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 – God’s Green Apples

“4 piece alt rock band from Pittsburgh that began playing thorough out the tri state area back in the early 90’s. Recently re united and playing live while writing new material for release.”…

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First/Last – Lawn Care

“For a while there, it was just Cameron writing songs, mostly about travelling, trying not to be a shithead, and the looming inevitability of death–you know, the things you worry about in your twenties. He released a couple of lo-fi solo EPs, a split with Boston’s The Michael Character, and shouted in a lot of basements throughout the midwest and northeast.

Towards the end of 2015, Lawn Care went full-band to record the high-energy, three-song EP “Out of Sorts.” The new lineup, featuring Harrison Thurman on bass and John Paul Zigterman on drums, honed their live sound, playing shows with Chris Farren, Emperor X, Mal Blum, Sinai Vessel, and Koji.”…

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Farm Aid Pre-Show with Banditos

Farm Aid returns to the Pittsburgh area this Saturday (9/16) with a stacked all day lineup that promises to be an amazing time. Prior to that there are several events associated with the show that highlight the need for this ongoing charitable program now on it’s 32nd year.

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Video Debut – little good bad

Posted on August 28, 2017

“Three artists from three extremely different ends of the music spectrum, inspired by technology and the constant pursuit of innovation, have combined to form little good bad ( + – ). A soulful pop singer, a punk rock drummer and an electronic producer make up this hybrid pop group of musical misfits.”…

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First/Last – Brahctopus

Posted on August 18, 2017

There is a cool benefit show going down tomorrow (Saturday, August 19) at James Street Gastropub for the American Heart Association featuring a bunch of blog faves including Heavy Chest, Essential Machine and The Petals.

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Some Kind of Animal Music Video – “Midnight”

Posted on August 17, 2017

Some Kind of Animal is a Pittsburgh based neo-folk band who released their latest eponymous album this Spring via the Get Hip Records Folk Series

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First/Last – The Beagle Brothers

Posted on August 1, 2017

“The hardest working band in Pittsburgh. The Beagle Brothers have been Pittsburgh’s premiere country
band for over 10 years. They are the foundation of the “Bloomfield Sound,” which mixes honky-tonk and classic country with an accelerated, high energy performance.”…

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Exclusive: Bat Zuppel Single Premiere “The Witch”

Posted on July 28, 2017

I am excited to share with you the lead off single to the upcoming album Dylar by Pittsburgh noise rockers Bat Zuppel which drops September 22nd via Wild Kindness Records. You can actually score it early when the band has their CD release a week prior at Spirit on September 15th with special guests Langston Kelly Human DJ and It It…

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First/Last – Chase and the Barons

Posted on June 28, 2017

“Chase and the Barons bring rock n’ roll back out onto the dance floor, donning paisley ties, brightly colored jeans, and a generally groovy look. Since their formation in 2016, the band has been hitting the Pittsburgh music scene hard with memorable shows, filled with energy and style.”…

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First/Last – Brother From Another Mother

Posted on June 17, 2017

“At the core of Brother From Another Mother is the Dyjamic Duo of Dave Hamilton and Dennis Malley. Each of them singer-songwriters in their own right, they discovered a musical chemistry that necessitated the forming of the BFAM collective. BFAM uses the written song as a launch vehicle into the magical improvised moments that are not duplicated from
one performance to the next. In the 15 months since they started playing together, multiple talented artists have joined Dave and Dennis for full-band performances, including drummers Sam Hogan and Dave Resto, and bass players Dustin Becker, Brandon Walsh, and Brian McStay.”…

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First/Last – The YJJ’s

Posted on June 15, 2017

“Rock and roll fused with RAP, Punk/ska, DUBSTEP, and silky smooth R&B… plus a lot of other “uncategorizable” stuff too.”…

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HughShows 50

Posted on June 5, 2017

HughShows 14 Hour Plastic Technicolor Inevitable Summer Exploding Love Dream We are one month away from this all-day, ALL FREE show! The bands are working hard on learning covers from 1967 and with this eclectic of a lineup, …

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Book Review – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Posted on June 2, 2017

As I gear up for the fast approaching 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, I will be highlighting some very cool new books to add to your library…

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