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Event Playlist: Pressing Strings (2/2/2017)

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 by Margaret Jokoh

Annapolis/Baltimore natives, Pressing Strings  will be playing today at 8pm right in front of Starbucks (find out more about the event here). Pressing strings is a folky rock/ roots rock type of band. Consisting of friends, Jordan Sokel (guitar/vocals), Nick Welker (bass) and Brandon Barlett (drums) have preformed all over Baltimore, the East Coast and has even played our stage at Honfest! In light of getting through hump day and pump you up for the event tonight, we at the music staff made a playlist to get you into Pressing Strings, full of folky rock and acoustic tunes that will make you love Pressing Strings as much as we do!

  1. Pressing StringsWake up song
  2. Gary Clark Jr.Church
  3. Chet FakerNo Diggity
  4.  Pressing StringsFold
  5. HozierBetter Love
  6. James BayHold back the river
  7. Pressing StringsOwe the source
  8. Vance JoyMess is mine
  9. Paolo NutiniBetter Man (I prefer the acoustic!)
  10. Pressing StringsAnswer for me

 



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Album Review: Fractal Cats – The Tower

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: Claire Riley

Fractal Cat – The Tower

Rate: 8.5/10

LIYL: Brooks Long and the MadDogNoGood, Pink Floyd, Stanley Roots

Local Baltimore band Fractal Cat released their third album “The Tower” on the 26th of this month. It can now be streamed online via Spotify and Apple music and purchased on iTunes and CD as well.  Previous albums include “Loving Kind” released in 2014 and “The Eye in The Dawn” released in 2012. All three albums have a similar musical style, so if you liked “The Tower,” check the other two! As a band inspired by the golden age of rock n roll when legends like Buddy Holly and Smokey Robinson dominated the music world, Fractal Cat is known for their personal twist of trippy, psychedelic rock. (more…)



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Album Review: Gift Shop-Jokes Jokes Jokes

Thursday, January 26th, 2017 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: Stephen Vanyo

Gift Shop– Jokes Jokes Jokes

Rate: 9.5/10

I had the chance to catch Gift Shop live when one of my bands played the same show that they did in a garage in suburban Nazareth PA. The PA was quiet and noise were just bouncing off the walls but even with all that, they sounded like they belonged on much larger stages. Gift Shop is the project started by former members of the gone-to-soon pop punk act Grandview as well as fellow massachusetts band The Dirty Looks.  (more…)


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Album Review: Buenos Diaz – Buenos Diaz

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: William O’Connor

Buenos Diaz– Buenos Diaz

Rate: 7.2/10

LIYL: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, and Jack White

This is a band I’ve never heard before, and I was not only surprised but impressed. The first song, Hem Haw, is a short intro that opens up the album and shows off its instrumentals. After hearing this intro you can know what to expect for the rest of the album. (more…)



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Open Mic Night 1/19

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

Open Mic Night Logo New year, new you, right? Is your resolution to be more outgoing, try new activities or to show off your talents? Then come out the WLOY’s first Open Mic Night of the semester! This Thursday, the 19th, head on over to the Starbucks area between 8 and 10 to show off your singing, instrument skills, comedy, or spoken word to kick of the semester with a fun time. If you’re not interested in performing, then come on out to support your friends and hear their great music. Not to mention Starbuc’s will be staying open late, so you can enjoy the talent with a nice latte.



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Staff Picks: Jeremy’s Top 5 Albums of 2016

Friday, December 23rd, 2016 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: Jeremy Stephenson’17

Disclaimer: These albums are albums listened to in 2016, these may not actually be albums released in 2016.

170x170bb-15. Led Zeppelin – IV (untitled) –  

This is by far my favorite Zeppelin album. Start to finish this album will take you to magical places far away. The bluesy folk rock feel will make you dance your face off but still keep your neck sore from all the head banging. Remember to soften it up with Going to California.


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Staff Picks: Will’s Top 5 Albums of 2016

Monday, December 19th, 2016 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: Will O’Connor’20

Disclaimer: These albums are albums listened to in 2016, these may not actually be albums released in 2016.

170x170bb-55. Young Chasers – Circa Waves – 

This is the new Brtish band’s first album and it’s great. This whole album just makes you think of happy times. The suns shining, you’re on vacation with no worries and you’ve got this album playing through your headphones. This is what I picture of what it feels to be stress free. “Get Away” and “T-Shirt Weather” are summer anthems that will make you listen to them endlessly on repeat. This album is very professional and has very catchy guitar riffs to go along with the catchy melodies.


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Staff Picks: Steve’s Top 5 Albums of 2016

Friday, December 16th, 2016 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: Stephen Vanyo’17

Disclaimer: These albums are albums listened to in 2016, these may not actually be albums released in 2016.

 * Disclaimer these rankings aren’t hard and true, please don’t get mad at me for not putting Beyonce on this, Beyonce has her time elsewhere *

170x170bb5. D.R.A.M – Big Baby DRAM – 

Fresh off the success of “Cha Cha”, D.R.A.M  dropped his soul influenced, positivity laced new LP “Big Baby D.R.A.M”. With features coming from everyone from Lil Yachty to Erykah Badu, D.R.A.M shook up the hip-hop world with his energetic style of hip-hop. Described by D.R.A.M himself as “trappy-go lucky music”, D.R.A.M clearly differentiated himself from his counterparts this year. “Broccoli” is a certified party anthem.


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Staff Picks: Claire’s Top 5 Albums of 2016

Monday, December 12th, 2016 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: Claire Riley’ 20

Disclaimer: These albums are albums listened to in 2016, these may not actually be albums released in 2016.

170x170bb5.) I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! – Janis Joplin – 

I loooooove Janis Joplin and especially this album. Janis suffered a lot in her childhood from bullying and struggled later in life with love and not surprisingly, drugs and alcohol. In this album, she really pours her heart out and opens herself up to her fans about everything that she’s going through and how it effects her. She’s so genuine and straightforward in her music and that’s especially shown in this album.

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Studio Seizure : Nalani & Sarina

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 by The Professor

Photo: Jim Farrell

Photo: Jim Farrell

The dynamic duo, twins Nalani & Sarina, swung through town in November. Since they were playing 2 days in a row in Baltimore, including our show 11/10/16, we managed to snag an hour of their time on the 11th for a Studio Seizure session. With a pop style well-rooted in classic R&B and Soul music, these two always put on a great show.

For their Seizure we let them be the DJs and, not surprisingly, a lot of killer songs came up in their mix. Whether you’re talking vintage Stax Records or modern folks like Allen Stone, Nalani & Sarina know their music. And how about that time they covered a Bruce Springsteen song with The Boss in the audience?! Listen in to hear great stories and songs on this week’s Studio Seizure.

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