What Happens Next? New Episode

June 22nd, 2018 by The Professor

While it may be summer time, we still squeeze an occasional episode of our award-winning kids show into the mix. Katie worked with some of our usual crew to create new episodes (posted in our full page list) and Tara is working on completing a cool new summer workbook with a call-in feature for kids!

This week’s episode is “A Greener Playground” in which Harley notices that her school playground is ridiculously littered. Gabrielle, Sydney, and kids from Govans elementary tell us what she decides to do about it.

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Check back for new episode posts, listen in on Saturdays and Sundays at 12pm to hear them first, and dig through our recent show archives to hear past episodes of What Happens Next?



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Honfest 2018 – WLOY Stage

May 25th, 2018 by Tara Howell

I can’t believe it’s June already – and you know what that means, Honfest! Grab your hairspray, throw on your feather boa, and practice your best Bawlmerese accent to get ready. WLOY is excited to celebrate the 25th year of Honfest with the WLOY Stage again this year. Honfest is Saturday, June 9th, and Sunday, June 10th, 2018, and WLOY will be there all weekend! WLOY is proud to host the WLOY stage and is bringing a great lineup stacked full of local and some of the station’s favorite artists and bands. The WLOY stage will be located on 36th street at the Chestnut street intersection (right across from The Charmery).

This is quite possibly our most diverse lineup yet, so there is something for everyone. We are so excited for this year’s line up, and we hope you are too! See you there!

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Maria Dontas @ Coffeehouse 4/26

April 26th, 2018 by Cara Hullings

Come see Maria Dontas on Thursday April 26 from 8-10pm in Starbucks! Dontas is a Loyola Alumni as well as a WLOY Alumni.

She and former band (now Surf Harp) opened for Jack’s Mannequin at Loyolapalooza 2012!

She also fronted Cash Cash in their live performance on VH-1. It’s sure to be an awesome show—can’t wait to see you all there!



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Review: Pompeii Graffiti- Internet World Tour

April 26th, 2018 by Cara Hullings

Artist: Pompeii Grafitti

Album: Internet World Tour

Release Date: 04/29/18

RIYL: Turnover, Bong Wish, ManDancing

Rating: 7/10

Recorded at a bunch of different locations with a bunch of guest musicians, each song on the local band’s new album, Internet World Tour, has its own personality. Although all the songs are unique in their own way, they still all blend to create a cohesive album, representative of Pompeii Graffiti itself. The whole album keeps you jamming out to its inviting lyrics, sonic depth, and upbeat percussion.

Internet World Tour takes the fun, nerdy pop-punk of the old Pompeii Graffiti and adds a level of maturity, reinventing and evolving the band that WLOY knows and loves. With its various guest musicians playing string instruments, songs like “Vanishing Act” and “Black Aggie” feel full and have an element of mystery that is new to Pompeii Graffiti’s sound. I like to call this the new nerdy pop-punk: representing the pop-punk concepts of failure with a more indie and modern rock sound.

My personal favorites are “Pulling Teeth,” which makes you want to jump around, “White Coat Syndrome,” which brings out some 2000’s alternative nostalgia, and “Gaius,” which is more mellow with playful violin. However, I had a hard time even choosing three favorites, seeing as each song has its one merit, whether it be an alternation in female/male lead vocals, melancholy lyrics, kick-ass guitar solos, arena-like energy, or even a horn section. You can find your own favorite here once the album is released on April 29th, or watch the live performance of each song off the album here. With all these different sounds to choose from and all these videos to watch, it’s almost impossible to pin Pompeii Graffiti down, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

 



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The Great Heights Band @ Coffeehouse 4/19

April 18th, 2018 by Claire Riley

Don’t have plans this Thursday night? Come see the Great Heights Band with special guest Matt Talley (https://www.matttalleymusic.com) from 8-10 pm in Starbucks! They are a rad-pop/rock band from right here in the Baltimore/DC area. They have released a couple albums in the past few years including “Weird Thoughts” in 2014 and “Songs in Eastern Standard Timing” in 2015. They will be releasing their new album “rad-pop” on Friday April 20, the day after they play at Loyola. We are hoping they will give us a sneak preview of the new album! So, if you haven’t made any plans for this Thursday night, stop Starbucks, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy the Great Heights Band!



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Review: Seaway – Vacation

April 18th, 2018 by Kaili McDonald

Artist: Seaway
Album: Vacation
Release Date: 09/15/17
RIYL: State Champs, Neck Deep, Real Friends
Rating: 8/10

Seaway has done it again, man. I was really impressed with Colour Blind, and Vacation has a sound that I can really appreciate, especially when my taste for pop punk is declining. Vacation is a powerful pop punk album marked by Seaway’s signature upbeat, in-your-face style that makes you want to happily stomp on air. Certain aspects of the album remind me of Weezer and Blink-182, which is wicked awesome. Seaway also has a way of taking topics such as potential hostile and emotional situations, and twisting them into really rad songs with funny lyrics and music that vicariously relieves aggression through heavy rhythm guitar and drums. Vacation carries the air of a tropical vacation at a luxury hotel on a beach. Read the rest of this entry »



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Studio Seizure with The Crowning

April 16th, 2018 by The Professor

Steph got to spend some time with Stroudsburg, PA’s The Crowning for our most recent Studio Seizure. While they’re a bit heavier than her usual Vineyard Vibes show, she had a great time talking about the band, their tour and influences. Micah (Vocals, Guitar) and Ty (Bass) stopped in after their Baltimore gig and hung out with Steph for over an hour. The show ran long so we have an edited version playing on the air, but you lucky fans can hear the full 70 minutes here

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Review: Born Animal – Celebration Revolution

April 12th, 2018 by Kaili McDonald

Artist: Born Animal
Album: Celebration Revolution EP
Release Date: 12/1/17
RIYL: Cage the Elephant, Harvey Danger, R.E.M.
Rating: 7.5/10

Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, Born Animal is a rock band consisting of Ryan Stowe, Stephen Luther, Sean Rosettie, and Evan Miranda. Their second EP, Celebration Revolution, has the energy of a celebration and a revolution. So. Much. Umph. Let me tell you. What’s awesome about this album is that everything is clear—you can distinguish each instrument and Stowe’s prominent voice. Two rocking songs that I highly recommend you listen to are “I Think I Think Too Much” and “Do You Want My Blood?” Celebration Revolution’s lyrics are ones that every person can connect to. Read the rest of this entry »



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Review: THRILLCHASER – A Lot Like Love

April 5th, 2018 by Kaili McDonald

Artist: THRILLCHASER
Album: A Lot Like Love
Release Date: 02/16/2018
RIYL: The 1975, The Naked and Famous, Two Door Cinema Club
Rating: 7/10

A Lot Like Love is the debut album of THRILLCHASER, which was previously known as American Wolves before undergoing a shift of sound from heavy to poppy. THRILLCASHER accurately describes themselves as an alternative rock pop band. A Lot Like Love is interesting because between the songs there are shifts—one may have more of a medium rock pop sound with a synth-y backdrop, while the next song sounds slightly more like the melodic vocals of bands like Issues. As a whole, A Lot Like Love has a cool mixture of different sounds, and the sounds of “Emptiness,” “Like That,” and “Juliet” are definitely ones to lend your ears to. Read the rest of this entry »



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Battle of the Bands 4/5 McGuire Hall

April 3rd, 2018 by The Professor

IT IS ON! Who will win the 2018 Battle of the Bands and open for Sean Paul at Loyolapalooza 2018?? 4 professional industry members will judge but YOU get to be a judge too. Join us in McGuire Hall 8-10pm (doors at 7:30) and cast your vote for the best band. This year the 4 bands competing are Wilmah, The Average, Juniper and Clash Carton. Your reaction and support can sway the judges and your vote will help break a tie. The Battle is back to it’s full glory with a raised stage, lights and PA filling all of McGuire Hall. Join us, win free stuff, have a great time supporting your favorite student band, and help pick the opening act for Loyolapalooza 2018!



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