The Kirkwood Call

Amplifying art

Paige Alyssa, singer-songwriter and producer, was born and raised in St. Louis.

Kate Schreiber, features + in-depth editor

August 24, 2020

“Miles Davis and Tina Turner [are from St. Louis]. Nelly is from [St. Louis]. All these people have had major moments in music in their respective genres. St. Louis really [has] so many great musicians here, and once you get into the scene you realize you’re just surrounded by giants.” It’s no coin...


Kali Uchis released her second EP, TO FEEL ALIVE on April 24, 2020.

Keziah Smith, Writer

June 11, 2020

Two years after the release of her last album, Colombian-American singer Kali Uchis finally blessed her fans with a new Extended Play (EP) specifically for quarantine, and it does not disappoint. Her most recent album, "Isolation,” was notably her most successful project with songs such as “After the Storm” and “Dead to Me...

Niall Horan’s “Heartbreak Weather” review

Niall Horan's

Lydia Drake, entertainment writer

June 11, 2020

Niall Horan began his music career on the stage of ‘The X Factor’ in 2010, where the popular boy band One Direction was formed. After the band announced their hiatus in early 2016, Horan has released seven singles and two albums including “Heartbreak Weather,” which was unveiled March 13, 2020. A...

Is 1D heading back in one direction?

One Direction may be reuniting soon.

Ava Duggin, features writer

June 11, 2020

Lindsey Tomlin, junior, runs out of her bedroom to find her mom. “You’re not gonna believe what is going on,” she said. Tomlin has a smile and tears in her eyes. She has been a self-proclaimed One Direction superfan since fourth grade. One day while scrolling through Instagram, she noticed a video...

Thursday night is the band’s night

Rebecca Friesen, KSD director of bands, plays with her son.

Ava Duggin, features writer

May 14, 2020

It’s 6 p.m. on a Thursday night in “the Wood.” Rebecca Friesen, KSD director of bands, would usually be in downtown Kirkwood enjoying the annual summer concert series. But tonight she stands on her front porch playing her clarinet, with her son playing his trumpet on her left. With concerts and...

Team Joanna

Art by Emma Frizzell

Lydia Sheehan, entertainment writer

May 4, 2020

The coaches were in awe just by hearing her voice. They listened intently in their chairs for the next member of their team, ready to push their button. Thirty seconds in, one button is pushed, then two, then three. The chair lights up with the words, “I want you!” The audience and coaches are captivated...

quarter note: Jazmin Bean – Worldwide Torture

Worldwide Torture, the non-binary (meaning they identify as neither male or female) star’s debut EP, is tangible proof of their dedication to originality.

Lily Frick, features writer

March 5, 2020

Rating: 9/10 It’s a weirdly familiar story by now. A young adult with a new look arrives at fame’s doorstep overnight, and tens of thousands of their Instagram followers watch as they release their highly anticipated debut record. Jazmin Bean is no exception; rocketing to fame from an interview on Barcroft TV’s serie...

Top Albums of the 2010s

Album covers by Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Frank Ocean and Kanye West.

Lindsay McCarthy, features writer

January 23, 2020

This past decade has brought a new era of music: hip hop and rap overtook pop as the most popular genre of the industry, streaming services allowed for listeners to be exposed to millions of different artists across the world, and Kanye West went from interrupting Taylor Swift at the VMA’s to declari...

Top 10 rap albums of 2019

Artists release albums every year that capture audiences' attentions; 2019 was no different.

Tom Mueller, sports editor

January 22, 2020


“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” Review

Remember that one movie that made your standards for high school incredibly unrealistic?

Maya Kim, features writer

January 20, 2020

Remember that one movie that made your standards for high school incredibly unrealistic? It’s the one with Zac Efron dancing with a basketball in a gym. The one with teens dancing on the lunch tables singing about the status quo. The one with the most iconic dance number in the history of Disney Channe...

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