El Estoque

Illustration of a woman wearing a saree, a traditional Indian outfit

Beginning with Bollywood

Kripa Mayureshwar September 25, 2021
Reconnecting with my culture through Bollywood music
Lil Nas Xs Debut Monteros colorful and eye-catching album cover

Lil Nas X’s ‘Montero’ is a mixed bag with many gems

Anika Sharma September 22, 2021
Lil Nas X’s debut album is an emotional and fascinating ride
The cover features a hand reaching out towards a bright pink poison vial | Photo Courtesy Warner Bros Music

‘pretty poison’ is an absolute masterpiece

Irene Tang and Abdullah Memon September 12, 2021
Nessa Barrett releases chilling first EP
The album cover for Kanye Wests Donda consists of a simple black square. Photo courtesy of Def Jam Recordings

Manic artistry is celebrated in ‘Donda’

Aditya Shukla August 31, 2021
Kanye West’s newest record hits vulnerable highs but fails to find cohesion and purpose
Redefining Music

Redefining Music

Shivani Verma May 22, 2021
Exploring the impact of LGBTQ+ representation in the music industry on listeners
Poarch and Valkyrae in the music video.

Bella Poarch’s debut single exceeds expectations

Leanna Sun May 21, 2021
“Build a B*tch” serves as a fitting transition into the music industry
Cultural melodies

Cultural melodies

Sophia Chen, Copy Editor April 4, 2021
Looking into three different MVHS students who play traditional instruments
The 5 Senses of Culture

The 5 Senses of Culture

Delving into the sensory facets of cultures present at MVHS
Max Martin: Pop music’s resident hitmaker

Max Martin: Pop music’s resident hitmaker

Arjan Madan, Staff Writer March 30, 2021

On Feb. 7, The Weeknd finished the 2021 Super Bowl Halftime performance with his hit song “Blinding Lights.” According to Billboard, “Blinding Lights” has spent over a year in the top 10 songs...

Singing Valentines: Quarantine Edition

Singing Valentines: Quarantine Edition

Vivian Jiang and Claire Wen February 14, 2021
MVHS Choir revises their Valentine’s Day tradition
Photo courtesy of California All-State Music Education Conference

MVHS Music Department’s All-State Band and Orchestra members

Aditya Shukla and Devin Gupta February 8, 2021
How All-State band programs are managed through the screen
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