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Honfest 2019

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 by Tara Howell

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Loyola has finished the semester, the weather is getting warmer , and you know what that means – Honfest is coming! Grab your hairspray, throw on your feather boa, and practice your best Bawlmerese accent to get ready. Honfest 2019 will take place Saturday June 8th, and Sunday June 9th, 2019.

WLOY Loyola Radio is excited to be hosting the WLOY Loyola Radio Stage again this year, and will be there all weekend! We are proud to host the stage and are bringing a great lineup stacked full of local and some of the station’s favorite artists and bands. The WLOY stage will be located on 36th street at the Chestnut street intersection (right across from The Charmery).

This is quite possibly our most diverse lineup yet, so there is something for everyone. We are so excited for this year’s line up, and we hope you are too! See you there!

WLOY Stage 2019 Lineup

Saturday June 8th

11:00 – 12:00pm Janice B

12:00 – 01:00pm Modern Nomad

01:00 – 02:00pm Quinton Randall

02:00 – 03:00pm Matt Hutchison

03:00 – 04:00pm The Great Heights Band

04:00 – 05:00pm The Holy Circle

05:00 – 06:00pm Eze Jackson

06:00 – 07:00pm DJ Paul Random

07:00 – 08:00pm Funsho

Sunday June 9th

12:00 – 01:00pm BATMAN

01:00 – 02:00pm Red Sammy

02:00 – 03:00pm Little Lungs

03:00 – 04:00pm Old Eastern

04:00 – 05:00pm Pocket Bells

05:00 – 06:00pm Nalani & Sarina



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DJ Spin-Off 4/25

Tuesday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Saturday, 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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Got Talent? Show it off and win!

Sunday, 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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Strangers on a Plane “Wings” Review by Jovial Njinyi

Friday, 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. (more…)



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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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