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Music critic Rob Sheffield will discuss why The Beatles are still a thing at Kelly Writers House this Thursday

The Beatles | photo via www.facebook.com/thebeatles
UPDATE: Due to the Eagles Parade, this event has been re-scheduled to Thursday, February 15th at 5:00 p.m. Location and panelists remain the same.

Ah, The Beatles. When you have a mania named after you, it’s safe to say you’re kind of a big deal — and probably will be for a while. So it makes sense that these cheeky, brilliant Brits are still regarded with accolades and reverence. Right?

But then again, it has been fifty years since John, Paul, George and Ringo split, and yet Beatlemania still rocks and rolls on; albeit with a few modern updates. “Hey Jude” is still playing — just now it’s streaming on Spotify. Beatles’ merch is still selling like hot cakes — just now from Forever 21 stores. And their presence is still felt on college campuses — just now in the classroom with uber-specific courses rather than blaring from record players in the dorms. Continue reading →

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Jazz Adams, Marisa Dabice, Sadie DuPuis, and Andrea Jacome are Shifting the Gaze at this years Women in Music panel

Old Maybe | photo courtesy of the artist
Old Maybe | photo courtesy of the artist

Shifting the Gaze: Women in Music is back for its third year at Kelly Writers House next Wednesday. An event panel series founded and curated by music writer, photographer, filmmaker, and U Penn senior, Amanda Silberling, Shifting the Gaze was created in order to “explore the intersectional challenges that women and other marginalized people face in the music industry.”

While last year’s installment featured punk icon, Alice Bag, this year’s boasts the four Philly-dwelling rockstars, Jazz AdamsMarisa DapiceSadie Dupuis, and Andrea Jacome, who will lead a conversation discussing these intersectional challenges, and incite dialogue as to how to make our community more inclusive. If you don’t already know about these absolutely kickass ladies, read on to get a feel of just the gist of the many roles these local leaders hold. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Shifting the Gaze with Alice Bag at Kelly Writers House, GrandeMarshall at MilkBoy, Kris Kristofferson at the Keswick

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Alice Bag | photo from artist’s website

Los Angeles punk legend Alice Bag leads a reading and conversation at Penn’s Kelly Writers House for the second installment of Shifting the Gaze. The recurring event was formed last year as a venue for continued discussion surrounding women in the music industry. After leading the Bags through the early waves of punk and writing a series of books about her experiences, Bag released her debut solo effort last year via Don Giovanni Records. Listen to her just-released single “Reign of Fear” below and more information about the event here.

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Shifting the Gaze returns to Kelly Writers House with LA punk legend Alice Bag

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Alice Bag | photo via artist’s website

Founded earlier this year as a forum for continued discussion surrounding women in the music industry, the inaugural Shifting the Gaze event brought together local performers, writers, show bookers, and gear manufacturers for a panel conversation at the Kelly Writers House at the start of 2016. Now the series will get its second installment in early 2017, when Los Angeles artist and activist Alice Bag visits the Penn center on January 25th for a reading and conversation.

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