WLOY’s Top 10 Albums of 2010

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 by Amanda Nolan

Every great song comes from a great album and here WLOY presents the top 10 albums of 2010. This list was gathered by staff members and DJs alike with special attention to what captured the music industry this past year. There have been debuts from alternative newbies Local Natives as well as highly anticipated follow-up albums from such acts like folk-turned-electronica artist Sufjan Stevens and indie kings and queens Arcade Fire. Check out our list after the jump to see if YOUR favorite album made the cut!  (more…)

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WLOY’s Top 50 Songs of 2010

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 by Amanda Nolan

Here at WLOY, our music staff, along with the DJs, compiled a list of the 50 best songs of 2010. From Morning Benders to Broken Social Scene, Lissie to MGMT, 2010 has been a year of songs with catchy beats about seeing your ex driving around town with someone else, giving toasts to some unsavory characters and living in a suffocating suburban world. Each song on this list has made a splash in the tidal pool of the music industry this year. Check out our list after the jump to make your own Top 50 playlist and to see which song has made it into the incredibly coveted number one slot!  (more…)

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John Lennon 1940 – 1980

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 by Amanda Nolan

Today is the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death. We remember him for not only his prolific career with the Beatles, but also his impressive solo career that followed. There are so many words that one can say about John Lennon; in short, he is an inspiration for the young and the old, and his influence has stretched across many generations. A peacemaker, political activist, and voice of a generation, Lennon will be forever remembered for changing music.

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Top 20 12.3.10

Friday, December 3rd, 2010 by Tim Teeling

The Naked and Famous take the number one spot yet again on WLOY’s Top 20 Countdown. Cee Lo Green is still hanging on along with Kings of Leon, Matt & Kim, and The Gaslight Anthem. A notable new addition this week at number two is 30 Seconds to Mars featuring Kanye West with Hurricane 2.0. Tune in next week to see a special edition of the Top 20 for the end of the semester! Nolan and Tim are sure to have something up their sleeves!


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New Releases 12.01.10

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 by Amanda Nolan

As another week goes by, more CDs are dropped into our eager hands. This week in new releases we have a bit of variety. Some highlights include: Floridian indie band Surfer Blood’s LP Astro Coast, which was released to favorable reviews, a new LP from Bruce Springsteen and an entire compilation of Beatles’ covers by Minnesota Beatle Project. Also on the list are various indie acts such as Oh Land’s debut as well as tracks from hip-hop artists Audio-ology. Check out the entire listing after the jump!


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Playlist from the Top 20 Countdown 11.19.10

Friday, November 19th, 2010 by Ryan Nisley

Ever wonder what song Tim and Amanda are playing outside Boulder on Fridays? Well now you can! We’re going to be posting the Top 20 Countdown every week so you all can check out these songs.

This week features Kings of Leon, Neon Trees, and Gaslight Anthem. Cee Lo Green makes the countdown at #20 and we have high hopes it will climb towards the top. (more…)

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Top 40 11.19.10

Thursday, November 18th, 2010 by Ryan Nisley

This week a new artist makes a debut at the top spot! The Naked & Famous is a group from New Zealand that effectively blend the musical styles of Passion Pit and M83 into an incredibly catchy indie-pop that gets stuck in your head. Warning: this group may become your new favorite band. (more…)

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Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer

Thursday, November 11th, 2010 by Amanda Nolan

Cee Lo Green, more famously known for his work as one half of Gnarls Barkley, is back with his third studio album, The Lady Killer, which dropped November 9. Ever since the first single from the album, “F*ck You” (or more appropriately titled “Forget You”), was dropped, the music industry was abuzz about Cee Lo, with good reason. The Lady Killer proves to be an album worth giving a listen. Cee Lo transcends the R&B label, with a sound that strikes as being more alternative. This isn’t Gnarls Barkley, and you won’t find anything similar to “Crazy” on the album’s fourteen tracks; however, that does not matter because The Lady Killer offers that great Cee Lo sound.


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New Releases 11.08.10

Monday, November 8th, 2010 by Amanda Nolan

Looking to download some new musical artists? A lot of indie acts have dropped LPs this week! Highlights from this week’s bunch include Ohio rock band The Greenhornes and indie act Justin Kline. Check them out (as well as the others) by reading on…

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Rock Show 2010

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 by The Professor

Paul McCartney inaugurates the hall in Pittsburgh

by Radio RockonTour host Timothy Tilghman

James Paul McCartney inaugurated the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh as its premiere concert act on Wednesday, August 18, 2010. Scoring under face value tickets outside on the walk was nearly next to impossible but as luck would have it, Macca was running behind schedule and a $20 print-out ticket surfaced shortly before curtain call.

McCartney fans were queued up in long lines outside all of the entrances encircling the new venue that stretched onwards along the surrounding sidewalks in the unrelenting afternoon sun. Patron expectations were cresting high and fan anticipation was creating a decisive buzz of apprehension as spectators waited impatiently to enter the building.

Sir JPM enjoys an exceedingly rare position among popular live performers and his remaining career peers. Paul can safely bank on being a virtual sellout wherever he appears. His envious Beatles pedigree guarantees him an eager audience willing to hurl their expendable capital at buying pricey venue tickets whenever he heads out on tour.

The evening began with an exciting Wings medley comprising “Venus And Mars”, “Rock Show” and “Jet” that energized the audience with an unavoidable adrenaline rush. McCartney observed, “Good evening Pittsburgh. I’m getting a feeling we’re going to have a ball”. Then, Paul paused to soak in his view of the clamoring crowd before him from center stage. After five decades of appearing before live audiences, McCartney is the consummate performer.

“So, welcome to this new building here. We are the first people to play here before the first audience”, was McCartney’s christening comment on the hall’s opening night. Only two tracks from his highly acclaimed 2008 Fireman disk Electric Arguments made the setlist. The gyrating rhythm of “Highway” bounced along in concert and Paul’s soaring chorus on “Sing The Changes” transformed the uplifting gospel rocker.

Paul strapped on an electric guitar for “Let Me Roll It”, an intense 1973 Wings rocker from Band On The Run that was originally intended as a musical send-up of his estranged partner John Lennon. The ensuing climax transitioned into an instrumental jam of “Foxey Lady” with McCartney soloing fiercely.

Macca shared an incredible story from the first Sunday in June 1967, when the Jimi Hendrix Experience performed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety at an intimate London club the first weekend of its commercial release. Paul was in the audience totally blown away by the fact that Hendrix had learned the album note for note. Rumors implicate Eric Clapton may have tuned Jimi’s guitar on the sidelines during that debut London appearance.

Brandishing a ukulele, McCartney played his unique version of Harrison’s Abbey Road classic “Something” as a lovely tribute to George. “I’ve Got A Feeling”, “A Day In The Life” segueing into “Give Peace A Chance”, and “Day Tripper” were tunes that Paul sang in performance, which John Lennon either wrote or helped compose from the Beatles sensational songbook.

By the end of the concert, the performance pieces morphed into an avalanche of one monster hit after another heading into two rounds of encore appearances with a total of seven major Beatles favorites as Paul switched from piano to bass guitar to acoustic guitar and electric guitar.  Before exiting the stage, Paul took a moment to sign the shoulder of Ivela in the front row, which prompted a retort from Paul, “You are the end of the show”.

Several lost Wings classics were unearthed for the 2010 Up And Coming Tour that have not been featured live since the documented Wings Over America tour in 1976. “Letting Go” and “Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five” were exceedingly welcome additions to Macca’s hit-heavy setlist. Paul even dusted off a few choice Beatles gems for inclusion on this tour. “I’m Looking Through You”, “Two Of Us”, and “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” were each outstanding selections to perform live before an audience.

McCartney has been touring with his present entourage just shy of a decade now. Guitarist Rusty Anderson, drummer Abe Laboriel, guitarist Brian Ray, and keyboardist Wix Wickens have jammed as Paul’s trusted back-up band at dates scattered all over the globe. This current touring unit has released several live albums and live DVDs archiving ecstatic audience applause for a living legend.

Paul continues to record new material as the most prolific composer of his exceptionally talented generation. The Cute Beatle is advancing in age, but thankfully shows no outward signs of slowing down whatsoever. Certainly his loyal audience is thrilled to enjoy experiencing both his Beatles and Wings classics live along with his heartfelt musical tributes to his late wife Linda and fellow Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison.

Paul McCartney, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA, August 18, 2010 setlist: Venus And Mars > Rock Show > Jet * All My Loving * Letting Go * Got To Get You Into My Life * Highway * Let Me Roll It > Foxy Lady * The Long And Winding Road * Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five * Let ‘Em In * My Love * I’m Looking Through You * Two Of Us * Blackbird * Here Today * Dance Tonight * Mrs. Vandebilt * Eleanor Rigby * Something * Sing The Changes * Band On The Run * Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da * Back In The USSR * I’ve Got A Feeling * Paperback Writer * A Day In The Life > Give Peace A Chance * Let It Be * Live And Let Die * Hey Jude * 1st Encore: Day Tripper * Lady Madonna * Get Back * 2nd Encore: Yesterday * Helter Skelter * Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Reprise > The End

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