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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 – ALLISSA

“I’m lost in the space between the stars and the galaxies and I never meant to be alone“ ALLISSA is an up-and-coming songwriter from Pittsburgh, PA. Formerly a solo act, ALLISSA is now backed by the guitarist (Michael DeGruttola) and drummer (Ron Bender) from the retired touring rock band, Third From First. The cutting vocals […]

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First/Last – Yunge

Image courtesy of the artist “This is my heart, who reminds me to run free and with every pulse I can see clearer…“ Yunge Xiao (AKA yoonj) is a self-proclaimed musician and song-writer. At 19 years old, she has been writing chill, original songs since she was 12, and would love to start putting her work […]

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First/Last – Red Star Sky

“America, what the fuck? America, good luck. America, take me home. America, leave me alone…. leave me alone.“ Red Star Sky is the alt-country/Americana pandemic-project-turned-band of Pittsburgh songwriter and musician Corey Layman. Album contributors include Erik Cirelli and Read Connolly. Current band members are Erik Cirelli, Darin Palilla, and Adam Thompson. Layman’s former and current […]

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First/Last – Dom Bartoli Music

Posted on October 5, 2021

“In the deepest dark, in the blackest sky, at the speed of light do the rules apply?“ Dominic Bartoli is an audio engineer and artist, who has been involved with the Pittsburgh musical landscape for over 20 years. He’s had a busy year, releasing an album of classical lo-fi music under his own name, that […]

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First/Last – Thrown-Out Bones

“I see you disappear so far and fast away from here just take what you need and leave the rest“ Thrown-Out Bones is a San Francisco-based high-energy swanky rock group known for their experimental approach to genre and performance. With 10+ years of playing together, this power trio has developed a unique sound that blurs […]

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First/Last – Emily Thomas

“Coming into realization baby it was meant for me, good intentions but wrong places needed the catalyst to be seen“ Emily Thomas is a Pittsburgh based singer/songwriter who shakes up pop tradition with a soulful vibe & sensual instrumentation. The East Coast native currently resides in Pittsburgh traveling back and forth between LA and NY. Emily has […]

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First/Last – Sh’Bang

Posted on August 27, 2021

“Be safe, have fun, call if you need bail money“ Sh’Bang is an alternative punk rock quartet from Philadelphia laying out some groovy tunes designed to enchant and confuse. They encode their lives into rugged rock lines that will leave you dancing and crying at the same time. Following the release of their debut EP from […]

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First/Last – Lifeguard

Posted on August 20, 2021

“If you go running, I’ll go chasing I’m not looking back ’cause giving up was so much worse than taking one step back it’s better off we take a chance than leave our hearts intact“ Lifeguard is a fun-loving, high-energy, and emotionally-driven Pop/Rock band based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The band derives influence by artists such as Death […]

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First/Last – 0nsean

Posted on August 13, 2021

“Super nova demon I wanna steal your touch Super nova demon You’re the one I want“ 0nsean (with a zero) is the moniker of Pittsburgh based rapper, singer-songwriter, producer, and videographer Sean Hanulik. He creates hypnotic and uplifting music, mixing elements of hip-hop, electronic, and bedroom pop to create unique sounds as evidenced in the recently released title […]

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Image of the Day – Millvale Music Festival 2021

Posted on August 10, 2021

Some random band shots from Saturday, August 7, 2021 in Millvale.                                     #SupportPGHMusic

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First/Last – Andrew Chris

Posted on August 6, 2021

“The sun doesn’t reach my apartment whiskey bottle dripping like a faucet I don’t mind a couple of those rainy days still in the waves just floatin’“ Pittsburgh based musician Andrew Chris has described his sound as “Mac Miller & Jimi Hendrix’s illegitimate love-child, raised by Tame Impala”. He started on guitar at age 9 and […]

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First/Last – Laroy

Posted on July 30, 2021

“Stuck in this tunnel, I think I’m in trouble It’s all caving in, it ain’t nothin’ but rubble“ Laroy Grayson Jr. is a poet/model/actor/writer/rapper/hip hop artist born and raised in Pittsburgh who writes his own songs and poems as evidenced on the just released first single entitled “Tunnels” (produced by DBK Beats) from his upcoming […]

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First/Last – Requiem Witch

Posted on July 23, 2021

Requiem Witch is the moniker for Carolyn Slothour, a touring audio engineer and musician based in Pittsburgh PA. Through her extensive education & experience playing flute and mixing music, she has been able to craft original music that expresses a part of her that has been digging and clawing to get out. With her new EP […]

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Pittsburgh Bands Posting Links To Their Music

Posted on July 21, 2021

Pittsburgh Bands Posting Links To Their Music On Facebook Click comment icon below #SupportPGHMusic

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First/Last – The Inpatients

Posted on June 25, 2021

“Our DNA can’t compete with the cold-blooded elite history is full of lies our presidents had glowing eyes“ The Inpatients are a brand new band from Pittsburgh who formed over quarantine. Starting more as a pop-punk band, their recently written material takes some jazz, blues, and metalcore inspiration as well. With one song out now entitled […]

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First/Last – Ruby

Posted on June 4, 2021

“Every morning I open my eyes I wake up to find out I’m in paradise with you under great big blue“ Multi-instrumentalist Ruby (Hornsby) Zolnier was born and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia. At age 3, she began classical training on the violin. In her adult years, she branched out from classical violin, and began […]

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Hands Over Deutschtown – July 17, 2021

Posted on May 29, 2021

Earlier this year we here at Deutschtown Music Festival made the difficult decision to once again not present our a full-blown festival this year. There were many factors that went into this decision, but we felt and still feel it was in the best interest of all involved. We are however extremely excited to present a new […]

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First/Last – Christopher Mark Jones

Posted on May 7, 2021

“Call back your soldiers they’re fixing to die for a God or another God’s game“ Christopher Mark Jones is a songwriter from Pittsburgh who sings soulful country and blues-inflected Americana narratives in “a rich voice that’s slightly rough around the edges” (Scott Mervis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), but still grabs the listener along with his “fascinating lyrics” […]

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First/Last – KELS

Posted on April 26, 2021

“You make it easier to breathe. Gave me my eyes so I can see. Made me inevitably free. That’s what you gave to me baby“ KELS is the moniker for Pittsburgh based indie alt-R&B artist Kelsey Hillock who began her musical journey in jazz and uses that foundation in her music, adding elements of neosoul and pop. As […]

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First/Last – Back Alley Sound

Posted on April 9, 2021

“Gave blood and bone to what they bumping in the underworld and summer homes.“ Back Alley Sound is a riff-hop six-piece band hailing from the South Side of Pittsburgh. With Shark Parker as lead vocalist, the guitarist Myles Mahoney along with the keyboardist Christian Petrozza, the bassist, Sam Kisic, the saxophonist Robert Ruffner, and finally […]

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