out against social injustices in Jamaica and around the world.

In this interview, Kabaka speaks about the production process of his recent release ‘ Kontraband’, lessons learned touring with Damien ‘Jr Gong’ who also produced the album. Kabaka explains the story behind numerous songs on his new album ‘Kontraband’ and the process of getting features from internationally known artist like Stonebwoy, Akon, Chronixx, and Protoje.

Kabaka also opens up about his spiritual journey into mysticism, negative effects of marijuana, and the immense influence the early works of Sizzla had on his life.

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Max Bent Beatbox & Open Mic 9/13

Monday, September 10th, 2018 by The Professor

This week in Coffeehouse we have the return of master beat boxer Max Bent! As he did last year, Max will perform as well as work with students and teach them to beat box, or provide a beat behind them as they perform. Think of it as an Open Mic with a built in percussionist. Last year Max worked with poets, singers, and players as well as doing his own performance. It was great and everyone wanted him back so… see you Thursday with your ideas and his beats. Want to learn more about Max? Check out his website and learn more!



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Paul Nelson Interview

Monday, September 3rd, 2018 by The Professor

Legendary session guitarist, bluesman and producer Paul Nelson sat down before his recent show in town with DJ Tim Tilghman from the Radio RockonTour show. They talked about starting in the world of Jazz Fusion and session playing and how it led to touring with the great Johnny Winter. Paul produced Johnny’s first solo Grammy winner, toured with him and got him clean after decades of serious drug abuse. Listen to the whole interview here

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Guts Club – Studio Seizure

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 by The Professor

Joining Emma in the studio right before their show at The Crown is New Orleans-based Guts Club! They’re taking over the studio for an hour to record next week’s Studio Seizure (catch it Monday 7-8pm) and talk about their new album and tour.

While you wait for the show to air, you can catch Guts Club tonight at The Crown along with Romantic States and June Pastel (solo). The full show will be posted up here after it airs on Monday. And here it is!

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Guided By Voices Interview

Friday, August 3rd, 2018 by The Professor

Mark Shue, bassist for Guided By Voices took a few minutes out of their current tour to chat with DJ Earl Crown about the band, recent recordings and more. GBV has been around in various incarnations for 35 years and dozens of albums led by frontman Bob Pollard. Guided By Voices will be in town at the Ottobar on Tuesday August 14 and Earl will be there…

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Jackie Cohen – Studio Seizure

Monday, July 30th, 2018 by The Professor

Jackie Cohen joins us on July 30th for a “Studio Seizure” to discuss her first EP, “Tacoma Night Terror Part 1: I’ve Got the Blues”. Cohen is an “anti-folk” singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, California who plays with deep poetic lyricism. Listen to our show with her for some of Cohen’s insights on the EP and discussing the music the has made her the musician she is today. Interviewed by Emma, just before their show at Metro Gallery in Baltimore. In case you missed the broadcast, here is the interview/show

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What Happens Next? New Episode

Friday, June 22nd, 2018 by The Professor

While it may be summer time, we still squeeze an occasional episode of our award-winning kids show into the mix. Katie worked with some of our usual crew to create new episodes (posted in our full page list) and Tara is working on completing a cool new summer workbook with a call-in feature for kids!

This week’s episode is “A Greener Playground” in which Harley notices that her school playground is ridiculously littered. Gabrielle, Sydney, and kids from Govans elementary tell us what she decides to do about it.

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Check back for new episode posts, listen in on Saturdays and Sundays at 12pm to hear them first, and dig through our recent show archives to hear past episodes of What Happens Next?



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Review: Pompeii Graffiti- Internet World Tour

Thursday, April 26th, 2018 by Cara Hullings

Artist: Pompeii Grafitti

Album: Internet World Tour

Release Date: 04/29/18

RIYL: Turnover, Bong Wish, ManDancing

Rating: 7/10

Recorded at a bunch of different locations with a bunch of guest musicians, each song on the local band’s new album, Internet World Tour, has its own personality. Although all the songs are unique in their own way, they still all blend to create a cohesive album, representative of Pompeii Graffiti itself. The whole album keeps you jamming out to its inviting lyrics, sonic depth, and upbeat percussion.

Internet World Tour takes the fun, nerdy pop-punk of the old Pompeii Graffiti and adds a level of maturity, reinventing and evolving the band that WLOY knows and loves. With its various guest musicians playing string instruments, songs like “Vanishing Act” and “Black Aggie” feel full and have an element of mystery that is new to Pompeii Graffiti’s sound. I like to call this the new nerdy pop-punk: representing the pop-punk concepts of failure with a more indie and modern rock sound.

My personal favorites are “Pulling Teeth,” which makes you want to jump around, “White Coat Syndrome,” which brings out some 2000’s alternative nostalgia, and “Gaius,” which is more mellow with playful violin. However, I had a hard time even choosing three favorites, seeing as each song has its one merit, whether it be an alternation in female/male lead vocals, melancholy lyrics, kick-ass guitar solos, arena-like energy, or even a horn section. You can find your own favorite here once the album is released on April 29th, or watch the live performance of each song off the album here. With all these different sounds to choose from and all these videos to watch, it’s almost impossible to pin Pompeii Graffiti down, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

 



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Review: Seaway – Vacation

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 by Kaili McDonald

Artist: Seaway
Album: Vacation
Release Date: 09/15/17
RIYL: State Champs, Neck Deep, Real Friends
Rating: 8/10

Seaway has done it again, man. I was really impressed with Colour Blind, and Vacation has a sound that I can really appreciate, especially when my taste for pop punk is declining. Vacation is a powerful pop punk album marked by Seaway’s signature upbeat, in-your-face style that makes you want to happily stomp on air. Certain aspects of the album remind me of Weezer and Blink-182, which is wicked awesome. Seaway also has a way of taking topics such as potential hostile and emotional situations, and twisting them into really rad songs with funny lyrics and music that vicariously relieves aggression through heavy rhythm guitar and drums. Vacation carries the air of a tropical vacation at a luxury hotel on a beach. (more…)



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