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 ‘The Essentials’- Great Lake Swimmers

Posted on June 20, 2012

“New Wild Everywhere is the follow-up to Great Lake Swimmers’ critically acclaimed, Polaris Music Prize shortlisted and Juno nominated 2009 album Lost Channels. Their fifth album in just under a decade, this new collection of 12 tracks reveals a depth and maturity previously only hinted at by lead singer and songwriter Tony Dekker. Featuring the touring band from Lost Channels (with long-time collaborator Erik Arnesen on banjo and guitar, along with new addition Miranda Mulholland contributing backing vocals and violin, Bret Higgins on upright bass, and Lost Channels drummer Greg Millson), New Wild Everywhere thematically picks up where the previous album left off, exploring transcendence in the natural world to describe the universal themes of love, mortality and escape”…

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First/Last-Dope Body

Posted on June 19, 2012

“Primal hardcore thrash vibes, ya’ll gotta sit with this Natural History! A spasm of styles and directions, showering sparks from a half-melted mad thickness — welcome to the fold, boys!”…

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First/Last-Nada Surf

Posted on June 19, 2012

”Did you ever, as a kid, want to crawl into the speakers?” asks Nada Surf singer-guitarist Matthew Caws. “I did — here was OK, but there was much better.” And that’s pretty much what Nada Surf is all about — Caws, bassist Daniel Lorca, and drummer Ira Elliot are in love with the way rock music can transport you to a new and wonderful place in a beguiling rush of beats, chords, hooks and words. And they do it 10 times…

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First Last ‘The Essentials’-Hallelujah The Hills

Posted on June 18, 2012

“Hallelujah The Hills have released two albums on Misra Records, toured with the Silver Jews, co-written a song with Triumph The Insult Comic Dog, collaborated with author Jonathan Lethem, helped orchestrate “The Monitor” by Titus Andronicus, relentlessly nagged Devin Davis to record a 2nd album

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First/Last-Meshell Ndegeocello

Posted on June 17, 2012

“Meshell has changed. So has her music. It’s more peaceful, freer. Her new album, Weather, cloaks itself in the colours of autumn, full of in-between shades and hues and with a certain mildness to it. The singer has let her feelings carry her along. Meshell has never…

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First/Last-Cory Branan

Posted on June 16, 2012

“Cory Branan is a natural-born storyteller. As with any of his musical and literary pedestal sitters, from John Prine and Leonard Cohen to Raymond Carver and Gabriel García Márquez, his seemingly conversational, painstakingly crafted anecdotes benefit from a hard-eyed stare at hydra-headed experience….

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First/Last-Free Energy

Posted on June 15, 2012

“Cult Minneapolis rockers Hockey Night split up a couple of yearsbback, and for a time mainmen Scott Wells and Paul Sprangers continued to operate under that moniker. They altered their musical orientation, got signed to DFA, and recorded an album with LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy …

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First/Last-The Sights

Posted on June 14, 2012

“2012 is shaping up to be The Sights’ best year yet. They’ve already supplied the music for two Chevrolet ads, and this summer will bring a new single (“Eso No Está Bien Pequeña/Like Two Little Kids”) as well as the release of their seventh effort, Left Over Right. On it, Baranek is joined by Jarrod Champion (keyboards/vocals),..

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First/Last-Red Wanting Blue

Posted on June 13, 2012

“Led by singer-songwriter Scott Terry, Red Wanting Blue is proudly based in Columbus, Ohio, but might as well be America’s local band. For years, the group had been hiding in plain sight as Terry went about logging thousands of miles on the road throughout the nation’s heartland,..

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First/Last-Delicate Steve

Posted on June 12, 2012

“The first time I heard any of this music, Steve was giving me a lift home after a Nat Baldwin show. We were going up Allen Street in Manhattan, and I’d finally convinced him to play me something from the new album. “This is going to be the last song,” he said, and put on “Luna.”…

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First/Last-Stephen Kellogg

Posted on June 11, 2012

“On Gift Horse, their second album for Vanguard and fifth studio effort overall, Stephen Kellogg and his bandmates- Kit “Goose” Karlson (keys, bass, vocals), Brian “Boots” Factor (drums, vocals) and Sam “Steamer” Getz (guitars, vocals)-bring the rich legacy of American rock & roll into the present tense…

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Posted on June 10, 2012

“The best songs of North Carolina’s Bowerbirds have always seemed eternal. Coruscated by Beth Tacular’s bird song and Phil Moore’s environmentalist empathy, “In Our Talons” (off Bowerbirds’ Hymns for a Dark Horse) was, at its core, a quest for solidarity in a world of closing shadows…

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Posted on June 9, 2012

“Stepdad was forged in an unrelenting bath of summer heat on Chicago’s south side in 2009 by songwriters/producers/college dropouts/solid bros Ryan McCarthy and ultramark on the foundation of their joint worship of Roland Orzabal and Brian Wilson. After a few quick months, the still nameless duo was sitting on a small mountain of songs. The name Stepdad was arrived upon by a random phrase generator and adopted without regard for the impending banality of rehashing that story during interviews…

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First/Last-Bruce Hornsby

Posted on June 8, 2012

“Twenty five years after winning a Best New Artist Grammy and launching one of contemporary music’s most diverse and collaborative careers, Bruce Hornsby is still, blissfully, making joyful noise—and finding clever, expansive ways to chronicle the dynamic musical snapshots along the journey.”…

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First/Last-The Van Allen Belt

Posted on June 7, 2012

“The Van Allen Belt creates dreamy electro-orchestral psych-pop that churns and swells around the exquisite vocals of Tamar Kamin. The band has been endorsed by Julian Cope, opened for Stereolab & Atlas Sound in NYC at The Fillmore and in Philadelphia at The Trocadero, and has played with Givers,…

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First/Last-Lydia Loveless

Posted on June 6, 2012

“Blessed with a commanding, blast-it-to-the-back-of-the-room voice, the 21 year-old Lydia Loveless was raised on a family farm in Coshocton, Ohio—a small weird town with nothing to do but make music. With a dad who owned a country music bar,..

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First/Last-Carolina Chocolate Drops

Posted on June 5, 2012

“With their 2010 Nonesuch debut, Genuine Negro Jig—which garnered a Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy last year—the Carolina Chocolate Drops proved that the old-time, fiddle and banjo-based music they’d so scrupulously researched and passionately performed could be a living,..

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First/Last ‘The Essentials’-Rhett Miller

Posted on June 4, 2012

“Rhett Miller is the front man and main songwriter of the hard-charging rock ‘n’ roll quartet the Old 97’s, as well as an accomplished solo artist. In addition to his nine studio albums with the 97’s (most recently The Grand Theatre Volume One and The Grand Theatre Vol. 2 in 2011), he has released four solo albums; 1989’s Mythologies, 2002’s The Instigator, 2006’s The Believer, and 2009’s Rhett Miller. Miller is set to release his first live covers album, The Interpreter Live at Largo, on November 22, 2011 on his own recently established label Maximum Sunshine Records.”…

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First/Last-Joan Osborne

Posted on June 3, 2012

“I knew when the time was right and my voice was ready, I wanted to make a recording like this one,” says Joan Osborne.
That recording is Bring It on Home, a collection of vintage blues, R&B and soul songs that make up the seventh album from the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum artist. It’s an apt title—for Osborne, Home marks a return to her musical roots. “I cut my teeth in New York blues clubs singing songs like this,” she remembers. “I’d do three or four one-hour sets per night. That’s where I really learned to sing.”…

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Saturday Vault

Posted on June 2, 2012

I am trying to think of how many times I have seen Rhett Miller, either with the Old 97’s or solo? I think it’s seven but could be more. His music means a whole hell of a lot to me and I am really excited to see him again, playing a solo gig with his new band backing band ‘The Serial Lady …

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