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The McHenry Messenger

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,...

MTV Unplugged defines a generation with acoustic performances from the worlds biggest artists.

Unplugging a generation

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor March 17, 2023

MTV Unplugged’s concept is one that I find very interesting. Taking the biggest artists, stadium performers, and putting them in an intimate acoustic setting has led to some of the most unique performances...

Ethan Bailey from Consequence Bronson sings and plays the drums at the 2023 Battle of the Bands

Sharing the stage

Freedom Tomasello, Opinions Editor February 24, 2023

On February 10th, MCHS held their annual battle of the bands, featuring groups such as Robot Man, Ordinary Hero, Consequence Bronson, The Sound, and 2022 champions, Standalone. The show was a resounding...

The Battle of the Bands takes place on Friday in the Freshman Campus auditorium. Not only will the event showcase student bands and solo acts, but will also offer food from two different food trucks.

MCHS to host Battle of The Bands at the Freshman Campus

Eli Frommes, Staff Writer February 9, 2023

The annual Battle of the Bands is taking place Friday, Feb. 10 at the Freshman Campus auditorium at 6 p.m. This year at Battle of the Bands, there will be six bands performing and four in between acts....

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 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,...

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,...

Swift breathes new life into her 2008 album with Fearless (Taylors Version), which features her earliest hits re-recorded and re-imagined more then ten years later.

Review: “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)”

Elle Smith, Staff Writer April 13, 2021

Ask any teenage girl about their current childhood music taste, and 9 out of 10 of them will inevitably mention Taylor Swift at least once. A good majority of said teenage girls probably spent their pre-teen...

Although it was never officially confirmed, most assume that Olivia Rodrigos hit drivers license was about High School Musical: The Musical: The Series co-star Josh Bassett, who taught her how to drive.

License revoked

Kiera Loewe, Social Media Director February 2, 2021

Record-breaking, dramatic, emotional — all these words fit Olivia Rodrigo’s new song, “drivers license” that was released on January 8. With tons of new development surrounding the song there’s...

Billie Eilish performs in 2019 at the Pukkelpop Music Festival in Kiewit, Hasselt, Belgium. A documentary about the pop starwill be available streaming on Apple TV+ next month.

Always looking forward to the next thing

MJ Smit, Staff Writer January 29, 2021

In December of 2020 acclaimed singer, Billie Eilish, announced that she would be releasing a documentary to Apple TV+ along with a new era for her music. Eilish has been taking the world by storm since...

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...

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