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HughShows Blog has featured thousands of original live band photos and has conducted over 1000 musician interviews (including Brian Wilson, Mavis Staples, and Bruce Hornsby) since starting. With the original ‘First/Last’ questionnaire, you get a sense of where the musician has come from and where they are going with their artistic expression.

First/Last – Leila Rhodes

“The bridge to curiosity bended with my questions as I poked it not to break but to show it some tension“ Leila Rhodes is a Pittsburgh based singer, producer and guitarist who created her recently released debut full-length album Attunement solo but has since been playing her songs with a band made up of Ty […]

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First/Last – The Middle Room

“…reminiscent of your lonely Emo days“ The Middle Room is a Pop-Punk/Emo quartet from Pittsburgh. They popped onto the scene at the beginning of 2020 and haven’t let up since, releasing 4 singles throughout the year and a 7 track debut EP at the beginning of November entitled Never Satisfied. Their main interests include goofing […]

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Album Review – Merce Lemon – Moonth

HughShows welcomes back contributing music journalist Mara Meyer. A graduate of Point Park University, Mara is also a visual artist and concert photographer, who is beginning her career within the Pittsburgh music landscape and I couldn’t be more thrilled in highlighting her wonderful work on the blog. Merce Lemon / Moonth / Released August 14, […]

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First/Last – The Anti-Psychotics

“Ever feel negative and shitty and absolutely hate everything. to the point you just want to piss everyone off. This is for you.“ The Anti-Psychotics formed around 2010 in Ford City, Pennsylvania as a four piece with two guitar, bass and drums. The band has three song writers in Ian, Mike and Eric. They released three […]

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First/Last – Horehound

“Reaching out, to an outer space reaching to annihilate – we’ve lost our grace“ Horehound is a Pittsburgh based band who distills a potent blend of snarling riffs, morose melodies, and rhythmic intricacy that owes equally to doom metal convention and goth/dark ambient atmosphere since forming in 2015. Over the course of several releases, including their […]

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Why We’re Excited for Phoebe Bridgers’ New Record Label

HughShows welcomes back contributing music journalist Jill Berkin. A a UK-based writer and avid music enthusiast, she’s interested in shoegaze, rock, and alternative music. I couldn’t be more thrilled in highlighting her wonderful work on the blog. Early in October, we received some of the best news of the year in the music business when […]

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First/Last – Thousandzz of Beez

“its in the flowers of the ghostly light of the beez its in the ripples of the mattress springs“ Thousandzz of Beez is a DIY indie band from Pittsburgh who’s latest release from July 2020 is entitled faceless toad, a loose concept album about a discovery in Connecticut by a herpetologist of an amphibian lacking […]

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First/Last – Creedmoors

“Not that anyone asked, but… I don’t miss playing shows. I don’t necessarily miss going to them, either.“ Creedmoors is an ongoing songwriting/recording project that has officially been put into motion during the COVID-19 pandemic, and will be moving towards live performance once shows return on a wider/regular scale. You can check out some music […]

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First/Last – Holy Rivals

“Enemies are getting closer“ Holy Rivals are alternative punk rock band from Pittsburgh who’s latest release from October is entitled Auto-Pragmatic. I want to thank Mr. Sunshine himself, Jason Orr (Guitar/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last. Auto-Pragmatic by Holy Rivals The first album you ever bought? None of your […]

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First/Last – Bonnie & the Mere Mortals

“It scares you to death chills your weary bones and the sight of her face turns you to stone“ Bonnie & the Mere Mortals combines Southern Gothic music while blending Appalachian folk with the gothic from the Paris of Appalachia. A juxtaposition of analog and digital showing that they have more in common than you might […]

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First/Last – A-Money & the Downtown City

“She told a story with her eyes and she danced without any music“ A-Money & the Downtown City is the multi-genre music project of singer-songwriter Adam Merulli incorporating heartfelt lyrics and unique sounds as a band, solo act and spoken word playing shows in the Pittsburgh area. Today sees the premiere of their latest effort […]

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First/Last – DiLisio

“Cosmically chaotic“ DiLisio (formerly Fly.) is the brainchild of Mark Jeffries, a Pittsburgh-based singer/songwriter with an edge. In collab with drummer Garrett Grube and producer/engineer Matt Very, DiLisio’s brand of garage & blues rock has been on display all year with the release of seven current singles (and two more in the works!) In fact, […]

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How Damon Che Solidified Math Rock

HughShows welcomes back contributing music journalist Jill Berkin. A a UK-based writer and avid music enthusiast, she’s interested in shoegaze, rock, and alternative music. I couldn’t be more thrilled in highlighting her wonderful work on the blog. Damon Che is the drummer and founder of the instrumental rock band Don Caballero. Apart from followers of […]

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First/Last – The Whelming Waters

The Whelming Waters is Pittsburgh based folk rock band which formed in the winter of 2015. The band began when three high school friends John, Collin, and Nina, decided to start a folk trio consisting of mandolin, guitar, and violin. However, when the songwriting quickly started to expand, and with the introduction of two new […]

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Album Review – Dirty Projectors – Super João EP

HughShows would like to welcome contributing music journalist Jill Berkin to the fold. A a UK-based writer who was able to travel quite a lot before the pandemic and has had an awesome experience with the people and places while visiting Pittsburgh. As an avid music enthusiast, she’s interested in shoegaze, rock, and alternative music. […]

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First/Last – Emily Zuzik

Posted on August 28, 2020

“Singer, Writer, Rocker Mom“ Emily Zuzik is an L.A. based Americana singer-songwriter originally from Pittsburgh who has planted her musical roots in a unique eclectic blend of alt-country, modern, rhythm & blues and rock music. She brings to her songs a woman’s vulnerability and strength in the tradition of Patsy Cline and Madonna.  Her latest […]

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Album Review – Anthony Heubel and the High Lonesome Band

Posted on August 3, 2020

HughShows welcomes back contributing music journalist Mara Meyer. A graduate of Point Park University, Mara is also a visual artist and concert photographer, who is beginning her career within the Pittsburgh music landscape and I couldn’t be more thrilled in highlighting her wonderful work on the blog. Anthony Heubel and the High Lonesome Band / […]

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First/Last – Hell’s Oasis

Posted on July 31, 2020

“The way music evokes feelings, memories, and mental pictures is powerful and magical.“ Hell’s Oasis is a Pittsburgh based multi-genre band who fuse progressive rock with funk and punk. They’ve added trip-hop, singer-songwriter, and folk styles to their repertoire. This is evidenced on their latest release from July, the single “Lilacs”, which draws you in with echoing […]

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First/Last – Sommelier

Posted on July 30, 2020

“I lock my vice wide for the feeding of the choir.“ Sommelier is a Pittsburgh based electro pop band that was formed in early 2020 by Brian Ferrell and J Trafford. Brian was working on a projected with Zach Coss and Ben Wingrove that lost their singer. Brian began looking to start a new group. […]

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First/Last – Inch Deep Pool of Slush

Posted on July 29, 2020

“Guitarish music that melts while you listen to it“ Inch Deep Pool of Slush is the moniker for lo-fi shoegaze musician Ben Gibbons, who composes and records his music in a bedroom in South Oakland. Lockdown has allowed time for Ben to release several songs since May, the latest being a group of unmastered tunes […]

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