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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.

Image of the Day-Shark Week

Scrap Kids / Brightside / Roger Harvey & The Wild Life at Shark Week House on Saturday, October 25, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA..

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First/Last-Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

“WISC originally consisted of the acoustic duo of Jason Gamble and Brendon Bassler, who began playing together in 2011. After building and performing a large repertoire of original music (primarily written by Jason Gamble) the need for the group to expand became more evident. Over the next few years, the group gigged with several different musicians, finally settling on their current lineup in December of 2013 – with Josh Williams on percussion, and Nick Adams on double bass. The
goal had always been to have a brush oriented drum player, and an upright bass player to incorporate elements of jazz into the compositions.”…

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First/Last-Melo

“Melo is an indie-rock band that sounds similar to American Football smashed with Pinback. Take these sounds and add a bi of post-hardcore snarl and you get close to describing it. Intertwining melodies, concussive rhythms and impassioned vocals define this Pittsburgh trio.”…

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First/Last-Life Leone

Born in the jungles of Laos and raised on an arts and farming commune outside of Joshua Tree in the California desert, Life Leone got a crash course in guitar as a teenager from Nicky Hopkins of The Kinks. A quick study and natural fluency with music soon led to several years touring around the world as a drummer and guitar player of a variety of bands. Playing everywhere between hole-in-the-wall bars across the United States to the stage of Ozzfest, Life’s path took one turn after another and he ended up living in Da Nang, Vietnam…

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First/Last-Jon Bindley

Jon Bindley is an Americana songwriter originally from Pittsburgh who now resides in Nashville. Being a citizen of Nashburg, Tennsylvania, Jon’s roots will run forever Black and Gold and all things Yinzer

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Image of the Day-HughShows 10.10 with Andre Costello and the Cool Minors

Andre Costello and the The Cool Minors at The Wilderness Recording Studio presents HughShows Live @ Eide’s on Saturday, October 11th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA.

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First/Last-Empires

“With Orphan, Empires climb to rare heights. Their vivid rock ‘n’ roll is now fused with an imaginative and open-armed approach. Born of singer Sean Van Vleet’s fascination with contemporary popcraft, songs like “Please Don’t Tell My Lover” and the night-driving “How Good Does It Feel” see the Chicago-based band adopting time-honored romantic idioms, both musical and lyrical, to mask deeper and darker personal truths. Van Vleet put pen to paper and began to write in a wholly free space,
with no expectations or endgame in mind. He explored a musical language that was quite literally out of character, imagining his songs performed not by Empires but by some indeterminate modern pop thrush.”…

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Image of the Day-HughShows 10.10 with The Garment District

The Garment District at The Wilderness Recording Studio presents HughShows Live @ Eide’s on Saturday, October 11th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA.

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First/Last-Alter The Design

“Alter The Design is an independent American post-grunge band formed in Pittsburgh, PA from a culmination of well known local musicians. The band was founded by JJ, Roman, and Mark in late 2013, a year after their prior project Until We Wake disbanded. In the process of writing new material they auditioned drummers and invited Amanda, formerly of Mushcup, to join. However, after a couple of months, Mark decided to part ways due to creative differences. At this time he was replaced by Craig who worked with JJ previously in Besides Reason as well as owned the website The Pittsburgh Scene. They have since been gaining recognition for their impressive live shows and are looking to enter the studio in the near future.”…

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Image of the Day-HughShows 10.10 with Casino Bulldogs

Casino Bulldogs at The Wilderness Recording Studio presents HughShows Live @ Eide’s on Saturday, October 11th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA

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First/Last-Vincent Colbert

“Ann Arbor based singer-songwriter Vincent Colbert writes tunes that are heart-rending yet filled with hope. His painstakingly honest lyrics and tender vocal delivery capture a sentiment many relate to. “I was drawn to music at a young age. I quickly realized how it could impact people’s lives in a positive way, and it’s always been my hope that my music would somehow do that for others.” Over the years Vince has worked on various projects, including releasing an EP and full-length album with the indie-folk duo Chalet Shalom. More recently he’s turned his attention to his solo project, releasing the EP “Broken Joy” in March 2014. He recently finished a second EP and is planning to release it in January 2015. Vince’s live shows are always warm and intimate experiences.”…

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Image of the Day-HughShows 10.10 with Sleep Experiments

Casino Bulldogs at The Wilderness Recording Studio presents HughShows Live @ Eide’s on Saturday, October 11th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA.

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First/Last-Ryan Ayers

“Ryan Ayers is a solo guitarist mixing together classical technique with accessible songs forms and structures. His stage show is a well crafted blend of engaging music and interesting stories which have captivated audiences on both coasts.
Ryan began playing guitar at the age of thirteen. He attended Loyola Marymount University and graduated with degrees in classical guitar performance and recording arts. It was there that he began his studies with classical guitarist Martha Masters.”…

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Video of the Day-1,2,3

Pittsburgh faves 1,2,3 have just released a wonderfully creepy video for their equally creepy song, ‘Darkly Through The Valley.’..

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First/Last-My Tulpa

“Tulpa – A materialized thought that has taken physical form. When you’re sick of all the other stuff that’s out there, stop by to listen to music made by some unemployed goofballs.”…

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First/Last-Coastal Remedy

“Coastal Remedy is an up and coming band out of Indiana, Pennsylvania. We are four aspiring musicians combined from different projects to create something truly unique. Max Bizousky (lead vocals and guitar) joined with Dylan Murphy (drums), Adam Hess (lead guitar) and Matt Snyder (bass). We recently released our sophomore album To the World featuring 14 original. We released our debut self-titled album Coastal Remedy on December 29th, 2012, featuring 11 originals and Luke Stultz on
Keyboard.”…

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Image of the Day-The Van Allen Belt CD Release

The Van Allen Belt Album Release at Brillobox on Friday, September 26, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA.

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First/Last-J Fernandez

Having migrated to Chicago for a job with the Rand McNally map company in the early aughts, J, or Justin, spent his following years playing in friends’ projects in Chicago’s active DIY scene. In his own time, he was mapping out out a series of personal recordings in his rudimentary home studio, it was these recordings that would develop into the first EP, Olympic Village. Though somewhat crudely recorded…

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First/Last-The Quick & Easy Boys

“On their fourth full-length, Portland, Oregon-based psychedelic rock/melodic-pop outfit The Quick & Easy Boys make a record you can shake your hips and move your feet to, all courtesy of Los Lobos keyboardist/horn player and producer Steve Berlin. Berlin recorded Follow Us Overboard at Modest Mouse mastermind Isaac Brock’s private studio, where Modest Mouse has been recording their next record for the past two years; The Quick & Easy Boys the first outside band to record there.”…

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First/Last-Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes

“They never look the same at the end of their set; a pair of hip horn-rimmed glasses breaks in half, buttons become undone, and their once slicked-back hair is simply not anymore. But they wouldn’t be themselves if it were any other way; they thrive when they render themselves void of energy, and humbly hope it rubs off on the kids in the crowd, too.
They are Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes. To see them live is to experience the crux of who they are: A high-energy indie rock band dead set on producing the best live sound they know how. And boy, do they know how.”…

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