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Witch Mountain @ Saint Vitus -- 11/2/2012
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.
Water line in the basement at Saint Vitus on Tuesday
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...
tree down near Prospect Park on PPW - 10/30/2012
"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.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...
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]
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?
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.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Yakuza at Gramercy, October 2010 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
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: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).
Yakuza (only East Coast appearance)
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...
Saint Vitus at Maryland Deathfest (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
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.
All tour dates and video are below.
Black Cobra @ Saint Vitus
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.
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...
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Bone Awl @ Saint Vitus
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...
Morne @ Saint Vitus
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.....
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.
photos by Rebecca Reed
Lifetime @ Europa
"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.
photos by Samantha Marble, words by BBG
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...
The Body @ Saint Vitus
Though equipment issues kept their set on the short side, The Body headlined a rainy Tuesday evening (9/6) in Brooklyn. Bruce Lamont and Man's Gin (who are touring together) and locals Iron Tides opened the show at Saint Vitus. Pictures are in this post.
The Body are now on tour with LP collaborators Braveyoung. That tour was originally listed with an October 5th NYC show at a venue TBA, but that show has since been cancelled. Stay tuned for more info on where The Body will play in NY next. More Saint Vitus pictures below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by BBG & Andrew Sacher
Chelsea Wolfe @ St Vitus
Cult of Youth (who headlined), Chelsea Wolfe, and one-man show Planning for Burial (who opened) played Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on Wednesday (8/17). The packed out BrooklynVegan-presented show also featured opening and between set DJing from Robin of Tri Angle Records.
Though unfortunately without her band, who she prefers to play live with, Chelsea Wolfe still made a strong NYC debut. Conjuring up images of the demons she sings about, Chelsea stood veiled in a sea of fog before a backdrop of blood red visuals, as Ben Chisolm casted beats and atmospheres into the mix. Her set was way too short, but I enjoyed every second of it. She played some standouts off the upcoming Apokalypsis, which comes out this Tuesday, and some reworked material off the self-recorded The Grime and the Glow. Chelsea removed her veil for the last song, revealing a hypnotizing stare that never wavered for the entire song.
Cult of Youth started no later than 10 minutes after Chelsea's Set came to a close, with the band blazing through a heavy folk set indebted to gothic greats like Death in June, Angels of Light, Current 93, and others. Violinist Christiana Keys punctuated vocalist/guitarist Sean Ragon's fire-and-brimstone delivery (sidenote, how does he not break a string every song?) with similarly passionate string touches and texture, while the galloping rhythm section moved things along with a healthy thump. Despite the lack of a distortion pedal and even a guitar amp, it is clear that Cult of Youth is definitely a punk band.
More pictures and videos from the show, below...
The Body at LPR (more by Greg Cristman)
BrooklynVegan is proud to present doom faves The Body at Saint Vitus on September 6th with special guests Bruce Lamont, Man's Gin, and Iron Tides. The show is the first of a string of US dates for The Body which will continue the following day with Braveyoung in celebration of the pair's collaborative LP together.
After a collaborative recording session at Providence's Machines With Magnets (Battles, Daughters, Lightning Bolt, Chinese Stars) earlier this year, the end result has surfaced as Nothing Passes, a layered but cohesive voyage through cavernous, noise-laden tumult and chaos, ethereal horror-soundtrack creepouts and even serene acoustic passages, exploring new styles for both acts. The album also features vocal contributions from members of The Assembly Of Light Choir who have also previously collaborated live with THE BODY and BRAVEYOUNG, as well as a cover of Exuma's song, The Vision.Look for that LP on 9/27 via At A Loss.
Meanwhile, Bruce Lamont & Man's Gin are heading out for a weekend together, tagging Chicago and Philly on the way to NYC. Full tour dates and some video of that Body/Braveyoung collaboration below.
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Disma headlined Saint Vitus on a rainy Saturday night (8/6) in Greenpoint. They were celebrating the release of Towards The Megalith, their debut LP out which is now via Profound Lore Records. The show, which originally featured an exclusive Northeastern appearance from Loss, instead saw opening performances Coffinworm (who ripped), Unearthly Trance (back from the live-grave!), and Baltimore's Oak (fantastic). Pictures and video are in this post, including virtually all of Disma and Unearthly Trance's sets, a new/unreleased Coffinworm track ("Instant Death Syndrome"), and footage from the dimly-lit Oak set.
The show was one of only two Coffinworm shows on the East Coast, Disma's only NYC date, Unearthly Trance's first NYC date in more than six months, and was one of two Oak dates in two days. They also played Stolen Sleeves on Friday (8/5) with Convulsions and Grudges (who also play The Acheron on 8/28 with Victims).
We interviewed Daryl Kahan of Disma before the show. Check that out if you missed it.
More pictures, the videos and the Disma/Unearthly Trance set lists from Saint Vitus, below...
Hull @ Saint Vitus
Despite a climbing mercury outside, Hull headlined an icy Saint Vitus with A Generation of Vipers and Marching Teeth on Friday night (7/22). The show was a one-off for Hull, who are preparing to release their new and Billy-Anderson-mixed LP for The End Records in October. Details are forthcoming.
A Generation of Vipers (members US Christmas) recently released the new Kurt Ballou produced LP Howl and Filth and played entirely new material at the venue that night. Stream the new track "Slow Burn" below.
A Generation of Vipers' van broke down moments before the show, so the band spent an unexpected weekend in NYC, but their van is currently being worked on.
Marching Teeth were an excellent way to start the show with a booming set influenced by mid-period Melvins.
More pictures from Saint Vitus, and the stream of "Slow Burn" below.
photos by Greg Cristman, words by BBG
Batillus @ Le Poisson Rouge
It's a a triple threat of events at Saint Vitus this weekend. Things kicks off Friday (7/22) with Hull/A Generation of Vipers/Marching Teeth, continue with Batillus/Mutilation Rites/Phantom Glue on Saturday and end with Dreams Were Made for Mortals, a collective art show on Sunday (7/24).
The art show features the work of Karlynn Holland (responsible for art that has appeared on LPs by Krallice, Dysrhythmia, many others) among many others. Karlyn describes it like this:
"My dreams, frequently, are broadcast across neural pathways in vibrant color. They are so vivid, the dreams feel more real than my waking life. It haunts me. Life feels like the dream, a series of passing moments. As I rise from paralysis, they evaporate from memory. How could something so real fade so quickly? I often find myself asking this question. Exploring the dawn hours of your fervent mind, please choose or create work that exposes our perishable nature and echoes human frailness so often deified by gods of rock and roll."The one day show will kick off at 4PM and last until the wee hours, featuring a revolving group of DJs including yours truly. Samantha Marble, Brian Montouri, Justina Villanueva, and Angela Nacol will also have work on display. Support local artists and try and make it out if you can.
Batillus is currently on tour with Mutilation Rites and will return back to NYC on Saturday. Their last show was at LPR with Yob & Dark Castle. The NY Times was there:
[Mike Scheidt of YOB] did several things at once, singing in grunts and high precise wails, working bits of melody and middle-register guitar cries into the music without breaking the flow of the chord riffs. But there was also a feeling of conscious restraint: he didn't actually solo, in the usual sense, until nearly the end of the show. His chord repetitions were composed, micro-arranged, and they pulled you down, down, down; Mr. Scheidt uses a baritone-guitar tuning on a standard guitar, a perfect fifth lower than usual. You feel this music a lot; it's body-centered, in its rhythm and its mass. -[New York Times]You already saw pictures from the show. Here is a second set. More of them with the Hull show poster below...
Rob Fish of Ressurection, playing Cake Shop in 108 (more by BBG)
Ressurection walked the line between metal, noise, and hardcore in the 90s, carving out a distinct path before succumbing to the success of vocalist Rob Fish's (then) new project 108. The band's catalog has been given a once over by the venerable Kurt Ballou for the previously discussed I Am Not: The Discography and the results are astonishing. Stream "Culture" below and "Build" at Deathwish who breathe new life (get it?) into the I Refuse material that first surfaced via New Age Records. Deathwish says "A release date and Pre-ordering information will be announced shortly."
Resurrection is scheduled to play This is Hardcore on August 13th in Philadelphia, but have also added a Brooklyn show at Saint Vitus on 8/14. Details are sketchy at best so far, but lets hope it isn't a 21+ show. UPDATE: maybe the show is actually in New Brunswick instead.
Rob Fish recently played at the East Coast Tsunami as part of 108. Ressurection song and cover art below...
Emo leaning punks Samiam are back to release, Trips, their first album in 5 years. Trips was recorded with producer Chris Dugan (Iggy Pop, Lars Frederiksen & the Bastards) and comes out on September 6 via Hopeless Records. Album and tracklist below.
The band will go on an international tour in support of the album with Walter Schreifels opening some of the North American dates. The tour includes a stop at Philly's Riot Fest, Asbury Lanes, and hits NYC on September 16 at Santos Party House with Walter. Tickets for Santos are on sale now.
Walter completed a residency at Saint Vitus on June 30th. A bunch of videos from that full band show can be watched below.
All tour dates and Samiam album info below too...
Sourvein headlined Saint Vitus on Friday July 8th with support from Kings Destroy, Strong Intention, Pristina and Night Bitch. The Cape Fear band are touring in celebration of their new LP Black Fangs (out now on Candlelight), a tour which continues TONIGHT (7/11) with a date in Baltimore, MD at Sidebar. All tour dates are below.
Tombs & Primitive Weapons play Saint Vitus in Brooklyn tonight (7/11), and for free.
Unfortunately, I got to Saint Vitus a bit late and only caught Kings Destroy and Sourvein, missing Strong Intention, Pristina, and Night Bitch (mem Ipsissimus) entirely. Pictures of Sourvein & Kings Destroy are below...
Tombs at The Studio at Webster Hall (more by BBG)
The halfway point of the year is behind us, and already some folks are chalking up their favorites of 2011. Undoubtedly, one my favorites (much like Brandon Stosuy) is the new Tombs, Path of Totality. Now you can catch the Brooklyn greats performing some of that material at Saint Vitus on July 11th for FREE. Primitive Weapons kicks off the show at 9PM, followed by Tombs shortly thereafter at the 21+ event.
Outside of Saint Vitus, Tombs has no other US dates thus far. They'll hit Europe with The Secret in late July. Full tour schedule is below, alongside some video including a great "name that metal logo" featuring the Tombs guys and Morgan from Kill The Client.
Kyle Spence of Harvey Milk at Union Pool (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Harvey Milk play The Wiltern in LA next weekend with the mighty Sleep, but after a few weeks they'll return to the East Coast for a round of gigs. The dates will include a stop at Saint Vitus in Greenpoint on July 13th (no ticketing info is available). Harvey Milk kick off said tour in their (original) home base of Georgia (in Atlanta), and loop back to play their final night of the tour in Athens, GA.
Kyle Spence of Harvey Milk recorded On The Wings Of Time, the new record by Black Skies. The North Carolina band recently played two shows in one night in NYC.
If you see Harvey Milk bassist Stephen Tanner in Brooklyn, he might be heading to/from work at The Commodore.
All tour dates and a Harvey Milk stream is below.
Walter Schreifels on stage with Rival Schools at Union Pool (more by Redboy)
It's hot time, summer in the city and I'm playing a residency at my new favorite bar in Greenpoint, Saint Vitus!!!Walter Schreifels, who recently played Webster Hall in Gorilla Biscuits, will headline three Thursdays in June at new venue Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint) starting this Thursday (6/16). The other shows are 6/23 with Radar Fiction and 6/30 with Vs Antelope. All shows feature one more band TBA and are $7. Flyer is below. Keep your fingers crossed for that cover of Slip.
I've been jonesing to play in Bk. and bust out some of my new material for "Jesus Is My Favorite Beatle" as well as soak up the only slightly less hot than daytime, summer nights AND for those of you who prefer the past to the future, have no fear-I'm knocking around the idea of playing side 2 of Slip, completely improvised, I will NOT practice. Also, considering side 2 of Victim in Pain...might be a game-time decision.
My point is that I'll be keeping it lively, experimental and if that doesn't work I've invited some other great artists to join me. For my debut on June 16 I am honored to have the talented Fletcher C. Johnson on board to perform in addition to the roots stylings of The Goddamn Rattlesnake
Rival Schools also have some dates scheduled, though the only one in the US at the moment is Lollapalooza. All of their dates are also below...