Blog

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 – Short Fictions

Posted on May 3, 2019

“Really tight math-pop band from Pittsburgh ;)” Bridges by Short Fictions Short Fictions is an indie rock band hailing from Pittsburgh, PA who have a new song called “Living in Places Like These Can Be Bad for Your Health”on the fantastic Crafted Sounds comp Bridges. They will more than likely play it at their next show […]

read more ➜

“Jaguar” Music Video By Feralcat

Posted on May 1, 2019

“Feralcat’s music is equal parts prog rock, jazz fusion and art rock, utilizing sweeping lyrical melodies over heavy guitar-driven rhythms to create a sound that you can both hear and feel deeply. These songs are meant to break barriers and melt faces, with improvised saxophone music that you can bump and mosh to!” Feralcat is […]

read more ➜

Pittsburgh Plays… Pittsburgh

Posted on April 28, 2019

Attention all Pittsburgh and surrounding areas bands and musicians. I have been pondering an idea for several years now of producing a compilation of local bands covering local music. When we put on the HughShows Secret Santaplooza shows a few years ago, I asked the participating bands to cover any other Pittsburgh band they wanted […]

read more ➜

Bikini Islands – “Vines” Video Premiere

Posted on April 17, 2019

Today I am excited to debut the latest music video from Pittsburgh rockers Bikini Island for their song “Vines”. The tune was produced by Harrison Wargo of Badboxes and The Morning Light and features a catchy hook that really does stick in your head after a few listens. The video shows the band disenfranchised in […]

read more ➜

NPR Tiny Desk Contest 2019 Pittsburgh

Posted on April 15, 2019

 For the fourth year in a row, NPR is having their Tiny Desk Contest in which any band can submit a video of an original song to win a chance to perform for the wildly popular Tiny Desk Concert. The contest closed on April 15th, 2019. As with past years, Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania […]

read more ➜

Conversation with Crafted Sounds

I sat down with Connor Murray from the independent music label Crafted Sounds based in Pittsburgh. Connor talks about starting, maintaining and the future of the label which produces cassettes of bands in and around the area and beyond…

read more ➜

HughShows Holiday download / Deutschtown Music Festival exclusive opportunity

You can enjoy the full 90 minute HughShows Holiday musical special right now from the comfort of your home, or phone as these nutty kids do…

read more ➜

HughShows Holiday Video Premieres

I am thrilled to debut two videos from the upcoming HughShows Holiday feature length show. We are premiering the entire movie on December 2nd at 6pm at Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in Carnegie, PA…

read more ➜

First/Last – BYRON NASH & PLANB

Posted on July 13, 2018

Pittsburgh has a reputation of breeding talented musicians and artists ranging from Christina Aguilera to Girl Talk, Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller. These artists, just to name a few, represent the wide-range of talent that has emerged from the streets of the steel town. With a deep-rooted…

read more ➜

First/Last – iNCO FIdO

Posted on July 11, 2018

We’re loud, we like to drink, there are a lot of us.”
The Deutschtown Music Festival starts this week! Every day on the blog I am featuring a band from Pittsburgh who I discovered through the submission process and are performing this weekend…

read more ➜

First/Last – Raven Clifton

Posted on July 10, 2018

“alt/indie/rock/pop two piece band trying our best. thanks for listening! :)”

The Deutschtown Music Festival starts this week! Every day on the blog I am featuring a band from Pittsburgh who I discovered through the submission process and are performing this weekend…

read more ➜

First/Last – ATL&S

Posted on July 9, 2018

“ATL&S was founded on August 29th 2014 by members Al Snyder & Michael Lewandowski. The death of Michael’s mom sparked an interesting song recording duo that flourished into the sound that we have today. Prior to Beverly Lewandowski passing away, Michael spent many days in the studio with Al recording his own songs and attempting to make it on his own. Upon her death,…

read more ➜

Arlo Aldo – Maoz Tzur / Oseh Shalom

Posted on July 6, 2018

May you find peace tonight, Pittsburgh.Arlo Aldo is Jessica Hoffman (Viola/Vocals) and David Manchester (Guitar/Vocals)…

read more ➜

First/Last – Paper Lights

Posted on June 28, 2018

“Paper Lights have honed a large and cinematic soundscape within their music. Last year, the band traveled over 10,000 miles, visiting 24 states and 13 National Parks, while sampling sounds from nature and writing their latest full length album, Everything is Sound, which released on March 30, 2018.”…

read more ➜

First/Last – Caleb Kopta

Posted on May 23, 2018

Caleb Kopta is an indie rock musician from Cochranton, a small town 100 miles north of Pittsburgh who will be releasing his latest single entitled “Burning House” this Friday (5/25) as a followup to his debut EP Ghost. He will be celebrating at…

read more ➜

Deutschtown Music Festival 2018 Full Schedule

Posted on May 18, 2018

This year marks the sixth year straight that music, food, and families take over the historic Deutschtown section of the Northside of Pittsburgh for two days of free fun.

A few new things this year are:…

read more ➜

Deutschtown Music Festival 2018 – Venue Announcement

Posted on May 14, 2018

We here at the Deutschtown Music Festival have been working our tails off to make our upcoming 6th year our best ever.

We will have more bands, more stages, and more activities for you to enjoy this year as we take over the Northside of Pittsburgh on Friday evening, July 13th and all day and night Saturday, July 14th, 2018. We wanted to let everyone know a special aspect that we have kept mum until now…

read more ➜

First/Last – honey prism

Posted on May 2, 2018

Honey Prism is a buzzed-about Pittsburgh-based dream pop band consisting of Jeanean Naqvi (vocals/synth), Mike Hricik (bass/synth), and Chris Rowe (guitar/vocals). “…

read more ➜

First/Last – Mike Mains

Posted on April 18, 2018

“Mike Mains and the Branches step into that world to offer a breath of fresh air in the form of eleven shimmering, propulsive indie rock songs. The message of their sophomore full-length, Calm Down, Everything Is Fine, is laid bare right in its title, so take forty minutes with your phone off and your eyes closed to let it sink in.” – Troy Sennett Under the Gun…

read more ➜

First/Last – Lindsay Dragan

Posted on April 16, 2018

“Lindsay Dragan is a Pittsburgh-based garage folk artist. You can catch her as a solo act and a full band on local, national, and international stages.”

Lindsay Dragan is a singer-songwriter originally from Brooklyn and now residing in Pittsburgh who can be seen out on a regular basis in the flourishing open mic scene in town…

read more ➜