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.

Deutschtown Music Festival Band Submission 2018

Posted on March 13, 2018

If you would like to be considered to play this year at the Deutschtown Music Festival, please submit here by Saturday, March 17th.

The two day, all free festival takes place on Pittsburgh’s historic Northside on Friday and Saturday, July 13 & 14, 2018…

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First/Last – Chip & The Charge Ups

Posted on March 12, 2018

“Chip & The Charge Ups is the new power pop band from internationally-known and Pittsburgh-based recording artist, Chip DiMonick. Taking cues from a diverse array of power pop luminaries such as Green Day, The Ramones, and Marvelous 3/Butch Walker to name a few, Chip & The Charge Ups are ready to deliver an eclectic and electrifying experience to music fans world wide.“…

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First/Last – Good Sport

Posted on March 8, 2018

“As for the name Good Sport: “There’s not a specific purpose behind it. I really like sports so maybe that fed into it but I doubt it. I just kinda thought it was a cool name.”Cindy Howes WYEP

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First/Last – Matthäus

Posted on March 7, 2018

“Matthäus began as a project of composer Ben Montalbano of Chicago, Illinois. With strong roots in folk and bluegrass as well as a music conservatory education, Montalbano started writing simple songs that served as templates to experiment with orchestration…

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First/Last – sluggs

Posted on March 6, 2018

Head collage courtesy sluggs faces sluggs is an indie rock band from Pittsburgh on Wild Kindness Records who are no strangers to the local DIY scene. People sometimes ask me what is the DIY scene. Easy answer? Hit up the band’s next show on Saturday, March 31st as part of Pitt Fest 2018 and all your questions will be answered. I want to thank Benjamin Truckenbrod (Drums) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last

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First/Last – The Bird Hour

“Birdadelic Rock based in the Pittsburgh Bird Basin. Fear no deviants love thy mother.”…

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First/Last – Zeve

“Drawing from retro and modern influences, Zeve’s dynamic falls somewhere between lo-fi, jangly 1960s garage rock and modern dream pop. Having released their debut full-length this past year to local and regional acclaim, Zeve has shared the
stage with national touring acts at Pittsburgh venues including Mr. Smalls, Spirit and Club Cafe and have gathered the attention of radio markets as far as Seattle…

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First/Last – Ceramic Animal

Ceramic Animal has a knack for contouring impressionistic euphonies from a dusting of recognizable times and sounds. ‘So Familiar’ feels that same way, but unlike the retro-fit-psych-pop-dad-rock vibes of ‘The Cart’, the specific influences driving this new single are a bit tougher to pin down…

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First/Last – Gina Zo

“Gina Castanzo, who goes by her stage name, Gina Zo, is a singer-songwriter from West Chester, Pennsylvania. Gina competed on Season 10 of the NBC’s singing competition The Voice, performing on Blake Shelton’s team. “…

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First/Last – Colin and the Crows

“Smooth and sweet, sometimes psychedelic, the band mainly consists of the Songwriter/guitarist Colin A, the Violin player Aaron Pollard, and the Bass player James “earthworm” Bristol. Other members jump in every once in a while, including a saxophone, drums, piano, and trumpet.”…

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First/Last – Matt Aquline & The Dead End Streets

“Singer/songwriter Matt Aquiline lived and performed in Washington, DC for nearly two decades, but he has always been of Pittsburgh first and recently returned to his hometown to raise his family and perform his music in the town where it was formed.”…

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First/Last – Her Ladyship

“Her Ladyship is a Pittsburgh based indie-folk band featuring lush, soulful harmonies, acoustic guitar, and evocative, literary lyrics.”…

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First/Last – Trigger Happy

“Formed in 2011 by brothers Stephen and Keith King to ‘rock out and have fun,’ Trigger Happy has made a name for themselves as a unique band self dubbed Psychedelic punk…

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First/Last – Just Fern

p>“Punk rock gal from Pittsburgh. Queer af (she/her).”

Just Fern is the moniker of Pittsburgh based bedroom pop songwriter Fern Burgess who has branched out into solo territory after fronting the recently disbanded queercore punk trio SOFT GIRL. Fern’s recent full-length debut entitled All The Space I’ve Taken Up

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First/Last – Chillent

“Since 2015, Chillent has heated up Pittsburgh’s favorite venues, festivals, and airwaves with their one of a kind “soul stew.”

Their hot plate of original compositions, spicy covers, and funky interpretations of Jewish classics have fans comparing their live performances to “klezmer Phish,” and “Maceo Parker at a bar mitzvah.”…

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First/Last – Demos Papadimas

“Singer-songwriter Demos Papadimas skillfully intertwines his love of both American and Mediterranean influenced roots music.“…

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First/Last – Soft Gondola

“Sad songs and hopeful songs about giving yourself over to the relationships and experiences in your life, no matter the hurt it may bring.“…

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First/Last – Soda Club

Soda Club is hard-twee sax pop band from Pittsburgh who are diligently working to get their debut EP entitled Enjoy out to the world on Friday February 2 by celebrating with a cool release show at The Bushnel. Their Bandcamp option will go live that day as well. To warm up, they will be playing this Thursday (1/25) at Shnel Snail Trail

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First/Last – The Pump Fakes

“Artists We Also Like: Most of the bands Jack White plays in.”

The Pump Fakes are are Pittsburgh’s premiere ‘combat rock’ band who aren’t afraid to wear their influences on their sleeve. Fans of Keith Richards, Ryan Adams, Springsteen and The Replacements will find something to love in their original rock and roll.[…]

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First/Last – Distant Futures

“Listen and linger all around me I am the shadow of your step I am the taste of a dream Your Grandma fed you at only 13 Oh, those bells may ring But not for me “…

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