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

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...

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!”...

2022 was an incredible year for music, and The Messenger has compiled a list of the best, and worst, albums of the year.

The best music of 2022 (and the rest)

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor January 20, 2023

2022 was a year of music best described as experimental. Last year, more than any other, has pushed the most creative minds to the front and center, and also signaled the fall of corporate, money grabbing...

Messenger Mixtape Track 05: “In The Light” by Led Zeppelin

Messenger Mixtape Track 05: “In The Light” by Led Zeppelin

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor January 17, 2023

The Messenger is back to work after winter break, and that means the tunes are back on! The Messenger Mixtape’s newest addition is psych rock “In The Light” by Led Zeppelin, submitted by yours...

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,...

While Kings Disease III is a good album, it brings up the question, is Nass legacy better left untouched?

Review: Is a legendary career better left untouched?

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor December 19, 2022

Legendary New York rapper Nas, known for songs like “N.Y. State Of Mind” and albums like “Illmatic” has recently made his mark on the rap scene with his “Kings Disease” series. Its most recent...

Messenger Mixtape, Track 03: Cashout by Fugazi

Messenger Mixtape, Track 03: “Cashout” by Fugazi

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor December 14, 2022

“Cashout” by Fugazi, off of their 2001 album “The Argument” is a post-hardcore rock song submitted by Dane Erbach, the advisor of The McHenry Messenger. The song is dark, brooding, and...

Messenger Mixtape, Track 02: “When Ur Gone” by 916frosty

Messenger Mixtape, Track 02: “When Ur Gone” by 916frosty

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor December 8, 2022

 “When Ur Gone”, a 2021 single by 916frosty, is a wonderfully upbeat and nostalgic song. Submitted by staff writer and business director Lydia Lawrence, the song features a slightly distorted,...

Messenger Mixtape, Track 01: Sunset by Nayeon

Messenger Mixtape, Track 01: “Sunset” by Nayeon

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor November 29, 2022

“Sunset,” submitted by senior Kennedy Tetour, the Messenger's Managing Editor, is a calming and fittingly bright song by south-Korean pop star “I’m Nayeon” (or just Nayeon). The song,...

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.”...

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...

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