AOTW: Yves Tumor – “Praise A Lord…”

Monday, May 1st, 2023 by Liz Kosik

By Amelia Dunat ’25

Album of the Week: Yves Tumor“Praise A Lord Who Chews But Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between World).

Released: March 2023

Rate: 9/10

Yves Tumor’s 5th album, “Praise A Lord”, exceeded my expectations and got a well-deserving rating of 9 out of 10. Yves Tumor is a producer and musician known for their experimental music and is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. After spending some time in California, they were able to experiment with their sound and develop it into their current sound. Yves Tumor effortlessly intertwines shoegaze and grunge with electronic, also producing their own take on 90’s alt-rock and psychedelic rock. (more…)

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SOTW: Kay Young – “Woe Is Me”

Wednesday, April 26th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Anabel Martin Llanusa ’25

Kay Young“Woe Is Me”

Released: March 2023

Rate: 8/10

Kay Young’s new hit explores the sounds of jazz and R&B. “Woe Is Me” is a track on Young’s upcoming album, which will be released on April 14th, 2023. The melodies of the song resemble a neo-soul vibe, definitely evoking a sense of warmth in the listener. (more…)

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AOTW: Charlie – “Precious Metal”

Monday, April 24th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Amelia Dunat ’25

Album of the Week: Charlie“Precious Metal”

Released: March 1, 2023

Rate: 8/10

RIYL: Slowdive, Duster, Deftones, Smashing Pumpkins 

Charlie is a 3-piece band from Tampa, Florida, and “Precious Metal” is their debut album! I discovered it during my weekly music reviews and I ended up adding all the songs to the library. Their sound is reminiscent of 90’s alt-rock and shoegaze, and this compilation of 10 songs sounded perfect together. This album is only 29 minutes long so it is definitely worth giving the whole piece a listen. (more…)

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AOTW: Tei Shi – “Bad Premonition”

Monday, April 3rd, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Anabel Martin Llanusa ’25

Tei Shi“Bad Premonition”

Release: 2023

Rate: 8.5/10

RIYL: Caroline Polachek, Jessie Ware, Shyra, U.S. Girls, Cecile Believe

“Bad Premonition” by Tei Shi is such a cool album! I really love the chill vibes that every song gives. Tei Shi is a Colombian-Argentinian singer and songwriter. The melodies within the album transmit a feeling of calmness, while the lyrics talk about issues in love. The album feels like she is narrating the process in which she got over an ex. (more…)

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Monday, April 3rd, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Amelia Dunat ’25

Song of the Week: LAANDS“K TOWN”

Released: March 3, 2023

Rate: 9/10

RIYL: Tanukichan, Phantogram, Tame Impala, Grimes, Blood Orange

This is the 4th track from LAANDS album “Music for the Future” which was released early this March. LAANDS was formed by Rania Woodward and Brian Squillace. They began working on this album in the spring of 2021. They were inspired by their surroundings in nature and say they connected with the spiritual world around them in the creation of the track. “K TOWN” fits their typical electronic pop sound, but its catchy beat and fun lyrics stood out to me. (more…)

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The Prime: Pop through the Ages

Wednesday, March 29th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Genre: Pop

Subgenre: House Pop

RIYL: Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia

WLOY is happy to introduce the new series: The Prime! Our station DJs have done an excellent job of bringing their fans all the hottest hits and coolest throwbacks, so… why not provide some background on the music we all know and love? The series will span a spectrum of genres such as alternative, pop, and rock. We’re super excited to dive deeper into the subgenres, affiliated bands, and even some song suggestions! (more…)

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AOTW: Phoneboy – “Moving Out”

Friday, March 24th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Analia Cortez ’25

Album of the Week: Phoneboy“Moving Out”

Release: March 24, 2023

Rate: 9/10

RIYL: The Polar Boys, Early Eyes, Ax and the Hatchetman, Dutch Criminal Record, Good Kid

On March 24th, 2023, Indie-Pop band Phoneboy released their second album “Moving Out.” This musical trio from New Jersey consists of singer and guitarists Wyn Barnum and Ricky Dana, and bassist James Fusco. Formed in university, Phoneboy has since released their self-titled album, along with the hit singles “Runaway” and “Ferrari”, which can be found in their newest album. “Moving Out” carries the nostalgic sound they experienced growing up as inspiration to create an anthem for the newest generation of teenagers. They sweat punk and grunge-pop influence and have seriously created their own sound. The hope of their music is for people to tune into the world and not be stuck in the trance of technology in becoming a “phone boy.”

“Wasting Time” was definitely my favorite track on the album. The intense rhythm of rock music pumps up your adrenaline right away, getting you ready to jam out. “Ferrari” was also a great song to open the album with, tapping into the full-body experience of college that we get through artists looking to appeal to a particular age group. Phoneboy’s music is the perfect vibe for college life. “Moving Out” will for sure be played for relaxing on the quad, walking to class, and hangouts with friends. I highly recommend this album to anyone looking for some new good vibes music, especially with the change of season!

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AOTW: Yo La Tengo – “This Stupid World”

Monday, March 13th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Ameila Dunat ’25

Yo La Tengo“This Stupid World”

Release: February 10, 2023

: 8/10

RIYL: Pavement, Guided By Voices, Built to Spill, The Flaming Lips, Wilco, LCD Soundsystem

On February 10, 2023, Yo La Tengo released their seventeenth studio album (wow…), “This Stupid World.” Yo La Tengo is an American indie-rock formed in 1984, in Hoboken, New Jersey. Since 1992, the band members have included Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James McNew. Although only 9 songs long, this self-produced album is the group’s first full-length album release in a few years. After listening, I found it to be perfectly mellow, consistent with their typical sound, and particularly reminiscent of their releases from the 1990s.

“Fallout” was undoubtedly my favorite song from the album- it was both catchy and lively. “Aselestine”, sung by drummer Georgia Hubley, was a close second, as it was a peaceful acoustic tune. “Brain Capers” had a fun beat, despite the distorted lyrics, and “Miles Away” only had a few lines of lyrics, but the melody itself was hypnotic and magical. “My Bloody Valentine”, “The Kinks”, and “The Velvet Underground” are some of Yo La Tengo’s principal influences and I think this album is a consistent combination of those sounds. Sweet-sounding melodies and smooth basslines join together with noisy fuzzy guitar sounds and thoughtful lyrics. If you enjoyed this album, I recommend the songs, “Nowhere Near” and “Green Arrow” from their preview albums.



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AOTW: Paramore – “This Is Why”

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Analia Cortez ’25

Paramore“This Is Why”

Release: February 2022

Rated: 9/10

RIYL: Tonight Alive, PVRIS, Fall Out Boy, All Time Low, Boys Like Girls, The All-American Rejects, You Me At Six

After five and a half year wait, this alternative-indie band has released their seventh album! The writing of this album took place during the quarantine lockdown period that affected the whole globe. After such an experience, Paramore wanted to write those feelings and moments into an album to let their audience know they are not alone. The issues they use to theme their album heavily revolve around mental health issues caused due to the effects of Covid-19 left on the lives of many. Self-reflection is such a prominent key in the assembling of the album. (more…)

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AOTW: Mako Road – “Stranger Days”

Friday, February 10th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Analia Cortez ’25

Mako Road “Stranger Days” 

Release: 2021

Rated: 8.5/10

RIYL: Peach Fur, Gromz, The Shambles, Letters to Lions

Mako Road is a four-member indie-rock band from New Zealand, consisting of two guitars, a bassist, and a drummer. Being highly popular in New Zealand, and the Australian area, these guys are very fond of at festivals. Now with a larger music selection, they just had their first official tour! This album was heavily anticipated as several singles and EPs had been released, leading up to the album. Before this album release, they came up with three EPs- those being “The Green Superintendant”, “Local Safari”, and “Stranger Days” before releasing the “Stranger Days” debut album. The sound revolving around “Stranger Days” captures the groovy sound of indue-rock and “psych-surf” vibes. This makes it the perfect soundtrack for the long summer days that are also waited for in anticipation. Overall good vibes while listening to this album, not just for Aussie or Kiwi listeners, but everyone. (more…)

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