Samantha Mae Sweeney

Writer, Editor, Photographer

Location icon United States

Dress it up, dress it down, or work it out until the break of dawn is just how it has to be for Samantha Sweeney.

Whether it is hurriedly penning a new thought, traipsing and lunging for the best shot, or trimming the fat of especially verbose content, this is one multifaceted individual who can (and will) not stay still.


Samples of Written and Photographic Work

Rock On Philly
KORN, Rob Zombie, and In This Moment Bring The Metal and Theatrics at BB&T Pavillion

I have been waiting close to two decades for this concert. While I have a pretty diverse music palate, heavy metal has always had a special place in my heart. Since I was about eight years-old, Rob Zombie then KORN planted the seeds that would later turn into how I define myself, my aesthetic and, simply put, the music hoarder snob that I think I am.

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Why Hozier's "Cherry Wine" Is Important and We Should Be Talking About It

When I first heard " Cherry Wine" on the way to Hozier's show at the Trocadero in November 2014, I was struck by the soft, lullaby-ish nature and the simple chords paired with his soft baritone. My sibling, driving, was watching me in the corner of their eye as I took in the Irish musician's powerful self-titled debut on very first listen.

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In This Moment's Maria Brink: Empowering or Problematic for Metal Front Women?

Women and their bodies are a battleground, subject to extreme criticism, especially in rock music. Last Tuesday night at In This Moment's show at Theatre of Living Arts, it became clear front-woman Maria Brink has engaged herself as the subject of that ideological warfare of sexuality.

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What You Need To Know About Squilla's Bill

A new bill proposed by Philadelphia Councilman Mark Squilla will require all performers, venues, and bookers in Philadelphia to register to hold a live music event. That means any and all performances will need to be licensed by the City of Philadelphia to happen in Philadelphia.

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Kurt Vile and the Violators Rock In The New Year

On New Years' Eve, Philly's self-described constant hitmaker Kurt Vile rang in the new year with a surprisingly mellow yet rocking evening. Not straying far from the extravaganza promised, the night was filled with revelry, Jell-O shots at midnight, ironic year-end jokes, and, of course, Philly-grown and Philly-approved tunes.

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A Silent Film Creates A Theatrical Experience at Johnny Brendas

There are not enough adjectives to describe the performance that went down on Tuesday night in a certain former burlesque theatre in Fishtown. The show that occurred-nay, the experience-featured the effortlessly theatrical A Silent Film .

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New Music Releases: Roger Waters, Halsey, The War On Drugs and More Release New Tunes

Our favorite day of the week is here and we can't be more excited. From old favorites and new loves, we have a mezcla of new tunes ready for your music collection. New Singles to Jam to Offa Rex, "Blackleg Miner" The psychedelic-folk collab (The Decemberists and Olivia Chaney) Offa Rex have released their latest single from their forthcoming album The Queen of Hearts (out July 14).

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