• Sat February 24, 2018 8:30 pm $10 (advance), $12

    It's always a pleasure to have the unbelievably loud, yet relentlessly epic, Chicago trio THE LIFE & TIMES on The Empty Bottle stage. As difficult to classify in any genre due to their ever-expanding sonic capabilities, the band's moody, spacey and sonically overwhelming sound becomes even more grandiose live. We should know, we've hosted them here at 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 self-titled release was issued in April of 2017. Containing the same spacey rock that we all know and love, THE LIFE & TIMES know how to add a little somethin-somethin to captivate with every release. No wonder we keep crawling back for more.

    TIGHT PHANTOMZ are no strangers to turning it up to 11 and they come at us like a wrecking ball wrapped in fireworks each and every time they hit the stage. The band's 2012 album, Silk Prison, is a monstrous, years-in-the-making blend of classic rock, metal and punk that’s easily one of our favorite Chicago rock releases of the 10's (that's how you say that, right?). If you've been dumb enough to miss any of their recent shows around town, grab a handful out of your piggy bank and be sure to show up tonight to witness the PHANTOMZ in all their eye-winking, high-kicking glory. 

    RICHARD VAIN started as the solo project of PONYS/BARE MUTANTS frontman JERED GUMMERE, a gentleman and rock & roll scholar who is certainly no stranger to our stage (or our bar). It has since evolved into a trio and channels the familiar songwriting structures of GUMMERE's past work. VAIN and his cohorts craft tightly-wound, tense-yet-tranquil songs that are as hazy and unforgiving as the smoke in your lungs.