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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-Diviaped

Posted on August 21, 2015

“Diviaped is a singer-songwriter who has been playing out for the past five years. He has performed at various festivals thru out the Pittsburgh area, including the Pittsburgh Marathon. HIs music could be categorized as ‘acoustic pop’, with a heavy influence from ’70’s folk rock. He is releasing his new album ‘Shining’ this September.”…

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First/Last-Six Speed Kill

Posted on August 20, 2015

I guess we are supposed to tell you about this band now. Nick was bored one day around June 2013 because he probably ran out of beer or hamburger meat. His quest began to find a few low-lifes like himself that at least said they could play an instrument.

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First/Last-Ancient Warfare

Posted on August 13, 2015

“Ancient Warfare were once the girls who smoked behind the high school gym. They were from distant shores; they spoke in code. They borrowed your brother’s Velvets records and talked about bands you wanted to know. They weren’t going to stay too long. They buried themselves in drones of words and found guitars, mapping an intimate apocalypse along the way.”…

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First/Last-The Jaguar Club

Posted on August 13, 2015

A refined sound requires a refined lineup, and The Jaguar Club’s ranks have recently swelled and changed with original members William Popadic and Yoichiro Fujita remaining at the core. The new lineup is rounded out by Nadia Brittingham, from ‘Medals’, drummer Patrick Eager, and Gavin Dunaway, who toured as an auxiliary guitarist with the original recipe Jaguar Club. Close was inspired by a return to the idea of a band being “a band.” Someone writes a song and then the group

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First/Last-Great Peacock

Posted on August 11, 2015

“You can call Great Peacock a folk band… but don’t expect them to make music for campfires or square dances. Raised in the Deep South and headquartered in Nashville, they’re a group of red-blooded country boys who aren’t afraid of the big city. Case in point: Making Ghosts — the duo’s harmony-heavy, guitar-driven debut album — whose 11 songs find the middle ground between rootsy, down-home Americana and super-sized arena pop/rock.”…

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First/Last-Nick Martin

Posted on August 10, 2015

Nick Martin is a singer-songwriter from Pittsburgh who recently released his debut solo EP called “Jimmy Miller Sings the Blues“. With help from Thomas Cipollone and Nick DeAngelo of Grand Piano fame, the release is a personal labor of love for Nick and as he decides how to present his music live, I want to thank him for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last

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First/Last-Laika, The Asro-Hound

Posted on August 7, 2015

“Songs about love, grieving, and life. Life is temporary, the love that you give is really quite contrary.”…

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Image of the Day-Ladyfest at Howler’s

Posted on August 2, 2015

Ladyfest Day One with Liss Victory, The Park Plan, The Fuckies, Sleepy Kitty, The Mud City Manglers and Bunny Five Coat at Howler’s on Friday, July 17, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PALiss Victory…

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Image of the Day-Ladyfest at The Shop

Posted on August 1, 2015

Ladyfest Day One with Trash Bag, Action Camp, Dumplings, Murder for Girls, Brazilian Wax and Roulette Waves at The Shop on Friday, July 17, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PATrash Bag…

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First/Last-River Rat

Posted on July 31, 2015

“River Rat started as a blank piece of paper in December of 2013. By the end of the month, there were many pieces of paper scribbled with hardly legible ideas, melodies and arrangements. They were formed from life experiences, good & bad, light & dark, but either way from a place of honesty. A little time went by and the ideas began to become somewhat recognizable. Hours and hours were spent alone with these ideas until they had become strong enough to stand on their own,
but still sparse and existing in a black and white state.”…

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First/Last-S.L.I.P.

Posted on July 30, 2015

S.L.I.P. is the moniker for Pittsburgh-based DIY musician David Rosenstraus’ hard core punk project. Little is known of the band except they have a release from last year called “Songs of Peace and Love” and may be churning out new music in the future. I want to thank David for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last

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First/Last-Roulette Waves

Posted on July 29, 2015

“Roulette Waves is a American grunge rock band formed by singer and guitarist Heather Donovan and lead guitarist Jared Augustus Creighton in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in September 2013. Roulette Waves first started out as a three piece with former drummer Aiden Angle. The three piece released a five track EP called “Move, Feel, Live, the Message.” Daniel Gray
former bassist also played in the beginning of 2014 with the band. In July 2014, Greg Brunner joined the band as the current drummer along with bassist Gordy Brash in November 2014. Creighton has decided to enjoy music behind the scenes as a
recording producer. Derrick Davila will join the band as the new lead guitarist on August 8th. Roulette Waves have
played with bands such as Hank & Cupcakes, Shellshag, Kind of like Spitting, Free Throw, and The City On Film.”…

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First/Last-we speak in colors

Posted on July 28, 2015

“bummer-rock band filtered through a bunch of different people at different times. just wanna move around the earth.”…

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First/Last-The Oyster Murders

Posted on July 27, 2015

“The Oyster Murders’ name often raises curious looks from those hearing it for the first time, until they realize it derives from Lewis Carroll’s classic novella Through the Looking Glass. The band enjoys this esoteric approach to writing, often weaving in subtle pop culture references into their lyrics. The backdrop for this lyrical collage is a sound punctuated by large pop moments, reverbed guitars, innovative synths and, at times, densely layered instrumentation. After a busy 2012 with live performances in New York and the release of their debut album.”…

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First/Last-Prayher

Posted on July 24, 2015

Prayher is the moniker for Pittsburgh based ‘R&B lo-fi’ songwriter Phoebe Rayher, who’s music transcends genre categorization as you can hear from her self-tilted debut EP. She occasionally plays out so if you get the chance to see her perform, take it. I want to thank Phoebe for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last

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First/Last-The Getaway

Posted on July 21, 2015

“The Getaway formed as the brainchild of lead singer, Dion Wiegand, who began writing and performing songs early on. Dion and Corey met at Washington and Jefferson College and started playing together off and on and before they knew it, they had a good sound. They needed to find a drummer, and that’s when Corey remembered his good friend from high school, Nate Repp, who was constantly active in the local music circuit. After a month or two of jamming together, the core was rounded out.”…

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Image of the Day-Nevada Color Rooftop Shindig

Posted on July 20, 2015

Nevada Color at Theater Square Rooftop Shindig on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA…

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First/Last-Lazyeyes

Posted on July 17, 2015

“Lazyeyes plays hazy, psych-tinged dreampop made up of swirling guitar melodies and reverb-drenched vocals. The band has previously shared stages with acts like Gringo Starr and Crocodiles, and their dynamic live set is a mix of upbeat, dance-worthy jams and pulsating slower songs.”…

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First/Last-Bridgette Perdue

Posted on July 15, 2015

Told her “music has sunlight in it,” Bridgette Perdue blends soulful vocals with a vibrant piano to create a fun, innovative twist on pop/R&B music, reminiscent of Sara Bareilles or Alicia Keys. Her upbeat style and independent voice has enamored audiences from Los Angeles to New York City, and in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA (August Wilson Center, Kelly Strayhorn Theatre), she has headlined her own shows and opened for national recording acts. Perdue’s newly released album

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First/Last-Bloody Diamonds

Posted on July 9, 2015

“When a wild long-haired punk meets a quiet songstress with an acoustic guitar, they usually turn the other way. Bloody Diamonds are the exception. With heavy riffs and wailing, powerful vocals, Toronto’s goth-tinged dark rock band Bloody Diamonds are a four-piece rock n’ roll monster. Fronted by vocalist Sara Elizabeth and guitarist Jake Seaward the two bring together the gloom of early Black Sabbath and the modern feel of Band of Skulls, delivering a hard-hitting rock show with intensely dynamic vocals. One minute Elizabeth is soft and sweet, the next she’s foaming at the mouth, unleashing a menacing,
gritty howl. Her soulful, haunting voice and unhinged stage presence has been compared to singers such as Janis Joplin, Patti Smith, and Alison Mosshart.”…

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