Slutist's Legacy of the Witch Casts a Powerful, Feminine Spell

Photo by Suzanne Abramson
Karyn Crisis of Gospel of the Witches
Whether it's the Halliwell Sisters, Stevie Nicks, Hecate, or Melissa Joan Hart's take on Sabrina, feminine power and the archetype of the witch have always been synonymous. Kristen Korvette, a Brooklyn-based writer and founder of the feminist blog Slutist, sets out to celebrate the relationship between femininity and the craft with this month's Legacy of the Witch Festival at Saint Vitus.

Founded in 2013, Slutist evolved from Korvette's desire to cultivate a sex-positive space for discourse online. "I started Slutist as a place to publish writing about music, art, pop culture, and politics through a feminist lens," Korvette explains. "It started out with my writing and then it really took on a life of its own. Dozens of women from New York and around the country got involved and it became a more communal effort." Since its inception, Slutist has featured op-eds, interviews, and round-ups by feminists of all stripes that push past the boundaries of respectability politics and stereotypes while applauding what the mainstream might consider forbidden or taboo.

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Don't Call Me N.I.G.G.A.: Punk Group Radkey Break Barriers

From L to R: Isaiah, Dee, and Solomon Radke of Radkey
Dee, Isaiah, and Solomon wouldn't be able to step foot into Saint Vitus--or many of the other venues they play in--if it weren't for their talent. At just 20, 18, and 16 respectively, the trio of St. Joseph, MO brothers have utilized their extraordinary, self-taught talents to catapult them across the country and in front of audiences much older than they are. What many of those audiences may not realize is the seed for the still rising star of Radkey had been planted during a screening of a Pixar film. "We were at the premiere of Toy Story 3, and Dee got this text from this chick that wanted him to fill in for a cover band and play the bass. So he did," recalls bassist Isaiah who then requested to take over the instrument, for the first time, from his older brother. Soon after, Solomon picked up the drums and a punk band of then all-teenage brothers were born. "We practiced every day," says Isaiah. "[Now] here we are."

Radkey play Saint Vitus on Sunday, 8/18.

See also: Saint Vitus the Band Talk About Playing Saint Vitus the Venue

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Neil Hagerty on "Cult" Status, Performing Twin Infinitives, and Licorice

Neil Hagerty
In this time of literal and figurative Armageddon, nothing is shocking in regard to musical reformations, reunions or resurrections. I could tell you a hologram of Jim Morrison was about to record a duet with Ke$HA at Sun Studios and you probably wouldn't bat an eye. But when rumblings came down the pike a few months back about a reunion between Neil Michael Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema, the two personalities who made up the most enigmatic indie outfit of the 90's Royal Trux, even some of the most jaded eyebrows started to rise.

After much Internet back and forth, it was revealed there was to be no reunion between the two. Rather, Hagerty would be performing the band's double LP opus from '90 Twin Infinitives in its entirety for one night only at Brooklyn's' Saint Vitus Bar without the help of Herrema whatsoever.

See Also:
- Q&A: Black Bananas' Jennifer Herrema On Rad Times Express, Neil Hagerty, Royal Trux, And The Curse Of Opening For The Stones
- Alt Lives!!

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Lasers, Inquisition, And A Cameo By The Wanted: The 10 Most Metal Moments Of Saint Vitus's One-Year Anniversary Week

The Young Widows play St. Vitus.
On April 12, St. Vitus—the metal outpost in Greenpoint—turned one year old, but the birthday celebration went down between April 23 and April 28. Bands, cartoons, go-go girls, celebrities, sacrilege, and a metal magician were in attendance.

"It was chaos," says bartender and co-owner Justin Scurti.

In 2011, when Scurti, Arthur Shepherd, and George Souleidis opened Saint Vitus—named both for the Black Sabbath song and the doom metal band—they just wanted to run a successful business. "We never planned on being a full venue," Scurti says, "and we never planned on being a full-on metal bar. It just sort of happened. It's who we are and what we like."

Judging by the number of regulars present the Monday after the events and by the four sold-out shows the week before, metalheads have given the bar the horns-up stamp of approval. We asked around for the top ten most metal moments of the anniversary week.

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