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Roger Romero is a man of the sax. During his solos, the twenty-six-year old goes into a zone, becomes a part of the soundscape. His tight dark curls form a tidy mop that springs as he gesticulates, his horn like another limb of his body. Behind his clear-framed glasses his eyes are shut tight. His fingers fly, rippling the muscles in his forearms. You can see that he is feeling his way around the space...

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Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” Here is a man that is famous for his 19th century philosophical musings on nihilism, yet many don’t know that he suffered great pain and mental illness throughout his life, severe migraines from childhood, psychiatric disturbances, and depression. Fewer still know that one of the ways he coped with these obstacles was...

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Kechi is a smile. Kechi is a laugh. She is a voice, a lyric, a message. She shares hope, demonstrates strength, and manifests bravery. Her charisma emanates from her core like an infectious melody. Around her, you will sense ease, peace, and tranquility. Once you’ve met her for two seconds, the last thing you will ever consider are the scars that mottle her face and body. Her story is one of a transformation of faith,...

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Her voice is soft but confident in the way of a purposeful young woman on the cusp of adulthood, “I’ve always known that I definitely have to do something with music.” That’s seventeen-year-old Maleena Dominick, the fresh-faced, pink-haired bassist that holds down the groove for Pittsburgh-based power-pop rock band, Chip & The Charge Ups. Her musical nature runs in her blood, inherited from her father, Chip Dominick, the lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter for...

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Stunning vocalist Katie Simone joins Petticoat Rule to talk about her insane schedule as a full time working musician, splitting her time between original solo work, weekend cover gigs, weddings, coaching, and, of course, practicing… as well as a bit of fun thrown in at open stages and karaoke! She also wows us with her unbelievable ‘siren’ call, and explains her perspective on the differences in attitudes towards women between the original music and cover...

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Transcendent duo Donny Donovan and Carolyn Hilliard join Petticoat Rule to talk about their spiritual journey crafting the sound of their dark-wave indie band, Dinosoul. We also hear about developing a relationship with management, their interest in promoting sober spaces for their shows, and the power of setting intention. SPOTIFY: The Dinosoul Playlist CREDITS: Intro/Outro Tunes created in collaborative segment with Donny, Carolyn, Erika, and Tara using a Korg Kaossilator Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer. This project...

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Radio host Cindy Howes from 91.3 WYEP stops by Petticoat Rule to talk about how she became an influential woman in broadcasting, the effects of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and about the art of interviewing. We also hear about her best celebrity encounters (and near-encounters!), as well as her early days as an award winning member of her school’s Sheep Club! SPOTIFY: The Cindy Howes Playlist CREDITS: Intro/Outro Tunes created in collaborative segment with...

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Jazz singer-songwriter Chloe Wiecz joins Petticoat Rule to share a beautiful story about her emotional and spiritual journey through musicianship, and her extraordinary mentor experience with the late Geri Allen. She is also hilarious, as you will hear all about her hot dog sculptures, sick rhymes, and that one time she resourcefully used a stick in the mud for a pen. SPOTIFY: The Chloe Wiecz Playlist CREDITS: Intro/Outro Tunes created in collaborative segment with Chloe,...

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Singer-songwriter Morgan Erina joins Petticoat Rule to talk about the ups and downs of mental health issues and musicianship; her muses Sinead O’Connor, Delores O’Riordan, and Chester Bennington; and how she’s really an old-school romantic at heart. We also hear a brand new song, her first in a period of writer’s block, and she invites the listeners to help her name it. SPOTIFY: The Morgan Erina Playlist CREDITS: Intro/Outro Tunes created in collaborative segment with...

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Pop songwriter Casey Hanner from the Pittsburgh-based band Donora joins Petticoat Rule to talk about the experience of being on the Rostrum Records label, hearing her tunes in movie and TV placements, and being a new mom and releasing a new album at the same time. We also chat about her techniques for teaching vocals, her super cool robotic music summer camp class, and her interest in crafting country music. SPOTIFY: The Casey Hanner Playlist...

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Hip-hop artivist Blak Rapp MADUSA joins Petticoat Rule explaining her music’s political themes against mass incarceration, white supremacy, and systemic racism, as well as giving insight into the challenges of life as a female hip-hop artist. She also shares her thought-provoking perspectives on spirituality, giving back, and unapologetic expression. :::CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO BLAK RAPP MADUSA’S MUSIC::: SPOTIFY: The Blak Rapp MADUSA Playlist CREDITS: Intro/Outro Tunes created in collaborative segment with Blak Rapp MADUSA,...

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Saxophonist extraordinaire Abby Gross joins Petticoat Rule to share with us the ‘glamour’ of road life with soul-rock band The Commonheart as well as her passion for music education, and gives insight into what its like to write a song about something meaningful without using any lyrics. We also touch on the challenges of work-life balance as a professional musician on tour, and her long-term origins as a jazz player, embedded all the way back...

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Jazz singer Avi Diamond joins Petticoat Rule to reveal how the experience of getting a degree in music therapy has shaped her songwriting and her life. Along the way, she gives us insight into the process of professionally training as a vocal performer while demystifying the domain of music therapy, its purpose, its procedures, and how it can form powerful connections even with non-verbal individuals. SPOTIFY: The Avi Diamond Playlist CREDITS: Intro/Outro Tunes created in...

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Classically trained dancer Anna Thompson of the unique dance-plus-electronica duo Slowdanger joins Petticoat Rule to share her journey of self-expression by developing musicianship to enhance her avant-garde dance movement. We also learn what the gender dynamics of the dance world are like, and about how she bucks the system while making body movement work accessible to everyone through her cross-platform performances as well as teaching. Don’t miss out on her specially curated Spotify playlist! SPOTIFY:...

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Busy lead vocalist Jocelyn Rent joins Petticoat Rule to talk about balancing her creative roles in Pittsburgh-based bands Anjroy, The Rents and Bachelor Boys with her family life as a mother of two little ones. We also talk about techniques for handling ‘mansplaining’ and the complex relationship dynamics that arise amongst individuals working together in a band. Don’t miss out on her specially curated Spotify playlist! SPOTIFY: The Jocelyn Playlist CREDITS: Intro/Outro Tunes created in...

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Lady drummer Karen Dietrich of Pittsburgh-based indie rock band Essential Machine joins Petticoat Rule to discuss how she has uniquely integrated her passions for music, writing, and family into one full creative life. We also talk about the struggles, anxieties, and joys associated with maintaining a creative life throughout motherhood, as well as her journey to finding comfort in her own being through the pursuit of self-discovery. Don’t miss out on her specially curated Spotify...

Cultural folk fusion artists Mimi Jong and Sue Powers from the spellbinding trio AppalAsia visit Petticoat Rule, inspiring us as two very different women finding inspiriting joy in their unique collaboration. We learn about their life's journeys through colorful stories of learning erhu in Indonesia, self-teaching guitar to play with the Girl Scouts, writing songs on a motorcycle in Turkey, and interactions of motherhood and music — all the way down to conception! SPOTIFY: The...

Belting songstress Addi Twigg from Pittsburgh-based pop-soul rock band The Telephone Line joins Petticoat Rule to discuss her need to let the songs out, her fervent feminism, and how she balances contentment with achievement. She also describes her comedienne roots, how she came to meet Seth Meyers, and the catharsis of writing her anti-harassment song, "Back Off". SPOTIFY: The Addi Twigg Playlist CREDITS: Intro/Outro Tunes created in collaborative segment with Addi, Erika, and Tara using...