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

The McHenry Messenger

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

The McHenry Messenger

Bruno Mars and Anderson Paak teamed up last year to release the surprise album An Evening With Silk Sonic which is still impressive a year later.

Throwback Review: “Spend the Evening With Silk Sonic” by Silk Sonic

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor December 6, 2022

On March 5, 2021, surprise single “Leave The Door Open” by duo Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars, going by the name “Silk Sonic” was released to absolutely roaring applause. Fans awaited an album...

Disney has a habit of making hit-or-miss sequels and prequels, and Disenchanted, released in November on Disney+, just doesnt live up to the film that inspired it.

Review: Less than “Enchanted”

Beth Brackmann, Contributing Writer December 5, 2022

On Nov. 18, the sequel to the popular movie "Enchanted," titled "Disenchanted" was released with some negative reviews. With only a 40% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 5.8/10 stars on  IMDB, the movie definitely...

Overwatch 2 was met with both excitement and controversy as players experienced bugs and issues such as long player queues.

Battlepass or battle pass?

Freedom Tomasello, Opinions Editor November 29, 2022

After almost 3 years, the highly anticipated “Overwatch 2” has been released, and fans are full of mixed emotions as they experience the game for the first time. The release of “Overwatch 2”...

From left, musicians Tom DeLonge, Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 pose at a press party in West Hollywood, California, in 2011. DeLonge is rejoining the band for a world tour next year.

Opinion: Blink’s back, but not all fans are happy

Preston Boysen, Staff Writer November 28, 2022

In October, pop-punk band Blink-182 announced a new song with original guitarist and vocalist Tom DeLonge.   Fans seem happy that Blink-182 has made a return, especially with DeLonge once again in...

Kendricks Lamars second studio album good kid, m.A.A.d. city was released on Oct. 22, 2012 by Top Dawg Entertainment.

Throwback Review: “good kid, m.A.A.D. city” by Kendrick Lamar

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor November 21, 2022

Kendrick Lamar has long been considered one of, if not the best rappers and poets of this generation, especially after projects like “To Pimp A Butterfly” and “Mr. Morale and The Big Steppers.”...

Bright and attention grabbing animation is one of the most notable factors in the 2022 animated film The Bad Guys.

Review: Go bad or go home

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor November 17, 2022

Police sirens sound as a gang of mangey misfits exits the bank, bags full of money in hand. Their getaway car skids to a halt as all five of them pile in and escape the scene of the crime.  “The...

Last week, rappers Drake and 21 Savage collaboratively released Her Loss through OVO Sound, Republic Records, Slaughter Gang Entertainment and Epic Records.

Review: “Her Loss” might be his loss

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor November 14, 2022

Suprise album by rap powerhouses Drake and 21 Savage, “Her Loss” was released on November 4th to roaring applause from the community. Drake having a questionable (at best) last few years with the...

Last week, 88rising and Warner Records released Smithereens, the third studio album by Japanese singer-songwriter Joji.

Review: Had to learn to let go

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor November 11, 2022

Joji has been on the rise for the past few years, thriving in the ever burgeoning alternative pop music scene. Releases like “Ballads 1” and “Nectar” show his natural talent at making dark,...

NSAI Songwriter-Artist of the Decade honoree Taylor Swift performs onstage during NSAI 2022 Nashville Songwriter Awards at Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 20, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Review: Fighting high expectations

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor November 10, 2022

Worldwide pop icon Taylor Swift has been on a career high lately. After her departure from Big Machine Records in 2018, and recent big name releases like “Red (Taylor’s Version)” and “Folklore,...

“Valorant” from Riot Games, has been updated to include a new interface and new playable character, making it one of the best first person shooters on the market right now.

Review: Let’s turn the tide

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor November 8, 2022

The team prepares with five seconds until the barrier collapses. Once the map is open, chaos ensues as both teams use all of their might to complete their mission. A player rushes towards the site through...

Fans were disappointed by the way Twitchcon was organized this year.  Organizers botched basic logistical and safety decisions and ruined special meet and greets with famous social media influencers.

Opinion: Twitchcon was poorly planned and executed

Claire Guzman, Staff Writer November 3, 2022

Twitchcon returned to San Diego for the first time since 2019 where favorite content creators got to meet up with their fans. But it didn't liv Recently, (previously faceless) Minecraft YouTuber Dream...

A memorial statue of John Lennon sits in a park in Cuba, showing the wide-reaching influence of the former Beatle on the world.

Lennon’s legacy

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor October 20, 2022

John Lennon, who’s birthday was Oct. 8, would’ve been 82 if he was still alive today. He is one of, if not the most impactful musicians and songwriters of all time, being a founding member of The Beatles,...

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