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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 – Kahone Concept

“I put a lot of thought into each song and everything about this project. Except grammar. I am terrible at grammar, but that is besides the point. Everyone has their own beliefs and or thoughts and it is very important to be aware of those things. …

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First/Last – vireo

vireo is a lo-fi psych folk band from Pittsburgh who’s excellent debut release vireonidae dropped last year. The band is finishing up a mini state-wide tour this Thursday (10/19) opening for…

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First/Last – Cisco Kid

“In September of 2015, drummer Marc Martinka started putting together a live band to support his recent solo album, River Rat. In order to do that, he called on former bandmates Brian Swed, Richard Stanley, and Martin Connolly. This iteration of the band quickly realized that they were on to something bigger than the River Rat material, as they quickly began to develop new material and work up their own unique sound. As fall progressed to winter, the foursome rounded out their line up with vocalist Nick Guckert and keyboardist Andrew Van Treeck, finalizing the Cisco Kid lineup.”…

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First/Last – Kaelber

“On December 10th, 1999 at 7:30 PM in Santa Cruz, California, the bassist for Kaelber, Tabor McLeod, was born. Two hours later and 2,700 miles away in Morgantown, WV, lead guitarist/lead singer for Kaelber, Noah Myers, was born. Who would have guessed that 15 years later these two would meet and form the nucleus of Kaelber. During the summer of 2016, the addition of Matt Reese on drums was the final piece to Kaelber and sealed the band’s hard driving, yet fluid sound.”…

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First/Last – God’s Green Apples

“4 piece alt rock band from Pittsburgh that began playing thorough out the tri state area back in the early 90’s. Recently re united and playing live while writing new material for release.”…

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First/Last – Lawn Care

“For a while there, it was just Cameron writing songs, mostly about travelling, trying not to be a shithead, and the looming inevitability of death–you know, the things you worry about in your twenties. He released a couple of lo-fi solo EPs, a split with Boston’s The Michael Character, and shouted in a lot of basements throughout the midwest and northeast.

Towards the end of 2015, Lawn Care went full-band to record the high-energy, three-song EP “Out of Sorts.” The new lineup, featuring Harrison Thurman on bass and John Paul Zigterman on drums, honed their live sound, playing shows with Chris Farren, Emperor X, Mal Blum, Sinai Vessel, and Koji.”…

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Farm Aid Pre-Show with Banditos

Farm Aid returns to the Pittsburgh area this Saturday (9/16) with a stacked all day lineup that promises to be an amazing time. Prior to that there are several events associated with the show that highlight the need for this ongoing charitable program now on it’s 32nd year.

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Video Debut – little good bad

Posted on August 28, 2017

“Three artists from three extremely different ends of the music spectrum, inspired by technology and the constant pursuit of innovation, have combined to form little good bad ( + – ). A soulful pop singer, a punk rock drummer and an electronic producer make up this hybrid pop group of musical misfits.”…

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First/Last – Brahctopus

Posted on August 18, 2017

There is a cool benefit show going down tomorrow (Saturday, August 19) at James Street Gastropub for the American Heart Association featuring a bunch of blog faves including Heavy Chest, Essential Machine and The Petals.

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Some Kind of Animal Music Video – “Midnight”

Posted on August 17, 2017

Some Kind of Animal is a Pittsburgh based neo-folk band who released their latest eponymous album this Spring via the Get Hip Records Folk Series

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First/Last – The Beagle Brothers

Posted on August 1, 2017

“The hardest working band in Pittsburgh. The Beagle Brothers have been Pittsburgh’s premiere country
band for over 10 years. They are the foundation of the “Bloomfield Sound,” which mixes honky-tonk and classic country with an accelerated, high energy performance.”…

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Exclusive: Bat Zuppel Single Premiere “The Witch”

Posted on July 28, 2017

I am excited to share with you the lead off single to the upcoming album Dylar by Pittsburgh noise rockers Bat Zuppel which drops September 22nd via Wild Kindness Records. You can actually score it early when the band has their CD release a week prior at Spirit on September 15th with special guests Langston Kelly Human DJ and It It…

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First/Last – Chase and the Barons

Posted on June 28, 2017

“Chase and the Barons bring rock n’ roll back out onto the dance floor, donning paisley ties, brightly colored jeans, and a generally groovy look. Since their formation in 2016, the band has been hitting the Pittsburgh music scene hard with memorable shows, filled with energy and style.”…

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