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Country music is more explicit than people may think

Country music is more explicit than people may think

By Maya Bhattiprolu, Assistant Online Editor

May 9, 2019


Filed under Music, Opinions, Top Stories

Parents traveling with little kids will often switch the station when a rap song comes on to a “safer” genre, like country, to avoid exposing them to controversial topics. However, changing the station to country music does just the opposite. While country music may seem to be clean, many songs in the genr...

Large and in-charge: new rap artists break out on the scene

Large and in-charge: new rap artists break out on the scene

By Jackson Resnick, Features Editor

May 9, 2018


Filed under Arts, Music, Top Stories

Each year, a new group of rappers emerges into the mainstream, turning heads and gaining recognition through social media. The annual XXL magazine Freshman List highlights the 10 hottest new rappers, earning each rapper the prestigious title: “XXL Freshman.” XXL is a magazine specializing hip-hop...

Summer concerts bring heat to D.C. area

Summer concerts bring heat to D.C. area

By Drew Ingall, Senior Writer

May 9, 2018


Filed under Arts, Music, Top Stories

It’s that time of year. The weather is getting warmer, outdoor concert venues are opening and big music artists are coming to town. That’s right, it’s concert season. The stretch from early May until the middle of June is jam-packed with visits from big music artists from all over; in the DMV,...

Music you aren’t listening to: Brockhampton

Music you aren’t listening to: Brockhampton

By Jackson Resnick, Social Media Editor

April 12, 2018


Filed under Arts, Music

Tearing down all stereotypes in the music scene, Brockhampton (BH) is probably the most exciting act in music right now. The self-proclaimed “boyband” met online when frontman Kevin Abstract posted a message on Kanye West fan forum, KanyeToThe, asking if anyone wanted to form a band. This was the...

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

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

By Gaurav Gandhi, Lead Graphic Designer

March 7, 2018


Filed under Arts, Music

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...

Student Art Spotlight: Teddi Yoo

Student Art Spotlight: Teddi Yoo

By Drew Ingall, Arts Editor

March 7, 2018


Filed under Arts, Music

There are many talented artists and musicians at CHS. However, not many can say that they excel at not one, but two instruments. Junior Teddi Yoo has been picked to be a member of the National Association for Music Education this year for her accomplishments in violin. She has also been granted a...

DRAM’s “Big Baby”: sophomore effort excels

DRAM’s “Big Baby”: sophomore effort excels

By Drew Ingall, Arts Editor

January 9, 2018


Filed under Arts, Music

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...

New D.C. venue gains popularity among CHS students

New D.C. venue gains popularity among CHS students

By Drew Ingall, Arts Editor

November 21, 2017


Filed under Arts, Music

CHS students now have a new local hotspot to escape the hardships of school work and enjoy their favorite musicians live. The Anthem, which opened Oct.12 with an inaugural show by the Foo Fighters, has attracted many big name artists such as Zedd, Lorde, Lil Uzi Vert and others. “I saw Zedd at...

Taylor Swift returns to top of the music world

Taylor Swift returns to top of the music world

By Brandon Li, Online News Editor

October 1, 2017


Filed under Arts, Music, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

After taking an entire year off from all music-related activities, pop artist Taylor Swift is trying to make her way back to the top of the leaderboards. Swift confirmed her next album “Reputation” Aug. 25 with the release of her hit single titled “Look What You Made Me Do”. The rest of the...

Midnight Album Mixes Melody and Meaning

By Maya Rosenberg, Editor-in-Chief

April 2, 2017


Filed under Arts, Music, Online Exclusives

British singer-song writer Lewis Watson released his sophomore album “Midnight” Mar. 25, and he’s never sounded better. His signature acoustic style blends perfectly with the heavier sounds of percussion, piano and electric guitar to create an album that has both beautiful melodies and creative...

What Does the Future Hold For Future?

What Does the Future Hold For Future?

By Max Kandel, Advertising Manager

March 8, 2017


Filed under Arts, Music, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

When Future, the 33 year old rapper from Atlanta released his latest album “FUTURE” with 17 songs, everyone was excited for to hear his latest music as his last release was “EVOL” in Feb. 2016. After releasing “FUTURE,” an album that pays homage to Atlanta on Feb. 17, 2017, Future surprised...

The Observer’s Fab February Albums/EPs

By Sarah O'Brien, Arts Editor

February 25, 2017


Filed under Arts, Music, Online Exclusives

Every week, a large selection of albums and singles are released. It can become overwhelming to figure out what’s worth listening to and what’s not. The Observer made a list of some noteworthy albums that have already been released in February.   Process by Sampha After his collaboration...

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