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Old Taylor comes back with new album release


By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

October 21, 2019

Two years ago, Taylor Swiftーarguably the most influential musician of our generationーannounced the death of the “old Taylor” in her album “reputation.” Now, the old Taylor is back with “Lover,” a collection of eighteen songs with personal stories about self love, moony romance and po...

Migos add to “culture” with second chart-topping album

Migos has released two albums within one year, both of which reached number one on the Billboard top 200 albums in each of their first week available.

By Gaurav Gandhi, Lead Graphic Designer

March 7, 2018

For the second time in under one year, Georgia-based hip-hop trio, Migos, released a chart-topping studio album, this time being Culture II. The sequel to 2017 Grammy-nominated Culture, Culture II features double the songs and is loaded with some of the best artists today alongside Quavo, Takeoff and...

DRAM’s “Big Baby”: sophomore effort excels

Dram’s number one hit, “Brocoli,” is off of his new album, “Big Baby.”The album consists of 22 songs and is Dram’s second.

By Drew Ingall, Arts Editor

January 9, 2018

Mixing rock, blues, soul, R&B and electronic dance music (EDM) with hip-hop and rap to create great music may seem impossible, but to hip-hop artist DRAM, it can be achieved, and he proves this on his newest album. Two years after the release of his debut album “Gahdamn!” DRAM has come out...

Chance the Rapper Nominated

Chance the Rapper Nominated

By Drew Ingall, Social Media Editor

December 13, 2016

In Kanye West’s song “Ultralight Beam,” featured artist Chance the Rapper raps the lyrics, “He said let’s do a good a** job with 1 Chance 3, I hear you gotta sell it to snatch the Grammy,” referring to Chance’s then upcoming mixtape. But last week, Chance contradicted himself. Chance...

“Awaken, My Love” Impresses with Fresh Beats

Childish Gambino performing at Lollapalloza 2014.

By Sarah O'Brien, Arts Editor

December 7, 2016

Donald Glover, or Childish Gambino’s latest album, “Awaken, My Love!” draws from an interesting collection of soul and R&B grooves to create a cohesive sound that differs greatly from Donald Glover’s earlier work. In previous albums, Glover has focused on a flat rapping style with modern beats,...

Chainsmokers’ Collage Is a Sure Success

Chainsmokers' Collage Is a Sure Success

By Sophie Liss, Social Media Editor

November 15, 2016

The Chainsmokers’ rise to fame began in 2014 when they released the catchy and upbeat song “#SELFIE,” a dance hit about the popular culture trend of taking self-portrait photographs. The musicians’ popularity increased when they released “Kanye,” an infectious track about famous Hip-Hop star...

Junior Releases Original EP

Junior Sam Nasar recently released his EP

By Sarah O'Brien and Thomas Atkinson, Arts Editor and News Editor

September 22, 2016

On Sept. 15, junior Sam Nasar released his first Extended Preview (EP), “Self Signed.” Ever since Nasar’s mother introduced him to musical theater, he has always had a passion for the arts. Nasar has been in Showstoppers and Blast for the past three years as well as in the school musical for...

Logic’s “The Incredible True Story” Review: 9.5/10

Gaithersburg native  rapper Logic releases new hip hop album, The Incredible True Story.

By Arjun Swaminathan, News Editor

November 16, 2015

Featuring thunderous lyrics, stellar production and a brilliant concept, Logic’s The Incredible True Story is a tour de force and an outstanding follow-up to his debut record Under Pressure. The Gaithersburg-born emcee released the album Nov. 13 to great fanfare. Preceded by singles “Young Jesus,...

A review of this summer’s hottest hits

A review of this summer's hottest hits

By Lauren Price, Online Arts Editor

September 24, 2012

Summer and music have always gone hand in hand. Whether it be listening to music during free time, or rocking out at a party, tunes are an important part of this season. Here is a short list of the most notable tracks released in the summer of 2012. Sleeping with Sirens, If You Were a Movie, This...

Joe Nichols’ ‘Greatest Hits’ hints at his greater depth

By Maddy Bernstein, Staff Writer

March 2, 2011

Country singer Joe Nichols reached a milestone in his career Jan. 25 when he released his new album titled Greatest Hits: Joe Nichols. This album is based on three of Nichols’ hit singles, and rounded off with a mixture of honky-tonk dance numbers and slow, soulful ballads. Nichols began his career...

Kid Cudi’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ is an eerie wonder

By Becky Price, Arts Editor

November 30, 2010

Two summers ago, a track titled “Day N’ Nite” hit music blogs and indie radars like wildfire. The artist, a blossoming rap phenomenon known as Kid Cudi, made his mark as the heavily remixed song caught the eye of Kanye West and eventually spiraled onto popular radio. A couple of months later,...

September Playlist of the Month

By Becky Price, Arts Editor

October 6, 2010

As summer fades into a memory, students long for something to hold onto. September’s Playlist of the Month voices the familiarities of summer, yet plunges listeners into new sounds heard throughout the fall season. Check out these tracks on YouTube, or buy them on iTunes.   “Deuces” - Chris...

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