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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-Abi Reimold

“Abi Reimold of Philadelphia writes dynamic, cathartic songs that are darkly colorful. Rough around the edges in a way that is more honest than careless, Reimold’s music has a distinctly human quality about it. Unpredictable yet natural, Reimold’s songwriting style builds tension using dissonance both harmonically and lyrically. Her voice rides a range of octaves and emotions, exploring dark and upsetting inner worlds, adeptly contouring melodies to starkly vivid lyrics. Growing up singing in church and school choir gave her an understanding and affinity of harmony and the endless possibilities of
vocal expression. Her self-taught guitar style is influenced by acts such as Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine.”…

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First/Last-A Day Without Love

A Day Without Love has existed in many forms. Started as a solo act by frontman Brian Walker during his college years, the music took on the shape of a full-band when Walker collaborated with Philadelphia producer Jake Detwiler in 2013. The resulting debut EP, “Island”, was a sharp contrast from the mellow acoustic musings that Walker had leaned on in the past – it was aggressive, grungy, and energetic.

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First/Last-Derek Woodz Band

“The current six(sometimes seven)-piece band came together in the summer of 2012 and includes an instrumental
lineup of acoustic guitar, harmonica, lead electric guitar, mandolin (acoustic and electric), drums, percussion/congas, and bass. The band also often invites keys and horns into the lineup. DWB defines themselves as being reminiscent of an energetic 60’s-70’s Rock n’ Roll vibe while incorporating a new-age jam-style atmosphere. DWB is currently promoting new material for their upcoming album which will boast a developed, mature version of their past originals in a style that thrives on live performances.”…

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First/Last-Lone Wolf Club

“Based in Pittsburgh, PA, LWC is a band made up of six main members, however, they often bring in other musicians for shows and recordings. They are currently in the preproduction and recording stages of their first EP, scheduled to be
released within the next year, and are performing at smaller venues in and around Pittsburgh.”…

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First/Last-Egomyth

“Egomyth walks the tightrope between modern and classic rock, creating songs that defy easy categorization. Their sound combines rock, new wave, and alternative music. Their influences include Muse, U2, Faith No More, The Cure, Killing Joke, The Fixx, Simple Minds, Roxy Music, and The Mission UK. The Egomyth sound is powerful, evocative, mysterious, innovative, and challenging.”…

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First/Last-Ben Bedford

“Ben Bedford delivers intriguing sketches of America, its individuals, their victories and their struggles. Poignant, but never sentimental, Bedford’s portrait-like songs capture the vitality of his characters and draw the listener deep into the narratives. With three albums to his credit, Bedford’s songs tackle scenarios including homelessness, the plight of a Confederate soldier’s wife during the American Civil War, the aerial triumphs of Amelia Earhart, the life of Jack London, the murder of Emmett Till in 1955, John the Baptist, the poet Vachel Lindsay and even the 1973 standoff between members of The
American Indian Movement and federal agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Often drawing upon history, Bedford’s songs have a strong sense of time and place. The songs are rich in sensory detail which allows the listener to hear, see and feel each narrative.”…

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First/Last-The Young Novelists

‘The Young Novelists play roots-rock barnstormers and heartfelt folk ballads with equal parts craft and care. Hailed as “one of the top 5 folk bands to watch in Toronto” by BlogTO, The Toronto-based folk-roots band layer harmonies and wry lyrics about about love, loss, regret, and redemption over intricate arrangements.”…

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First/Last-Walk A Mile in Her Shoes

“There is an old saying: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. It’s not easy walking in these shoes, but it’s fun and it gets the community to talk about something that’s really difficult to talk about: gender relations and men’s sexualized violence against women.”

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First/Last-Kyle Lawson Band

“For more than five years, Lawson fronted and managed the Old E Allstars, a Pittsburgh based funk, rock & roll band described by Randy Baumann of the WDVE morning show as a “big badass funk band.” The group opened for iconic and modern national acts such as Trombone Shorty and Bernie Worrell of Parliament Funkadelic.”…

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First/Last-Easy Roscoe

“Five friends who love to hang out and play music together. Our easy-going relationship translates well to our performance on the stage. We incorporate multiple instruments such as ukulele and trumpet to make it feel more like a party than a show. Our number one priority is that our fans have a blast listening to us make music.”…

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First/Last-Herbcraft

“Across four LPs, Herbcraft’s trajectory has taken the form of an open-ended and perpetual trip, covering ground from Agartha’s pining bedroom odes to Ashram’s psychedelic living room services, to the full-band barn hoots of 2013’s The Astral Body Electric. On its fourth album, Wot Oz, the band undergoes another bold reinvention, shifting its locale to the Traummaschine A/B warehouse, where Matt Lajoie met with drummer Aaron Neveu and bassist/organist Joe Lindsey for the trio’s
first-ever rehearsal in July 2013. Though intended simply as a rehearsal for a live gig, surveillance tape began rolling almost immediately, as the group’s chemistry imbued both abstract sound experiments and primitive rock- and blues-based numbers with the same heady waft of freewheeling possibility.”…

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First/Last-Sean Thomas Gerard

Posted on August 31, 2015

“When performing solo, Sean’s songs are stripped bare, exposing his keen sense of melody and songwriting craftsmanship. He delivers his songs with great intensity and undeniable sincerity. His catchy, yet haunting tunes, chocked full of dreamy
lyrics and clever observations, will stick with you for days. He can sing you to sleep, or wake you from the dead with his dynamic vocal stylings.”…

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First/Last-Them Labs

Posted on August 26, 2015

“Seth Pfannenschmidt and Joe Perkins have enough musical chops and faith in themselves to make Them Labs eponymous debut worth a spin”…

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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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