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photos by Greg Cristman

Behexen

"There has been booze, puke, fake blood, ill-advised hook-ups, and plenty of destructive black metal. And though [on Monday it competed] with another large show (across the East River, Agalloch and Jex Thoth), Martyrdoom's fourth of five nights [was] packed with sweat-stained misanthropes ready to eviscerate their Monday." [IO]
The third-annual, five-night metal fest Martyrdoom came to a close at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn last night (7/1). Our coverage so far includes a review and pictures from Monday at Invisible Oranges (Cult of Fire, Sargeist, Witchblood, Hexer), and a set of pictures from Sunday right here in this post (Heskeri, Prosanctus Inferi, Hell Militia, and Behexen). The rest is on the way.

Finnish black metal bands Sargeist and Behexen are now on tour around the United States, with Sargeist in Austin tonight (7/2) (Behexen played there last night). Both bands will be in Chicago this weekend.

Stay tuned for more. Read the review of Day 4 at IO. More pictures from Day 3 below...

Continue reading "Martyrdoom pics (Behexen, Sargeist, Cult of Fire & more)"

words by Ian Chainey, photos by Greg Cristman

Bill Laswell performing with Bladerunner
Bladerunner

The Ohm Resistance Label Showcase to be held at Brooklyn club Saint Vitus on May 31 has taken shape and it's just as wild as you'd expect from the Brooklyn-based avant-garde label. The Blood of Heroes with Bill Laswell will be making their live debut. They're joined by Silent Killer, Invertia, SHVLFCE, and Katmai. Advanced tickets are available now.

The Blood of Heroes are an experimental troupe bringing together the talents of Bill Laswell, Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu), beatmakers Submerged and Enduser, and Dr. Israel behind the mic. The result is a synthesis of the players' day jobs: drum n' bass, jungle, dub, industrial metal, and ambient. It can also be none of those things. Their eponymous debut was released by Ohm Resistance in 2010. (It also received a full set of remixes that same year.) A follow-up, The Waking Nightmare, came out via Ohm in 2012 and featured contributions from Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu) and a guest spot from Tompa (At the Gates, Disfear), among a varied collection of others.

For this particular event, the Blood of Heroes lineup will be as follows: Laswell, Dr. Israel, Submerged, Jason Selden (Apparatus), Matt Labozza (A Storm of Light), and haZMat, including guests. Laswell certainly has the connections to make the "guest" part interesting. He just played Le Poisson Rouge on May 4 with John Zorn and Dave Lombardo under the Bladerunner moniker (a few pictures from that event in this post). Justin Broadrick, on the other hand, won't be available thanks to Godflesh being back in business. The influential industrial metal duo recently released a new song, "Ringer," following a 13 year studio break. They'll be touring with Loop in the UK, starting in Glasgow on June 2.

While Broadrick's creative spirit will be missed, the Blood of Heroes' eclectic approach runs throughout the entire bill. Silent Killer construct atmospheric rich drum n' bass, Invertia twist black metal, noise, and industrial together, SHVLFCE do rhythmically inventive IDM, and Katmai play blissed-out electronic pop with an ambient whoosh. They also do none of these things. Needless to say, should be a crazy night.

Bill Laswell will also take part in the Ornette Coleman tribute in Prospect Park in June, which now features Laurie Anderson and David Murray, in addition to Bill Laswell, Bruce Hornsby, Flea, Geri Allen, Henry Threadgill, James Blood Ulmer, Patti Smith, and more.

Ohm Resistance showcase details, along with streams of the entire lineup and two more pics from the Bladerunner gig appear below.

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Cripple Bastards @ Saint Vitus (5/21/2014) (via jakexgordon)
CB

Those who showed up to Saint Vitus in Brooklyn last night (5/21) expecting to see Hooded Menance were disappointed to find out after getting there, that the Finnish metal band never showed. This morning they explained on Facebook:

As some of you might have heard, we were forced to cancel our show in saint vitus bar, NYC, yesterday. Our orignal flight from Helsinki was cancelled and we were rerouted through London, arriving too late and in the process our gear was lost. We are getting them back today. Hooded Menace is deeply sorry for the cancellation, but there was nothing we could do anymore. Our tour continues as planned from here, so see you in Philadelphia tomorrow!!!
As they say, they're still playing Philadelphia Saturday and then Maryland Deathfest and Montreal too.

The show's original lineup of Cripple Bastards, Maruta, Archagathus and Detroit did still play Saint Vitus last night though, so at least people got their money's worth.

Maryland Deathfest begins today (5/22). Other recently mentioned bands on the festival bill include Midnight, Eyehategod, Coffins (who played Saint Vitus Tuesday night), and Agalloch (who play Irving Plaza in June), but not Triptykon.

by Zach Pollack

hull-swamp-goat

Brooklyn-based psychedelic sludge purveyors Hull welcomed their new Legend of the Swamp Goat 7" last month via their own Iron Orchestra Works label. The tune has been bouncing around for a number of years--according to the band, it was originally recorded in 2007 and laid dormant while they wrote material for their 2009 debut Sole Lord, then was subsequently forgotten about as they continued to tour and prep 2011's Beyond the Lightless Sky. Emerging from the depths, the single aims to blow your proverbial doors off with searing and bluesy thunder. Take a listen to "Legend of the Swamp Goat" at the bottom of this post. You can grab a 7" via Hull's bandcamp.

Hull will be properly celebrating their new 7" with a record release show at Saint Vitus on April 4, with support from fellow NYC outfits Anicon and Iron Force. Tickets are on sale now. After that, they'll be touring Europe surrounding their appearance at Roadburn 2014.

All Hull dates and a stream of "Legend of the Swamp Goat" lie after the jump...

Continue reading "Hull released a new 7" (stream it), playing Saint Vitus w/ Anicon & Iron Force"

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Hop Along / Swearin' @ Saint Vitus - 2/24/14
Hop Along
Swearin'

Hop Along, Swearin' and Great Thunder took over Saint Vitus in NYC last night (2/24) as part of a free show presented by Shiner in conjunction with Transmission in Austin, and us at BrooklynVegan. It was a great show and the second time in three days that I saw the Crutchfield sisters sharing a stage in Brooklyn.

Great Thunder, the side project of Katie Crutchfield (who currently fronts Waxahatchee) and Keith Spencer (of Swearin' and the current drummer of Waxahatchee's live band), kicked off the night with Katie and Keith trading songs, switching between acoustic guitars, electric guitars, and keyboard. Especially since both members have such active bands, Great Thunder can come off like a "just for fun" kind of project, but the songs they played last night were too strong for that. Some rivaled the best moments of the members' main bands.

Great as they were, there's no denying when Keith took the stage again for the Swearin' set that followed, the energy in the packed room drastically increased. Swearin' have put in many solid NYC appearances over the last few years, but this had to be the best I've seen them. With their great new album, Surfing Strange, which is bigger, heavier, and more collaborative than their still-great debut, Swearin' have developed into a serious live force. The interplay between co-lead singers Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride is spot on, and it increasingly diversifies the set. They've got the passionate slow(er) burners ("Movie Star"), the rockers ("Unwanted Place"), and the in between ("Dust in the Gold Sack").

Hop Along
Hop Along

The show wrapped up with the great as always Hop Along. They're finally getting around to following up 2012's excellent Get Disowned, and they used the show to try out some new material, which was sounding pretty great. The new album is definitely one to look forward to. The crowd seemed into it too, but of course it was the older stuff that really got them going. New-ish single "Sister Cities" didn't feel new-ish anymore, as it's now a live staple and most of the crowd seemed familiar, and on closing song "Tibetan Pop Stars," from just about anywhere in the room you could hear the crowd shouting along over Frances Quinlan's own voice. Really fun night, and you can check out pictures of the whole thing in this post.

Hop Along return to NYC to open for Paint It Black at Brooklyn Night Bazaar on March 8 with Night Birds and Bad Canoes (fronted by Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster). Free. Hop Along are also planning to tour with Title Fight and Waxahatchee on the west coast surrounding those two bands' appearances at Coachella. Tour flyer (with all dates) below.

Swearin's tour also hits NYC on 3/6 at Cake Shop with Cassie Ramone (tickets) and 3/7 at Rough Trade (unless they move it) with Even Hand and Certain Spiders (tickets).

More pictures and videos from Saint Vitus below...

Continue reading "Hop Along, Swearin', Great Thunder @ Saint Vitus (pics/video)"

flyer

RSVPs quickly filled up after we first announced tonight's free Hop Along, Swearin', and Great Thunder (aka Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield and Keith Spencer of Swearin'/Waxahatchee's live band), but we've OPENED RSVP BACK UP - HERE. Hurry up before those slots are filled up, and see you tonight! UPDATE: RSVP is now closed again.

Note: RSVP admission is on a first come first served basis, subject to capacity of the venue.

Mayor Bill looks down lovingly at his metal loving daughter...
Chiara DeBlasio

Attention Saint Vitus and other metal-centric NYC businesses, you may have an ally in the new mayor, or at least in his daughter! From a profile in Teen Vogue:

Her be-my-best-friend appeal doesn't end there. Like a true city kid, Chiara doesn't have her driver's license (yet) and loves going to concerts. Her music of choice? All metal everything: "Old school metal, thrash metal, death metal, the new wave of British heavy metal. In terms of more modern stuff, I've gotten into Scandinavian, folk, and Viking metal. Dante loves metal now too, thanks to me." No, she doesn't mosh (anymore, that is), and her taste only spreads out from there, from classic rock to the Wu-Tang Clan.
Viking metal?!? Chiara has done her research! How many people can get as specific as "new wave of British heavy metal"? I wonder if she reads Invisible Oranges. Too bad she's not 21 because she lives really close to metal bar Lucky 13 Saloon (though her drinking days may already be over).

by Doug Moore

pig destroyer

What are you doing on January 11, 2014? What's that? You can't plan things that far in advance? Welp, you have a plan now: Pig Destroyer, Dysrhythmia, Trenchgrinder and Mother Brain are playing a BrooklynVegan/Invisible Oranges-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Saint Vitus. The very funny Dave Hill is hosting. Entrance will be $3 with an RSVP or $10 at the door otherwise (no advanced tickets). There is a 100% chance that it will be an utter shit show.

Pig Destroyer fully deserve their reputation as modern grindcore's most vital band; this show will mark their first NYC appearance with new (and first-ever!) bassist Scott Jarvis in the lineup. Dysrhythmia, who may well put on the most thrilling live show of any New York metal band, will put in a breather set (kinda, sorta, not really) between Kevin Hufnagel and Colin Marston's touring duties with Gorguts, whose Colored Sands is deservedly among the most acclaimed metal albums of 2013. Fellow locals Trenchgrinder and Mother Brain will deliver dirty death metal and maniacal grind, respectively -- both bands work hard and shred harder.

This is the first IO-curated Red Bull Sound Select show, but it's the third BV-curated one overall; our previous installments included Bouncing Souls/Brian Fallon/Aye Nako/Nude Beach and Foxygen/Amen Dunes/LODRO/Prince Rupert's Drops.

I seriously could not be more stoked about this lineup. Clear your calendars and stream music by all four bands below.

Continue reading "BV & RBSS present: Pig Destroyer, Dysrhythmia, Trenchgrinder, Mother Brain & host Dave Hill @ Saint Vitus!"

by Doug Moore

Kurdt Vanderhoof (right), pictured with a dude who is no longer in Metal Church
metal church

Serious question: do defunct metal bands that have any remotely plausible claim to "legendary" status ever really die? The answer increasingly appears to be no, as long as at least one original member is still interested in playing live under the name. (And not even that is necessary; see Napalm Death.) While certain highly (or moderately, or kinda-sorta) influential bands from metal's golden age have gone permanently to their graves, the Diamond Head and Anvil types, who endure perpetual lineup changes while periodically touring or releasing critically-ignored variations on their early material, may actually be more common.

Metal Church are another example of this phenomenon. Like Diamond Head, they're a turn-of-the-'80s band that straddles the line between thrash metal and NWOBHM; they're also best known these days for their association with Metallica. In Metal Church's case, that association comes by way of Lars Ulrich, who drummed for them very briefly in their early days; James Hetfield also lobbied successfully on their behalf with Elektra Records, who picked them up in 1984.

Metal Church's star faded with metal's fortunes as a popular music genre in the early '90s. The group has flickered in and out of existence since, splitting for a few years in the mid-'90s and again in 2009 before reforming in 2012. Only main guitarist and songwriter Kurdt Vanderhoof remains in the band from their original lineup; almost two dozen musicians have been in and out of the group since its inception 33 years ago. They released a new album to minimal fanfare back in October, and now they've announced a February/March 2014 tour that includes a stop at Saint Vitus Bar on March 4. Tickets are on sale but the supporting lineup hasn't come together yet.

Shows like this one (or like Diamond Head's gig at Vitus earlier this year) always pose dilemmas. On one hand, the prospect of seeing a band that was so massively popular and influential at one time in such a tiny venue is enticing if you're a fan of their classic-era material. On the other, Metal Church 2013 is literally not the same band as the Metal Church that recorded Metal Church and The Dark in the mid-'80s. Rickety or phoned-in live shows are always a risk with such fourth-gen lineups (though most of the current Metal Church unit have been associated with the band for about a decade). I doubt that most of this show's attendees will be old enough to remember the band's performances from their prime , but it's still possible to sully the recorded material from the era.

How many of you are fans of this band? Will you check this gig out? Stream a cut from their new album and check out the full run of dates below while you ponder your answer.

Continue reading "Metal Church announce 2014 tour dates, playing Saint Vitus"

By Doug Moore

Saint Vitus flyer

Brooklyn metal club Saint Vitus Bar wasn't originally intended to be a mostly show-oriented establishment; it only became one after its initial round of shows succeeded dramatically. Still, the venue puts on other types of events at times. For instance, it's got two (metal-related) art shows coming up in October.

The first is a daytime Entartete 'Kunts' signing/slideshow exhibit this Saturday (10/5). Entartete 'Kunts' (get it?) began as a series of art shows curated by Dennis Dread, who got his start running the Destroying Angels metal art zine back in the '90s. The most recent show was in Portland last month, but Dread has also compiled much of the series into a snazzy art book. The Vitus event -- which will run on a matinee 2pm-5pm schedule -- will involve projections of the art from the book and an opportunity to get your copy signed by Dread. Several of the contributing artists will be present, including Erik Danielsson of Watain (who are touring later this month and playing Irving Plaza on 10/8, for which we're giving away tickets on IO's radio show tonight) and Pasquale "Lino" Reca of NYC's own Villains, who have a new album out on Nuclear War Now!. That's the album art above. Stream it below.

The second upcoming Vitus art show is the Skulls: A Death's Head Gallery exhibit on 10/24. This event is also a bit unusual; curated by John LaMacchia (of Candiria among others) and Joseph Milazzo (who played with John in A Family Plot), it's both a group art show and a live music event. The band lineup consists of LaMacchia and Milazzo's as-yet-unheard project Tree of Death (who have a rare band Facebook page with zero likes!), Raw Dogs (presumably this one), and Grandfather. The arts lineup features a ton of notable locals, including prolific metal album artists Seldon Hunt and Karlynn Holland (who also curates the Vitus-hosted Dreams Were Made for Mortals group show series), Batillus frontman/Jarboe live band member Fade Kainer (who recently released a spooky video), jack-of-all-trades musician/artist Matt Kepler, and a host of others. You can nab $8 tickets in advance..

Check out the flyer and get in the mood by streaming the new Villains album below.

Continue reading "Villains released an LP (stream it), John LaMacchia forms Tree of Death, Saint Vitus hosting art shows (w/ Seldon Hunt, Dennis Dread & more)"

Judge

Missed them at one of their two large Manhattan shows earlier this year? Well, chances are you'll miss them again because not many people will fit into Saint Vitus on October 11th for the Invisible Oranges-presented JUDGE show happening there as part of the CBGB Festival on that night in the intimate Brooklyn venue with Manipulate and more TBA. Tickets will go on sale Friday (9/27) and limited CBGB Fest badges will also get in at the door. Stay tuned for the ticket link, listen to Invisible Oranges on East Village Radio every Tuesday night, follow @InvisOranges on Twitter, and good luck.

Judge also play Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin in November.

by Doug Moore

Vision of Disorder (more by Kurt Christensen)
Vision of Disorder

In other crowdfunding-related news, a pair of Long Island hardcore fans named Nick and Chris Lilli are raising money for a documentary on the region's legendary DIY hardcore tradition, titled Something in the Water: A Film About the Long Island Hardcore Music Scene. Of particular note are the incentives, which rely largely on contributions from Saint Vitus Bar (whose owners were heavily involved in the 90s/00s LIHC scene). $300 will get you five show passes to Vitus, plus a DVD, a t-shirt, and thanks in the credits. $500 nets you a one-year unlimited Vitus pass plus the same goodie package, and $1000 scores lifetime unlimited access to Vitus gigs. If you plan to attend more than 100 Vitus shows before you kick the bucket, it's actually kind of a steal. (You may want to spring for earplugs, too.)

Contribute to the fund for Something in the Water: A Film About the Long Island Hardcore Music Scene here.

Trailer for the film below...

Continue reading "Long Island hardcore doc in production, seeking funding"

words and pictures by Caroline Harrison

Witch Mountain @ Saint Vitus -- 11/2/2012
Witch Mountain

Doom bands Witch Mountain and Castle played Saint Vitus Bar during their US tour on Friday night (11/2). With support from local act Kings Destroy, the show was the first ticketed event at Vitus in the wake of Frankenstorm Sandy.

Despite a lack of functioning subways in most of Brooklyn and a Mad Max-like fuel situation in the tri-state area, local openers Kings Destroy made it to Saint Vitus. Their bassist had to walk six miles from Manhattan to get to the gig, but if anything that only bolstered his enthusiasm. The only shaky parts of their set were a few pitchy notes before the singer got a feel for the sound in the room.

Castle presumably had an easier time getting to Vitus since they came in with Witch Mountain from Worcester, MA--pronounced WUHSTAH for you non-Massholes. Castle's music is more dissonant than that of the other bands on the bill, and a bit less strictly doom-oriented.

There was a pretty sizable audience by the time Witch Mountain took the stage, a testament to the band's power to draw a crowd. Witch Mountain may be a pretty traditional bluesy doom band, but powerhouse vocalist Uta Plotkin takes their sound to an entirely different level. Uta's impressive vocal range is more akin to that of an operatic mezzo soprano, and she effortlessly transitions from belting alto to wailing high notes hair metal bands could only dream of. Their set included both "Beekeeper" and "Shelter" off their recent album "Cauldron of the Wild."

Witch Mountain and Castle play Asheville, NC tonight before heading to Knoxville, TN. Full dates for the remainder of the tour are below. You can catch Kings Destroy at Union Pool for a free show with Black Pyramid and Clamfight on Friday, 11/9. More pictures from Saint Vitus are below.

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Water line in the basement at Saint Vitus on Tuesday
Hurricane Sandy

Saint Vitus may have sustained some minor water damage to the basement, but the Greenpoint metal bar is open for business tonight (10/31) for a special Halloween event featuring Bottoms Up (a David Lee Roth era Van Halen tribute band). Entrance is free (or save your spot with a $1 ticket, on sale now), and the party starts at 9PM with complimentary booze (Red Bull and vodka) from 9 - 10 PM and continues until the time of "you-probably-should-be-in-bed".

The venue announced that Blackgates, which features Dan Nelson (ex-Anthrax) and Paul Bostaph (ex-Slayer), have cancelled their appearance on 11/3, but still no word on whether the rest of the bill will go on as planned or be scrapped entirely.

Meanwhile, The Acheron is proceeding with business as usual as well. The venue sustained no damage due to Sandy, and will host a show tonight featuring Author & Punisher with Panther Modern. DJ Derek Rush is also on board and $10 gets you into this 21+ show.

More pictures from Saint Vitus and Greenpoint on 10/20 is below...

Continue reading "Saint Vitus, despite flooding in the basement, is cleaned up and open tonight; Acheron open tonight too"

tree down near Prospect Park on PPW - 10/30/2012
hurricane

"In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which left a trail of deadly destruction, devastating power failures and extensive flooding, millions of people in the New York metropolitan region spent Tuesday assessing the damage and preparing for the possibility that it could be days or even weeks before life returned to normal.

Throughout the day on Tuesday, there were reports of daring rescue operations as people began to grasp the magnitude of the damage done by the violent winds and lashing rains that transformed the landscapes of New York City and the wider region into tableaus of destruction both stark and unprecedented..." [NYTimes]

As a quick perusal of our "hurricanes" and "Hurricane Sandy" tags will prove, we've been keeping busy this unprecedented hurricane. One glance at our "pictures" category and you'll see that we also like to post pictures taken by an assortment of BrooklynVegan photographers. Here's another post about the hurricane and some more original pictures. They continue below...

Continue reading "more Hurricane Sandy pics - before, during & after (from Williamsburg, Park Slope & Upper Manhattan)"

Flyer 10/19

Lets face it, we're barely into CMJ 2012 and already in overload. So, we've decided to add a healthy alternative to the glut of Friday night showcases...Welcome The un-CMJ party at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on Friday (10/19)!

Sure we have some of the same things at our party that makes CMJ great- complimentary PBR, Sailor Jerry and Mercy Drink while supplies last, as well as some buzzy bands, but The un-CMJ has something else to offer as well... a chance for YOU get in on the action! Infinity Spaceship, which features current & former members of Primitive Weapons, Nakatomi Plaza, Ludlow Lions, On The Might of Princes, Ghost Robot Ninja Bear and The Judas Knife, will headline the evening with one of their signature punk/hardcore/indie karaoke sets!

Sign-up to get in on the action - the Infinity Spaceship karaoke shows are always an amazing time. Check out some video of Infinity Spaceship in action below. What song are you going to sing?

Before the ripping and personal rock n' roll experience, you can get to Vitus to catch sets from Canadian psychedelic synth-y pop band Absolutely Free and Kirin J Callinan.

Absolutely Free is the new project from 80% of the band known as DD/MM/YYYY, and the band is preparing to release their debut 12" via One Big Silence, the label run by Mike of Fucked Up. Stream half of that release, the song "UFO", which recently got 'best new track' at Pitchfork, below.

As recently discussed, Aussie guitarist Kirin J. Callinan is in town for CMJ and we can't wait to check out his gothic soundscapes in one of a very few select appearances the show.

This event goes down TOMORROW NIGHT (10/19) and will cost you absolutely nothing (it's absolutely free) to get in! So head to Saint Vitus for the 7:30PM opening ad grab a free drink at the bar. Prepare by streaming some material from both bands and checking out Infinity Spaceship below.

ALSO, REMINDER: Saint Vitus will host the BV-BBG showcase the next night (10/20). Tickets are still available. And before both Saint Vitus shows, spend the day with us at Public Assembly.

Continue reading "BV Presents 'Un-CMJ' Friday night at Saint Vitus -- LIVE BAND KARAOKE, 2 awesome other bands, free drinks & admission"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Yakuza at Gramercy, October 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Yakuza

I am proud to announce the official BV-BBG CMJ showcase, going down in Brooklyn at Saint Vitus on October 20th! The show will feature six bands, all of which will be exclusive to this show:

Saint Vitus, Brooklyn, NY October 20, 2012:
Yakuza (only East Coast appearance)
Royal Thunder
Fight Amp
Enabler
Helen Money
Sannhet
Headlined by avant-garde metal favorites Yakuza featuring frontman Bruce Lamont, the show marks the band's first appearance in NYC in two years, this time to celebrate the release of their new LP Beyul, due on 10/16 via Profound Lore. Royal Thunder's return engagement is their first since a jaw-dropping appearance at Knitting Factory last month, and the noise-punk stylings of Fight Amp, the vicious crusty hardcore of Enabler, cello-explorations from Helen Money and Brooklyn post-rock/hardcore favorites Sannhet round out the night. Tickets are on sale and a paltry $5 or you can use your CMJ badge (a limited amount of badges will be let in, first come, first served).

While you're at the show, make sure and take advantage of the complimentary Pabst Blue Ribbon and Sailor Jerry rum, while supplies last, And take advantage of drink specials for both on through the night! Oh, and to save you afterwards, we'll also be serving free Mercy hangover prevention.

Listen to all the bands below...

Continue reading "announcing the BV-BBG Official CMJ Showcase @ Saint Vitus (Sat. night show w/ Yakuza, Royal Thunder, Fight Amp, more)"

Saint Vitus at Maryland Deathfest (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Saint Vitus
That one-off with Down at Best Buy Theater always looked so lonely, so Saint Vitus have scheduled a tour around that appearance that includes another stop in NYC! The Brooklyn-Vegan sponsored trek kicks off in middle September for a gang of dates with Weedeater and Sourvein which last through the tail end of October. The stops include a show at Saint Vitus on September 25 and tickets go on sale 8/3 at 1PM. Yes, Saint Vitus at Saint Vitus... I hope that doesnt cause a wormhole in the universe or something.

Weedeater and Sourvein, however, will NOT be on the Best Buy Theater bill, but you can catch the gang at the dates below.

Wino of Saint Vitus (the band) is gearing up to hit the road for a string of dates with Conny Ochs. Reminder, that tour ALSO hits Saint Vitus (8/22). Tickets are still available.

All tour dates and video are below.

Continue reading "Saint Vitus extends tour, adds dates with Weedeater & Sourvein (including.... at Saint Vitus)"

by Fred Pessaro // BBG

Black Cobra @ Saint Vitus
Black Cobra

Black Cobra played a thundering set at Saint Vitus last night (6/25), joined by tourmates Gaza and with opening sets from Sannhet and Marching Teeth. Due to technical difficulties I missed Marching Teeth, but I managed to catch the last few moments of Sannhet's set which was accompanied by a highly impressive light show. I only got pictures of Black Cobra and Gaza and they are in this post.

Gaza's set saw vocalist Jon Parkin pacing along the floor for the majority of their tenure, playing songs from their latest LP No Absolutes in Human Suffering, as well as favorites like "Calf," "He is Never Coming Back" and "Slutmaker" from previous LPs. The crowd parted for the close-to seven-foot tall frontman, forming a mini-melee around him as he bounced from end to end, encouraging crowd singalongs at strategic moments. Gaza is a live juggernaut.

Black Cobra are a bit of an enigma to me; I will forever be puzzled at how two guys and only one amplifier can churn out some of the heaviest punk-influenced sludge-doom. Though Black Cobra has been anything but flawed on the live stage in my recent memory, their Saint Vitus set was a stunner. The crowd was positively electric and performances of songs like "Chronosphere" from 2009's Chronomega LP rank amongst the best I have seen them (I have seen that song performed quite a few times). Great set, so much so that I almost didn't mind that someone spilled an entire whiskey and soda on my camera (adding to my already ongoing gear issues).

More pictures from Saint Vitus are below.

Continue reading "Black Cobra & Gaza on tour, played Saint Vitus (pics)"

by BBG

Young Widows

After Refused at Terminal 5 (pictures), I headed to Greenpoint to try and catch the tail end of the Young Widows/Pygmy Lush/Primitive Weapons show at Saint Vitus Monday night (4/23). Though I missed Primitive Weapons entirely, I arrived just in time for the first song of Pygmy Lush, catching all of their set before Young Widows took the stage a little before midnight.

Young Widows played mostly older material but with some new songs mixed in. No word on a home for the new material, but it definitely had that latter-Young Widows post-punk meets gothic noise-rock feel. The band played with no house lighting whatsoever, counting on their own rigs built into their guitar cabinets for stage lighting and using those to punctuate moments within the songs.

The bands played at the exact time that Refused was taking the stage at Acheron. Pictures from Saint Vitus are below...

Continue reading "Young Widows & Pygmy Lush played Saint Vitus (pics)"

photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG

Bone Awl @ Saint Vitus
Bone Awl

Bone Awl celebrated their tenth anniversary with a sold out show at Saint Vitus on Friday (4/6), one of two area shows for the primitive black metal trio (who played Red Light District the next night). Bone Awl was joined by Negative Plane and Villains (who performed as a trio for the weekend) at Saint Vitus, with the latter then going on to play another whopper of a show at Acheron the next night with Midnight, Parasytic & Trenchgrinder (pictures on the way).

Check out pictures and some live video of Bone Awl, Negative Plane & Villains at Saint Vitus, below...

Continue reading "Bone Awl celebrated their 10th anniversary at Saint Vitus with Negative Plane & Villains (pics/video)"

by BBG

Morne @ Saint Vitus
Morne

Morne played Saint Vitus on March 30th, part of a round of dates for the band before they head out for shows with Antisect in June. Morne's weekend of dates also intersected with The Swan King's tour AND Git Some's tour, with the former eventually heading back to their home turf of Chicago and the latter hopping on tour with Converge and returning to NYC to play Music Hall of Williamsburg next week.

Pictures and video from the Saint Vitus show, which included an appearance from Gang Signs, below.....

Continue reading "Morne played Saint Vitus with The Swan King, Git Some & Gang Signs (pics/video)"

by BBG

Picastro
Picastro

Yosh, the pint-sized terror that leads Bloody Panda, will headline a bill of shadowy beauty at Saint Vitus on March 15th with fragile post-rock from Picastro and the delicate and haunting Sondra Sun-Odeon (who recently impressed while supporting Religious to Damn). Tickets are on sale for this BrooklynVegan-BBG/(((unartig))) production.

Picastro's last outing was last year's Fool, Redeemer, a semi-collaborative split with Nadja that saw the light of day on Alien8 Recordings. Stream all of that split at the label, and check a video of "Hortur" from Whore Luck below, a release that also featured contributions from Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart and former member Owen Pallett.

Head below for some video by Picastro and Sondra Sun-Odeon, who is preparing her solo debut for release.

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photos by Rebecca Reed

Lifetime @ Europa
Lifetime

"We never could [get back together full-time and tour]. It would just be absolutely impossible. There's ... Let me try to count. One, two, three, four... There's like, nine kids between all of us. [laughs] There is just no way any us could get that kind of a free pass. It's just not possible. Ari [Katz] just had his third, Pete [Martin] just had his second; they're lucky they can get away for a weekend, you know what I mean? I guess it goes back to having people do stuff for us with management and whatnot. It's something that we all could do for ourselves, but the people that work for us are our friends anyway. They've been doing it for however long. And it's to the point where we barely function as a band as it is, so when we get together the last thing we want to have to do is have to worry about a bunch of little stuff. We're all best friends, we enjoy each other's company, we enjoy writing and playing music together, but aside from that, that's about as much of a commitment as we can all give." [Lifetime's Scott Golley]
Lifetime reunited again to play Europa in Brooklyn on Saturday night (1/7). The show also included a special appearance from Title Fight as well as Iron Chic. Pictures are in this post.

After the show, Iron Chic played again at Saint Vitus for the Lifetime afterparty with Model Home. The Europa show was one of two for Lifetime/Title Fight/Iron Chic, who also blessed First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia the next night (1/8).

Pictures/video of the Europa reunion show and the Saint Vitus after party are below.

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photos by Samantha Marble, words by BBG

Tony Iommi

If you were to give a shortlist of the greatest guitarists in rock n' roll, I am sure that names like Pete Townsend, Keith Richards, and Jimi Hendrix would be on the tip of everyone's tongue. Tony Iommi should probably be named in the same breath. The guitarist helped to create a genre and a movement with his work as axeman in Black Sabbath, and Heaven & Hell (aka Black Sabbath), and as a solo artist.

Tony Iommi swung by Brooklyn metal venue Saint Vitus from 3-4pm on the afternoon of Thursday, 11/3 (same day the unrelated Of Stardust event) to sign copies of his new book Iron Man. Pictures from the event are in this post and continue, along with a video of Tony answering fan questions two days earlier via Livestream, below...

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