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El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

“The Family” ends with a bang while simultaneously standing as an ode to the past.

Hip hop collective BROCKHAMPTON started as strangers and left as a family

Taryn Lam November 29, 2022
Lead singer Kevin Abstract paints a lopsided family portrait on ‘The Family’
However, “SMITHEREENS” is a significant downgrade in the message Joji wants to send. Where there’s still slight inklings of the vocal and instrumental grandeur from his past projects, this record is much more akin to the unfinished patchworks of his beginnings, with heavy sounds hiding his raw vocals.

‘SMITHEREENS’ paints an incomplete canvas

Aditya Shukla November 20, 2022
Joji fails to bring artistic growth in his third studio record
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Dahlia Schilling and Anabelle Walker November 17, 2022

If the teenage experience is known for something besides awkward first dates and obtaining driver’s licenses, it’s acne. In America, acne is one of the most common skin conditions, according to the...

In only the first three quarters of 2022 alone, TikTok has had 571 million downloads


Ananya Chaudhary November 12, 2022

Just hours after posting a lighthearted TikTok with friends, sophomore Julie Yu was shocked to see her post going viral — but for the wrong reasons. Late last year, Yu and her group of friends went...

The Midnights album cover features Taylor Swift clicking a lighter, with the flame to her face

Taylor Swift flawlessly returns to pop with “Midnights”

Jiya Singh and Aashi Venkat October 26, 2022
“Midnights” manages to both complement and diversify the singer-songwriter’s discography
Homecoming 2022

Homecoming 2022

A recap of Homecoming 2022 at MVHS
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Understanding thoughts behind fashion and social media advertising
Why are consumers fixated on apparel logos?

Why are consumers fixated on apparel logos?

Chiran Arumugam and Samika Bhatkar October 9, 2022

Business teacher Lenore Espanola, a self-proclaimed fashion enthusiast, says she looks out for changing trends among what students are wearing.  “Right now I see girls wearing a combination of an...

The “MOSS” album cover features Maya Hawke self-reflecting over a retro background.

“MOSS” is a dull exploration of memories

Ananya Chaudhary and Manas Kottakota October 2, 2022

Actress and singer Maya Hawke, known for her role as Robin Buckley in the popular Netflix series “Stranger Things,” released her second studio album “MOSS” on Sept. 23, just over two years after...

General Nanisca gets ready to charge in the battlefield. Picture used with permission from TriStar Pictures

‘The Woman King’ delivers both action and heart in a solid Hollywood Blockbuster

Sagnik Nag Chowdhury, Staff Writer September 19, 2022

As a group of men drink whiskey around a campfire, they hear a rustling in the grassy fields and are met by several armed women, led by General Nanisca, played by Viola Davis. “The Woman King,” which...

The “Traumazine” album cover features rapper Megan Thee Stallion expressing anger on the left and grief on the right — with these two emotions merging into her neutrality in the middle — alluding to how the album is rich with emotion and showcases three different sides of the rapper.

‘Traumazine’ is a reclaim of artistic identity

Aashi Venkat August 15, 2022
Megan Thee Stallion’s seventh album has the perfect balance of authenticity, fury and confidence
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