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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-Dumplings

Posted on May 8, 2014

“Dumplings are a noisy, fun rock n roll band from Pittsburgh. We write songs about work, food, people, love & anything else we wanna. We love our music & you will too!”…

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Image of the Day-HughShows 10.4 with Arlo Aldo

Posted on May 7, 2014

Arlo Aldo at The Wilderness Recording Studio presents HughShows Live @ Eide’s on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA…

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First/Last-Thus Owls

Posted on May 7, 2014

“Thus Owls are a five-piece transatlantic band centered around of husband and wife duo Erika and Simon Angell. Turning Rocks is both a scrapbook of memories and oral transmissions from an island in Sweden, and a sonic experiment in tone and colour recorded in Montreal. The album is lyrically inspired by Erika’s childhood home: a small house in her family for generations, in a tiny village on Orust-an island in Sweden just north of Gothenburg.”…

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First/Last-Cyndi Harvell

Posted on May 6, 2014

“L.A.-based (but GA-raised) artist Cyndi Harvell has released 5 albums and 2 EPs. Her music has been played on Americana radio nationally and has been on Bay Area Triple-A station KFOG’s Local Scene Compilations twice. She’s toured nationally and has had music placed in TV spots, iPhone apps and an HBO feature film. In 2012, she was chosen for the
prestigious ASCAP Lester Sill Songwriting Workshop.”…

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Image of the Day-HughShows 10.4 with Dan Getkin & The Masters of American Music

Posted on May 5, 2014

Dan Getkin & The Masters of American Music at The Wilderness Recording Studio presents HughShows Live @ Eide’s on Saturday, April 12th, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA…

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First/Last-Shaky Shrines

Posted on May 5, 2014

“There are plenty of musicians who write music with dark themes; a lot of it just comes from overactive imaginations. Then there are musicians like Shaky Shrines songwriter Braden Faisant. He, uh … actually works in a cemetery all day. You might feel a bit uneasy when you throw on Shaky Shrines’ full-length, Mausoleum, even before the music begins. It’s by design. The death-comes-for-us-all vibe starts with the cover art (pictured above), which depicts the band’s members attending what appears to be bassist Nate Campisi’s funeral. Then take a look at the track titles: “Strangers’ Eyes,” “Dark, Dark Houses,” “Someone’s in the Basement.” …

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First/Last-Jude Benedict & The Last Drop

Posted on May 2, 2014

JBLD is a Pittsburgh based group who pulls from classical and contemporary influences in Jazz, Funk, and Rock. Raw sound that’s good to the last drop. Jude Benedict, 2013 Dos Equis Singer Songwriter Competition Finalist: Only hearing Jude once, the most recreational listener immediately falls in love with the sound. The powerful command of a strong, low belt heard in few others is an immediate signature of Jude’s sound; it demands attention and compels respect…

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First/Last-Anthonie Tonnon

Posted on May 1, 2014

“Anthonie Tonnon is a songwriter and performer based in Auckland, New Zealand. He performs solo and with a four piece band.”…

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First/Last-Prairie Empire

Posted on April 30, 2014

“No one alive today can assay for certain the scope and reach that is Prairie Empire. Arcing across the untrammeled and mysterious blank on the map that is the Great American Desert, from the crumbling wharves of Brooklyn to the misty mountains of Oregon, the only thing that can be said for certain is that Ms. Brittain Ashford stands at its center…

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First/Last-The Gotobeds

Posted on April 29, 2014

Musically, The Gotobeds fit under a kind of catch-all slacker indie-punk umbrella. Early Pavement is one of the most obvious comparisons — the bands share the same kind of defiant looseness — but the group also recalls the freneticism of The Gun Club, the slipshod orderliness of Gang of Four, the brattiness of The Buzzcocks and the punk minimalism of Wire…

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First/Last-Party Gardens (Song Premiere)

Posted on April 29, 2014

The TALKING HEADS met PAUL SIMON’S “Graceland” during a sporadic dance breakout in a garden full of tarantism-stricken partygoers. They fled, wedded, bedded, bred, and shed a new tear to the crying eyes of life…

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First/Last-Frances & the Foundation

Posted on April 28, 2014

It was once noted that Colorado-raised / Nashville-based Samantha Frances would be the one you’d want on your team for Trivial Pursuit: the 90’s Edition. A short time ago when ‘jagged little pills’ were prevalent and My So Called Life, or MTV (when it was MTV), swirled in the background of your mind while your taste in music evolved with the culture…

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First/Last-Joseph Childress

Posted on April 25, 2014

This is the debut full-length by Joseph Childress. The ten songs on this record, dubbed “The Rebirths” by fans, were penned on the road during nearly two years of “hard traveling” – hopping freight trains, hitchhiking, and eventually living out of a car. All this came to a halt shortly after finding trouble in New Orleans, prompting Joseph to find his way back to his childhood home in the Colorado Rockies…

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First/Last-Highland Brothers Band

Posted on April 24, 2014

It all started in a small shed in January 2009 as 4 guys jamming together 2 times a week. The idea was brought about to form an original,acoustic guitar driven, good ole fashion rock band. We strived to be different…unique….honing our sound,while writing blue collar words for the everyday working stiff, such as ourselves…

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First/Last-Sontag Shogun

Posted on April 23, 2014

Somewhere between a lullaby and a dirge, Sontag Shogun takes their lullanoise and tries to find the strange, eery moments that exist within beauty…

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First/Last-GRAIN

Posted on April 22, 2014

The humble beginnings of what woul become GRAIN began at a books & music store, in Pittsburgh, PA., as Wayne Smith (guitars) and Carla Simmons (vocals, words) perfected the art of avoiding customers and hiding from management, all the while working on plans to start a rock and roll band. The mutual experience of growing up on 70’s rock along with an appreciation for country music…

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First/Last-The Feel Bad Hit of the Winter

Posted on April 21, 2014

The Feel Bad Hit Of The Winter is a three piece band from Kansas City, Missouri who formed in early 2014, by the looks of things. The Feel Bad Hit Of The Winter play an impossibly catchy and hard to ignore style of music that draws inspiration from several subgenres of independent music, which includes indie rock, grunge, lo-fi, and post punk…

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First/Last-Thrift

Posted on April 18, 2014

Thrift is an innovative indie-rock duo consisting of Anna Carmela and Mark Malagise. The Pittsburgh, PA based “dirty disco” band recently released their debut concept EP in early 2014 to critical acclaim, and their songs “Mockingbird”, “Warning Signs”, and “Dead & Buried” have already gained popularity in both the United States and the U.K…

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First/Last-‘The Essentials’ The E Street Band

Posted on April 17, 2014

E Street Band has been musician Bruce Springsteen’s primary backing band since 1972. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. When not working with Springsteen, members of the band have recorded solo material and have pursued successful careers as session musicians, record producers, songwriters, actors, and other roles in entertainment…

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First/Last-100 Watt Suns

Posted on April 17, 2014

“Listen to this: there’s a new EP by a new New York City band coming straight out of Connecticut. That’s right: Connecticut. The 100 WattSuns, with their singer Steve Broderick who is a seen-it-all Lower-East-Side-after-hours veteran, has traded in the Manhattan apartment for a suburban spread in Mystic, Connecticut..

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