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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...

The ‘Observer’ brings you the best holiday songs

By Lauren Price, Online Arts Editor

December 27, 2012

What is a holiday season without Christmas music? Of course listeners have the classic songs, but every year contemporary bands also put out music just for the holidays. The Observer brings you a list of 10 classic and not-so-classic holiday songs from over the years. Get some hot cocoa, curl up next to a...

CHS student band to play Virginia nightclub

CHS student band to play Virginia nightclub

By Aileen Choi, Advertising Manager

December 21, 2012

Certain images come to mind when thinking of rising bands: dusky garages, worn out instruments and the loud roar of music. Upcoming band Oh Lover, Uncover differentiates from these stereotypical garage bands and shows much potential. The band, comprised of local teens including vocalist junior Erik...

Cee Lo Green’s new album worse than a lump of coal

Cee Lo Green’s new album worse than a lump of coal

By Elizabeth Campbell, Production Editor

December 21, 2012

It’s almost Christmas and that means it’s time to curl up next to a fire with a cup of hot cocoa and some great Christmas music. In order to keep yourself in a happy holiday mood, do not, I repeat do not, listen to Cee Lo Green’s Magic Moment Christmas album as it will abruptly put you out of th...

Rihanna adds ‘Unapologetic’ to successful repertoire

By Jamie Lescht, Arts Editor

December 21, 2012

Rihanna has returned to the music scene with her seventh album, Unapologetic. This album contains Rihanna’s usual components: dance-oriented songs complemented by the singer’s smooth vocals. To promote Unapologetic, Rihanna launched her 777 Tour—the singer performed seven concerts in seven count...

What’s trending this month

November 29, 2012

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2- Teenagers should be thrilled because the world’s favorite bloodsuckers have returned for their final movie. Edward Cullen and Bella Swan return with Bella in her new vampire form. Breaking Dawn came out Nov. 15. Halo 4- This popular video game released it...

Macklemore, Ryan Lewis energize 9:30 Club crowd

Macklemore, Ryan Lewis energize 9:30 Club crowd

By Matthew Reback, Staff Writer

November 29, 2012

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have continued to shock the music world. Not only are they unsigned, but they also record, mix, edit and ship all of their albums from one 500 square foot room. Since Macklemore’s 2005 Language of My Mind, the duo has taken a pure do-it-yourself approach to gradually build up a siza...

Muse’s ‘The 2nd Law’ experiments with eclectic mix

Muse’s ‘The 2nd Law’ experiments with eclectic mix

By Sonia Shekar, Staff Writer

November 7, 2012

When describing Muse’s new album, lead vocalist Matthew Bellamy tweeted that it would be "Christian gangsta rap jazz odyssey, some ambient rebellious dubstep and face melting metal flamenco cowboy psychedelia." His description, although a joke, provides a strikingly accurate testament to the array of mu...

‘The Heist’ breaks stereotypes of music industry

‘The Heist’ breaks stereotypes of music industry

By Kara Philips, Staff Writer

November 7, 2012

 In this age of music, drugs, sex and alcohol are popular themes. Those who do not capitalize on this lifestyle are considered to be inferior. Instead of commenting on the real issues that plague humanity, most artists choose to promote irresponsible and affluent lifestyles. Then comes along Seattle native pow...

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