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 – A-Money & the Downtown City

“She told a story with her eyes and she danced without any music“ A-Money & the Downtown City is the multi-genre music project of singer-songwriter Adam Merulli incorporating heartfelt lyrics and unique sounds as a band, solo act and spoken word playing shows in the Pittsburgh area. Today sees the premiere of their latest effort […]

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First/Last – DiLisio

“Cosmically chaotic“ DiLisio (formerly Fly.) is the brainchild of Mark Jeffries, a Pittsburgh-based singer/songwriter with an edge. In collab with drummer Garrett Grube and producer/engineer Matt Very, DiLisio’s brand of garage & blues rock has been on display all year with the release of seven current singles (and two more in the works!) In fact, […]

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How Damon Che Solidified Math Rock

HughShows welcomes back contributing music journalist Jill Berkin. A a UK-based writer and avid music enthusiast, she’s interested in shoegaze, rock, and alternative music. I couldn’t be more thrilled in highlighting her wonderful work on the blog. Damon Che is the drummer and founder of the instrumental rock band Don Caballero. Apart from followers of […]

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First/Last – The Whelming Waters

The Whelming Waters is Pittsburgh based folk rock band which formed in the winter of 2015. The band began when three high school friends John, Collin, and Nina, decided to start a folk trio consisting of mandolin, guitar, and violin. However, when the songwriting quickly started to expand, and with the introduction of two new […]

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Album Review – Dirty Projectors – Super João EP

HughShows would like to welcome contributing music journalist Jill Berkin to the fold. A a UK-based writer who was able to travel quite a lot before the pandemic and has had an awesome experience with the people and places while visiting Pittsburgh. As an avid music enthusiast, she’s interested in shoegaze, rock, and alternative music. […]

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First/Last – Emily Zuzik

Posted on August 28, 2020

“Singer, Writer, Rocker Mom“ Emily Zuzik is an L.A. based Americana singer-songwriter originally from Pittsburgh who has planted her musical roots in a unique eclectic blend of alt-country, modern, rhythm & blues and rock music. She brings to her songs a woman’s vulnerability and strength in the tradition of Patsy Cline and Madonna.  Her latest […]

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Album Review – Anthony Heubel and the High Lonesome Band

Posted on August 3, 2020

HughShows welcomes back contributing music journalist Mara Meyer. A graduate of Point Park University, Mara is also a visual artist and concert photographer, who is beginning her career within the Pittsburgh music landscape and I couldn’t be more thrilled in highlighting her wonderful work on the blog. Anthony Heubel and the High Lonesome Band / […]

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First/Last – Hell’s Oasis

Posted on July 31, 2020

“The way music evokes feelings, memories, and mental pictures is powerful and magical.“ Hell’s Oasis is a Pittsburgh based multi-genre band who fuse progressive rock with funk and punk. They’ve added trip-hop, singer-songwriter, and folk styles to their repertoire. This is evidenced on their latest release from July, the single “Lilacs”, which draws you in with echoing […]

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First/Last – Sommelier

Posted on July 30, 2020

“I lock my vice wide for the feeding of the choir.“ Sommelier is a Pittsburgh based electro pop band that was formed in early 2020 by Brian Ferrell and J Trafford. Brian was working on a projected with Zach Coss and Ben Wingrove that lost their singer. Brian began looking to start a new group. […]

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First/Last – Inch Deep Pool of Slush

Posted on July 29, 2020

“Guitarish music that melts while you listen to it“ Inch Deep Pool of Slush is the moniker for lo-fi shoegaze musician Ben Gibbons, who composes and records his music in a bedroom in South Oakland. Lockdown has allowed time for Ben to release several songs since May, the latest being a group of unmastered tunes […]

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First/Last – Steve Hawk

Posted on July 28, 2020

“Stricken with the blues, laced with punk, and feeling the hangover of old rock and roll. Steve Hawk took the experience of being the front man of a Pittsburgh band and established his own solo sound.“ Steve Hawk is a Pittsburgh based singer-songwriter who frequently plays out around town and has just released a follow-up […]

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First/Last – Stationary Pebbles

Posted on July 24, 2020

Stationary Pebbles are a Pittsburgh based funk/reggae/rock band who interweave a natural flow of shredding and riff driven guitar playing with a constantly grooving drum and bass section. The Pebbles have become accustomed to making crowds tap their feet and move to the music. Incorporating conscious lyrics, the music is a very real product. Combining the musical influences […]

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First/Last – Bill Munz

Posted on July 23, 2020

“I write and record music that I enjoy. Hopefully others can find some enjoyment in it also.“ Bill Munz is a Pittsburgh based experimental musician who recent release from May of this year entitled Just Smile and Shut the Door is available via local label RORER714 Recordings. I want to thank Bill (Guitar/Bass/Keyboards/Drum Programming/Vocals) forsaking […]

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First/Last – Poetry In Commotion

Posted on July 22, 2020

Poetry In Commotion is an experimental blend of metal & spoken word from John (Ballistic) Perry who’s main instrument is Bass guitar in the band but is currently it’s only member. His latest release is the album entitled Spoken Word Stupidity and Other Shady Shenanigans distributed from Pittsburgh based label RORER714 Recordings. I want to thank […]

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First/Last – Jon Wolff

Posted on July 21, 2020

“The music I write ranges from acoustic alternative to instrumental rock to the soulful edges of electronic music and hip hop. I may not have a style, but I think I have a vibe.“ Jon Wolff is a multi-instrumentalist based in Pittsburgh. When he’s not creating his own music, you can find Jon working other […]

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First/Last – Tai Chirovsky

Posted on July 20, 2020

“My name is Tai, 2020 marks the end of my first decade playing music. I focus on simple guitar parts, mega harmonies, and making people do the “wow” thing when I sing.“ Tai Chirovsky is a Pittsburgh based singer-songwriter who’s latest release is the excellent EP growing up from earlier this month. I want to […]

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First/Last – Steelesque

Posted on July 17, 2020

“Steelesque is equal parts British Blues and latter-day jam band blending the sound and style of Exile on Main Street-era Stones or The Band, with adventurous passages echoing Phish or Wilco. . . At their best, the 6 piece Steelesque delivers the swagger of bands from days gone by while echoing their influences in a way […]

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first/last – savesomeone

Posted on July 16, 2020

“it’s a trap trying to savesomeone. choose wisely” savesomeone is the moniker for chris ferree, a pittsburgh born solo musician who started out learning the drums at the age of twelve and from inspiration and example of his older brother and encouragement form his parents, taught himself guitar, bass, piano, and production. after not being […]

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First/Last – Heath Forslund

Posted on July 15, 2020

Heath Forslund is a Pittsburgh based singer-songwriter who discovered after being in various bands and recording projects, he wanted to dive into a writing process by himself. He met Matt Rowley in 2016, played a few of his solo songs for him and encouraged Heath to record them. At first it was hard for Heath […]

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First/Last – Coltcrusher

Posted on July 14, 2020

“With ever-present murderous expressions on their faces, they regale with tales of brutal annihilation of the innocent residents of the greater Ponyville region. Your ears will be smashed, your heart will swell to the bursting point, and all of your preconceived notions of music will be shattered into jimmy-shaped shards of hatred so putrid that […]

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