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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-Aaron Lefebvre

Posted on April 15, 2015

“A solo acoustic guitarist raised in the hills of Southwestern PA, Aaron Lefebvre pursues the Appalachian folk music tradition by combining folk and modern finger-style acoustic guitar techniques.”…

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First/Last-American Roommates

Posted on April 14, 2015

“Five ugly kids playing rock n’ roll made up of roommates which play sounds with warbly guitar tones and growling vocals.”…

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First/Last-The Bird and The Bear

Posted on April 13, 2015

“The Bird and The Bear consists of Garry Wood from Saratoga, Wyoming and Mirthe Bolhuis from Groningen, The Netherlands. Both with a background in songwriting and performing, they eventually found each other in Nashville, TN in the summer of 2011. When The Bird and The Bear perform together people can’t help but take notice. They treat every note as an intimate moment; not just between the two of them but with the audience. To listen to them is to observe a balancing act of vulnerability, sincerity, and effortless musicality.”…

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Image of the Day-André Costello and the Cool Minors at Studio X

Posted on April 11, 2015

Tonight is the Deutschtown Music Festival fundraiser at the Warhol Museum. Get all the details here. Featuring some kick-ass local bands including our buds André Costello and the Cool Minors, the show will help SUPPORT PITTSBURGH MUSIC. That is what’s up!…

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First/Last-The Patti Fiasco

Posted on April 11, 2015

“Jet-fueled by powerhouse front woman Alysia Kraft, The Patti Fiasco delivers a brash yet fiercely soulful brand of rock and roll with a heavy dose of rockabilly, blues, and ballad. At times raw and volatile, and at others, sweet and lilting, the band fuses a hard-rock swagger with the two-step of its Wyoming roots.”…

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First/Last-Josie McQueen

Posted on April 10, 2015

Josie McQueen is an alt-rock duo from Pittsburgh who’s second EP this year, “Grody Noise” was just released. If you dig Cage The Elephant, Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, The Bravery and OK Go, give these dudes a spin as I thank Aaron Duda (Bass/Lead Vocals) and Jesse Weygandt (Guitar/Backing Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last

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First/Last-Book Club

Posted on April 10, 2015

“Book Club re-imagines the classic marriage between him & her vocals and carefully crafted orchestration by transforming their heritage into sound unbound by history. The songs blend classic influences like Cash, Petty, Dylan, and Reed, with a country, pop, and indie spin. Singer-songwriter Robbie Horlick strums a nylon-stringed acoustic, leading the 7-piece band through his honest tales of love and heartache, with an interpretation as modern as it is hauntingly timeless.”…

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First/Last-Go Murphy

Posted on April 9, 2015

“The debut EP has been characterized as an open space and one that lacks conventional structure. The free
flowing nature of the music allows the songs to breathe and reflects their choice to not force the songwriting process.”…

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First/Last-Dave Hamilton

Posted on April 8, 2015

Dave Hamilton is a singer-songwriter from Evans City, PA. As he is readying new music to be released very soon and you can get a sneak peek with the tune, ‘For My Friends‘. I want to thank him for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last

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First/Last-Whirr

Posted on April 7, 2015

Hey Whirr… you suck! Microsoft’s Reversed Hand With Middle Finger Extended ** – Posted by a ‘friend‘ of HughShows who he thought was funny and let have free reign but no longer co-produces the blog with him.

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First/Last-Black Little Birds

Posted on April 6, 2015

“Prominent members of Pittsburgh’s music community came together with their own respective styles to create a fresh sound that alludes to the best of the early Roots.”…

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Image of the Day-HughShows 10.12 Hour Three

Posted on April 4, 2015

Dumplings, Boca Chica, Butterbirds and Guy Russo at The Wilderness Recording Studio presents HughShows Live @ Eide’s on Saturday, December 13th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA. Dumplings…

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First/Last-Violet Rose

Posted on April 3, 2015

“Violet Rose is a recording artist/singer/songwriter based out of New York/ Los Angeles. Her powerful vocals and inspirational lyrics motivate her music’s innovative colors and progressions. Combining visual and aural beauty, Violet Rose is an artist that embodies the future of music.”…

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First/Last-The Echoing Tragic

Posted on April 3, 2015

“A Drew Ritchie music project, written and recorded in 2012-13, featuring somewhat dark/somber reflective lyrics drawing from the artist’s earlier life and young adult experiences of heartache and difficulty often contrasted with harmonious bass driven melodies.”…

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First/Last-Native Alloys

Posted on April 2, 2015

Native Alloys are an indie/alternative rock 3 piece from Pittsburgh and have been playing together since June 2014. They are currently recording their first EP with an anticipated early summer release. They are on a crazy cool bill this Saturday (4/4) at Howler’s and I want to thank Nick Kowalski (Drums), Joe Pisciotti (Bass) and Bryan Lepri (Guitar/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last

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First/Last-Lucky Lad Green

Posted on April 2, 2015

“Hailing from a small suburban town just east of Pittsburgh, Lucky Lad Green started as a fresh start for five musicians wanting to bring something exciting to the local music scene. With influences ranging from Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly to Lamb of God, Pantera, Sublime and the Descendants, the fivesome combines loads of musical talent into a high intensity live show that appeals to a vast array of audiences. LLG has solidified a loyal local following after the release of their self titled EP and now aim to bring their brand of Celtic punk to a new level by rocking out wherever there may be a few amps and a drum kit set up.”…

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First/Last-The Dark Lines

Posted on April 1, 2015

The Dark Lines are a rock quartet who are beginning their total domination on the Pittsburgh music scene. Well, you know what I mean. There are diligently working on debut recordings and you can catch them this Friday night (4/3) at Howler’s with blog buds The Chad Sipes Stereo and Lofi-Delphi. I want to thank Tiffany Hickman (Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last

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First/Last-The Hardy Band

Posted on April 1, 2015

It is here where a group of wishful wranglers combine the melodic guile of folk romantics, the savage twang of west coast hepcats and the joyous stomp of an Americana tinged barnburner, if that sounds like a fanciful notion; consider the dynamics of all three: Melodic, Romantic, Lustful, Exuberant, Daring and Gritty. You know, all the good stuff…

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First/Last-Can’t Help It

Posted on March 31, 2015

“Stephen came up with the idea to do an acoustic project, to record some songs and play some shows. And save the world of course.The goal is to connect with others through music and entertain people at concerts.”…

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First/Last-Bye Bye Bird

Posted on March 31, 2015

Bye Bye Bird is folk singer-songwriter and guitarist Gray McClary who resided in Fairborn, OH. He is constantly releasing music at his BandCamp…

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