Rival AB upsets WA -

Monday, September 29, 2014

Spaniards and their hosts exchange experiences -

Friday, September 26, 2014

NHS leadership takes a change of pace -

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Girls Field Hockey ties Lincoln-Sudbury -

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Yik Yak: students and faculty speak -

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Girls’ Soccer Drops Match Against Lincoln-Sudbury -

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Girls’ Volleyball defeats Cambridge 3-0 -

Monday, September 22, 2014

Jones excels on the field -

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mr. WA Is Crowned -

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Freshman Field Hockey Star -

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Clubs recruit freshmen -

Thursday, September 18, 2014

New staff members -

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Meet Spanish teacher Jennifer Ganley -

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Logsdon returns to WA -

Monday, September 15, 2014

Meet guidance counselor Doherty -

Monday, September 15, 2014

Kravitz moves to WA -

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dowse subs in for Bonakdar -

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cornwall steps in as librarian -

Monday, September 15, 2014

Q and A with Ms.Leavis -

Monday, September 15, 2014

Albu comes back to WA -

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Killers rock Connecticut

Flowers performing onstage.

Last fall, The Killers announced they would be going on an 18-month hiatus. However, it was apparent that the band had a bit of smoke and mirrors going on as they played the Mohegan Sun Arena in CT this month.

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Tepniyum brings culture to WA

Cambodian group playing together on the stage.

Last Wednesday, Tepniyum, a Cambodian performing group, brought their musical talents to the Performing Arts Center for WA students to enjoy.

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Arctic Monkeys take Boston by storm

Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys

Often hailed as the biggest band in Britain today, Arctic Monkeys played Boston’s Agganis Arena to a sold-out crowd on Thursday night.

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The 13 best albums of 2013

The 13 best albums of 2013

By Jocelyn Cote Graphic Designer No matter how you look at it, 2013 was an incredible year for music. From long-awaited albums to unexpected comebacks, this was certainly a year to remember. Now, as 2013 draws to a close, I’ve lent my ears to its musical output once again to assemble my favorite releases.  13. Lorde – Pure Heroine I’ll be honest here – I didn’t know what to think of Lorde at first when “Royals” first started to hit radio airwaves. Sure, her voice is impressive for a seventeen-year-old, and her songs are catchy, but is her songcraft really…

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Top 11 holiday songs

Our top pick of holiday songs.

By Abigail Cianciolo Editor-in-Chief  The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear, so why not have a repertoire of some of the best holiday music this season? 11. “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano With a blend of English and Spanish vocals, “Feliz Navidad” is a great musical selection that will spice up your holiday radio. 10. “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey This classic holiday tune is a sure crowd pleasure. With its catchy beat, it will be stuck in your head all season! 9.“White Christmas” by Bing Crosby I am…

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Photos: Musicians draw crowds at PCA

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By Jocelyn Cote Graphic Designer After a day of doorbuster deals and early-morning shopping, many local teenagers chose to spend their Black Friday evening at Westford’s Parish Center for the Arts for a joint acoustic night and rock show. Another Westford Teen Arts Council sanctioned event, the show featured an interesting mix of open mic acoustic performances and two bands: newcomers Shirts and Shoes and local favorites The Cranks. Attendance at the show was higher than ever, with the PCA packed to the brim with audience members. The night was a success for both WTAC and all musicians involved.

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New music from Avett Brothers

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By Craig Brinkerhoff Copy Editor Americana revivalists The Avett Brothers are back with a new album, Magpie and the Dandelion, released on Tuesday, October 15th.  Despite advanced criticisms on the expected over-production of the album, I can safely say it goes hand in hand with many of their best releases. The album opens up with “Open Ended Life,” a country-twanged number that is one of the few times the band successfully utilizes a drum kit.  On their last album, The Carpenter, they attempted to find this sound, but did not quite achieve it until now. The next few tracks are quintessential Avett Brothers:…

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White is the new black

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By Madhu Kaushik Staff Writer In an event new to Westford Academy,  junior Tommy Chen and senior Alex Markoski hosted a “White Box” performance Friday in the chorus room. Excitement was high with about forty students in the audience. Those who were performers strummed on guitars or hummed to themselves before the show started. Others were eagerly anticipating the open-mic event where their friends would participate in showing off their talent to their peers. The White Box was an informal event, open to all students, which added to the comfortable atmosphere. The performances opened with Chen playing “Julio” on the…

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Fall Out Boy play intimate Boston show

Fall Out Boy takes the stage

By Jocelyn Cote Reviews Editor The evening of Sunday, May 26th marked a celebration amongst local fans of distinguished Chicago pop-punkers Fall Out Boy. Nearly five years and one hiatus later, the band was scheduled to make their long-awaited return to Boston at the House of Blues. Fall Out Boy released their comeback album Save Rock and Roll in April, and embarked on a club tour in support of the record this month. The 2,500 capacity venue was intimate for such a popular band, and likewise the show sold out in less than 20 minutes when tickets went onsale. The…

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The Wonder Years deliver masterpiece

Album art for The Greatest Generation

By Ethan Walshe Editor-in-Chief  “I ended up as food for wolves for trying to take the world on” proclaims Dan “Soupy” Campbell, vocalist for the Pennsylvania based pop punk outfit The Wonder Years, who dropped their fourth full length album The Greatest Generation via Hopeless Records on May 14. The Greatest Generation concludes the trilogy of albums chronicling the band members’ lives as they deal with teenage angst, growing up, and the whole new slew of problems that come with becoming a more well-known group. The latter is the focus of this latest album. Led by the single “Passing Through a Screen…

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Wacapella concert ends sucessful year for music department

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By Amy Keum Staff Writer Last Thursday,May 9th, the Westford Academy Music Department came together for their last concert of the 2012-12013 school year. Previously called Wacapella night, the annual concert featured the unaccompanied voices of the many singing groups alongside with the new addition of the string ensemble called the Troubadours. The Troubadours kicked off the night of music with an exciting piece from the soundtrack of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean. The group is composed of middle schoolers and WA students who all had to try out to join. The talented troupe continued on to more classical pieces, performing…

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Vampire Weekend create a modern triumph

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By Jocelyn Cote Reviews Editor Today, May 14, indie rock sensations Vampire Weekend release their latest album, Modern Vampires of the City. The New York City natives have become forerunners of the city’s indie scene since their formation in 2006. Both their 2008 self-titled album and 2010 follow-up Contra have achieved both chart and critical success, and Vampires is set to continue that streak. Style-wise, the album picks up where Contra left off. The band has expanded upon its original straight guitar/bass/drums formula to include more electronic elements such as additional layers of synthesizers and artificial beats that only add…

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