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What Is The WLOY Staff Listening To?

Thursday, March 13th, 2014 by Billy Dries

Unknown Kate Marshall – Soko – “We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow” – I Thought I Was An Alien
I was watching this really endearing video of 20 strangers that were paired up to kiss for the first time (trust me, you don’t get second hand embarrassment that you assume would come with watching that…check it out here​) and about 30 seconds in, this hauntingly beautiful song chimes in with the line “if you’re not ready for love, how can you be ready for life” and I was instantly hooked to this french singer/songwriter. Paired with the video, the videographer and artist created such a charming and intimate moment I wasn’t really expecting at all.
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Top 20 Tracks: 3.9.14

Thursday, March 13th, 2014 by Billy Dries

b289720cCheck out this week’s top 20 songs. New Jersey based folk rockers, Real Estate, top our list with their single “Crime”, but singles from St. Vincent and Youth Lagoon came as a close second and third this week. Check back every week for an updated list of our favorite tracks, and hear the Top 20 every Friday at Live At Boulder.
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What Is The WLOY Staff Listening To This Week?

Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Billy Dries

3724697Leslie Weis – 5 Seconds of Summer – 
More accents and boybands!! Woohoo! This pop rock band, 5 Seconds of Summer, comprised of four adorable Aussies is pretty new to the scene and as well as millions of other girls all around the world, I’m obsessed. 5 Seconds of Summer began in December 2011 when Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford and Calum Hood joined together and started posting videos of themselves performing covers of popular songs to YouTube. A little bit later they were joined by drummer Ashton Irwin, and the current 5 Seconds of Summer lineup came to be. Last February, 5 Seconds of Summer announced that they’d be the opening act on One Direction’s worldwide arena tour and hysteria among all teenage girls immediately ensued. The boys are now currently signed to Capitol Records and are working on their debut album. Their new single, She Looks So Perfect​, has just made me even more addicted and it’s starting to become unhealthy and kind of scaring me.

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Top 20 Tracks Of This Week

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 by Billy Dries

disclosure-and-mary-j-blige-1390343615-hero-promo-1Check out new tunes by Real Estate, The Men, and St. Vincent this week. The Number 1 spot this week goes to Real Estate‘s fantastic new track, off of their new album Atlas, called “Crime”. Also be sure to check out “A Simple Beautiful Truth” by Wild Beats and the Worth EP by Mas Ysa, they’re some great new tunes by up and coming artists. Check back in two weeks for an updated Top 20. Sorry to make you all wait so long for new music, but alas spring break is upon us at Loyola Maryland.
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Yeezus in the Charm City

Friday, February 21st, 2014 by Kathleen McKeveny

Yeezus
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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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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