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September Student Fashion

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This fall, the trends most apparent in the halls of Branford High School are floral prints, high-waisted skirts and plaid.

While plaid has always gone in and out of fashion, the contemporary look appears to be more fitted shirts and dresses. Many students are wearing this trend, while sporting a plaid dress Steph Dahlin says, “I think it’s cool that plaid is in style again. You could dress it up or down.” Steph Dahlin’s purple plaid dress is a chic alternative on the 90’s grunge staple.

            Floral prints are reminiscent of the summer so it is no surprise that they are very prominent this fall. Bright bold florals are big this year with their feminine pattern and summery charm. Rachel Baker pulls in this trend with a floral shirt and t-shirt combo, Rachel’s stance on style is “I love when an outfit looks effortless yet everything ties together into a distinct style.”

Put way the mini’s because high-waisted shirts are back in style. Currently many students at Branford are wearing high-waisted shirts with a tee for a casual look or spicing the trend up with a ruffled blouse. One of the students is Erika Zocher who says, “I think that the high-waisted skirt trend is really great because it reminds me of the 40’s or 50’s, and I’ve always wished I could live back then,” about this look.

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The Red Tide

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The Red Tide

(An interview with the new local band The Red Tide with Matt Schell and Sam Blackstone)newspaper2

The Buzz: You’re called the Red Tide. Why did you choose that?

The Red Tide: You may have noticed the video we projected at Mr. BHS. Well, as Matt looked at different videos to include, he found a bunch on the red tide, an algae bloom that occurs in New England and Florida.  The tide makes great impact on the ecosystem and literally changes the water color to red. Similar to the tide, we’re trying to change music and bring in some different colors of our own.

B: Have you played out much?

RT: We’ve played every show we’ve ever been offered. Most of the shows have been at the high school and a few have been at the Guilford Congressional Church. We’re very new, which makes it difficult to get a gig. But, after we get a few recordings done and create some advertisement, we’ll be playing at places like The Space.


B: What style of music do you play?

RT: Well, I’m not really sure. It’s kind of like The White Stripes got into a crash with Beck and Radiohead and out popped something great. We’re trying to make something new and exciting.

B: Do you do covers? Or is it all original music?

RT: No, we don’t do any covers. All of the songs are completely original, even some of the tones on the piano have been custom made to give that extra uniqueness. Matt does all of the song writing, but he works with Sam to find the perfect beat to match the music style.
B: Are there any famous bands/musicians who greatly influence you?

RT: Our band has a very wide of influences. As mentioned earlier we have a sound that gives hints of The White Stripes and Beck. But, we’re always searching more new and interesting sounds to give us inspiration. Recently, we found the band Mute Math, a new band with an amazing drummer and electronic sound that sounds like nothing else. We are also influenced by some of the older blues masters and even get into jams that are derived from some of the funk masters newspaper1from the 70’s.

B: Tell me about any new stuff.

RT: We have a ton of new stuff coming out. First off, we hope to have eight recorded songs done by the end of June that we’ll be able to make into an album titled, Within the Tide. We have also designed a few t-shirts and stickers that we’ll be giving away. If you would like to hear what we sound like, we have a new myspace (www.myspace.com/theredtidect) that will be constantly updated.  Also, we are considering expanding, adding a bass player to the group. We’re still searching, so if you like our style, and play bass, let one of know!

Thanks to the members of The Red Tide. Good luck!

By Rachel Rimm

Photo credit: Miranda Platt

For more interviews with local artists check out our interviews with:

Dr. Rocktopus and the Nunks

Great Caesar and the GoGetters

The Smyrk

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Dr. Rocktopus and the Nunks

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Inspired by Vh1’s You Oughta Know.

Meet Dr. Rocktopus and the Nunks

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Photo Credit: Madeline Alden

They are a local band from Guilford with an unusual sound and I got a chance to interview Jesse the singer from Doc Roc.

-Madeline Alden

What towns are the members from?
We’re all from Guilford, CT
Jesse Duran Crelin- Bass and Vox
Dave Vitola- Guitar
Dalton Patton- Drums
Will Gratz- Sax
Mat Auretta- Trumpet and Synth

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Photo credit: Zach Elston

When did the band form?
Freshman Year so ’07ish. We got together to play 25 or 6 to 4 by Chicago.

What genres/bands does doc roc sound like?
I always say we’re Acoustic Electronica (impossible)–> but no one seems to laugh. I guess you could say we sound like Alt. Rock with horns. I can tell you that though we have 1 ska song and 1 reggae song, but that we are not “ska”. Though when people see horns they like to say it.—don’t get me wrong I love and respect ska it’s just not us—- we have probably too many influences. Rx Bandits are defiantly a key one; The Beatles are gods of melody so they continuously inspire me, and everything else. I’ve listened to everything from The Beatles to BigE Smalls to Miles Davis to Tower of Power to Enter Shakari to The Mars Volta to The Cold War Kids, today. So it’s hard to say what we sound like, or where the music we play comes from.

Does Doc Rock have any claims to fame, which is the best artist you’ve shared the stage with

Claims to fame: hair, horns and volume

We have won a few Battle of the Bands(es) and played some decently large shows.
Best artist we’ve shared the stage with would have to be Great Ceasar and the Go Getters cause they’re awesome

Also its really fun to play with our friends From Dark To Dawn!

Anything new such as CDs, Merchandise or tours/shows?

5 song EP coming VERY SOON !!!!
Merch is the usual- t-shirts and stickers
Many many shows:
*May 16th Battle of the Bands Final Round The Space in Hamden.
*May 23th Amity Teen Center (pending)
*May 24th The Playwright New Haven(pending)
*May 29th Lawrence Long Island BOTB(pending)
*June 5th – Toads Place YAYY!! – New Haven
* June 6th Town Of Guilford BOTB
*June 12th ARTS BARN MADISON CT–with GCGG
*June 13th Waterford B.O.M.B Fest

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Photo Credit (from Left to right): Laura Robinson, Madeline Alden, and Lucas Cecchetto
If you are interested in more about Doc Rock check out their myspace

For more interviews with local artists check out our interviews with:

Great Caesar and the GoGetters

The Smyrk

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What They Don’t Know

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The idea behind What They Don’t Know is that students can submit secrets anonymously to the Buzz and have the art department decorate the collected secrets. This idea was inspired by Postsecret.

If you want to submit your own secrets anonymously then visit the box in the front office labeled “Secrets” and drop in your own! Specials thanks to the students and the art department who participated in this community art project enthusiastically.

– Madeline Alden

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What They Don’t Know

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The idea behind What They Don’t Know is that students can submit secrets anonymously to the Buzz and have the art department decorate the collected secrets. This idea was inspired by Postsecret.
If you want to submit your own secrets anonymously then visit the box in the front office labeled “Secrets” and drop in your own! Specials thanks to the students and the art department who participated in this community art project enthusiastically.

– Madeline Alden

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Fashion Alert: Peace, Love, and…Scarves?

By Merissa Blitz

Photos- Madeline Alden

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This school year, many new fashion trends have bloomed. The two most popular seem to be the peace sign and the scarf. You can see many of the street vendors in places like New York City carrying scarves and peace sign attire. Scarves are popular at stores such as American Eagle, Hollister, PacSun, and many more. “I love wearing a scarf,” says Ashley Austin, “it goes with my outfit and looks good and, at the same time, it keeps me warms.” Delia’s carries a variety of different clothing options that contain the peace sign; they even have a peace sign scarf! “I made my peace sign in jewelry class,” explains Kearny Sneath “I like to wear it because I support peace and not war.”

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People usually wear scarves folded in half and tucked in hanging in front of themselves usually with a plain shirt or a shirt of the matching color and skinny jeans. It’s also fashionable to either wear a scarf around your head like a head band, or as a belt. There isn’t any one specific way to wear a peace sign; instead, they can be placed on anything, and anywhere.  They tend to be on bags, scarves, shirts, drawn on pants, jewelry, and an infinite number of other options.  Though scarves and peace signs are two of the most fashionable items this year, it is important to wear what YOU think looks good, not just what is “in.”

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