Philadel­Phia Free­dom

Track­ing Rosali’s im­prov bands

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Blood like MiNe

A long-run­ning duo with her then-boyfriend, Blood Like Mine al­lowed Mid­dle­man to ex­plore dif­fer­ent ways of us­ing her voice. “I was do­ing a lot of key­boards and singing, pro­cess­ing my vo­cals and just try­ing to be free with it.”

WAN­deR­iNg ShAde

Says Mid­dle­man, “I had this idea of three women play­ing elec­tric gui­tar, be­ing to­tally free.” So she in­vited two friends who hap­pen to be amaz­ing gui­tarists – North Carolina’s Sarah Louise (House And Land) and Ver­mont’s Kryssi Bat­ta­l­ene (Moun­tain Movers) – to join her on­stage. “It’s just gui­tar. There’s noth­ing to fall back on. We’ll make this crazy noise and then go into a beau­ti­ful song.”

The loNg hoTS

Named af­ter a fry­ing pep­per com­mon to Ital­ianAmer­i­can cook­ing, the Long Hots col­lage Mid­dle­man’s freak-out gui­tars with the steady krautrock rhythms of bassist Kathryn Lip­man of Hot­head and drum­mer Eva Killinger of Spacin’. In Au­gust the trio re­leased a live cas­sette called Mon­day Night Raw, fea­tur­ing a blis­ter­ing ver­sion of Lit­tle Richard’s “Slip­pin’ And Slidin’”, and are now work­ing on their ful­l­length de­but, due next year.

The long hots: (l-r) Rosali Mid­dle­man, eva killinger, kathryn lip­man

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