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-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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First/Last-Joe Pug

Posted on May 5, 2015

“For the moment, Joe Pug has it figured out, career if not life: Just write the songs that have to be written, play them for anybody who will listen, tour as if you had no home. Oh, and give your music away. Which isn’t to say he won’t be selling his debut full-length offering, Messenger ( Released 2/16/2010 on Lightning Rod). But free is how he came to make it, more or less. It worked like this, for Joe Pug anyhow: The day before his senior year as a playwright student at the University of North Carolina, he sat down for a cup of coffee and had the clearest thought of his life: I am profoundly unhappy here. Then came the second clearest.”…

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First/Last-Working Breed

Posted on May 4, 2015

“Working Breed is a scintillating quintet from Pittsburgh, writing eclectic rock utilizing guitar, bass, drums, keys, synth, lush 3-part harmonies, trombone, trumpet, musical saw, and whatever else they get our hands on. Leading ladies Erika Laing and Chelsea Attwood combine their multi-instrumental musical talents with guitarist Mike Dugan, bassist Jonah Petrelli, and drummer Sam Stein, coalescing to form unique songs that hop from country leaning indie to brass-laden space jams to spy music to french acoustic reggae. There is no sound off-bounds for this genre-bending group!”…

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Image of the Day-Dream Phone

Posted on May 2, 2015

Tonight at Brillobox is a very sweet bill consisting of Robin Vote, Blød Maud, Littler (Philadelphia) and the gals of Dream Phone. This is one fun band to see. They have a ’60s girl group inspired garage pop sound and contain members of local faves The Harlan Twins, The Lopez, Roulette Waves, Paddy the Wanderer and Delicious Pastries. You can thank me later…

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First/Last-Houdini’s Psychic Theatre

Posted on May 1, 2015

“Based out of Pittsburgh, PA, Houdini’s Psychic Theatre creates a genre-bending musical experience. The collision of 5 friends and their different musical tastes, influences, and experiences builds a layered and dynamic sound that hopes to make it’s mark. This Pittsburgh-based progressive-rock jam band is dedicated not only to writing, improvising and recording their own music, but also to supporting other up-and-coming artists in the area and bringing fresh tunes to the people’s ears.”…

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Posted on April 30, 2015

“Abducted as children, and again in early 2014, the members of Spacefish have since been surveyed and deemed worthy by galactic travelers to form a static twosome of a band in pursuit of world-change and betterment for the terrestrial lifestyle.”…

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First/Last-Caroline Rose

Posted on April 29, 2015

A self-proclaimed “failed scholar and modern-day hobo,” 24 year-old Caroline Rose has broken her long string of short circuits with a live-wire national debut, I Will Not Be Afraid (August 19th / Little Hi! Records) that draws on her roots in rockabilly, vintage country, and blues to capture her unique and distinctive vision…

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First/Last-Grand Vapids

Posted on April 29, 2015

Forming in early 2014, Grand Vapids spent the course of a year recording its debut album Guarantees with producer and engineer Drew Vandenberg (of Montreal, Deerhunter, Kishi Bashi) at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, GA. On the album the
sonic palette is wide…

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First/Last-Crab Legs

Posted on April 28, 2015

“circle pits, skate tricks, and hipster chicks = what we’re about it’s like mixing spoons and a seagull in a blender.. add a dash of circle pit, skateboarding, hating your job, and every day life and you have CRAB LEGS”…

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First/Last-Cricket Blue

Posted on April 27, 2015

“Botanical, spooky, umbilically-resonant folk. Words about myth, love, wishes, disappointment, friendship, potential futures, and the ends of things.”…

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Posted on April 26, 2015

“Coquette is a wildly energetic American indie band with Franco Anglo roots based in Central Vermont. Influenced by Prog Rock and Punk, they have created a varied, frenetic kind of Alternative Rock, with a strong focus on composition. They play regularly in Montpelier, have played several festivals around Vermont, occasionally headlining. They are continually writing new material, play at any opportunity they can grab, and have plans to conquer first New England, then The World!?”…

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