Album Review: Elton John – Tumbleweed Connection

February 17th, 2017 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: Claire Riley’20

Elton John – Tumbleweed Connection

Released: October 30, 1970

Rate: 10/10

LIYL: Billy Joel, Chicago, Paul McCartney, James Taylor

First and foremost, I would like to give credit to Billy McLaughlin (Class of 2020) for recommending this masterpiece of an album. In “Tumbleweed Connection,” Elton John incorporates a unique twist on his classic and iconic style that has made an indelible mark on music history. He takes his audience to the cowboy era of the Midwest in each ballad with his mesmerizing and soulful piano-playing and distinct vocals accompanied by the harmonica, drums, guitar, and harmonies that are sure to stick in your head and draw you right back in when the album concludes. Some of my personal favorites include “Ballad of a Well-Known Gun,” “Country Comfort,” and “Where To Now Saint Peter?” Read the rest of this entry »



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Explore Baltimore: Terraza Stained Glass

February 16th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Terraza Stained Glass

Where: 3403 S Hanover St

When: Studio Hours: Tues.-Fri. 9am-5pm

Need a way to bring out your artistic side? Then stop by Terraza Stained Glass for you chance to learn the way of the stained glass artist. This studio offers a cool environment to learn how to make your own stained glass, as well as to look at others and maybe buy some. Terraza is mainly a place that provides various classes for those who want to learn how to make stained class for anyone from beginners, to regulars. They offer an intro level class at least every weekend, so there’s no excuse for you not to try making stained glass at least once. You can also book your own lesson if you want to go for some more complex art, or book a group event to make a day out of it with your friends. Not feeling the tutorial vibes? Then book an open studio for yourself if you have the skills. The option for your fun artistic stain glass experience are endless, you just have to reserve you spot at Terraza Stained Glass!



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Playlist of the Week: Workout Playlist

February 15th, 2017 by Margaret Jokoh

Playlist by: Stephen Vanyo’17

Around this time of year, people start to slack off on their New Year’s Resolution and start watching Netflix instead of going to the gym. So I made up the ultimate workout playlist to get you pumped and ready to go get those #gainz.

1.Wicked-Future

Metro Boomin wants some more. More reps. More #gainz

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Explore Baltimore: Vegan Weekend

February 14th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Baltimore Vegan Weekend

When: February 17th (7am)-19th (9pm)

Where: All over Baltimore!

Make this weekend all about food, fun and Veganism! With events all weekend all over the city, vegans and food lovers alike will want to get a piece of this event. Kick the weekend off with Friday’s Vegan Food Crawl in which restaurants throughout Baltimore are participating. Head to Hampden to grab some vegan pizza at Paulie Gee’s and then over to Rocket to Venus for some specialty vegan sandwiches. Or go to Fells Point for some vegan ice cream at Pitango Gelato and vegan Asian fusion at Ekiben. You can check out all the participating restaurants here.

Make sure not to fill up too much though, because Saturday is the Second Annual Vegan Mac and Cheese Smackdown. Hosted from 3pm-7pm at Baltimore City Community College, there will be over 30 different versions of this classic dish for your vegan taste buds to try and then vote on.

To close off the weekend, enjoy a Baltimore Vegan Brunch at any of these participating restaurants. Whether you’re in the mood for sausage, scrambled eggs, waffles, or crepes one of these fine restaurants will have it for you. Well the vegan version, but equally delicious version. With all this great vegan food, after Baltimore’s Vegan Weekend, you’ll be stuffed, happy, and healthy.

 



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Studio Seizure: Stacked Like Pancakes

February 13th, 2017 by The Professor

Tonight 7-8pm, we hand the studio over to the funky madmen of Stacked Like Pancakes!  Fresh off their tour with Reel Big Fish and sporting all sorts of new stories, we’re going to let them spin their favorite tunes and dish on some good road stories.

They played our fundraiser for The Book Thing last year and blew us all away with their live energy! ”Reinvigorating the sounds of classic ska, Stacked Like Pancakes (SLP) piles on boisterous horns and punk rock attitude to create high energy music synthesizing the vibes of Reel Big Fish, twenty one pilots, Foo Fighters, Paramore, Cage the Elephant, and an untraceable amount of other artists and genres. Since 2007, SLP has shared the stage with national and international acts, toured on the Vans Warped Tour, headlined their own self-booked tours, released their latest crowd-funded 15-track monster-album THIS IS US in December 2015, and in 2016 went on the road with Reel Big Fish for a month-long nation-wide syrupy tour.

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Open Mic Night 2/16

February 10th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

Did you recently write a poem for your significant other in honor of Valentine’s Day? Then come read it this Thursday at WLOY’s Open Mic Night! Outside Starbucks from 9-11pm, you can showcase your newly written love song, a classy cover, or that romantic poem to all your fellow Loyola students. Not feeling that tortured, romantic artist vibe? Come out anyway with your favorite instrument to play, or break out some dad jokes to tell the audience. No matter what you choose to do or if you choose just to watch, the February Open Mic Night is definitely not a WLOY event to miss!



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Explore Baltimore: Baby’s on Fire

February 10th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Baby’s on Fire Cafe and Record Store

Where: 1010 Morton St

When: Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, Sat, 8am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm

Are you ready for the most hipster thing you can think of? Well, it’s Baby’s on Fire, a record shop and cafe all in one restored Mt. Vernon carriage house.  Started by the married musicians David Koslowski and Shirlé Hale-Koslowski, the goal of Baby’s on Fire is to offer up a fun, cozy space for any Baltimorean to hang out, enjoy some food and some music. Whenever you pop in, there will most likely be a record on that David picked out himself and tons of records for you to look through and buy for yourself. Read the rest of this entry »



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Album Review (New Release): John Mayer – The Search for Everything – Wave One

February 10th, 2017 by Margaret Jokoh

Review by: William O’Connor ’20

John Mayer – The Search for Everything – Wave One

Released: January 20th, 2017

Rate: 8.5/10

LIYL: Train, Ed Sheeran, and the John Mayer Trio

This first “wave” had a lot of hype leading up to its release and it’s finally here. This is his first release since Paradise Valley and Born and Raised,  those two albums being very different compared to what he has put out in the past. They were definitely not his best, and in anticipation of this new release we were all hoping for a huge improvement, something different from the singer-songwriter. For one thing, his trio band members who have made some of John Mayer’s best music with him, Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino, are backing in the drums and bass. They played songs with him such as “Gravity”, “Who Did You Think I Was”, “Daughters”, and “Try”. Read the rest of this entry »



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Explore Baltimore: Frozen Harbor Music Fest

February 8th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Frozen Harbor Music Festival

Where: The Inner Harbor (34 Market Place)

When: February 17th and 18th

The annual Frozen Harbor Music Festival is back this year for 2 days and with 140 acts! Including 9 stages like Rams Head Live!, Baltimore Soundstage,  and Angel’s Rock Bar, this local music fest is worth the frostbite of February. Awesome local artists like Onyx and Pasadena will be performing, as well as WLOY favorites like Skribe and Breakforth. Friday and Saturday both have some amazing acts planned, so get your ticket to both days, or buy a ticket for the warmer day here. No matter what your music taste is, there will definitely some bands out of the 140 for you, so hurry up and get your tickets, and maybe a new scarf to keep you warm.



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Explore Baltimore: Brown Rice Korean Grill

February 7th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Brown Rice Korean Grill

Where: 2404 N Charles St

When: Monday-Saturday, 11am-9pm

What do fast food and fresh, healthy food have in common? Nothing, you think? That’s what I would think too if I didn’t know about Brown Rice Korean Grill. Focusing on fresh and tasty, Brown Rice serves several traditional Korean dishes like dumplings, Kimchi stew, and scallion pancakes.

Despite this already delicious menu, this restaurant’s most popular dish is Bibimap. Like a Chipotle for Korean food, Brown Rice has tons of fresh ingredients out for you to pick what you want in order to customize your Bibimap bowl. With meats from tofu to squid to pork, all the veggies you can dream of, and tons of classic sauces like mango sauce, soy sauce, and Deonjang that Bibimap bowl combos are endless!



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