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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...

Wait – my Tanakh teacher is a singing astronaut?

Wait – my Tanakh teacher is a singing astronaut?

By Maayan Waldman, Shalhevet High School, Los Angeles

September 15, 2014

A member of the Maccabeats -- the famous Yeshiva University singing group -- is working part-time at Shalhevet this year while he creates his own solo music album in Los Angeles.

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.

Media brings back an unrealistic fantasy of dead rapper

Media brings back an unrealistic fantasy of dead rapper

By Tyler Dixon, Evanston Township HS, Evanston, Ill.

May 27, 2014

Tupac has returned. Tupac Shakur, renowned hip hop artist and actor, died on Sept. 13, 1996. After being dead for 17 years, Tupac Shakur graced the stage alongside fellow hip hop artist Snoop Dogg at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. How can the dead live again? It was an ill...

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...

Grammy Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers return to Regis Jesuit

Grammy Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers return to Regis Jesuit

By Patrick Britti, Max Zahringer, and Alex Osredker

May 22, 2014

Regis Jesuit freshmen RJTV reporters Patrick Britti, Max Zahringer and Alex Osredker follow Grammy Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers Justin Lansing '04 and Joe Mailander '03 during their visit back to campus for a concert celebrating the opening of the new Performing Arts Center in April 2014. Camera,...

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.

‘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...

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. ...

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...

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...

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

“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

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

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

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

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...