If human beings were capable of literally birthing abstractions, you might say that TMT and the VIA Festival in Pittsburgh both slithered out in short, sequential order on the same succulent river of amniotic fluid from the same mother. Which isn’t to say that coordination exists between the two; the lineup for this year’s (not to mention last year’s) VIA just happens to read like our own journalistic to-splooge list, which may or may not exist, but is otherwise my way of saying… the artists whose music we’ve thoroughly enjoyed recently, or expect to enjoy in the near future, anticipating future releases. October 1-6 will coincide with the festival’s fourth edition, and from my 2500-mile vantage point, it appears as though VIA is steadfastly earning itself a reputation.
Though the festival prides itself on giving due attention to the visual aspect of things, here are a few of the musicians slated to perform for 2013: Raime, Aaron Dilloway, Unicorn Hard-On, John Elliott (of Emeralds/Outer Space and Spectrum Spools), Slava, Pharmakon, and Chief Keef. And then there’s Actress, whose Visa issues from around the same time last year look to have been overcome, much to the dismay of North American thespians. You may be an actress, but he’s the Actress. And so forth.
Not much else to add at the moment. I’d obviously go.
• VIA: http://www.via-pgh.com