The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


The Official Student News Site of Parkway West High


Before there was Apple Music or Spotify, there was the Sony Walkman. Now reduced to only the latter word, a Walkman was just a portable cassette player, but in the ‘90s, they were a vital accessory. The Sony Walkman was the first piece of music media to allow people to travel with their music.

30 years later: The albums of 1994

Mikalah Owens, Staff Writer April 11, 2024

The music industry was forever altered in 1994 by a series of groundbreaking albums that emerged from various genres. It was a year marked by artistic innovation and genre-defining releases. From the gritty...

Singer-songwriter and actress Ariana Grande poses on the cover for her newest album “eternal sunshine.” Grande’s seventh studio album arrived on March 8 after a three-year drought, granting the long-time wishes of her fanbase; for Grande, it was the most emotional project she’s ever made. Although this album captures a lot of painful moments, it also is woven together with a through line of deep, sincere love, Grande said via Instagram story following the album’s release.

Walking on “eternal sunshine”

Risa Cidoni and Samir Shaik March 15, 2024

As the music industry undergoes a major transitional period in 2024, older legacy artists have begun to slowly age out of the mainstream and new artists have risen on the charts. This time has been fraught...

Putting stickers on guitars and equipment has been a popular style in the rock scene for decades. For female guitarists Nancy Wilson and Joan Jett, decorating their gear with stickers  helped promote their political and personal values.

Women who rock

Mikalah Owens, Staff Writer March 12, 2024

For decades, women did not attempt to enter the rock scene because it was nearly impossible for their talent to be recognized. Nobody took women seriously or gave them credit, and they were often sexualized...

Marking the 25th anniversary of the Pantone Color of the Year, 2024’s color is revealed: Peach Fuzz.

Stay peachy

Yein Ahn, Staff Writer February 28, 2024

On Dec. 7, 2023, Pantone announced the 2024 Color of the Year: Peach Fuzz. Unlike previous bold colors like Viva Magenta (2023) and Very Peri (2022), PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz is a much softer, pinkish-orange...

This morning, thousands of AT&T customers were unable to call or text. Cricket Wireless also experienced outages, which would be interesting if anyone used Cricket Wireless. “I was on my way to school this morning, and I was trying to look up my schedule for my sports game tonight. It wasn’t loading, and I noticed that I didn’t have any cellular service. It made me really confused and kind of mad because I’m paying good money for this and they’re not giving me any service,” AT&T customer and sophomore Jake Herrman said.

I have no data, I must scream

Serena Liu and Lauren Holcomb February 22, 2024

Students everywhere were left shell-shocked today as they were greeted by an ominous “no connection” warning on every social media app. It soon became clear that Parkway West was the latest victim...

Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker of boygenius raise their arms in front of a fire that hearkens to the cover of Audioslaves titular debut.

Supergroup supremacy

Will Gonsior, Staff Writer February 20, 2024

It’s not hard to trace the path from Audioslave to the boys, but the two groups are also clearly distinct. Audioslave is the last vestige of the old rock order: smothered in grunge, aggressively male...

No matter the form of music —  vinyls, cassettes, CDs and playlists — anti-love songs have been apparent for decades. Whatever the genre or the context of the source material, when artists choose to be open about the realities of their relationships, it leads to vulnerability in their writing, ultimately, making timeless tracks.

Love bites

Mikalah Owens, Staff Writer February 14, 2024

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, classic love songs — and way too many Taylor Swift songs — are plastered everywhere. For people in a relationship, the hallmark holiday is a sentimental...

A raised fist has been a staple piece for protests amongst the United States for decades. The forceful salute is intertwined with some of the most tumultuous events involving racism. A powerful medium that artists have used is music, which has been used to push back against the constant oppression that happens in society.

Honoring Black artists

Mikalah Owens, Staff Writer February 1, 2024

From jazz, blues, R&B and hip-hop, Black artists’ creativity and talent have heavily influenced the music industry. By bringing soul, rhythm and powerful storytelling to music, they broke racial...

 Students’ favorite songs from the Korean, Bengali, Vietnamese, Russian, Tamil and Farsi languages.

Six MORE songs for your international playlist

Sravya Reddy Guda, Staff Writer January 29, 2024

Cultural diversity traces its roots across West High, featuring students fluent in Korean to Bengali to Farsi. There is no shortage of foreign customs in the halls that surround us. With that, welcome...

(Photo from Netflix) Jackie Howard stands in between brothers Alex Walter and Cole Walter as they fight to win her love. The love triangle looks to continue with Netflix’s recent renewal of the teen drama show for a second season.

Like every other teen drama: “My Life With the Walter Boys”

Ruthvi Tadakamalla, Social Media Manager January 23, 2024

Netflix’s newest teen fascination, “My Life With the Walter Boys,'' unfolds a familiar tale of love and tight-knit family drama, weaving a narrative around a predictable yet compelling love triangle....

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