McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

A lot of people assume that, if an artists music is on Spotify, then they must be a rockstar making a million dollars. The truth is that many artists, especially those in independent and underground music, probably arent making much money off of their music at all.

Opinion: Indie musicians deserve to be paid better

Preston Boysen, Staff Writer March 22, 2023

Musicians are some of the most impactful people in the world, with music being the only universal language. Music is a massive part of how people express themselves in their day to day lives. However,...

MTV Unplugged defines a generation with acoustic performances from the worlds biggest artists.

Unplugging a generation

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor March 17, 2023

MTV Unplugged’s concept is one that I find very interesting. Taking the biggest artists, stadium performers, and putting them in an intimate acoustic setting has led to some of the most unique performances...

HBOs new spin on the Scooby Doo franchise is a messy misrepresentation of the classic characters

Review: Jinkies! Another bad reboot

Beth Brackmann, Contributing Writer March 13, 2023

With the first season being released on January 12 of this year, HBOMax’s new show “Velma” by Mindy Kaling has been met with a very poor reception. With a 42% on Rotten Tomatoes and 1.4 on IMDB....

The cast of MCHSs SpongeBob: The Musical sing on stage during a rehearsal on March 6 in the Upper Campus Auditorium.

Review: I am not a simple sponge

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor March 10, 2023

The MCHS Theatre Department is well into the spring musical season and this year they’re putting together a real showstopper. “The SpongeBob Musical” which debuted on broadway in December of 2017...

Throwback Review: The Slim Shady LP by Eminem

Throwback Review: “The Slim Shady LP” by Eminem

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor March 3, 2023

Eminem is undoubtedly the biggest most recognizable artist in rap history, however, he wasn’t always such a powerhouse. Before 1999, he was an unknown battle rapper from Detroit. One album would rocket...

Throwback Review: “The Score” by The Fugees

Throwback Review: “The Score” by The Fugees

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor February 21, 2023

February is host to many significant album releases, but for this throwback review, we at the Messenger thought February 13th, 1996’s “The Score” by Fugees was the best pick. The final album by the...

Celebrating Mac Miller

Celebrating Mac Miller

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor February 15, 2023

On Jan. 19, 1992, Malcolm McCormick — who would come to be known as Mac Miller — was born. From a young age Malcolm took interest in music, particularly hip hop. McCormick learned piano, guitar, bass,...

Released at the end of 2022, “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” brought new energy and interesting visual effects to a franchise that seemed like it might have been at its end.

Review: The legend never dies

Nikki Sisson, Marketing Director February 13, 2023

“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish” hit theaters Dec. 21, 2022 and has been a huge success ever since. This film centers around the beloved hero, Puss, who is on his last of nine lives, and has to compete...

Noah Schnapp revealed his sexuality through a tiktok posted on Jan. 5, he was met with heavy criticism in the comments of his post.

Noah Schnapp criticized for unserious coming out post

Freedom Tomasello, Opinions Editor February 6, 2023

In a video posted to young actor Noach Schnapp’s Tik Tok, Schnapp wrote, “When I finally told my friends and family I was gay after being scared in the closet for 18 years and all they said was ‘we...

The Last Of Us is a perfect example of what a good video game adaptation should be — and should set a standard for other attempts to turn a video game into a film or series.

The last of poor adaptations

Freedom Tomasello, Opinions Editor February 2, 2023

Video-game adaptations are a controversial topic that brings to mind many poor TV shows and movies that failed to follow the content they were supposedly based on, such as “Resident Evil” and “Mario,”...

Young actors are often sexualized and harassed at a young age, which adds extra pressure onto their lives

Opinion: Young actors are subject to too much pressure

Alayna Majkrzak, Features Editor January 27, 2023

News article after news article scrolls past with headlines covering how childhood fame broke Hollywood stars.  Whether it is a disney star who turned to drugs or a nickelodeon star who ended up quitting...

David Bowies Blackstar, released at the end of his life in 2016, endures as one of his powerful — even in a particularly popular and influential catalog.

Throwback Review: “Blackstar” by David Bowie

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor January 26, 2023

David Bowie is one of the most recognizable and influential artists of all time, and it’s only right that he goes out with a swan song for the ages. Released on Jan. 8, 2016, “Blackstar” is the...

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