El Estoque

MUSIC: ‘Picture Show’ is indie rock perfected

MUSIC: ‘Picture Show’ is indie rock perfected

Yimeng Han

April 17, 2012


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“Let’s go back, 1983 is calling!” sang Tyler Glenn, lead singer of Neon Trees, in the song “1983” from their debut album “Habits.” Two years has passed since Neon Trees gained attention — and a prolonged spot on the Billboard Hot 100 — from their hit single “Animal,” which...

MUSIC: ‘Roman Reloaded’ sinks to new levels of indecency

MUSIC: ‘Roman Reloaded’ sinks to new levels of indecency

Yimeng Han

April 2, 2012


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When it comes to music, alter egos are nothing new. Eminem created Slim Shady to reveal his inner darkness, while Beyonce used Sasha Fierce to explore a new musical identity. Nicki Minaj, on the other hand, uses her alter ego, Roman Zolanski, as an excuse to include more profanity. Her finished ...

VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of Singing Valentines

VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of Singing Valentines

Albert Qiu

February 18, 2012


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On Feb. 14, four Variations groups delivered an estimated 340 Singing Valentines to students and teachers on campus, performing approximately twelve Valentines each period. Selling at $3 each, Singing Valentines sold out Feb. 9 at lunch. El Estoque followed the group “Seventh Direction”, comprise...

Ritards audition for ‘America’s Got Talent’

Ritards audition for ‘America’s Got Talent’

Karishma Mehrotra

February 12, 2012


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  Most people are content to stare at the television and watch the judges of “America’s Got Talent” rate performers. On Feb. 12 at 1:15 p.m., the Ritards, an a capella group consisting of local high school students who sing together without instrumental accompaniment, auditioned in fro...

MUSIC: Ingrid Michaelson returns with a new sound

MUSIC: Ingrid Michaelson returns with a new sound

Amelia Yang

February 1, 2012


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Most people know Ingrid Michaelson for her sweetly acoustic songs “You and I” and “The Way I Am.” So her new album comes as a sudden — albeit not unpleasant — shock. Michaelson’s fifth album “Human Again”, released on Jan. 24 by Cabin 24 Records, reveals a darker side to the lighthearted artist. It seems to channel the part of Ing...

MUSIC: “An Evening of Music from Stage and Screen”

MUSIC: “An Evening of Music from Stage and Screen”

Yimeng Han

January 29, 2012


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MVHS’s annual Winter Concert, a tradition that has lasted for decades, took place this year from Jan. 26 to 28. Over 200 choir and 100 orchestra students performed “An Evening of Music from Stage and Screen.” Musicians included students from Studio Combo, Variations, Concert Choir, B Choir, A Choir, Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra....

WiLD 94.9 welcomes students back to school

WiLD 94.9 welcomes students back to school

Lisa Zhang

January 3, 2012


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The large van and the black tent are the first indicators of their presence on campus. The second is the blaring music. On Jan. 3, the DJs from WiLD 94.9 visited MVHS to welcome students back with their usual upbeat music. In addition to the live DJs, the radio station also held a raffle in which stud...

Music: ‘Undun’ does the unthinkable

Music: ‘Undun’ does the unthinkable

Morahd Shawki

December 11, 2011


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  To most, the Roots are simply Jimmy Fallon’s house band on his talk show. However, The Roots have actually had a long-established and immensely respected hip-hop career and recently released their latest album, “Undun.” The album does a whole lot more than do their reputation justice — the Roots may have created the best alb...

Music: A shift in direction for The Black Keys

Music: A shift in direction for The Black Keys

Morahd Shawki

December 9, 2011


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Fresh off of their tour promoting the 2010 album “Brothers,” The Black Keys has not left their fans waiting for new music. In October, the duo from Akron, Ohio announced “El Camino” would be arriving Dec. 6. With their breakout success with “Brothers,” the band has a lot of hype ...

VIDEO: The Ritards spread Christmas cheer

VIDEO: The Ritards spread Christmas cheer

Karishma Mehrotra

November 26, 2011


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    On Nov. 25, high school vocal ensemble The Ritards performed its annual concert at Santana Row from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.. The a capella group showcased an array of Christmas and classic songs to a large audience on Black Friday, including “Yesterday” by the Beatles and “...

Choirs debut with “All You Need is Love” concert

Choirs debut with “All You Need is Love” concert

Kevin Tsukii

November 20, 2011


Filed under ENTERTAINMENT, Music, Top Headlines

Held on Nov. 18 during school and at 7 p.m., Choir's debut “All You Need is Love” themed-concert filled the auditorium with soundtracks and songs of desire, loss and romance. All four choirs — A choir, B choir, concert choir and Variations — took to the stage and overflowed to the aisles, sing...

Music: String and Chamber’s yearly debut

Music: String and Chamber’s yearly debut

Angela Liu

November 11, 2011


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After giving a brief introduction, director John Galli turned around and readied his baton. The members of the orchestra, all dressed in white and black outfits, watched him for a signal. Everyone on the stage was eager to impress those who sat in the seats.On Nov. 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the au...