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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-Drag Me Home

Posted on June 26, 2014

“22 bands from Pittsburgh’s east end. 22 artists. 10+ writers creating works that act as snapshots of life in Pittsburgh. Tell yr friends.”…

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First/Last-Matthew Ryan

Posted on June 25, 2014

“Matthew Ryan’s In the Dusk of Everything marks a distilled reclamation of his more primal Americana/Folk roots. With the bluntness of punk and the evocative rhythm of poetry his lyricism shines amongst these twelve deceptively simple songs of perseverance and closure via a clarity that operates in layers amid a world of struggle, beauty and sublime epiphany. The timelessly modern and spare qualities of these songs move with an earthy cinema with Ryan’s vocals front and center, while the music ebbs and flows like stark scenery in a grainy butsaturated film.”…

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First/Last-Wind and Waves

Posted on June 23, 2014

Logo courtesy of Angelica B. (design) and Aura T. (coloring) “Wind and Waves is three piece band from Monongahela about 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. It was formed by violinist Joanna P. and multi-instrumentalist Adam KM. They started playing music together at their local coffee shop’s open mic nights for a few years before having the idea to start an original music project. Bassist Zac S. was added to the lineup after a lengthy impromptu conversation in late 2012. Focusing on original music they began to write and develop a unique type of indie-folk sound due to their very different musical tastes. Joanna is classically trained violinist. Zac is an excellent bassist rooted in 90’s and contemporary rock. Adam a self-taught “we’ll see how this sounds” instrumentalist who started his musical interests playing drums.”…

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First/Last-The Soft White Sixties

Posted on June 20, 2014

“Named as one of Paste Magazine’s “Top 25 Shows at SXSW 2013″, The Soft White Sixties are increasingly gaining recognition for their infectious live performance. Since 2010 they have been perfecting their sound, appropriately dubbed Working Class Soul – a gritty edge to modern pop. They mix their vast influences into a hard-hitting and confident force reminiscent of classic R&B and Rock ‘n’ Roll but with a contemporary sensibility. The band combine soulful melodies, deep grooves, and fuzzed-out hooks to form a completely distinct sound.”…

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First/Last-The Rattling Baddies

Posted on June 19, 2014

“Deft fingerpicking and a unique voice give this singer-songwriter a style all his own….”The band hits the DV8 Espresso Bar and Gallery tomorrow night in Greensburg. I want to thank head Baddie and resident figer-picker Matt Durfee for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

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Image of the Day-HughShows 10.5 with The Wheals

Posted on June 14, 2014

The Wheals at The Wilderness Recording Studio presents HughShows Live @ Eide’s on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA…

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First/Last-Sephus Lee

Posted on June 13, 2014

“Sephus Lee began in Pittsburgh in 2009 through the friendship of singer-songwriter, Jeremy Rak, and blind slide guitarist, Michael Proctor. A shared love of American blues and folk music and, in particular, artists like Mississippi Fred McDowell and Blind Willie Johnson inspired the duo to begin their own musical endeavor. Initially conceived as a two-guitar acoustic pairing, Rak and Proctor began writing original songs in Rak’s backyard. What quickly developed was a shared musical and lyrical palette that often evoked the darker corners of American folk traditions punctuated by Proctor’s sometimes haunting, sometimes blistering slide guitar playing.”…

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First/Last-Fourth & Coast

Posted on June 12, 2014

“Fourth & Coast consists of longtime friends Stephen Ordoñez and James Colla. The duo released several demos over the course of 2012, unveiling their debut EP, ‘Feels Like Summer’, produced by Colby Wedgeworth (The Maine, Lydia, This Century), in May 2013. They have toured with and opened for acts like Hollywood Ending, Paradise Fears, and Before You Exit, playing sold out shows at The Roxy, Chain Reaction, and Gramercy Theater, among others. Two of their songs, “Ain’t Got a Care in the World” and “Hopeless Romantic,” were featured on Hollister’s in store playlist in 2013, with over six months of combined store-play.”…

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Image of the Day-HughShows 10.5 with Brooke Annibale

Posted on June 12, 2014

Brooke Annibale at The Wilderness Recording Studio presents HughShows Live @ Eide’s on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA…

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First/Last-Kayleigh Leith

Posted on June 11, 2014

“How did an All-American girl born and raised among the steel-and-glass big city of Pittsburgh end up crafting soul felt country songs in the Dutch countryside? Kayleigh Leith’s musical destiny to shift gears until she found everything she wanted in life would never have happened if an unseen force hadn’t been behind the wheel of some metaphorical John Deere tractor, guiding her journey from Pennsylvania to Vegas to New York City, and then all the way to the rustic European landscapes of the Netherlands.”…

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First/Last-Gedeon Luke & The People

Posted on June 10, 2014

“Hailing from the streets of Memphis, soul music flows through Gedeon Luke’s veins in rainbow colored hues. Weaned on the gospel infused sounds of Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield and Al Green and inspired by the rock ‘n roll passion of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, Gedeon is here to crash through the boundaries of music and society, to bring Love, Peace and Soul to the world.”…

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Image of the Day-HughShows 10.5 with Host Skull

Posted on June 9, 2014

Host Skull at The Wilderness Recording Studio presents HughShows Live @ Eide’s on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA…

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First/Last-Incan Abraham

Posted on June 9, 2014

“Friends since kindergarten, the members of Incan Abraham (Giuliano Pizzulo, Teddy Cafaro, Spencer Mandel) channel their fingerpainted past in their debut LP, fusing Lost Boys tribal energy with guitar, synth, and harmony vocal soundscapes that arc and circle like bikes in desert washes. After spending college marooned on opposite coasts, the friends reunited on a whim in a secluded house in upstate New York for a weekend that turned into a month spent writing music and contemplating their shared histories of childhood escapism and pop nostalgia.”…

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Image of the Day-Three Hour Tour 2013

Posted on June 7, 2014

Tomorrow is the second annual Three Hour Tour with Round Black Ghosts, Chet Vincent & The Big Bend, Andre Costello & The Cool Minors and Wreck Loose. Get your tickets here. Last year was such a blast you really don’t want to miss it. We are going to be on a bigger boat this year which means no waiting in line for booze. Also, yours truly is MC’ing the cruise this year!…

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First/Last-Red Hands

Posted on June 4, 2014

“I’ll put it flatly: if you haven’t heard of these guys, you should. Breaking out of the Pittsburgh scene with their energized blend of old school post-hardcore and hardcore punk, Red Hands wasted no time in proving to me that they meant business.” – Hansel Romero with Absolute Punk…

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First/Last-Rob Eldridge

Posted on June 3, 2014

“Pittsburgh, PA has been my hometown for the past 16 years. I cherish the time I’ve had in the Steel City but I’ll always be a Vermonter atheart. I was born and raised in a small town called Swanton. Swanton is 45 miles south of Montreal, Quebec and 35 miles north of Burlington, VT. I grew up listening to some of the best players out there, from Phish to Nobby Reed.”..

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Image of the Day-Broken Fences

Posted on May 31, 2014

Broken Fences on Friday May 30, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA…

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First/Last-Vic and Gab

Posted on May 30, 2014

“Vic and Gab are a song writing sister duo who play mesmerizing, grooving and powerfully catchy indie pop. The band took off in early 2011 with an opportunity to have a song featured on MTV’s fleeting teen series Skins and have since made a momentous amount of headway in their career.”…

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First/Last-The Semi-Supervillians

Posted on May 29, 2014

“This four-piece band from Duquesne University is made up of Vinnie, Ron, Kyle and Jake.. However, the recordings also feature talented musicians such as, John Pennacchio, Tony Marino, and Anthony Rankin. Rick Witkowski at Studio L does the recordings and production. The group actively plays shows and has held the stage at popular venues in their hometown of Pittsburgh PA. The band’s song “Black Letter” is used by the Pittsburgh Pirates during home games.”…

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First/Last-1974

Posted on May 29, 2014

“Hailing from Newington, Connecticut, 1974 is a 5 piece original rock band that conjures up the memories and sounds of classic stadium rock bands from the 70’s such as Yes, Kansas, Rush, Deep Purple, and Pink Floyd. Since 2007, the band has been awing audiences with powerful guitar driven riffs, Beach Boy-style vocal harmonies, catchy melodies, and high energy stage shows.”…

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