Album of the Week: What Could Be Better By The Happy Fits

November 3rd, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

What Could Be Better by The Happy Fits
Reviewed by: Ben Ostrowski

Rate: 9/10

The Happy Fits released their sophomore album “What Could Be Better” in August of 2020, a delightful compilation of upbeat rock tracks that explore the idea of growing up.

For their second studio album, The Happy Fits absolutely killed it. This album not only has a remarkable mix of genres, but the infusion of word beats and mature lyrical themes demonstrates the band’s ability to creatively infuse folk elements into their indie-rock roots. The genre disorder that distinguishes The Happy Fits is strengthened on this album through strikingly fuller-sounding instrumentation. Over the course of their career, the band has had to find ways to incorporate the use of the cello in a genre mostly dominated by guitars. This means uncovering the best ways to record it and figuring out how to bring out the desired sound onto a digital streaming platform.

I had the privilege to see The Happy Fits on their tour promoting this album, and their growth is amazing. I’m looking forward to seeing what they do next.



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Song of the Week: “Vaguely Satisfied” by Honey Harper

November 1st, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

Honey Harper – “Vaguely Satisfied”

Reviewed by: Brandon N. Liebstein Torres

This slow song by Honey Harper is great if you just want to lay back, relax for a moment and take a break from reality. I listen to it when I need to take a step back and just find inner peace. It is a short yet beautiful song with a sweet guitar arrangement that nicely complements the vocals. This is a sweet and simple song that really impacted me when I heard it.



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Album of the Week: Campus by Royel Otis

October 27th, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

Campus by Royel Otis
Reviewed by: Anna Markulis

Rate: 9/10

RIYL: Tame Impala, MGMT, Passion Pit, Lola Scott, Mel Blue, Leroy Francis, The Buoys, The Lazy Eyes

Released on October 13, this album is the perfect blend of psychedelic garage and alternative rock. Royel Otis, the psychedelic dream pop band hailing from Sydney, Australia, has just released their debut EP, Campus. The band consists of guitarist Otis Pavlovic and Royel Maddell. Check it out, my favorite song from Campus is the second track, “Wait Mix”!


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Song of the Week: Men I Trust – “Morse Code”

October 27th, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

Morse Code – Men I Trust (feat. Odile & Geoffroy)

Reviewed by:  Isabelle Braudakis

Men I Trust’s song, Morse Code, is featured in their Headroom (2015) album. This song contributes a breezy and groovy feel that is supported by the synth throughout the whole song. Starting out with a funky bass line that instantly pulls you in; the guitar line in the song takes on a very “disco-y” feel, creating a floating in space kind of vibe. The vocals lead you through the song in an almost enchanting way, they are the most soothing element of this song. The groovy tunes carry you through the psychedelic experience this chorus provides. This is one of the most enjoyable songs I have ever heard in my life, and I recommend it to anyone who is into a more psychedelic and groovy sound!



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Open Mic Night on Friday, October 8!

October 8th, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

WLOY and Loyola Campus Activities Board are collaborating to hold another iconic Open Mic Night! Come stop by Starbucks Saturday, October 8, at 8 pm to enjoy and partake in a variety of performances, ranging from singing to stand-up comedy to spoken word. This is really a time to decompress from the week, feel free to perform as there is no pressure involved. Open Mic Night can be even synonymous with Karaoke night! Showcase your talents and have some Saturday night fun with us!



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Album of the Week: Sticky Fingers- “Yours to Keep”

October 8th, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

Sticky Fingers- Yours to Keep

Reviewed by: Isabelle Braudakis

Released: February 8, 2019

Rate: 8/10

RIYL: DOPE LEMON, Shag Rock, Lime Cordiale, Methyl Ethel, Ocean Alley, DMA’S, Cub Sport

Sticky Fingers is an indie rock band that formed in Sydney, Australia in 2008. The band consists of 5 members: Dylan Frost, Paddy Cornwall, Seamus Coyle, Beaker Best, and Freddy Crabs. Their unique blend of rock, alternative, reggae, and psychedelic is perfect for any time of the day and will instantly lift your spirits. Their creamy bass lines and raspy vocals help create a very positive and pleasant atmosphere.

Sticky Fingers played their first live show and released their first debut EP titled Helping Hand in 2009. Caress Your Soul, the band’s debut album, was released in March 2013 and reached #39 in the Australian Albums Chart. The band has gained popularity in countries such as France, Germany, and the UK. Sticky Fingers invites everyone to listen to their latest release “We Can Make the World Glow.”



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October 1st is College Radio Day!

September 29th, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

WLOY is joining in on the celebration of the 11th World College Radio Day, where hundreds of college radio stations from all over the world participate annually. Said simply, be sure to listen in anytime on October 1st for over 24 hours of shows as well as collections of songs from different blends and genres. This is a day to especially thank our listeners from Loyola and beyond who support what WLOY promotes on the station.



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Interested in Becoming a WLOY DJ?

September 15th, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

WLOY is recruiting DJs from all class years for the new fully on-campus semester! Play or talk about anything that you are interested in! Whether you would like to host a one-time show or have a regular slot, all shows will be held in our studios. In-person training will be given to all recruits and alcohol wipes and disposable covers for earpieces and microphones are provided. Reach out to our manager, Kelley Chan, at kchan@loyola.edu to get things rolling!



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Catch Us at the Activities Fair this Tuesday, September 14!

September 13th, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

 The Activities Fair is tomorrow, Tuesday 9/14 on the Quad from 4-6:30. WLOY will be giving away merch for the entire duration. And if you are interested in becoming a DJ, come find us and we will get you started with your show! If you are unable to make it and want to know more about upcoming events and shows, follow us on Instagram @wloy_radio Twitter @WLOYLoyolaRadio and Facebook @WLOYLoyolaRadio !



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Quarantine Takeover – Dead Air Returns!

September 6th, 2021 by The Professor

This week musician and collector Terence Hannum returns with an all new Quarantine Takover episode of DEAD AIR!

DEAD AIR features the best of horror movies soundtracks is back for a new episode of haunting, atmospheric soundtracks from some incredibly talented artists and more than a few surprises. This is no gnashing of the teeth 1970s Halloween sounds show, this is classic films with stunning soundtracks that show you just how your spine is made to tingle. Join Terence Tuesday & Thursday at 7pm for this new episode and keep your eyes open because October and a month of DEAD AIR is just around the corner!



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