This is story about a band with no home to claim, so for today, I’ve adopted them for Pittsburgh. I have to say, it’s a different band than I’m used to. Members all over the local states, getting together for select shows they choose at venues they feel meet up with the type of music they play. They describe themselves as “too weird” for rock stardom… but for a band to have amassed...

Music journalist Melanie Stangl joins Petticoat Rule, sharing many inspirational productivity and writing tips while discussing her journey to reporting for the entertainment industry. We hear her own music as well, and hear her speak on her priority of maintaining journalistic integrity in spite of societal expectations that women accommodatingly 'play nice'. Don't miss out on her specially curated Spotify playlist chock full of her favorite artists including many Pittsburgh musicians, and of course the...

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    Thanks to Chimera Magazine I was able to be part of one of the growing number of events happening in Pittsburgh’s rapidly rising music scene, Brewtal Beerfest 2. This event was so big that it was held at both stages of Mr. Smalls – The Funhouse and The Theatre. Between the two stages of this well known venue, I witnessed something amazing. No, I’m wrong. I wasn’t just a witness, I was a participant in...

Jazz chanteuse and cultural icon Phat Man Dee joins Petticoat Rule to talk about activism through music, respecting history through your creations, and learning to embrace your uniqueness. We hear all about her path to her weirdness, the many influences and teachers she's had along the way, and her goals to contribute positivity to society and foment advocacy for the downtrodden. Included in this episode is a song from her personal collection, Hey Phat Chick!,...

Ladyfest Pittsburgh organizers Steph Flati and Jen Sabol stop by the Petticoat Rule studio to talk about their experiences putting together the weekend-long festival celebrating under-represented musicians. We also hear about their bands The Lopez and Brazilian Wax, overcoming vulnerability in performance, how to take it to the next level with a DIY attitude, and their plans to continue growth of the grassroots feminist and non-binary movement. CREDITS: Intro/Outro Tunes created in collaborative segment with...

Powerhouse vocalist Kiki Brown from The Buckle Downs joins Petticoat Rule to talk about how she balances her many roles including musician, mother, on-the-job problem-solver, vocal coach, soon-to-be wife, and black woman in the genre of rock and roll. Super engaging and inspiring, after listening to Kiki describe her life's path you'll leave the episode ready to push yourself to your own next level. Don't miss out on her Spotify playlist, and the awesome intro-outro...

Country singer-songwriter Molly Alphabet joins Petticoat Rule to talk about her experiences as a woman playing Western music in the North. We hear about Groundhog Day, writing for film, growing up in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of East Lawrenceville, collaboration with her musician husband Chet Vincent, her songwriting and musical development habits, and her amazing gig outfits. Don't miss out on her Spotify playlist, and the awesome intro-outro songs we crafted together!! SPOTIFY: The Molly Alphabet...

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     Sometimes you hear a song that causes you to stand still and let it wash over you… This is most certainly one of them. I’m lucky enough to hear some great music and when this song was delivered to me I grabbed my headphones, only to find myself enveloped by what began as a gentle instrumental melody of guitar and Ty Nordstrom’s bass. Soft, almost sad. When the vocals began the first thing...