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matt pond PA / Young Buffalo on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA.

matt pond PA recently hit Pittsburgh on a short tour to promote the 10th Anniversary of their excellent 2005 release “Several Arrows Later” by playing the album in full. A few days earlier in Chicago, they were robbed and among other items stolen were their passports, preventing them from playing Toronto. They forged on with the tour which ended last night in New York. There is an active GoFundMe page where supporters can still help out the band recover at least monetarily.

Joining them on the tour were Oxford, MS indie rockers Young Buffalo.

This is also a very special post for me in that for the first (and hopefully not the last) time in HughShows history, I am truly thrilled and honored to have a guest photographer share their talents with you. I really couldn’t be happier with the artist for this debut feature. Long Hong has been a friend and supporter to me for several years now and he is one of my favorite concert photographers in the city. He is the kind of photographer that makes you feel as though you were there and he certainly did with these photos. From Long,

“I feel so very lucky to be Hugh’s first guest photographer on his music blog and very fortunate to revisit one of my favorite albums in college.“

Thanks so much, Long! The feeling is mutual, man. Let’s to do it again, buddy. Young Buffalo








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“There’s nothing typical about the Oxford, Mississippi-based rock act Young Buffalo or the story behind their debut album, House. Although the group’s songwriters Ben Yarbrough and Jim Barrett didn’t begin playing under the Young Buffalo moniker until 2009, they started writing music together as teenagers and never ceased evolving.”

Young Buffalo is an indie rock band from Mississippi who’s debut album “House” is available now. They return to Pittsburgh this Wednesday opening for matt pond PA. I want to thank Jim Barrett (Guitar/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?

Either Smashmouth “Astro Lounge” or The Beatles “1”.

Your last album bought?

Twin Peaks “Wild Onion”.

Favorite album of all time?

The Beatles “Abbey Road”.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?

Radiohead “King Of Limbs”.

First concert attended?

Memphis in May, c. 2002.

Last concert?

Dr. Dog at the Lyric in Oxford, MS.

Favorite concert ever?

Animal Collective in Oxford on the ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’ tour. Also, The Shins at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Least favorite concert?

Allman Brothers in Tupelo.

Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?

We played there last summer and had a pleasant experience! Not many people were around for the Sunday afternoon show, but we had fun. Looking forward to getting back, and hopefully spending more time there this time around!

Thanks, Jim. Sunday afternoon shows are hit or miss. Hopefully you do have a better experience here this time out.