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Kendrick Lamar drops new album

Kendrick Lamar drops new album

By Arjun Swaminathan, News Editor

March 20, 2016

9.5/10 In Untitled Unmastered, Kendrick Lamar reasserts his dominance of the hip hop genre through complex lyricism, captivating social commentary and euphonious instrumentals. The rapper released the compilation album by complete surprise March 4, nearly a year since the critically acclaimed To...

“The Life of Pablo” Album Review: 8.9/10

“The Life of Pablo” Album Review: 8.9/10

By Arjun Swaminathan, New Editor

February 28, 2016

8.9/10 With introspective lyrics and outstanding production, Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo effectively captures and combines the full range of his musical ability, but the album is not without its flaws. Preceded by the release of his songs “Wolves,” “Real Friends” and “No More Parties...

Drake Versus Meek Mill: Who’s the Winner?

Drake Versus Meek Mill: Who’s the Winner?

By Dani Miller, Staff Writer

February 25, 2016

Oh man, oh man. Not again. In typical rap beef fashion, the first single off of Drake’s upcoming album, Views from the 6, is a diss track against rapper Meek Mill, reviving a supposedly dead fight from this summer and once again asking the age old question: “Who’s better: Drake or Meek Mill?” In...

Senior singer-songwriter films music video

Senior singer-songwriter films music video

By Emiliana Cardinale, Production Editor

December 23, 2015

Senior Stephanie Safdie wrote “Silhouettes” about nine months ago. The song is a metaphor for deeply falling in love with someone and then having that person disappear or “ghost” you. A music video for the song, filmed by senior Cameron Ozatalar, is set to come out on Safdie’s YouTube account,...

CHS bands represent in All-State, All-County

CHS bands represent in All-State, All-County

By Emily Wang and Balbina Yang

December 22, 2015

With over 30 percent of all CHS band students involved in either All-State or All-County Band, it is no wonder that CHS has won many awards for its performing arts. Beginning practice in January and February of 2016, the All-State and All-County Bands are just a few of the many outside ensembles...

Band caroling spreads cheer

Band caroling spreads cheer

By Emiliana Cardinale, Production Manager

December 15, 2015

Right before students and staff leave for winter break, on Dec. 23, students from CHS band will spread the holiday cheer by caroling around the school during lunch and afternoon classes. The caroling tradition began three years ago and has been kept alive by students. When she was a freshmen, current...

Coldplay release new album

Coldplay release new album

By Sarah O'Brien, production editor

December 10, 2015

The National Football League (NFL) recently announced that Coldplay will be playing in the 50th Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 2016, with the help of other unannounced artists. “I think they will have a better performance than most,” junior Srikar Kolla said. Coldplay also released their...

Teachers list their favorite songs from their playlists

Teachers list their favorite songs from their playlists

By Sarah O'brien, Production Editor

November 25, 2015

Kevin Brown English and AP Lang teacher Kevin Brown likes rock songs with masculine singers, that give meaning to their words. Here are his favorite songs: 1) “Black” by Pearl Jam 2)“Where Did You Sleep Last Night” by Nirvana 3)These next two were a tie for Brown, both performed by the...

Student Art Spotlight: A Noteworthy Musician

Student Art Spotlight: A Noteworthy Musician

By Sarah O'Brien, Production Editor

November 25, 2015

Senior Samantha Locraft knows the keys to success and has been fine tuning her skills on the clarinet for the past nine years. Locraft currently plays in the Montgomery County Youth Orchestra (MCYO) Philharmonic, Young Artists of America (YAA) Orchestra and the CHS pit band. Clarinet is Locraft’s...

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

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

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,...

CHS Choral Concert Connects Poetry to Music Lyrics

CHS Choral Concert Connects Poetry to Music Lyrics

By Jasmine Baten, Opinions Editor

October 14, 2015

The CHS Choral Music Department had its first concert, entitled “More Than Words.” Oct. 12. The title was meant to signify the connection between poetry and music lyrics, which was reflected in the pieces that each group performed. Different ensembles sang pieces of poetry, such as works by Edgar...

Landmark Music Festival raises awareness for Natinal Mall

Landmark Music Festival raises awareness for Natinal Mall

By Sarah O'brien, Productin Editor

September 30, 2015

This past weekend, D.C. lovers congregated in West Potomac Park for the Landmark Music Festival to raise money for the National Mall. The National Mall is underfunded yet highly visited, so The Trust for the National Mall is attempting to restore and preserve the monuments that are deteriorating....

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