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Red Sammy Live at Coffeehouse 1/31

Monday, January 28th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

Red Sammy is a “lyric-driven Americana folk rock n’ roll” band with an added country/blues aesthetic.  The band consists of writer/singer/songwriter Adam Trice as well as an ensemble of accompanying musicians.  Trice comes from right here, Baltimore, Maryland, and has gone on in his career to join both regional and national artists on the stage.  He’s performed in festivals in such cities as Baltimore, Denver, Toronto, Buffalo, and many more.  Red Sammy will be playing here at Loyola on Thursday, January 31st at our free coffeehouse at Starbucks from 8-10pm, so be sure to come by and not miss out!

Check out Red Sammy here:
http://www.redsammy.com/jukebox/



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Stacked Like Pancakes Concert 1/24 McGuire Hall

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

Stacked Like Pancakes is definitely a WLOY favorite.  A Baltimore-based brass rock band, Stacked Like Pancakes features a trumpet and two trombonists that steal the show.  The band has gone on in their career to play in the Vans Warped Tour for several years and has performed alongside artists/groups like Bless the Fall, Memphis May Fire, Jule Vera, and Microwave.  This concert will without a doubt be a unique experience, with the promise of both “spontaneity and precision”, and it is guaranteed that if you attend, you will experience an exhilarating, exciting, and unforgettable show.  Come out to McGuire this Thursday, January 24th from 8-10pm to see Stacked Like Pancakes rock the stage.  You won’t be disappointed.



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Bitty McLean Interview

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 by The Professor

Linton “Junior” Hinds ’06, our alumnus host of the amazing I Never Knew radio show, caught up with the talented and very busy Bitty McLean for an exclusive hour of reasoning. The British/Jamaican singer, songwriter, producer and engineer speaks about the influence of his fathers record collection, sound system culture in London, being a engineer for UB40, and transitioning in to a reggae artist. Bitty also explains the creation of his classic album ‘On Bond Street’, and the artistic relationship with reggae legends Sly and Robbie. Pieces of the interview have aired on the weekly I Never Knew show (Sundays 9-11am) but here is the complete exclusive interview.  We have many more INK interviews to add so keep watching this space!

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Maria Dontas Live at Coffeehouse 1/17

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 by Erin McAvoy

Maria Dontas is a Loyola University Maryland alum and has been following her passion for singing ever since!  She placed top five in a national CosmoGirl Magazine contest, sang the Greek National Anthem at the 2008 Clergy/Laity Congress in Washington, D.C., opened for Jack’s Mannequin here at Loyola, and won the Essex Singer-Songwriter Competition in 2012.  Maria will be performing live this Thursday, January 17th at Starbucks from 8-10pm.  Her country sound and high-energy vibes will certainly get you moving and your blood pumping on a cold night.  It’s the first event of the semester, and its free, so be sure to come check it out!



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Concert Review: Emarosa at Baltimore Soundstage

Sunday, December 9th, 2018 by Kaili McDonald

On Tuesday, November 27th 2018, five bands rolled up to the Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, MD to liven up a welcoming crowd. Arlington, the Faim, Devour the Day, Emarosa, and Hands Like Houses made for an interesting line-up for sure.

I’ve found that Soundstage always has amazing opening bands, and Arlington was no exception. In fact, I’m listening to them as I write. Anyways, the show started off with Arlington, a three-member band from southern California. The first thing that I noticed besides their incredibly full sound and high energy performance was that the lead singer, Tyler Benko, sounded like Alex Turner from the Artic Monkeys. Then I realized that this band had the sound that I wish the latest Artic Monkeys album had. Amazing. Arlington was definitely one of the best performances that I’d ever seen. They even played a cover of “Reptilia” by the Stokes, which the bassist Channing Peake took on the vocals. It was Peake’s birthday, and “Reptilia” is one of his favorite songs. I also have to give credit to drummer Grant Whitson. I honestly wish they could have played longer, as I would have loved to hear so much more! Arlington’s sound, stage presence, mastery of instruments, crowd reaction, and style were all around incredible, and I definitely recommend checking them out. (more…)



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Hymn For Her at Starbucks 12/6

Monday, December 3rd, 2018 by Lindsey Zapata

This your last chance to join WLOY for a Coffeehouse Performance, until next semester, and believe me this band may be last, but in no way are they the least. Hymn for Her describes themselves on their Facebook as, “punksy folksy airstreamy country bluesy grassy waynesy lucy take you on a hayride to hellsy,” which in regular English means that they are of fun with a twist of a psychedelic vibe. The duo has been touring all over the world, and we are lucky to have them come to visit at Starbucks this Thursday, December 6th, from 8-10pm. Remember these performances are FREE, which is unthinkable with this caliber of talent. Please come relax with some coffee from Starbucks (who always stays open later for our Thursday performances) and enjoy this music and grab a WLOY Van Cookie while they last.



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Red Sammy Live at Starbucks 11/15

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 by Lindsey Zapata

Red Sammy has played for us on multiple occasions, including (but of course not limited to) claiming the stage at Honfest. Fortunately, for us, we will be graced with their presence once again performing at a Coffeehouse this Thursday, November 15th, at Starbucks. Interestingly enough, Red Sammy’s band name hits closer to home than meets the eye, coming from Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” at least I think that is pretty cool. For those not on campus the most recent dormitory on campus was named after Flannery O’Connor. In addition to drawing inspiration for their name from Flannery O’Connor’s books, they also use his, along with Faulkner’s, Hawthorne’s and Poe’s writing as inspiration for their lyrics as well. We hope to see you at Starbucks, and remember, (as always) bring your friends! Red Sammy will be performing from 8-10pm and Starbucks stays open late for these events in case you need some extra energy…



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Skribe Live at Coffeehouse 11/1

Monday, October 29th, 2018 by Lindsey Zapata

Skribe has graced the WLOY stage on multiple occasions and we could not be more ecstatic to have him back. Originally from Annapolis, MD, Skribe enjoys traveling around spreading not only his love for music, but also his own garage folk vibes himself. He not only sings, but also plays guitar, canjo-zookie, electric kazoo, baritone guitar, kick drum, and hat drum. Go check him out on Spotify, Youtube, or at his own website https://www.skibestudio.com.

Come to Starbucks this Thursday from 8-10pm, and enjoy some soft tunes to distress from the past Halloweek!



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Pressing Strings Concert 10/12 McGuire Hall

Monday, October 8th, 2018 by Lindsey Zapata

Pressing Strings is one of my favorite bands that we will be having at Loyola this semester. Thursday, October 12th, WLOY will be hosting Pressing Strings for their Thursday night concert in McGuire Hall. The band is made up of Jordan Sokel on guitar and vocal, Nick Welker on bass, and Brandon Bartlett on the drums. Like many of the performers we have hosted, Pressing Strings is a locally grown band coming from the Annapolis- Baltimore area. The reason they are one of my favorite bands that we have is because they are the epitome of the type of sound you would find on the Happy Folk channel on Spotify; their Indie Soul Rock vibes put you right into your happy place. So come to McGuire this Thursday and take a break from all your mid-term studies. We’ll be doing giveaways like tickets and mugs! See you! Remember, like all Thursday night WLOY shows this is FREE!



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Mike Mains & The Branches Interview

Monday, October 8th, 2018 by The Professor

On Monday October 8, Emma caught Mike Mains on the phone for a few minutes between DC and Philly shows. She managed not to mention Mac DeMarco even once. Mike discussed his newest single and the new album When We Were In Love due later this year.

Mike Mains & The Branches first entered the national music scene with the release of their debut album Home, released in 2012. While touring Home, founding members Mike and Shannon fell in love and got married. Mike and Shannon began writing their second album, which they crowdfunded without the support of a record label, in 2013. Matt Hoopes, of Relient K, would produce the finished album, with Zach Farro of Paramore, playing drums. They the finished Calm Down Everything’s Fine and released the album in 2014. The album hit the top 20 ranks on Billboard’s New Artist Albums Chart.

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