The Tam News

Standing Room Only: Music Over Moshing

Standing Room Only: Music Over Moshing

By Emma Talkoff

June 7, 2013

There are some things that are simply better in theory, and unfortunately, for me, live music is one of them. Don’t get me wrong—I love to see my favorite artists in person and soak up familiar music unmediated by the filter of time, space and a recording studio. I tagged along with some frie...

Returning to Radio: Getting to Know an Old Friend

Returning to Radio: Getting to Know an Old Friend

By Jackson Twilling

June 7, 2013

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to get to know my grandparents’ 1998 Ford Ranger pickup truck while doing some work on it in the Tam auto shop. I swapped cars with them for a few days to make some repairs. After doing an oil change and putting on new tires, I spent a while driving the truck before...

The Meaning of Life, Finally Found

By Daniel Carroll

May 10, 2013

I was lucky enough to stumble upon the meaning of life a couple of years ago. It was eighth grade, and I stayed home sick in order to watch the movie “Pirate Radio,” the story of a ship that broadcasted rock music over the airwaves of England despite protest from the government in the 1960s. I r...

Orchestra Scores Top Honors in NYC Competition

Orchestra Scores Top Honors in NYC Competition

By Emma Talkoff and Emma Talkoff

April 5, 2013

Tam’s Symphonic Orchestra secured a Gold rating, the highest possible, and took home the coveted Adjudicator’s Trophy at the Heritage National Music Festival in New York City on March 23. Tam’s choir and orchestra have traditionally attended the annual festival, which this year hosted nearly...

Pandora Sets New Limits on Free Account Holders

Pandora Sets New Limits on Free Account Holders

By Max Bayer

March 5, 2013

The online radio company Pandora has implemented new hourly limits on music listening, which went into effect on March 1. The new rule limits free account holders to listen to 40 hours a week of music on their mobile device.  Granted, that still amounts to more than five hours a day, but the policy c...

“Les Miserables” Review: Tom Hooper Attempts To Destroy His Own Movie

“Les Miserables” Review: Tom Hooper Attempts To Destroy His Own Movie

By Wesley Emblidge

December 25, 2012

Most bad films are, at their core, just poorly written. Even a great cast and director can’t save a mediocre script, but a good script can usually save a mediocre cast or director. However it seems in the case of “Les Miserables,” the new adaptation of the critically acclaimed musical, director Tom Hooper seems to have attempted ...

Band Class Performs in Semester Concert

Band Class Performs in Semester Concert

By Chris Yip

December 16, 2012

The Tam Guitar and Percussion class performed in Caldwell Theater on December 6, showcasing music ranging from “ballads to rock songs,” according to senior Kel Mandigo-Stoba, one of the night’s emcees. “It was an eclectic, enjoyable mix of talented performances,” Tam English teacher...

“One Direction” infection sweeps the U.S.

“One Direction” infection sweeps the U.S.

By Emma Boczek

May 22, 2012

Yesterday’s pop music phenomenon, Bieber Fever, is now a thing of the past. Today, the epidemic that’s sweeping the world is One Direction infection. The British five-member boy-band called One Direction has gained immense popularity in North America in recent months, following the March 13 release...

Mini music reviews of royalty inspired artists

Mini music reviews of royalty inspired artists

By Veronica Russel and Veronica Russel

April 30, 2012

Rule the school and its airwaves with artists that remind one of a simpler time, a time when feudalism was still at its prime and a king and queen ruled over vast territories. Artists like King Charles, Lord Huron, Empire of the Sun, and The Good, the Bad, and the Queen remind us of that age. By li...

Justin Bieber and Christmas Music: Two Wrongs That Don’t Make a Right

Justin Bieber and Christmas Music: Two Wrongs That Don’t Make a Right

By Sophie McGuinness

March 1, 2012

Justin Bieber and Christmas music alone are poisons potent enough to kill even the brightest of moods, but Justin Bieber has really dropped the bomb with his Christmas special, “Under the Mistletoe,” released on November 1st. The 15 track album is a nauseating mix of original tunes and butchere...

Q&A with Tam band Satellites Don’t Blink

Q&A with Tam band Satellites Don’t Blink

By Trevor Perelson

November 23, 2011

Aggressive jazz funk and moshable acid jams are some of the ingredients that should be thrown into the description of one of Tam High's hidden musical treasures, Satellites Don’t Blink. This compilation of Mill Valleys finest odd bugs has merged together to create the unique sound that creeps from our va...

Bon Iver’s follow-up album appropriately titled “Bon Iver”

Bon Iver’s follow-up album appropriately titled “Bon Iver”

By Zoe Goldberg

September 27, 2011

There is something almost intoxicating about Bon Iver’s music. I can’t tell if it’s the completely incomprehensible lyrics, or maybe the husky, yet lilting tone of Justin Vernon’s voice. It could even be the sweet soiree of instruments and noise machines that willingly consume the background, but ...