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 – The Zells

Posted on May 31, 2019

“Five best friends from Pittsburgh making sounds and saving frightened crowds. Slacker rock for the people. Actively degenerating…” The Zells are rock band from Pittsburgh who are working on brand new music as I write this. A featured band on the DIY Crafted Sounds label, the band is steadily gaining traction in the music community […]

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First/Last – Flower Crown

Posted on May 24, 2019

Flower Crown is a jangly dream pop band from Pittsburgh who releases their latest album entitled Sundries this very morning via local label of love Crafted Sounds on all the usual formats. They will be raging at their vinyl release show on Sunday at Spirit and since Monday is a holiday, you don’t have to […]

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Deutschtown Music Festival Lineup 2019

Posted on May 22, 2019

I am excited to bring to you the complete 2019 Deutschtown Music Festival lineup, which occurs on Friday and Saturday, July 12 and 13 over on the Northside of Pittsburgh. Schedule is subject to change so check back often. Deutschtown Music Festival on Facebook Festival Facebook Event Page   Park Stage (Friday 7/12) Allegheny Commons […]

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First/Last – Private I

Posted on May 17, 2019

“Uniting and Celebrating Life and Love through Music” Private I is a reggae/punk band from Somerset who just released their debut full length Better Late Than Never, which seems to be an apt title as their first self-titled EP arrived seven years ago. Catch their next show tomorrow (Sat. 5/18) at 1pm at the Johnstown […]

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Video Premiere – HughShowsTV with Same Moon

Posted on May 15, 2019

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First/Last – Swither

Posted on May 10, 2019

“It’s like how a water snake would move, it slithers and swims.” Swither is a pop punk band from Pittsburgh who released a debut EP late last year entitled We Tried. Also contributing a new song “Mutual Friend” on the fantastic Crafted Sounds compilation Bridges, the world awaits as the band readies their sophomore effort. […]

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Strand of Oaks/Apex Manor (Photos)

Posted on May 8, 2019

Strand of Oaks is currently touring behind their excellent new album, Eraserland. My buddy Max Somerville from local band Wreck Loose was tapped to play keys on the tour and when a Pittsburgh date was announced, the date was a rare weeknight pin in my schedule. Unfortunately, the show sold out and to my surprise, […]

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HughShows Radio – André Costello

Posted on May 6, 2019

For a limited time, you can now listen to exclusive audio from André Costello and the Minor’s set from Saturday, October 11, 2014 live from Eide’s Entertainment. Enjoy this while you can as it will go back into the vault on the May 18th. Audio recorded by J Vega of the Wilderness Recording Studio.   […]

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The Roxian Theatre Opens (Photos)

Posted on May 6, 2019

The cool folks at Roxian Live were kind enough to have me come into the newest Pittsburgh venue The Roxian Theatre, located in McKees Rocks, to take a few snaps of the brand new space. The design is modern but compliments the remaining and refurbished ceiling and bas relief designs on the exterior. With the […]

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First/Last – Short Fictions

Posted on May 3, 2019

“Really tight math-pop band from Pittsburgh ;)” Bridges by Short Fictions Short Fictions is an indie rock band hailing from Pittsburgh, PA who have a new song called “Living in Places Like These Can Be Bad for Your Health”on the fantastic Crafted Sounds comp Bridges. They will more than likely play it at their next show […]

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“Jaguar” Music Video By Feralcat

Posted on May 1, 2019

“Feralcat’s music is equal parts prog rock, jazz fusion and art rock, utilizing sweeping lyrical melodies over heavy guitar-driven rhythms to create a sound that you can both hear and feel deeply. These songs are meant to break barriers and melt faces, with improvised saxophone music that you can bump and mosh to!” Feralcat is […]

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Pittsburgh Plays… Pittsburgh

Posted on April 28, 2019

Attention all Pittsburgh and surrounding areas bands and musicians. I have been pondering an idea for several years now of producing a compilation of local bands covering local music. When we put on the HughShows Secret Santaplooza shows a few years ago, I asked the participating bands to cover any other Pittsburgh band they wanted […]

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Bikini Islands – “Vines” Video Premiere

Posted on April 17, 2019

Today I am excited to debut the latest music video from Pittsburgh rockers Bikini Island for their song “Vines”. The tune was produced by Harrison Wargo of Badboxes and The Morning Light and features a catchy hook that really does stick in your head after a few listens. The video shows the band disenfranchised in […]

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NPR Tiny Desk Contest 2019 Pittsburgh

Posted on April 15, 2019

 For the fourth year in a row, NPR is having their Tiny Desk Contest in which any band can submit a video of an original song to win a chance to perform for the wildly popular Tiny Desk Concert. The contest closed on April 15th, 2019. As with past years, Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania […]

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Conversation with Crafted Sounds

I sat down with Connor Murray from the independent music label Crafted Sounds based in Pittsburgh. Connor talks about starting, maintaining and the future of the label which produces cassettes of bands in and around the area and beyond…

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HughShows Holiday download / Deutschtown Music Festival exclusive opportunity

You can enjoy the full 90 minute HughShows Holiday musical special right now from the comfort of your home, or phone as these nutty kids do…

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HughShows Holiday Video Premieres

I am thrilled to debut two videos from the upcoming HughShows Holiday feature length show. We are premiering the entire movie on December 2nd at 6pm at Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in Carnegie, PA…

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Posted on July 13, 2018

Pittsburgh has a reputation of breeding talented musicians and artists ranging from Christina Aguilera to Girl Talk, Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller. These artists, just to name a few, represent the wide-range of talent that has emerged from the streets of the steel town. With a deep-rooted…

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First/Last – iNCO FIdO

Posted on July 11, 2018

We’re loud, we like to drink, there are a lot of us.”
The Deutschtown Music Festival starts this week! Every day on the blog I am featuring a band from Pittsburgh who I discovered through the submission process and are performing this weekend…

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First/Last – Raven Clifton

Posted on July 10, 2018

“alt/indie/rock/pop two piece band trying our best. thanks for listening! :)”

The Deutschtown Music Festival starts this week! Every day on the blog I am featuring a band from Pittsburgh who I discovered through the submission process and are performing this weekend…

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