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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, ...

The River Tour: from the perspective of a “Jersey Girl”

The River Tour: from the perspective of a “Jersey Girl”

Caroline Collins

November 9, 2016

“The Boss.” He was born in Long Branch and grew up in Freehold. His kids graduated from the Ranney School. He is a regular at the Work Out World in Tinton Falls. We love him because he’s just like us. Bruce Springsteen released his breakout record “Born To Run” in 1975. Since then, all but one of hi...

Sleeman rocks to his own beat

Sleeman rocks to his own beat

Sarah Lynch

June 17, 2016

Not many high schoolers play an instrument, but sophomore James Sleeman of Neptune plays four and is still willing to learn more. Although Sleeman focuses on his guitar and drum set, he also plays the ukulele, keyboard, banjo and sings vocals. Because of his dedication to the guitar and drums, S...

Students find music through various platforms

Students find music through various platforms

Alexis Colucci

January 16, 2016

Downloading new songs. Arranging playlists by favorite artists. Putting your headphones in and turning up the volume. Listening to music is all too familiar, especially for students with long bus rides. But, while most students listen to music, not everyone listens in the same way. Between music streaming...

Coffee House Photo Album

December 16, 2015

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Collan finds calling in music and videos

Cayla Harris

February 19, 2015

Snow covers the ground on a chilly 30 degree day in Wall, but freshman Katie Collan of Millstone arrives to school in a blue flannel, knee-high gray stockings and bright yellow shorts. Collan is known to CHS as “the freshman who always wears shorts,” but the curly-haired girl may be better summarized a...

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