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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.

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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First/Last – Steve Hawk

Posted on July 28, 2020

“Stricken with the blues, laced with punk, and feeling the hangover of old rock and roll. Steve Hawk took the experience of being the front man of a Pittsburgh band and established his own solo sound.“ Steve Hawk is a Pittsburgh based singer-songwriter who frequently plays out around town and has just released a follow-up […]

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First/Last – Stationary Pebbles

Posted on July 24, 2020

Stationary Pebbles are a Pittsburgh based funk/reggae/rock band who interweave a natural flow of shredding and riff driven guitar playing with a constantly grooving drum and bass section. The Pebbles have become accustomed to making crowds tap their feet and move to the music. Incorporating conscious lyrics, the music is a very real product. Combining the musical influences […]

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First/Last – Bill Munz

Posted on July 23, 2020

“I write and record music that I enjoy. Hopefully others can find some enjoyment in it also.“ Bill Munz is a Pittsburgh based experimental musician who recent release from May of this year entitled Just Smile and Shut the Door is available via local label RORER714 Recordings. I want to thank Bill (Guitar/Bass/Keyboards/Drum Programming/Vocals) forsaking […]

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First/Last – Poetry In Commotion

Posted on July 22, 2020

Poetry In Commotion is an experimental blend of metal & spoken word from John (Ballistic) Perry who’s main instrument is Bass guitar in the band but is currently it’s only member. His latest release is the album entitled Spoken Word Stupidity and Other Shady Shenanigans distributed from Pittsburgh based label RORER714 Recordings. I want to thank […]

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First/Last – Jon Wolff

Posted on July 21, 2020

“The music I write ranges from acoustic alternative to instrumental rock to the soulful edges of electronic music and hip hop. I may not have a style, but I think I have a vibe.“ Jon Wolff is a multi-instrumentalist based in Pittsburgh. When he’s not creating his own music, you can find Jon working other […]

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First/Last – Tai Chirovsky

Posted on July 20, 2020

“My name is Tai, 2020 marks the end of my first decade playing music. I focus on simple guitar parts, mega harmonies, and making people do the “wow” thing when I sing.“ Tai Chirovsky is a Pittsburgh based singer-songwriter who’s latest release is the excellent EP growing up from earlier this month. I want to […]

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First/Last – Steelesque

Posted on July 17, 2020

“Steelesque is equal parts British Blues and latter-day jam band blending the sound and style of Exile on Main Street-era Stones or The Band, with adventurous passages echoing Phish or Wilco. . . At their best, the 6 piece Steelesque delivers the swagger of bands from days gone by while echoing their influences in a way […]

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first/last – savesomeone

Posted on July 16, 2020

“it’s a trap trying to savesomeone. choose wisely” savesomeone is the moniker for chris ferree, a pittsburgh born solo musician who started out learning the drums at the age of twelve and from inspiration and example of his older brother and encouragement form his parents, taught himself guitar, bass, piano, and production. after not being […]

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First/Last – Heath Forslund

Posted on July 15, 2020

Heath Forslund is a Pittsburgh based singer-songwriter who discovered after being in various bands and recording projects, he wanted to dive into a writing process by himself. He met Matt Rowley in 2016, played a few of his solo songs for him and encouraged Heath to record them. At first it was hard for Heath […]

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First/Last – Coltcrusher

Posted on July 14, 2020

“With ever-present murderous expressions on their faces, they regale with tales of brutal annihilation of the innocent residents of the greater Ponyville region. Your ears will be smashed, your heart will swell to the bursting point, and all of your preconceived notions of music will be shattered into jimmy-shaped shards of hatred so putrid that […]

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First/Last – Anti-Corn League

Posted on July 13, 2020

“Chris does everything but what Nicole does and Nicole does everything Chris doesn’t do“ Anti-Corn League is a psychedelic garage duo from Johnstown, PA who formed in 2006 and released their fantastic latest album Love It or Leave It in the summer of 2019. The band has traveled the country in the last 5 years spreading love […]

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First/Last – Max Robby

Posted on July 10, 2020

Born-and-raised Pittsburgher Max Robby is an emerging folk artist who laces his story-based songs with wry wit and tender inflection and frames them with traditional finger picking and blues guitar stylings. His first professionally-recorded collection for earlier this year entitled One Take Wonders produced at Just-Records in Dormont shows the breadth of the young artist’s ambitions and […]

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First/Last – Vincristine

Posted on July 9, 2020

“When I’m God I only need myself“ Vincristine is a Pittsburgh one man band that is most easily labeled as stoner rock or sludge metal. The band attributes its uniquely seductive, aggressive, and ethereal blend of metal to risking innovation rather than walking the beaten path. From the bubbles of neo-psychedelia to the dirge and […]

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First/Last – The Wurms

Posted on July 8, 2020

“It’s all about the music and having fun! Currently #1 on Reverbnation’s Local Pop Chart.“ The Wurms are brothers Jake and Mark Zucco, Joe Gordon and Jeff Ardolino. The Pittsburgh pop rock band have been playing and writing songs for decades. Their latest release is appropriately titled Diggin’ The Wurms. I want to thank Mark Zucco […]

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First/Last – KGB / Kyle Greene Band

Posted on July 7, 2020

“Sailing the cosmic seas with music to do stuff to.“ KGB (Kyle Greene Band) is a live looping, funk-jazz, instrumental, fusion, psychedelic duo from Latrobe, PA who’s is readying up their latest release entitled EP2 following up on EP1 from earlier this year. As with their live show, KGB brings a unique, infectious sound to […]

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First/Last – Frank Vieira

Posted on July 6, 2020

Frank Vieira is a country musician from Pittsburgh. Hard work and craftsmanship defines Frank’s music career. A direct reflection of the way it started. It’s been a decade since first making his own acoustic guitar piece by piece in Kevin LaDue’s luthier class at Vestal High School. A class, and a guitar that sparked a journey […]

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