What Is The WLOY Staff Listening To?

Friday, January 31st, 2014 by Billy Dries

Lorde-Team-deidah-dereon1Kat O’Brien – Lorde – “Team” – Pure Heroine – 

The world’s new favorite New Zealander, Lorde, has been topping charts internationally with her first album, Pure Heroine. Although her first single, Royals, is arguably her most popular, I would say that her song “Team” deserves equal or more praise. Give it a listen and your ears are almost guaranteed to enjoy.



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The 56th Annual Grammy Awards and Performances on Review

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by Rachel

kclifestyle.com56grammyThis year’s Grammy Award Ceremony was pretty spectacular. Most would be surprised that it was even an award show. Over the course of nearly 4 hours, 82 winners took home awards, but the viewers at home were shown 10 of those 82. The rest of the evening’s broadcast was musical performances. But I really can’t complain. Here are some of the high light performances in my opinion, in no particular order. The performance rooster was stacked and action packed. The Grammys opened with Beyonce and Jay-Z performing a single of her recently dropped, self-titled album “Drunk in Love.” It was killer. Between her rotating stage and their flawless vocal performance, their understated performance allowed their talent to shine and it was a great way to start the show. The  next stand out performance was just as grand, but it a more spectacular way.

Katy Perry performed her hit “Dark Horse” from her 2013 album Prism with Juicy J. Her spooky set and amazing acrobatic choreography were incredible. Plus she sounded great and it was awesome to hear trap music being able to command the stage.  She was a real crowd pleaser, and when Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons performing a mash-up of M.A.A.D City and Radioactive, in crisp white outfits and stellar drums, people swooned. They murdered their performance and it ended the way a typical Color Run does.

The mother of all mothers, the most amazing collaboration to grace the stage of the Grammys, Daft Punk, Pharrell, Niles Rodgers and Steve Wonder with their Get Lucky Medley. It was all sorts of amazing and perfection. Another awesome collaboration took us back to the roots of country as Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Blake Shelton took the stage. They all sounded great and the performance felt heart-felt. Plus it was awesome that they sang “Momma, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.”

P!NK (shout out to our shared home county, Bucks, PA) was simply wondrous. She shows up Cirque du Soleil with her aerial-acro! She went on to share the stage with Nate Ruess from FUN. and the duo performed their Grammy nominated song, ” Just Give Me a Reason.”  Where as Lorde delivered a very understated performance. Lorde performed her Grammy award winning “Royals” of her debut album, Pure Heroine. Her finger tips were dipped in black and she did her cool, weird dancing. I liked it. And when she won her surprise and appreciation was sweet and genuine. Her staccato performance was followed by a heart-warming performance by country newbie, Hunter Hayes.

John Legend was simple and beautiful. His performance of “All of Me” was elegant and his beautiful wife was in his line of vision the entire time, making everyone watching jealous of her. While when Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr took to the stage, we were given everything you can ask for from a Grammys performance. It was upbeat and fun, and Paul’s piano was awesome.

The last, but certainly not least, performance that was note-worthy, was that off Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, featuring Mary Lambert and Madonna. The performed “Same Love” while Queen Latifah officiated the marriages of 33 couples of all genders, races and sexual orientations. It was quite beautiful to watch and a pretty incredible feat. It was inspiring to watch 33 couple share their love with us. Mary Lambert was simple fantastic and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who took home four Grammys including best new artist, were awesome.


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Top 20 Tracks of 1.26.14

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 by Billy Dries

51u2vUoG6CL._SL500_AA280_Check out this week’s Top 20 tracks. There are a bunch of familiar names, but if you look closely you’ll find new music from Dum Dum Girls, Broken Bells, and Thumpers. 

Check back every week for new releases, and a constantly updated list of current tracks that we love at WLOY.

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What Were We Listening To On Our Snow Day?

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 by Billy Dries

91wv3NjQs5L._SL1500_Rachel Stoczko- The Staves – Dead & Born & Grown & Live – 

The singing sister trio graces our ears with beautiful harmonies and sweet lyrics that are sure to make a lasting impression. Their vocals shine on every track and the folky sound is great on every song. This re-release of their debut album features 6 live tracks for your listening pleasure.

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WLOY Spring Semester Tickets

Thursday, January 16th, 2014 by The Professor

Here we go again! WLOY is bringing you more shows to enjoy for free. Win tickets by listening to the station, friending and following us on social media and coming to our events (Thursday night 9-11 free concerts, Live at Boulder Fridays 12-2).

Rams Head Live shows:
01.18 Saved by the 90s – A Party w. The Bayside Tigers
01.24 Skies in Chaos w. Yesterdays War, Down To Everything, Wrecking Crew, Dad Shoes
01.25 moe.
01.31 Eoto w. Emalkay, ELM
02.12 JJ Grey & Mofro w. Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers
02.25 Young The Giant w. Cayucas
02.27 Animals As Leaders w. After The Burial, Navene K, Chon
03.01 Kermit Ruffins & The BBQ Swingers**
03.01 ZZ Ward
03.13 Uncle Kracker**
03.20 Mindless Self Indulgence
03.22 The Legwarmers
04.21 Alterbridge w. Monster Truck
04.26 Ani Difranco

**Baltimore Soundstage shows:

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WLOY Holiday Music Bash

Friday, December 20th, 2013 by The Professor

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It’s Christmas time at WLOY! We wait ever year until Christmas Eve, unlike those stations that go all Christmas sometime in late August… Starting at midnight we will be all Christmas on Christmas Eve and Day, with student and alumni specials. And since we know people at home won’t want to miss their family and friends shows, we’re going to rerun some of them too. We have 8 different DJs with their own special Christmas wish for you, including the annual return of Nick Centanni (Moldie Oldies Show Wednesdays 10a-12p) with two big segments the Ultimate Christmas Eve Show and the Ultimate Christmas Day Show featuring 6 hours of his guests, great tunes and possibly the return of Ziggy.

Here’s the lineup of the special programs:

Christmas Eve
10:00a – 12:00p Kat & Rae Christmas Show
12:00p – 02:00p Radio RockonTour Christmas Show
02:00p – 03:00p Carl & James Christmas Show
03:00p – 04:00p Somewhere in the Between Christmas Show
04:00p – 05:00p Anthony & Tom Christmas Show
05:00p – 06:00p Kim & Kenzie Christmas Show
06:00p – 09:00p Nick’s Ultimate Christmas Eve Show

Christmas Day
12:00p – 03:00p Nick’s Ultimate Christmas Day Show
03:00p – 04:00p Carl & James Christmas Show
04:00p – 05:00p Somewhere in the Between Christmas Show
05:00p – 06:00p Anthony & Tom Christmas Show
06:00p – 07:00p Kim & Kenzie Christmas Show

But don’t worry about the rest of the time because it’s wall-to-wall Rudolph all Christmas Eve and Day. Tune in, and leave us on all day both days, like we’re your Yule Log Channel!

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Staff Picks: Kait’s Top Albums of 2013

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 by Kait Connaughton

unnamed-1Disclosure – Settle – 

Before 2013, electronic music was a rare find in my iTunes. This year, however, has been rather kind to the deteriorating genre (although I can’t say the same about EDM culture) with explosive releases from Daft Punk, James Blake, Pretty Lights, and my favorite of the year, Disclosure. Made up of two UK bloaks who just happen to be brothers, Disclosure debuted their first album Settle in June 2013 and needless to say, I have not stopped listening since. If you are not listening yet, you are doing yourself a disservice; that’s how strongly I feel about Disclosure.

Suggested Tracks: “Latch,” “Help Me Lose My Mind,” “Boiling,” & “What’s In Your Head”


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WLOY Picks Ten Christmas Classics

Friday, December 6th, 2013 by The Professor

DJ_Santa Well, maybe we picked 11, because we play music and can’t count.  Ok, give us a break.  We polled a few current and former staff members to see what they can’t live without at Christmas time.  You know, the music that makes them enjoy the season, not want to shove pencils in their ears if they have to hear it one more time (Elmo & Patsy, we’re looking at you).  And because we care about you, our listeners, we even threw in an iTunes link so you can add them to your own playlists at home (you’re welcome).  Here they are in no particular order, along with a reminder to get into the spirit of the season and share your gifts with others : (more…)

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Staff Picks: Dries’ Best Albums of 2013

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 by Billy Dries

Blood Orange - CoverBlood Orange – Cupid Deluxe – 

With his sophomore release, Blood Orange delivered an absolute masterpiece. The R&B meets disco groove of the album immediately captured me and drew me in. From the first track, “Chamkay”, to the closing, “Time Will Tell”, the album keeps the listener guessing, weaving in and out of multiple genres it gets almost anybody on their feet and dancing.



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What Are We Listening To This Week?

Thursday, November 21st, 2013 by Billy Dries

Kelly Burchard – The NeighbourhoodI Love You

 While their album came out earlier this year, The Neighbourbood’s I Love You is just now making its way into my Top 25 Most Played iTunes playlist. Their motley crew of electric, hip-hop and indie rock sound is something that is hard not to like. All the tracks on I Love You flow into each other so smoothly, and while this isn’t necessarily the album that makes you want to get up and dance, it is definitely worth a listen to, if you haven’t already.


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