Wed, Oct 1
Sun, Oct 5
VIA Festival 2014 * Pittsburgh - ALL PASSES
Deafheaven, Blue Hawaii, Real Estate, L-Vis 1990, Liturgy, Traxman, Code Orange, Bambounou, Cakes Da Killa, JD Samson, MikeQ, Steve Gunn, Richard Devine, Little People, Yppah, Circuit des Yeux, Cities Aviv, Boban Markovic Orkestar, Dan’l Boone, Ellie Herring, Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler Duo, Giant Claw, Bee vs. Moth, Diode Milliampere, Troxum, Paul Fleetwood, Slices, Chase Smith, Angel Dust, Eternal Sleep, Hounds of Hate, Kevin JZ Prodigy, TT The Artist, Zebra Katz, Mark McGuire, White Reeves, Osunlade, Jónó Mí Ló, JEREMY BIBLE, Telequanta, Buffalo Stance, Regal Degal, BADBOXES
4405 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA, 15201
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VIA Festival 2014 * Pittsburgh - ALL PASSES
All-Access Pass includes all VIA Festival 2014 events, October 01 - 05.
Weekend Passes include all Festival events, October 03 - 05.
Please visit http://www.via2014.com for all exact artist dates.
Known for their epic and emotional sound, this post-metal trio from San Francisco sit atop Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” list for their 2013 sophomore album Sunbather. Coming off an international tour that has burst eardrums across Europe and the US, Pittsburgh is next.
Part of Montreal’s fertile electronic pop scene, Blue Hawaii is the work of Raphaelle Standell-Preston (also of the dream pop band Braids) and Agor (aka Alexander Cowan). The pair began working together in early 2010 and, inspired by their travels in Central America, released the Blooming Summer EP on Arbutus Records later that year. Though issues like the success of Braids’ Native Speaker and Cowan’s stint in Europe meant that the duo couldn’t work on their music together in person as much as before, they continued writing songs individually and then recorded them in studios across Canada. The result was the sleek, chilly pop of Untogether, which Arbutus issued in February of 2013.
Indie-rock kings Real Estate have honed a kind of subtle American impressionism – an inimitable sound that achieves a unique timelessness in its assured identity, underscored by a masterfully focused aesthetic and unique sense of atmosphere.
London-based DJ, producer, co-founder of Night Slugs label, L-Vis 1990 (James Connolly) has been releasing a singular brand of club music free of rules and genres since dropping his eponymous debut EP in 2008. Drawing from classic Dance Mania and Underground Construction vibes to deliver 5 tape-saturated, strictly-analog slices of modern-day ghetto hard house – his productions and live sets have been championed by festivals, clubs, and DJs across the world.
Transcendental black metal. Citing Swans, Glenn Branca, and Lightning Bolt as influences, Liturgy uses every instrument, literal or figurative, to produce meaning and intensity, disregarding the genre boundaries of black metal, hardcore and experimental music. Intensely physical performances.
One of Chicago’s most important and versatile juke and footwork producers for more than two decades, Traxman (aka Cornelius Ferguson) is co-founder of the Geto DJz clique and member of Teklife crew. The follow-up to his acclaimed 2012 album “Da Mind of Traxman” was released this year via Planet Mu.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Code Orange Kids remind us off our own embryonic days in the aggressive music scene. They do things their way, creatively cutting their own path through it all. Unconcerned with the direction of other artists, their brand of gritty hardcore/punk is simply refreshing. Merging cryptic melody, dirty hardcore power, and intense dirge into their own uniquely inspired sound.
Tigers didn’t raise him but he bears all the mysteries of the wild world inside of him. Unknown just a few months ago, he appeared just like a storm in the desert. His naivety is not dry. He creates his music compulsively and sincerely. His beats can make an oasis appear in the middle of the Sahara. This shaman has seduced the electro jungle, from Sinden to SP Thermal Team and Modeselektor. He drops tracks like spells and captivates everyone, including you.
Cakes Da Killa
Recording artist Cakes Da Killa, is a 23-year-old rapper and writer with two Eps under his belt. Cakes' second mixtape The Eulogy was released on January 29, 2013 via clothing brand Mishka inis record label. The album quickly gained popularity when it was reviewed positively by Pitchfork and The Needle Drop. Cakes Da Killa's unique sound is a mix of various musical influences, cinema and underground experiences. he is praised on both his lyrical content and flow — a raunchy style usually compared to Lil Kim and Foxy Brown. Cakes now has over 3,000 followers on Soundcloud and his recently released new single "I Run This Club" via Hot Mom USA. Cakes has traveled to Europe, Canada, Australia, shattering the preconceived notions of what it takes to be a respected lyricist. Cakes brags that he can, "spit that shit to make a homophobe a hypocrite," and with each release he seems to be proving his point.
An international icon of the LGBT community, JD’s career as a singer, producer and DJ has landed her at the intersection of music, art, activism, and fashion. Most known as the lead singer of Brooklyn-based band/art/performance collective MEN, JD is also one third of the Feminist Dance Punk Performance Project, “Le Tigre”. Since their inception, MEN has toured extensively around the world, from LA and New York to Moscow and Shanghai to Paris and Sydney, performing with the likes of Gossip, Peaches, and CSS. With MEN’s latest release, Labor, and a handful of other audio projects in the works, JD shows no sign of stopping her evolution as a creative force of nature.
MikeQ [Fade To Mind|Qween Beat|Mad Decent], One of the leading figures in NYC’s long-running Vogue scene, MikeQ's spine-snapping productions and DJ sets are seriously in demand at major clubs, museums, and festivals around the world from London to Tokyo. He has received spreads in Vanity Fair, NY Times, Time Out London, Urban Socialites among others and is making scenes way beyond the ballroom WERK.
Based in New Jersey, the 28 year old producer heads up his own "Qween Beat" Label and turns out a steady stream of vogue and ballroom tracks, re-edits, and remixes.
Steve Gunn is a New York-based guitarist and songwriter. With a career spanning nearly fifteen years, Steve has produced volumes of critically acclaimed solo, duo, and ensemble recordings. His albums with GHQ and longtime collaborating drummer John Truscinski represent milestones of contemporary guitar-driven, forward music. A voracious schedule of international performances has cultivated a fervent fanbase for Gunn's music throughout the world.
Atlanta-based electronic musician and sound designer, Devine is recognized for producing a layered and heavily processed sound combining influences from hip-hop to old and modern electronic music. He has contributed sound design to a number of hardware and software manufacturers (designing sound patches for NI’s Absynth, Reaktor, Battery and Massive) and recently released his own first official sample library through Sony Creative Software entitled The Electronic Music Manuscript: A Richard Devine Collection. He has also scored commercials for Nike, Touchstone Pictures and engineered and performed his own music worldwide. As a result of praise of his music from Autechre and a remix of Aphex Twin’s Come To Daddy, Devine recorded an album for Warp Records which was jointly released by Schematic and Warp. Devine first started using computers for composition around 1993. Coding his ownFFT applications in SuperCollider, an environment and programming language for real-time audio synthesis he believes “it’s interesting, because you’re doing things to sound that just aren’t physically possible.” Devine also uses Native Instruments (NI) software. His favorite NI applications are Reaktor and Absynth.
You could be forgiven for thinking that growing up in the Swiss alps in the 90′s wouldn't exactly be the best place to be exposed to some of the best underground hip hop New York had to offer at the time. However anglo-swiss producer Laurent Clerc AKA Little People, argues he couldn't have been in a better place. Thanks to the forward thinking programming of Laurent's local radio station and a DJ with his finger on the pulse of a golden age in the making in New York – Laurent's musical education in all things hip hop was of the highest order. An old Mac and a stack of old LPs were mere catalysts for Laurent to try and emulate the sounds from across the pond.
Landscape and memory have always played a central part in the music of Joe Corrales Jr. aka Yppah (pronounced "yippah"). It's what gives his tunes their sense of place, their physicality, and their ethereal – almost nostalgic – sweetness. Drawing on a cultural heritage that took in My Bloody Valentine alongside hip hop and heavily influenced by various forms of electronic music, psychedelic soul and rock, his music often mixes guitars shoved through massive reverbs/delays, keyboards/synthesizers, live drums, and other techniques. Alluring, uplifting and imbued with natural, unaffected warmth that cuts through the most biting cold, Yppah's music gives listeners an experience that is both rooted and revitalizing.
Circuit des Yeux
A few artists have had studios built for themselves – Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios a notable example – but certainly few albums have had studios built for them. Circuit des Yeux's Haley Fohr and Cave's Cooper Crain erected U.S.A. Studios in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood over a few weeks in January 2013 for the two months of recording sessions that make up Overdue. Founded with the acquisition of a one-inch Otari MX-70 tape deck(moved to 8 track) and a vacancy in a friend's apartment, the studio endured hundreds of hours over its brief flash of life. Fohr's 5th LP under the name Circuit des Yeux (her fourth to see release), weaves a sonic bildungsroman, documenting the transition from collegiate cloister in pastoral Bloomington, Indiana to the noisy, haggard Chicago South Side. Even with the hand-constructed baffles and grandmother-sourced quilts thickly covering the walls (and, intermittently, a light crust of sloppy snow), the sounds of Little Village are literally embedded in the recording. The strains of nearby norteños pierce the floorboards and the elevated trains murmur just a few dozen feet from U.S.A. Studios' flawed sanctuary. The songs rise above the din, however… full orchestrations ("Lithonia") and damaged hallucinations ("Acarina") alike. Fans of Fohr's prior, more experimental work are not catered to with this immeasurably more sophisticated new effort… but nor will they, or any other listener, be disappointed.
Cities Aviv first garnered attention in 2011 with his debut release Digital Lows, in which he created a lush soundscape by casting an array of musical influences, along with the rich heritage of Memphis rap, into the alchemical cauldron and set it to boil. Digital Lows attempted to shine light into the murky depths of interconnected living in the material plane, and explore the detritus of a technological life, while also lyrically conveying the growing pains of the new self.
Boban Markovic Orkestar
Considered to be the best Balkan gypsy brass band by many authorities, Boban Marković Orkestar became known better in the Western world upon their contribution to Emir Kusturica’s movies “Underground” and “Arizona Dream”.
The group members are as follows: Boban Marković (flugelhorn), Marko Marković (flugelhorn, trumpet, kaval), Sasa Jemcic (flugelhorn), Srdjan Spasic (flugelhorn), Dragoljub Eminovic (tenor horn), Isidor Eminovic (tenor horn), Asim Ajdinovic (tenor horn), Goran Spasis (tenor horn) , Sasa Alisanovic (helicon), Sasa Stanojevic (percussion), Aleksandar Stosic (percussion), Asmet Eminovic (snare drum), Nedzat Zumberovic (bass drum, darbouka).
Invoking the name of a failed television show from the ’70s to christen their perverse enterprise, Charles Ballas (Formant), Neil Haggery (ex-Royal Trux, Howling Hex), Nate Young (Wolf Eyes, Regression) and Alex Moskos (ex-AIDS Wolf, Drainolith) create sonic landscraping throwing “whatever they pleased into a sonic centrifuge, be it spoken word, glitching synths, glockenspiel, or the very standards for decency which were surely in place to prevent music like this from happening.” Dan’l Boone’s self-titled debut is out September 23 on Drag City.
Ellie Herring is an American born musician and producer. July 2013 marked her fourth (and most experimental) release with EP, Kite Day, out on Racecar (USA); including a rerelease via Tugboat Records (Japan). Her first EP, Flailing in Attraction, released with Race Car Productions (USA) in 2011 followed by the first full length, Satiate out on Phantasma Disques (Germany) in 2012. Her work has been remixed by the likes of Amtrac, VHVL, Albert Swarm, Sines, and Skeleton Hands.
Ellie has been featured on FACT, XLR8R, VICE, Interview Magazine, Ad Hoc, ISO 50, Autostraddle, and more. She has shared the stage with a growing list of artists from MEN, SSION, Bitch, Big Gigantic, Eliot Lipp, Griz, Ana Sia, Paper Diamond, Class Actress, VHS or Beta to the Polish Ambassador.
Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler Duo
In most cases intimate musical connections take years to foster, with much time spent learning the others' unique melodic and harmonic languages before true symbiosis can occur. For harpist Mary Lattimore and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Zeigler that type of deep understanding and effortless communication was almost instantaneous. On their first record as a duo, Slant of Light, Lattimore and Zeigler emerge completely synergetic, offering up stunning improvisations that are as advanced melodically as they are texturally. The four pieces on Slant of Light are seductive and picturesque, with Lattimore's elaborate melodies blossoming out of Zeigler's tonal beds of synthesizer and guitar. Equally inviting and challenging, Slant of Light is an impressionistic work that draws on musical histories ancient and contemporary, existing outside current trends in music as a whole. There is nothing that sounds remotely like it.
There’s some weird skittering drum machine / synthesizer parts (Cluster), relentless, slow-morphing repetitions (Neu!) and arpeggiated synthesizer landscapes (Emeralds). When this trifecta from Columbus, OH, hits on all cylinders, the result is a dramatic geometrical guide through ordered sound layers, usually uneasy, sometimes spooky.
Bee vs. Moth
With surprising instrumentation, innovative songwriting, quirky melodies, and a healthy sense humor, Bee vs. Moth plays music that defies traditional categories. The band has one foot in the world of jazz and creative improvisation, and the other firmly planted on a distortion pedal. Is Bee vs. Moth serious or silly? Virtuosic or spazzy? We’ll find the answer somewhere between doom metal and a brass band.
Making music that is surprisingly rich and complex using outdated computer equipment and an MS-DOS application called Adlib Tracker II, Chicago-based musician and sound engineer Diode Milliampere (aka David Cohen) is a rising star in the chiptune scene.
Diode discusses his work Friday October 03 at Carnegie Mellon University as Demosplash’s Keynote Speaker, and performs Saturday October 04.
Baroque, psychedelic spacesynth meets electro psychrock: Troxum entered Pittsburgh’s electronic three years ago from dusty Lubbock, Texas. It’s a journey that has so far been fruitful. In May 2014 he landed his first EP release Gaia Omen on California synthwave label Telefuture Records, home of synth powerhouses Makeup and Vanity Set, Perturbator, and Bright Primate. With a full LP in the works, Troxum is searching the retro future for inspiration.
Not only a skilled DJ but also an OG of many Pittsburgh platforms serving up quality electronic music.
Paul began DJ’ing in 2001, becoming a semi-professional in 2003 with his first handful of paying gigs, in addition to a guest spot on Pittsburgh public radio 91.3 WYEP’s show The Dubmission.
In 2005 he co-founded Humanaut, a professional events production and DJ crew. This provided for consistent events series, one-off parties, residencies, and good music throughout both the DIY and night club communities in Pittsburgh.
In 2010 Paul joined VIA’s core team of event producers. Armed with an iron will and coffee addiction, Paul assisted in curating and managing VIA events and our pop-up club 6119. 2010 also saw the creation of a weekly online radio show, Ultrawizardsword, founded by producer/DJ Relative Q. Paul served as a co-host and resident DJ, inviting and testing the world’s best and not so best DJ’s mettle one week at a time.
“Aggressive hardcore punk with just enough weirdness” Slices is a Pittsburgh outfit through and through.
With a focus on live hardware house/techno sets with elements of improvisation, Pittsburgh based producer/dj Chase Smith has been working out of Machine Age Studios since 2009. His vinyl releases on W.T. Records, Argot Music, R-Zone, Harmony Society, Pittsburgh Tracks and Technoir Audio showcase a wide variety of styles with a common melodic, Detroit influenced thread throughout. You can catch also him weekly on WRCT 88.3FM with “Detour & Company”.
“What I appreciate most about Angel Du$t, and A.D. in particular, is the authenticity of their approach. They shun genre norms, but not in a pretentious way, they just don’t care what you think they’re supposed to be. There’s a wildness to it, like they don’t have anyone telling them what may or may not work, and somehow it all works. On A.D., they manage to pull together influences from all corners of the punk universe and, against all odds, bring it together in a cohesive and memorable way. A.D. is at the same time incredibly familiar and the wildest record you’ll hear this year.”
Hardcore from Pittsburgh PA. Angry.
You may recognize them from previous efforts Deathright and Unreal City.
Hounds of Hate
Four piece straightedge hardcore/punk from Braddock PA /Brooklyn NY, who play a stripped down, no-frills, and venomous style of hardcore/punk. Featuring current and former members of CREEM, Natural Law, and Pissed Jeans, they have a strong 80′s Boston vibe going on, calling to mind bands such as Slapshot, DYS, and The Freeze. Hate Springs Eternal is the band’s second LP, which was released digitally on June 26th, 2014, out on Braddock Hit Factory.
Kevin JZ Prodigy
Kevin JZ Prodigy is a leading voice of the Vogue scene. He can be heard toasting, roasting and boasting across balls across the nation. Catch him tonight, coming from Philadelphia to MC over a few sets with MikeQ and a very special Vogue Pittsburgh Battle Zone competition featuring the best in the region.
If you've seen his set with MikeQ at Lit City Rave, you already know not to miss this.
TT The Artist
Tt The Artist is a multi-faceted performer whose vibrant, party-starting blend of hip hop, pop, club and electronic music is painting a new spectrum of colors in the music scene.
2014 will see the release several EPs and singles with collaborators Blaqstarr, Brenmar, Branko, Rod Lee, Schwarz, Mighty Mark, Thunderbird, Juice Boxx and more, and she continues to rock the crowds with high energy performances alongside artists such as Angel Haze and Big Freedia.
You may also know Tt from her vocals on Diplo's "Dat A Freak", as host of CW networks "Keepin It Real Tv", as co-producer of the Baltimore based radio show "Off The Edge Radio", or opening for high profile hip hop acts such as Oj Da Juice Man, Rich Boy, Cali Swag District, Trina, Teyana Taylor and Yo Gotti to Dan Deacon and Phantogram.
With slick, slo-mo dark rhymes, hauntingly sexy videos and signature presence all his own, Zebra Katz spent no time taking the fashion and hip hop worlds by storm. His highly acclaimed first single “IMA READ” (Mad Decent/Jeffrrees) was heralded as the “Official Song of Paris Fashion Week” after Rick Owens personally chose it to score his Fall/Winter Womenswear runway show. He has been featured in the NY Times’ New Music and Fashion and Style sections, Pitchfork, Vogue, Interview Magazine, and myriad other magazines and blogs.
From the mid-western underground consciousness, guitarist/producer Mark McGuire emerges with his forthcoming 2014 Dead Oceans debut Along the Way. The conceptual album details the inner journey of an individual seeking definition and enlightenment. For those following McGuire's musical ascent thus far, the record is a culmination of a prodigious and prolific artist.
Playing with a wide variety of instruments and styles on Along the Way, McGuire presents his unique vision of modern psychedelia. Using electric and acoustic guitars, a Talkbox, drum machines, a mandolin and lots in between, McGuire conducts a sonic exploration of the inner self. "This story is an odyssey through the vast, unknown regions of the mind," he explains in the liner notes," The endless unfolding of psychological landscapes, leading to perpetual discoveries and expansions, in a genuinely emergent and infinite world of worlds."
Mark McGuire first came to national attention as part of Cleveland's drone collective Emeralds, a band that single handedly created a paradigm shift toward the meditative in an era of underground music best known for noise and chaos. Their albums for the Editions Mego, No Fun and Hanson labels, among others, remain treasured to a generation of tape collecting misfits. Over the course of many independent and self-releases the individual members of the band exhibited their solo material from their earliest days. McGuire's first solo release in 2006 showcased a natural affinity for melody, slowly disintegrating loops and composition. When he kept audiences spellbound with live performances of his material it made believers of concertgoers across the world. By 2009 his solo debut album Living With Yourself was garnering praise from press and audiences alike. McGuire as a solo performer made a direct connection with fans through his hypnotic playing, becoming more complex in its dynamics and phrasings. The album's 2011 follow up Get Lost furthered the guitarist's palate to include a sun-bleached digital effect. The music continually grew over itself as delays decayed and new ones took their place, each layer revealing colors and sunspots, reflecting the expanse of roads traveled.
The last few years have found McGuire touring with friends like Ducktails as well as performing as a fifth member of the legendary Afghan Whigs, collaborating with artists like Ponytail's Dustin Wong and releasing his own R&B influenced Road Chief project. 2014 will bring more touring, more collaborations, more videos and media; expanding horizons that all start with a sound.
White Reeves is Micah Pacileo and Ryan Emmett of Pittsburgh, PA. They are also both members of the band Hunted Creatures and partake in musical experiments as solo artists. In White Reeves, they create abstract soundscapes using past and present analog and digital technologies.
From heating up beach parties at Sonar into the wee hours of the morning, to composing for Sesame Street, or working with artists such as Patti Labelle, Freddie Jackson, Roy Ayers, Nkemdi,Salif Keita, and Cesária Évora, Osunlade is truly a world-wide producer whose reach is diverse to say the least. With an indelible warmth and undeniable rhythms, Osunlade’s music has deep spiritual roots in Yoruba traditions that are also reflected in the name of his record label (Yoruba Records), album covers, and remixes.
Jónó Mí Ló
Jónó Mí Ló is an experimental musician, artist, micro-blogger and video producer who works mainly in the underground internet music scene, whose become some what of a pioneer in what is now known as the internet genre "Vaporwave". Words that come to mind, in no particular order, include psychedelic, digital, ’80s, and surreal; Mí Ló creates work that explores absurdism, sexuality, darkness, and internet culture, with an uncompromising attitude towards conceptual and minimal art.
JEREMY BIBLE is an Ohio based interdisciplinary artist and founder of Experimedia. For two decades, Jeremy has explored the fringes of media through sound, visual and installation works.
"BIBLE's jittery splutter of tone into jagged sawtooth patterns and erratic squiggle recalls some of the polydactyl, generative work from Keith Fullerton Whitman or the scabrous digital errata of Florian Hecker. At times, it's a frenzied, furious work; and at others, it can be austerely designed in the vein of Tietchens." -aquariusrecords.org
"The incredible array of sounds that JEREMY BIBLE juggles is impressive and he does so gracefully, leaving just enough room for these compositions to stretch their legs and find their footing." -factmag.com
Telequanta is the stage name of J.Termini, an electronic musician, graphic designer and member of the Philadelphia-based Data Garden artist collective. Musically, Telequanta is known for multi-dimensional psychedelic synth-wave productions.
J began by releasing solo works under his own name until the moniker Telequanta was developed by visual artist and collaborator, Patrick Schlitzer. Since then, the duo has been performing live to showcase their original audio/visual compositions.
Jamey Robinson's Buffalo Stance has evolved from a man with a synthesizer into a fully fleshed out rhythymic, loopy funtimes party! The shows are a ridiculously joyful musical experience. If you haven't seen them, just trust us and get your ass out for this show...
Regal Degal is a power trio consisting of Josh da Costa on guitars and vocals, Josiah Wolfson on bass, and Jamen Whitelock on drums. Pulling sounds from across the musical spectrum, drawing in post-punk, krautrock, 60’s psychedelic/ freakbeat, 80’s new wave and indie, German minimal house, and the music of Africa.
They perform in “a kind of wind-tunneling locked-groove, one that gathers steam as it circles into itself…with “layers of enchanting weirdness with unexpected twists and an ear for space” (Stereogum).
Indie-electronic outfit from Pittsburgh, PA. Frontman Harrison Wargo wrote, performed, produced, mixed, and mastered their debut EP "JSMN" over the course of a year, and in turn developed their innovative sound, which he calls "Northern Pop". The band's name comes from the box where you keep your "bad things", both metaphorically and literally, perfectly suited to their songs' ethereal imagery and themes of dark, musing innocence.