#SupportPGHMusic // Exclusively on HughShows Radio streaming at the bottom of the page, enjoy the entire December 13, 2014 concert of HughShows Live at Eide’s Finale featuring mini sets from acoustic and solo versions of my favorite Pittsburgh bands during the marathon 6 hour concert. //

“Radar Brothers return with Eight, a very special new release only available on LP and digital beginning January 29. Featuring an expanded band of brothers including Stevie Treichel and Be Hussey from The Illustrated Garden as well as new members Dan Iead (formerly of The Broken West) on guitar/pedal steel, Brian Cleary on keyboards and Ethan Walter on piano and synthesizers. Between the two keyboards and Iead and Putnam’s guitars, the band orchestrates a swirling fervor that glides over Treichel and Hussey’s rhythmic aggressions. The band called the record Eight (being their eighth), and it may well be Radar Brothers’ darkest, hardest rocking, most psychedelic, and yet most intensely personal album to date. From Putnam’s tribute to Joni Mitchell’s cover art (The Hissing of Summer Lawns) to the surreal, picturesque lyrics to the unidentifiable textures and sounds that pour from your speakers like liquid paintings, this may also be the band’s most visual album to date. So forget everything that you know or have ever thought about Radar Brothers. From the very start, Eight explodes with newness and bold, otherworldly jaunts. While paying tribute to their past on several songs, the band retains its swagger in this new territory throughout the rest.”

Check out the band at their official Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They have always been a very favorite of mine and they have recently released the appropriately titled, “Eight“, from Merge Records which is just as fantastic as the previous seven. They embark on a Summer tour tomorrow that hopefully will expand to include the Northeast on a second leg. I want to thank Biggest Brother Jim Putnam for taking a few minutes to participate in this edition of First/Last.

Thanks so much, Jim. It means a lot to me you playing along. Come back to Pittsburgh, we’d love to have you.

With this show I have whittled down my ‘bucket list’ of bands to see before I kick to five (go ahead and try to guess them). I am actually seeing another one of those bands next month! Anyway, I have been a huge fan of these guys since I first heard their album ‘The Fallen Leaf Pages‘ streaming on Merge Records website. I eventually picked up their entire catalog and have been dying for them to play here in Pittsburgh since. That’s five long years but it was all worth it, even though they played the perfunctory opener (read:brief) set. Through personnel changes, the constant has been songwriter/vocalist Jim Putnam. His music has been compared to Pink Floyd, Neil Young, and The Beach Boys. I can’t disagree too much with that only to say that he is unique in his own way and I appreciate everything he puts out.