Hello, readers. My name is Kate Gaschnig. I’m a senior at Rowan University with a major in English and a minor in Journalism. My love of writing, along with my passion for music, led me to create this blog. Sifting Through Static is going to be a blog about live music, specifically alternative and indie rock and the various facets of it, in the Philadelphia area. I’ll be focusing mainly on small venues and bands that aren’t that well-known. My favorite concerts are at small independent venues, and I will be talking a lot about venues like this in Philly, specifically those connected to r5 Productions, an independent production company in Philadelphia. I’ll be going to shows throughout the fall and blogging about them, and it just so happens these shows are in order of smallest venue to largest venue, which will provide an interesting perspective. I’ll also be writing about new releases of bands I’ll be covering. I plan to recommend several shows in the area each week, regardless of whether I’ll be attending them. I’ll be taking lots of pictures and hopefully some video to post on here, and I hope to have a few interviews with fans and bands as well. If you want to find out about some new bands and some awesome places to see live music, keep reading.