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January Local Record Showcases: Impossible Colors, Tall Pat Records, FPE, & Petty All Right

We've only just started 2017, and we’re already fortunate enough to be hosting FOUR local record labels showcasing FIFTEEN artists this month. Joining us in the fight against .mp3’s with Impossible Colors, Tall Pat RecordsFor Practically Everyone, and Pretty All Right.

1/10 | Impossible Colors ‘Down in the Trumps’: A Benefit for the Chicago Community Bond Fund: We kicked this streak off on 1/10, when Impossible Colors rolled through with a benefit for the Chicago Community Bond Fun. Civil rights lawyer and musician, Adele Nicholas, collaborated with artist Kriss Stress to compile a 14 track mixtape to protest against the ideology of where our political system is heading in the upcoming weeks. All proceeds of the mixtape were donated to the Chicago Community Bond Fund while ticket sales from the 1/10 show went towards helping Planned Parenthood.

1/24 | A Very Tall Pat Records ShowcaseFRIENDS! FRIENDS! FRIENDS! We have a very special night planned for you on Tuesday, January 24th, courtesy of  Tall Pat Records. Comm To Black is back to attack, headlining the evening, with support by local psychedelic headbangers HAIR and songwriting extraordinaire, Joey Rubbish’s newest outfit GIANTOLOGY. DJing for the night is Tall Pat’s DAD, and we all know that dads rock the hardest out of anyone so...

1/25 | Pretty All Right Night: Come through January 25 for a night of DJing, drum machines and dancing! We’re excited to host a celebration of Pretty Alright Records, Tom Owens’s decade-old label dedicated to eccentric experimental electronic music. Owens himself will spin his favorite tunes as DJ Potions to kick off the night before leading into performances by fellow locals WINSTON LASKER, SPA MOANS, and BLU SHAM.

1/29 | FPE Presents: Everyone Has A Voice:
Come on, come all - literally EVERYONE is invited to FPE Record’s night, “Everyone Has A Voice”. Turning 5 years old this year, local label,  FPE has released a diverse pallet of music thus far including half bro/sis duo ZIGTEBRA and c lassically trained songbird SYNA SO PRO. Since 2010, ZIGTEBRA has been writing positive catchy pop numbers that would compliment any Wes Anderson film. And is there anything that SYNA SO PRO can’t do?  We are very pleased to host this One Woman Musical Enigma, loop artist and multi-instrumentalist on our stage.

Empty Bottle Guide to Lollapalooza

Hell ya! Lollapalooza is here and we are stoked about it. This year marks the 25th birthday of the iconic music festival, so get ready to see Lollapalooza cruising in its' new legally rented car? Along with hosting some official after shows for these massively talented artists at Empty Bottle, many of the bands playing at the fest have graced Ye Olde Bottle stage over the years. Check it out... Modern Baseball Modern Baseball.The Empty Bottle is excited to welcome MODERN BASEBALL to our stage for the first time Friday, July 29th with Gambier, OH band SPORTS & DJ BETH KLAKO, and. Indie rock quartet MODERN BASEBALL hail from Philadelphia, PA and crank out their own brand of emo, pop-punk tunes--citing some late 90s early 00s as their influences such as SAY ANYTHING, MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK, and DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL. Self-recording their first album as college freshman, they have since garnered over 100,000 social media followers and millions of plays on popular streaming services. Their new album, Holy Ghost, was released on Run for Cover Records in May and captures a more refined version of their nostalgia-tinged punk sound. We JUST released more tickets to this show, so hurry on up! (If you miss out, limited tickets will be available with doors at 9 PM). MODERN BASEBALL plays Lollapalooza on Friday.
Chairlift chairlift1 We are thrilled welcome back NY synth pop duo CHAIRLIFT on Saturday, July 30th for a Lollapalooza aftershow with New York artist ELA MINUS and DJ OSHWA. CHAIRLIFT have been on our radar since their 2008 breakout hit Bruises which catapulted the band into the ears of millions after being featured in an Apple commercial. Now signed to Columbia Records, they released their third album this past January entitled Moth. On July 22nd, the duo teased new music with the release of a single titled, Get Real. CHAIRLIFT is no stranger to The Empty Bottle stage, having played in both 2008 and 2012. We just opened up more tickets to this show - get 'em before they're gone!  (If you miss out, limited tickets will be available with doors at 9 PM). Chairlift plays Lollapalooza on Saturday. Read More »

Fresh Streams: Sonny & The Sunsets, Inter Arma, and The Julie Ruin

The Fourth is behind us but we're still moving forward with that special celebration of I-N-D-E... you know the rest. Fireworks are gonna keep sparking up the Empty Bottle stage and these fresh streams will persuade you to get your summer-self on in here. Grab your drink, grab your butt, and enjoy the finest of the fine. Read More »

Fresh Streams: Cian Nugent, Idiot Glee

Two Fresh Streams segments in one month?! You better be grateful. Welcome to January streams round TWO. We are making sure to keep you in check with your emotions while also giving you the opportunity to be saturated in nostalgia with these upcoming releases. Read More »

Posted January 28th, 2016

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Fresh Streams: Bloodiest, Eleanor Friedberger, Ty Segall, Tortoise,

Hello and welcome to another segment of Fresh Streams. Today we’ve provided quite a range of musical selections to address a number of feelings on your complicated emotional spectrum. There’s a solid chance you haven’t heard some of these albums, because these babies entered the world no more than 3 days ago! So cute. Read More »

Posted January 14th, 2016

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Fresh Streams: Pinkish Black, VIDEO, Triathalon & Midnight Reruns

Fresh Streams is a new segment we’re doing, which will pop up as it fits with our calendar. On these posts you’ll find album streams of bands that are playing the Empty Bottle in the coming days/weeks/months. For music fans who are constantly inundated with music news and new records, we think this will be exstreamly useful (sorry! / you’re welcome?). There’s a lot to sift through each week, so if we miss something, shoot us a comment with the link and we’ll add it to the list (and maybe even comp you a ticket to that show)… Give a listen to the fresh new albums below — these bands wouldn’t be playing here if we didn’t like em! Read More »

Posted October 28th, 2015

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Fresh Streams: Zombi, Here We Go Magic, Wax Idols & Sweet Spirit

Fresh Streams is a new segment we're doing, which will pop up as it fits with our calendar. On these posts you'll find album streams of bands that are playing the Empty Bottle in the coming days/weeks/months AND also have records streaming on the good old world wide web. For music fans who are constantly inundated with music news and new records, we think this will be exstreamly useful (sorry/you're welcome?). There's lots to sift through each week, so if we miss something, shoot us a comment with the link and we'll add it to the list (and maybe even comp you a ticket to that show)... Give a listen to the fresh new albums below -- they wouldn't be playing here if we didn't like em! Read More »

Posted October 13th, 2015

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That’s Amore: HSY – “Sally”

If you thought we didn’t like writing about Canadian punks, then there's a good chance you've never read this here blog. Canada’s ever-growing punk landscape has become a hotbed for varying guttural acts and the sludgy cult leaders (not actually) in Toronto, Ontario’s post-punk, grimed-out outfit HSY ("Hussy") beg for your ears' attention. This four-headed beast has a few splits under their belt, as well as a self-titled 7-inch and their spankin' new, debut full length, Bask, out September 11 on Buzz Records, is completely out of control. Read More »

Posted September 24th, 2015

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RECAP: ‘Beyond The Gate’ @ Bohemian National Cemetery (9.10.15)

On September 10th, 2015 we returned to the Bohemian National Cemetery on the northwest side of Chicago for the fourth installment of the Beyond The Gate series, which Empty Bottle Presents produces alongside J.R. ROBINSON, leader of Chicago doom collective WREKMEISTER HARMONIES. For this end of summer concert, EARTH, DISAPPEARS and HOLY SONS performed on stage and ROBINSON kept the tone in place with cryptic vinyl selections before and in-between bands. It was a thrill to host such this line-up in such a gorgeous and haunting setting, especially since the skies were clear after a long (and stressful) day of rain. We are incredibly thankful and excited that all of the artists  were as into the idea of performing in this setting as we are. Read More »

Posted September 17th, 2015

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Chicago Reader’s ‘Best Of Chicago’ 2015

Thank you to everyone who voted in the Chicago Reader's 2015 Best of Poll, especially if you voted for us to win Best Music Venue and Best Rock Club. It's our third year in-a-row taking home both top spots and fifth year getting the Best Rock Club nod in the Chicago Reader. Of course, awards and recognition aren't the reason we do what we do, but it's always damn nice to be recognized by the community for all the hard work that goes into making this place run day-in and day-out. Special thanks to all of the incredible artists who've graced our stage over the past 365, all the fans who've come out to see the shows, and of course, to our incredible staff for all of their hard work. Read More »

Posted July 1st, 2015

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