Review: Coach Phillips – Learning How To Swim (EP)

March 23rd, 2018 by Kaili McDonald

Artist: Coach Phillips

Album: Learning How To Swim (EP)

Released: 02/13/2018

RIYL: Rat Boys, The Obsessives, Weezer, Cloud Nothings, Car Seat Headrest

Rating: 9/10

Coach Phillips’ latest release, Learning How to Swim (EP), is one that will take you back to the late 90s and early 2000s with the characteristic guitar sound of that era. Based out of Seattle, Washington, Coach Phillips consists of guitarist and lead vocalist Wade Phillips, percussionist and vocalist Jessica Kim, drummer and saxophonist Chet Baughman, guitarist Sabee Grewal, and bassist Tom Moskal. Learning How to Swim is an EP that brings together indie rock and garage pop, which is a beautiful combo that is accentuated by Jessica Kim’s dream-pop style voice and Baughman’s savvy saxophone playing. Read the rest of this entry »



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Caleb Stine @ Coffeehouse 3/15

March 10th, 2018 by Emma Hagelin

Baltimore’s own, Caleb Stine, is an amazing folk singer-songwriter, and we could not be more excited to have him perform at our coffeehouse event this Thursday (3/15). Stine has not only released over ten albums, but has scored movies and film. He was even a subject for the film, “It Would Not Let Me Be”. His latest film score debuted at SXSW this week and WLOY plans to bring the film to campus in the fall. Caleb is adept as a solo performer or band leader and has so many local musicians in his circle you never know who might join him at a performance! With a new album coming in May you can also expect to hear something fresh this week!

As always WLOY will also have free tickets to upcoming shows you can win from Baltimore Soundstage as a bonus just for hanging out with us!



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Review: Lenore. – Lenore.

March 10th, 2018 by Kaili McDonald

Artist: Lenore.

Album: Lenore.

Release Date: 09/15/2017

RIYL: The Civil Wars, Iron & Wine, Joy Williams

Rating: 9/10

Lenore.’s self-titled album weighs heavy on the heart. It feels as if Edward Cameron, Lenore.’s guitarist, is picking on the audience’s heart strings. Everything about Lenore. just flows incredibly well, especially the voices of Rebecca Marie Miller’s and Joy Pearson’s voices. The sound that binds all of the instruments heard on Lenore. is that of the cello, which is made to sing by Jessie Dettwiler. Lenore.’s peaceful vibes will put you in a trance with it’s perfect folk blend of percussion, sultry string instruments, and soothing voices. Lenore. is an album of empathy and comfort for those lonely lovers and loners out there. Tracks such as “The Sun” and “(I Just Thought) That You Should Know,” can be heard on WLOY. My recommended three-song-sampler consists of “Ether’s Arms,” “Heavy Eyes,” and “Blue.” Read the rest of this entry »



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Enter Battle of the Bands or Songwriter Skirmish!

March 7th, 2018 by Tara Howell

Do you want to perform at Loyolapalooza? Here is your chance! Enter to compete in the Battle of the Bands, or the Songwriter Skirmish. Songwriter Skirmish is open to solo or duo acts (rappers, songwriters, duos, and mixers), while Battle of the Bands is for bands of 3 or more. Songwriter Skirmish will take place on Thursday 3/22 from 8-10pm at Starbucks. Battle of the Bands will take place on Thursday 4/5 in McGuire Hall. The winner of Songwriter Skirmish will be the first act of Loyolapalooza, and the Battle of the Bands winner will open for the national headliner. Loyolapalooza is Sunday 4/29.

To enter, you must be or have at least one active member connected to Loyola University Maryland. They can be employees, current students or alumni. Bands entering for Battle of the Bands must be able to perform a 15-20 minute set of original songs to compete. By entering, you are confirming that you are able to perform at Songwriter Skirmish (3/22) or Battle of the Bands (4/5), and are able to perform at Loyolapalooza on 4/29.

Think you have what it takes? Enter below! Submissions for Songwriter Skirmish are due 3/19 by 11:59 pm and submissions for Battle of the Bands are due 3/22 by 11:59 pm.

Fill out the online form.


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Review: Shy Kids – In A State

March 3rd, 2018 by Kaili McDonald

Artist: Shy Kids

Album: in a state

Release Date: 02/23/2018

RIYL: Future Generations, The Kooks

Rating: 8.5/10

In a state by Shy Kids is a dynamic rock pop album that gains points in the areas of originality and creativity. It’s a well-thought-out album that should be listened to on a sunny day while you’re driving around with the windows rolled down. As the name of the album suggests, the tracks of in a state fit the theme of travel as well as the sentiments that go along with travel. This being said, Shy Kids does an awesome job of capturing the energy of the places that the songs are about. Shy Kids is able to do this not only through the copious instruments used, such as the sax, piano, and violin among others, but also because of the background sounds that are infused into most of the songs, such as the honking horns of traffic, the ringing of a telephone, and even a rooster. Read the rest of this entry »



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Open Mic Night 3/1

February 28th, 2018 by The Professor

Join us for our last Open Mic Night before Battle of the Bands and Songwriter Skirmish! This is your last chance to get in some extra performance time and get psyched up to compete for a spot at Loyolapalooza!

The winners of Battle of the Bands (4/5) and Songwriter Skirmish (3/22) will get to perform on stage at Loyolapalooza, opening for a day of major artists. Share your talents with your friends at Starbucks this week and submit your name for the competitions. Know a band? Got a friend that just needs a push? Tell them to join us this Thursday night for a shot at stardom 🙂



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Top 10 Adds: 2.23.18

February 28th, 2018 by Kaili McDonald

Check out our top 10 adds for the week of February 23, 2018 for a rocking new playlist!

1. D.I. by Surf Harp 

  • Album: Mr. Big Picture 
  • Genre: Local Music, L Indie Rock 
  • RIYL: The Strokes, Interpol, Kaiser Chiefs
     

2. Acetone by Vundabar 

  • Album: Smell Smoke 
  • Genre: M Indie Rock 
  • RIYL: Together PANGEA, The Frights, Modern Baseball
     

3. Disaffectation by Ought 



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Review: Surf Harp – Mr. Big Picture

February 21st, 2018 by Cara Hullings

Surf Harp by Micah E. Wood

Photo by Micah E. Wood

Artist: Surf Harp

Album: Mr. Big Picture

Release Date: 2/23

Rate: 9.2/10

LIYL: Talking Heads, The Strokes

Surf Harp’s sophomore album, Mr. Big Picture, is a new, unique sound for the 5-piece local band. Drawing from their garage pop origins as well as their psychedelic 90’s sound from their first LP, Peel, Surf Harp has finally found their own rhythm. This new album perfectly blends their previous style with a hint of 80’s new wave in sound and in concept. A lot of the tracks take the average aspects of a mundane office life and make it interesting by exploring concepts that are not-so-mundane like not fitting in, death, and even what seems to me like dissociation. Such lyrical writing reminds me of Talking Heads, which is exactly what this self-proclaimed art rock band is going for.

Their song writing blends perfectly with these new wave lyrical themes. Mr. Big Picture not only includes varying, layered vocals, synth, and layered guitar, but it also experiments with distorted, lo-fi samples from everyday objects, such as a vacuum cleaner and power tools. Such experimentation allows each song to have its own personality, giving the album a holistic integrity as an art piece. My favorites are “D.I. Cig,” “Mirror Maze,” which makes you want to dance with its post-punk feel and alternating vocals, as well as “Mr. Big Picture,” which gives you the band’s pop roots with an art twist. However, all the tracks rock in their own way, making this an album you absolutely need to listen to. Find it here on Friday when it’s released by Friends Records or on iTunes. The record release party is being held at The Windup Space on Friday night.



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Mark Hopkins @ Coffeehouse 2/22

February 20th, 2018 by The Professor

Mark Hopkins is a Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, and more… He’s joining us for another coffeehouse because we can’t get enough of his excellent pop and rock songwriting. Whether solo or fronting his full band, Mark can rock out with his thoughtful songs and a lot of soul. Check him out at the Maryland Music Awards. Mark has played coffeehouse before and even graced our stage at Honfest and we know how much fun he brings with every song. It’s time for you to find out too!

As always WLOY will also have free tickets to upcoming shows you can win from Baltimore Soundstage as a bonus just for hanging out with us.



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Jimmie Bones Interview

February 19th, 2018 by The Professor

Jimmie “Bones” Trombly is probably best known for his role as keyboardist for Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band, but he’s been a part of Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise, and played on and co-produced the final album of bluesman R. L. Burnside, among his many credits.  

Currently on tour with Kid Rock and heading to the Royal Farms Arena on March 3rd, Jimmie has also released his first solo project “Snakebit and Wandering” on Funky D Records. Jimmie kindly took some time to talk to The Professor from WLOY’s Monday Morning Blues show in advance of their arrival in town.  From getting the guitar of Wayne Kramer (MC5) on his album to the joy of touring by private jet, they covered a lot.  Check out the interview below, and pickup a copy of Jimmie’s CD here

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