Earth People! The Triumphant Return of Dr. Octagon

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. Read the rest of this entry »



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Karoondinha (Now Deep Roots) Giveaway!

June 19th, 2017 by The Professor

As many of you have heard the Karoondinha Music and Arts Festival has been cancelled. We are sorry for any of you who were disappointed by this news, and we would never want to let down our listeners. Lucky for us, the Deep Roots Mountain Revival Festival has been generous enough to give us two three-day passes, and camping to one lucky WLOY listener–as well as, honoring those who already purchased passes to Karoondinha with passes to their festival.

The festival will be July 20th to the 22nd (conveniently the same as Karoondinha), and is located at Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, West Virginia. Deep Roots Mountain Revival will have an Americana, Bluegrass, Rock and Jam feel to it– featuring bands such as Dr. Dog, Brandi Carlile, Lettuce, JJ Grey & Mofro, Moon Taxi, and many more. Like Karoondinha, Deep Roots wants to encourage festival-goers to relax and connect not only to the music, but nature and themselves. They will be offering activities such as meditation, yoga, sound-healing, and more. Enter with the link below for a chance to win.

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Online contact and registration forms from Wufoo.

* Standard WLOY contest rules apply. Entry closes at 11:59pm Eastern Time, July 7th, 2017. One entry per email address. Duplicate entries will be discarded. Drawing will be done and the winner contacted on July 8, 2017. Watch for a video of the drawing to be posted.



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Pretty Don amazing: Don Broco Live

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. Read the rest of this entry »



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Honfest 2017 Lineup

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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Explore Baltimore: FlowerMart Festival

April 26th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

Where: Mount Vernon Place, 699 Washington Pl.

When: Friday, May 5th, 11am- Saturday, May 6th, 9pm

Embrace Spring the best way possible at the FlowerMart Festival! Baltimore is bringing back everyone’s favorite Spring kickoff, but adding in some new twists this year. Come out and enjoy the classic celebration by buying and smelling the beautiful flowers, looking about amazing crafts, or eating the traditional flower festival food. This means there will be plenty of fun favorites like lemon peppermint sticks, Spring hats, mosaics, jewelry, and even a children’s camp.

As if all these FlowerMart Festival traditions weren’t enough, there are plenty of cool new things this year. Try out some new food like the RAW BAR! oysters, or crab cakes, or Thai food. Bringing a pet to enjoy the day with? Don’t worry, this year The Dog Chef will be serving up treats for you animal too! Once, you and you’re pet are stuffed and tired of smelling all the roses, head over to one of the two stages that will have lives regional artists of all genres playing. New entertainment and old traditions makes FlowerMart Festival the perfect mix to celebrate Springtime.



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WLOY Coffeehouse: Black Rhinoceros

April 24th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

WLOY’s last event of the semester is here and we’re not sure how we feel about it. Of course we saved the best for last, but saying goodbye all our Thursday night fun is tragic. No matter how you’re feeling about the end of the semester though, Black Rhinoceros and openers, Divided Heaven are sure pick you up. Black Rhinocerous, an acoustic pop duo will be playing their relaxing, chill tunes on guitar and cello, which is the perfect music to cram to finals to. As self-proclaimed nerd rock, Black Rhinoceros will be sure to appreciate you studying to their music.

By combining Erin’s cello and vocal skills with Ahren’s guitar and vocal, Black Rhinoceros create complex melodies, harmonies and chord progressions in order to make some beautiful songs that you’ll want to listen to forever. Check out what is mean with their song, Gaius, which you can listen to here. Don’t miss it live though! This Thursday. Outside Starbucks. 8-10pm.



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Explore Baltimore: The Food Market

April 21st, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: The Food Market

Where: 1017 W 36th St.

When: Sun-Thurs, 5pm-11pm Fri & Sat, 5pm-12am

The Food Market loves to cook up some comfort food, but make it gourmet. Described as a place for foodies to feel their exotic side, this restaurant and its award-winning chef, Chad Gauss, combine regular ingredients with irregular and “unparalleled” techniques. Gauss, who has been sharing his love for cooking since the age of 14, adds a twist on classic foods. In the mood for something like pizza or chicken finger? Well try them twist with menu options like crispy lobster fingers or a duck confit flatbread.  But if you’re not feeling that adventurous, The Food Market still has the basics like the boring caesar salad or a warm lobster roll. Regardless, this amazing food as well as the industrial-modern vibe create a full, enjoyable dining experience for everyone.



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WLOY Open Mic Night 4/20

April 18th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

Don’t miss your last chance to show you skills off to Loyola! This Thursday WLOY will be having our last open mic night of the semester outside Starbucks from 8-10pm. Bring your instrument and your friends to perform your favorite songs, or maybe even your own music. Not musically inclined? Don’t fear! You can still come support your fellow Loyola musicians, perform some stand up for comic relief, or read some poetry to mellow out the mood. So pick your poison, no matter what talent it is, but don’t miss the last open mic night because that’s one poison you won’t back from!



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Sweet Leda Studio Seizure 4/17/17

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: Bmore Into Comics

April 12th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Bmore Into Comics Issue 13

Where: The Windup Space, 12 W North Ave.

When: Saturday April 15th, 1pm-6pm

Do you find comics interesting, but don’t know where to start? Do you love comics more than your life? No matter which end of the spectrum you fall on, Bmore Into Comics Issue 13 will be a great time for you. Hosted by Bmore Into Comics as part of a series of one day comic shows, this event will have all your comic needs featuring all your local comic creators. Meet the local comic masters, like Kata Kane and Rafer Roberts (who made this cool poster) to learn about their comics, their writing process, and then buy some for yourself. These great artists will be having several panels throughout the day about things like fashion in comics or color in comics. And later, don’t miss when things get spicy as the panelists compete to eat some of the world’s hottest wings while answering questions! If you don’t want this kind of spice in your life, then come out anyway for the laid back setting with a comics library. Sample some comics, make yourself comfortable, and stay to read as long as you want. No matter whether you’re there to get a taste of the comic book lifestyle or to hear your favorite local creators’ advice, Bmore Into Comics Issue 13 will be the coolest comic experience ever.



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