Battle of the Bands Spotlight: LOLLIPUNX

Tuesday, April 9th, 2024 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

We’re back with your favorite Loyola artists presenting our next band of the week, LOLLIPUNX!

A five-member band based out of Baltimore, LOLLIPUNX brings the edge of punk with the fun of pop to all their music. Formed only in 2023, this group hit the ground running and won’t stop anytime soon.  Two guitarists, a bassist, a drummer, and female vocalist are the magic mix of what makes these guys rock.


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Battle of the Bands Spotlight: 242

Monday, April 8th, 2024 by Liz Kosik

Liz Kosik ’25

In honor of the best day of the year, WLOY is excited to announce of first Battle of the Bands spotlight: 242!

242 is a Maryland-based music collective known for their innovative sound, thought-provoking lyrics, and unwavering commitment to representing the essence of their community through music. The group’s diverse background, including West African, African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Middle Eastern influences allows them to incorporate elements of culture into their music. Expertly fusing hip-hop, R&B, pop, and afro sounds, their music feels fresh and original with every listen. Check out all the members Kang, Sean-Michael, Damon Modarres, Chemx, Daviid, D E E P A K, Siewe, Cole Price


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AOTW: Omar Apollo – “Live For Me”

Thursday, April 4th, 2024 by Liz Kosik

by Fiona Galang ’27

Album of the Week: Omar Apollo“Live For Me”

Released: October 2023

Rate: 8/10

RIYL: Frank Sativa, Noah Guy, Bruno Major, Clairo 

“Live For Me” by Omar Apollo is his newest alternative pop album. Apollo’s breakthrough song “Ugotme” got about 20,000 streams a day when it first came out in 2017. He’s released several EPs like Stereo (2018), Friends (2019), and now Live For Me (2024). In 2022, he released his first debut album called Ivory and he’s had various hit singles. He was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2023 Grammys. 


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On This Day: March 28

Thursday, March 28th, 2024 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

1964: The Supremes become the first all-female group to have a Number 1 album on the US charts with their album “Where Did Our Love Go.”

2001: R&B singer Aaliyah releases her self-titled third album, which becomes a critical and commercial success.

2006: Shakira’s hit single “Hips Don’t Lie” is released, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time.

2010: The 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards takes place, featuring performances by artists such as Justin Bieber and Rihanna.

2014: Lorde’s single “Team” reaches number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming one of her biggest hits.

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AOTW: Declan McKenna – “What Happened to the Beach?”

Thursday, March 28th, 2024 by Liz Kosik

by Fiona Galang ’27

Album of the Week: Declan McKenna“What Happened to the Beach?”

Released: February 2024

Rate: 6/10

RIYL: Djo, Domonic Fike, Surf Curse, The La’s

Declan McKenna is an Alternative/Indie UK singer and songwriter. He’s most known for his song “Brazil” which was actually criticizing the FIFA 2014 World Cup. McKenna is known for writing his music about things he feels strongly for and things that happen in his life. He released “Zeros” (2020) and now “What Happened to the Beach?” (2024).

This album features songs that fall under psychedelic pop, lo-fi, alternative funk, and more. It’s definitely one of his more experimental albums, the lyrics being more up to listeners’ interpretations rather than telling his own stories and opinions. Track 7 “Nothing Works” almost reminds me of Kid Cudi without the rap because of its psychedelic feel. My favorite by far is Track 5 “Mulholland’s Dinner and Wine,” it’s mellow but still upbeat.

I would listen to this album when I need to chill and contemplate life, some songs honestly feel a little sad. If you enjoyed “Brazil”, definitely check out his new album!

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On This Day: March 21

Thursday, March 21st, 2024 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

1960: Elvis Presley returned to the music scene after completing his military service in the US Army.

1970: Janis Joplin’s posthumous album “Pearl” was released, featuring her hit single “Me and Bobby McGee.”

1987: U2 released their fifth studio album, “The Joshua Tree,” which went on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time.


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AOTW: Clay and Friends – “STUNT”

Wednesday, March 20th, 2024 by Liz Kosik

by Anabel Martin Llanusa ’25

Album of the Week: Clay and Friends“STUNT”

Released: March 2024

Rate: 8/10

RIYL: Spacey Jane, Royel Otis, JAWNY, Peach Pit

Clay and Friends just released their new album, “STUNT.” This Montreal band fusions soul, funk and hip hop beautifully. Their lyrics are usually about their daily lives in Montreal. “STUNT” is the perfect soundtrack for summer. The transport you right to the beach as it beats is very chill and happy. Its fresh rhythms and enveloping melodies will make you want to relax in the sun or be dancing on the sand. I really enjoyed this album because it reminds me of a specific feeling I get in Miami when I come back from the beach with the car windows down.


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Upcoming Event: Sign Up for Songwriter Skirmish

Monday, March 18th, 2024 by Liz Kosik

Do you want to perform at Loyolapalooza? Here is your chance! Enter to compete in Songwriter Skirmish. Songwriter Skirmish is open to solo or duo acts such as rappers, songwriters, duos, and mixers.

To enter, you must be or have at least one active member connected to Loyola University Maryland. They can be employees, current students, or alumni. By entering, you are confirming that you are able to perform at Songwriter Skirmish (3/23) and are able to perform at Loyolapalooza on 4/28.

Songwriter Skirmish will take place on Saturday, March 23 and the winner will be the first act of Loyolapalooza. Loyolapalooza takes place Sunday, April 28th. Think you have what it takes? Enter for Songwriter Skirmish or Battle of the Bands HERE!

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The Prime: Alt Through the Ages

Monday, March 18th, 2024 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Genre: Alternative

Subgenre: Darkwave

RIYL: The Cure, Dead Can Dance, Depeche Mode, Joy Division 

Darkwave alternative music can trace its origins back to the late 1970s and early 1980s when bands like Siouxsie and the Banshees began incorporating elements of post-punk, gothic rock, and electronic music into their sound. These bands created a moody, atmospheric style of music characterized by haunting melodies, ethereal vocals, and a dark, introspective lyrics. Drawing inspiration from artists like David Bowie, Joy Division, and The Velvet Underground, darkwave quickly gained popularity.


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On This Day: March 14

Thursday, March 14th, 2024 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

1. 1958: Elvis Presley was inducted into the U.S. Army and stationed in Germany.

2. 1964: The Beatles made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

3. 1987: U2 released their critically acclaimed album “The Joshua Tree.”

4. 1996:  The Spice Girls released their debut single “Wannabe,” which became a global hit.

5. 2016: rap artist Kendrick Lamar released his album “untitled unmastered,” which received widespread critical acclaim.

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