Album of the Week: Girlfriend By The Driver Era

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

Girlfriend by The Driver Era

Reviewed by: Isabelle Braudakis

Rate: 9/10

RIYL: Wallows, HUNNY, Kid Bloom, Lovelytheband, Ruel, Bad Suns, Hippo Campus

Girlfriend by The Driver Era, released on October 18, is the duo’s second studio album. Based in Los Angeles, Rocky and Ross Lynch crafted this R&B/Pop-Rock/Alternative record. The duos sprinkle bits of so many genres in their music. Starting with the first track, Heart of Mine, right from the beginning this song is a perfect example of genre-blending. This record has the ability to mix in different genres and styles without making anything seem mismatched. 

This album has earned its place in my personal top albums for 2021. The Driver Era does such an amazing job at creating such an addictive sound. Creamy bass lines and smoothing vocals help create a very vibrant and electric experience. One of my favorite bands of all time, you should give them a listen!

Try out “Flash Drive” and “Heart of Mine” from this album!

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RED SAMMY Live at Starbucks this Saturday, Nov. 13!

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

Our second live show since COVID-19 takes place again on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 8-10 p.m. at Starbucks, this time with RED SAMMY where there will be a live showcasing of RED SAMMY’s new album Vultures! Lead singer and songwriter Adam Trice from Baltimore, Maryland performs with a variation in instrumentals, where the cast of talented musicians that work alongside him ranges from a full rock band to a quartet string ensemble. This new release contains a blend of rock, folk, country, and blues songs, perfect for this Saturday as we approach a more sobering time with colder weather! RED SAMMY has made previous appearances at WLOY Loyola Radio.

We are excited to have him back again and have the first chance to see his new collection of songs live and in person!


Spotify: Red Sammy

Facebook: @redsammyband

Instagram: @red.sammy

Twitter: @redsammy_band




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Album of the Week: This Thing Called Living by Eloise

Monday, November 8th, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

“This Thing Called Living” by Eloise

Reviewed by: Aliyah Smith-Bradley

Rate: 9/10

RIYL: Billie Eilish, Laufey, Lizzy McAlphine

Released on May 31, 2019, this album is the perfect album for chill studying vibes. The Alternative-R&B young artist recorded this first album which has been shelved since she was a teenager. She is currently producing new singles. The most recent released single “Hungover” is her new comeback song released in 2021.

My personal favorite song off this album is “Left Side”. Popular Artist Billie Eilish did a short cover on her snapchat of this song which is where Eloise got her popularity from. Eloise wrote this song for the reason most artist do, a broken heart. “Left Side” describes the weird feeling of being in the gray zone of a relationship. The mellow jazz tunes tell the story of a breakup. The artist sweet vocals makes this a great song to listen to while multitasking and studying.

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Berry the Band Interview

Saturday, November 6th, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

Music Director, Anna Markulis, gets to know Berry! The band comprised of guitarist/vocalist Joey Lemon, drummer Paul Goodenough, and bass player Shane Bordeau has been together for nearly 20 years now, and we cover how they came to be and their journey all over the country.

Instagram: @BerrytheBand
Facebook: /BerrytheBand
Bandcamp: BerrytheBand
YouTube: BerrytheBand


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Acid Dad Interview

Friday, November 5th, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

Trevor from psychedelic garage rock band Acid Dad and our Music Director, Anna Markulis, chat about tour life, fun facts, and touch on Acid Dad’s long-awaited album Take It From The Dead. Acid Dad is currently on their US tour.

Record label: Greenway Records

Youtube: Acid Dad

Instagram: @AcidDad666

Twitter: @AcidDad666

Facebook: Acid Dad

Soundcloud: Acid Dad (NYC)

Spotify: Acid Dad

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QueenEarth and Modern Nomad Live at Starbucks this Friday, Nov. 5!

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

Our first in-person show since COVID-19 put our events on pause. Our first show will include two artists very familiar with Baltimore and Loyola! QueenEarth worked at WLOY and is a grad school alumnus, while Modern Nomad’s alma mater is Towson University!

QueenEarth (Missy Smith) is an artist and educator whose breadth ranges from writing/composition to diversity and inclusion to music and arts. She also hosts and travels with Queercore, a concert series that highlights Queer stories through storytelling, visual, and performing arts. Her lyrics are beautiful in their simplicity and their word choice, in which all of her pieces stay true to her roots and enrich the learning experience of listeners.

Modern Nomad (Tom McLean) began recording songs in his bedroom in Baltimore at the age of 16. He recently released a new music video “Baby, I Love You” and another album after Bardo! His music can be defined as cosmic and groovy indie-pop that makes listeners feel good after finishing his songs.

Come to Starbucks from 8-10 pm Friday, November 5 to experience this double bill of acoustic awesomeness! Both are smooth and creative artists that complement each other, and now you can now finally see them in person!

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Album of the Week: What Could Be Better By The Happy Fits

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

What Could Be Better by The Happy Fits
Reviewed by: Ben Ostrowski

Rate: 9/10

The Happy Fits released their sophomore album “What Could Be Better” in August of 2020, a delightful compilation of upbeat rock tracks that explore the idea of growing up.

For their second studio album, The Happy Fits absolutely killed it. This album not only has a remarkable mix of genres, but the infusion of word beats and mature lyrical themes demonstrates the band’s ability to creatively infuse folk elements into their indie-rock roots. The genre disorder that distinguishes The Happy Fits is strengthened on this album through strikingly fuller-sounding instrumentation. Over the course of their career, the band has had to find ways to incorporate the use of the cello in a genre mostly dominated by guitars. This means uncovering the best ways to record it and figuring out how to bring out the desired sound onto a digital streaming platform.

I had the privilege to see The Happy Fits on their tour promoting this album, and their growth is amazing. I’m looking forward to seeing what they do next.

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Song of the Week: “Vaguely Satisfied” by Honey Harper

Monday, November 1st, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

Honey Harper – “Vaguely Satisfied”

Reviewed by: Brandon N. Liebstein Torres

This slow song by Honey Harper is great if you just want to lay back, relax for a moment and take a break from reality. I listen to it when I need to take a step back and just find inner peace. It is a short yet beautiful song with a sweet guitar arrangement that nicely complements the vocals. This is a sweet and simple song that really impacted me when I heard it.

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Album of the Week: Campus by Royel Otis

Wednesday, October 27th, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

Campus by Royel Otis
Reviewed by: Anna Markulis

Rate: 9/10

RIYL: Tame Impala, MGMT, Passion Pit, Lola Scott, Mel Blue, Leroy Francis, The Buoys, The Lazy Eyes

Released on October 13, this album is the perfect blend of psychedelic garage and alternative rock. Royel Otis, the psychedelic dream pop band hailing from Sydney, Australia, has just released their debut EP, Campus. The band consists of guitarist Otis Pavlovic and Royel Maddell. Check it out, my favorite song from Campus is the second track, “Wait Mix”!

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Song of the Week: Men I Trust – “Morse Code”

Wednesday, October 27th, 2021 by Ronnie Gruseck

Morse Code – Men I Trust (feat. Odile & Geoffroy)

Reviewed by:  Isabelle Braudakis

Men I Trust’s song, Morse Code, is featured in their Headroom (2015) album. This song contributes a breezy and groovy feel that is supported by the synth throughout the whole song. Starting out with a funky bass line that instantly pulls you in; the guitar line in the song takes on a very “disco-y” feel, creating a floating in space kind of vibe. The vocals lead you through the song in an almost enchanting way, they are the most soothing element of this song. The groovy tunes carry you through the psychedelic experience this chorus provides. This is one of the most enjoyable songs I have ever heard in my life, and I recommend it to anyone who is into a more psychedelic and groovy sound!

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