Website Restored!

April 17th, 2019 by The Professor

Thanks to the magical, nay mythical, support of Jason The Awesome in the IT department, our deceased RAID array was revived, replaced and replicated in a way that it was not only pretty sure it was no longer dead, but that it was indeed quite capable of going for a walk after all. As a result, we are back online, missing posts are being restored, we have eaten Robin’s minstrels and there is, truly, much rejoicing. If none of this makes sense, go watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail before you do anything else today. Now. Really.



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DJ Spin-Off 4/25

April 16th, 2019 by The Professor

DJ Spin-Off April 25 – Black Box Theater
A brand new event for 2019, the DJ Spin-off is a chance for DJs, remixers and producers to show off their set-making talents and originality. In the Black Box Theater you will perform a 10-15 minute mix of fun, high energy music, including as much original music, remix or mashup material as you can create to wow the judges. Judges will include 2 industry professionals (possibly some surprises) and a representative from WLOY and SGA. The audience will decide any tie voting so make sure to bring your friends! The winning act will perform at the new Loyolapalooza Pep Rally to be held on the quad Friday April 26th.

Ready to compete? ENTER HERE and include as much of the information as possible. Selected entries will be notified by April 23rd.



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Passion Pit Interview

April 10th, 2019 by The Professor

Passion Pit is celebrating 10 years since the release of their album, “Manners”. Michael Angelakos, lead singer and mastermind of Passion Pit talked to WLOY’s Mackenzie Britt ’21 about the upcoming anniversary tour and what he’s looking forward to, as well as looking back on where the band came from. He talked about the journey to get here, the challenges of live music with a synth sound, and what the band does differently. Passion Pit will be in Washington D.C. on May 25th at the Anthem.



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Gooch Palms Interview

April 6th, 2019 by The Professor

Leroy, one half of the magical Australian madness that is The Gooch Palms stopped by the station today to chat with the Professor about their upcoming show at The Crown here in Baltimore. As long as he was here we wandered off on topics from touring the US as a couple in an RV, their new album, signing to a major label (and yet being able to keep their indie label brand), aliens in Texas, moving back to Australia, why they haven’t been in the station since 2016, and Kat’s amazing new addition to her touring kit. Check it out and make sure to catch them at The Crown, or when they come back in the fall in support of the new third album, which may or may not be called THREE… and drops May 10th.



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Open Mic Night at Coffeehouse 3/28

March 25th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

This Thursday, March 28th, WLOY will be hosting one of our many Open Mic Nights! This will be a great chance for you all to come out and share your many talents with your peers! It’s completely open to your creative freedom–original songs, covers, comedy acts, poetry, spoken word, or any other talent you have to share is all fair game. We’d love to see what you’ve got, so be sure to come out to Starbucks this Thursday from 8-10pm and show us! See you there!



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Got Talent? Show it off and win!

March 24th, 2019 by The Professor

WLOY & SGA present a series of events to highlight Loyola’s talent. Winners will perform at Loyolapalooza and the new Loyolapalooza Pep Rally!

Battle of the Bands April 4 – McGuire Hall
Got a band of 3 or more performers? Enter the 2019 Battle of the Bands now! This event is open to any band with a real Loyola connection – alumni, current students and employees. If a member of your band fits one of these categories send in your entry. The bands will compete of a full stage in McGuire with industry professionals as the judges. The audience will decide any tie voting so bring your friends!Many past winning bands have gained live show gigs in Baltimore as a result and more than a dozen albums have been released. The winning band will perform at Loyolapalooza on April 28th.


Songwriter Skirmish April 11 – Starbucks
New for this year we will have 2 winners! Are you a solo or duo act? Acoustic or Electric? You can enter to win this year in either category. This is open to any combination of performance that is electric or acoustic so whether you are an a capella duo or a rapper with a laptop, you can win. Choose your category and enter your act. Judges will include 2 past Battle of the Band winning alumni who perform professionally as well as a representative from WLOY and SGA. The audience will decide any tie voting so bring your friends!
The 2 winning acts will perform at Loyolapalooza on April 28th.


DJ Spin-Off April 25 – Black Box Theater
A brand new event for 2019, the DJ Spin-off is a chance for DJs, remixers and producers to show off their set-making talents and originality. In the Black Box Theater you will perform a 10 minute mix of fun, high energy music, including as much original music, remix or mashup material as you can create to wow the judges. Judges will include 2 industry professionals (possibly some surprises) and a representative from WLOY and SGA. The audience will decide any tie voting so make sure to bring your friends! The winning act will perform an extended set at the new Loyolapalooza Pep Rally to be held on the quad April 26th.


Got a talent and want to show it off at these competitions? ENTER HERE and include as much of the information as possible. Selected entries will be notified by April 2 for Battle, April 9 for Skirmish and April 23 for Spin-Off. And don’t forget the Open Mic Night Thursday March 28th at Starbucks as a chance to test out your talents!



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Pocket Bells and The Dead Pens at Coffeehouse 3/21

March 18th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

Pocket Bells is a Baltimore-based “electrifying indie” band that really grew big in 2016 and has had three singles in regular rotation on AAA radio since.  Their sound is quite euphoric, incorporating a generous mix of instrumentals and and synthetics combined with relatable yet unexpected lyrics.  The Dead Pens are a (mostly) acoustic trio based out of Annapolis, Maryland.  All three of them are professional musicians who met while working on other projects.  They describe their original music as “unabashedly dark” and “unapologetically bitter” and claim to write songs about “love, death, and monsters”.  Pocket Bells and The Dead Pens will be performing this Thursday at Starbucks from 8-10pm, so come out, take a break from your studies, and enjoy some great live music!

Check them out here:
https://pocketbells.bandcamp.com
https://thedeadpens.com/home



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Poetry Slam at Starbucks 3/14

March 12th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

This Thursday night, from 8-10pm at Starbucks, WLOY, CAB, and the Writing Center present Poetry Slam, hosted by Baltimore teaching artist Meccamorphosis!  Meccamorphosis has performed for venues like Busboys and Poets and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and has accomplished numerous impressive feats, including creating and hosting a national poetry radio show!  Anyone can perform at Poetry Slam, just sign yourself up in the Office of Student Activities or email wloy@loyola.edu!  Come out to share your talent and support the art!

Check out Meccamorphosis here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYYJbfFp2Mo



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Rufus Roundtree and Da B’More Brass Factory at Blackbox 2/28

February 26th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

Rufus Roundtree and Da B’More Brass Factory is a New Orleans styled brass band located here in Baltimore. They combine the jazz of New Orleans with a little Baltimore Club and House, a little Parliament Funkadelic, a little Chuck Brown, and a little Bob Marley to produce a super energetic folk soul sound.  According to the band itself, “this is not the traditional band, this is truly an invigorating experience.”  They’re guaranteed to have the crowd dancing and the spirit of New Orleans will be so alive that you’ll feel just like you’re at Mardi Gras.  AND there’ll be snacks–so you can’t lose!  Come out this Thursday to the Blackbox theater to celebrate Mardi Gras before spring break with king cakes, macaroons, cupcakes, and New Orleans jazz from Rufus Roundtree and Da B’More Brass Factory!

Check them out here:
https://www.reverbnation.com/rufusroundtreeanddabmorebrassfactory



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Strangers on a Plane “Wings” Review by Jovial Njinyi

February 22nd, 2019 by Lindsey Zapata

Strangers on a Plane – Wings

Released: 2018

Rate: 8.8/10

Review by Jovial Njinyi

Wings by Strangers on a Plane, is a really interesting album that boasts sounds of cool indie pop. You can listen to them now on Spotify. Strangers on a Plane have developed a sound similar to a mix between Billie Eilish and Lana del Rey.

The songs on the album are definitely more on the soft soothing side. Track 10, “Wings”, that shares its title with the album, has a slightly more upbeat tempo than the other songs, with a lot more complex instrumental composition and base in the background. But of all the songs, track 5, “Look At Me”, is my personal favorite — considering it was the song that drew me to review the album in the first place. Read the rest of this entry »



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