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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...

‘In Utero’ turns 20

‘In Utero’ turns 20

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

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

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

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

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

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...