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Dolores O’Riordan and Noel Hogan let it linger, you should too.

Consider Letting it Linger

Abbey Underhill, Staff Writer February 23, 2024

“Linger,” a song by The Cranberries, was released on their debut album “Everyone Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” in 1993. So how is it that 30 years later, the song is still widely popular...

Swift is not holding back on her new upcoming album, as her track five song is “So Long, London”.

Unpredictable: The 66th Grammys

Maddie Lewis, News Editor February 8, 2024

On Feb. 4, 2024, the 66th Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles at Crypto.com Arena. From varying music artists to music genres, almost every musician got their chance to shine, along with big surprises...

These two top rappers are going toe to toe. Who will come out on top?

Pink Heels and A Horse

Janis Parry, Literature Editor February 8, 2024

The ultimate showdown between two iconic female rap artists, Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion. It may seem as a shock to all that these two, who have previously worked on a track together, “Hot Girl...

Caption: Spotify and Apple Music head to head in a bloody battle. Photo made by Gracie Zimmerman

Spotify v. Apple Music: The Battle of the Century

Gracie Zimmerman, Literature editor March 15, 2023

When it comes to music listening, many services are offered for each audience. The main two competitors, Spotify and Apple Music, are constantly debated. They offer services at a comparable price point,...

Music notes etched into my skin… played with strings and things, the melody never ends (Photo by Emma Simmons).

That Song Burns

Emma Simmons, Editor-in-Chief December 15, 2022

  Winter is hot this year, And I don’t mean the weather My skin burns around the notes etched Into my skin, sketched Under the sleeve of my coat  Or is it a jacket? Shacket? Whatever… It’s...

Late rapper Takeoff at 2019 ESPY awards. Photo credits: People

Remembering the Life of Rapper: Takeoff

Kiera Walker, Staff Writer December 5, 2022

Kirshnik Khari Ball, also known as Takeoff, was born June 18,  1994 and died Nov.  1, 2022. He was born and raised in Lawrenceville, Ga. with his uncle, Quavious (Quavo) Keyate Marshall, and his cousin,...

Eugene Seese conducting the orchestra during the Materna Requiem rehearsal. Photo by the Focal Center Instagram.

The Music Community Comes Together in a Performance of “Materna Requiem”

Tori Harrill, Staff Writer May 6, 2022

After months of dedication and hard work, North Forsyth Choir’s Cantamus and Chamber Singers presented “Materna Requiem” by Rebecca Dale on April 26 at the new FoCAL Center. The requiem translates...

 A cowboy sits next to a fire and plays the guitar on a cool summer night. Photo by WWBW.

Songs Of My Life

Brodie Mizer, Staff Writer December 5, 2021

I thank the good Lord for the Good Directions in my life The interstates traveled, crossing state lines into Sweet Home Alabama and Rocky Top A one-man Convoy, almost Blown Away The wind calls...

Horror movie aficionados Ice Nine Kills return with a sequel to their last album, “The Silver Scream.” “Welcome to Horrorwood” follows a fictional homicide case. Album art by Ice Nine Kills (artist unknown).

A Killer New Album: Ice Nine Kills “Welcome to Horrorwood”

Cynda Allen, Editor-in-Chief October 27, 2021

“Sit back for the sequel of your dreams,” as Ice Nine Kills frontman, Spencer Charnas, puts it. Prepare for a bigger, bolder and bloodier musical project.   On Oct. 15, the Massachusetts-based...

Scaled and Icy’s cover art, featuring Trash the Dragon. Album art by Brandon Rike.

Scaled and Icy: Does it Deserve the Hate?

Emma Simmons, Sports Editor September 30, 2021

On May 21, 2021, the band Twenty One Pilots released a new album composed in quarantine called “Scaled and Icy”, which was received with mixed reviews from long-term fans and casual listeners alike....

Many concerts and public events have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19. Venues and musicians are thinking of new and creative ways to bring live music to fans safely. Photo by Cynda Allen.

What Will Touring Look Like Post-COVID and in 2021?

Cynda Allen, Opinion/Features Editor February 14, 2021

With COVID-19 dominating most of 2020, and now 2021, lots of concerts and public events have been canceled or rescheduled. Not being able to tour, musicians both big and small have spent their free time...

Elliot Moss performing one of his songs, “Best Light.” He has less than 500,000 listeners on Spotify, compared to the 6.1 million listeners of a different band, The Weekend. (Photo from Google)

Obscure Music Artists: Why We Should Praise the Unknown

Emma Simmons, News/Sports Editor October 23, 2020

Drake, Shakira, Taylor Swift and Eminem are all names that most everyone can recognize, even if one does not listen to their music. But what about Elliot Moss, Scotty Sire, Lily Kershaw and Sufjan Stevens? With...

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