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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-Triangle & Rhino

Posted on July 18, 2014

Triangle And Rhino are a Pittsburgh ‘bludgeon-rock’ band. I am honored to have them help me celebrate ten years of HughShows today and want to thank Matt Rappa (Drums/Programming/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of…

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First/Last-Eric Oliver

Posted on July 18, 2014

Eric Oliver is a Pittsburgh ‘indie-folkster’. I am honored to have him help me celebrate ten years of HughShows today and thank him for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last

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First/Last-Suburban Propaganda

Posted on July 18, 2014

Suburban Propaganda is Pittsburgh acoustic ‘folk-punkster’ Alaska Antestenis. I am honored to have him help me celebrate ten years of HughShows today and thank him for taking the time to participate in this edition of…

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First/Last-Pittsburgh Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith

Posted on July 15, 2014

This morning my family and I headed downtown to accept a proclamation from Pittsburgh City Council declaring Friday, July 18, 2014, ten years to the day that I first ‘logged on’ as HughShows, ‘Hugh Twyman Day‘ in the City of Pittsburgh. The sponsor of the proclamation is my District 2 Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith, who represents me and my neighbors in the West End of the city. I want to thank Councilwoman Smith for this incredible honor and for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last

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First/Last-The Donkeys

Posted on July 14, 2014

“California places a distinct sonic stamp upon the music born with in its boundaries. Owens had his Bakersfield, Parsons his Joshua Tree, and Malkmus his Stockton, and in their tunes you can hear dust, desert highways, and skateboards gliding over suburbia. The Donkeys have San Diego, and from that environment have woven a fundamental ease in their music – a rock, a roll, a sway, a slide – you could even call it a breeze. On Ride the Black Wave, The Donkeys continue their easy rolling, classic vibrations, but add a mystery and tension that make this record their most lyrically and instrumentally compelling.”…

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Image of the Day-HughShows 10.6 with Triggers

Posted on July 11, 2014

Triggers at The Wilderness Recording Studio presents HughShows Live @ Eide’s on Saturday, June 14th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA…

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Image of the Day-HughShows 10.6 with Molly Alphabet

Posted on July 10, 2014

Molly Alphabet at The Wilderness Recording Studio presents HughShows Live @ Eide’s on Saturday, June 14th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA…

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First/Last-Pentimento

Posted on July 9, 2014

“Pentimento is a punk rock quartet from Buffalo, N.Y., that strives to create a sound focused on the raw emotion of the punk scene it grew up on. While staying true to the roots and influences of its upbringing, what sets Pentimento apart is the sheer honesty and authenticity present in its music. Pentimento’s goal has always been to share passionate music with others. Its hope has always been for listeners to develop a personal relationship with its music, eclipsing the traditional
band-to-fan acquaintance and fusing a deeper bond.”…

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Image of the Day-HughShows 10.6 with The Hawkeyes

Posted on July 7, 2014

The Hawkeyes at The Wilderness Recording Studio presents HughShows Live @ Eide’s on Saturday, June 14th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA

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First/Last-Yarn

Posted on July 7, 2014

“Since their start in 2007, Yarn’s original Americana sound has developed into music that seekers of the unique see as the soundtrack to their lives. Yarn’s first four albums were recognized by the AMA’s and R&R radio charts, spending time in the top 5 at their highest point. Yarn has become one of the hardest-working and harder-touring bands for this generation’s digital natives and new music followers.”…

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First/Last-Rusty Anderson

Posted on July 2, 2014

Paul McCartney is returning to Pittsburgh next week for a sold out show at Consol. It was recently revealed that his current band has been with Sir Paul longer than any other band he has performed with including The Beatles and Wings. One of his trusty guitarists for all these years is Rusty Anderson, who also has a long running and successful solo career. I really want to thank him for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last

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First/Last-The Eastern Sea

Posted on June 27, 2014

“The Eastern Sea is an Indie rock band from Austin, Texas, which originally started as a bedroom project by singer Matthew Hines and eventually morphed into a band. They have released two original full length albums and a full length Christmas album.”…

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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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