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Teju Cole Interview

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 by The Professor

photo credit: Teju Cole/Tim Knox

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Our beloved Queen Marge got a few minutes with Teju Cole when he was on campus to deliver the 2017 Martin Luther King Convocation. Teju Cole, an award-winning writer, art historian, and photographer who is currently the Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College and photography critic of the New York Times Magazine. As a public intellectual, Cole is well positioned to bring together campus conversations about urban engagement, civic engagement, global engagement, and racial justice.

Cole was born in the US in 1975 to Nigerian parents, raised in Nigeria, and currently lives in Brooklyn. He is the author of two books, a novella, Every Day is for the Thief, named a book of the year by the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, NPR, and the Telegraph, and shortlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award, and a novel, Open City, which also featured on numerous book of the year lists, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the New York City Book Award for Fiction, the Rosenthal Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, and the Ondaatje Prize of the Royal Society of Literature. His first book of essays, Known and Strange Things, came out in August and features his influential essay, “The White Savior Industrial Complex” among a wide variety of other essays on politics, arts, culture, history, and contemporary global experience.

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Open Mic Night 1/19

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

Open Mic Night Logo New year, new you, right? Is your resolution to be more outgoing, try new activities or to show off your talents? Then come out the WLOY’s first Open Mic Night of the semester! This Thursday, the 19th, head on over to the Starbucks area between 8 and 10 to show off your singing, instrument skills, comedy, or spoken word to kick of the semester with a fun time. If you’re not interested in performing, then come on out to support your friends and hear their great music. Not to mention Starbuc’s will be staying open late, so you can enjoy the talent with a nice latte.



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Staff Picks: Jeremy’s Top 5 Albums of 2016

Friday, December 23rd, 2016 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: Jeremy Stephenson’17

Disclaimer: These albums are albums listened to in 2016, these may not actually be albums released in 2016.

170x170bb-15. Led Zeppelin – IV (untitled) –  

This is by far my favorite Zeppelin album. Start to finish this album will take you to magical places far away. The bluesy folk rock feel will make you dance your face off but still keep your neck sore from all the head banging. Remember to soften it up with Going to California.


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Staff Picks: Will’s Top 5 Albums of 2016

Monday, December 19th, 2016 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: Will O’Connor’20

Disclaimer: These albums are albums listened to in 2016, these may not actually be albums released in 2016.

170x170bb-55. Young Chasers – Circa Waves – 

This is the new Brtish band’s first album and it’s great. This whole album just makes you think of happy times. The suns shining, you’re on vacation with no worries and you’ve got this album playing through your headphones. This is what I picture of what it feels to be stress free. “Get Away” and “T-Shirt Weather” are summer anthems that will make you listen to them endlessly on repeat. This album is very professional and has very catchy guitar riffs to go along with the catchy melodies.


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Staff Picks: Steve’s Top 5 Albums of 2016

Friday, December 16th, 2016 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: Stephen Vanyo’17

Disclaimer: These albums are albums listened to in 2016, these may not actually be albums released in 2016.

 * Disclaimer these rankings aren’t hard and true, please don’t get mad at me for not putting Beyonce on this, Beyonce has her time elsewhere *

170x170bb5. D.R.A.M – Big Baby DRAM – 

Fresh off the success of “Cha Cha”, D.R.A.M  dropped his soul influenced, positivity laced new LP “Big Baby D.R.A.M”. With features coming from everyone from Lil Yachty to Erykah Badu, D.R.A.M shook up the hip-hop world with his energetic style of hip-hop. Described by D.R.A.M himself as “trappy-go lucky music”, D.R.A.M clearly differentiated himself from his counterparts this year. “Broccoli” is a certified party anthem.


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Staff Picks: Claire’s Top 5 Albums of 2016

Monday, December 12th, 2016 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: Claire Riley’ 20

Disclaimer: These albums are albums listened to in 2016, these may not actually be albums released in 2016.

170x170bb5.) I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama! – Janis Joplin – 

I loooooove Janis Joplin and especially this album. Janis suffered a lot in her childhood from bullying and struggled later in life with love and not surprisingly, drugs and alcohol. In this album, she really pours her heart out and opens herself up to her fans about everything that she’s going through and how it effects her. She’s so genuine and straightforward in her music and that’s especially shown in this album.

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Studio Seizure : Nalani & Sarina

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 by The Professor

Photo: Jim Farrell

Photo: Jim Farrell

The dynamic duo, twins Nalani & Sarina, swung through town in November. Since they were playing 2 days in a row in Baltimore, including our show 11/10/16, we managed to snag an hour of their time on the 11th for a Studio Seizure session. With a pop style well-rooted in classic R&B and Soul music, these two always put on a great show.

For their Seizure we let them be the DJs and, not surprisingly, a lot of killer songs came up in their mix. Whether you’re talking vintage Stax Records or modern folks like Allen Stone, Nalani & Sarina know their music. And how about that time they covered a Bruce Springsteen song with The Boss in the audience?! Listen in to hear great stories and songs on this week’s Studio Seizure.

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Explore Baltimore: The American Visionary Art Museum

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 by Alexandra Wertman

alejandromecanisme-previewWhat: Yummm! The History, Fantasy, and Future of Food Exhibit

When: Now-September 3rd, 2017

Where: The American Visionary Art Museum

The American Visionary Art Museum, known for its eccentric and out of this world collections, will be hosting an exhibit for the next ten months centered entirely around food. 34 different artists came together to form one exhibit that is interesting, ingenious, and inspires food-revolution. The aim of the exhibit is to raise awareness to humankind’s intimate relationship with food and the effects it has on our society, planet, and future. Through this exhibit, the artists hope to instill a certain sense awareness as well as “food-creativity” in the people. Art and imagination go a long way in helping to provide a dialogue regarding the future of the planet and how to approach our relationship with food from a more loving, healthful, and clean manner.

By visiting this exhibit not only will you be able to enjoy the very careful and imaginative creations of a huge variety of artists, but you also may have your eyes opened to the food-revolution that this exhibit is hoping to shed some light on.

 

 



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Late Night Concert: PLRLS & The Stents 11/17/16

Monday, November 14th, 2016 by Cara Hullings

plrsflyerLooking for a rockin’ Thursday night? Well look no further! PLRLS and The Stents are coming to McGuire Hall this Thursday, the 17th, from 8-10pm and are sure to put on a killer show. WLOY will also be giving away tickets to Balance and Composure and Mac Miller during the show, so make sure you come and swipe in, Loyola students. Stick around during the show to win since Balance and Composure tickets will be given away at 9 after The Stents, and Mac Miller tickets will be given away at 10 after PLRLS.

Described as new wave/post punk rock, PLRLS’s will have you up and dancing with their fast rhythm and 80’s vibes. This local band has been playing their “colorful and angular” music since 2011 all over Baltimore. Inspired by the retro, PLRLS music conveys that image, especially their music videos, found here. You can check out all their music here and catch them live at 9pm in McGuire.

The Stents, another amazing Baltimore gem will be opening this Thursday at 8pm. This nacho loving garage rock band will set you up for a fun night full of fun jams. Inspired by bands like The Who, The Cynics and The Kinks, The Stents employ fuzzy guitar, heavy beats, harmonies, and even some harmonicas to create great songs to rock out to anywhere and anytime. You can find their music here and learn it all in time for Thursday!

 

 



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Coffeehouse 11/10/16: Nalani and Sarina

Friday, November 4th, 2016 by Cara Hullings

ef66eb_7e98f1e8899d433186cd7d07edc4eb6fThe twins are back! Since their last stop at Loyola, Nalani & Sarina have gotten even bigger and better. Their EP, called Scattered World, has been called “some of the best music being made in 2016” by Dave Marsh and “some funky, danceable tunes” by me. With praise from DJs all over the East Coast, WLOY in honored to have these two talented ladies back at Loyola.

Singing and writing together since they were kids, it’s no surprise the twins have developed their own, unique, harmonious sound. Nalani and Sarina blend together pop, soul, funk, and rock to create great songs that will have you singing and dancing along in no time. Check out their originals here, their covers here, and them in person this Thursday at 8pm-10pm by Starbucks.



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