Album Review: Fractal Cats – The Tower

January 31st, 2017 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: Claire Riley

Fractal Cat – The Tower

Rate: 8.5/10

LIYL: Brooks Long and the MadDogNoGood, Pink Floyd, Stanley Roots

Local Baltimore band Fractal Cat released their third album “The Tower” on the 26th of this month. It can now be streamed online via Spotify and Apple music and purchased on iTunes and CD as well.  Previous albums include “Loving Kind” released in 2014 and “The Eye in The Dawn” released in 2012. All three albums have a similar musical style, so if you liked “The Tower,” check the other two! As a band inspired by the golden age of rock n roll when legends like Buddy Holly and Smokey Robinson dominated the music world, Fractal Cat is known for their personal twist of trippy, psychedelic rock. Read the rest of this entry »



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Coffeehouse 2/2/17: Pressing Strings

January 30th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

Cozy up by Starbucks this Thursday from 8pm to 10pm with the indie-folk group Pressing Strings. This local band will be playing their chill songs like “Life of a Tree” and “My People”. Working with the producers of Vampire Weekend, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen, Pressing Strings has perfected their soulful sound in a way that will soothe you one song and have you dancing during the next. These skilled musicians are a mix of everything from John Mayer to Skribe to Dirty Heads and will be sure to offer up a great way to spend your Thursday. So, bring your friends (or your homework), get some snacks from Starbucks and enjoy Pressing Strings!



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Explore Baltimore: Drunk in Love Dance Party

January 30th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Bey vs Ye vs Jay Valentine’s Dance Party

Where: The Ottobar, 2549 N Howard St

When: Friday, February 10th 9pm-2am

Celebrate your Valentine’s Day with the romantic sounds of Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Kanye. Okay, so maybe “Heartless” and “Lemonade” don’t exactly scream Valentine’s Day, but DJ Mills’ mix of these three hot artists will have you feeling some type of way. Playing the classics like Drunk in Love and Izzo, you’ll be dancing all night long. But don’t worry, DJ Mills will be throwing in the slow jams too for you and your significant other. So stop by The Ottobar so you and your bae can get in that Bey and Jay V-day spirit.



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Album Review: Gift Shop-Jokes Jokes Jokes

January 26th, 2017 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: Stephen Vanyo

Gift Shop– Jokes Jokes Jokes

Rate: 9.5/10

I had the chance to catch Gift Shop live when one of my bands played the same show that they did in a garage in suburban Nazareth PA. The PA was quiet and noise were just bouncing off the walls but even with all that, they sounded like they belonged on much larger stages. Gift Shop is the project started by former members of the gone-to-soon pop punk act Grandview as well as fellow massachusetts band The Dirty Looks.  Read the rest of this entry »


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Explore Baltimore: Lunar New Year Celebration

January 26th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Lunar New Year Celebration

Where: Walters Art Museum, 600 N Charles St

When: Sunday, January 29th 11am-4pm

Join the Women’s Committee of the Walters Art Museum to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The Walters Art Museum is ringing in the Year of the Rooster with some fun art activities and traditional Lunar New Year performances. These authentic performances include ones by Baltimore Chinese School, the Johns Hopkins Lion Dance Troupe, Sang Hee Ju Traditional Dance Company, and Stepping Stones. All these groups will perform various dances representing various traditions in various cultures. With all this celebration, the Walters Art Museum’s Lunar New Year will makes sure the Year of the Rooster is a good one!



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Explore Baltimore: Beautiful

January 25th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Beautiful- The Carole King Musical

Where: The Hippodrome Theater, 12 N Eutaw St

When: January 24th-29th (Times)

Throughout the week, The Hippodrome will be putting on Beautiful, a musical that follows the life of Carole King and her rise to fame. Known to my generation as the voice of the Gilmore Girls theme and to past generations as the voice for their time, Carole King has left an ever lasting mark on our culture that this musical showcases. Beautiful tells the story of how Carole King fought her way into the record business at a young age, wrote songs with her friends/husband, and started her successful solo career. Along the plot of the story, this musical features many of King’s amazing hits like “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “You’ve Got a Friend”. With this inspiring story and great music, Beautiful will have you feeling the Earth move under your seat in the Hippodrome.



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Album Review: Buenos Diaz – Buenos Diaz

January 24th, 2017 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: William O’Connor

Buenos Diaz– Buenos Diaz

Rate: 7.2/10

LIYL: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, and Jack White

This is a band I’ve never heard before, and I was not only surprised but impressed. The first song, Hem Haw, is a short intro that opens up the album and shows off its instrumentals. After hearing this intro you can know what to expect for the rest of the album. Read the rest of this entry »



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Explore Baltimore: The Charmery

January 24th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Ice Cream for Breakfast

Where: The Charmery, 801 W 36th St

When: Saturday, February 4th 10am-1pm

Start your day off the right way with ice cream for breakfast! The Charmery will be be hosting this event Saturday, February 4th and fulfilling every child’s (and adult’s) dream. The Charmery will be offering up their great, breakfast-themed flavors like Cornflakes and Milk, Saturday Morning Cartoons, and Everything Bagel, so you can have you breakfast on a cone. On top of this awesome ice cream, they will also be making Belgian Liege Waffles and serving Buddy’s coffee/cold-brew milkshakes. So, put on your favorite pajama’s, grab the kids, and buy yourself an ice cream and waffle sandwich to get a flavorful morning boost!



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Late Night Concert: Teen Angst Pizza Party + Music 1/26/17

January 21st, 2017 by Cara Hullings

Help WLOY kick off our late night concert series this semester with Milton J and the Leftovers and Breakforth in McGuire Hall this Thursday from 8pm-10pm! This concert comes with a twist though! Make sure to represent your angsty teen days and wear some nice emo clothes, black eyeliner and those old converse. These two popular local bands are sure put on an angsty show to match the attire which you won’t want to miss out on.

Milton J and the Leftovers is a 5-piece alternative hip-hop band, reminiscent of Linkin Park, Incubus, with influences from various MCs like Slug. With this high energy, angsty music, Miltin J and the Leftovers will start the late night concert off on an awesome note. Check out some of their songs here. Breakforth is a 4-piece rock band with metal influences who combine music like Nirvana, Foo Fighters, and Pearl Jam to create the own unapologetic sound. They bring in some major teen angst with hard hitting vocals sang by Loyola’s own, Matt Weitzil. Check them out here and catch these two great bands plus your needed dose of angst this Thursday!.



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Explore Baltimore: Joe Benny’s Focacceria

January 20th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Joe Benny’s Focacceria

Where: 313 S High St

When: Hours

On a mission to bring a piece of Sicily back to Baltimore, Joseph Gardella created Joe Benny’s. A fresh take on the Italian food we all love, this charming restaurant is serving up some amazing focaccia paninis and a variety of Sicilian pizzas. The bread used for all the food at Joe Benny’s is a one of a kind goodness that will you you straight to Italy and have you craving more as soon as you’re done.

As if this authentic food wasn’t enough, the atmosphere of Joe Benny’s Focacceria is authentic as well. This small, cute area is a place “about having a great time and enjoy life one bite (and sip) at a time” as Gardella promotes. With such a personality, the restaurant reminds you of a place in Sicily where locals would go. Between the awesome Italian food and the well-captured Italian atmosphere Joe Benny’s is really the highlight of Little Italy.



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