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Chuck Ragan – Gold Country

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 by Eric Loose

Summary: Chuck Ragan made me think twice about my hatred towards country music…incredibly consistent and well-structured, Gold Country is not one to miss this year.

Punk and country music don’t have a whole lot in common, right? Chuck Ragan sets to prove that wrong with Gold Country and does a pretty damn good job of it. Former frontman of punk band Hot Water Music, Ragan didn’t have a whole lot to prove. He was already pretty acclaimed in the punk scene. So, when he decided to swap Hot Water Music for a solo country-Western album, I was a little surprised. His first solo album, Feast or Famine, was a bare-bones album that managed to showcase Ragan”s versatility. His follow-up incorporates that same simplicity, but Ragan manages to add a little extra here and there. (more…)



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Top 40 5.10.10

Monday, May 10th, 2010 by Rich Rodrigues


Well, well, well.  Freelance Whales take over the #1 spot this week knocking of MGMT’s 2 week run @ #1.  We see some debuts from Keane as well as the Deftones.  This week’s top 40 chart is inspired by BONO.  He turns 50 today (5/10) and those glasses he keeps wearing makes him look no older than 45 I say.  Rock on BONO! (more…)



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New Releases 5.10.10

Monday, May 10th, 2010 by Rich Rodrigues


Not a lot of new stuff this week.  LCD Soundsystem drops their latest “This is Happening” and we get new music from emo pop punkers Sing It Loud (check them out if you’re interested in Motion City Soundtrack and/or Yellowcard).  Now go forth…and ROCK! (more…)



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End Transmission – Devour

Sunday, May 9th, 2010 by Eric Loose

Just because your little sister likes it doesn’t mean it’s bad, right? I mean c’mon, Fall Out Boy may not have the same reputation as Circle Takes the Square, but who isn’t up for some upbeat power-pop every now and then, excluding metal heads, that is. Some people call the pop-punk and power-pop genres worthless and without merit. I strongly disagree. True, Bad Astronaut and Say Anything don’t have the same, deep musical compositions or technical prowess of say, progressive music or post-rock. That’s not the goal of these shallow, simplistic bands. They provide immediately gratifying, pleasurable music. This is where power-pop band End Transmission comes into play. Devour is by no means a musical masterpiece. End Transmission’s debut album is not entirely original, and I would call it a bit shallow or superficial. Now that that’s out of the way, I really liked this album. It serves the purpose nicely. Devour is chock- full with 11 enjoyable songs.  (more…)



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Headlights – Wildlife

Friday, May 7th, 2010 by Eric Loose

Contrast and contradiction plague Wildlife, in a good way. Recorded in their home, located in Champaign, Illinois, the angst and confusion shows through on their latest record. Created in a short period of time and marked by band break-ups during the process, Wildlife combines beautiful, lush indie-pop with a welcome sense of variety that is so often lacking in similar sounding music. Indie-pop often falls victim to monotony and flatness, but Headlights keep things fresh. (more…)



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Nightsbridge In-Studio Interview

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 by The Professor

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The guys from Nightsbridge (including WLOY Alumni David “Mr. Fabulous” Gregory ’06) swung by WLOY for a sit-down with Eric Sappington before their triumphant stomping of the stage at The Recher.  Their premiere show there crushed the other bands on the bill.  Some simply hung their heads in shame in the crowd, while others quietly drifted off to new jobs selling funnel cakes at traveling fairs, anything to avoid playing music again.



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Joel Plaskett – Three

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 by Eric Loose

Joel Plaskett, at 33.3 years old, entitled 3 songs on his new release with 3 repeating words, “Rolling, Rolling, Rolling,” “Rewind, Rewind, Rewind,” and “Gone, Gone, Gone.” At this point, he couldn’t stop the trend. He decided to record a triple CD release, entitled Three, with 9 songs apiece, all with their own independent styles and concepts. He may have gone a bit too far, far, far, as the last mentioned song suggests, but it’s an interesting concept, at least, even if it is borderline gimmicky. Relaxing folk ballads blended with some soft rock are at the crux of Three, but ultimately it’s Plaskett’s ability to hide “3’s” all over this record that overshadow the actual music. (more…)



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Top 40 for the Week of 5.3.10

Monday, May 3rd, 2010 by Rich Rodrigues


Not a whole lot of changes here folks. MGMT remains at #1.  Some debuts by Manchester Orchestra, Taylor Locke, and Kate Nash.  The top 15 remain pretty much unchanged.  This week’s chart is inspired by Conan O’Brien and his beard.  Because without his beard…Conan would probably not be doing what he is doing right now…kickin butt on tour, new TV show in November, and telling NBC what the deal is!!!!! Yeeehaw!!! (why did i just do that) (more…)



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New Releases for the Week of 5.3.10

Monday, May 3rd, 2010 by Rich Rodrigues


This week…..we get new music from Keane, Deftones, and reunited (and it feels so good) punk rockers…the Get Up Kids.  And without further a due..your moment of musical sensation. (more…)



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Massive Attack – Splitting the Atom EP

Monday, May 3rd, 2010 by Eric Loose

Trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack are back with a not so massive attack, a 4 song EP titled Splitting the Atom. Short and pithy, Splitting the Atom is a nice snack, just enough to remind the music community that Massive Attack are still in the kitchen and brewing something, delicious or possibly disastrous. It’s definitely not a full meal, but Splitting the Atom will have trip-hop fans and non-fans alike tongues dripping with anticipation due to the illustrious line-up of Martina Topley-Bird, Guy Garvey (Elbow), and Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio). Unfortunately, Splitting the Atom doesn’t turn out to be nearly as appetizing as it appears. (more…)



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