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‘Pumped up Kicks’ features dark undertones

‘Pumped up Kicks’ features dark undertones

By By: Jamie Lescht, Public Relations

November 22, 2011

Every day the most popular radio stations blast Foster the People’s new song "Pumped Up Kicks." The song’s happy and catchy tune fills listener’s minds making it impossible to not sing along. Little do they know that they’re actually singing about a student being bullied to the point of brin...

Coldplay returns with mixed-genre fifth album

Coldplay returns with mixed-genre fifth album

By By: Ariana Etessami, Staff Writer

November 22, 2011

The internationally-acclaimed rock band Coldplay is back from the recording studio with a hot new take on the famously mellow yet addictive music style they have come to call their own. The band artfully created fourteen tracks for their Oct. 24 album, giving it a peculiar name—Mylo Xyloto. Accordin...

Wale shows growth with ‘Ambition,’ lacks heart

Wale shows growth with ‘Ambition,’ lacks heart

By By: Josh Samson, Arts Editor

November 22, 2011

Since his independent debut two years ago, D.C. rapper Wale has been working hard to win over the ears and hearts of hip-hop’s new generation of listeners. After signing with Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group in February 2011, the "Nike Boots" rapper landed in the national spotlight, and many fans were...

Spotify poses challenge to iTunes as top music app

Spotify poses challenge to iTunes as top music app

By By: Elizabeth Campbell, Sports Production Editor

November 22, 2011

"Hello America. Spotify here." Spotify is a British music provider that offers customers access to millions of songs, ranging from Mumford and Sons to Pokémon, and it has come to America. Spotify allows users to listen to music without buffering and without having to purchase each individual song. "It’s...

No ordinary life: Common gets real in memoir

By Josh Samson, Arts Editor

October 26, 2011

 In his 20-year career, Common has been noted for being a talented rapper, actor, model, poet, and philanthropist. Now, he can successfully add "New York Times best-selling author" to the list.  According to the New York Times official website, Common’s debut memoir "One Day It’ll All Make Sense" plac...

Gaga’s sister steals spotlight in fashion industry

By Ariana Etessami, Staff Writer

October 26, 2011

  Have you heard of Natali Germanotta?   Lady Gaga’s younger sister— a.k.a. Gaga 2.0— is about to take the fashion world by storm as the peculiar Mother Monster’s trance over her "little monsters" begins to slowly wear off.   Before her interview in a September Teen Vogue ...

Raves are all the rage

By Joe Haynes Editor-In-Chief

October 26, 2011

  More and more people are voluntarily cramming into tight spaces and decking out in promiscuous neon clothing to jump up and down for hours while loud music plays and colorful lights flash.   The once specialized party that originated in England in the 1980s for a small audience has now expanded...

Lil Wayne’s new album appeals to all genres

By Josh Samson, Arts Editor

September 27, 2011

In today’s world of music, there are rappers, country singers, pop sensations, rock stars, poets and musicians who want to rule the club; then there’s Lil Wayne. The 29-year-old rapper encompasses all of the aforementioned genres plus more with his unique blend of street cred and commercial success...

‘8Track’ allows users to create, share mixes

By Elizabeth Chen, Circulation Manager

September 27, 2011

For most people, musical taste is as unique as their thumbprints.  Internet radio sites such as Pandora tried to decipher a pattern in such musical preferences, but they failed to be very efficient or accurate.  Now 8tracks.com has stepped up to the plate. 8tracks.com is the first Internet radio...

‘Pandora’ creates a custom playlist for each listener

By By: Lauren Price, Staff Writer

September 27, 2011

If visitors were to walk around CHS halls during lunch, they might take note of students’ often unusual lunch choices and seating arrangements. However, the most prevalent aspect of a student’s lunch routine is plugging in and tuning out. Music is an important part of most teenagers’ daily lives....

The Cab’s second album explores jazz, pop sound

By Lauren Price, Staff Writer

September 27, 2011

Guys do not always like good girls; sometimes they want a girl who stays out too late and doesn’t answer the phone. At least, that’s what the lead vocalist of The Cab sings about in their new single, "Bad," off of their newest album Symphony Soldier. The Cab’s sophomore album comes three ye...

The Weeknd uses Internet to boost popularity

By By Josh Samson, Arts Editor

May 19, 2011

In this era of Internet sensations and instant gratification, only a few musicians have been able to break through the masses and create both a new sound and a new way to market themselves. In March, rapper Drake created an Internet frenzy when he began promoting a new artist called The Weeknd by tweeting...

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