Adding a closet into the MIX: ISU alum on radio hosting during COVID

MIX host Chris Petlak on air from his wife's closet during the Illinois Stay at Home order

Olivia Plangger and Mantra Dave

July 15, 2020

Shifting from a spacious radio studio to a close-quarters closet did not faze Chris Petlak, host of Chicago's 101.9 THE MIX's evening radio programming when the Stay at Home order was issued in March. Although the circumstances looked unusual, Petlak's wife's closet's sound quality was the best his home could offer: "It's the quietest room in the house,...

Top 10 underrated Taylor Swift tracks

Top 10 underrated Taylor Swift tracks

March 21, 2020

Taylor Swift has become one of the most loved and hated artists to dominate the music industry. Those who are unfamiliar or unwilling to accept the artist’s success have tried to drag her down, but most - if not all - have been left unsuccessful. In 2009, Kanye West famously interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards....

Styles’ new album ‘Lights Up’ the music industry

Harry Styles released his sophomore solo album through Columbia Records on December 13, 2019.

Charlotte Calmes, Senior Staff Reporter

January 14, 2020

Harry Styles has been keeping a low profile in the music industry since his first solo album Harry Styles debuted in 2017 and his concert tour “Harry Styles: Live On Tour” came to a close in 2018.  When the artist took a hiatus from social media in July of 2018, millions of fans were desperate for something - anything - even just a sign of ...

Class Acts: Episode 1 – Lena Lynn

October 23, 2019

Senior Maggie Shackley and sophomore Ivy Goeckner opened the 2019 Battle of the Bands with a performance of "Cherry Wine" by singer-songwriter Hozier. And for a group that had been playing together for less than a month, the two-handled what came next like a road ready touring act. Despite, the audio booth not powering up the stage microphones, the...

InkSpotify: Favorites from past NCHS musical performances

InkSpotify: Favorites from past NCHS musical performances

April 11, 2019

As the cast of the musical Shrek gets set to open their show, Kim Halm and the Inkspot staff took a look back at the musicals NCHS has put on over the years. Check out this InkSpotify playlist highlighting the Inkspot's favorite songs from those past performances. ...

Cooper Smith, class of 2017, performs in Iron's Got Talent during his senior year.

NCHS grad making original music, finds Spotify success

February 12, 2019

Cooper Smith has been hard at work since walking across the stage at Grossinger Arena, receiving his diploma in the spring of 2017. Since leaving Normal, Smith has set his sights on other stages - as he pursues his college degree and works to get his start in the music industry. Smith attends Lincoln Christian University, where he is studying worship min...

InkSpotify Playlist: Mr. Kelly Keogh's top 8 Springsteen songs

InkSpotify Playlist: Mr. Kelly Keogh’s top 8 Springsteen songs

February 1, 2019

In the February Inkspot print edition, we profiled Mr. Kelly Keogh's love of Bruce Springsteen. Take a listen to Chapman's top 15 Pearl Jam songs.

InkSpotify Playlist: Mr. Matt Chapman's top 15 Pearl Jam songs

InkSpotify Playlist: Mr. Matt Chapman’s top 15 Pearl Jam songs

January 30, 2019

In the February Inkspot print edition, we profiled Mr. Matt Chapman's love of Pearl Jam. Take a listen to Chapman's top 15 Pearl Jam songs. ...



December 6, 2018

The Inkspot staff has collaborated to curated a variety of playlists for students to help them discover new artists and songs. Acoustic EDM Common Covers Throwbacks...

Sign of the times…to come? Styles solo album a masterpiece

Rolling Stone writes that Harry Styles solo album

Brooklyn Shaw, Staff Reporter

May 18, 2017

Boy bands have captured the hearts of listeners globally for years, dating back to the Beatles first performance live television appearance on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964. Then came the Monkees and the Beach Boys and Jackson 5. Boy bands, with their choreographed dance moves, matching outfits, and enticing and complimentary vocals, always provide somethin...

Darling of the industry: Lydia Ainsworth

Ainsworth's Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music composition paid off as she was named Emerging Artist by the Canada Council in 2008.

Hayley Metz, Staff Reporter

May 18, 2017

String instruments and synthesizers are words not often used in the same sentence, let alone in the same song. Lydia Ainsworth, however, is working to integrate these contrasting styles with her new album, Darling of the Afterglow. From just the first few seconds of the album, released on March  31, a clear difference can be heard.  The Toronto-...

Is Jacob Sartorius the next big hit?

Jacob Sartorius is described on his official website as

Elyse Schneider, Staff Reporter

May 10, 2017

Social media today makes it incredibly easier to become famous. Kids, as young as 12, are charting on iTunes all the time - emerging artists like Cameron Dallas, Baby Ariel and Jacob Sartorius. Most of these young stars are the product of YouTube, Vine,, or Instagram. Social media creates a stage for these performers to find their audience...

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