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 – Merilette

Posted on April 9, 2018

“Vocally heavy-hitting and thoughtfully written, Mindpaint is a collaboration of personal experiences, collective consciousness, and kinetic synth. It is the perfect mix of a little bit of everything that everyone can relate to in some way, shape or form. Because it is realistic. And it is distinct, yet divergent in the same instance. Because it is Merilette; she embodies every drop of sound that will soak your inner ear as you listen. So enjoy, lovelies; after all, it is about the music, and how it moves you, both literally and figuratively.”…

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First/Last – Scenes From a Movie

Posted on April 4, 2018

Scenes From A Movie is a pop rock band from West Virginia who are reuniting for a 10th Anniversary tour to celebrate and play in full their album The Pulse. They hit up Pittsburgh on Wednesday (4/4) at The Smiling Moose

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NPR Tiny Desk Contest Pittsburgh 2018

Posted on March 27, 2018

For the third 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 March 25th, 2018…

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First/Last – Sadie’s Song

Posted on March 26, 2018

“I was born and raised in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, PA. My mother being the largest influence in my life, the CD’s she owned and the radio stations she listened to quickly became what I was humming as a child. Stevie Nicks and Jackson Browne were two of the largest influences in my music as an adolescent and as I grew into myself I discovered Folk and Blues music. Janis Joplin, Etta James, and Stevie Nicks became the three power houses I wanted to be. I’ve always loved a piece of every genre though….

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First/Last – Astrology Now

Posted on March 20, 2018

“Ten melodic, lo-fi, psychedelic rock n’ roll songs. The album was recorded over the last few years in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh, PA on a Tascam Portastudio 488 MKII cassette recorder.”…

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First/Last – Altar Boy

Posted on March 16, 2018

Altar Boy is an emo pop band from Pittsburgh who just released their debut self -titled EP this morning via the fantastic local boutique label Crafted Sounds. They will celebrate with a house show next Saturday (3/24) also featuring Closer

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First/Last – Merrow

Posted on March 14, 2018

“Merrow is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has been writing and performing her entire life, starting with piano and voice and then recently adding guitar, bass, and drums into the mix. In 2017, she started testing out original music in front of audiences, and the project took off much faster than anticipated. Her debut show at the former James Street Gastropub and …

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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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