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Serpent Throne

Ecstatic Vision & Serpent Throne Co-headline at KFN July 22

Tonight’s Kung Fu Necktie lineup will allow you to unleash your inner beast. Co-headlined by the heavy-rock artillery of locals Ecstatic Vision and Serpent Throne, whom respectively drip with raunchy guitars and intense decibel levels. Ecstatic Vision collectively piece together a living-breathing psychedelic atmosphere that jars the senses with its all-encompassing combination of pounding spaced-out preaching vocals and searing guitar, linking to generate energy rather than overcrowding and suffocating the room. Serpent Throne fuse dual guitar leads, slick extended solos that one up via the space created by a steady pumping back end that lays the foundation for their explosive outbursts. It could be considered a throwback to the unrelenting guitar gods of yesteryear exploring the indulgent while exhibiting finesse and control. Gloomy Chicago rock outfit Mount Salem should fit nicely on this bill, which will be opened by a new local act, containing members of Far-Out Fangtooth & Gondola, called Ancient Creature. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $5, 21+ - Michael Colavita

Tuesday Tune-Out - Billy Bragg Tribute at PhilaMOCA June 10

This evening's Tuesday Tune-Out, curated by WKDU's Yoni Kroll, will be a tribute to troubadour and left-wing activist Billy Bragg. There will performances of his music by Josh Alvarez (Cinepunx), Colin Smith (Serpent Throne), and Carly M (No Other). As always, there will be a mystery screening of a film, which isn't much of a mystery tonight. You'll be treated to a rare concert film, Billy Goes to Moscow, that documents Bragg's 1988 tour. Come join in and singa-long! PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $5 Donation, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman 

Sunburster & Serpent Throne Opening for The Sword at Underground Arts Jan. 17

Sunburster opens tonight’s bill at Underground Arts featuring The Sword. To be more specific, it might be said that the group will take the stage by storm. Sunburster oozes with an air of instinctual intensity as though there was never any other choice - a full-speed charge mentality. Led by the heavy-thudding bass and “smack you in the face” percussion, the band is reinforced by menacing guitar riffs and guttural vocal displays. The outcome is a primal power that is out of the cold, sludgy darkness, emerging into a roaring musical fire that refuses to be squelched. They will be joined by the multi-layered, riff-generating onslaught of local doom-metal outfit Serpent Throne, who will be orchestrating a thick menacing foundation. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 7:30pm, $18, 21+ - Michael Colavita

Serpent Throne Bringin’ the Heaviness at JB’s Dec. 14

Given all the sunn o)))-derived drone that's proliferated in recent years, it's both retro and refreshing to hear a band so unabashedly rooted in doom metal's hallowed past. Serpent Throne, with a name honoring their demonic inspirations and all manner of stoner-prog-doom power moves at their beck and call, are one of those fantastically old-fashioned and workman-like groups. Their commanding sound, exemplified on Ride Satan Ride (a title that speaks for itself if there ever was one), is so immediate that the lack of vocals is a strength; they would only detract from the heaviness. Rejoice this holiday season, for Serpent Throne has enough smoke-wreathed seventies riffs and Satanic glory for all. Eye and Randall of Nazareth are the bookends to this mighty evening. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 Frankford Ave., 9:15 PM, $10, 21+ - Alyssa Greenberg

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