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Jam Session: From left to right, seniors Borna Movaffaghi, Matthew Zelkowitz, Wyatt Anderson, and Isaac Bernstein practice an original song in Zelkowtiz’s basement. Left Turn 25 practices weekly for various performances.

Left Turn 25

Maia Weissman, asst. opinions editor
February 16, 2024

The band Left Turn 25 started with a violin and a drum kit, senior Matthew Zelkowitz, drummer and songwriter for Left Turn 25, explained. Six years ago, deep in Zelkowitz’s basement, the band began to...

Music for the spirit and the soul

Music for the spirit and the soul

Jack Rahija, Guest Columnist
February 16, 2024

Throughout my experiences as a music player and lover, I find that two words have always motivated me: “spirit” and “soul.” Whether I am playing music or listening to a song, I find that the...

Not your dads yacht rock: Yachty embraces rock in new album

Not your dad’s yacht rock: Yachty embraces rock in new album

Max Beitzel, asst. features editor
March 17, 2023

On Jan 27, 2023, an artist known for his trap music, Lil Yachty, released a psychedelic rock album called Let’s Start Here. Before Let’s Start Here, Lil Yachty had not stepped out of his comfort zone...

Hyperpop excellence

Max Beitzel, asst. features editor
February 17, 2023

On her 2020 album, how i’m feeling now, Charli XCX pushed the boundaries of the pop genre through the incorporation of hyperpop and experimental electronic sounds unlike any other mainstream pop artist....

Community from assembly

Community from assembly

Stella Ivanov, staff writer
December 16, 2022

As music blared through the walls, crowds of people gathered into the auditorium to see South’s orchestra, choir, and band perform for the winter music assembly on Dec. 14, choir director Robert Shellard...

Concert for a Cause: Tofu Fighters wins, raises money for Alzheimers awareness

Concert for a Cause: Tofu Fighters wins, raises money for Alzheimer’s awareness

Mia Hermann, Staff writer
December 16, 2022

Some are familiar with the high-stakes musical showdowns of game shows like The Voice or American Idol. But instead of a giant soundstage, national television, and Kelly Clarkson, South’s musicians went...

Talented orchestra: During the Master Singers/Orchestra Concert, South’s Symphony Orchestra plays on the auditorium stage. 
Photo by Veronika Gliwa

Music groups’ final bow

Kaitlyn Jiang and Kaia Otwell
May 20, 2022

Excited chatter flooded South’s auditorium as families and friends filled the seats to watch the Master Singers/Orchestra and Spring Choral concerts. South students in band, orchestra, and choir lit...

Compass takes the stage with barbershop a capella

Compass takes the stage with barbershop a capella

Justine Liu, staff writer
May 20, 2022

A barbershop is not just a place where people get their haircuts, it is also a term traditionally associated with straw hats, bow ties, and striped shirts, the name of an a capella style brought to life...

The playlist that has followed me throughout my life

Emily Blumberg, co-editor-in-chief
May 20, 2022

This column is dedicated to my “writing playlist.” The compilation of approximately 30 songs that has played in the background while I’ve written nearly every essay or story throughout my South career.  The...

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Silk Sonic Immerses Funk & Soul Into Mainstream Music

Rachel Koopersmith and Max Beitzel
April 14, 2022

An Evening With Silk Sonic, released in late 2021 featuring artists Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, explores a variety of musical genres ranging from funk to soul while also curating a nostalgic ‘70s...

photo by Veronika Gliwa

Students embrace their inner musician at Battle of the Bands

Alexandra Zachary, staff writer
December 17, 2021

Cheers encourage the band members as they step onto the stage. The chatter dies into silence and suddenly, it is time. The long-awaited moment to finally showcase the endless hours of rehearsal and dedication...

photo courtesy of Interscope Records

FINNEAS brings pessimism to Optimist

Greg Neppl, guest columnist
November 12, 2021

Following his successful 2019 EP, Blood Harmony, FINNEAS has finally released Optimist, his debut album. However, do not be tricked by the title’s name. In the album, FINNEAS expresses his troubled experiences...

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