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WLUW 88.7 FM Celebrates 40 Years of Independent Programming

The Slaps played at the WLUW 40th Anniversary concert.
Alanna Demetrius | The PhoenixThe Slaps played at the WLUW 40th Anniversary concert.

In honor its 40th anniversary, Loyola’s student-run radio station, WLUW 88.7 FM, organized a free concert at Ireland’s Pub 10 Sept. 7. 

The event was originally located on the East Quad of Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, but due to inclement weather, the concert was moved indoors. 

WLUW hosted Chicago-native bands, Deeper, The Slaps and The Valley. Aside from the music, non-profit organization Ourmusicmybody and music television JBTV had tables at the event, as well as the School of Communication, Alumni Relations and WLUW. 

WLUW partnered with Iceland Airwaves to give attendees the chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Iceland with tickets to local music festival, Iceland Airwaves, which includes more 220 acts from almost 30 countries, including Hayley Kiyoko, Snail Mail and Soccer Mommy. 

Alex Lowe, a first-year student studying psychology and neurobiology, said she decided to come to the concert because she loves live music. 

“I personally love live music and my friends were going, so I thought it would be a fun thing to do on a Friday night,” Lowe said. “I thought it would be super chill, super casual.” 

Sophie Wyniemko, a first-year student studying environmental policy, enjoyed the atmosphere of Ireland’s Pub.  

“I’ve never been down here [to Ireland’s Pub], so I think the atmosphere itself is really cool,” Wyniemko said. 

The Valley, made up of members from Leafset and Fox Valley, opened the show.Paul Quinn
Paul QuinnThe Valley, made up of members from Leafset and Fox Valley, opened the show.

The Valley, an indie rock band, started out the night. They energetically performed multiple songs and engaged with the crowd by coming off the stage and dancing with people standing front row. 

A variety of The Valley’s friends and family members joined them on stage for songs — one band member’s older brother came on stage to rap during the set. 

During the set, The Valley organized a moment of silence for rapper Mac Miller, who died Sept. 7, and performed a song inspired by his music. 

The Slaps played to a large crowd at Irelands Pub 10.Paul Quinn
Paul QuinnThe Slaps played to a large crowd at Irelands Pub 10.

The Slaps, the second act of the night, started out with a significantly sadder song than The Valley called “The Whistle Song,” which introduced a mellow vibe. As the band continued its set, the members became more enthusiastic. 

The Slaps are an indie rock/garage punk band comprised of three members, Rand Kelley, Ramsey Bell and Josh Resing. The three members are students at DePaul University and have been playing together since Sept. 2016, when Kelley and Bell met Resing at a party. 

People in the audience danced and sang along to the artists’ clear voices. The lead singer spoke very casually to the crowd. During the set, they introduced and performed new music. 

At the end of the set when the lead singer announced their last song, many audience members called out in protest, wanting an encore they never received. 

Deeper played to the college crowd before the night of their show at Lincoln Hall.Paul Quinn
Paul QuinnDeeper played to the college crowd before the night of their show at Lincoln Hall.

Deeper was the last of the three bands to perform. The band, comprised of members Shiraz Bhatti, Mike Clawson, Nic Gohl and Drew McBride, formed in 2014. One of the band’s goals in creating music is to avoid falling into a single genre, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

Their music was slightly more aggressive than the previous two bands and concert-goers started a few mosh pits. 

The band was extremely lively, jumping around to the upbeat music they were playing. The songs were more punk rock with a vibrant, positive undertone. 

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