5SoS

Story by: Baylie Clevenger, Managing Editor
Photos by: Baylie Clevenger, Managing Editor

Baylie's 5SoS 1On August 22 the band 5 Seconds of Summer paid a visit to Klipsch Music Center, and I had the privilege of being able to attend such a fun and entertaining concert.

The concert began after the less-than-impressive opening act, Hey Violet. While I was dissatisfied with the opening act, having mediocre vocals and lyrics, the rest of the concert was stellar.

5 Seconds of Summer opened with their song “End Up Here.” I thought the song was a great choice to open their performance, it was very fun and upbeat and I was impressed.

Baylie's 5SoS 2This concert had the best atmosphere,  there was not only chemistry between the band members, but also between the band and the crowd. It was clear that the band loved being on stage and they were glad to be there performing. They also thanked the crowd multiple times for having them and I thought it was pretty neat that they were so grateful to have been performing for us.

The most impressive part of the concert, by far, was their performance of the song “Wrapped Around Your Finger.” The vocals of Michael Clifford, guitarist, were spectacular and sounded as if he were recorded in a professional studio. The song was also just awe inspiring  and the emotion put into it was astounding.

The only part about the concert I was not pleased with was their decision not to sing “If You Don’t Know,” a fan favorite. The setlist was pretty good, but there were definitely some songs I wish would have been there that were not. Some of them include the first song of theirs I ever listened to, “Heartbreak Girl,” which was replaced by their new single “She’s Kinda Hot.”  I was also sad to find that their song “Never Be,” which is my favorite of all of the 5 Seconds of Summer songs, was missing.

When I can walk out of a concert and hear a large group of complete strangers singing one of the band’s songs together, I know it was a good concert.

 

One Direction sells out Lucas Oil

Story by: Baylie Clevenger, Managing Editor
Photos by: Baylie Clevenger, Managing Editor

one direction crowd

The lights go out, the music blasts and screams erupt. Everyone is in a frenzy in an attempt to see as much as they can, and the tears run. The concert has begun.

On July 31st, One Direction took Indianapolis by storm in a way no one could have expected.

I attended the concert, and after seeing this band for the third time, I  can say that I am always more than impressed by their talent and ability to entertain.

The show opened up with a song off their most recent album, Four, called “Clouds.” It was upbeat and the perfect way to get the crowd pumped up. One would expect the performance to be less impressive seeing as they just lost their fifth band member, Zayn Malik, but they did not fail to absolutely knock everyone’s’ socks completely off.

“I don’t even like the band and they impressed me,” said Sydney Shurman, 12.

By far the best part of the concert was when they performed their new single, “Drag Me Down,”  live for the first time. The song has a catchy beat, and to say that the vocals of these four beyond talented young men are impressive would be an insulting understatement. This song will be featured on their new album, which is yet to be named.

The concert was a great experience and I recommend seeing One one direction concertDirection live. They were entertaining and it was obvious that they genuinely wanted to be doing what they were doing. They even thanked the crowd multiple times just for being there.

I left the concert that night with one of feeling like I had had the time of my life. Seeing them again in the future is definitely something I am looking forward to.

Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson rocked our state’s capital and I am grateful that I was able to experience it.

Parlez-vous middle school

Story by: Baylie Clevenger, Managing Editor
Photo by: Halee Evans, staff photographer

Spanish photoAlong with delayed starts and Chromebooks there are other innovations occurring at MVHS this year. One of these new improvements  includes an addition of a world language class for the eighth grade.

This program teaches Spanish and French to better prepare students for foreign language classes they may have to take in high school.

The teacher of the program, Mrs. Olivia, taught a world language class for Warren Schools for many years. She also has extensive experience in travelling to Spanish speaking countries.

Since the program is all about getting students ready for high school, it focuses on both French and Spanish. The main information included in the program is, Mrs. Olivia said,  both basic vocab and culture.  

“Language has a lot to do with culture, and when you choose a language, you choose the people,” said Mrs. Olivia.

Another purpose of the program is to make the transition into high school language classes easier. With a little bit of prior knowledge of the language they may choose, it will make foreign language easier. This way French and Spanish classes will not be as daunting for incoming freshmen.

Mrs. Olivia also said that her goal is to help students make educated decisions on what language class to take in high school.

As far as the high school aspect of this class goes, it seems that French teacher Mr. Freeman is rather ecstatic about the program.

“I have had the pleasure of talking at length with Mrs. Oliva.  She has some marvelously creative ways of getting her curriculum across to her students,” said Mr. Freeman. “I am delighted that the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation has taken this first step in starting to offer world language at the Middle School level.  I’m sure it will do nothing less than increase the interest and involvement of more students in world language at the high school level.”

The class will enable students to take hold of their education as far as world language goes, and the future of world language at Mount Vernon High School, is a bright one.

 

Country is the new rap

Story by: Baylie Clevenger, Features and Photography editor
Photos by: Baylie Clevenger, Features and Photography editor

country-rap cds

In the last few decades, rap music has become a popular genre. Not only has it been wildly popular, but also controversial. The curse words,drug and alcohol references, and degradation of other people have raised question about the genre. This extends not only to popular rap songs on the radio, but also to places as simple as a personal Soundcloud, a website which allows people to post their own music.

I in no way believe that any genre should be excused from the backlash created by racy or degrading lyrics, and  there is another genre that is frequently overlooked for the same degradation of both women and people in general:  country music.

At first the idea that country music is just as inappropriate as rap sounds crazy, but these lyrics are nearly the same, the main difference is the background music. Country has guitar and banjo and drums, whereas rap has lots of bass and music made on a sound board rather than with actual instruments.

I fail to understand why Luke Bryan singing “Country girl shake it for me” is any different than Jason Derulo singing “Talk dirty to me.”

Another thing I fail to understand is why it is okay for Jason Aldean to sing “Smoke rollin’ out the window/An ice cold beer sittin’ in the console” is accepted as appropriate. It is a widely known fact that having open alcohol containers in a vehicle while driving is illegal, this activity is mentioned in these lyrics. Meanwhile when 2 Chainz sings “Wake up in the morning, roll a blunt and then I count bank/Pull out the garage, hit a button then the top faint,” it is seen as inappropriate.

“It seems that the only difference is the fact that there is a fiddle, or other instruments in the  in the background of country music,” said  Hailey Patton, 11.

Society should not be excusing explicit messages for some people but not others. I do not see why explicit messages about drugs, partying, and the objectification of women are excused for one genre, but not the other. If one genre is held in contempt for racy lyrics and negative messages, the other should be as well.

Four

By Dakota Fisher
Photos by Baylie Clevenger

one direction
Four years and four albums later, One Direction has successfully released their new album, “Four.” The boys of One Direction; Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and Zayn Malik,have been on the top of the charts for several weeks after the release of the first single off of the album: “Steal My Girl” followed by “Ready To Run” and finally “Night Changes.”

The album sold over 387,000 copies in the first week of its release, and has been listed on 17 different charts around the world for over 20 weeks. One Direction is the first band in history to have debuted at number one on the “Billboard 200” charts four consecutive times.

“I think One Direction is finally finding their place in the music industry,” said Shana Stutz, 9. “They’re really finding out how to appeal to their target demographic and how to enjoy themselves in what they do, as opposed to performing something they don’t love. It’s really obvious when artists are forced to do something because you can tell when they have no passion for something but I don’t think thats that case with One Direction anymore, I think they’ve found their niche.”

After such a successful album,the question remains: What is next for the internationally known European band?

The dynamic quintet will kick off their fourth headlining tour, “On The Road Again” in 2015 with over seventy shows in 19 countries. Including one show here in Indy at the Lucas Oil Stadium on July 31, and tickets are on sale now.

The OTRA tour kicked off in Sydney, Australia on February 7.