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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-Zach Schmidt

“The best songwriters can take you to a specific place and specific time – even if you’ve never been. It’s exactly what happens when you listen to Zach Schmidt’s music. The Pittsburgh native has emerged on the Nashville folk music scene demonstrating undeniable talent as a fresh singer-songwriter.”…

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First/Last-KC Stangl

KC Stangl is a Pittsburgh musician who begins a Kickstarter campaign today to raise funds to produce a movie dedicated to documenting the flourishing open mic scene in Pittsburgh. Appropriately titled ‘Open Mics, Open Hearts‘, the trailer features some of my favorite songwriters around including Morgan Erina, Chet Vincent and Jasmine Tate. Help support Pittsburgh music as I thank KC for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last

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First/Last-The Feel-Good Revolution

“Claire Secen and Cody Kraski met in 2009 at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and quickly recognized their musical similarities, which lead to the much deeper connection they now share.”…

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First/Last-Beat Cancer Benefit with Shannon Curfman

Posted on August 31, 2014

“Sponsored by Pittsburgh City Paper, ABK Music, The Hard Rock Cafe, and Glimmer of Hope, the event will raise funds in support of a new integrative breast cancer oncology center called “A Home for Hope.” “A Home for Hope” will be built within UPMC’s existing Hillman Cancer Center of Pittsburgh. The center, a joint project from Glimmer of Hope and UPMC, will offer
holistic, innovative treatment options for young women fighting breast cancer in Western Pennsylvania.”…

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First/Last-Street Pigeons

Posted on August 25, 2014

Street Pigeons are a five piece rock band from Pittsburgh. They are playing Brillobox this Thursday the 28th on a bill with fellow locals Paddy The Wanderer and The River Daughters from Turkey. My thanks to Dave Saccomanno (Guitar/Harmonica/Vocals), Drew Turak (Keys/Vocals) and Marty McElroy (Guitar) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last

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First/Last-Chancellor Warhol

Posted on August 20, 2014

“Antonio Dewayne Boleyjack was born in Nashville, TN. He grew up drawn to art, cinema, fashion and a diverse culture all of which helped shape his very own style of music today. Channeling an alternative/electro rap style, Warhol released his first solo album titled Japanese Lunchbox in 2010 (Voted Best Rap Album of 2010 by the Nashville Scene). He has gone on to release two more well received projects, The Silver Factory (2011) and the Playlist for Edie mixtape (2012)…

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First/Last-Literature

Posted on August 19, 2014

Autumn of 2013 saw the band begin work on their second album, Chorus, with lauded engineer Gary Olson (whose body of work includes records by Crystal Stilts, Mad Scene and The Beets) at his Marlborough Farms studio in Brooklyn, NY. As a beautiful autumn turned into one of the harshest winters in recent memory, Olson and the band began stretching out, enhancing the album with studio techniques dating back to the late 60s including true-tape flanging, sending vocals through Leslie speaker cabinets, and the same analog style of automatic double-tracking created at Abbey Road Studios…

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First/Last-The Spectres

Posted on August 18, 2014

“Pittsburgh transplants James Thompson and Dan Spagnolo formed their very own brand of distorted, stripped down, 2-piece gunk punk garage music in February of 2014. Influenced by 60s garage rock, 50s rock’n’roll, girl groups, as well as modern garage and punk acts, they arrive at a concentrated amalgamation of rock energy, typically delivered in two minute doses. Come witness their extraterrestrial prowess before they phone home back to the Andromeda galaxy.”…

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Image of the Day-R.A.N.T. 2014

Posted on August 18, 2014

I really had no idea of what to expect for the 3rd Annual Rock All Night Tour Festival (lovingly referred to as R.A.N.T.) in Lawrenceville. I wanted to have a lot of fun and I certainly did so. This was my first opportunity of having said fun and I could not help but to go all out…

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First/Last-Union Rye

Posted on August 15, 2014

R.A.N.T. is the 3rd Annual Rock All Night Tour going down in Lawrenceville tomorrow. It’s an ALL Day local music festival that should not be missed. Amongst the 110+ bands are the ‘fun, fast, folksters’ Union Rye.

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First/Last-The Garment District (Greg Langel)

Posted on August 14, 2014

“The Garment District is music by multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Baron, a founding member of Brooklyn’s The Ladybug
Transistor (Merge). Her debut tape, Melody Elder, was released on Night-People in late 2011 and her latest 7″ on La Station Radar features a remix by Sonic Boom.” …

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Posted on August 12, 2014

TIME IS RUNNING OUT! ONLY A FEW HOURS LEFT TO ORDER! To commemorate a decade of SUPPORTING PITTSBURGH MUSIC, these shirts
will be available for a limited time only. Utilizing the amazing artwork designed by Pittsburgh legend Budai exclusively produced for the occasion, this particular shirt will never be offered after this run. Show your pride for the local music scene. Order now at the link below before it’s too late!…

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HughShows T-Shirts LIMITED TIME TO ORDER

Posted on August 10, 2014

ONLY A FEW HOURS LEFT TO ORDER. THESE STYLES WILL NOT BE OFFERED EVER AGAIN! To commemorate a decade of SUPPORTING PITTSBURGH MUSIC, these shirts will be available for a limited time only. Utilizing the amazing artwork designed by Pittsburgh legend Budai exclusively produced for the occasion, these particular shirts will never be offered after this run.
Show your pride for the local music scene…

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Image of the Day-HughShows 10.7 with Mariage Blanc

Posted on August 8, 2014

Mariage Blanc at The Wilderness Recording Studio presents HughShows Live @ Eide’s on Saturday, July 12th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA…

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First/Last-Sean McDowell

Posted on August 8, 2014

Yesterday I had a blast being on the WDVE Morning Show talking local music and pimping HughShows Live @ Eide’s. Much thanks to Randy Baumann for having me on and all that he does for local musicians. If you missed it, my man at LiveBurghMusic was kind enough to record it which you can listen to here. Today I welcome one of the stalwarts of the station, DJ Sean McDowell and thank him for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last

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Image of the Day-HughShows 10.7 with Emily Rodgers Band

Posted on August 6, 2014

Emily Rodgers Band at The Wilderness Recording Studio presents HughShows Live @ Eide’s on Saturday, July 12th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA

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Image of the Day-HughShows 10.7 with The Natural Way of Farming

Posted on August 4, 2014

The Natural Way of Farming at The Wilderness Recording Studio presents HughShows Live @ Eide’s on Saturday, July 12th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA.

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First/Last-Heather Kropf

Posted on July 29, 2014

“I think I’ll be someone I’ve never been before,” sings Heather Kropf in “Sweet Liberty,” one of the key tracks on Chrysalis. The album is the Pittsburgh-based singer/songwriter’s fourth long-player, but in many ways it feels like a debut release. There’s a sense of transformation and new possibility pouring out of these tracks, heard in both the songs and the sound of the recording itself. Heather sings of change, healing and redemption with a voice tempered by experience and inspired by hope. It marks a breakthrough for her both personally and artistically.”Barry Alfonso..

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First/Last-Allie Farris

Posted on July 29, 2014

At the age of 15, while still in high school, Allie Farris formed her first band and begun playing small coffee shops and venues around her hometown of Flower Mound, Texas. In the fall of 2007, Allie made her first live studio recording at the Dallas Sound Lab, which was released the following May(“Songs Written Upside Down“). In 2008 through early 2009, Allie performed at well-known Dallas venues like Six Flags Over Texas, the Brooklyn Jazz Cafe, Dunn Bros. Coffee, and the Maximedia Studios Live Soundstage…

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First/Last-Cheers Elephant

Posted on July 28, 2014

“Dubbed, “Chew it up, Spit it out, Rock and Roll”, Cheers Elephant is a tight, rootsy, psychedelic poprock quartet from Philadelphia, PA… now SoCal. Digging deep into three part harmonies and pop song arrangements, Cheers has a sound that’ll make your dad’s toe tap, your mom’s hip shake, and your sister’s heart throb. And the live show? Some say it’s something close to the devil, God, or cocaine.”…

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