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Bona Fide: “Flower Boy”

Bona Fide: “Flower Boy”

By Josh Margherita, Eureka High School

May 18, 2018

Well folks, it’s a slow release week for music and with those weeks come my reviews of modern-day classics in which I explain to you why these albums will stand the test of time. For my first modern-day classic, I will be reviewing Tyler, the Creator’s “Flower Boy,” (2017) a deep cut into...

Sharlie, others play basement show

Sharlie, others play basement show

By Jackson Croy, Ballard High School

November 27, 2015

Junior Avery Davis rings the doorbell of the small U-District house. Eiseley Reavis, a sophomore at Roosevelt who has volunteered his house up for the show tonight, opens the door and welcomes us inside. The walls are littered with various bills from School of Rock, the music school Reavis attends....

Around Sound Podcast

Around Sound Podcast

By Regina Trejo, Regina Dominican High School

November 10, 2015

Flaming Lips poorly modernize classic album

Flaming Lips poorly modernize classic album

By Helen Wheatley, St. Teresa's Academy

September 23, 2015

As the era of rock and roll quickly approached in the fifties and sixties, young people began to think of these new sounds as “music for us, not our parents.” The most influential band of the time was The Beatles, pushing boundaries as they spread a colossal wave of the gospel of love and electric...

An adventure in listening

An adventure in listening

By Catherine Hathaway

May 15, 2015

Walk into Good Records, and you’re greeted by an environment unlike any other. The feeling of the room is mellow and serene, the racks are lined with colored bulbs and the listening stations are clean and colored like something out of the 70’s. Aesthetics aside, what goes on behind the scenes at...

Singer-songwriter performs in pajamas

Singer-songwriter performs in pajamas

By Zoe Gray

May 8, 2015

The lights are dim and ambient in the intimate room she has chosen for her stage. The audience hushes as the musician, clad only in pajamas, slippers, and her trademark bedhead, strikes her first chord. They are all in The Labyrinth, one of the cruise ship’s cozier musical venues, and they are listening...

Three Days Grace showcases new talent on fifth album

Three Days Grace showcases new talent on fifth album

By Chase Charaba

April 20, 2015

Rock group Three Days Grace released their fifth studio album, Human, March 31 to stores everywhere and for digital download. The album is the first with new vocalist Matt Walst, following the departure of Adam Gontier in 2014 to pursue a solo career. Matt Walst, who rose to fame as the vocalist of band ...

Senior Luepke leaves children ‘Frozen’ with delight

Senior Luepke leaves children ‘Frozen’ with delight

By Mackenzie Lee

March 12, 2015

With spring weather right around the corner, it seems that "Elsa’s" reign of terror consisting of snow and ice storms is finally drawing to a close. Although the winter weather is ending, Elsa – star of Disney’s Frozen – is far from gone. In fact, you can find her walking down the hallway right he...

Fifth Harmony brings girl power back to charts

Fifth Harmony brings girl power back to charts

By Chaela Williams

March 4, 2015

After pushing back the release date three times, former The X Factor USA contestants Fifth Harmony finally released their debut album, Reflection, on Feb. 3. The girl group placed third on The X Factor back in 2012 and were immediately signed to Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid’s label, Epic (Syco Music)....

Crazed fans camp out for concert tickets

Crazed fans camp out for concert tickets

By Elise Mariano

February 24, 2015

Every teenage girl (or boy) has that one band they would do anything for. One group of musicians could reduce them to tears. These dedicated fans would stand in the pouring rain or even ditch class to get a hold of tickets to see their favorite band live in concert. “The ticket buying process isn’t...

Fall Out Boy hits the right notes in sixth album

Fall Out Boy hits the right notes in sixth album

By Mackenzie Dineen

February 23, 2015

Fall Out Boy’s sixth album, American Beauty/American Psycho, is a surprising yet successful mix of outlandish styles. The album features a wide variety of sounds, from booming electro- and hip hop-influenced anthems destined for vast radio play, to heart-wrenching ballads laced with stinging metaphor...

Music review: Smoke + Mirrors is exactly that

Music review: <i>Smoke + Mirrors</i> is exactly that

By Samantha Burton

February 19, 2015

Smoke + Mirrors, the latest album from Las Vegas natives Imagine Dragons, was released Feb. 17 and, though fairly enjoyable, fails to make its city of origin proud. The album at first stays true to the Dragons’ signature sound, an intriguing mix of soft rock and heroic surges with recurrent undercur...

Air Force band holds concert at DCHS

Air Force band holds concert at DCHS

By Kaylee P.

February 17, 2015

The U.S. Air Force "Heartland of America Vortex" band traveled to David City High School on Feb. 9 to offer a clinic for middle and high school music students and hold a music concert for the student body. Vortex entertained the school with music such as Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” and Katy Perry’s...

Appreciating the K-pop audition

Appreciating the K-pop audition

By Ericka Shin, Clark Magnet High School

February 6, 2015

Korean pop, or K-pop, has taken the world by storm with its boy bands clad in tight, shiny pants and girl groups with impressively long legs. As if all of the members are part of one ethereal organism, they flawlessly execute dance moves together and harmonize in all the right pitches. These seemingly...

JACK AND JACK: a “famous” Vine duo

JACK AND JACK: a “famous” Vine duo

By Aren Rendell, Westside High School

February 6, 2015

A little more than a year ago, the two were typical Westside seniors. But over the course of their final year at Westside, the two amassed first 10,000, then 50,000 and eventually millions of followers on Vine.

Feature Teacher: Pete Harry’s music makes learning fun

Feature Teacher: Pete Harry’s music makes learning fun

By Alexis Mayhue, Bellwood-Antis High School

February 4, 2015

Let’s assume that everyone knows what Youtube is. You know, that place you go if you want to watch a funny animal video or to listen to that new song? Well, Bellwood-Antis High School teacher Pete Harry uses Youtube for a completely different reason. Harry's Youtube page has over 70 million views and o...

Class of 2016 takes over ‘Cupid’s Cafe’

Class of 2016 takes over ‘Cupid’s Cafe’

By Christina Howie, Glen Rock High School

January 16, 2015

On Thursday, Jan. 8, officers from the class of 2016 held a meeting to discuss the much-anticipated Cupid’s Café, a Valentine’s Day-themed, cabaret-style evening, which will be held at Glen Rock High School on Feb. 18. Cupid’s Café is similar to a coffeehouse performance; students perform...

Indie album captures universe through music

Indie album captures universe through music

By David Girbino, Mayfield High School

January 12, 2015

Sleeping At Last’s newest album, Atlas: Year One, lives up to its name, mapping new territory in music. Atlas delivers a vast arrangement of sounds, including haunting vocals by Ryan O’Neal, and an eclectic arrangement of instruments. This orchestral album uses an incredible number of musica...

Hozier’s debut album proves buzzworthy

Hozier’s debut album proves buzzworthy

By Katie Adams, Divine Child High School

January 6, 2015

Irish singer-songwriter Andrew Hozier-Byrne--Hozier for short--has found himself a fine niche at the top of the charts with his popular single “Take Me To Church.” After Hozier's Saturday Night Live performance, the song has earned substantial radio play and received millions of views on YouTube....

Recording artist Stephanie Grace returns home

Recording artist Stephanie Grace returns home

By Alexander Casper, Boyertown Area Senior High School

December 23, 2014

Boyertown native and Nashville recording artist Stephanie Grace came home to perform at Boyertown Area Junior High West on Friday, November 7th. Grace — who will open for the Charlie Daniels Band this spring — corralled up an all-ages crowd and performed a few of pop's biggest hits along with her...

Not just white noise: soundtracks and scores that elevate film

Not just white noise: soundtracks and scores that elevate film

By Sophia Mackey, North Cobb High School

December 15, 2014

When we anticipate a fight, our minds play the western whistle. When we feel a terrible event approaching, we hear that low hum of da-dum da-dum. And when we imagine a scene of absolute terror, that infamous soul-scraping violin screech plays. While these sounds stick with us, many of us do not...

AC/DC’s new album rocks despite hardships

AC/DC’s new album rocks despite hardships

By Chase Charaba, Emerald Ridge High School

December 15, 2014

It’s been a rough year for legendary Australian rock band AC/DC. But the Dec. 2 release of the band’s 15th studio album "Rock or Bust" should prove to be a worldwide hit. Early in the year, AC/DC revealed that founding member and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young would not be playing on the new album...

Young locals get raucous at Halloween live show

Young locals get raucous at Halloween live show

By Elliot Bailey, Ballard HS, Seattle

December 8, 2014

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Former Palmetto student Camila Cabello now a pop star

Former Palmetto student Camila Cabello now a pop star

By Victoria Arguelles, Miami Palmetto Senior HS, Pinecrest Village, Fla.

December 1, 2014

Two years ago, Palmetto student Karla Cabello auditioned for the second season of "The X Factor." Since then, she has become a part of one of the world’s most famous girl group, Fifth Harmony. While Cabello, who now goes by her middle name, Camila, withdrew from Palmetto nearly halfway through the ...

‘1989’ is Taylor Swift’s best business decision

‘1989’ is Taylor Swift’s best business decision

By Gillian Allen, Carlsbad HS, Carlsbad, Calif.

November 24, 2014

“1989” is a statement of the star’s maturity: she has grown up from the world of fairytales and princess gowns and recognizes that band-aids don’t fix bullet holes, and sometimes you have to walk away.

Mary Lambert’s song ‘Secrets’ inspires, but video disappoints

Mary Lambert’s song ‘Secrets’ inspires, but video disappoints

By Julia Peigh, Linganore HS, Frederick, Md.

November 14, 2014

When I first heard Mary Lambert’s single “Secrets” on my radio, I immediately found the song to be catchy and fun. The tune made me think of all the body-positive rants I’ve seen on social media like Tumblr and Twitter, and I loved listening to it. But, like a novel that you love and then the m...

Minus Me shares story behind upcoming album ‘Jupiter’

Minus Me shares story behind upcoming album ‘Jupiter’

By Ashley Marlo and Jerianne Harrison

October 23, 2014

The band’s music has been played on 105.7 The Point and 100.7 The Viper, and are battling other bands to play at Pointfest 2015.

Sixx A.M.’s third album brings back rock n’ roll

Sixx A.M.’s third album brings back rock n’ roll

By Chase Charaba, Emerald Ridge HS, Puyallup, Wash.

October 9, 2014

  With a fist of knock-out guitar riffs and hooks, wailing vocals and great, easy-to-follow choruses, rock n’ roll is back and it’s here to stay. Rock band Sixx A.M. released their first album in three years, “Modern Vintage,” Oct. 7 to stores everywhere, signaling the start of a fall, w...

Banks’ ‘Goddess’ strengthens fabric of modernized music

Banks’ ‘Goddess’ strengthens fabric of modernized music

By Nikki Molina, Southwest Career and Technical Academy, Las Vegas

October 7, 2014

Los-Angeles native Banks slides into the music scene with a conglomerate of digital darkness and eerie effervescence. Titled "Goddess," her full-length debut album is the poster child for modernized music, but it lacks the same craze that erupted when she teased new-found fans with sneak-peeks of ...

A man, his mics and his guitar

A man, his mics and his guitar

By Jilliane Mortimer, Abington HS,

September 29, 2014

Ed Sheeran, a charming 23-year-old indie folk singer/songwriter from England, known for his song, “The A Team," did not disappoint in his performance at the Xfinity Center on Sept. 9.

Boston Calling preparations a show of their own

Boston Calling preparations a show of their own

By Erin Delong, Dominika Bondaryk, and Taylor Bunnell

September 19, 2014

Originally published Sept. 5, 2014 The Boston Calling Music Festival is back and better than ever. Boston Calling takes place this weekend, Sept. 5-7 at City Hall Plaza with an estimated 20,000 people attending each day. This will be the fourth Boston Calling event in two years. Starting off th...

As electronic music gains popularity, here’s a guide

As electronic music gains popularity, here’s a guide

By Connor Allison, Decatur HS, Decatur, Ga.

June 9, 2014

In an era of technology where one can open a laptop with a production suite and create a full song, it's easy to go from bedroom producer to festival DJ in a matter of months, without a professional studio or equipment.

Spencer Wiley: Born to lead the choir

Spencer Wiley: Born to lead the choir

By Claire Kyllonen, Leander HS, Leander, Texas

May 23, 2014

Spencer Wiley stands before his students, his hands at the ready. With one look he has command of the room around him; 28 pairs of eyes stare fixedly, waiting for his mark. Not one word. Not one sound. Then, the music begins to play, and suddenly the room is enveloped with the resonating melodies and...

Stacked summer: Midwest music festivals impress and implore

Stacked summer: Midwest music festivals impress and implore

By David Colton, Evanston Township HS, Evanston, Ill.

May 19, 2014

Music festivals, though they have been around for decades, have seen a very recent spike in popularity. Now, the Midwest is home to almost 10 festivals of all genres.

Bad Seed Rising has undeniable talent

Bad Seed Rising has undeniable talent

By Alejandro Gomez, Robinson HS, Tampa

May 15, 2014

Don’t be deceived by their look, or their age. When you see them walk on stage, don’t assume it’s just a group of kids with a small-time, amateur-produced band. The under-aged band from Maryland, Bad Seed Rising, is a rock band with strong ties to the leading rock and rollers. Strongly dedicate...

‘Because the Internet’ stands apart from the usual

‘Because the Internet’ stands apart from the usual

By McKenzie Brown, Rowlett HS, Rowlett, Texas

May 9, 2014

“Because the Internet,” Childish Gambino’s fourth project, might be his best. The album has a mix of jazz, dubby static, R&B and rap. Gambino shows a newfound confidence by talking about Internet culture with fluency and ease. “V. 3005” and “Telegraph Ave” show his unique sense of style ...

Delta Rae defies musical categorization

Delta Rae defies musical categorization

By Bianca Lopez, Miami Palmetto HS, Pinecrest Village, Fla.

April 16, 2014

The Tortuga Music Festival (April 12-13) brings top names down to Fort Lauderdale to soak up some sun and tunes, all in the name of charity. While the two-day festival focuses on increasing the public’s awareness of issues like overfishing, shark finning and reef degradation, it also opens its stage to a...

Exclusive interview with Delta Rae

Exclusive interview with Delta Rae

By Bianca Lopez, Miami Palmetto HS, Pinecrest Village, Fla.

April 15, 2014

  Bianca Lopez: What songs can we expect to hear at Tortuga? Ian Holljes: We will play everything off of our recent EP “Chasing Twisters” and a selection off of “Carry the Fire.” I’m very partial to the new stuff of off “Chasing Twisters.” I personally love “Dance in the G...

Ukulele club brings Hawaiian sound to Seattle neighborhood

Ukulele club brings Hawaiian sound to Seattle neighborhood

By Ian Gwin, Ballard HS, Seattle

March 20, 2014

It’s a Thursday afternoon in Matthew Harkleroad’s art classroom SW110, and the air is filled with a droning cluster of notes rising and falling in small, leaning intervals. Greg Taufassau, school security guard and musician, plucks string by string up his ukulele, letting the notes resound acro...

Las Vegas student immerses himself in K-pop culture

Las Vegas student immerses himself in K-pop culture

By Patricia Ascano, Southwest Career and Technical Academy, Las Vegas

March 4, 2014

If you see sophomore Tyler Antonio around the school, you wouldn’t expect him to be a dedicated fan of Korean pop. But as it turns out, he considers himself to be a true fan of the K-pop industry. Southwest Shadow: What lured you into Korean pop? Tyler Antonio: When I was first lured into K-pop, I actually...

Test stress? Take a study break with these 10 songs

By Anu Subramaniam, Grosse Pointe North HS, Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.

February 24, 2014

Pause.  Stop your studying for just a few minutes to take a break listening to some of Billboard’s Top 100. ...

Let Mayer’s latest CD transport you to ‘Paradise’

Let Mayer’s latest CD transport you to ‘Paradise’

By Sophie Lockhart, Kettering Fairmont HS, Kettering, Ohio

February 7, 2014

John Mayer has been making a name for himself in music since the release of his first solo album, "Room for Squares," in 2001. He is a virtuoso guitarist, and he is admired for his thought-provoking, clever lyrics. In addition, Mayer has demonstrated his phenomenal musicianship as he has explored several d...

A capella country band Home Free releases stunning debut album

A capella country band Home Free releases stunning debut album

By Ellen Kan, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Va.

February 5, 2014

An astonishing sensation swept the nation when the fourth season of "The Sing-Off" finally returned in December 2013 after a two-year hiatus. This unexpected but enthralling magic came in the form of Home Free, the world’s first country a capella ensemble. Originally from Minnesota, Home Fre...

All shook up: Sophomore performs as Elvis impersonator

All shook up: Sophomore performs as Elvis impersonator

By Gracie Long, Legacy HS, Mansfield, Texas

January 28, 2014

Putting on an Elvis costume and gelling his hair, sophomore Drake Milligan slips into his blue suede shoes while he prepares for another show. Milligan performs as an Elvis Presley tribute artist. He sings, acts and dances just like Elvis. “I saw an Elvis impersonator one time by accident and...

Bastille proves musicians can be original

Bastille proves musicians can be original

By Brayden Densmore, Francis Howell Central High School, St. Charles, Mo.

January 16, 2014

  With their first studio album “Bad Blood,” Bastille proves that amidst Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and the other popular, cliche artists of today, there still exists some originality and uniqueness on the music scene. Although the album has gotten mixed reviews, I think that overall the alb...

‘Youth!’ will delight fans of South Korean indie music

‘Youth!’ will delight fans of South Korean indie music

By Leon Kim, Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Va.

December 18, 2013

Fans of Two Door Cinema Club and Justice are in for a treat as rising South Korean indie band Glen Check recently released their new studio album titled “Youth!” on Nov 19. A rising rookie band in Korea, Glen Check is composed of singer/guitarist June-One Kim, synth player Huk-Jun Kang, and ...

‘Love at first sound’

‘Love at first sound’

By Olivia Beier, Westside High School, Omaha, Neb.

December 10, 2013

Senior Matt Dornan’s locker isn’t the cleanest thing in the world. Shoved inside of it are three instruments, euphonium, marching baritone and bass trombone along slide his backpack and a small black tool box, his cleaning kit. On the top shelf, seven values sit, lined up perfectly from largest to s...

After being pulled backstage, student begins bright music career

After being pulled backstage, student begins bright music career

By Andie Naugler, Carlsbad HS, Carlsbad, Calif.

October 17, 2013

For some, it is a dream to work with professional artists in the music industry, but for senior Anthony Castelli, it is a dream that has come true. Castelli got his start by simply writing about the many concerts he attended. "I started off critiquing concerts and I would send analysis of every...

Miley Cyrus morphs into a symbol of gyration nation, but she’s nobody’s role model

Miley Cyrus morphs into a symbol of gyration nation, but she’s nobody’s role model

By Hannah-Leeba Ellenhorn, Shalhevet HS, Los Angeles

October 8, 2013

Have you ever heard the old show-biz adage that there’s no such thing as bad publicity? Well, the scandalous performance put on by Miley Cyrus at last month’s Video Music Awards proves that she still believes this to be true. That is one of only two possible reasons why anyone would do what Miley...

‘In Utero’ turns 20

‘In Utero’ turns 20

By Nick Antone, Elder HS, Cincinnati, Ohio

October 8, 2013

It’s a scary thought; the loud, talented, and sometimes controversial band from Aberdeen, Wash., Nirvana, recorded their final album 20 years ago. To some, it seems like only yesterday when every teen and young adult could be seen wearing a flannel and ripped jeans, part of the grunge fad of the...

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