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-Talk in Tongues

Posted on June 2, 2015

“Los Angeles foursome Talk In Tongues didn’t come out of nowhere, although it sounded that way when their debut
single “Still Don’t Seem To Care” suddenly appeared online. And it felt that way for them at the beginning, too, when each member was a refugee from another band that just wasn’t working right. Back then, they were barely acquaintances-guitarist and singer McCoy Kirgo remembers seeing his future bandmates at shows in their other bands, and then at parties after the shows. And if you looked into the music they’d already made, it didn’t quite make sense for them to put a band together. (Future bassist Waylon Rector wrote constantly, but all his songs were laptop-made synth-pop.)”…

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First/Last-Adam Torres

Posted on June 1, 2015

At the age of twenty, Torres wrote and recorded Nostra Nova, an album greatly inspired by the visual art of Adolf Wolfli and the writing of Swiss psychologist C.G. Jung. Torres developed these inspirations from summer visits to his parents’ home in Switzerland, where they lived from Torres’ late teens through his mid-twenties.

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First/Last-Sarah Blacker

Posted on May 29, 2015

“Boston’s “Sundress Rocker,” Sarah Blacker’s music will make you “feel it all, In Waves.” Taken from the title track of her forthcoming release, this lyric immediately informs the listener as to the emotional content of her songs. The record is filled with skillful rhythm guitar, piano and ukulele, and sung with a uniquely soulful voice which is much bigger than the size of the artist it comes from.”…

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First/Last-Laney Jones and the Spirits

Posted on May 28, 2015

“Raised on an exotic animal farm in rural Mount Dora, FL, Laney Jones sings tales of love and adventure with a
voice that has been described as “a mix of lemon, molasses, gin and gunpowder” (WPRK), mellifluous and smooth but brimming with passion. Her live performance highlights her multi-instrumental prowess on banjo, ukulele, tenor guitar and harmonica backed by her band the Spirits. Since releasing her first studio album Golden Road in 2013, she has traveled far from the orange groves and marshes of her home, graduating from Berklee College of Music and playing festival stages at Grey Fox,
Shakori Hills, String Break, Lancaster Roots and Blues and numerous others.”…

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First/Last-When Particles Collide

Posted on May 27, 2015

“Sasha and Chris met in Bangor Maine during a 2010 local production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Sasha was cast as a guitar playing Yitzhak and Chris played Schlatko, the band’s drummer. Six months later the two were a band, and three years later the band became a marriage.”…

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First/Last-Joshua Fletcher

Posted on May 26, 2015

“Born in Macon, raised in the Atlanta suburbs, living in Nashville. Grew up on Punk, fell into country, currently really into reverb. Josh Fletcher loves Coca-Cola, vinyl records, Atlanta Braves Baseball, Georgia Tech Football, old Gibson guitars, and rock and roll.”…

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Posted on May 25, 2015

“Supervoid blends many influences resulting in crushing riffs, high energy and huge dynamics. Never letting their style be restricted to one category, tracks range from big energy rock and roll, soul crushing sludge, and atmospheric melody.”…

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First/Last-Venus In Furs

Posted on May 18, 2015

“Venus In Furs blends a full band with synthesizers and vocals. The live shows are an event with dancing girls and dark, electronic rock. The band, which formed in 1994, has shared the stage with many acts including: Killing Joke, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Sponge, Violent Femmes.”…

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Image of the Day-matt pond PA/Young Buffalo

Posted on May 16, 2015

matt pond PA recently hit Pittsburgh on a short tour to promote the 10th Anniversary of their excellent 2005 release “Several Arrows Later” by playing the album in full. A few days earlier in Chicago, they were robbed and among other items stolen were their passports, preventing them from playing Toronto. They forged on with the tour which ended last night in New York. There is an active GoFundMe page where supporters can still help out the band recover at least monetarily…

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First/Last-Can’t Dance

Posted on May 15, 2015

“Can’t Dance is a three-piece “Indie-Rock” band based out of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Drawing influences from great acts you’ve never heard of such as Pavement, Built to Spill, Dismemberment Plan, and Cloud Nothings. Can’t Dance has gained a strong guitar-driven 90’s Alternative sound using youthful imagery in lyrics and crunchy guitar riffs to drive energetic song structures.”…

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First/Last-Midge Crickett

Posted on May 14, 2015

Midge Crickett is a Pittsburgh songwriter who’s main instrument is the cello. She brings her quirky chamber folk style to her new album “A Dragon is Not Your Friend“. As a member of Middle Children and The Fuckies, she leaves those bozos behind and will hopefully have cello in hand (and ukulele if we are lucky) this Saturday (5/16) at Modern Formations for a solo gig. I want to thank her for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last

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First/Last-matt pond PA

Posted on May 13, 2015

“It’s a complicated quest, trying to pin down all the different sides that make up Matt Pond PA, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. They have always defied conventional descriptions; perhaps the only way to make sense of it all is to bring the band’s past and future together as one, to let them meet and shake hands.”…

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First/Last-Young Buffalo

Posted on May 12, 2015

“There’s nothing typical about the Oxford, Mississippi-based rock act Young Buffalo or the story behind their debut album, House. Although the group’s songwriters Ben Yarbrough and Jim Barrett didn’t begin playing under the Young Buffalo moniker until 2009, they started writing music together as teenagers and never ceased evolving.”…

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First/Last-Eli Whitney & The Sound Machine

Posted on May 11, 2015

“With candid emotion, stylistic fluctuations, and perpetual energy, Eli Whitney & The Sound Machine are a slightly unhinged punk band based out of Brooklyn who simultaneously lament and celebrate life in transition on their newest record, “Reasons to Leave”. They are not interested in confines or reputations. They are extremely interested in being your new best friends.”…

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First/Last-Freya Wilcox & The Howl

Posted on May 11, 2015

“When a couple of Long Island punks walked into Manhattan’s darkest dive bar to find an Aussie blues singer howling from behind a beat up guitar, one of NYC’s most unique new punk bands was born. Before long, Freya’s grated ironies and violent bluesy riffs were sitting right at home atop a rhythm section of equally sarcastic and surprisingly talented twenty-somethings, spreading songs about lying to lovers, falling for assholes and fighting for all the wrong things.”…

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Image of the Day-Nevada Color

Posted on May 9, 2015

One of the greatest aspects of being a music fan in Pittsburgh is the endless opportunities to see local bands play their music in different settings. Radio station 105.9 The X has been putting on a monthly Studio X showcase for bands and broadcasting/archiving the set at a later time. This particular show will be aired on the radio tomorrow for Mother’s Day at 8:30 pm. I love what Nevada Color are doing. I actually shot their second ever gig and watching them grow and mature as performers is awesome…

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First/Last-The Vacant Lots

Posted on May 8, 2015

“The key element of The Vacant Lots’ minimalist, primitive rock’n’roll songs is their boundless energy, which tears up the psychedelic rock template with a genuine punk spirit. Combine that with the use of synths and drum machines, and it’s not
surprising to see why the band have won over Suicide’s Alan Vega, with whom they will be working very soon. Another famous friend is former Galaxie 500 and Luna frontman (and now Sonic Cathedral label mate) Dean Wareham, who plays guitar on ‘Tomorrow’.”…

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First/Last-The Dusty Gray Band

Posted on May 7, 2015

“The Dusty Gray Band is a powerhouse roots rock/country band hailing from the woods of New Hampshire. Led by Nashville songwriter Dusty Gray, the five-piece group has performed around the northeast, opening for such acts as Willie Nelson, Blues Traveler, Randy Houser, Lee Brice and others. Noted for their high-energy shows, the band was nominated for a New England Music Award in 2014, and continues to bring their soulful good ol’ rock n roll to clubs, parties and festivals around the region.”…

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First/Last-There You Are

Posted on May 6, 2015

There You Are is a 4 piece rock band from Pittsburgh Pa. The band was foundedby members Tom Chorba (vocals, guitar) and Matt Bean (drums) who were childhood friends and jam buddies. Through the years, these two members have played in a variety of projects in the area, occasionally crossing paths, until late 2013, when they decided to write together…

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