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 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 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,...

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,...

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,...

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