The Prime: Pop Through The Ages (Bubblegum Pop)

Wednesday, July 26th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

The Prime smallby Liz Kosik ’25

Genre: Pop

Subgenre: Bubblegum Pop

RIYL: The Archies, Natasha Bedingfield, The Monkees, Gwen Stefani

Bubblegum Pop sweetly burst onto the music scene in the late 1960s, fitting right into the colorful era we know as the 70s. The genre emerged as a rebellion against the popular rock and folk that dominated the airwaves, quickly captivating audiences of all ages. Music legends, The Archies, paved the way with their irresistible hit “Sugar, Sugar.” They were soon followed by ba ds such as The Ohio Express and 1910 Fruitgum Company, all contributing to the music we know and love. (more…)

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AOTW: Mainland Break – “One Way Ticket to Midnight”

Friday, July 21st, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Album of the Week: Mainland Break“One Way Ticket to Midnight”

Released: July 21, 2023

Rate: 7.8/10

RIYL: Yam Haus, Desert Mambas, The Thing With Feathers, Mae Mae

Mainland Break is a rising band that finds inspiration in the Jangle Pop side of Indie Rock. Their music pays homage to influential indie bands like R.E.M. and The Feelies, while infusing contemporary beats reminiscent of Australia’s Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. Based in Denver, Colorado, the band is composed of Evan Oliver, who handles vocals, acoustic guitar, and keyboards; Kevin Kohl, contributing vocals and bass; Travis Rice, skilled in guitar and synthesizer; Ian Gassman on guitar; and Steven Hennig as the drummer. Following their initial EP release, “Short Stay,” in 2019, the band went on a hiatus. However, they are now making a comeback with the exciting announcement of their debut album, titled “One Way Ticket to Midnight.” (more…)

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Arts Fishing Club Interview

Tuesday, July 18th, 2023 by The Professor

We were thrilled to welcome our Song of the Week winners, the guys from Arts Fishing Club who stopped by on the way to their show at MilkBoy in Philadelphia! Well actually just Christopher Kessenich (lead singer/songwriter) and Chancy (lead guitar) made it to the studio as the other guys were off at Miss Shirleys loading up on food for the drive 🙂

DJ Johnny Cozza sat down with them and talked about songwriting, the Nashville scene, playing Bonnaroo, and much more.

As a bonus they played his song request “Doug’s Song” live for us. It’s in the interview so listen all the way through for a great rendition of the song. They have tour dates through at least September so try to catch them when they’re in your town!

(Apologies for the overdriven audio at the start, it gets better shortly.)

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SOTW: Cable Ties – “Time for You”

Monday, July 17th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Song of the Week: Cable Ties  – “Time for You”

Released: June 23, 2023

Rate: 9/10

RIYL: Private Function, CLAMM, Sweeping Promises, Blonde Revolver

Australia’s hottest trio, Cable Ties, is back with its newest album and ready to make a statement. Formed in 2015, Cable Ties emerged as a cornerstone of Melbourne’s feminist punk movement and by 2017 had released their self-entitled album “Cable Ties.” In March 2020, they unveiled their second album, “Fair Enough,” which claimed the coveted Best Rock/Punk Album title at the prestigious 2020 Music Victoria Award. Flashforward to 2023, Cable Ties has released its 9-track album, “All Her Plans,” addressing the trials of life and the blessings of love. (more…)

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AOTW: Tiberius – “Fish in a Pond”

Friday, July 14th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Album of the Week: Tiberius“Fish in a Pond”

Released: June 30, 2023

Rate: 8.5/10

RIYL: MJ Lenderman, Pinegrove, Car Seat Headrest, Field Medic, Greg Freeman

Tiberius is the extraordinary creation of Brendan Wright, a musician who hails from Vermont but now calls Boston home. Since dropping their last album, “Lull,” this 26-year-old music producer has been juggling recording sessions between their pad in Allston and the abandoned Sound Museum warehouse. After the release of “Lull,” Wright included members Kevin Polite (bass), Christian Pace (guitar), and Ben Curell (drums) to transfer his individual studio work into a live setting. They’ve become regulars at the nearby 7-Eleven and Dunkin Donuts combo, all while managing a regular job from 9 to 5. It’s been quite the adventure for them, adapting to a DIY community that used to thrive but now emerges from the remains of a post-pandemic world. Wright finds inspiration in these moments and reflects on the uncertainty and uncomfortableness of growing. He speaks about the difficulty of being perceived and finding your place in the world. (more…)

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SOTW: Babe Rainbow – “Sunshine”

Thursday, July 6th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Song of the Week: Babe Rainbow“Sunshine”

Released: June 23, 2023

Rate: 8.2/10

RIYL: Tame Impala, Mac Demarco, King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Pond

Babe Rainbow is a psychedelic rock band originating from New South Wales, Australia. Formed in 2014, Babe Rainbow consists of Angus Dowling, percussion and vocals; Elliot (Lulu) O’Reilly, bass, keys, and vocals; and Jack Crowther, guitar and vocals. The group has their attention on the 60s and 70s harmonies, creating a retro surf-pop sound. Babe Rainbow has held a notable presence in the music scene since their 2017 self-entitled album “The Babe Rainbow,” featuring sounds like “Peace Blossom Boogy” and “Fall in Love.” Flash forward to 2023, Babe Rainbow has recently released its newest album “Fresh As A Head of Lettuce.” (more…)

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Wednesday, June 28th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Album of the Week: TAUK“TAUK Moore”

Released: June 16, 2023

Rate: 9/10

RIYL: Haitus Kaiyote, Ghost Funk Orchestra, Khruangbin, Vulfpeck, No Doubt

TAUK is a captivating band that consistently pushes the boundaries of genre. The New York based-group has teamed up with vocalist, Kanika Moore, to complete their latest album, “TAUK Moore.” Their unique fusion of rock, jazz, and EDM creates a sonic landscape, proving they’re not afraid to experiment with their sound. The band’s intricate sound arrangements shine through on almost every track, showcasing their immense talent; more than worthy of our favorite album of the week. (more…)

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SOTW: Arts Fishing Club – “#Tornadotext”

Friday, June 23rd, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik

Song of the Week: Arts Fishing Club“Tornado Text”

Released: June 2023

Rate: 8/10

RIYL: Foster the People, Grouplove, Portugal. The Man, The Neighborhood

Various sounds, including folk, alt-country, and indie-rock influence Arts Fishing Club’s music. Their sound is characterized by heartfelt lyrics and melodies that genuinely showcase the individual talents of each member. The group consists of Christopher Kessenich, Matt Siffert, Jimi Greene, Brian Kempson, and Peter Eddins who met through each member’s journey in pursuing music. The Nashville, Tennessee-based band is known for their energetic live performances and has shared the stage with several respectable artists such as Langhorne Slim, Darlingside, and The Last Bison. (more…)

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Honfest 2023

Thursday, June 15th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Another year in the books! Baltimore’s 2023 Honfest was a vibrant celebration, reminding us of the town’s community-based pride. The streets of Hampden filled with families and parade attendees, all coming together to embrace the quirky spirit of the event. The energy of the event was infectious as the air was filled with laughter, music, and the smells of Baltimore’s best foods. WLOY had the pleasure of hosting 15 local artists this past weekend at the WLOY STAGE at Honfest. We were visited by alumni, students, and community members in the gathering of WLOY’s favorite event of the summer. Honfest is a great function for local artists to showcase their talent and we couldn’t be more grateful to have shared another parade with them. 

We have to give a big shout-out to Garrett Long for making the stage run smoothly and soundly all weekend. He danced between solo and group artists, doing his magic with smiles and swift hands. Garrett is the recording engineer for the Watermelon Room, a local recording studio based in Hampden, MD. They’re known for their variety of instruments and recording equipment, encouraging artists to pursue their musical creativity. Definitely check them out!

Eddie Fine ’23 exceeded MC expectations, keeping everyone appraised for the upcoming acts. Students Johnny Cozza ‘24, Aliyah Smith-Bradley ‘24, and Liz Kosik ’25 manned the tent for the weekend, engaging with community members and raffling off some cool prizes.  Attendees loved the nifty turn-table that was repurposed for the raffling, allowing participants to “spin and win” a variety of prizes such as Thread Coffee, mugs, t-shirts, and vinyl. Despite a flat tire immediately upon arrival (lol silly John).. the weekend was full of excitement!

WLOY is proud to have concluded its 7th year hosting a stage at Honfest. It’s impossible to talk about our stage without mentioning the talented cast of artists that came and performed. We would like to express our gratitude to all the incredible bands and artists that dedicated their time this weekend. From Red Sammy kicking us off on Saturday morning to Old Eastern closing us out on Sunday night, every one of them delivered an amazing performance. We were showered with compliments and positive feedback all weekend from members of our favorite community and are ecstatic to be back next year!

The full schedule (and links to the artist’s pages) is here – go buy their merch!!

Be sure to watch this space for a gallery full of images and links to videos as we put them up. Also, check out our Instagram @wloy_radio for some Honfest recaps, alumni spotlights, and WLOY news. 🙂

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AOTW: MIRANDA AND THE BEAT – Miranda and The Beat

Friday, June 9th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Album of the Week: MIRANDA AND THE BEATMiranda and The Beat

Released: May 26, 2023

Rate: 9/10

RIYL: Artic Monkeys, Ravonettes, The Kills, Jacuzzi Boys, King Khan

Make way.. Miranda and The Beat are hot and ready to reignite the New York City rock music scene. They happily disregard the limitations of staying within one genre, ranging from punk, garage, and soul. While Miranda and The Beat can technically be classified as rock, they have no problem pushing the bounds of each genre while adding their individual, fresh taste. Arriving in the Big Apple in 2018, Miranda and The Beat have brought a new energy, collabing with rock idols such as The Mystery Lights and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. They’re, for sure, expected to succeed their current reputation and break the bounds of their anticipated fame. (more…)

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