Joey Peiser Contributing Editor
VIA Festival must-see acts
The VIA Festival is returning to Pittsburgh on Oct. 1–5, and it’s a pretty big deal. The event, which will be expanding to include events in Chicago this year, is one of the highlights of Pittsburgh’s cultural calendar and touts some of the most celebrated acts in independent music.Pillbox | September 15, 2014
Metronomy. Altar Bar. 8 p.m.
English electronic pop band Metronomy will play the Altar Bar in support of their recently released fourth album, Love Letters. Tickets start at $16 and can be purchased at ticketfly.com.
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Death From Above 1979 returns
Dance-punk duo Death from Above 1979 released their long-awaited sophomore effort, The Physical World, for free streaming on iTunes last Tuesday — a full week before its Sept. 9 release — and it’s the perfect soundtrack for punching holes in your wall, a night of sweaty debauchery, cutting lanes while speeding down a highway during a torrential downpour, or all three together. In short: it’s exa...Pillbox | September 9, 2014
Music for the Spirit. Allegheny Center Alliance Church. 8 p.m.
Presented by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, this concert will feature the Pittsburgh Symphony Brass performing a program of works and readings exploring the spiritual nature and its influence on music. Admission is free and open to the public.Pillbox | September 9, 2014
5 things I learned from music festivals
Summer music festivals have been seeing a steady growth in popularity over the past few years. Events such as Coachella and Bonnaroo, once only on the calendars of jam-band freaks and neo-hippies, have grown into hundred-thousand person strong blowouts, attracting attendees from across the entire spectrum of the American college-aged population. Bros in tanks and crunchy granola hippies, Bear Stea...Pillbox | August 25, 2014