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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-“The Women of Arsenal”

Posted on July 13, 2008

Rootz: The Green City Music Festival Mellon Park Highly enjoyable day in the park. We brought out the kids and listened to some ‘wooden’ music. This set featured a bunch of local musicians taking turns on new songs written about Pittsburgh. Emily and Erik’s song was a standout for me…

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Image of the Day-“Avalanche”

Posted on July 12, 2008

Border’s Eastside Local musician Ben Hardt has a unique band going. He often performs with a string section that adds a very cool element to his music. Check him out if you can…

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Image of the Day-“I Dig A Pony”

Posted on July 6, 2008

St. Vincent Thursday February 21, 2008 Andy Warhol Museum Another purty pic of Annie. Did I mention how difficult it is to take a decent shot at the Warhol? It’s like taking a photo in a cave. I gotta say this one rocks!

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Image of the Day-“Teenage Kicks”

Posted on July 5, 2008

p>Andy Warhol Museum As my brother reminded this would be the second time seeing The Waco Brothers. We saw them several years ago and considering the literally hundreds of concerts I’ve been to over the years I just don’t remember the show. Unfortunately, I was so blitzed at this one I hardly remember it as well. I do remember jumping onstage and dancing at one point… don’t mix liquor and beer kids, take it from me. No harm done though…

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Image of the Day-“Midnight Surprise”

Posted on July 4, 2008

Andy Warhol Museum This show was kick-ass. Devonte Hynes used to be in a hardcore thrash band called Test Icicles. He goes solo and releases a lush folky album called “Falling Off The Lavendar Bridge”. It’s a good album but the live show added a harder edge to the music…

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Image of the Day-“The New Kid”

Posted on July 3, 2008

This was my favorite concert of the year so far. I took a ton of pictures and will trickle them out in the coming weeks. They have soooooo many great songs to choose from for a show. What a band…

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Image of the Day-“Just Like Heaven”

Posted on July 1, 2008

Schenley Plaza I absolutely LOVED Jenny Lewis’ 2006 release Rabbit Fur Coat. Getting a co-billing on that album as well as significantly contributing to the overall sound of it were then unknown sisters Chandra and Leigh Watson on background vocals…

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Image of the Day-“Marry Me”

Posted on June 30, 2008

St. Vincent Thursday February 21, 2008 The Andy Warhol Museum I was debating on whether to go to this show or not. It was a toss up between seeing her or Vampire Weekend a month before at the museum. Neither of their respective albums were doing anything for me. I chose to see Annie and […]

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Image of the Day-“Rosalie”

Posted on June 29, 2008

Three Rivers Arts Festival Main Stage Being the last night of the fest and considering I didn’t make one show this year, I felt I had to catch this one. Considering that Alejandro was scheduled and he was bringing the rock to support his excellent new disc “Real Animal”, it was a rather painless decision…

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Image of the Day-“The Fool”

Posted on June 28, 2008

Schenley Plaza In realizing that I have no time for posting on a regular basis, I will try something new starting today. Instead of a complete wrap-up of a show, I will post one picture and write a short description. Last night’s Old 97’s concert was probably my favorite of the year so far. I checked the band’s message boards this morning and noticed that a fan was upset about an encounter with Ken in Wisconsin…

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Concert Pics-Hallelujah The Hills

Posted on May 28, 2008

These Boston boys are my favorite ‘new’ band right now. Their debut album was my #1 favorite album of 2007. This is the second time they’ve rolled through town in less than a year and both times they opened with “To All My Scientist Colleagues I Bid You Farewell” at my request…

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Concert Pics-The Swimmers

Posted on May 27, 2008

Gloriously rising from the ashes of one of my favorite unsung bands of all-time One Star Hotel, the philly outfit The Swimmers finally brought their straight-ahead pop to the wonderfully dirty Garfield Artworks. I was really surprised at the turn-out…

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Concert Pics-Bobby Bare Jr.

Posted on May 25, 2008

This was one strange show. It was in a sports bar in town. It was sponsored by Camel cigarettes(If you showed I.D. you got two packs of smokes and a BBJ t-shirt). Bobby was ready to…

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Concert Pics-British Sea Power

Posted on May 23, 2008

Mr. Small’s Funhouse As I stated in my previous post, I was wrecked at this show. I actually got booted from the premises by security. So sad…

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Concert Pics-The Rosebuds

Posted on May 23, 2008

Mr. Small’s Funhouse I really can’t write a proper review due to the fact that I got seriously wasted at the show and cannot remember much. Bummer…

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To All My Scientist Colleagues…

Posted on May 11, 2008

As the Beastie Boys would say…I effin shot that!

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I Know You Rider

Posted on April 19, 2008

DJ ?UESTLOVE TECHNICAL RIDER/SPECIFICATIONS1. Two Technique 1200 turntables 2/ needles and stylus in good condition NOTE: set up from left to right should be:CDJ, Turntable, Turntable, Mixer, CDJ(as the DJ is left handed) 2. Pioneer DJM 600 mixer3. 2 Pioneer CDJ 10004. 1 Wireless Microphone5. 2 Slipmats6. 2 backup needles7. Monitors on both sides of […]

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Iron & Wine

Posted on April 18, 2008

I like Iron & Wine. I don’t LOVE them as some people do but they’re aiight. The other night they played for two hours and change and man could they have trimmed the show a bit. They went on and on and on and…

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Califone

Posted on April 18, 2008

Califone opened up for Iron & Wine last night in Greensburg at The Palace Theater. First off I have to say what a venue. These old refurbished turn of the century movie halls that are hosting shows lately are damned terrific. Sure Greensburg is an hour drive from home but so far it’s by far the coolest place to see a concert. They have an outdoor smoking garden that’s TOO easy to sneak my camera into. Next time!…

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The New Pornographers in Pittsburgh

Posted on April 14, 2008

I like The New Pornographers. Unfortunately, it seemed to me that they were just running through their set with no conviction Saturday night. I suppose it didn’t help that openers Okkervil River totally upstaged them. Still the show was great…

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