Gigs, Guitars and Gender – Episode Three: Pittsburgh

Welcome back to Gigs, Guitars and Gender, a podcast series about gender and the local music scenes in five cities. This episode centers on Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, another city not far from my hometown of Columbus with an underrated but well-developed music scene. I’d also like to thank the musicians in this podcast for collaborating with me and participating in phone interviews after I had to cut my trip short for a medical issue.

This episode is the third in a series of six, so be sure to check out the links at the bottom of this post to subscribe and stay up-to-date on the rest of the project. A new episode will be published every Saturday until the end of March, when I’ll post the sixth and final podcast – a summary and debriefing of the rest of the series – on the last Saturday to coincide with the end of National Women’s History Month. 

Gigs, Guitars and Gender is a podcast that aims to explore the role gender plays in five music scenes across the United States Midwest. Host Abby Jeffers travels to Detroit, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Columbus to talk to musicians in each city about their experiences with gender.

This episode is set in the music scene in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Abby met with Cecilia from Het Ward to chat about the DIY music scene, Thomas of Jorts Season to talk tokenization and the lens of gender in interpreting music by queer artists and Tatiana of The Childlike Empress to hear more about tokenization and the racist and gendered interactions that they have experienced in Pittsburgh.

Het Ward
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Jorts Season
Song used: My Idol
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The Childlike Empress
Song used: Take Care Of Yourself (Demo)
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Thank you to Ohio University and the Cutler Scholars Program for helping provide the funds to make this project possible.

Find out more and check out new episodes as they are published on the Pinecast Gigs, Guitars and Gender website, on Spotify or Apple Podcasts and right here at

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