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‘Observer’ writer meets Emblem3

By Skylar Whitman, Senior Writer

May 28, 2014

  There are songs that make me happy and there are songs that make me sad, but overall, there is nothing more powerful to me than the universal language of music. Emblem3 is a pop-reggae male trio made up of Keaton Stromberg, 17, Wesley Stromberg, 19 and Drew Chadwick, 21, three boys originally...

Alumnus brings CHS legacy to New York music scene

Alumnus brings CHS legacy to New York music scene

By Elizabeth Campbell, Editor-in-Chief

May 24, 2013

Many teens dream of becoming famous and finding their big break in the music world, but few actually experience it. CHS 2006 alumnus Sanjog Nirola is living out this dream as a musician in New York City. The Observer sat down with him to talk about his start at CHS and his music.  1. How did you ge...

Summer concerts provide exciting entertainment

By Danielle Kiefer, Arts Editor

May 23, 2013

There is nothing like the feeling of seeing a favorite musician live on stage, and summer is the perfect season to gather a few friends and head to an awesome concert without having to worry about waking up for school the next morning. The Observer took a look at some of the major concerts coming to tow...

Tyler, The Creator reveals sensitive side in ‘Wolf’

Tyler, The Creator reveals sensitive side in ‘Wolf’

By Kara Phillips, Senior Writers

April 26, 2013

Constantly being in the limelight, celebrities and other public figures must build a tough exterior in order to endure the inevitable criticism. This exterior, however, can become difficult to penetrate, leaving fans feeling disappointed and public icons feeling bitter. Tyler, the Creator, Odd Fut...

‘Indicud’ showcases Cudi’s increasingly indie sound

By Greer Smith, Opinions Editor

April 26, 2013

By Greer Smith Opinions Editor The last time Kid Cudi released an album, there were mixed reviews. Cudi became known for his trippy, stoner style presented on his first two albums, Man on the Moon: The Guardians (2009) and Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (2010). After he reportedly s...

‘Bankrupt!’ satisfies, but fails to surpass expectations

‘Bankrupt!’ satisfies, but fails to surpass expectations

By Julia Greenzaid, Senior Writer

April 26, 2013

From the opening lines of the title track of Bankrupt!, Phoenix’s newest album, it is clear that the album is far from experimental and, in fact, falls in line with expectations. Phoenix has made another interesting album cut from the same cloth as their 2009 breakthrough album, Wolfgang Amadeus Ph...

‘Crew Cuts’ reveals a more mature Hoodie Allen

‘Crew Cuts’ reveals a more mature Hoodie Allen

By Emilie Plesset, Online Editor-in-Chief

April 25, 2013

Steven Markowitz, otherwise known as rapper Hoodie Allen, stands out among past graduates from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Since leaving a coveted job at Google, Allen’s efforts in writing and recording music as well as forming an intimate relationship with fans has culminated in ...

Nash rebels against norms in ‘Girl Talk’

By Kara Phillips, Staff Writer

April 25, 2013

British and singer songwriter Kate Nash is back, this time with a feminist spunk to drive her and her own independent record label to control her artistry. Rebelling against her former pop goody-two-shoes sound, her new album Girl Talk, released March 5, demonstrates her experimentation with the rock ge...

Local band prepares for upcoming performances

Local band prepares for upcoming performances

By Sonia Shekar, Staff Writer

February 28, 2013

The average college student can expect to make new friends, expand his knowledge, and acquire new interests during his 4-year journey. Few decide to start their own band. Three University of Maryland students, Zach Field, Gabe Bustos and Anthony Ajluni, and one Towson student, Sam Balcom, formed the band H...

Local Natives succeed despite loss of bassist

Local Natives succeed despite loss of bassist

By Kara Phillips, Staff Writer

February 28, 2013

 Local Natives’ sophomore album, Hummingbird, displays the effect of their change in dynamic after the 2010 loss of bassist, Andy Hamm. Even though this loss could have harmed the band’s sound, the album displays a mature, somber sound that was not uncovered until now. Kelcey Ayers, vocalist an...

Fall Out Boy returns to music with new single, sound

Fall Out Boy returns to music with new single, sound

By Lauren Price, Online Arts Editor

February 28, 2013

"This isn’t a reunion because we never broke up." This sentence is part of the short message that graced the front of FallOutBoyRock.com Feb. 4 after the band announced the end of its four-year hiatus. The announcement came as a shock to many fans, as the band had repeatedly denied rumors that have...

The Joy Formidable defies sophomore slump

The Joy Formidable defies sophomore slump

By Ilana Berger, Fact Checker

February 28, 2013

 If Muse and Arcade Fire had a baby, it would be Welsh indie rock band: The Joy Formidable. The band released their second album, Wolf’s Law, Jan 21.  Singer and guitarist Bryan Ritzy, drummer Matt Thomas and bassist Rhydian Dafydd released their first album, The Big Roar, in 2011 and turned head...

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