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Review: elbow – Giants of All Sizes

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 by Tara Howell

By: Aly Martinez

elbow – Giants of All Size

Release: October 11, 2019

Rate: 8.5/10

RIYL: Doves, I Am Kloot, Turin Brakes

elbow is a band that is based in England. They came together as a band in the ’90s when they were all in college and have since then created 8 studio albums and have received several awards for their music. They caught national attention with their debut EP in 1998. They have become staples in the UK rock scene since their creation.

When they recorded this album, some songs were done live in the studio and others in individual studios so they could all form their sound. It is an interesting dynamic that both appreciate teamwork and individualism. They can be described as a mellow rock sound mixed with some more hardcore sounds flowing in and out of the songs. The rock feels mixed with powerful and sometimes angry lyrics can be very capturing to the audience. One of my favorite songs is called “Empire” which has a somewhat upbeat sound mixed with slow and dragged out vocals. I recommend this to our listeners.



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Renaissance Celebrates Fifty Years

Friday, November 1st, 2019 by The Professor

Annie Haslam captures a moment of magic for posterity

by Radio RockonTour host Timothy Tilghman

Renaissance is experiencing its own renaissance. The storied band has reached a milestone of five decades as a recording and touring unit. Joining Renaissance on stage as a guest musician was Jim McCarty original founding member and longstanding drummer with The Yardbirds. The Saturday, October 12, 2019 concert was recorded as a live performance presentation on BluRay, DVD and CD to be released next year.

Renaissance in 2019 are Annie Haslam on vocals, musical director Rave Tesar on keyboards, Mark Lambert on guitar, Geoffrey Langley also on keyboards, Frank Pagano on drums, and Leo Traversa on bass. Renaissance was accompanied on stage by the Renaissance Chamber Orchestra, ten musicians handpicked by the band for their individual musicianship. (more…)



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Toronzo Cannon Interview 10/29/19

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 by The Professor

Toronzo Cannon is coming to the area in a rare appearance at The Soundry in Columbia, MD on Saturday November 2nd. Since he has a full-time job driving a Chicago city bus, he only tours in weekend bursts and vacation days, making it a rare treat to get him in the area. Touring now on his excellent new release The Preacher, The Politician or The Pimp (Alligator Records), Toronzo is raising the bar again with a great live show and killer guitar work. We first met at the Lancaster Roots and Blues in 2016 (interview here) and he blew me away with the energy he put into a live show. Ahead of this weeks show Toronzo was able to squeeze in a quick interview on his lunch break! It’s well worth the trip to Columbia to check him out live and see why he’s in such high demand worldwide!

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Open House at WLOY Station 10/24

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

black, green, and white flyer advertising WLOY open house thursday / WLOYThis Thursday from 7-9pm, WLOY will be hosting an open house at our station.  This will be an opportunity for you and all your friends to come get a tour of our station, look through our extensive music library, ask questions, and find out more about what we do and how you can get involved!  We’ll have a live DJ throughout the night who will be helping visitors get on the air and record their very own station promo and there’ll even be some cool prizes for you to take home.  Swing by the station, located at Bellarmine Hall, on Thursday between 7 and 9pm for music, fun, and prizes!  Everyone is welcome.  See you there!



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Autarchii Live at Starbucks 10/10

Monday, October 7th, 2019 by The Professor

Reggae artist Autarchii will be joining WLOY and the Caribbean Students Union on Thursday 10/10 from 8-10pm to help raise money for Bahamian relief. Join us for great music, raffles and to donate in support of World Central Kitchen and their massive food relief efforts in the Bahamas.



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Annie Haslam Interview

Sunday, October 6th, 2019 by The Professor

The legendary Annie Haslam, vocalist for Rennaisance as well as painter, visual artist and more, took time to have a long chat with Timothy Tilghman host of our weekly Radio RockOnTour show.

Renaissance is currently touring in celebration of 50 years of musical innovation and recording their show in Philadelphia at the Keswick Theater for release next year. Annie kindly took the time to discuss her joining of Renaissance, solo career and artistic work. You can check out her painting on her website and watch for Tims review of their show at the Keswick coming soon!

It was a long interview so we split it into 2 pieces for broadcast. Enjoy!

Part One

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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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