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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 – Red Room Effect

“Eric Gadola, also known by his stage name “Crazy Eric” formed the grassroots of Red Room Effect in the summer of 2013. Working as a golf pro by day and struggling singer/songwriter by night, Gadola approached producer/drummer, Paul Jay with songs he had been writing with hopes of forming a band. Impressed by his songwriting abilities, Paul Jay and Eric began to mold the the majority of songs that would later appear on the “Frame of Mind EP.” Hendrix, Clapton, Jack White, The Black Keys, the RHCP, Nirvana, Prince, Rick James, & Outcast have played a significant role in Gadola’s, songwriting, playing style, and vocal delivery.”…

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First/Last – J.D. Rau

“as a singer/songwriter from pittsburgh, i am a product of my influences. i was raised on zeppelin, the doors, and bowie, so i have just taken my upbringing and turned it into my own music, integrating other influences as i go along.”…

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First/Last – Racing Heart

“Racing Heart makes music that is both complex and catchy, with lyrics that are not afraid of taking on bigger issues in a personal way. Helped by some of the best and most noteworthy musicians from both Norway and the US, such as Jenny Hval, Hanne Hukkelberg and previously members of The War on Drugs, St. Vincent and Sufjan Steven’s band, these songs aim to mean something to you.”…

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First/Last – Grandadchilds

”A talent-packed trio whose musical compatibility and genuine enjoyment of what they do is obvious to everyone who watches them. Their blues rock sound is equal parts powerful and heartfelt, energetic and nuanced, straightforward and skillful.”…

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First/Last – Bikini Islands

“This new record from Bikini Islands is one that makes you want to, almost NEED to, listen to, over and over again. It combines the pop sensibilities of the Beatles, and the Buzzcocks, with the drive and emotion of todays more purposeful music scene. …

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First/Last – wwoman

wwoman is a brand new lo-fi psych pop outfit from Pittsburgh songwriter Greg Smee who is dropping a 10 track debut release this week in the form of cassettes and CDs. I want to thank Greg for taking the time to participating in this edition of …

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First/Last – Sofia Talvik

“Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy, creating a special niche of folk music that has been described as neo-folk.“…

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First/Last – Ian Fitzgerald

“Based in New England, Ian has toured throughout the United States. Ian has independently released four albums of original material and has become known for his storytelling and skillful use of language. In their review of his latest album, No Time …

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First/Last – Bitter Whiskers

Bitter Whiskers is a folk trio from Pittsburgh who’s sound incorporates not one but two lead accordions for a unique acoustic based dream pop. The band play a special event this Saturday (10/15) for the Friends of CLP Lawrenceville Art Auction. I want to thank Emily Fear (Accordion/Vocals), James Todd (Guitar), and Tessa Barber (Accordion/Vocals) […]

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First/Last – Tim Browning & the Widowmakers

Posted on October 6, 2016

“Tim Browning and the Widowmakers hail from the deep dark hills of Appalachia. Fusing together the dark folk/country roots of Johnny Cash with the harmonised guitar-lines of Gorham and Robertson (Thin Lizzy), they weave tales of back alley justice…

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First/Last – Northern Gold

Posted on October 4, 2016

“Northern Gold hopes to effectually tell the stories that inspired this soulful EP on every stage they play with a sensational show. The band began with just a few simple quiet tunes. And now from what once was a voice and an acoustic guitar in a living room …

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First/Last – Dressy Bessy

“KINGSIZED is the band’s first full-length release in seven years, but it contains the same indie pop/rock dynamic for which they are known. Special guests on the album include, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, who appears on the first single, “Lady Liberty”….

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First/Last – Honeyriders

“The Honeyriders are *of* Pittsburgh, yes, but where are they from? Best we can tell, three Americans, a Mexican and a Brit all met in the witness protection program, and this marvelous musical endeavor (whose influences run the table from reggae and ska…

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HughShows Weekend Independent Music Guide September 16-18, 2016

There are always shows happening in Pittsburgh over the weekend that are worthy of your attention and may not be widely advertised in our traditional media outlets with full page color ads. Please go out to #SupportPGHMusic!…

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First/Last – Buffalo Rose

“The energy shines through in their performances, where the combination of each distinct voice with the others creates a swirling web of sound and harmony. Paired with evocative and catchy lyrical phrases drawn from life experience and the American lexicon, Buffalo Rose’s songs are ones that you will find yourself singing along to before they come to an end.”…

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First/Last – Holy Rivals

“Grunge is still dead”

Holy Rivals is a Pittsburgh metal grunge band that recently released their debut self-titled EP. The band take their assault to the masses this Saturday (9/17) at Gooski’s as they join blog faves …

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First/Last – Fire Safe Cigarettes

“Both of us born and raised in Pittsburgh, have been making music together for about 7 years through various projects. Fire Safe Cigarettes was started after being unable to find reliable band mates, but wanting a way to make music that we were 100…

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First/Last – The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers

“The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers draw freely from old-time, bluegrass, country, jazz, rockabilly and swing styles to create their tight, high-energy string band music. Well-crafted original songs with emotional depth, masterful picking, and resonant vocal harmonies combine to forge new territories and a fresh take on Appalachian Americana music. Band members Gary Antol, Libby Eddy, Joe Dep and Ed Croft hail from the mountains and river towns of southwestern Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.”…

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HughShows Weekend Independent Music Guide September 9-11, 2016

There are always shows happening in Pittsburgh over the weekend that are worthy of your attention and may not be widely advertised in our traditional media outlets with full page color ads. Please go out to #SupportPGHMusic! Friday September 9, 2016  – The Struggle Bus – Single Release!  – Scott and Rosanna LIVE at Apis […]

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First/Last – Sol Persona

“The experimentally minded Sol Persona project seems interested in reinvigorating music by foregrounding various constructions of subjecthood and the various rigors of the human condition. Sol Persona’s compositions are magnetic and ethereal; they’re often…

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  1. Brooke Intro / Go / Middle of the Mess Brooke Annibale Live at Eide's May 2014 9:25
  2. Under Streetlights / Yours and Mine Brooke Annibale Live at Eide's May 2014 8:15
  3. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds / Decide Brooke Annibale Live at Eide's May 2014 8:13
  4. You Don't Know Brooke Annibale Live at Eide's May 2014 7:21
  5. Tragically Beautiful / Bullseye Brooke Annibale Live at Eide's May 2014 9:25
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  8. The Pittsburg Boogie by Craig Hodgkins - Featuring Chloe Hodgkins - Lead Guitar 3:12