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VIA2014 Preview: Deafheaven + Liturgy

September 24, 2014

This year’s VIA festival boasts an impressive lineup, including an event that I have been drooling over since it was announced: Deafheaven, Liturgy, and local act Slices at the Rex Theater on Thursday, October 2nd.  Cinematic post-metal, experimental black metal, and a dash of Pittsburgh’s own punk scene for good measure; apart from the showcase on Saturday, this is the VIA event I am most excited to see.

Deafheaven broke onto the scene last year with the release of Sunbather, which quickly earned them a spot as Pitchfork’s darlings.  If that sounds pejorative, give them a listen anyway—post-rock and black metal fuse into haunting landscapes in Deafheaven’s particular formulation of “heavy,” alternately pummeling and uplifting the listener throughout the course of the often 10+ minute tracks.  I have been waiting since the album’s release to catch this phenomenon live, and I am especially proud of the VIA festival for incorporating this sound into their lineup this year.

2011’s Aesthetica put Liturgy on the map with its blend of black metal and moments of relative simplicity, featuring vocal loops or sounds as breathing room amongst the frenetic pace and tortured vocals of the more traditional material.  Although Liturgy’s transcendental, manifesto-driven aesthetic might not be for everyone, I am very excited for their VIA set.  A band with an experimental bent and a flair for the dramatic is a live music event that I would hate to miss.

Of course, it’s also great to see the local scene getting its due along with these national acts.  Pittsburgh hardcore outfit Slices promise to deliver a blistering opener, setting the stage for the deluge of sound to follow.  I’m planning on showing up early for this late show so as not to miss a second of this wonderfully loud and varied bill.

Tickets to the show are available here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/668007

Post by Gesina Phillips.


VIA Preview Show: Mon 9/22 @ 3pm

September 22, 2014

Tune in today at 3pm for a special show featuring our picks for the upcoming VIA Festival (Oct 1-5)!

They’ve got a stacked line up with Zebra Katz, Deafheaven, Traxman, L-Vis 1990, Blue Hawaii, Real Estate, and many more, and we’ll be sharing our favorites on today’s show.

Check the full line-up and get tickets at www.via2014.com.


Pinkney Hall: September Themes

September 5, 2014

During WRCT’s Fall Schedule, Pinkney Hall will air live every Friday from 9 AM to 10 AM, at least every Friday when Kenny Joe is in town. September shows will feature the following themes:

September 5 — New Orleans music

September 12 — No theme – Anything goes that’s suitable for airplay

September 19 — All recently released music

September 26 — Balkan Brass Band Music (to get you up for the Boban I Marko Markovic Orkestar show)

If you have any requests, please call 412-621-9728 during the show.


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