VIA Music & New Media Festival: Julia Holter, Demdike Stare, Laurel Halo, and many more travel to a mysterious and isolated land known as Pittsburgh

VIA Music & New Media Festival: Julia Holter, Demdike Stare, Laurel Halo, and many more travel to a mysterious and isolated land known as Pittsburgh

Wow, no way! Pittsburgh has music festivals? Even better, Pittsburgh has music festivals that are actually worth attending? I guess that goes to show how much I know about the city. And here I was, thinking that the “Steel City” was known primarily for just that — steel manufacturing, an industry that has been all but eliminated from within the city limits. Also, cheesesteaks. That’s Pittsburgh, right?

Those of you who live within reasonable proximity to Pittsburgh (or, those of you who can afford to pay for a plane ticket solely for the purpose of attending a music festival) may want to listen up. From October 1 through October 6, the third annual VIA Music & New Media Festival will take place at various venues across the city. In addition to featuring workshops and all kinds of visual spectacles, the festival is also highlighting a pretty stellar lineup of musicians, whose congregation would be noteworthy in any American city. To name just a few of those musicians: Demdike Stare, Julia Holter, Laurel Halo, DJ Spinn & DJ Rashad, Ital, M. Geddes Gengras, Daughn Gibson, Three Legged Race, Drainolith, Andy Stott, and Nate Young. TMT likes all of them!

Keep an eye on this page for updates to the program. And yes, before you ask in disbelief, the festival is in Pittsburgh!

• VIA Music & New Media Festival: http://www.via-pgh.com/festival/2012

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