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

The McHenry Messenger

Summer is one of the best times to listen to music since the songs we listen to most get tied to the memories we make and adventures we take.

Playlist: Summer sunshine sounds

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor May 25, 2023

With the 2022-2023 school year coming to an end, everyone is looking forward to the warm weather of summer break. Of course, no summer break is complete without some good music to go along with it,...

As MCHS is winding down for spring break, The Messenger has put together our top picks for the perfect spring break playlist.

Playlist: Blooming beats

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor March 24, 2023

Spring break is finally here! The last checkpoint before the end of the year, Spring is the time to celebrate the warm weather and make new memories, while also catching a quick breather before the...

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,...

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,...

Messenger Mixtape Track 07: Alien Blues by Vundabar

Messenger Mixtape Track 07: “Alien Blues” by Vundabar

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor January 31, 2023

Music keeps us going here at the Messenger, and with this newest installment of the Messenger Mixtape that continues to ring true. Submitted by features editor Alayna Majkrzak, alternative rock...

Messenger Mixtape Track 06: Hey Lover! by Wabie

Messenger Mixtape Track 06: “Hey Lover!” by Wabie

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor January 23, 2023

The Messenger staff is back into the swing of things for the second semester and along with that comes new music for us to write to. This week, opinions editor Freedom Tomasello submitted “Hey Lover!”...

Messenger Mixtape Track 04: Skeleton by The Front Bottoms

Messenger Mixtape Track 04: “Skeleton” by The Front Bottoms

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor December 21, 2022

Off of their 2013 album “Talon of the Hawk,” “Skeleton” by alternative band The Front Bottoms is a loud, angst filled tirade about how unrequited love can chew at and hollow someone out,...

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,...

Bruno Marss 2010 debut combines elements of pop, funk, R&B, rock and other styles to create music both familiar and unlike any other artist before him.

Throwback Review: “Doo Wops And Hooligans” by Bruno Mars

Gabe Santos, Staff Writer October 7, 2022

Bruno Mars has been an iconic figure in pop culture for some time now, having released some of the biggest songs of the past decade, and is one of the loudest voices in pop music, neo soul, and R&B.  However,...

Dogpatch released their most recent single Slug​ //Mushroom earlier this summer.

Tune Into This: Dogpatch

Alayna Majkrzak, Arts and Entertainment Editor February 3, 2022

Anger is a common human emotion. It is something that every person can relate to. While many artists delve into the emotion, tearing it apart to the core to find the root of a problem, Dogpatch, an ever...

Tune In To This: Bears in Trees

Alayna Majkrzak, Features Editor December 2, 2021

Whether it’s the transition from being a child to a teenager or a teenager to an adult, everyone experiences growing pains. This is what the indie rock band, Bears in Trees seeks to explore by using...

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