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Exit 109 performs “The Story of Us” during Coffeehouse on Nov. 17, 2023. The Class of 2025 presented the Central Perk-themed event and donated half of the event’s proceeds to Hope Sheds Light.

Friends come together for night of music at Coffeehouse

Kylie Aprilante and Kelly Matthews November 22, 2023

The Communications High School Class of 2025 brought friends together with a Central Perk-themed Coffeehouse on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023. This annual tradition gives the performers of CHS a chance to showcase...

Artists like Tyler the Creator use alter-egos when making music to express themselves without having to worry about as much backlash from the media.

Alternate identities give artists creative freedom

June 16, 2023

Throughout music history, countless artists have adopted “alter egos.” Crafting a new identity enables artists to experiment with different genres and styles, dive deeper into their creativity and...

While boy bands are thinning out in numbers,
BTS found large success in the late 2010s.

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Boy bands are getting moved to the backstreets

Alice Ye and Stacy Lin May 25, 2023

The ‘90s to early 2000s was a time of bedazzled denim, emerging technology and most notably, boy bands playing nonstop on the radio. This era marked the rise of iconic boy bands: NSYNC, Backstreet...

Lily Costa performs on violin at her middle school graduation.

Lily Costa fiddles with her passion for classical music

Ori Rosmarin May 25, 2023

Sophomore Lily Costa of Redbank’s relationship with classical music and more specifically, the violin began as a four-year-old audience member to her childhood best friends’ orchestra performances....

They hype of music videos has went down since the excitement of them in the 2000s with pop stars like Britney Spears.

The evolution of music videos has artists in treble

Ava Rubinstein May 25, 2023

When music videos came into existence, storytelling was suddenly as important as a song’s musical elements. Music became a visual experience, a production of performers and entertainers, rather than...

Artists such as musical group Boygenius release several singles before
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Musicians taking new routes for album releases

Alex Batzar and Leigh Batzar May 25, 2023

Music fans of all genres love when their favorite artists release new music, and it can be especially exciting with the hype created around new releases. Different artists take on different styles or marketing...

Vinyls and record players have been making a comeback in the lives of teenagers.

The resurgence of vinyl records

Alisa Kharod and Maxine Zahler March 31, 2023

While technology today is more advanced than ever, teenagers are reverting to old ways of listening to music; vinyl, cassettes and other older analog media trends that lost popularity in the early 2000s...

CHS seniors of the Class of 2023 spin vinyl during their lunch period.

New senior hallway ritual is one for the record books

Stella Feinstein and Maxine Zahler March 31, 2023

If you have heard your parents’ favorite song from the 80’s while strolling through the halls lately, the music is probably coming from the new record player set up in the senior hallway. Senior...

Junior James Matthews of Middletown performs at The Stone Pony on March 4 in Asbury Park, NJ.

From CHS cafeteria to The Stone Pony, Matthews of Exit 109 rocks the stage

Ori Rosmarin March 31, 2023

At 3 p.m. on March 4, 2023, junior and bassist James Matthews of Middletown was able to utter words previously spoken by New Jersey legends such as Bruce Springstein, Frankie Valli and Jon Bon Jovi: “Welcome...

Sophomore Tanner Grigoli of Ocean plays the guitar CHS Coffeehouse 2021.

Grigoli plays to the TikTok beat

Ori Rosmarin November 23, 2022

Every time sophomore Tanner Grigoli of Ocean posts a TikTok, he’s bombarded with a plethora of comments ranging from “Wow you sound like an angel” to “I think I just fell in love.” Grigoli’s...

Anderson .Paak performs in Oslo, Norway in 2016. Photo licensed
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R&B duo Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak start on a high note

Charlie Raynor January 28, 2022

After conquering almost every sector of modern pop and R&B music, Bruno Mars enlisted longtime friend and tourmate Anderson .Paak for their newest project — ”An Evening with Silk Sonic.” The...

Many music venues are
requiring proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests
while the coronavirus still spreads.

Music venues across the country preaching to the choir in struggle to enforce vaccination guidelines

Lily Howard September 17, 2021

With the authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine, many people are starting to feel safe returning to public gatherings and hoping to get back to the normalcy of the pre-pandemic world. However, many music...

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