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

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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...