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SOTW: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizards – “Exploding Suns”

Thursday, November 17th, 2022 by Liz Kosik

SONG OF THE WEEK: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizards – “Exploding Suns”

by Isabelle Braudakis ’25

Rate: 9/10  

Released: October 28, 2022  

RYIL: The Murlocs, Art of Sleeping, Moses Gunn Collective, Pipe-eye, Post Animal

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard is an Australian rock band formed in 2011 in Melbourne. The group were all friends who liked to jam out and create unique and meaningful music. The band’s current lineup consists of Stu Mackenzie, Ambrose Kenny-Smith, Cook Craig, Joey Walker, Lucas Harwood, and Michael Cavanagh. Throughout the years the band has explored many genres, but their music can be described as psychedelic rock, garage rock, progressive rock, and heavy metal.

Exploding Suns starts with a slow and steady drumline accompanied by a guitar. The reverb helps create a dream-like state which Mackenzie contributes to with his soft and gentle voice. The drumline throughout the song remains steady while other strange instruments join in. The song almost sounds like you are floating in space all while on a psychedelic trip. I would recommend listening to this song during a chill nighttime drive or just having it in the background when hanging out with friends on a relaxing night in.



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AOTW: Karmic – “Disco Submarine”

Thursday, November 10th, 2022 by Liz Kosik

by Analia Cortez ’25

KarmicDisco Submarine

Release: September 2022

Rated: 8/10

RILY: Thunder Jackson, PRESSYES, Little Element, Leyya, 5K HD, Wargirl, DIVES, Cari Cari, Roast Apple.

In September 2022, Los Angeles and Vienna-based Karmic released their debut album. “Disco Submarine” was born into the Indie Pop world after being recorded during the Covid-19 lockdown. The intention of this album was to get a connection formed between people and music. “Disco Submarine” is built around the idea of a small space with music where closeness and connections could be created. The variety of sounds produced for this album echo the waves of emotions that were experienced not just through the pandemic, but everything in their five years together. A personal favorite from this album would have to be the sixth track “Boomerang“. Tracks four and five – “Dive Bar” and “Mantra” – are a close second and third. These songs have an upbeat yet relaxing feel to them, making them suitable for homework, a nice walk, or simply relaxing! This sound on this album is one I would listen to on occasion, however, overall, I enjoy the vibe of it and do take a strong liking to this. For a more upbeat feel, I would suggest checking out their singles “Wisdom Pie” and “Little Lucille“.



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Rocky Horror Picture Show 2022

Wednesday, November 9th, 2022 by Liz Kosik

by Aliyah Smith-Bradley

On October 31st, 2022, WLOY and Spectrum presented the Rocky Horror Picture Show, and it was amazing! For those of you who don’t know, WLOY’s screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 10+ year tradition (and eventually we will succeed in having it outside on the quad). WLOY shows it every Halloween and this year was in collaboration with Spectrum. Spectrum is a LBGTQ+ support service at Loyola University Maryland. This year we held a costume contest with the winner taking home a new turntable and a picture disc of 45th Anniversary Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack!

Rocky Horror was a huge hit this year! With Halloween falling on a rainy Monday, celebrating it with a movie was perfect. The event had about 60 students and 19 contest competitors. For the contest, we had so many students with amazing costumes to judge it was tough. In the end, Elvis Presley (a Loyola student) won with an astounding round of applause. Everyone had a great time watching with some students shouting along with the Rocky Horror Audience Participation Script. This event was personally one of my favorites with the candy, welcoming community, and seeing everyone in their costumes.



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AOTW: Alvvays – “Blue Rev”

Monday, November 7th, 2022 by Liz Kosik

by Ameila Dunat ’25

Alvvays – “Blue Rev”

Released: October 7, 2022

Rating: 7 / 10

This Toronto band’s third album has been in the works since their 2017 album Antisocialites and it was definitely worth the wait. Alvvays is an Indie Pop band from Canada formed in 2011. After a 5-year hiatus, they’ve released Blue Rev, a shoegaze collection of 14 tracks, all with bittersweet lyrics and psychedelic sounds. My favorite tracks from this album were “Easy on Your Own”, “Tile by Tile”, and “After the Earthquake”. “After the Earthquake” was my favorite out of all of them because of its upbeat melody. “Easy on your Own” and “Tile by Tile” both feature whimsical vocals and sophisticated melodies making them sound just like the previous albums. Listening to this album made it seem as if no time had passed since I last heard the sounds of Alvvays many years ago! (more…)



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Dead Air – Halloween 2022 (9-11pm)

Monday, October 31st, 2022 by The Professor

It’s that time of year, we’ve been running Dead Air at midnight all month and now, it is time! New 2022 episode of Dead Air premieres at 9pm for all your spooky parties and to scare the neighbors (or late trick or treaters) with some very rare sounds.

Once again, DJ, educator and musician Terence Hannum will bring you 2 hours of great horror movie soundtracks with this year’s focus on the films of Peter Straub, the recent Halloween trilogy, and Hellraiser. Catch the ending for a special mashup track. Enjoy this year’s special DEAD AIR 2022!



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Concert Review: Within Temptation and Iron Maiden

Wednesday, October 26th, 2022 by Liz Kosik

by Aaliyah Smith-Bradley ’24

The opener for Iron Maiden was amazing and really energized the audience. Within Temptation is a Dutch metal band founded in 1996. The main vocalist, Sharon den Adel, has the most beautiful voice and an amazing stage presence. Within Temptation performed their most popular songs such as “Faster”, “Don’t Pray for Me” and “Angels”. If you have not heard any songs by Within Temptation and like Iron Maiden, you will for sure love them! With an amazing start to the concert, Within Temptation really hyped up the crowd for Iron Maiden. (more…)



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AOTW: Jonathan Jeremiah – “Horsepower For The Streets”

Tuesday, October 25th, 2022 by Liz Kosik

by Aaliyah Smith-Bradley ’24

Jonathan Jeremiah – “Horsepower For The Streets”

Release: September, 2022

Rated: 9/10

RIYL: Lord Huron, Hozier, Donovan Woods, Family of the Year, Bronze Radio Return.

If you love music that sounds like an orchestra with the violins, piano and chorus in the back, then this is the album for you. When I first heard Horsepower For The Streets, I was in shock. I thought Hozier and Sam Smith were the only ones that knew how to mix Pop music with Soul. (more…)



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SOTW: Kurt Vile – “Like Exploding Stones”

Tuesday, October 25th, 2022 by Liz Kosik

SONG OF THE WEEK: Kurt Vile – “Like Exploding Stones”

By Ameila Dunat ’25

This laid-back and dreamy alt rock tune, “Like Exploding Stones”, is the fourth track from Kurt Vile’s new album. Philadelphia artist and songwriter Kurt Vile wrote this album before and during the pandemic. It was mainly self-produced and self-recorded in his home studio.

Despite its slow tempo the psychedelic sounds of the guitar and synth make for a rather meditative song. This song is a doorway into the depths of Kurt’s mind- he sings about his racing thoughts and the weight of stress he carries. Although the lyrics aren’t exactly peaceful, the song sounds like a magical daydream. Some other alternative/indie songs of his I recommend if you enjoy this one include Loading Zones, One Trick Ponies, and Wakin on a Pretty Day.



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Jon Spencer Interview

Wednesday, October 19th, 2022 by The Professor

The incomparable Jon Spencer (see Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, etc…) has a new band together Jon Spencer & The HITmakers and they are back on the road after a minor delay due to some global pandemic or something… Our own Ben Ostrowski ’24 caught up with Jon in advance of his show this Saturday at The Ottobar. Give it a listen and find out more about the new album, the tour, Jon’s elevation of bluesman R. L. Burnside and much more. Then catch the show Saturday at The Ottobar for the rest of the story!



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Vakili Band Interview

Wednesday, October 12th, 2022 by The Professor

Wooo! We are BACK! In studio with the Vakili Band during a stop on their way to their show in DC at The Runaway tonight. Ben Ostrowski ’24 hung out with the full band for our first in studio band visit since the dreaded closure of 2020… So glad to start having bands back in and they were a great one. The whole band hung and talked process, their new Walking Sideways album, recording vs live versions, and how well Gordon packs the van. A lot of fun and a great way to get back into live interviews. Can’t wait for them to come back in the spring for a show in Baltimore. Meanwhile check out their new album and listen to the interview in case you missed it live.



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