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Finding the Worst Album: My Odyssey

Erik Sommer, Staff Writer

March 7, 2012

This week, I was burdened with the task of finding the worst album released in the last six months. I considered not even trying. You see, so many artists this year put in the effort, creativity, and consistency to deserve the award. Suffice it to say, there may be thousands of musicians who deserve...

A Q&A with Student Songwriter and Singer Jacqueline Devine ’13

Ben Reiser, News Editor

March 1, 2012

For most Staples students, iTunes is the central hub for music. If there’s a new single tearing up the charts by Nicki Minaj, Adele, or David Guetta, iTunes is guaranteed to have it. However, for Jacqueline Devine ’13, iTunes is something much more personal: it’s the place where her very own...

Lana Del Rey’s “Born to Die”: A Review

Jackie Kerames, A&E Editor

February 9, 2012

You may have not heard of Lana Del Rey, and if you have, what you’ve heard may not be good.  The singer has been publicly scrutinized and mocked for her  recent performance on Saturday Night Live, during which she stiffly sang pitchy versions of three songs from her new album, titled “Born to Die.” ...

My Favorite Albums of 2011

Callie Ahlgrim, Social Media Specialist

January 4, 2012

As the ball dropped and the new year was welcomed, Pitbull could be heard yelling across Times Square. Lady Gaga made an appearance, encouraging New York to “Marry the Night” as she danced around with a birdcage encasing her head. This year was dominated by infectious pop and pounding dubstep....

A Trek for Tunes

Julia Sharkey, Sports Editor

December 20, 2011

Living in Westport, it seems like it is a hassle for many to commute to the city to see their favorite artists, like Deadmau5 and Super Mash Bros. However, the distance is hardly an issue for most Staples students. Despite the hour-plus train ride, expensive cab, and frigid temperatures, students...

Drake’s “Take Care”: A Review


Ned Hardy, Web A&E Editor

December 14, 2011

I could start this review by writing about a number of different things. I could write about Drake’s posse, the OVOXO “clique,” which now includes the mysterious R&B crooner known as The Weeknd (no, that is not a typo). I could write about Drake’s rumored relationship with tennis superstar...

Review: Coldplay’s “Mylo Xyloto”

Carlie Schwaeber, Features Editor

November 17, 2011

On Oct. 21, 2011, Coldplay released their fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto, with the intention of being unique and original. The album is based off of a love story between Mylo and Xyloto, and while this love story basis is an attention grabber, the outcome of their work was inconsistent. Moreover, while so...

Music Review: Local Band “Mother Brother” Looks to Tighten their Sound on “Purdy”

Bryan Schiavone, News Editor

November 9, 2011

Mother Brother is a quartet based in Bridgeport, CT. A self-proclaimed mix of rock, funk, alternative, grunge, groove, pop, and experimental, the band incorporates a wide variety of sounds, ranging from mellow keyboard to upbeat strings to ambient techno and speedy beatboxing. Their most recent release,...

“Wildflower” Review

Molly Barreca, Opinions Editor

November 8, 2011

Since its beginning 10 years ago, American Idol has been the birthplace of multiple Grammy winning artists, umpteen #1 Singles on the Billboard Top 100 and even one Oscar winner. And after this 2011 season, it looks as though Idol may have discovered another hidden gem. Lauren Alaina began her care...

Students Start Local Jazz Group

Bailey Valente, Staff Writer

October 28, 2011

In high school years, many students begin searching for their niche or passion.  Many turn to sports, others choose acting. However, for these five students,  it’s all that jazz. Austin Alianiello ’12, tenor saxaphone player, Mike Ljungberg ’12, drummer,   Olivia Kapell ’14, bassist, Brian...

From Dude Ranches to Neighborhoods

Samantha Rutter

October 12, 2011

Seven years of bad luck. Seven deadly sins. Seven years of one legendary punk rock band's inactivity. But now, they're back. On September 27, 2011, Blink-182, comprised of members Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge, and Travis Barker, reunited and released their new album Neighborhoods. Before the full rele...

Guetta’s Latest Project Has Some Standouts

Guetta’s Latest Project Has Some Standouts

Chris Ramey, Staff Writer

September 28, 2011

David Guetta’s new album “Nothing But the Beat” is good, but definitely not great. Fans of his know that Guetta’s artistry is unique and that he manages to walk a fine line, placing himself between multiplatinum, multimillionaire DJ and underground jam master. He definitely shows this in "Nothing...

Ned’s Pick: What I’m Listening To

ig Sean, the rapper who sings

September 20, 2011

Ned Hardy '13 Web A&E Editor Today’s Billboard 100 is getting a little old. Don’t get me wrong- I’m the first to admit that I enjoy every Rihanna, LMFAO, Katy Perry song that hits number one. But the iTunes Top 10 was so static this summer that even Lady Gaga, an ostensible hit-maker, w...

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