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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


Filed under Music, Showcase

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


Filed under Music, Showcase

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


Filed under Music, Profiles

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


Filed under Music, Showcase

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


Filed under Music

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


Filed under Music

“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


Filed under Music

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


Filed under Music, Uncategorized

  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


Filed under Music

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


Filed under Music, Profiles

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


Filed under Features, Music

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


Filed under Music

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


Filed under Music

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


Filed under Music, Profiles

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


Filed under Music

  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


Filed under Music

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


Filed under Music, Profiles

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


Filed under Music

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


Filed under Music

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


Filed under Music

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...

Teen rapper is never satisfied, seeks to build legacy

Teen rapper is never satisfied, seeks to build legacy

By Desiree Gillem, New Town HS, Owings Mills, Md.

September 23, 2013


Filed under Music, Profiles

“A rapper is only as good as his last verse,” says Darius “Jay Verze” Exum, Class of 2013. Exum, 17, started rapping around the age of seven, but he never actually recorded anything until he hit the age of 12. Music is his main focus right now, and school has kind of been put on hold for the...

Robin Thicke’s misogynistic summer hit reads rape

Robin Thicke’s misogynistic summer hit reads rape

By Sarah Karels, Benilde-St. Margaret's School, St. Louis Park, Minn.

September 6, 2013


Filed under Music

When the catchy, poppy, “song of the summer” comes on, its hard not to hum along, but while it has incredibly varied vocals and a unique layered sound, “Blurred Lines” contains a damaging message beneath its falsetto oohs and ahhs. The track, released at the end of March, was written by singer...

Year brings exciting new music

Year brings exciting new music

By Dillon Camp, Legacy HS, Mansfield, Texas

September 4, 2013


Filed under Music

2013 is becoming increasingly vacuum-packed with good music. From David Bowie’s “The Next Day” to Azealia Banks’s single, “Yung Rapunxel” off of her delayed debut album “Broke With Expensive Taste,” the year has been and will continue to be an intensely fast-paced and exciting year f...

‘Legend of Zelda’ concert brings video game soundtrack to life

‘Legend of Zelda’ concert brings video game soundtrack to life

By Bailey Oliver, Annandale HS, Annandale, Va.

September 1, 2013


Filed under Music

I don’t go to concerts very often. In fact, I’ve been to very few. However, being a diehard fan of the Legend of Zelda series, the The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert caught my attention. The Legend of Zelda video game series has collectively sold over 62 million copies, with...

Students create dubstep music

Students create dubstep music

By Katherine White, Mill Valley HS, Shawnee, Kan.

August 21, 2013


Filed under Music, Profiles

For juniors Brian Schath, Matthew Kavanaugh and Greg Darnell, electronic music isn’t just for listening to. These three students work individually and together to make dubstep music, a genre that Schath defines as a “series of electronic sounds like synthesizers and drum beats arranged in ways that...

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