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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-Sun Hound

Sun Hound is a Blues-Rock duo based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After months of experimenting with various musicians, drummer Nicole Pyeritz contacted Jess Joseph about forming a band. The two hit it off immediately, and joined together to form Sun Hound. Along with the crunch and grit of their Blues-Rock sound, Sun Hound is also heavily influenced by the Psychedelic genre….

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First/Last-Superhuman Happiness

“Superhuman Happiness was founded in 2008 to seek joy and love through shared rhythm and melody, composed and improvised. Their mission is to pursue a happiness greater than that experienced by an individual mind. The group is currently mixing their second full length record, collaboratively composed over the course of a year using various theater/music games to develop a potent and fresh style of performing music.”…

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First/Last-Joe Moorehead

Like a Rum Soaked Cool Breeze Off An Island Shore, Joe Moorhead, offers a musical escape from the daily grind. “Life Is A Beach” for the band Joe Moorhead. Born in the most unlikely of places, the gritty urban jungle of Cleveland, Ohio, the band took their laid back attitude and tropical party mentality on the road playing college campuses, music festivals and venues throughout the Americas…

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First/Last-Quilt

It’s not uncommon to form a band while in college, and that is exactly what Quilt did. Its primary members, Shane Butler and Anna Fox Rochinski (as well as Taylor Mcvay—who plays on much of the record, but has since left the band amicably) were all visual art students at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, but bonded over their mutual love of weird, experimental jams and classic pop harmonies. John Andrews joined the band as drummer after opening for every Quilt show on tour in 2009…

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First/Last-Spacewolf

Posted on August 30, 2013

We formed out of the pieces of a couple of Jackson bands. Just kinda worked out and we’ve kept doing it…

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First/Last-Charlie and the Foxtrots

Posted on August 29, 2013

A pop/folk six piece blending their unique styles to create a dynamic alliance you won’t forget. By mixing folk and pop, this group will leave you with an emotionally enveloped feeling of comfort and musical satisfaction…

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First/Last-Camden

Posted on August 28, 2013

Many years later”, the tenor saxophonist Branford Marsalis recalled, “a lot of younger musicians were hanging around with Elvin Jones, and they were talking about, ‘Man, you know, you guys had an intensity when you were playing with Coltrane. I mean, what was it like? How do you play with that kind of intensity?’ And Elvin Jones looks at them…

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First/Last-England in 1819

Posted on August 27, 2013

Brothers Andrew and Dan Callaway have created their own unique ‘grandwave’ sound, combining Andrew’s smooth vocals and Dan’s soaring french horn with thick synths and pounding beats…

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First/Last-The Artless

Posted on August 26, 2013

The Artless is a 4-piece Indie-Rock outfit based out of Pittsburgh. We were formed out of a previous band that all the members were in. We created the new band with a collective agreement to explore new musical ideas, and to also tour…

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First/Last-Wild Ones

Posted on August 23, 2013

Since its formation in 2010, Wild Ones has insisted on operating as a DIY collective. The band recorded and mixed its debut as a group (with help from engineer David Pollock). Sometimes considering each members’ opinion meant endless revisits and tweaks to the album’s tracks. The process was time-consuming, but it was also worth it…

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First/Last-Summer-Winter

Posted on August 23, 2013

Terry O’Hara pops up every couple of years to drop a beautiful, understated alt-folk album, then disappears again…the result is hypnotic and resigned…

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First/Last-Naked Gods

Posted on August 22, 2013

Naked Gods, formed during the third millennium, are a five piece rock and roll band hailing from Boone, an otherwise sleepy town in western North Carolina’s mountains. Don’t let that geography mislead you; as a unit the band combines the influences of big, noisy guitar indie rock, abstract bass warbling, frenzied drum bursts & vocals capturing the sensitivity…

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First/Last-Psychophant

Posted on August 22, 2013

Psychophant is a singer/songwriter that has been recording songs in his bedroom since 2009. Armed only with his voice and an acoustic guitar, he keeps things colorful and demented by using a range of distorted and altered sounds as instruments as well. His self-released debut album, By a Lonely Campfire, and its follow-up EP…

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First/Last-Au Ras Au Ras

Posted on August 21, 2013

Tess was the driving force behind deadboy & the Elephantmen (We Are Night Sky). She also was the drummer for Generationals (Trust EP). She also backed Lady Bo of Bo Diddley on drums…

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First/Last-Slim Forsythe

Posted on August 21, 2013

“Kevin “Slim” Forsythe mosied down from the Bradford county Northern Tier in the seventies to head to Pitt, and hasn’t left his new stompin’ grounds yet – well, not for long anyway. Forsythe now leads a western swing band, but his life reads more like the C&W songs he and the group perform…

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First/Last-Exit Ghost

Posted on August 20, 2013

Exit Ghost is a collaborative vehicle structured around the songwriting of Evan Holmes. The group’s debut Pony Soldier EP (2010) explores a vital reverence for the imagery and culture of the American West, with fiddle and harmonies provided by tireless multi-instrumentalist Rachel Kahn. Hailed by Performer Magazine…

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First/Last-Carousel

Posted on August 20, 2013

Conceived in early 2010 by guitarist/vocalist Dave Wheeler and drummer Jake Leger, the band’s music incorporates many elements, most notably the harmonized guitar lines of Thin Lizzy, the bombast of Mountain, and the rhythmic propulsion of Diamond Head, Motorhead, and other bands whose names include the word “head”. Christened Carousel by drummer Jake…

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First/Last-The Breton Sound

Posted on August 19, 2013

The Breton Sound began in earnest with Jonathan Pretus and longtime friend and collaborator, Stephen Turner (lead guitar). This fruitful early period produced an ambitious E.P., Eudaemonia, one that covered a wide range of influences, combining Pretus’s Beatlesesque pop sensibility with Turner’s Rush-infused guitar work…

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First/Last-One Mile An Hour

Posted on August 19, 2013

It’s often remarked that we are all products of our environment. So when 3 piece One Mile An Hour began to piece together their debut album, they were only ever going to achieve the result they wanted by constructing their own studio. A space built at the top of a house, overlooking the sea on the south coast of England…

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First/Last-Duquette Johnston

Posted on August 16, 2013

It’s no secret that roots-focused Americana music has come back onto the scene with an acute ferocity. But while others are mining the past for inspiration, trying to connect modern times with those of a slower, rustic and community-based livelihood, Duquette Johnston emerges with this balance already infused in his being and his music…

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