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WLOY in Loyola Magazine!

Saturday, March 30th, 2019 by The Professor

Wow! WLOY was given a massive feature story in the March 2019 Loyola Magazine and we are thrilled! Not only did it feature amazing alumni talking about what made WLOY special for them, it included some great features on what they do now. Check out the great story about Katie Kazmierski ’18 who is working at KNOM Radio in Nome, Alaska! You can grab the PDFs of the articles here and enjoy them at your own pace. If you don’t get the magazine, please reach out to the alumni office at Loyola and ask that they add you to the mailing list.

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Got Talent? Show it off and win!

Sunday, March 24th, 2019 by The Professor

WLOY & SGA present a series of events to highlight Loyola’s talent. Winners will perform at Loyolapalooza and the new Loyolapalooza Pep Rally!

Battle of the Bands April 4 – McGuire Hall
Got a band of 3 or more performers? Enter the 2019 Battle of the Bands now! This event is open to any band with a real Loyola connection – alumni, current students and employees. If a member of your band fits one of these categories send in your entry. The bands will compete of a full stage in McGuire with industry professionals as the judges. The audience will decide any tie voting so bring your friends!Many past winning bands have gained live show gigs in Baltimore as a result and more than a dozen albums have been released. The winning band will perform at Loyolapalooza on April 28th.


Songwriter Skirmish April 11 – Starbucks
New for this year we will have 2 winners! Are you a solo or duo act? Acoustic or Electric? You can enter to win this year in either category. This is open to any combination of performance that is electric or acoustic so whether you are an a capella duo or a rapper with a laptop, you can win. Choose your category and enter your act. Judges will include 2 past Battle of the Band winning alumni who perform professionally as well as a representative from WLOY and SGA. The audience will decide any tie voting so bring your friends!
The 2 winning acts will perform at Loyolapalooza on April 28th.


DJ Spin-Off April 25 – Black Box Theater
A brand new event for 2019, the DJ Spin-off is a chance for DJs, remixers and producers to show off their set-making talents and originality. In the Black Box Theater you will perform a 10 minute mix of fun, high energy music, including as much original music, remix or mashup material as you can create to wow the judges. Judges will include 2 industry professionals (possibly some surprises) and a representative from WLOY and SGA. The audience will decide any tie voting so make sure to bring your friends! The winning act will perform an extended set at the new Loyolapalooza Pep Rally to be held on the quad April 26th.


Got a talent and want to show it off at these competitions? ENTER HERE and include as much of the information as possible. Selected entries will be notified by April 2 for Battle, April 9 for Skirmish and April 23 for Spin-Off. And don’t forget the Open Mic Night Thursday March 28th at Starbucks as a chance to test out your talents!



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The Midnight Interview

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 by The Professor

Aly does her very first interview and it’s with Tyler from The Midnight! We think it went really well and she should be happy. Also, it’s a good interview with a good artist so you should listen.

The Midnight consists of Tyler Lyle (a songwriter from the Deep South) and Tim McEwan (a producer from Denmark) and we were able to catch Tyler before their April 2nd show at Baltimore Soundstage.

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Strangers on a Plane “Wings” Review by Jovial Njinyi

Friday, February 22nd, 2019 by Lindsey Zapata

Strangers on a Plane – Wings

Released: 2018

Rate: 8.8/10

Review by Jovial Njinyi

Wings by Strangers on a Plane, is a really interesting album that boasts sounds of cool indie pop. You can listen to them now on Spotify. Strangers on a Plane have developed a sound similar to a mix between Billie Eilish and Lana del Rey.

The songs on the album are definitely more on the soft soothing side. Track 10, “Wings”, that shares its title with the album, has a slightly more upbeat tempo than the other songs, with a lot more complex instrumental composition and base in the background. But of all the songs, track 5, “Look At Me”, is my personal favorite — considering it was the song that drew me to review the album in the first place. (more…)



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Red Sammy Live at Coffeehouse 1/31

Monday, January 28th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

Red Sammy is a “lyric-driven Americana folk rock n’ roll” band with an added country/blues aesthetic.  The band consists of writer/singer/songwriter Adam Trice as well as an ensemble of accompanying musicians.  Trice comes from right here, Baltimore, Maryland, and has gone on in his career to join both regional and national artists on the stage.  He’s performed in festivals in such cities as Baltimore, Denver, Toronto, Buffalo, and many more.  Red Sammy will be playing here at Loyola on Thursday, January 31st at our free coffeehouse at Starbucks from 8-10pm, so be sure to come by and not miss out!

Check out Red Sammy here:
http://www.redsammy.com/jukebox/



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Stacked Like Pancakes Concert 1/24 McGuire Hall

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

Stacked Like Pancakes is definitely a WLOY favorite.  A Baltimore-based brass rock band, Stacked Like Pancakes features a trumpet and two trombonists that steal the show.  The band has gone on in their career to play in the Vans Warped Tour for several years and has performed alongside artists/groups like Bless the Fall, Memphis May Fire, Jule Vera, and Microwave.  This concert will without a doubt be a unique experience, with the promise of both “spontaneity and precision”, and it is guaranteed that if you attend, you will experience an exhilarating, exciting, and unforgettable show.  Come out to McGuire this Thursday, January 24th from 8-10pm to see Stacked Like Pancakes rock the stage.  You won’t be disappointed.



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Bitty McLean Interview

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 by The Professor

Linton “Junior” Hinds ’06, our alumnus host of the amazing I Never Knew radio show, caught up with the talented and very busy Bitty McLean for an exclusive hour of reasoning. The British/Jamaican singer, songwriter, producer and engineer speaks about the influence of his fathers record collection, sound system culture in London, being a engineer for UB40, and transitioning in to a reggae artist. Bitty also explains the creation of his classic album ‘On Bond Street’, and the artistic relationship with reggae legends Sly and Robbie. Pieces of the interview have aired on the weekly I Never Knew show (Sundays 9-11am) but here is the complete exclusive interview.  We have many more INK interviews to add so keep watching this space!

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Maria Dontas Live at Coffeehouse 1/17

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

Maria Dontas is a Loyola University Maryland alum and has been following her passion for singing ever since!  She placed top five in a national CosmoGirl Magazine contest, sang the Greek National Anthem at the 2008 Clergy/Laity Congress in Washington, D.C., opened for Jack’s Mannequin here at Loyola, and won the Essex Singer-Songwriter Competition in 2012.  Maria will be performing live this Thursday, January 17th at Starbucks from 8-10pm.  Her country sound and high-energy vibes will certainly get you moving and your blood pumping on a cold night.  It’s the first event of the semester, and its free, so be sure to come check it out!



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Concert Review: Emarosa at Baltimore Soundstage

Sunday, December 9th, 2018 by Kaili McDonald

On Tuesday, November 27th 2018, five bands rolled up to the Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, MD to liven up a welcoming crowd. Arlington, the Faim, Devour the Day, Emarosa, and Hands Like Houses made for an interesting line-up for sure.

I’ve found that Soundstage always has amazing opening bands, and Arlington was no exception. In fact, I’m listening to them as I write. Anyways, the show started off with Arlington, a three-member band from southern California. The first thing that I noticed besides their incredibly full sound and high energy performance was that the lead singer, Tyler Benko, sounded like Alex Turner from the Artic Monkeys. Then I realized that this band had the sound that I wish the latest Artic Monkeys album had. Amazing. Arlington was definitely one of the best performances that I’d ever seen. They even played a cover of “Reptilia” by the Stokes, which the bassist Channing Peake took on the vocals. It was Peake’s birthday, and “Reptilia” is one of his favorite songs. I also have to give credit to drummer Grant Whitson. I honestly wish they could have played longer, as I would have loved to hear so much more! Arlington’s sound, stage presence, mastery of instruments, crowd reaction, and style were all around incredible, and I definitely recommend checking them out. (more…)



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Hymn For Her at Starbucks 12/6

Monday, December 3rd, 2018 by Lindsey Zapata

This your last chance to join WLOY for a Coffeehouse Performance, until next semester, and believe me this band may be last, but in no way are they the least. Hymn for Her describes themselves on their Facebook as, “punksy folksy airstreamy country bluesy grassy waynesy lucy take you on a hayride to hellsy,” which in regular English means that they are of fun with a twist of a psychedelic vibe. The duo has been touring all over the world, and we are lucky to have them come to visit at Starbucks this Thursday, December 6th, from 8-10pm. Remember these performances are FREE, which is unthinkable with this caliber of talent. Please come relax with some coffee from Starbucks (who always stays open later for our Thursday performances) and enjoy this music and grab a WLOY Van Cookie while they last.



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