Enter Battle of the Bands/Songwriter Skirmish!

February 28th, 2022 by The Professor

It’s time to show you stuff Loyola! After a 2 year pandemic delay, the Battle of the Bands and Songwriter Skirmish return! For those that haven’t been able to experience the madness in the past, these are 2 big musical competitions to determine which Loyola musicians will be able to perform at the (also finally returning) Loyolapalooza!

Songwriter Skirmish (3/25) is for solo and duo artists who want to perform in either the Acoustic or Electric category. This allows everyone from your favorite ukulele player to that budding rapper on your hall to join in and have a shot at stardom. Performers will have approximately 10 minutes to wow the student judges and the audience with their ORIGINAL material in order to win a spot on the stage before the national headliner at Loyolapalooza!

Battle of the Bands (NEW DATE 4/19) is for trio and larger acts and will be judged by a group of past winners and professional artists, managers, record label owners and more from the Baltimore area. Bands will get approximately 15 minutes to perform ORIGINAL material for the judges. Winners will open for the national headliner at Loyolapalooza!

To enter either competition please click HERE



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Quarantine Takeover – Daniel Eskew #4

February 28th, 2022 by The Professor

This Tuesday/Thursday at 7pm on Quarantine Takeover we have the return of North Carolina native Daniel Eskew for a 4th episode. Sooner or later we will convince him to do a regular show ūüôā

This week’s episode picks up where he left off, continuing the exploration of his outstanding collection of vinyl. It’s a highlight of various artists that previously were unknown or not of interest until that one album pulled him in and made him a fan.

Touching on Folk, Blues, Jazz, and more… A little story and lot of great music. Join Daniel in exploring how the hunt for new vinyl pays off.



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Staycation Compilation Interview

February 18th, 2022 by The Professor

(By Ben Ostrowski ’24)

On February 5th, I had the opportunity to interview James Richard Lane, creator of the Staycation Compilation. The Staycation Compilation is a music series that showcases a variety in sound while giving back to a greater cause, with the proceeds benefiting the Baltimore International Academy. The collection includes some great local artists who have also played live shows for WLOY (PLRLS, F City, Little Lungs‚Ķ) and some newcomers bound for great things. It was a fantastic experience getting to hear James‚Äô story working with musicians in the Baltimore area and beyond. Read the rest of this entry »



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Explore Baltimore! Black History Month Film Series at the B&O Railroad Museum

February 18th, 2022 by Ronnie Gruseck

What: Historic Attraction, Black History Month Film Series

When: Sunday, February 20, 2022, 3:00 PM

Where: B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W Pratt Street

Reviewed By: Elizabeth “Liz” Kosik

Honor Black History Month with the B&O Railroad Museum as they celebrate the Museum‚Äôs designation as a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site. Join as they host a series of the three films, Amistad, Harriet, and Selma, highlighting the realities of slavery and racial discrimination. While some seating will be available, guests are also welcome to come in ‚Äúpicnic‚ÄĚ style with blankets and snacks, and admission is free. Register for free below on Eventbrite!



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Album of the Week: For All We Know by Nao

February 18th, 2022 by Ronnie Gruseck

For All We Know by Nao

Reviewed by: Isabelle Braudakis

Rate: 8/10 

RIYL: Sabrina Claudio, SZA, ENNY, Jamila Woods, Kiana Lede, Amber Mark, Justine Skye 

Neo Jessica Joshua, also known as Nao, is an English singer-songwriter and producer from East London. For All We Know is her debut album, released in 2016. Nao demonstrates how amazing genre-blending is by having a perfect balance of soul, funk, R&B, and electronic music and making it all work seamlessly. Not only is this album produced extremely well, but Nao’s vocals enchant you. Her voice is light, rich, mesmerizing, and sweet at the same time. Through this album, we accompany her as she examines some of her past relationships, friendships, and her relationship with herself as she notices changes within. Nao’s vocals weave themselves into a perfect ratio of harmony and lead. Since releasing this album she has worked with artists such as Disclosure and Abhi Dijon. Along with collaborative work, she has released two other albums that have had great success. I cannot wait to hear more from Nao! Make sure to check her out on all streaming platforms.

My recommendations from this album are “Bad Blood”, “Fool to Love”, and “Girlfriend”.¬†



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Album of the Week: Blossom by Kito

February 9th, 2022 by Ronnie Gruseck

Blossom by Kito

Reviewed by: Aliyah Smith-Bradley

Rate: 8/10

RITL: Aluna, Anabel Englund, That Kind

Are you planning a chill get-together in your apartment? Do you like upbeat, head-bobbing music? This is the album for you! Released on November 5, 2021, this album is the perfect album for party vibes. The pop artist music is played in clubs from Shanghai to Los Angeles. The artist’s electronic sound makes it impossible for you not to groove to this album.

My personal favorite song from this album is ‚ÄúSkin & Bones‚ÄĚ. This song has a fun chorus that just makes you want to get up and dance! In this album, she collaborates with Broods, Trinidad James, and more. Kito makes her songs with simple music tracks but incorporates complex emotions allowing for you to be, quite literally, crying in the club.



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Explore Baltimore! Wicked Sisters

February 3rd, 2022 by Ronnie Gruseck

What: Wicked Sisters, New American Restaurant             

Where: 3845 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21211       

When: 4-9 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 11-9 Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 

Wicked Sisters, located in Hampden, is the perfect place to enjoy a meal on any occasion- whether you’re just wanting to eat off-campus for the night, celebrating a birthday, or enjoying the company of your friends. Check out their Facebook page, the ambient lighting and cozy booths to settle in make you feel right at home and the menu is filled with a variety of comfort foods like grilled cheese, panko-crusted mac and cheese, and a variety of burgers and warm sandwiches! Read the rest of this entry »



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Explore Baltimore! Celebrated Summer

February 1st, 2022 by Ronnie Gruseck

What: Celebrated Summer, 

Where: 3616 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21211

When: 12-6pm everyday 

Reviewed by: Amelia Dunat

This is by far my favorite record store in Baltimore. The staff is so kind and knowledgeable and more than willing to help you find what you‚Äôre looking for– and the selection and prices are great. Brand new records range from $20-$30, but they have many used options and even a large box filled to the brim with records for only $1 on the back wall of the store. Read the rest of this entry »



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Explore Baltimore! The Lost History of Frederick Douglas

January 31st, 2022 by Ronnie Gruseck

What: Historic Attraction, Frederick Douglas’ Life Tour
When: Saturday, February 5th, 2022 from 9:00 AM- 10:45 AM and Saturday, February 18th, 2022 from 9:00 AM-11:00 AM.
Where: The tour will meet at Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park on Thames Street and conclude at Greedy Reads on Aliceanna Street in Fell’s Point.
Reviewed By:¬†Elizabeth “Liz” Kosik

Calling all students, locals, and history enthusiasts to join Baltimore City in the debut walking tour of the lost history of Frederick Douglas! Historian John Muller will lead the tour, enlightening attendees on the life of Douglas and his impact on the Baltimore community. Ticket sales begin at $16.50 for seniors, $17.50 for adults, and students are free. Connect with history below!
Explore the Lost History of Frederick Douglas



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Explore Baltimore! Bazaar

January 29th, 2022 by Ronnie Gruseck

What: Bazaar                                               

When: Wednesday – Sunday: 12-5pm (Maximum of 10 customers inside at a time, no appointment needed- Monday & Tuesdays only open with a private appointment)

Where: Hampden, 3534 Chestnut Avenue  

Reviewed by: Amelia Dunat

Opened by a former waiter and a photo lab technician, Bazaar is by far the weirdest store I have visited in Baltimore so far- and it does an excellent job of keeping their inventory strange. If you happen to be looking to purchase animal skills, framed butterflies, antique prescriptions, books on palmistry, or taxidermized birds… Bazaar is the perfect place for you. ¬†

Located in the heart of Hampden, this little store is filled with tons of unique Knick-knacks. The store has also started to produce their own line of greeting cards and diaphanized animals in addition to hosting taxidermy workshops (which are currently not happening due to Covid). Bazaar even offers ‚Äúwet preservation‚ÄĚ on small animals (in accordance with Maryland State Laws) This store is worth a visit- especially if you are in the area!



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