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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 – ShowPony

“ShowPony is an instrumental rock band that started out in Washington DC in 2010. Since then, they’ve played a bunch of shows, recorded two full-length albums (both at Mr. Smalls), and toured the midwest US and parts of Canada. Blending math, classic, pop and prog rock together, ShowPony offers an exciting live show full of contagious […]

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First/Last – Dematus

“Passionate about stunning the crowd with her abilities and talents the band is fronted by Jessica, a wide ranging, screaming and operatic stylist. Jessica also plays lead and rhythm guitar reminiscent and inspired by the likes of 80’s guitarists Randy Rhoads and Dave Mustaine, along with current guitar virtuoso John 5. In addition Jessica is […]

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First/Last – Dahn ‘N’ Aht

“Singin’ about booze, bras, and self-deprecation.“ Dahn ‘N’ Aht is a garage punk rock trio from Pittsburgh who are slowly getting in the local scene by playing out here and there as they will tomorrow, Saturday, January 11 at Howlers. Also on the bill are local faves The Beagle Brothers, God’s Green Apples and Jim […]

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First/Last – Frame and Mantle

Posted on January 3, 2020

“Frame and Mantle spent the last year revamping their sound and accumulating sketches they had been writing since the release of their 2016 EP, While Our Fields Lie Fallow.“ Frame and Mantle is an indie post-rock band from Pittsburgh who’s debut album entitled Lost Under Nighttime Sky was released last fall. Performing a couple times […]

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First/Last – Flashpoint Run

“The band’s creative process usually begins with a member presenting an idea to the group; sometimes chords for a song or a melody, then the rest of the group collaborates on the song. They are continuously working on creating new music for upcoming album releases. “ Flashpoint Run is an indie rock/pop band from Pittsburgh who […]

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Video Premiere – HughShows Holiday

HughShows Holiday Stevans & Associates, PLLC presents HughShows Holiday 2018 The holiday edition of the popular HughShows television program. Featuring 17 performances from Pittsburgh’s most talented musicians covering your favorite seasonal classics including a few original songs written just for this special. Led by musical director/co-host Nathan Zoob, the house band (including Abigail Iksic, Shawn McGregor, […]

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First/Last – I Swallow Ghosts

“spooky stuff, writing sad songs, openly weeping“ I Swallow Ghosts is the moniker for Pittsburgh based musician Corey Scordo who did all the writing, recording and music for the me pop punk project and is working to get a band together to perform his music out in a live setting. With a full length released […]

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First/Last – Milpool

Milpool is a Pittsburgh based punk quintet led by Bobby Smith (Guitar/Vocals). He also happens to run the DIY label Lemon Tree Records and will be performing next week on Friday, December 20th at McGarvey’s Bar in Altoona, PA along with The Snipped and E.N.D. I want to thank Bobby for taking the time to […]

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First/Last – The Clock Reads

“The Clock crafts their sound from the music that is constantly surrounding their lives. Their arsenal of original tunes is as varied as their musical tastes. The backbone of their sound is formed by tight communication through improvisation, often allowing the band to transcend the “known” and “recognizable” into uncharted territory. This energy creates an […]

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First/Last – Catatoneya

“Following the break up of their band Sylvania. Zachk C. Kyle P., and Nathan O. decided to continue their music careers by forming a new band. Thus Catatoneya was born.” Catatoneya is a Pittsburgh based progressive alt-rock trio who recently released their debut banger entitled Growth. The band is steadily playing around town, making an […]

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First/Last – Shiva Skydriver

“James and Skero are the only permanent members and songwriters, with their live performances being rounded out by musicians on the basis of mutual compatibility and availability.  The band has played over 1,000 shows together since forming in 2008.” Shiva Skydriver is a rock duo from Pittsburgh who have two albums in their discography and are […]

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First/Last – Hemlock for Socrates

“Heather and Kegan have been making music together on and off for over twenty years, taking breaks to explore projects in photography, classical singing, computer programming, and multimedia collaborations” Hemlock for Socrates is Pittsburgh based (originally from Texas) experimental alt-pop duo who have been making music for over 15 years and are prepping their latest […]

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First/Last – Soulios

Soulios is a ska punk band from California, PA who are currently working on the follow up to their debut Jamisun EP which was released in 2016. Playing out often this fall, you can catch them at Howler’s next Thursday, November 14th as they support The Scotch Bonnets from Baltimore along with fellow locals The […]

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First/Last – Merz, Miller & The Wolves

“Exploring this thing called life.. expressing our interpretations through sounds and lyrics.“ Merz, Miller & The Wolves are Pittsburgh based alternative folk rock band who formed last year to showcase the songwriting of Isaac Merz. With a full band, his acoustic based tunes can really stretch out and fill a room with Leslie Miller providing […]

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HughShows Secret Santapalooza IV Lineup

I am thrilled to announce the return of HughShows Secret Santapalooza! These are ‘office parties’ for the members of the Pittsburgh music community and you are invited as bands play quick 4-5 song sets incorporating cover songs of other Pittsburgh musicians into their own originals. These shows have become legendary and after a few years […]

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First/Last – Bruiser Beep

Photo courtesy of Zim Syed Bruiser Beep, aka Seven Dee, is a Pittsburgh-based experimental composer and performance artist who uses hyperbolic performance to explore themes of inner-child healing, delusions and psychosis, rapid observation, and romanticism of failing and learning. She composes swelling epics of dissonant electronic soundscapes with loose, deconstructed melodies and dramatic vocals that […]

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First/Last – Swiss Army

“Something for everyone is how you could describe the nostalgia-punk of Swiss Army. Fury. Mistakes. Empathy. All of the ingredients of personal growth as told through blazing riffs and deep lyrics.“ Swiss Army is a punk band from Pittsburgh on A-F Records who’s latest release is the barn burner “On Top of the World” featuring […]

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First/Last – SUREFIRE

Posted on October 4, 2019

“Music can bring you closer to someone else, and when you’re family, it can strengthen an already unbreakable bond. Natalie Flango and Jason Duty formed Surefire as two musician/songwriters (and in-laws) getting together to merge passions and communicate stories via chords and lyrics.” SUREFIRE is a pop duo from Pittsburgh who have and EP and […]

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First/Last – The Anxious Hearts

“Drawing inspiration from their own struggles with love, life, and mental health issues the group bares their souls for all to see as they take listeners on a musical journey of faith and optimism that is bound to get heads bobbing, toes tapping, and hearts beating.” The Anxious Hearts is a Christian genre-busting band from […]

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First/Last – Take Me With You

Take Me With You is an electro synth wave band from Pittsburgh who released their debut full-length this past summer entitled a building, a dreaming.  This album immediately takes me back to the early eighties when punk gave way to new wave and the first generation of alternative music. You can catch the band this […]

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