I feel wildly lucky to moderate this amazing panel set up by Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania. Panelists include: CAMAE AYEWA of Moor Mother Goddess, Rockers! Philly, and the Afrofuturist Affair; FRAN BLANCHE of Frantone Electronics; DIANE FOGLIZZO of Girls Rock Philly and Trophy Wife; MARIA RAHA, author of Cinderella’s Big Score: Women of the Punk and Indie Underground and Hellions: Pop Culture’s Rebel Women; and AAMANDA SILBERLING (host), a music writer and photographer studying English, Creative Writing, and Fine Arts at UPenn.
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SHIFTING THE GAZE: WOMEN IN MUSIC PANEL
Wednesday, January 27th, 6 PM
Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Women are everywhere in the music industry – but does visibility lend itself to equality?
A Penn sophomore and music writer, Amanda Silberling, has brought together a panel of five all-star Philadelphia women in music to discuss the challenges that women face in the music industry at home and at large. We hope to use this panel to discuss what actions the music community in Philadelphia can take to create a more inclusive atmosphere for anyone from casual music fans to life-long shredders of all backgrounds and experiences. We will have a Q&A at the end of the panel discussion, followed by refreshments served in our living room, where guests will have the chance to keep the conversation going in an informal setting with our panelists.
Happy almost New Year! This year such a fun year for me in music journalism – I got to cover the CMJ Music Marathon and XPoNential Music Festival, I interviewed some of my favorite bands like Hop Along, Eskimeaux, and Palehound, and I met so many talented and inspiring people in the music industry along the way – even my favorite contestant from America’s Next Top Model, Cory Wade (R.I.P ANTM).
Here are some of my favorite pictures I took in 2015!
1. St. Vincent, XPoNential Music Festival (July 2015, Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ)
2. Diet Cig, CMJ Music Marathon (October 2015, New York City, NY)
3. MS MR, Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party (July 2015, Festival Pier, Philadelphia, PA)
4. Albert Hammond Jr. (November 2015, First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA)
5. Cory Wade (October 2015, Rock On Philly’s David Bowie Tribute, Philadelphia, PA)
6. Beirut (November 2015, Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, PA)
7. Frankie Cosmos, CMJ Music Marathon (October 2015, Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, NY)
8. Elvis Depressedly (July 2015, PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA)
9. Brandon Can’t Dance (November 2015, First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA)
10. First Aid Kit, XPoNential Music Festival (July 2015, Wiggins Park, Camden, NJ)
11. Palehound, CMJ Music Marathon (October 2015, New York City, NY)
12. The Vaccines (August 2015, Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA)
13. Chastity Belt (July 2015, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA)
14. Hop Along, XPoNential Music Festival (July 2015, Wiggins Park, Camden, NJ)
15. Girlpool (November 2015, First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA)
Behind the Scenes with Hop Along
XPoNential Music Festival (7/25/15)
By Amanda Silberling (x)
The one thing I’m starting to feel really weird about is people talking about my voice, with like… impossible praises? It’s only happened twice, but that’s been unsettling. because it’s not. My voice is like, ugly. I’m into that. And I think people are into that. I get nervous when people talk about that, because there’s going to be a lot of people who are like, “No, that’s not great.”
Featuring St. Vincent, My Morning Jacket, Courtney Barnett, First Aid Kit, Delta Rae, and more.
Behind the Scenes with Elvis Depressedly
By Amanda Silberling (x)
“Elvis Depressedly’s Mat Cothran sits on his knees in the center of the stage. His head, dripping with sweat, rests in the palms of his hands, which slide over his closed eyes and grip his hair. An orange microphone cord wraps in circles around Cothran’s neck, as though it could almost strangle him. Looking uncomfortably like he’s wearing a noose, Cothran stands up and sings, his voice traveling into the microphone and through the cord wrapped tight around his throat: ‘No more sad songs/No pain, no separation.’”