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Sing it loud

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.

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 in full force. As the curtain begins to open, applauds filling the room to eagerly welcome the band,...

Gallery: Students and staff rock Battle of the Bands

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

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 student bands Temporary Delay and Nyght Stryke (and featuring an opening performance by all-teacher...

Drama Club hosts the second annual Cabaret Night

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.

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 a song of their choosing from a mainstage Broadway production.  “The students work independent...

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 of places in McHenry for these young musicians to perform to the public, and that puts a dent in those...

Review: Selena Gomez’s ‘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 in an interview with Jojo Wright, “and now looking back it challenged me to go even further.” ...

Review: The Specials’s ‘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” is their eighth studio album, and first release of original music since their 1998 album ...

Review: Blink-182’s ‘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” is an album that feels like it was made by Blink-182. However, throughout my listening, I found the album’s au...

West graduate hits high note in music career

Mackenzie O'Brien poses for a publicity photo while playing guitar.

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 and record songs in hopes of establishing herself as a serious musician. For O’Brien, this is a pr...

Kanye West has redefined rap music

Kanye West performs last year

Cody Dyer, Staff Reporter

April 1, 2019

From production, lyrics, even the content of his songs, Kanye West has influenced contemporary rap music more than any other artist. With the release of his fourth studio album “808’s and Heartbreak” West achieved a revolutionary moment in pop culture. This project redefined the rap genre and bent t...