Mon May 15, 2017 9:00 pm $12 (advance), $15
The story of THE BESNARD LAKES begins at Besnard Lake: a spectacular yet secluded water feature in rural Saskatchewan which the Montreal group’s husband and wife core, Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, visit each summer for inspiration and escape. This year the couple’s campsite was surrounded for a worrying few days by forest flames, a literal ring of fire which informed the devil-may-care spirit of their exuberant fifth album. Armed with demos and memories from their trip, the pair returned to the city and entered Breakglass Studios. Unique among their furrowed brow peers, THE BESNARD LAKES are unafraid to marry textured, questing headphone sonics to the honeyed pleasure of radio hits past: the rapture of MY BLOODY VALENTINE entwined with the romance of FLEETWOOD MAC. Imagine dreamy BEACH HOUSE riding LED ZEPPELIN dynamics, with unabashedly androgynous vocal harmonies. It's always a pleasure to havethe unbelievably loud, yet relentlessly epic, Chicago trio THE LIFE AND TIMES on The Empty Bottle stage. As difficult to classify in any genre due to their ever-expanding sonic capabilities, the band'smoody, spacey and sonically overwhelming sound becomes even more grandiose live. We should know, we've hosted them hereat least a dozen times over the course of their 12-year existence, and it's been a thrill to watch them evolve over the years. Their latest EP, Dopplegangers, was released in November 2016. Containing the same spacey rock that we all know and love, THE LIFE AND TIMES know how to add a little somethin-somethin to captivate with every release. No wonder we keep crawling back for more. Chicago-based shoegazers AURORA L'OREALIS start things off in mega-heavy fashion, making their Bottle debut this very night. Blending a little psychedelia and noise-pop into the mix, the four-piece is poised for big things and are sure to knock you on your ass with their distinctly ecstatic sound.