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Morningwood Interview

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 by The Professor

Morningwood
The 2009 Morningwood interview when Chantal Claret chatted with Pat Taylor

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Stephen Lynch Interview

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 by The Professor

Interviewed by various Loyola including Brendan McCahill ’03.

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Built to Spill – There’s Nothing Wrong with Love

Thursday, May 13th, 2010 by Eric Loose

Built to Spill, the indie-rock band hailing from Boise, Idaho, has one of the deepest and most accomplished discographies you can find in the genre. Yes, I said it.

The name Doug Martsch may not conjure the same thoughts that a mention of Elliott Smith does, and someone bringing up a song from Keep it Like a Secret may be less common than someone mentioning a song from In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. That being said, this band is definitely a classic in their genre. The successive albums Keep it Like a Secret, which contains a laid-back summer twang, and Perfect From Now On, Martsch ventures a few tiny steps into progressive territory, are absolute masterpieces. But I digress… I’m here to explain the beauty of the prelude to these, There’s Nothing Wrong With Love. (more…)



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Castevet – Summer Fences

Thursday, May 13th, 2010 by Eric Loose

Open your ears and let that beautiful, simplistic melody flood your brain with ideas of happiness and contentment. As the song progresses, you can feel the emotion begin to well up as the instrumentation becomes more and more complex. You can’t remember the last time you felt this relaxed as you tilt your head back and feel your eyelids shut – but only halfway. And just as the vocals come in, so smoothly and fluidly, from the most mellifluous vo- WAIT! (more…)



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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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