The Courettes Interview

September 27th, 2023 by The Professor

The fabulous Courettes (Martin and Flavia Couri) from Denmark sat down with me to chat about their upcoming tour in the US, their new US-only orange vinyl release “Boom! Dynamite” and more. We discussed their home studio that they designed to recreate the infamous Wall of Sound from legendary producer (and dangerous lunatic) Phil Spector. Timed perfectly to be ready for the pandemic, they were able to hardness the lockdown to write and record more songs for an upcoming album. Catch them at the Runway in DC 10/3 or right here in town at the Metro Gallery in Baltimore on 10/4 with DJ Rob Macy and The Flying Faders. It’s going to be a blast. They may even stop by the station!

Stay tuned to learn how you can win one of the 1000 limited edition orange vinyl copies of Boom! Dynamite before it even reaches the stores!

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Volcano Chronicles Goes FM!

September 26th, 2023 by The Professor

We are sad to say that the great Volcano Chronicles show is leaving WLOY (hopefully temporarily) but we are also thrilled as to why. Daniel Jones, our host in Hawai’i, is moving it to a local Hawaiian FM station! You can now catch it on KNKR 96.1FM in Kohala on the big island of Hawai’i! Daniel worked very hard to build the show over three years and 134 episodes, starting with a Quarantine Takeover in July 2020. Along the way we got some fantastic artist interviews, great insights into nearly 50 years of playing live rock and meeting incredible musicians, and a ton of great music. With the horrible tragedy in Lahaina it makes sense for locals to support locals and we know that KNKR will be a great home for the show. Watch for updates as we expect more news on this soon. In the meanwhile MAHALO Daniel and Aloha for now.

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AOTW: JayWood – Grow On

September 4th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Album of the Week: JayWoodGrow On

Released: August 2023

Rate: 9/10

RIYL: The Breathing Room, Wax Machine, Niall Mutter, RHNO

JayWood, a Canadian artist who is recognized for his talents as a singer, songwriter, and producer, has gained popularity for creating a unique blend of low-key bedroom pop that incorporates various elements of jangling indie rock, R&B, psych, and funk. He started by independently releasing his 2019 LP, Time, out of his home base in Winnipeg, which soon led him to sign with Captured Tracks and release his highly acclaimed 2021 EP, Some Days. His musical style continued to evolve with his second album, Slingshot, in 2022, which showcased his diverse range of musical styles.

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SOTW: Edwin Raphael – “Have You Been Told?”

September 1st, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Song of the Week: Edwin Raphael“Have You Been Told?”

Released: March 2022

Rate: 8.5/10

RIYL: 6lack, The Paper Kites, Matt Maltese, Bon Iver, Novo Amor

Edwin Raphael is a singer-songwriter from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Growing up, he discovered his love for music and songwriting at a young age while listening to classic rock and pop albums. He started playing guitar at the age of 12 and eventually began writing his songs inspired by The Beatles, David Bowie, and Prince.

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Dreamgaze Studio Seizure with The Holy Circle

August 31st, 2023 by The Professor

Join 2/3 of the local shoegaze band The Holy Circle for a new Studio Seizure tonight at 7! Terence and Rob (Erica was busy building a classroom) stopped by the station with armloads of vinyl to spin a great blend of shoegaze and “shoegaze adjacent” bands.

We chatted about their upcoming show this weekend (9/2 at The Crown) and the start of a cool new event Dreamgaze that they will be hosting at the Crown. Expect a ton of great rare shoegaze bands in this episode and maybe a couple you know as well.

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The Prime: Pop Through The Ages (Electropop)

August 23rd, 2023 by Liz Kosik

The Prime smallby Liz Kosik ’25

Genre: Pop

Subgenre: Electropop

RIYL: Tove Lo, Empire of the Sun, Pet Shop Boys, Passion Pit

Electropop, or synthpop, rose to fame in the late 1970s as a subgenre of new wave pop music. It combined the electronic production techniques of disco and punk with the catchy beat and songwriting of pop music. In the 1980s, electropop evolved to include more dance-oriented beats, hitting the nightclub scene and becoming a staple of mainstream music.

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SOTW: Computerwife – “You Make It Look So Easy”

August 22nd, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Song of the Week: Computerwife“You Make It Look So Easy”

Released: August 2023

Rate: 8/10

RIYL: Wyatt Smith, Fleeting Joys, Toner, Devilish Dear

Originating from New York City, Addie Warncke started Computerwife in 2018 during her time at university. Using SoundCloud as an outlet, Warncke compares her earlier music to a diary for her thoughts. In 2020, Addie released her favorite five songs as her debut EP, which led to a contract with Danger Collective Records, all thanks to the strength of her tracks. Computerwife’s music is truly fascinating and intricate, challenging the limits between analog and digital sound. By combining shoegaze, emo, and lo-fi noise pop, Computerwife speaks directly to young girls who feel unease with their identity in the age of digital media.

Computerwife’s “You Make It Look So Easy” perfectly aligns with the theme of Warncke’s music. This track showcases her coming back to herself, really nailing the purpose behind her sound. “You Make It Look So Easy” explores the relatability of our adoration turning into envy when admiring another. As we are constantly exposed to the lives of complete strangers, Warncke creates a relatively heavier and tense track, encapsulating the jealousy that is produced when wishing you had someone else’s life. I enjoy Computerwife’s music and definitely have a few of her tracks on my playlist. The message behind her discography is essential and can be highly influential when dangerously glorifying the appearance of another’s life.

Staff Picks: “Happy Girl” and “Hehehe”

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AOTW: Bennett Coast – “Where Are You Going?”

August 15th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Album of the Week: Bennett Coast“Where Are You Going?”

Released: August 4, 2023

Rate: 10/10

RIYL: Dominic Fike, Ashes To Amber, Briston Maroney, ROLE MODEL, Day Wave 

Bennett Coast, an up-and-coming musician and filmmaker from Los Angeles, released his latest album, “Where Are You Going?” Born and raised in Northern California, the 22-year-old artist draws inspiration from the differences between youth and maturity and the constant flux of life. Bennett explores these themes, as well as the melancholy of leaving one’s hometown, in his self-taught musical and visual works. Read the rest of this entry »

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SOTW: Mikaela Davis – “Far From You”

August 11th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

Liz Kosik ’25

Song of the Week: Mikaela Davis“Far From You”

Released: August 4, 2023

Rate: 8/10

RIYL: NOVA ONE, Liza Anne, River Whyless, Liz Cooper

Mikaela Davis is a talented musician who sings, writes songs, and plays multiple instruments, with her harp skills being a standout feature. Her music blends elements of folk, country-rock, and chamber pop to create some pretty textured pop songs. In the early 2010s, she gained attention for covering indie singer/songwriters with her harp, before moving on to create more complex arrangements for her original music. Her first album with a label, “Delivery”, was produced by John Congleton in 2018. Her newest album, “And Southern Star”, is largely self-produced and reflects a mix of modern indie, country, and folk-pop.

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Staff Picks: July

August 9th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

WLOY loves nothing more than being able to share some of our favorite tracks with you guys. Let’s welcome August with July’s hottest hits as we present some monthly staff picks! Read the rest of this entry »

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