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

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,...

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.”...

Bright and attention grabbing animation is one of the most notable factors in the 2022 animated film The Bad Guys.

Review: Go bad or go home

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor November 17, 2022

Police sirens sound as a gang of mangey misfits exits the bank, bags full of money in hand. Their getaway car skids to a halt as all five of them pile in and escape the scene of the crime.  “The...

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,...

NSAI Songwriter-Artist of the Decade honoree Taylor Swift performs onstage during NSAI 2022 Nashville Songwriter Awards at Ryman Auditorium on Sept. 20, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Review: Fighting high expectations

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor November 10, 2022

Worldwide pop icon Taylor Swift has been on a career high lately. After her departure from Big Machine Records in 2018, and recent big name releases like “Red (Taylor’s Version)” and “Folklore,...

“Valorant” from Riot Games, has been updated to include a new interface and new playable character, making it one of the best first person shooters on the market right now.

Review: Let’s turn the tide

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor November 8, 2022

The team prepares with five seconds until the barrier collapses. Once the map is open, chaos ensues as both teams use all of their might to complete their mission. A player rushes towards the site through...

Though Green Days Dookie rocketed them into the mainstream — dragging pop-punk from the underground with them — Insomniac showed that there was more to the band than snotty punk-rock stereotypes.

Throwback Review: “Insomniac” by Green Day

Gabe Santos, Arts and Entertainment Editor October 18, 2022

Green Day is arguably the face of the pop punk genre, and at the end of 1994, they were at a career high. That February they released their album “Dookie” which would peak at number 2 on the Billboard...

Hocus Pocus 2 is a disappinting cash grab that does not live up to the original movie.

Review: They’re back!

Beth Brackmann, Staff Writer October 13, 2022

This new take on this classic Halloween movie has some people pleased, while others believe it’s just another one of Disney’s cheap Disney+ cash grabs. 29 years after the release of the original movie,...

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,...

Though the popularity of HBOs Euphoria is due to its dramatic portrayal of teenage addiction, much of its mood is created by its equally dramatic soundrack.

Throwback Review: “Euphoria” by Labrinth

Gabe Santos, Staff Writer October 6, 2022

HBO’s “Euphoria” has been one of the most popular TV shows for the past year. It offers a dramatic interpretation of high school life — but what really sets it apart is the imagery. Gorgeous...

Heratstopper has quickly become a beacon of LGBTQ+ representation in the media, and has drawn in plenty of teenage fans.

Review: Say ‘Hi’ to ‘Heartstopper’

Alayna Majkrzak, Opinions Editor May 20, 2022

"Heartstopper" came out on April 22, 2022 after people had been waiting since it had been announced. It’s wildly popular due to the iconic comics that center around teenagers finding who they are and...

Though the movie was released in the 1980s, the movie “Say Anything” has become a cult classic that captures the trials of teenage love and the complexities of high school.

Groovy Movies: Senior cinema

Kennedy Tetour, Managing Editor May 4, 2022

Over the years, pop culture has captured the stress, drama and anxiety of the end of the high school. Here are five films that seniors will relate to before they toss their caps. Some of them are funny,...

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