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-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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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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First/Last-Lowly, The Tree Ghost

Posted on May 28, 2014

“When Andrew Arbogast decided he wanted to make music, a seed was planted. Try as he might to nourish it alone, a pursuit of a singer-songwriter career was too solitary and left him unfulfilled. The roots had begun to grow, the seed had sprouted, but something was missing. He needed a band. Thankfully, long-time friend Emily McKitrick and Andrew’s then-roommate, Joseph Piedmonte, joined him in a quest to nurture the fledgling music project that would become Lowly the Tree Ghost.”…

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Posted on May 27, 2014

“I quit 1,2,3 on December 26th, 2012 and it felt amazing. The band was a year and ten songs into an album that had worn me to a husk. Out of economy and ambition, I decided to take on full production duties in the dank basement of an old stone house I was renting on the outskirts of Pittsburgh. If recording software was a guitar, I would only have known the power chords. I slept very little. While writing lyrics in my head, I pulled ink through a screen during the day to make rent. In the evenings I recorded and drank beer with my band. We were making a double album, it had been decided, called Big Weather.”…

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First/Last-Tiny Ruins

Posted on May 26, 2014

“Formed as a solo project in 2009 by songwriter Hollie Fullbrook, the band now includes bassist Cass Basil and drummer Alexander Freer. While continuing to be based in New Zealand, Tiny Ruins has spent much of the past three years touring throughout Australia, the UK, Ireland, Europe and the USA, touring with and opening for bands such as Beach House, Joanna Newsom, Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, Sonny & the Sunsets, The Handsome Family, Calexico and most recently Neil Finn.”…

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Image of the Day-1,2,3 Rehearsal

Posted on May 24, 2014

1,2,3 at their rehearsal space on Monday, May 19th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA…

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First/Last-Tim Korenich

Posted on May 23, 2014

“Born a baby, Tim Korenich has been growing into a slightly longer baby and uses his child-like fascination and sensitivity to his advantage as a musician and writer. He has released several records with his band The Beauregards, and is in the process of a releasing a solo record comprised of music he recorded for short films.”…

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First/Last-Doug Perkins

Posted on May 22, 2014

“Inuksuit is meant to be played by nine to 99 players dispersed in a large outdoor area, using an incredible array of instruments including conch shells, air raid sirens, gongs, bells, shakers, drums, cymbals, and glockenspiels. It is the ultimate environmental piece, designed to heighten our awareness of the sights and sounds that surround us every day and to
energize our experience of our own environment.”…

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First/Last-Martin Bisi

Posted on May 21, 2014

“Martin Bisi, a New York indie rock performer and record producer has been at a crossroads of indie/punk, avant garde, noire/cabaret rock, and electronic music since the early 80’s. In his live performances he combines indie rock songs with theatrical story-telling and unique sound layering that can be ambient and spacious, as well as beautifully chaotic – an ’80’s New York art-rock original. Bisi began his story in the downtown-meets-uptown scene of New York in the late 70’s, where hip hop from The Bronx coexisted with avant garde experimentalism, the punk/glam of CBGB’s, New Wave art-rock, and aggressive, nihilistic No Wave. In this world Bisi met Brian Eno who helped him start a recording studio in 1981. He has since realized albums by Sonic Youth, Swans, John Zorn, Africa Bambaataa, The Dresden Dolls, Herbie Hancock’s Rockit, Boredoms, Helmet, White Zombie, Cop Shoot Cop, Jon Spencer’s Boss Hog, Material/Bill Laswell, Foetus, Serena Maneesh and others. telling with indie rock, and experimental psychedelia.”…

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First/Last-Violent Mae

Posted on May 20, 2014

VIOLENT MAE (Becky Kessler & Floyd Kellogg) was never intended to be a band. Becky asked Floyd to record and produce her first solo album, and as soon as they hit the studio, chemistry and dynamics between the two sparked the evolution of an artistic partnership, VIOLENT MAE. Their self-titled, full-length debut record was released in November 2013. Becky, singer and guitar player, calls the Outer Banks of North Carolina home, where she finally settled as a teenager after moving every year or so, mostly around the Southeast U.S., to 11 different places. ..

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First/Last-Terraplane Sun

Posted on May 19, 2014

“Hailing from Venice, California, TERRAPLANE SUN is comprised of frontman Ben Rothbard, guitarist Johnny Zambetti, bassist Cecil Campanaro, keyboardist Gabe Feenberg and drummer Lyle Riddle. Self-described as “blues indie rock folk dance soul,” TERRAPLANE SUN blends all of that and more into a rootsy rock cocktail that defies any specific era. While their music occasionally evokes stylings of THE BLACK KEYS or PHOENIX, they’re not married to any trend or scene. It’s what happens when four-fifths of your lineup is born and bred in SoCal, pulling together just the right recipe of shared and disparate influences. Frontman Rothbard explains, “I wanted to make this a very classic, somewhat vintage-based band, where all the tones were kind of timeless, and let the songs do their thing.”…

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Posted on May 16, 2014

“Tone really digs fuzz, and fuzz really suits Tone. The sound fits right into the psychedelic garage scene that’s been taking off. Think Ty Segall meets Black Angels meets Fuzz. They’d be right at home in the Burger Records family. Their forthcoming LP will be released via cassette and be available later this year. They are talented and noisy, and we look forward to hearing more from them soon.” – Chelsea Conte PASTE…

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First/Last-Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Posted on May 15, 2014

“Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen play a wide variety of New Acoustic American Roots Music focusing on bluegrass and acoustic country, yet blues, folk, swing, and jazz also shine through as influences. Powerful vocal harmonies, expressive songwriting, smooth ballads, and instrumental prowess lend this versatile group of musicians to any type of venue. Each member is an inventive powerhouse.”…

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First/Last-The Winter Brave

Posted on May 13, 2014

“It’s amazing what the power of the internet can do for three friends in a rock band from a small town in Pennsylvania. A little over a year ago, The Winter Brave were all attending college in three separate states. Playing together in a band wasn’t plausible, there was too much distance and not enough […]

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