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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...

Authentic and compassionate, Maura Jacob of Pittsburgh's doom pop punk band Action Camp steps into the studio to chat about how she fights for the vulnerable through her music and her social work. Her enlightening conversation also touches on her fascination with examples of social activism through science fiction and pop culture,as well as introspective topics such as the discomforts and pleasures of transitioning through the many stages of life. SPOTIFY: The Maura Jacob Playlist...

Vocalist Valentina Raffaelli and bassist Molly Hebert-Wilson from the Philadelphia-based folk band Sparkle Pony stop by the Petticoat Rule studio to share their many motivating strategies for overcoming one's inner critic while inspiring us with their down-to-earth dedication to their craft. We also hear the rich stories behind the songs they share with us, about Valentina's experiences as a musician in her native country of Italy, and about Molly's beautiful musical relationship with her mother....

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...

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!,...