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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.

Image of the Day-“Long Coats No Energy”

The band has a couple local dates coming up in November. These guys would be a blast to hang out and listen to while pounding many beers…

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Image of the Day-“Change Of The Seasons”

This band has a solid pop sense inherent in it’s music but what I was surprised to discover and quickly love is the ability by the band to totally ‘freak out’ at times. Not many groups can pull off ‘feedback/white noise’ mid-song without getting annoying. They certainly can and do. Fun stuff…

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Image of the Day-“Killer Of The One”

I barely caught this band (half a song?) due to my tardiness at The YEP Summer Fest opening for Old 97’s. I have been hearing some buzz about them and was meaning to catch them sooner rather than later. Keys babe Megan dropped me a line after viewing this very blog and graciously…

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Image of the Day-“Valley Road 86”

Enjoyable (albeit sparsely attended) set from Brooklynite O’Connor. I was able to talk to her about a few friends of hers, namely Margaret White and Timothy Bracy, two of my favorite indie musicians…

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Image of the Day-“Engine”

Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour Saturday October 18, 2008 Brillobox Lawrenceville Jeff Mangum performing ‘Engine’! Way more to come. Check it. Neutral Milk Hotel – Engine – 10/18/2008 Brillobox, Pittsburgh PA from Engine on Vimeo. I got a ton of great pics throughout the night and will work on them in the coming weeks.

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Image of the Day-“Travellin'”

Matt Mays & El Torpedo Thursday October 9, 2008 Club Cafe Southside

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Image of the Day-“Building A Boat”

The concert gods were very good to Pittsburgh on this night. Three killer shows were happening around town and I had to decide which ones to attend (I felt like Sophie with her choice). The bad news is I had to leave the incredible Okkervil River show a half hour early…

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Image of the Day-“A Girl In Port”

Tickets went on pre-sale for this show in May. That’s five months folks! I snagged a ticket that day. When I went to the box office the night of the show I noticed maybe eight other names on the will call sheet? I walk in and the placed was crazy packed! Smalls holds 600+?…

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Image of the Day-“My Two Feet”

I was hoping for a whole band performance but instead were treated to the Ranchero Brothers. Not bad, not great. I like the new songs but prefer the old ones which we got one, Victoria, by request from a six year old in the audience. Thanks kid…

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Image of the Day-“GLORE”

Posted on October 7, 2008

The last time I caught Local Honey was a short radio set on Super Bowl Sunday…in 2007! Jeez, it’s been too long. They had Megan Williams on fiddle and she added a sweet texture to the tunes. Too bad I had to bail before the first set was over. I gotta chill and not show up three hours before show time…

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Image of the Day-“Josephine”

Posted on October 5, 2008

This was an unexpected night out for me. We had plans to hang with some friends and when that fell through because my kids got sick, I decided to hit up my local faves Local Honey (which BTW was a year and a half since I had seen them last). The city was having the…

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Image of the Day-“Whirlwind”

Posted on October 2, 2008

Opening for The Sadies, these guys came out and ripped through a very enjoyable set. They are local, they are young, and they are good! Pittsburgh seems to be turning out a TON of great original bands!…

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Image of the Day-“Part 1”

Southside I cannot recall in recent memory how much a band totally blew me away with their set. They came on and absolutely crushed the room with their precise skill and ferocious playing. They were absolutely amazing and I will have much more from them in the coming days….

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Image of the Day-“The Chorus”

University of Pittsburgh Donora was asked at the last minute to play this voter registration drive. I was excited that they would be playing an outdoor gig on a beautiful day…and I could make it home in time to watch the Steelers (too bad they lost a horrible game). Talking to the band about their full length debut coming out soon hopefully means they will be playing out a lot more in the coming months…

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Image of the Day-“Heatstroke”

During this band’s set I couldn’t shake the image of Morrissey out of my mind. Frontman Philip Benson’s charismatic mannerisms were a dead on ringer for the gloomy crooner from England…

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Image of the Day-“The Other Woman”

Queen of the Pittsburgh Blues. Ummm…yeah, what else can you say?…

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Image of the Day-“I Ain’t Going Down”

This blues fest is in it’s 21st year? Wow? Shutting down main street for a relatively free night of booze and blues on a late summer evening is sure the way to go. Yeah, I missed Cracker, Donora, Local Honey, The Grievious Angels, and Lohio who were all playing the same night. I like hometown legend Joe, even though he is always my least favorite guest at a Springsteen show. Good ole’ blue-collar rock…

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