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Students utilize musical talents in various bands

Students utilize musical talents in various bands

Allie Kuo

May 14, 2017


Filed under Features

Walking through the halls of CHS, there is a high probability that the notes of a ukulele, guitar, piano or even a melodica have graced your ears. Many students play an instrument or can at least dabble on the keyboard or strum a few chords on the guitar. Some have taken their musical talents one st...

“Exhibitionism” showcases Rolling Stones’ legacy

“Exhibitionism” showcases Rolling Stones’ legacy

Courtney Kushnir

May 10, 2017


Filed under Arts

I would like to preface this piece by saying that I am a huge Rolling Stones fan. If I seem biased, it’s because I am. I am the proud owner of seven band t-shirts and a set of pins showcasing their iconic logo: the stuck-out tongue. So when my dad got us tickets to see “Exhibitionism,” the travel...

Lorde reveals sophomore album after four-year interlude

Lorde reveals sophomore album after four-year interlude

Madeline Holobinko

May 6, 2017


Filed under Arts

Lorde has finally returned after a four-year hiatus. The singer-songwriter recently confirmed details on her second album, “Melodrama” via Instagram and Twitter early this March. While the release date is still unknown for her sophomore album, the star has taken to Instagram to share its cover...

Thundercat releases solid new album

Thundercat releases solid new album

March 30, 2017


Filed under Arts, Reviews

On his latest record “Drunk,” Thundercat shows us all that he still knows how to have fun and entertain listeners while doing it. The bassist isn’t just coming off his first charting album, “Apocalypse;” he’s also gained a wider audience after collaborating with Kendrick Lamar on the rapp...

Drake’s new playlist disappoints

Drake’s new playlist disappoints

Julia Pardee

March 24, 2017


Filed under Arts, Reviews

The humble “6 God” promised his 22-song playlist would become “the soundtrack of your life.” He promised it would be released in December – actually, in February. But the underwhelming album “More Life” ruined the Toronto native’s credibility as it was released three months late and ...

Class of 2018 holds first-ever Battle of the Bands

Class of 2018 holds first-ever Battle of the Bands

Jordan Durkin

March 22, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

The Class of 2018 brought the first-ever Battle of the Bands fundraiser to CHS on March 17. Five bands were featured in the show, and Leah Nawy took home the gold while Slapjack won Fan Favorite. Class of 2018 Vice President Kyle Galvin of Middletown originally proposed the event during his freshman...

Sheeran ends hiatus with new music

Sheeran ends hiatus with new music

Sam DeCuicies

March 2, 2017


Filed under Arts, Reviews

After his hiatus from the music scene, the famous ginger from Britain has finally returned. Ed Sheeran’s newest album "÷" is set to drop on March 3. To promote the album, Sheeran released two singles on Jan. 6. Prior to these songs, Sheeran’s latest release dated back to 2014 with his album “X” (pronoun...

The music industry says “sex sells”

The music industry says “sex sells”

Julia Pardee

February 17, 2017


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Even before Salt-N-Pepa’s 1990 iconic song “Let’s Talk About Sex,” the music world hasn’t shied away from sensual references, and studies say the word “sex” is here to stay in the pop realm. Researchers Dawn R. Hobbs and Gordon G. Gallup Jr. at the State University of New York in Albany...

A Tribe Called Quest returns with a hit album

A Tribe Called Quest returns with a hit album

Sydney Coneeny

December 22, 2016


Filed under Arts, Reviews

A new sound is trickling through the radio stream of similar-sounding indie pop songs. With its techno-funk and flashback hip-hop vibe, it’s a retro-revolution kind of music bringing back the beat that once drove old school hip-hop. Don’t get the wrong idea though: A Tribe Called Quest is a cast...

Hamilton Mixtape a smash hit

Hamilton Mixtape a smash hit

Riley Brennan

December 22, 2016


Filed under Arts, Reviews

It seems that nobody can get enough of “Hamilton.” The breakout Broadway sensation first hit the stage off-Broadway in 2015 and has since captured the hearts of thousands of history buffs and theatre kids alike. Now, “Hamilton” fans are ecstatic to know that the Hamilton Mixtape, a set of...

Music industry makes bank off of carols

Music industry makes bank off of carols

Kate Ridoux

December 22, 2016


Filed under In-Depth

Every year, as Thanksgiving comes to a close, one thing is certain: the holiday season has begun. One of the earliest indicators of the holiday season is the transition radio stations make from their original programming to holiday music. Birmingham, AL’s 100.1 FM and Duluth, MN’s 106.5 began broad...

Students ‘expresso’ talents at Coffeehouse

Students ‘expresso’ talents at Coffeehouse

Cailey Ruderman

December 11, 2016


Filed under News, Showcase

The Class of 2018 hosted the annual Coffeehouse, at which poetry and music of all kinds took center stage. Students of every grade were able to showcase their talents to their friends, family and peers on Dec. 9. This year’s set list was comprised of 34 acts, including singers, dancers, poets, ...

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