Yeezus in the Charm City

Friday, February 21st, 2014 by Kathleen McKeveny

Written by: Jeremy Stephenson

With his first solo tour in five years, you know Mr. West rolled his sleeves up to make his Baltimore fans remember why he is the icon he is today. First of all, this concert and tour is nothing like any other rap tour or any tour for that matter to date. A tremendous 35 song set list including tracks from his latest, and sixth album, Yeezus, and even his inaugural decade old album, The College Dropout definitely had any Ye fan walking away with a nice “did I just see that!?” grin after the show.

The show kicked off with the unveiling of a massive mountain in the back of the stage, which followed with Kanye’s twelve dancers who were dressed in fully nude pantyhose, and were incorporated throughout the show’s entirety. Kanye then dramatically weaved his way through his girls and started with the first song off his Yeezus album, “On Sight.” (more…)

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Top 30 Albums of 2.16.14

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 by Billy Dries

blood-orange-band-Sutphin-Boulevard-kleine-wundertuete1-1Check out our favorite 30 albums of this week, and check back every week for our updated charts, and discover the new music thats spinning in the WLOY studio.





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What Are We Listening To This Week?

Thursday, February 20th, 2014 by Billy Dries

maxresdefaultRachel Stoczko – Hey OceanIf I Were A Ship – 

This super fun song, that’s a single track off their 2013 album IS, is the epitome of Hey Ocean!. The Vancouver based band is fun loving and they provide feel good music that just makes you want to dance. In January they released an animated video to accompany “If I Were A Ship” and it’s basically the most adorable an animated music video can get. Give them a listen, dance along and fall in love, like I have.

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Top 20 Tracks Of The Week

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 by Billy Dries

mac-demarco.jpg?w=580This week we still have Mac DeMarco topping our chart, but there are a few new additions. A new song by Austin, Texas band Pure X is so dreamy and surfy that you’d never believe that those kids grew up hundreds of miles from the closest beach. Also on our chart is a huge pop track from ceo, and a new track by WOODS. Check back every week for even more great new tracks. 

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Eliza and Johnny Doering Interview

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 by Rachel

Eliza and Johnny 2Eliza and Johnny stopped by WLOY on Thursday, January 30th, for an interview on Kat and Rae in the Morning and a coffeehouse that evening. Kat and I were graced with an in studio performance, which included their songs Blue and Down By The Sea. The siblings are members of local band, Eliza Doering and the Penny Black. Kat and I got some insight to their start as a band and what they’re working on now. Their fun in studio performance, along with their full interview can be found below.

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What Is The WLOY Staff Listening To?

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 by Billy Dries

Childish-gambino-because-the-internetBrandon Newby – Childish GambinoBecause The Internet 

Released December 10, Donald Glover changed the whole entire game with his sophomore release. Shying away from the traditional sense of album development, he relied solely on the internet to create a buzz and the eventual explosion of excitement for his album. “Because The Internet” has aspects of traditional hip-hop, but he branches out by including his skills as a writer to give each song it’s own personality. So, as a fan of the arts in general, I feel that Glover changed the way albums should be created and everyone, I mean EVERYONE should go out and listen to this fine piece of aural cinema.

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What Is The WLOY Staff Listening To?

Thursday, February 6th, 2014 by Billy Dries

inside-llewyn-davis-original-soundtrack-338-300Joe Lomuti – Inside Llewyn Davis OST – Oscar Isaac – 

It is definitely hard to see through the biases associated with movie sound track albums. Why spend money on a collection of juxtaposed songs that seem but lost independent of their movie origin? However, with the release of the new Coen Brothers film Inside Lleywn Davis, my perceptions have been swayed. Based in NYC circa 1960, the film follows the character of Lleywn Davis–a vagabond folk musician surfing couches of the East Village struggling to demonstrate his talent and find his place in life. The film’s soundtrack was created like any other studio album and more so. Tracks include appearances by Mumford & and Sons, JT, and The Punch Brothers, all lead by notable music producer and composer T-Bone Burnett. However, don’t let all these big names shadow Oscar Isaac, the lead actor and recording musician for multiple tracks including one of my favorites “Hang me, Oh Hang me”. If you enjoy folk music, or just good art in general, both the sound track and film are definitely worth checking out.

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Top 20 Tracks 2.2.14

Thursday, February 6th, 2014 by Billy Dries

b3b2ca91Our Top 20 this week remains similar to the last, with Broken Bells still sitting atop the chart, after releasing After The Disco, their second studio album, earlier this week. New additions to the list include tracks by Waxahatchee, The Jezabels, and Death Vessel. Check in every week for an updated list of our favorite tracks at WLOY.

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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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