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Jesse Andrews published The Haters, about three misfit musicians who ditch jazz camp to tour with their slapped-together band, was published b Amulet Books in 2016.

Review: “The Haters”

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Writer May 21, 2021

A bassist, drummer, and lead-singer/guitar player — all of them with a vendetta against being told what to do with their lives and with their music. These three misfit, rookie musicians meet at a jazz...

Choir director Derek Galvicius accompanies and conducts MCHSs Concert Choir as they perform their first and last concert of the year in the West Campus auditorium on May 6.

Band and choirs perform final concerts of year

Emma Westermeier, Staff Member May 10, 2021

On May 5 and 6 Surround Sound, Cadet Choir, and Concert Choirs closed out the year with their last performances in the auditorium. The last band concert will follow on May 11, featuring the Freshman, Concert,...

Up beat music, tacky costumes, and colorful scenery make 2001 film Josie and the Pussycats stand out in a sea of forgotten films.

Groovy Movies: Ears up, claws out

Kennedy Tetour, Arts and Entertainment Editor February 3, 2021

Josie and the Pussycats is a 2001 movie about an all-female rock band who are trying to make it big in the music industry. This movie is one of those movies that you can one thousand percent identify the...

People who consider themselves alternative usually express it through social media posts, but what people consider alt has its roots in punk-rock—and in social politics.

That is so punk

Alayna Majkrzak, Staff Reporter November 30, 2020

Loud music fills the sky just as patches fill the holes in their black jeans. Their patches and buttons reading “COEXIST” and “Black Lives Matter.” Their makeup dark and bold as they walk down...

Joe Cangelosi plays guitar for Winter Tennis during the Battle of the Bands. On January 24, MCHS student-formed bands competed for the title of 2020 Battle of the Bands champion.

Sing it loud

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor February 3, 2020

Standing behind the curtain, the band waits to be introduced by the emcees before they can start performing. The time leading up to the performance has been full of excitement and anxiety, but now it’s...

Joshua Miller supports Winter Tennis. On January 24, MCHS student-formed bands competed for the title of 2020 Battle of the Bands champion.

Gallery: Students and staff rock Battle of the Bands

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor January 27, 2020

On January 24, Student Council hosted the annual Battle of the Bands competition in the West Auditorium to a packed auditorium. Along with many non-competitive in-between acts, the event showcased MCHS...

Although Cabaret Night is not widely advertised in the school, drama students from both campuses hope to express their love for musical theatre to others.

Drama Club hosts the second annual Cabaret Night

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor January 17, 2020

MCHS drama club will host its second annual Cabaret Night on Saturday, January 18 in the East Campus auditorium at 7 pm. Cabaret Night is an auditioned event where students participating will perform...

Opinion: Bring the music back

Opinion: Bring the music back

Stacy Correra, Copy Editor December 17, 2019

With the annual Battle of the Bands event coming up, students ready the garage bands they started with their friends on a whim. But after the big battle, where do they go from there? There are not a lot...

Review: Selena Gomezs Lose You To Love Me

Review: Selena Gomez’s ‘Lose You To Love Me’

Michelene Havard, Staff Writer November 12, 2019

Selena Gomez is an iconic pop sensation, but she has yet to release a new album since her latest full-length album 2015’s "Revival." “'Revival' was just a stepping stone for me,” Gomez admits...

Review: The Specialss Encore

Review: The Specials’s ‘Encore’

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor October 16, 2019

Comeback albums are never an easy feat, and usually quite rocky in its execution. However, English ska-revivalist icons The Specials, formed in 1977, change that perception on their newest album. “Encore”...

Review: Blink-182s NINE

Review: Blink-182’s ‘NINE’

Ciara Duncan, Staff Writer October 4, 2019

For a person who has wanted to get into punk music for quite some time, Blink-182’s new album “NINE” is a good place to start. With a diverse set of songs, great melodies, and easy listening, “NINE”...

Mackenzie OBrien poses for a publicity photo while playing guitar.

West graduate hits high note in music career

Sydney Murrin, Editor May 1, 2019

Dodging a crowd of people, lugging her suitcase behind her, recent McHenry West Campus graduate Mackenzie O’Brien weaves through the airport on her way to Nashville, T.N., where she is headed to write...

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