AOTW: Mako Road – “Stranger Days”

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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SOTW: Billy Jones and the Delta Blues Outlaws – “Someone New”

February 8th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Daniel Carter ’26

Billy Jones and the Delta Blues Outlaws“Someone New”


Billy Jones and Delta provide a wide variety of traditional Blues and notes of R&B. Coming from the group’s self-titled album, the song “Someone New” is one of my favorites. “Someone New” definitely exudes an Isley Brothers vibe with blues infused into the music, giving a classic R&B feel to the song.

“Someone New” really captures the hopelessness many feel about the ending of a relationship. We hear a story of a man who is devoted to a woman who unfortunately doesn’t reciprocate those romantic feelings for him. He blesses us with a lyrically beautiful and tragic realization that she is finding love in someone else. I align this theme with songs such as “Out of Time” by the Weeknd, in both artists’ depictions of loss and love.

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AOTW: The Alchemist – “The Alchemist Sandwich”

February 7th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Amelia Dunat ’25

The Alchemist“The Alchemist Sandwich”

Release: December 16, 2022

Rate: 7/10

“The Alchemist Sandwich” is a compilation album of collaborative singles the producer has created over the past few years, combining the track lists of two EPs from 2018- “Lunch Meat” and “Bread.” The compilation includes two new tracks in addition to the EP’s, with features from artists such as Schoolboy Q. I found the overall production and beats better than any of the verses themselves, as no track was significantly better than the rest, but my favorites were “The Hopeless Romantic” featuring Action Bronson, “E. Coli” featuring Earl Sweatshirt, and “Roman Candles Burning” by Roc Marciano.

These tracks may be a few months or years old, but The Alchemist has managed to combine them in an imaginative and raw way, making sure to add his trademarks like soulful elements, innovative samples, and heavy bass. “E. Coli” is dense with symbolic lyrics, “Mac 10 Wounds” features a memorable beat change and Action Bronson’s flow on “The Hopeless Romantic” is unmatched. With only 10 tracks adding up to 30 minutes, the ambient album featuring some of the best rappers today is for sure worth a listen.

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Vakili Band in town

February 3rd, 2023 by The Professor

REPOST from October because…
They’re finally coming to Baltimore 2/11 at Joe Squared

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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Activities Fair on 2/7

February 1st, 2023 by Liz Kosik

Interested in becoming a WLOY DJ? Or maybe having the coolest work-study on campus? Come find WLOY at the upcoming Activities Fair on February 7th. The fair will take place in McGuire Hall from 1-4 PM, the perfect amount of time to stop by in between classes! Students and interns will be available to answer all your questions while we play some of your favorite hits! McGuire Hall from 1-4 PM on February 7th. Hope to see you there! 🙂

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Charm City Music Trivia 1/28

January 26th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

Music Trivia Night 1/28In search of Saturday night plans this weekend? Look no further than the 4th Floor Programming Room! Join WLOY this Saturday, January 28th from 8-10 PM for a competitive night of music trivia night! Sign up yourself or your team on the Bridge and join up at 8 PM for a chance to test your music knowledge, enjoy cookies and sodas, and win some incredible prizes! Register here!

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Event Recap: Open Mic Night

January 25th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Daniel Carter ’26 WLOY had the pleasure of hosting another of our great Open Mic Nights this past Saturday! Each semester WLOY hosts Open Mic Nights to allow students to showcase singing, instrumental, spoken-word, and comedic talents for fellow students to enjoy. The night started off with great original music and covers from students Ed and Kevin, with one playing the guitar and the other playing bass! Then the group that followed them was 3 Cars consisting of three students Carly, Benji, and Andrew. They put on a great cover of “Life is Highway” by Tom Cochrane (also covered by Rascal Flatts) to close the set. After a number of students joined to sing some of their favorite songs. The night ended with an entertaining cover of the song “Rick and Morty” by a student. WLOY thanks all everyone who performed and showed their support! Join us February 4th for the last Open Mic of the semester and get ready to join Songwriter Skirmish (4/1) and Battle of the Bands (4/13) to win a spot at Loyolapalooza!

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Open Mic Night 1/21/23

January 20th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

A huge welcome back to our Loyola community! We hope everyone is just as excited as we are to be back on campus and in 0ur element! As much needed as the holiday break was, you know WLOY is always cookin’ up the best activities to allow our students to express their creativity and talent! Definitely be sure to check back for upcoming events and updates this semester- you don’t want to miss out! 🙂

On that note… join WLOY for our first Open Mic Night of the semester on January 21st from 7-9 PM in Starbucks! Do you have singing or spoken-word talents? Come show it off to your friends and peers! Are you more into comedic stand-up? This is the perfect opportunity to showcase your best jokes. All poetry, singing, and stand-up is welcomed and event if you’re not participating, attendance is highly encouraged! Mark your calendars for WLOY’s Open Mic Night this Saturday, January 21st from 7-9 PM in Starbucks! Register here!

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Christmas 2022 Specials

December 24th, 2022 by The Professor

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! To help you celebrate, our amazing DJs and staff have put together incredible Christmas show specials – including Nick Centanni’s annual Moldie Oldies Christmas Eve and Christmas Day specials, specials from The Volcano Chronicles, Retro Rockin Road Show, Quarantine Takeover, and vintage specials from 6 alumni, Crucial Cuts and a brand new Retro Rocking Christmas! At 4pm on Christmas Eve we finally open the floodgates and let the elves in, just in time to start your festivities and while you do your last minute wrapping. We’ll let them play all through Christmas Day until midnight, to be the soundtrack for all of the day’s gatherings and celebrations. Tell your smart speaker to “Play WLOY Loyola Radio” and just leave us on all day long… Merry Christmas Everyone!
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AOTW: La Femme – “Teatro Lúcido”

December 12th, 2022 by Liz Kosik

by Anabel Martin Llanusa ’25

La Femme“Teatro Lúcido”

Release: November 2022

Rated: 9/10

RIYL: Rosalia, Tatiene Hazel, L’Imperatrice, Stereolab, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Melody’s Echo Chamber.

La Femme is a french “psycho” rock indie band. They released their fourth album “Teatro Lúcido” on the 4th of November and it’s sung in Spanish! The band comprises a keyboard player and a guitarist, Marlon Magnée and Sacha Got. They started La Femme, added a drummer, bass player, and finally Clémence Quélennec, the lead singer- and the rest is history!

I like the uniqueness of this band because the lyrics are super weird and if you listen to this album, every song sounds like a different genre. Their music is inspired by Spanish, French, and Brazilian sounds, creating a versatile range. My favorite songs were “Sacatela”, “Y tu te vas”, and “Maialen.” “Sacatela” was the first song I listened to and even though the lyrics are super short, it’s incredibly catchy! Definitely couldn’t get it out of my head!

La Femme is an innovative band and even if you can’t understand the lyrics, the power is transmitted through the music.

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