Review: American Pets – Bad Dream

February 7th, 2018 by Kaili McDonald

Artist: American Pets 

Album: Bad Dream-Single 

RIYL: The Republic Tigers, The Little Ones, Matt Pond PA 

Released: January 5, 2018 

Rating: 10/10 

Do you ever hear a song by a band you’ve never heard of, get excited to look them up to see what else they’ve recorded, and find squat? This is what happened when I looked up American Pets . So, here’s what I know: American Pets classify themselves as a four-piece indie-rock band, they originate from Los Angeles, California, “Bad Dream” is the only song that they have released, but they are releasing their very first EP later this month. “Bad Dream” has me highly anticipating the EP’s release.  Read the rest of this entry »



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WLOY Sports Wrap 2/6

February 6th, 2018 by Stefan Joyce

Welcome back to the WLOY Sports Wrap! As February reaches its midpoint, that means the NBA trade deadline has passed and moves that changed the landscape of the league need to be dissected and evaluated.

Before we jump into the moves that were made on the actual deadline day, which featured many of the biggest names and surprises, let’s go over the trades that happened prior to February 8th. The biggest move happened before the month, as the Pistons and Clippers swapped three players and draft picks. In the end, the Pistons acquired All-Star Blake Griffin, Willie Reed and Brice Johnson, and the Clippers received small forward Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic. They also got the Pistons’ first-round pick (top-4 protected) and a 2019 second-round pick. This trade was a surprise to the league and its fans at first, but when one takes a longer look at it, the swap makes complete sense. The Clippers didn’t want to hold onto Griffin’s contract, as the departure of Chris Paul during the offseason has the Clips in a rebuild mode rather than in a hard push for contending for a championship. Dumping his salary opens up more possibilities of attracting free-agents, most notably LeBron James, as it is unclear if he intends to stay in Cleveland. As for Detroit, it’ll be interesting to see how Blake and dominant big Andre Drummond will work down low in Motor City, but the Eastern Conference got a little wake up call 12 days before the deadline. Read the rest of this entry »



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Coffeehouse 2/8 Bell’s Roar & QueenEarth

February 6th, 2018 by The Professor

WLOY & Spectrum present this weeks show featuring bell’s roar and Queen Earth. Join us Thursday night by Starbucks from 8-10pm for a great night of music!

Sean Desiree performs as “bell’s roar”: The name bell’s roar symbolizes the focus and attitude held in Sean Desiree’s solo project. It’s a reference to feminist writer bell hooks who speaks of intersectionality and solidarity in their work. Being a queer, gender nonconforming person of color Sean cannot isolate forms of oppression. The roar represents the fight to not be silent and to use their creative voice to stop ongoing domination.

Missy Smith aka “QueenEarth” is a Loyola (and WLOY) graduate who has been performing solo and with bands for years. QueenEarth is a singer/songwriter and creative professional. In addition to performing her music, she has combined her passions to create courses, programs, and events that encourage social justice and arts education. She finds the greatest joy when she can bring her experience together for education, music, and creativity.



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Review: Captain, We’re Sinking – The King of No Man

January 30th, 2018 by Kaili McDonald

Captain, We’re Sinking  

The King of No Man  

Rate: 10/10 

RIYL: The Menzingers, The Wonder Years, The Descendents 

As a whole The King of No Man definitely has a softer tone than Captain, We’re Sinking’s last album, The Future Is Cancelled, which was released in 2013. Despite this, The King of No Man is still very distinctly the punk sound of Captain, We’re Sinking. Overall, the album has mellow verses with heavier choruses. This album’s tracks have similar sounds to that of The Wonder Years, Knuckle Puck, The Gaslight Anthem, classic punk bands such as The Rites of Spring and The Descendents, and complimenting other out-of-genre influences. I feel like this album is like the Thanksgiving meal of punk; there’s so many sub-genre punk tracks that work deliciously well together. Below is just a taste of what the album is like:  Read the rest of this entry »



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Open Mic Night Thursday 2/1

January 27th, 2018 by The Professor

Join us this week for an Open Mic Night at the Coffeehouse. Bring your instruments, laptop, voice or even your knee-slapping spoon collection. We provide the space and the PA and you provide the entertainment!

All talents are welcome to give it a shot.

Really, bring it on. Amaze us. Show your friends it’s pure talent.



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Review: Anderson East – Encore

January 24th, 2018 by Kaili McDonald

Artist: Anderson East 

Album: Encore 

Released: 01/12/2018 

RIYL: James Morrison, Passenger, John Mayer, Ray LaMontagne 

Rate: 10/10 

As the boyfriend of one of my favorite country artists, Miranda Lambert, Anderson East is a person of my special interest. There’s something about this soulful singer’s voice that makes it clear why Lambert swoons over him—it’s downright gorgeous with just a touch of a rocker’s raspy-ness. From the beginning, Encore has a funkier and more upbeat and in-your-face sound than East’s previous album, Delilah. Still, Encore is not without a few of Anderson East’s signature style consisting of slower love songs. A lot of different (and great) components of the album remind me of the 60s and 70s funk-rock and The Temptations. With co-writers such as pop artist Ed Sheeran, country artist Chris Stapleton, and Nashville songwriter Aaron Raitiere, this album is pure beauty. In this way, Anderson East takes southern soul and twists it making his music accessible to listeners of many different genres.   Read the rest of this entry »



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Special Jim Forrester Tribute show

January 22nd, 2018 by The Professor

“The Reverend” Jim Forrester (1974-2017) was an influential musician and piercing artist who had a positive impact on Baltimore’s rock scene for over 20 years. Sadly, Jim’s life was cut tragically short when he was murdered during an attempted robbery on the evening of December 18th, 2017, on Eastern Avenue.

The Rev played bass and contributed to the songwriting in a number of projects, including Sixty Watt Shaman, Angels of Meth, Foghound, and Serpents of Secrecy.  On Monday, January 15th, 2018, as a special epsiode of Studio Seizure, Loyola Radio broadcasted an hour-long tribute to Reverend Jim and his music.  The special was hosted by Earl Crown from Crucial Cuts, and featured guest Chuck Dukehart, a lifelong friend and bandmate of Forrester.

The Reverend Jim Forrester was known and beloved throughout the various subcultures within the Baltimore music scene as a genuinely positive force, a man of kindness and integrity. WLOY Loyola Radio would like to express our condolences to his family and friends, and to remember Jim’s life and accomplishments in this hour-long tribute.

Listen to a special Studio Seizure show tonight 7-8pm and look for it online here tomorrow.



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Late Night 1/25: Nalani & Sarina and The Wldlfe!

January 20th, 2018 by The Professor

What a show this week! Not only the return of ever-popular Nalani & Sarina, but this time they’re bringing the full band! AND we’re bringing in serious up-and-coming-you’ll-be-bragging-you-saw-them-here-first talent from Indianapolis THE WLDLFE! Yep, either band could lay down a fantastic show for 2 hours but we know you need more stimulation so we’re putting 2 bands up in McGuire Hall just for you. And, as always, for FREE.

Loyola students already know Nalani & Sarina from their many performances as a duo on campus, but have never seen them here with the full band. Their new single “Young & Inexperienced” has been getting buzz in Billboard and even got them into the NY Post. These two audacious young artists, from west-central New Jersey, have developed a distinctive blend of traditionalist soul-rock and modern pop likely to keep their faces in the spotlight for years to come. Legendary music critic/Sirius radio host Dave Marsh called their EP, Scattered World, “some of the best music being made”, and fans, critics and taste-makers have echoed his praise.

The Wldlfe hail from Indianapolis and are about to drop their own new single (maybe you’ll here it in McGuire!) As an indie-alternative/pop band out of Indianapolis, IN they burst into the scene on March 3rd, 2016 when they released their debut EP entitled “NEW”. Since their debut, THE WLDLFE have released two EPs (NEW and I.L.Y) and one single (Text Me?). They have spent the last year performing across the United States and are currently home in Indiana working on their next project due out in April but they’re making a short run of shows including this one!



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Review: Spice Boys – Glade

January 17th, 2018 by Kaili McDonald

Artist: Spice Boys 

Album: Glade 

Label: Punk Slime Recordings 

Released: 01/12/2018 

RIYL: FIDLAR, WAVVES, Together PANGEA 

Rate: 9/10 

When I first heard of the band Spice Boys, I was immediately intrigued and “Wannabe” by Spice Girls starting playing in my head. To my surprise, the Spice Boys are nothing like their flavorful, female, predecessors. Spice Boys released their first EP in 2016. After signing to Punk Slime Recordings shortly after this, Spice Boys have blessed us with their newest album, Glade. The whole album is full of distortion of all aspects of the songs—the vocals, the guitar, even the drums sound more static-y than normal. This Swedish garage rock band’s sound makes me think of kicking up some trouble with my friends on the beach in the summer. The use of echoes and wa-wa-like effects in all of the tracks just gives the album a really fun-inspiring. The fast-paced and upbeat songs make you want to dance like a fool. Read the rest of this entry »



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Matt Hutchison Kicks off 2018 Coffeehouse 1/18

January 11th, 2018 by The Professor

WLOY kicks off the 2018 Coffeehouse series with another local artist who’s played on the WLOY stage at Honfest, and toured the world with his band Fools & Horses. With Fools & Horses temporarily parted (see what we did there?) Matt has been releasing great solo work.

Matt sees himself as, “A modern-day gentleman cowboy, earnestly looking West out of his East-Coast bedroom window”. With 2 solo albums under his belt Matt has a ton of excellent pop songs (plus Fools & Horses hits) and more to make a great night of it. Make sure to ask him about buying his anniversary present at the Cracker Barrel. Check out his website!



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