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 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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Image of the Day-Deutschtown Music Festival Benefit

Posted on April 25, 2015

The Deutschtown Music Festival Fundraiser with Working Breed, André Costello and the Cool Minors, Chet Vincent & The Big Bend and Big Gypsy at the Andy Warhol Museum on Saturday, April 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA…

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First/Last-elle belle

Posted on April 24, 2015

“Destroyer of worlds. Believer in FUZZZZZZZ. Foolish son of a foolish son. LOW & BEHOLD…..”

elle belle is a psych garage rock band from Los Angeles and is the moniker for songwriter Christopher Pappas (Guitar/Vocals). They have a cool single out called ‘You Better Mean It‘ which is a huge tease for an impending full length. I want to thank Christopher for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last

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First/Last-Wine & Spirit

Posted on April 23, 2015

“The 2012 Pittsburgh’s X Winter Rock Showcase Winners, WINE & SPIRIT, is bringing back some soul at a fast rate of punk rockin blues!! This local rock n roll band has been making their presence known in the greater area for the past five years Since forming the band at Slippery Rock University in 2006, Wine & Spirit has grown to what most locals say the coolest rock n roll band in town. …

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Posted on April 22, 2015

Granville’s music started with a record that emphasized roots Americana styles. But even on that first record I was trying to do something more than be rootsy. Experimenting with tape, electronics and arrangement and production style: I come from a place of roots music, but personally my roots are in so many styles and sounds that I find myself always searching for whatever is the correct style and feel for each individual song. I feel each needs to be done in its own way. I think that happens a bit more on this sophomore album…

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Art All Night 2015

Posted on April 21, 2015

Now in it’s 18th year, Art All Night is the one of the coolest events of the year. The DIY aspect permeates everything about it and along with displayed artwork and many activities, there are local bands playing around the clock. Here is a first look at the current schedule starting Saturday, April 25th at 4 pm with blog fave Heather Kropf and running straight through till Sunday morning. Also this year will be what’s dubbed as a ‘Jam Space’ consisting of different themes of one hour blocks where visitors can actually play along!…

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First/Last-Sick of Sarah

Posted on April 21, 2015

“When the girls of Sick of Sarah jumped on the stage of Minneapolis’ prestigious 7th Street Entry on April 7th, 2010, the room was shaking with excitement. The sold-out crowd pushed to get closer, waiting for a glimpse of the ladies that had only months earlier departed for a tour across country. After touring behind their self-titled debut LP for most of 2008/2009, Sick of Sarah had built some anticipation for their homecoming, “This was our final Minneapolis show before making the new record, we felt this was the end of the first chapter, and we couldn’t wait to show everyone what was coming next,”
says Lead Singer, Abisha Uhl.”…

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First/Last-Kristeen Young

Posted on April 20, 2015

“If you try to put Kristeen Young’s music in a rectangular box, that box would either implode or explode….or perhaps it would “im-explode.” Her music is genre-bending without any obvious boundaries. The effect is grandiloquent characterized by dissonance, operatic scope, and punk torn edges that will leave you in awe. Reaching back to her earliest hard-knock life moments on this planet, Kristeen (a former foster kid originally from St. Louis, Missouri) has accomplished much on her own; without a label, a booking agent or manager – Kristeen Young has always been DIY to the bone marrow.”…

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