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Earth People! The Triumphant Return of Dr. Octagon

Monday, June 26th, 2017 by The Professor

by Earl Crown, host of Crucial Cuts on WLOY

On June 4th 2017, Kool Keith (aka Dr. Octagon) came to Baltimore Soundstage with his hip-hop super-group, and reminded us why we loved Dr. Octagon in the first place. His 1996 album, Dr. Octagonecologyst, is considered by many to be among the most important albums of that decade and a must-own LP for any serious fan of the genre. With the help of producer and DJ Dan “The Automator” Nakamura, as well as world-class turntablist DJ Qbert, Octagon was able recreate the genius of his groundbreaking 1996 album on stage.

The Dr. Octagon tour features an all-star stage band, with a live drummer and bass player, along with two DJs, the aforementioned Dan the Automator and DJ Qbert. The set list for the Baltimore Soundstage show included many tracks from the Dr. Octagonecologyst album, including “3000”, “Earth People” and “Bear Witness”. The appreciative crowd got especially wild for “Blue Flowers,” a fan-favorite from the 1996 release. (more…)



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Karoondinha Ticket Giveaway!

Monday, June 19th, 2017 by The Professor

WLOY has gotten the amazing opportunity to give a lucky listener a pair of three-day passes, including camping, for the Karoondinha Music and Arts Festival! The festival will take place the weekend of July 21st to the 23rd, at Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park located in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania. Karoondinha will feature over 80 artists, headliners include Chance the Rapper, Odesza, John Legend, Paramore, and Alessia Cara- others artists include John Bellion, Grace Vanderwaal, Watsky, and many more!

The festival was created by brother-sister duo, Kaleena and Paul Rallis, who grew up in central Pennsylvania and wanted to bring the serenity that they experienced in their childhood to the music festival. In fact, the name, Karoondinha is that of the creek that runs through Penn’s Cave, a natural embodiment of serenity. Set on 1,6000 unspoiled acres of rolling hills and rich farmland, Karoondinha is working to achieve this dream. Additionally, festival goers are encouraged to partake in daily yoga sessions, dance workshops, art installation, gourmet food vendors, and all-water tour caves. (more…)



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Pretty Don amazing: Don Broco at Baltimore Soundstage 5/7/2017

Thursday, May 11th, 2017 by Margaret Jokoh

The British rock band, Don Broco, has been around since 2008, but have just embarked on their first US tour. Aside from having the pleasure of interviewing the band, I had the opportunity of seeing them live at Baltimore Soundstage.

Anyone who knows Baltimore, knows that the music fans of the city are very hard to please, especially the pop punk scene, who have seen acts like Modern Baseball, All Time Low and many more jump off to headlining acts at major festivals and their own tours. And to be honest, Don Broco is definitely the odd ball out when looking at the bill. They are lined up with bands like: With Confidence, Against the Current and State Champs. Fortunately, there were a few fans there, but Don Broco definitely had a challenge ahead of them. (more…)



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Honfest 2017 Lineup

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017 by The Professor

More details to follow, but here is the lineup for the WLOY Stage at Honfest
(We are at 36th & Chestnut Streets in Hampden):

Saturday June 10
11:00 – 12:00pm Little Lungs
12:00 – 01:00pm Caleb Stine
01:00 – 02:00pm Saleem & The Music Lovers
02:00 – 03:00pm Angela Sheik
03:00 – 04:00pm Paradise Creek
04:00 – 05:00pm Pompeii Graffiti
05:00 – 06:00pm Of Tomorrow
06:00 – 07:00pm Raindeer
07:00 – 08:00pm Stacked Like Pancakes

Sunday June 11
12:00 – 01:00pm Canopy
01:00 – 02:00pm Walter Parks
02:00 – 03:00pm The Out of Water eXperience
03:00 – 04:00pm Fractal Cat
04:00 – 05:00pm Greasy Hands
05:00 – 06:00pm Nalani & Sarina

Lots of new faces this year and a wide selection of styles to keep you interested! Grab a table and hang out all day long with WLOY!



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Sweet Leda Studio Seizure 4/17/17

Monday, April 17th, 2017 by The Professor

This week as a special Easter treat, we get not one, but TWO hours of chatting and spinning time with Jaime and Julie from Sweet Leda. The Professor chatted with the pair (bass & vocals) about what’s in the water in Pasadena, who they love, and just what kind of horror film they scored. They brought some of their (and our) favorite local albums, and talked about the process of recording their own latest piece of vinyl Let It In.

Studio Seizures run every Monday 7-8pm, except this week it’s 7-9pm with 2 special hours of Sweet Leda!
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Explore Baltimore: Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 by Lauren Keyes

What: Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees

Where: Camden Yards

When: Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Root, root, root for the home team! (Apologies to my fellow Long Islanders.) On Friday April 7, the Yankees are coming to Charm City! As always, there will surely be some competitive fans showing up to Camden Yards to support each team, and everyone knows that a heated match is the best kind. Plus, since it’s a Friday game, students can purchase tickets for just $7.00! oin the rowdy crowd for a great game, and grab yourself an O! so delicious hot dog smothered in crab dip. Nothing says baseball like a ballpark frank, so grab yourself an O! so delicious hot dog smothered in crab dip, and join the rowdy crowd at ballgame! To buy tickets, click here!



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Exlpore Baltimore: R. House

Friday, March 17th, 2017 by Lauren Keyes

What: R. House

Where:  301 W 29th St. Baltimore, MD 21211

When: Monday- Sunday (See hours on website.)

Upon hearing the name, you may hear the catchy jingle, “Our house, in the middle of the street,” playing over and over in your head. Or maybe I’ve just seen Maxwell House coffee commercials too many times. Anyway, the house we’re talking about R. House! Located in Remington, R. House is an innovative and community-focused restaurant established by 10 chefs looking to open restaurants. With 10 different restaurants inside, you can get a food market feel, while sitting inside of a transformed and stylish old body shop. Whether you’re in the mood for Mexican food (We suggest the Chorizo,) or you want to fancy your palette with some Korean BBQ, you won’t have a hard time finding something to satisfy your cravings at R. House. A Cool, industrial-yet-homey atmosphere and a variety of food you can’t go wrong with, but what may be the most impressive part of R. House is its community-focused mission to “revive neighborhoods and inspire great ideas.” After a delicious bite at R. House, you’ll be singing to coffee commercial theme songs, but at least you’ll be doing it on a full stomach! Learn more about R. House’s awesome chefs and their inspiration here!



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Canopy Returns to Coffeehouse 3/16/17

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 by The Professor

This Thursday at the Starbucks area, check out the return of the etherial, amazing, unique awesomeness that is Canopy! Canopy is a Baltimore-based band comprised of Matt Muirhead and McKenzie Ditter. Matt Muirhead is a well-known Baltimore artist (and creator of the van t-shirt for WLOY!!). He creates both eclectic paintings and music, not to mention builds most of his own instruments. McKenzie Ditter is a photographer and illustrator with wonderful books and clothing creations. Muirhead and Ditter make quite the creative duo!

Canopy comes to stage prepared to improvise and create new music as they go along. They encourage the audience to experience their instruments and joing them on stage for musical adventures or chill and enjoy your coffee. Their music ranges from chill EDM fusion to tropical sounds. Hopefully Matt will even bring one of his amazing crankie projects. Give them a listen before the show and get hyped and come enjoy their wonderful show! As always it’s a FREE show, 8-10pm.



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Studio Seizure: Mongoloidian Glow

Monday, February 20th, 2017 by The Professor

This week we hand the studio over to the ladies of Mongoloidian Glow! Dark and industrial, passionate, sonic and raw, with a sense of playfulness, Baltimore-based, Mongoloidian Glow, known for their explosive live performances, is made up of two women-Annbidextrious, on bass/guitar and Katha (kay-tha) on drums, with both harmonizing on vocals. The sound created by these women is massive as if listening to a five-piece band. Listen in and see what sort of a playlist they’ve got for us. Early indications include polkas, The Smiths, Stone Roses and much more. Hosted this week by Earl Crown from WLOY’s Crucial Cuts.

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Studio Seizure: Stacked Like Pancakes

Monday, February 13th, 2017 by The Professor

Tonight 7-8pm, we hand the studio over to the funky madmen of Stacked Like Pancakes!  Fresh off their tour with Reel Big Fish and sporting all sorts of new stories, we’re going to let them spin their favorite tunes and dish on some good road stories.

They played our fundraiser for The Book Thing last year and blew us all away with their live energy! ”Reinvigorating the sounds of classic ska, Stacked Like Pancakes (SLP) piles on boisterous horns and punk rock attitude to create high energy music synthesizing the vibes of Reel Big Fish, twenty one pilots, Foo Fighters, Paramore, Cage the Elephant, and an untraceable amount of other artists and genres. Since 2007, SLP has shared the stage with national and international acts, toured on the Vans Warped Tour, headlined their own self-booked tours, released their latest crowd-funded 15-track monster-album THIS IS US in December 2015, and in 2016 went on the road with Reel Big Fish for a month-long nation-wide syrupy tour.

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