Open Mic Night at Starbucks 10/17

October 15th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

flyer for open mic 10/17 and pumpkin painting at starbucks / WLOY & CABThis Thursday from 8-10pm at Starbucks, WLOY will be hosting one of our many beloved Open Mic nights.  This will be a great opportunity for you and/or your friends to show off some talents or even just to blow off some steam.  Anything is fair game for Open Mic: from original songs, to covers, to poetry, to rants, to comedy, and everything in between!  We welcome everyone and anyone to come to Open Mic Night, regardless of skill level, experience, or background; so come on out, bring your friends, get weird, and have yourself a great time!  See you Thursday!

PS- CAB will also be there with cider, donuts, and pumpkin painting, so don’t miss out on that!



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5 Best Study Spots in Baltimore

October 8th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

Are you a college student in Baltimore?  Do you ever wish you had that perfect off-campus spot to do your work but you just don’t know where to go?  I feel you.  And this one’s for you.

photo by Reinhart Julian on Unsplash / girl sitting at a table by the window studying / WLOY

1.  Sophomore Coffee

Sophomore Coffee, to me, is one of the best study spots in Baltimore.  It’s located right around the Barclay neighborhood, just a seven minute walk away from Baltimore’s famous Graffiti Alley.  Sophomore Coffee is essentially hidden, situated just underground, and it definitely has that quaint, hole-in-the-wall kind of feel.  It’s super small and quiet–perfect for focusing on homework–and definitely very aesthetically pleasing.

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Autarchii Live at Starbucks 10/10

October 7th, 2019 by The Professor

Reggae artist Autarchii will be joining WLOY and the Caribbean Students Union on Thursday 10/10 from 8-10pm to help raise money for Bahamian relief. Join us for great music, raffles and to donate in support of World Central Kitchen and their massive food relief efforts in the Bahamas.



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Annie Haslam Interview

October 6th, 2019 by The Professor

The legendary Annie Haslam, vocalist for Rennaisance as well as painter, visual artist and more, took time to have a long chat with Timothy Tilghman host of our weekly Radio RockOnTour show.

Renaissance is currently touring in celebration of 50 years of musical innovation and recording their show in Philadelphia at the Keswick Theater for release next year. Annie kindly took the time to discuss her joining of Renaissance, solo career and artistic work. You can check out her painting on her website and watch for Tims review of their show at the Keswick coming soon!

It was a long interview so we split it into 2 pieces for broadcast. Enjoy!

Part One

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Fundraising for Bahamian Relief

October 3rd, 2019 by The Professor

WLOY and the Caribbean Students Union are teaming up to raise money for Bahamian relief aid through raffles and a great live show. Starting next week you can contribute at the tables set up by Boulder and enter the raffles.

On October 10th by Starbucks, we will present reggae artist Autarchii who has graciously offered to come to support our fundraising efforts in a FREE show. We will ask for donations, and be offering raffle tickets throughout the show. Please join us for an awesome night of music and help us feed those in need in the Bahamas. Read the rest of this entry »



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Review: Barns Courtney – 404

October 2nd, 2019 by Tara Howell

By Aly Martinez

Barns Courtney – 404

Release: September 6, 2019

Rate: 10/10

RIYL: Bryce Fox, grandson, Tribe Society, Oh The Larceny

From listening to so many artists some of the music and sounds seem to blend together. What makes this album so special is that it made me look up while listening. I was immediately grabbed by the sound and lyrics of this album. Its indie rock sound shines through in all the songs but there are so many other things mixed in like gospel and punk rock. It is difficult nowadays to find an artist that seems to pull this off, but Barns Courtney has found a way to do it.

Barns Courtney has been no stranger to adversity. He started off in a band that failed to take off and was left without direction and with very little money. Bouncing from couch to couch, he finally took off when his song “Fire” was used in the movie Burnt. 404 is Barn Courtney’s second album and I would highly recommend “You and I” for it has a fun upbeat sound and impactful lyrics. Overall this album has been one of my favorites and I truly believe it deserves its 10/10 rating. I would definitely categorize it as a “MUST LISTEN.”



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Lavender at Blackbox 10/3

October 1st, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

Lavender band poster / Lavender with special guest / WLOYThis Thursday, Lavender will be performing at the Blackbox Theatre, joined by special guest Ozmo.  Lavender is a Washington D.C. based indie pop band who’s style can be compared to popular bands like The 1975 and Two Door Cinema Club.  The band consists of close friends and ex-college roommates Emily Carlson (vocals), Alli Vega (guitar), Trent Burns (also guitar), and Matt Wright (drums). They have an unforgettable and irresistible sound you are sure to not only feel familiar with but also love. They describe it as “anthemic dream pop with atmospheric synths/guitars”.  If you like that kind of cool, indie-pop vibe, this one’s totally for you!  We hope to see you there, this Thursday from 8-10pm, for a (free) concert from Lavender at the Blackbox Theater!



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Review: Shannon Lay – August

September 30th, 2019 by Tara Howell

By Aly Martinez

Album artwork for Shannon Lay's album, artwork. Female presenting person in a cream button up shirt, with bright orange hair and black hat looking directly at the camera with a tan background.Shannon Lay – August

Released: August 23, 2019

Rate: 8.2/10

RIYL: Molly Burch, Bedouine, Anna St. Louis, Boy Scouts

This album truly caught my attention because of its dreamy and soothing sound as well as its powerful lyrics. Lay wrote this album to commemorate the month in 2017 when she quit her job to follow her dreams of making music. The album is a way for her listeners to feel and hear her liberation and finding herself as a musician.

This album was written in a span of 3 months during her solo tour. This was a way for her to create her own sound away from the band she used to play with called Feels. She was able to capture an easy flowing mood within her music. She compares her sound to the flow of a river. Her heavy use of acoustic guitar makes it the perfect music to listen to when you’re chilling out or crunching for a big test. Full of mellow waves of guitar and soothing melodies and deep impacting lyrics makes this album a “Must Listen.



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Acoustic Paradise at Starbucks 9/26

September 26th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

wloy coffee house 9/26 flyer - acoustic paradise with Nick and Bobby from paradise creek - WLOYAcoustic Paradise is a duo that sprung from an alternative rock band called Paradise Creek, that was created in Annapolis, Maryland back in 2014.  The full band consists of Nik Diamondidis with vocals, Nick Macleay on guitar, Bobby Sacker on bass, Garrett Smith on guitar, and Nate Merrill on drums.  The duo Acoustic Paradise, however, is made up of band members Nick Macleay and Bobby Sacker.  Their sound and perspective is fresh and extremely relatable to young people, as they are quite young, themselves.  In fact, Paradise Creek won our very own Loyola’s Battle of the Bands in 2016!  Nick and Bobby will be performing here at Starbucks tonight from 8-10pm so be sure to come check it out…and if you like what you hear, stay on the lookout for our giveaway tomorrow where we’ll be giving out two tickets to go see the full band this Saturday at Zen West!  Come on out to Starbucks tonight!



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Review: Bodywash – Comforter

September 25th, 2019 by Tara Howell

By Aly Martinez

Bodywash – Comforter

Release Date: August 30, 2019

Rate: 7/10

RIYL: Memoryhouse, Craft Spells, Japanese Breakfast, SASAMI

Bodywash is a band that came to be in 2014 when Chris Steward (vocals, guitar, bass, synths, and drums) and Rosie Long Decter (vocals, and synths) started to play music together at McGill University.

The band captures a very dreampop sound, with its soft vocals and heavy use of synth to make you feel like you are being lifted up to the clouds. They recorded this album in a span of two years making the sound absolutely perfect. The dedication and hard work put into this album is seen in songs like Twins and Reverie. You can tell that this album come from self-exploration and learning to let things be the way they are. I would recommend listening to this album when looking for something to relax to, or even if you’re going through your own self exploration journey.



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