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1989 (Taylors Version), Speak Now (Taylors Version) by Taylor Swift, Guts by Olivia Rodrigo, The Record by boygenius and Lets Start Here by Lil Yachty. Graphic by: Isabella Fierros

Music of 2023: A Year in Review

Christian Montecino February 9, 2024

What were some of the best albums of last year? 2023 was nothing short of a great year for music. Whether it be straight from the artist themselves, or newly adapted music for films, there have been countless...

After Houses closing speech, long standing show choir members were given flowers as a parting gift from House. Photo by: Emily Sevaaetasi

Ventura High School’s show choir takes the stage

Christian Montecino and Weston Blackburn January 19, 2024

VHS Show Choir performed their 15th annual holiday show “Share the Joy” On Friday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m., the VHS show choir performed at the VHS auditorium for the “Share the Joy” performance. There...

Spotify also announced their top 10 artists globally for the this year. Graphic by: Alexis Segovia

2023’s Spotify Wrapped has been released

Alexis Segovia December 13, 2023

 Music streaming service, Spotify, has released its annual event, Spotify Wrapped, which tracks music and podcast habits from the past year up until October On Nov. 28, Spotify, a music streaming service,...

Popcorn buckets and re-usable cups available for purchase at Cinemark Theaters. Photo by: Journey Quan

Cougar critique: “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour”

Journey Quan November 11, 2023

This Oct. 13, “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” opened, making itself the second highest grossing October movie ever  Taylor Swift’s “The Eras Tour” sponsored by Capital One, spanned all over the...

Loop 83s second album Petrichor was released on May 27. Art by: Charles Dwyer

Cougar critique: “Petrichor”

Jane Armstrong June 8, 2023

The local band’s indie rock album defines and expands the group’s sound On May 27, student band Loop 83 released their seven-track album “Petrichor” across multiple streaming platforms. The...

Jayden Secor 20 and Guy Martin 88, left to right, will do a gig March 31 at The Twist in downtown Ventura. Photo by: Julian Martinez

Special guests visit Ventura High School and perform a concert

Ava Mohror, Julian Martinez, and Brianna Ramirez March 30, 2023

Guy Martin and Jayden Secor visit Christian Gallo’s History of American Music class On March 28, VHS teacher Christian Gallo brought special guest musicians Guy Martin ‘88 and Jayden Secor ‘20 to...

String Orchestra Honors II performs 10th Sinfonia and Overture to the Hebrides Suite. Photo by: Andi Kish

Ventura High School receives unanimous gold ratings at Rancho Campana Music Festival

Wind Ensemble I, Wind Ensemble II Honors and String Orchestra II Honors all received the highest rating On March 9, VHS’ Wind Ensemble I and Wind Ensemble II Honors attended the Rancho Campana Music...

The Garden drummer Wyatt Fletches is depicted in this illustration. Illustration by: Brianna Ramirez

Opinion: Is the new The Garden album “HORSES**T ON ROUTE 66” a hit or miss?

How do VHS students feel about The Garden’s new album? The Garden is a musical duo that has been making music since 2011, consistently having a unique style and spin on their music. The Garden consists...

The debate regarding whether Spotify or Apple Music is better is a discussion that many students cant help but talk about. Graphic by: Ella Duncan

Opinion: Spotify vs. Apple Music which is really better

Ella Duncan February 24, 2023

Spotify and Apple Music are the two most popular music streaming platforms but which ones best is finally up for debate Music is a necessity for teenagers of this generation. As of November 2022, 82 percent...

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