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Amanda Silberling

Playing Philly: Florry Gets Folky on “Oh You Vacation Time” EP

Three summers ago, a friend of mine (Deer Scout) opened for Francie Medosch’s band Florry on a short tour through New England. For some reason, they let me tag along. There’s no weirder way to discover a band than...

PLAYING PHILLY: Local Musicians Get Creative in Quarantine

Philadelphia is on lock-down – as per Governor Tom Wolf’s orders, those of us who are not essential workers may only leave our homes to buy groceries and pharmacy items, or to exercise. To put it eloquently, it’s a...

Chub Rub Is Fat, Proud, & Powerful on their Debut EP

A month after the Grammys, I’m still thinking about Lizzo’s opening performance: how she belted “Cuz I Love You” in a black, bedazzled Christian Siriano ball gown, and just moments later, danced across the stage in a neon bodysuit,...

New Tracks from Kilamanzego and Gladie

“Jungle Frequency” by Kilamanzego Kilamanzego has been on our radar ever since fellow Philadelphian superstar Moor Mother name-dropped her online, but in March, the electronic producer and multi-instrumentalist will release her first EP after years of releasing one-off tracks. Her...

AF 2019 IN REVIEW: Mannequin Pussy’s Patience is Philly’s AOTY

Mannequin Pussy’s Patience isn’t just my Philly album of the year for 2019 – it’s one of the best records of the year in general. This shouldn’t be a surprise, since Philly has one of the strongest music scenes...

Sophie Coran Premieres Dreamy “Saltwater” Video

It’s easy to get lost in particular nooks of the Philly music scene. Within a few blocks radius of where I’m sitting, there’s a coffee shop that blasts Screaming Females in the morning, a basement venue with metal shows...

PLAYING PHILLY: APHRA and Control Top Release New Videos

Between APHRA’s solemn plea for “Love & Affection” and Control Top’s wildly cathartic “Office Rage,” this week’s new releases in Philly music seem to span completely opposite facets of human emotion. That may be an exaggeration, but you’d be...

PLAYING PHILLY: Frances Quinlan of Hop Along Releases First Solo Single

Don’t get me wrong: Hop Along is one of the best bands in the business. But what would Hop Along be without Frances Quinlan’s distinctly shrill vocals and unparalleled, witty songwriting? On Tuesday, Frances Quinlan announced her first solo...

INTERVIEW: How Team Dresch is Living the Dream

Before Team Dresch performs their 1995 anthem “Hate the Christian Right” at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer last week, singer and guitarist Jody Bleyle pulls a longtime fan from the crowd on stage.  As the queercore legends get ready to rip...

A Former Teenage Fangirl Reflects on 7+ Years of Arctic Monkeys Fandom

Arctic Monkeys weren’t quite full-fledged rock stars in 2011; in the Suck it and See era, they were still seeking fame, rapidly evolving from acne-clad British teens to California-based, Elvis-inspired rock ‘n’ rollers. Though many die-hards consider Humbug (2009) to...