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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.

Album Review – Lady Jessica – ADD MIXTAPE

Posted on April 27, 2020

HughShows would like to welcome contributing music journalist Mara Meyer to the fold. A recent graduate of Point Park University, Mara is also a visual artist and concert photographer, who is beginning her career within the Pittsburgh music landscape and I couldn’t be more thrilled in highlighting her wonderful work on the blog. Lady Jessica […]

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First/Last – Animal Scream

Posted on April 24, 2020

“Evil Motown Music. If you gathered up Prince, Roy Orbison, Thom Yorke, and Misfits-era Glen Danzig as the house band at the Bang Bang Bar in Twin Peaks, that’s often what our album sounds like.“ Animal Scream is new Pittsburgh duo born from the ashes of long time blog fave 1,2,3. Members Chad Monticue and […]

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First/Last – The Childlike Empress

Posted on April 17, 2020

“Multidimensional succubus bitch here to entrance you with my banjo skills and phat booty.“ The Childlike Empress is a multidimensional artist from Pittsburgh who’s debut full-length album entitled Take Care of Yourself was released last fall. An honest document of lost love and healing, the album combines elements of acoustic folk and dream pop to […]

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First/Last – Kenny Sukitch

Posted on April 10, 2020

“Sukitch has been lucky enough to play in and around Pittsburgh, State College, and Philadelphia, most notably sharing the stage with Frankie Muniz (Kingsfoil), Howie Day, Jaret Reddick (Bowling For Soup), Art Alexakis (Everclear), and Aaron Carter.“ Kenny Sukitch is the frontman for State College trio Burnt Locals and has a side hustle as a […]

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First/Last – Rocki Boulis

Posted on April 3, 2020

“Rocki Boulis is an unsigned independent singer/songwriter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her sound is a R&B/Pop type of vibe. She began a professional music career after releasing her first EP back in February 2014 after going to L.A. to work with producer Tommy Brown and singer/songwriter, Victoria Monet. Rocki co-wrote her EP and wrote her single […]

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First/Last – Vimanas

Posted on March 27, 2020

“The truth / Our existence / Carved out / Long ago / In archaic tongue“ Vimanas is an obscure indie electronic band from Pittsburgh, who made there bones in the DIY basement show scene, barreling through their brand of lo-fi art rock. They recently released their latest offering, entitled Vimanas II which continues in the view of their genre-bending […]

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First/Last – Brady Novotny

Posted on March 20, 2020

“Brady Novotny started playing the guitar at the age of 10. Determined to be a world class guitarist, he left his first guitar lesson with his instructor telling him basically to give it up now.“ Brady Novotny is a Pittsburgh-based guitar player who has led a multi-faceted life. After attending the prestigous Berklee College of […]

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Live at 25: The Pandemic Series

Posted on March 14, 2020

In an attempt to alleviate the financial burden that Pittsburgh musicians and other artists are going to experience due to cancellations of shows on account to the seriousness of the Coronavirus Pandemic, some cool people are rolling up their sleeves for the ambitious fundraiser Live at 25 Pandemic Series. Scheduled over 25 consecutive nights (and possibly […]

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First/Last – Across the Dawn

Posted on March 13, 2020

“Across the Dawn blends rock and electronic music together to form a sound that’s powerful and atmospheric. Their diverse selection of songs reach your imagination and emotions with musical imagery that is like a photograph developing in the listener’s mind.“ Across the Dawn is an alt-rock band from Pittsburgh who incorporate elements of electronic into […]

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Ticket Giveaway – Railroad Earth UPDATE: SHOW POSTPONED

Posted on March 9, 2020

I am happy to announce that HughShows Ticket Giveaway is back as we team up with the cool folks at Grey Area Productions to offer up a pair of passes to one of their upcoming shows. Today’s contest will get you and a friend into the Railroad Earth concert at The Rex Theater on the […]

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First/Last – Garage League

Posted on March 6, 2020

“Post-Punk… maybe“ Garage League is Pittsburgh power pop-punk trio made up of members from former bands Pollen, Direct Action, and Atom Panic who recently released their debut EP entitled Slotterbot. You can catch the band play all the hits from the EP next Thursday (3/12) when they perform at Brillobox along with Dares from Brooklyn […]

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First/Last – Skeletonized

“Skeletonized makes completely deranged music, incorporating electro-noise, metal, punk, and free jazz into its panic-inducing cacophonies.” – Bored in Pittsburgh Skeletonized is a genre-bending band from Pittsburgh who have just collaborated with another local band, the experimental outfit How Things Are Made, to release a wild album appropriately titled How Skeletonized is Made. Not an […]

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First/Last – Non-Playable Characters

“Their catchy music showcases soulful twin vocal harmonies, introspective lyrics, Penco’s bluesy guitar playing complimented by Miller’s jazzy and classically influenced basslines, with Wilson’s powerhouse drumming backing everything to create a hard rock vibe infused with prog elements.“ Non-Playable Characters is a new power trio out of Pittsburgh who are readying their debut release due […]

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First/Last – Fuzznaut

“Form is Emptiness” is the first complete work stemming from guitar experimentation live and in the studio. To take the listener on a sonic voyage of reverberated canyons, and sludge ridden drones. Creating ominous sounds out of minimalist architecture.“ Fuzznaut is the moniker of Pittsburgh based solo electric guitarist Emilio Rizzo, who composes music as a means […]

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First/Last – TyDanzuso

“Pittsburgh musician doing what he loves and sharing it with the world ❤️” TyDanzuso is a Pittsburgh based multi-intrumentalist and producer who writes, arranges, performs, and records all his music by himself. Handling Guitar, Bass, Keys and Vocals in his bedroom, Ty is planning on a big 2020 as he preps his debut full-length, a […]

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First/Last – The Quiet Loud

“2019 Live. 2020- LP. Film. Book. Poetry. Other worlds. Join the journey.“ The Quiet Loud is a Pittsburgh dream rock / neo-psych band that has been around for a few years now, but have rarely played out live. Come check out the band perform at their second gig ever over in Millvale at The Funhouse […]

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First/Last – ShowPony

“ShowPony is an instrumental rock band that started out in Washington DC in 2010. Since then, they’ve played a bunch of shows, recorded two full-length albums (both at Mr. Smalls), and toured the midwest US and parts of Canada. Blending math, classic, pop and prog rock together, ShowPony offers an exciting live show full of contagious […]

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First/Last – Dematus

“Passionate about stunning the crowd with her abilities and talents the band is fronted by Jessica, a wide ranging, screaming and operatic stylist. Jessica also plays lead and rhythm guitar reminiscent and inspired by the likes of 80’s guitarists Randy Rhoads and Dave Mustaine, along with current guitar virtuoso John 5. In addition Jessica is […]

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First/Last – Dahn ‘N’ Aht

“Singin’ about booze, bras, and self-deprecation.“ Dahn ‘N’ Aht is a garage punk rock trio from Pittsburgh who are slowly getting in the local scene by playing out here and there as they will tomorrow, Saturday, January 11 at Howlers. Also on the bill are local faves The Beagle Brothers, God’s Green Apples and Jim […]

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First/Last – Frame and Mantle

Posted on January 3, 2020

“Frame and Mantle spent the last year revamping their sound and accumulating sketches they had been writing since the release of their 2016 EP, While Our Fields Lie Fallow.“ Frame and Mantle is an indie post-rock band from Pittsburgh who’s debut album entitled Lost Under Nighttime Sky was released last fall. Performing a couple times […]

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