- Tue October 13, 2015 9:00 pm
- CHIRP welcomes : Seoul
- Jeremiah Meece DJ Set [The-Drum]
- Mica Atkinson (CHIRP DJ)
Tonight CHIRP Radio welcomes SEOUL to the Empty Bottle stage! Hailing from the great city of Montreal, SEOUL is bringing their own brand of Seoul-ful (get it? woof), fast paced bedroom pop, and sometimes were not even sure if our shriveled, booze-soaked hearts can take all the emotion they stir up. The band is in the midst of a huge North American tour to celebrate their new LP, I Become A Shade, out on Grand Jury. Born as a folk project headed by YUNA DARLING and BEN LANDAU, the two of them have traded in their Ukulele's and acoustic guitars for synths and drum machines and the transition has been smooth to say the least. With swirly arpeggios, washy vocals, and poignant lyrics, they haven't left behind all the things that made their early folk releases so amazing. They simply augmented them to make a very lush and complete record. Hometown boy ANTI/BEYOND (ANDY MASTERS) will be starting the night off right with his folk-turned-electronic act. Self-described as "pop music meant to be enjoyed with the blinds closed, lights dimmed, and eyes closed,” this will be a perfect thing to get us in the mood for the music to come that night. JEREMIAH MEECE, who performs as one half of THE-DRUM, kicks things off and will be gettin' sick and slimey on the decks, bringing the weirdness for all the real life weirdos out there, while MICA ATKINSON of CHIRP Radio DJs throughout the night. You get all this and more for just ten dollars at the door. That’s a steal. Unfortunately SEOUL tourmate YOUNG EJECTA is unable to perform for tonight's show, but it's still gonna be a fun ass night, so dance on down here and shake your butts right off that sweet bod.
- Wed October 14, 2015 9:00 pm
- White Magic
- Johnny Young
- Fastness [FKA Emily Moon]
- Drag City DJs
WHITE MAGIC is artist, vocalist, and composer MIRA BILLOTTE, performing with accompaniment or solo. Traveling with only daf (hand drum), shruti box, and an array of a capella songs, BILLOTTE is a true modern trobairitz (fem. troubadour). Her sound ranges from loud psychedelia to meditative trance, drifting from traditional to experimental folk, a soulful, mystic music is at the root. WHITE MAGIC has released the two EPs and an LP on the esteemed Drag City Records, and has recorded with such musical luminaries as ARIEL PINK, JIM WHITE (DIRTY THREE, CAT POWER), DOUGLAS SHAW (HIGHLIFE, GANG GANG DANCE), and more recordings Through the Sun Door EP, Dat Rosa Mel Apibus LP and Dark Stars EP with the label Drag City, and has recorded with musicians, Ariel Pink, Jim White (Dirty Three, Cat Power), Tim Koh (Ariel Pink), and Douglas Shaw (HighLife, Gang Gang Dance). This summer, WHITE MAGIC re-emerged with the enchanting new single “Runaway” from her new EP, I’m Hiding My Nightingale, out on Leaving Records. It's been over two and a half years since Chicago picker JOHNNY YOUNG last graced our stage, so we're pleased as punch to welcome the local folk experimenter back to our stage. A powerful force in Chicago’s young, experimental folk and country community, the Logan Square troubador plays a mesmerizing and beautiful fingerstyle guitar, bringing to mind some truly old-timey country and rhythm and blues that's right in line with the "Old Weird America" of yore. Pick up his new tape, II, courtesy of Voyager Golden Records, and escape into a pastoral listening landscape, away from the hectic, Internet-powered nonsense that washes over modern life. Opening tonight's show is FASTNESS, formerly known as EMILY MOON, the intense, beautiful and strange project from Chicago musician EMME WILLIAMS. The Drag City DJs will be DJing throughout the night.
- Thu October 15, 2015 9:00 pm
- Inter Arma
- Indian Handcrafts
It’s been nearly a decade since our charmingly mucked up stage welcomed Savannah, Georgia sludge metal act KYLESA and their trajectory from the stoner underbelly that spawned the likes of acts such as MASTODON has only chartered upwards since. 2013’s release Ultraviolet received quite the acclaim and found the five piece warming into a much more integrated sound between their iconic riff heavy woodwork and their psychedelic lacquer. Active in the stoner / sludge metal circuit since 2001, the trio have just released their seventh record just for you to hear tonight (please don’t screw this up) and their distinct sound is more heavy and well-rounded than ever. The pinnacle LP, Exhausting Fire, dabbles with lighter more subversive elements yet always manages to uphold their heavy as hell, fuzzed out, beautiful chaos. Let us all be thankful for the genre pushing pathfinders like KYLESA. Opening is an act also hellbent on busting metal’s many boxes and quite familiar with our spellbinding corner stage. INTER ARMA hail from Richmond, VA and shake off all genre tags you might think apply. The Relapse Records signees last 2 releases have received a nice spread of kind words and their last EB outing was outrageous. Fans of doom, death, sludge, black, and all things HEAVY, come on down and watch these wizards weave together a set that’ll build an atmosphere around you only to suffocate you afterwards. Stoner-prog upcomers in INDIAN HANDCRAFTS also make their way on this one, and their last two records on Sargent House are absolute knockouts. Seriously, find us a heavier bill in Chicago and we’ll do your taxes. Greensboro, NC heavy trio IRATA open the night with a maddening set of skull-crushingly awesome prog-metal. Don't be a yahoo -- come out and get lit.
- Fri October 16, 2015 5:00 pm
- Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
The HOYLES consider themselves the real thing and use traditional instrumentation to play Texas shuffle, rave-up and honky-tonk music from country's true musical legends, for those of you who long for and recall the days when "country was country."
- Fri October 16, 2015 9:00 pm
- The Iceberg
- Skip Church [The Sueves]
- Radio Shaq
JOUNCE is a punk-infused anthemic rock band centered in Brooklyn, NYC. An ever-evolving post-punk and 90s rock hybrid, the trio consists of DAN TAMBERELLI on bass/vocals, MATT DESTENO on guitar and QUIN BLANDFORD on drums. Mixing alternative and indie-rock's adventurism, psychedelic textures and stoner rock's heaviness into an intoxicating blend, JOUNCE has been chugging along for over 14 years, consistently evolving and taking chances at every turn. This past August the band released their debut live album, Live at Brooklyn Bowl, to capture the energy they bring when performing on stage. Don't miss this chance to catch JOUNCE in the flesh, ya turkeys. THE ICEBERG returns to play "direct" tonight and features members of ABSOLUTELY NOT, SWIMSUIT ADDITION and SYBRIS. If that's not a winning combination, we don't know what is. All songs on their debut release, the six-song Wood Street Fire (Eye Vybe) were written by leader DONNIE MOORE of ABSOLUTELY NOT and they showcase the uber talented (and handsome!) Chicagoan's penchant for darker, moodier songwriting. Three of the six songs feature instrumentation from the supporting cast and we can attest that it's a damn thrill to witness live. Spooky, interweaving synth and guitar lines, glacial rhythms and understated vocals make it the perfect soundtrack to a chilly October evening. so show up early and stay late, cause this one's gonna be a banger. SKIP CHURCH is a Chicago band making waves around town that showcases the mellower songwriting talents of JOE SCHORGL, lead singer/songwriter/guitarist of THE SUEVES. Like an inverted DYLAN at Newport in '65, SCHORGL goes acoustic in SKIP CHURCH with a scrappy crew of local rock & rollers that'll set your heart on fire. Kicking off the show is the 7' 1", five-headed punk rock monster known around town as RADIO SHAQ. Find everything you need at RADIO SHAQ.
- Sat October 17, 2015 9:00 pm
- The Sidekicks
Returning for the first time since headlining two shows here in early/mid 2014 is the much buzzed about SAINTSENECA, a young band from Columbus, Ohio led by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist ZAC LITTLE. Following in the footsteps of heartland bands who have sought to twist the music of the old weird America into new shapes – from the VIOLENT FEMMES to NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL – SAINTSENECA perform songs that sound familiar and uniquely original. The band utilizes a wide range of acoustic instrumentation (balalaika, mandolin, dulcimer, Turkish Baglama, floor percussion) with synthesizers and electric guitars to create a seamless blend of soaring vocals and vibrant post-punk energy. The band's highly-anticipated new LP, Such Things, is out just eight days before tonight's show on the esteemed ANTI-Records and NPR says it follows in the footsteps of their previous work, "but with even brighter and more intoxicating results." We can pretty much guarantee this is the last time you'll be able to see these rising stars in a room this small. The band is keeping it in the family for this tour, bringing along their Ohio brethren THE SIDEKICKS and YOWLERS for a jaunt around the old U.S.A. (and Toronto). On their new album, Runners In The Nerved World, Columbus alternative rockers THE SIDEKICKS meld shimmering guitars and keys with driving rhythms with infectious vocal melodies that soar to the stratosphere. Peppy, poppy and catchy-as-hell, the band veers into emo waters without ever getting to sweet or melodramatic, never getting too serious or overwrought. With song titles like "Jesus Christ Supermall" and "Summer Brings You Closer to Satan," THE SIDEKICKS know it's rock & roll, baby, and we're here to have some damn fun. Opening the show is YOWLER, the solo project of Columbus songwriter MARYN JONES. Also a member of SAINTSENECA and the pop punk outfit ALL DOGS, the young singer and guitarist shifts gears entirely as YOWLER and her debut LP, The Offer, was released this past March on Double Double Whammy Records. It's a stunning album filled with hauntingly beautiful folk songs and captures a much bleaker tone than JONES's other bands only an acoustic guitar and her gorgeous vocals. Show up early -- we don't want you to miss any of this.
- Sun October 18, 2015 12:00 pm
- Chicago Square Dance Summit featuring Donkey Nation
- Broke Down Gamblers
- Can I Get An Amen
- Al Scorch
A plethora of top notch old-time string bands are descending on the Empty Bottle to celebrate the new era of inclusive, participatory DIY square and contra dance culture.
Headliners the BROKE DOWN GAMBLERS are on the road from New Orleans with crackshot dance caller SARAH GIBSON. They will also perform a singing set featuring the numerous talented voices in their ranks. DONKEY NATION hail from Columbus, OH and their style owes much to the crooked rhythm dance tunes of West Virginia. CAN I GET AN AMEN represent a uniquely Chicago string band sound and tear tunes to pieces with rowdy precision honed at Young Camelot and the beer halls of Rogers Park and Logan Square. Chicago songwriter, performer, guitarist and banjo-slinger AL SCORCH joins the ranks with his jubilant anthems and poignant reflections, plus we'll get a set of bluegrass, early country, and old time American fiddle tunes from hometown duo MULEFOOT. Additional callers include West Virginia's CHRIS KIMMONS and beloved Nashville bon vivant TEE CLAW!
No prior dance experience necessary. All dances will be taught. Inclusion is the goal.
- Sun October 18, 2015 9:00 pm
- Cool Ghouls
- Las Rosas
- The Rubs
COOL GHOULS graces the Empty Bottle stage for the first time, bringing their own swirly psych rock and roll straight outta San Francisco. This rockin’ four-piece most recently put out a full length on Empty Cellar Records entitled A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye and it’s got it all – soaring guitar solos, lengthy jams, huge springy harmonies, and anthemic refrains. These young men have honed their three-headed vocal attack in front of ambitious and unexpected chord progressions, an unrelenting rhythm section, and a keen ear for harmony. Theirs is a trifecta of songwriting styles, ranging from the raspy, rambling psychedelic soul of longhair PAT MCDONALD (“Grace”), to the high yonder twang of bassist PAT THOMAS (“Natural Life”), to the boisterous, fever-pitched, perfect pop of lead guitarist RYAN WONG. Keeping in line with the psych/surf vibe, Brooklyn’s LAS ROSAS are batting second this evening. About a year ago this three piece released a five song tape on Burger Records entitled Flower in the Sun EP and it’s five songs and 15 minutes of fun-in-the-sun bliss. Dripping wet with spring reverb, it feels like the tape was recorded, driven across the country, thrown in the pacific, then put directly into your home stereo. We can’t wait to check out what these dudes are going to bring in a live setting. Scrappy, scuzzy rock and rollers THE RUBS are made up of members of UH BONES, SKYMAUL, PLASTIC CRIMEWAVE SYNDICATE and THE SUEVES. They headline tonight's $5 Sunday with a set of wet and wild, punk-tinged power-pop that'll rub you raw in all the wrong ways. Be sure to grab hold of THE RUBS' debut full length, The Rubs Are Trash, out this past July on Tall Pat Records and Dumpster Tapes.
- Mon October 19, 2015 9:00 pm
- The Jungle Giants
Tonight's an extra special Monday night show that crosses continents and proves why Free Mondays are some of the best parties in town, even when they don't feature some of Chicago's finest. We've got a band from Italy, a band from Australia, and one from Lafayette, Arkansas for you fine people, so you better plan on calling in sick to work tomorrow, cause this party's going into the wee hours of the night, that's for damn sure. GO!ZILLA are an Italian Fuzz Psychedelic Punk band based in Firenze, Italy and composed by LUCA LANDI (guitar/vocasl), FABIO RICCIOLO (drum/vocals) and MATTIA BIAGIOTTI (guitar/vocal) . The trio sound takes inspiration from the psychedelic Nuggets till the 90's grunge guitars with a snotty punk attitude. They first released an EP in June 2012, followed by "I'm Bleeding" 7-inch released by Surfin Ki records, Grabbing a Crocodile LP, and Magic Weird Jack EP, the latest released in August 2014 by the french label Beast Records. In less then 2 years, GO!ZILLA has toured all over europe for a total of more then 250 shows sharing the stage with band such EB pals as THEE OH SEES, NIGHT BEATS, CROCODILES, THE SONICS and more. Formed in 2011, THE JUNGLE GIANTS are an Australian-based four-piece centered around the songwriting efforts of lead singer and guitarist SAM HALES. After spending close to two years promoting and touring their independently released debut album, Learn to Exist, the band is back with their sophomore LP, Speakerzoid. The effort is inventive and buoyant, chock full of sharp indie-rock tracks that'll have you moving and grooving all across the dance floor at tonight's Free Monday. It's no surprise THE JUNGLE GIANTS are huge in their home country and you can bet we're pleased as fuckin' punch to have em gracing our stage tonight. Kicking off tonight's cross-continental voyage is PAGIINS (pronounced "Pagans"), the post-everything indie-punk garage-rock four-piece out of Lafayette, Arkansas. The band's songs are as catchy and wild as they are fun as shit, but there's a lingering air of darkness embedded into all that ooey-gooey pop goodness that burst through the seams and rips at your heart. Show up early and ride the wave of PAGIINS before settling in for a night of pure sonic bliss. Skip work, party all night -- you deserve this.
- Tue October 20, 2015 9:00 pm
- New Color
- Wed October 21, 2015 9:00 pm
- Glitter Creeps presents Sweet Spirit, The Mad Doctors, Skip Church & more TBA!
Glitter Creeps is a Rock/Punk/New Wave queer night hosted and co-curated by Donnie Moore & Madison Moore of ABSOLUTELY NOT. Tonight is the twefth installment of this special series, meaning we've made it one full year and you best believe we're stoked for the lineup that they've put together.
Advance ticket purchase includes guaranteed entrance AND one drink ticket good for Tiger Beer or the non-alcoholic beverage of your choice. All for just $5!
- Thu October 22, 2015 9:00 pm
HAMMERHEAD is back, baby, and that's a good thing cause we're desperately in need of a good face peeling. Formed in the early 1990s by PAUL ERICKSON, JEFF MOORIDAN JR. and PAUL SANDERS, the band released a number of LPs, EPs, and singles through renowned Amphetamine Reptile Records throughout the decade, then suffered a split in 1997. After experimentation of other lineups, (one of which was VAZ) the band reunited a few years ago and this is, honestly, a very big deal. Marking their return with an EP, Memory Hole, and their first LP since reforming, New Directionz came out in August of this year. One of the O.G. noise-rock bands of the legendary AmRep catalog, this Fargo-via-Minneapolis trio is a most-welcome guest on our stage and we can't wait to check em out once again. QUI (pron "kwee") is a guitar and drums duo out of LA that has a similar story to our headliners in that they hit real hard, took a little bit of a break, then continued to hit even harder after reuniting. The band formed in 2000 with PAUL CHRISTENSEN and MATT CRONK and released music with Ipecac Recordings and Heart of A Champion Records. DAVID YOW had a brief stint with the band from 2006-2008 and even played our Adventures In Modern Music Festival in 2007, but decided to take a break in 2008 to deal with medical complications. Coming back in 2010, QUI began practicing and recording their melodic and bouncy sometimes-noisey rock, releasing music relentlessly through 2014 and 2015 on labels such as Joyful Noise, Gnar Tapes and Burger Records. Starting the night off right is Chicago's own RASH. RASH has released only one heavy as shit demo tape on High Fashion Industries and, well, it's fantastic. Following all the hardcore punk stylings of your youth, their set is not to be missed, especially if you're looking to get some of that post-work aggression out of your system. Tonight is going to be a great night, one of those nights that fills the gaping hole where your heart used to be. Trust us.
- Fri October 23, 2015 5:00 pm
- Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
The HOYLES consider themselves the real thing and use traditional instrumentation to play Texas shuffle, rave-up and honky-tonk music from country's true musical legends, for those of you who long for and recall the days when "country was country."
- Fri October 23, 2015 9:00 pm
- DRINKS (Cate Le Bon + Tim Presley of White Fence)
- Anna Burch [Frontier Ruckus]
Exciting collaboration alert! Newly unearthed outfit DRINKS combines the creative talents of Welsh singer/musician CATE LE BON and psych-pop oddball TIM PRESLEY (aka WHITE FENCE of San Francisco). CATE played guitar on tour with WHITE FENCE, so now we have DRINKS, a decidedly weirder project for both artists, which is saying something considering WHITE FENCE's consistently strange and prolific outpouring. The duo's debut album will be released on August 21st and their debut single, "Hermits on Holiday" (and it's accompanying video), is silly and joyful but catchy as all hell, especially once those drums and bass kick in. The sprightly, minimal pop-rock ditty has got us wiggling around in our bar stools, jonesin' to hear the whole album, so give it a listen over at NPR or Pitchfork or one of the countless other sites that's heaping praise upon DRINKS. Detroit musician ANNA BURCH, of the Detroit band FRONTIER RUCKUS, plays guitar, flute, harmonium and sings with sweet venom. Her new solo pop project first made it's way to our stage back in May and we're excited to catch a glimpse of her live again tonight.
- Sat October 24, 2015 3:00 pm
- Empty Bottle Book Club discusses ... "Modern Romance" by Aziz Ansari
Support a local business/great cause by picking up your copy of Modern Romance from our friends at 826CHI!
The Empty Bottle Book Club is back and better than ever, baby! This time we're not making you wake up at the crack of noon on a Sunday, either. Come by on a Saturday afternoon for a few drinks and a hearty, healthy discussion of the controversial Modern Romance by Azis Ansari.
At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it’s wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?
Some of our problems are unique to our time. “Why did this guy just text me an emoji of a pizza?” “Should I go out with this girl even though she listed Combos as one of her favorite snack foods? Combos?!” “My girlfriend just got a message from some dude named Nathan. Who’s Nathan? Did he just send her a photo of his penis? Should I check just to be sure?”
But the transformation of our romantic lives can’t be explained by technology alone. In a short period of time, the whole culture of finding love has changed dramatically. A few decades ago, people would find a decent person who lived in their neighborhood. Their families would meet and, after deciding neither party seemed like a murderer, they would get married and soon have a kid, all by the time they were twenty-four. Today, people marry later than ever and spend years of their lives on a quest to find the perfect person, a soul mate.
For years, Aziz Ansari has been aiming his comic insight at modern romance, but for Modern Romance, the book, he decided he needed to take things to another level. He teamed up with NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg and designed a massive research project, including hundreds of interviews and focus groups conducted everywhere from Tokyo to Buenos Aires to Wichita. They analyzed behavioral data and surveys and created their own online research forum on Reddit, which drew thousands of messages. They enlisted the world’s leading social scientists, including Andrew Cherlin, Eli Finkel, Helen Fisher, Sheena Iyengar, Barry Schwartz, Sherry Turkle, and Robb Willer. The result is unlike any social science or humor book we’ve seen before.
In Modern Romance, Ansari combines his irreverent humor with cutting-edge social science to give us an unforgettable tour of our new romantic world.
- Sat October 24, 2015 9:00 pm
Ring the alarm, Richmond, VA’s doom occult overlords in WINDHAND are about to metaphorically stomp our skulls with their sweet, super thick, sludged-out grooves. Their new record, Grief's Infernal Flower, is perhaps one of the best metal releases of the year, receiving ridiculous acclaim in its own right, being near-perfectly produced by grunge veteran JACK ENDINO (of NIRVANA’s Bleach fame, as well as HIGH ON FIRE and SOUNDGARDEN records). From a pure sound quality standpoint, this record is denser than a fucking black hole, with fuzzed out psychedelia overturning every reprise and solo, bass lines perfectly walking every rhythmic riff, and a hauntingly complemental vocal performance of frontwoman DORTHIA COTTRELL peaking through an eerie, hypnotic mix. Please oh please, don’t SLEEP on this here marvel. Terrible pun, but the ties to the metal mainstays are unbearably clear and really can’t be ignored. Rainy Northwest coasters in DANAVA open, bringing a tasteful bag of luciferian treats from the likes of space rock, prog metal, and stoner rock. It’s like the devil, RUSH, and BLACK SABBATH had a threesome in space, and we’re stoked to see that intergalactic menage a trois unfold on our triangular stage. Swedish act MONOLORD bring some foreign love to our doomed out evening, causing a ruckus of fuzz troping, sludge delving, and stoner loving chaos into the mix. The Gothenburg trio formed just two years ago but have already grown into one of Europe's most exciting young groups. Considering their hometown is one of Chicago's sister city, this is the only way to kick off tonight’s monstrous lineup.
- Sun October 25, 2015 12:00 pm
- Beat Swap Meet Chicago (#9)
Join us for an afternoon with your family & friends, diggin' in the crates & listening to quality grooves. RSVP on Facebook. Entrance is Free w/ Canned Good. Canned goods are donated to our local homeless communities. Beat Swap Meet is a Celebration of Vinyl Culture - Records, and Everything Inspired by them. A handful of Invited Record Collectors & Dealers from all over Chicago, Buy Sell & Trade: Blues, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, New Wave, Psych, Punk, Rap, Rock, Soul, and World 12's LP's & 45's on VINYL.
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Casual Drinking for the 21+
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- Sun October 25, 2015 9:00 pm
- Shannon and the Clams
- The Baby Magic
- Mon October 26, 2015 9:00 pm
- Male Gaze
Our run of stellar Free Monday shows with top-notch touring acts continues tonight with Memphis punks EX-CULT headlining their first show here since May 2014. Having opened shows here with the likes of TY SEGALL and MAC DEMARCO, EX-CULT is a band we've come to know and love since we came across their debut record in 2012. Released on the esteemed Goner Records and produced by eventual tour partner TY SEGALL, that album was one of the best, most under-appreciated punk releases of the year and you can bet your ass they've outdone themselves with their second LP, Midnight Passenger, out in April 2014 on Goner. This seasoned five-piece play ripping punk rock like none other, incorporating angular post-punk, flying saucer fuzz guitar, layers of psychedelic slime and snotty vocals with a bash-your-head-in energy that needs to be seen live to be believed. Chicago noise-punks RUNNING return for the first time since opening for A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS last month and their no-fucks-given sonic blast continues to knock us on our sorry asses. The band's albums are a mess of reverbed-to-heck vocals, pummeling drum and bass, and abrasive, feedback-heavy guitar. RUNNING caught the ears of a guy named JOHN DWYER of the band THEE OH SEES and his own Castle Face Records put out the band's third record, Vaguely Ethnic, in the summer of 2013. The LP continues RUNNING's path of destruction in Chicago and beyond, shriveling the tits and testicles of any sniveling boners who try to stand in their way. Blow-out enthusiasts, get ready to scarf down San Francisco’s MALE GAZE without chewing. The new band from MATT JONES of BLASTED CANYONS (R.I.P.), this trio will slap your brain and rattle your skull with their hard-hitting and danceable post-punk. On their debut record, a seven song mini-LP titled Gale Maze (Castle Face), JONES flexes his rich tenor with a strong, melodramatic delivery as he and his band bash out fuzzy, knuckle-dragging punk anthems. Get ready for a beating tonight, ladies and gents, cause this Free Monday is gonna be one for the ages.
- Tue October 27, 2015 9:00 pm
- Wax Idols
- Them Are Us Too
- Yoko Homo
We've been fans of WAX IDOLS, the primary project of Oakland-based songstress HEATHER FORTUNE, ever since the release of her raw, dirgy debut LP No Future, out on HoZac in 2011. After touring behind that debut LP, WAX IDOLS expanded to a full band and plunged head first into the darkest depths of their previous work to craft a stellar follow-up, Discipline & Desire, out in 2013 via Slumberland. Piercing, layered guitars mix with haunting vocals and propulsive, hypnotic drumming, bringing muscle and tension to WAX IDOLS seething, moody darkwave. The third album by WAX IDOLS is equal parts declaration of independence and meditation on togetherness, and this is, perhaps, where it strays from the band’s previous work: American Tragic stands out for its profound empathy — elegiac in its approach, but connective by nature. The album is a culmination in what FORTUNE has been playing with over the arc of her discography: Livelihood is neither fixed nor consistent -- we can be independent and attached, in need of discipline and desire, or even fully autonomous with a little bit of help. With a nod to 80’s shoegaze sensibilities, THEM ARE US TOO creates songs about tragedy and loves-lost that draws listeners to their nostalgic and innocent sound. Kennedy Ashlyn Wenning's vocals have been compared to the likes of KATE BUSH and ELIZABETH FRASIER, with a pitch-perfect octave range that can carry songs from optimistic joy down to undisturbed melancholia, all within one verse. Guitarist Cash Askew paints a layered and complex backdrop using signature reverberation and washes of stringed ambient tones. The duo's debut album, Remain, rivals the magic behind the early 4AD and Creation Records, with massive, seraphic sounds and heartbreaking nostalgia crafted into uncompromising and immaculately orchestrated beauty.
- Wed October 28, 2015 9:00 pm
- RLYR [Pelican
Seattle institution KINSKI are a grizzled and grungy riff-rock powerhouse, a four-piece that follows their instincts to explore pathways from visceral guitar rock, to sonic and heady avant-psych rock, and sparse, atmosphere-bending instrumentals. The band writes arena-ready, fist-pumping anthems and have been a juggernaut since forming in 1998. Though they pulled a vanishing act recording-wise after their 2007 LP, Down Below Its Chaos, the wait was worth it in the fret-hopping heroics that arrived with 2013's Cosy Moments. Thankfully, KINSKI didn't bother waiting another six years to release something fresh, cause just this past summer we got 7 (or 8), an album Noisey calls "high-wattach wah-wah and noise pedal stomping stoner chug." Yes, the title alludes to what number record they're on, and it's no surprise they might be confused, what with all the mind-frying they've been doing coast-to-coast over the past 17 years. Don't miss em, homies. Returning to play second tonight is Chicago's own RLYR, a band that features members of PELICAN, LOCRIAN and BLOODIEST. With that pedigree you're probably expecting something very loud, something that could be described as "doomy" or "sludgy," but as usual, you're fucking wrong, dummy! RLYR is an instrumental rock band that takes a far more pop-oriented approach than their members might suggest while still peeling that stupid face off your stupid skull. Sorry for all the aggressive swearing -- RLYR is a remarkably good rock band and you should come see them live. New-ish Chicago band LUGGAGE is comprised of members of BASIC CABLE, LOOSE DUDES and CLEARED, and though they formed less than a year ago, you can already hear their debut album, Sun, on their bandcamp page. The trio's dark, noisy blend of shoegaze, post-punk and droning psychedelia is intensely hypnotic and we're damn excited to welcome them back to our stage tonight. Judging by the tunes and the members' pedigrees, we can guarantee it'll be a damn good start to this fine fall evening.
- Thu October 29, 2015 9:00 pm
- ONO (Record Release)
- Erica Eso [Cloud Becomes Your Hand]
- Names Divine
Underground Chicago punk heroes ONO are a legendary act that shows an ability to amaze and discombobulate even the most adventurous live music fan. They've remained outsiders in a sea of outsiders, and if you've seen ‘em before you know what to expect: Sparse electronic beats, saxophone skronk, theatrical vocals and oddball bass riffs. Having recently reissued the second of their original mind-blowing releases, Ennui, on Priority Male (operated by M. HORD of RUNNING), the south-side art-rockers were in the studio late last year and tonight they're celebrating the release of Spooks, which features guest appearances by AL JOURGENSEN of MINISTRY and OBNOX, out courtesy of Chicago's out Moniker Records. Local noisemakers TOUPEE return to our stage for the first time since celebrating the release of their newest record, Leg Toucher, also out on Moniker. The four-piece, led by the feral and unhinged WHITNEY ALLEN, have become one of the best live bands in Chicago over the past few years and this summer's demented music video for their single "Mommy Is A Mummy" shows off their digustingly awesome unpredictability. TOUPEE are a treat every time they wreak havoc on our stage – a treat wrapped in barbed wire and ready to explode the instant it touches your lips. Playing their battered and bruised noise-punk to a steadily growing number of rabid fans, TOUPEE have become something of a staff favorite and are shockingly good each time they hit our stage.
- Fri October 30, 2015 5:00 pm
- Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
The HOYLES consider themselves the real thing and use traditional instrumentation to play Texas shuffle, rave-up and honky-tonk music from country's true musical legends, for those of you who long for and recall the days when "country was country."
- Fri October 30, 2015 9:00 pm
- Here We Go Magic
- Big Thief
- Jewel Case [Deep Breath]
Following their well-received January EP, Brooklyn’s HERE WE GO MAGIC released A Different Ship in mid-2012 via Secretly Canadian. Produced by RADIOHEAD “sixth member” NIGEL GODRICH, the LP is a powerful and unusually beautiful release, praised by the Portable Infinite for its “emotional and musical arc that is alternately calming and anxiety-inducing, and often both at once.” Lead by singer/songwriter LUKE TEMPLE’s evocative croon, HWGM manage an effortless command of sense, style and sound over a backdrop of guitar pop, psychedelia and assuredly strutting melodies.
- Sat October 31, 2015 9:00 pm
- Windy City Soul Club - Halloween Party!
The WINDY CITY SOUL CLUB boasts that the "best rare soul deejays in Chicago come together to create the best party this city has ever seen," and if you're inclined to think real deejays need only a box full of vinyl, you'll likely agree. WCSC deejays play all original vinyl of the Northern Soul variety, Motown-style gems, regional hits, ace dancing tunes as well as your favorite recognizable sing-along classics. If you've ever wanted to "shake a tail feather" tonight's your night to get dapper and get down. Early arrival is recommended to avoid waiting in line outside! $5 cover (no advance tickets), 21+
- Sun November 1, 2015 9:00 pm
- Empty Bottle & Immune Recordings present : Mind Over Mirrors
- Scott Tuma
- Mon November 2, 2015 9:00 pm
- The Gunshy
- WOLFPAC [The Lemons
- The Sueves]
A longtime collab between NATALIE HOFFMANN (formerly of EX-CULT) and CHARLOTTE WATSON, NOTS has evolved into it's wildest incarnation yet. Featuring MADISON FARMER on Bass and ALEXANDRA EASTBURN on synth, last year NOTS followed up two Goner Records singles that absolutely ripped, with a full length debut, We Are Nots. The record is aptly named: They are NOTS and they let the music do the rest. The four-piece followed up that full-length with the "Virgin Mary" 7-inch and hit the road with QUINTRON & MISS PUSSYCAT this past spring. Stereogum praised the song for its "abrasive array of noises — jagged synths, discordant guitars, antagonistic vocals — before veering into a chaotic conclusion" Needles to say, we're beyond stoked to have them here on what's sure to be a most-epic Free Monday.
- Tue November 3, 2015 9:00 pm
- Wed November 4, 2015 9:00 pm
- Lala Lala
- Thu November 5, 2015 9:00 pm
- Zombi with Pinkish Black
- Trevor de Brauw
Two years ago, around this time of year, we thought we'd be witnessing one of the final shows from Pittsburgh synth/prog/post-rock duo ZOMBI. Lucky for us, it wasn't the end of the road for this legendary group and they're releasing a new album, Shape Shift, on October 16th courtesy of Relapse Records. Producing work that is epic in concept, sound, and artistic approach, STEVE MOORE and A.E. PATERRA, the masterminds and multi-instrumentalists behind ZOMBI, have re-imagined the architecture of progressive rock and dynamic instrumentals, carving a niche in underground music distinctly their own. The band's signature sound, achieved using only electric bass, drums, and a collection of analog synthesizers, is deceptively lush considering its two man skeleton crew ensemble. MOORE's bass playing and meticulous synthesizer programming interacts seamlessly with PATERRA's controlled, precision drumming, as if each man is anticipating his counterpart's next move. Punctuated by their songwriting skills, each ZOMBI song, whether grand in design or powerful and driving, is entirely autonomous and true to the duo's creative vision.
- Fri November 6, 2015 9:00 pm
- Promised Land Sound
"Nashville's twangy alt-country rockers Promised Land Sound have released a single from their upcoming LP For Use and Delight. This forthcoming sophomore record from the down-home quartet is set for an October 2nd release from Paradise of Bachelors. Promised Land Sound seem to be in pretty good company lately, having toured with similarly folk-oriented rock outfits like Alabama Shakes and Angel Olsen. Stream the nostalgic single "Otherworldly Pleasures" and catch Promised Land Sound as they hit the road with Natalie Prass. You can pre-order For Use and Delight [via Paradise of Bachelors]."
- Sat November 7, 2015 9:00 pm
1000 Days is WANDs third album in what can only be called the relative blink of an eye, and their best album too. To recap the last 365ish: August of 2014 saw the release of Ganglion Reef, WAND's debut album release on TY SEGALL's God? Records. Following that, they ranged from their south-Cali base playing shows of all kinds home and abroad. And suddenly, it was March of 2015, with a second album, Golem (this time on In The Red), the group their sound farther down the road. On their Drag City debut, 1000 Days, WAND move restlessly and gracefully through divergent phases of music in a single passage of a song, as they've been known to do. Recorded in their hometowns of Los Angeles and San Francisco,1000 Days finds the trio searching in corners and finding extra texture via synthetic animation. The atmosphere is quicksilver and the space acoustic; as a beacon sparks electric, a cascade of hi-fi noises for everyone’s ears – raucous, impassive, inevitable musical expressions. Surf-grunge trio PERFUME plays sandwich meat in tonight's all-awesome, all-searing night of rawk. Not to be confused with the mega-popular Japanese trio, these Chicago ruffians throw in a pinch of goth and a dash of new wave to keep it so fresh and so, so not-clean. Chicago's MELKBELLY returns to our stage for the first time since opening for LIGHTNING BOLT back in April and they opened for WAND a mere two weeks before that -- what a world! Coming all the way from Pilsen, the four-piece is a refreshing throwback to thrashy, crunchy noise-rock. MELKBELLY has been one of the hottest names in town since releasing one of the finest Chicago albums of 2014, Pennsylvania, via Automatic Recordings. They've continuously turned it up to 11 whenever they hit the stage and we can't wait to see how they kick this shitstorm off tonight. Come early, stay late, and let's get all sorts of filthy.
- Sun November 8, 2015 1:00 pm
- Curbside Splendor Pop Up Book Fair
Curbside Splendor & Book Fort present our bi-annual Pop Up Book Fair! We're back at the Empty Bottle for an afternoon with 30+ of the finest local and regional independent publishers, presses, & booksellers. The bar will be open, the music will be going, so grab a cocktail as you ogle some books and satiate your bibliophilia and book shopping needs!
Free with RSVP or $8 at the door.
- Sun November 8, 2015 9:00 pm
- Moving Units
- Shocking Pinks
- Mon November 9, 2015 9:00 pm
- Midnight Reruns
There's no band that can lay claim to being the true best in the business, except VIDEO. Crawling from the musical wasteland that is Texas, their intentions are simple: they want to own the world. While the band features members of BAD SPORTS, WICCANS, RADIOACTIVITY and THE WAX MUSEUMS (just to name a few), VIDEO stands on its own as one of the most powerful and visceral bands active today. Combining equal parts snotty punk, hard rock, and melodic dissonance, VIDEO are pioneers of their own subgenre, "Hate Wave." Going well beyond the confines of paint by numbers punk, and generic, flaccid garage rock, VIDEO forges a new cult like movement. So pay attention, consumers, and don't miss out on the best thing going today. The full length LP The Entertainers will be released on Third Man Records on October 30th of this year. Long Live The New Faith, Long Live VIDEO. MIDNIGHT RERUNS is a loud-as-fuck Milwaukee-based rock & roll band doing the best they can and, chances are, they're doing a whole lot better than you are. Snotty, loud power-pop for the pill-popping maniacs of the Midwest, these four bad dads write soaring, rip-roaring punk anthems that'll leave you gasping for air, as seen on this year's Get Me Out EP. The band headlined the first night of Milwaukee's Dusty Medical Fest back in August and are releasing their new full length album, Force Of Nature, on that esteemed label later this fall, so watch your back if you know what's good for you. CLEARANCE was started in Chicago in early 2013 by MIKE BELLIS and ARTHUR VELEZ. The pair first started playing in assorted basements around Ann Arbor as the FINE PRINTERS, stumbling through half-remembered covers by bands like TELEVISION and VELVET UNDERGROUND. Two years later they're offering their own take on slanted lo-fi with a “slacker-rock” vibe, as heard on their first singles and the Catalog Nos. cassette, a retrospective of the first year-plus of CLEARANCE's recorded output from 2013-2014. Tall Pat Records is releasing their debut LP, Rapid Rewards, in late September and Stereogum has the first single, “You’ve Been Pre-Approved.” Taking equal cues from the Flying Nun school of arty guitar pop, classic British post-punk and otherwise VELVETS-indebted rock, the band mixes eras and styles with ease, resulting in a tightly focused but coolly off-the-cuff record that appeals to rock nerds of all stripes and sizes.
- Tue November 10, 2015 9:00 pm
- Shah Jahan
- Wed November 11, 2015 9:00 pm
- Kate Boy
- Thu November 12, 2015 9:00 pm
- Eight Bit Tiger
Chicago electronic duo EIGHT BIT TIGER headline the Bottle for their first time tonight, bringing their radioactive sonic isotopes to our eyes and ears to blast us off into outer-fuckin'-space, man. Nothing short of theatrical, the group combines 80's style synths, 70's funk bass, and guitar riffs, presented with a twist and shitloads of flair. EIGHT BIT TIGER is about as fun as it gets around these parts, so don some neon, bust out the face paint, and come freak out to some kinky-ass dance tunes.
- Fri November 13, 2015 9:00 pm
- Turquoise Jeep
TURQUOISE JEEP is a hip-hop and R&B collective and record label founded by multi-talented artists and musicians FLYNT FLOSSY and WHATCHYAMACALLIT. Best known for their insanely creative and hilarious music videos, TURQUOISE JEEP rose to prominence for their YouTube hits "Lemme Smang It" and "Did I Mention I Like To Dance" in the early 2010s. The label has released two albums, Keep The Jeep Riding and Existing Musical Beings, and is also working on a clothing line and instructional dance DVD called Flow with the Floss. Their live shows are an all-out, balls-to-the-wall party unlike any you've seen or experienced before, so put those stretchy pants on and get ready to dance those sweet cheeks right off.
- Sat November 14, 2015 9:00 pm
- Peacers [Sic Alps]
- Elisa Ambrogio [Magik Markers]
- Swear Beam
- Sun November 15, 2015 9:00 pm
- Quaker City Night Hawks
Fort Worth, TX four-piece QUAKER CITY NIGHT HAWKS' brand of hard rock n' roll is bred from Texas boogie, Memphis soul and heavy blues. It's straight up southern rock right out of 1975, played with the fervor of a sermon crackling out of your dad's beat up car radio. Crunch guitar riffs, soulful vocal harmonies and chugging bass lines go down smoother than your first beer on a hot summer night. QUAKER CITY NIGHT HAWKS channel are the spirit of old-school rock n' roll with a no frills approach that'll have you shaking your hips all up and down these old wood floors.
- Mon November 16, 2015 9:00 pm
- Crown Larks
- Tweak Bird
- Wei Zhongle
- Wed November 18, 2015 9:00 pm
- Glitter Creeps 1 Year Anniversary! featuring Micachu & The Shapes
Glitter Creeps is a Rock/Punk/New Wave queer night hosted and co-curated by Donnie Moore & Madison Moore of ABSOLUTELY NOT. Tonight is the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of this special series and we're stoked for the lineup that they've put together.
A considerable force in the world of experimental, weirdo-pop for the past few years, MICACHU & THE SHAPES make their way to the Bottle tonight for only the second time ever, the last being a headlining slot for the final Adventures In Modern Music Festival back in 2012. Pros at deconstructing pop and putting it in a shiny but disorienting package, MICACHU & THE SHAPES released Good Bad Happy Sad on Rough Trade this September. Expect more of the same from these art-rocking fools, a band Stereogum called “playfully inventive and whimsically arty!” With their homemade instruments and lack of verses and choruses, we’re excited as hell to have these delightful weirdos headline this, the Year 1 Glitter Creeps Bash.
Advance ticket purchase includes guaranteed entrance AND one drink ticket good for Tiger Beer or the non-alcoholic beverage of your choice. All for just $10!
- Thu November 19, 2015 9:00 pm
- Natural Child
- Alex Bleeker and the Freaks [Real Estate]
Nashville's NATURAL CHILD are no strangers to our stage and just six months ago, in May of 2015, these three rock'n'rollers sold this piece out once again. The band had played here to a growing fan base many times before and we love em so. No bullshit, NATTY CHILD are a southern rock’n’roll band who writes rock’n’roll music that sounds like it was run over by a tractor and re-inflated with pot smoke. Hellbent on finding the next beer, bong or girl to suck on, these three boys are about as boogie-rockin’ as a band can get and last year's Dancin' With Wolves, out courtesy of the endlessly-cool Burger Records, is dirty, sleazy and fun as hell. Expect another wet and wild rager tonight, cause it's the only way these boys know how to roll. ALEX BLEEKER is a member of the massively-popular (in the “indie” world sense) mellow-rockers REAL ESTATE, and his FREAKS join the TWERPS for the majority of this tour. Honing in on a more rustic sound that recalls and has been compared to NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE, we’re stoked to welcome ALEX BLEEKER AND THE FREAKS for some old-timey meets new-timey rock n’ roll.
- Fri November 20, 2015 9:00 pm
- Dumpster Babies (Tape Release)
- Fuck Knights (Tape Release)
- Fire Retarded
- The Lucks (Tape Release)
- The Logan Theatre Sat November 21, 2015 7:00 pm
- Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay - A Film Screening
Empty Bottle Presents is excited to announce the debut Chicago screening of Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay, the first film to trace the origins of industrial music. The screening will be held at The Logan Theatre in Logan Square and there will be a reception in the bar area before and after the event. Doors open at Logan Theatre at 6pm and the screening will start at 7pm sharp.
Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay is the first film to trace the origins of industrial music, taking you on a journey through the crumbling industrial cities of Europe to America’s thriving avant-garde scene.
Industrial music emerged in the mid 70’s, providing a vibrant, provocative and artistic soundtrack to the picket lines, economic decline and cultural oppression of the era. Whether factory workers, students or unemployed, industrial music pioneers were all educated, artistically minded and politically aware artists who started with little to no musical background and went on to change musical history.
Industrial musicians found inspiration in Krautrock bands Kraftwerk, Faust and Can, 20th century art movements Dada, Futurism and Surrealism and post-modern writers William Burroughs, Brion Gysin and J.G. Ballard. combining the do-it-yourself attitude of punk with mail art and underground fanzines, these pioneers were also among the first bands to incorporate tape loops, homemade synthesisers, factory field recordings and cut-up techniques in their music.
Discover the personal story of industrial music founders Throbbing Gristle, Sheffield’s prolific Dada inspired band Cabaret Voltaire, award-winning soundtrack composer Graeme Revell of SPK, noise music inventor Boyd Rice of NON and fifteen other of the genre’s most influential figures, exposing their incredible stories for the first time on film.
- Sat November 21, 2015 9:00 pm
- U.S. Girls
- Mayor Daley
- Gel Set
U.S. GIRLS is the musical moniker of Illinois-born, Toronto-based artist MEGHAN REMY. Known for her large, distinctive vocals, challenging sound work, and creative set-ups, REMY has been recording and touring since 2007. She has released a handful of original records on various labels, including: Siltbreeze, Kraak, FatCat and her own Calico Corp. imprint. While each album shows growth both in vocals and style, Remy's vision consistently rings loud and clear. Her outspoken themes explore abuse, gender inequality, and everyday struggles of everyday humans. These themes carry through on her latest album, Half Free, released on the esteemed 4AD label. With narratives inspired by the work of director JOHN CASSAVETES and rock god BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, Half Free is U.S. GIRLS' most realized release yet, with an intoxicating blend of thick dub flavors, wall of sound dramatics, and lush, soulful vocals Packing themes of beauty, anxiety and paralysis in the face of aging, Pitchfork calls REMY "A creatively restless, audacious voice" and we're honored to welcome her back to our stage tonight.
- Sun November 22, 2015 2:00 pm
- Cajun Dance Party featuring Jesse Lége and Edward Poullard with Friends
Our love for all things Cajun just doesn't stop and today we see the return of the Cajun Dance Party! Come by all afternoon for Cajun music and dancing, grab a few drinks, and let your spirit soar to the heart of Southwest Louisiana. This time around, the Cajun Dance Party will be hosting legends Jesse Lége and Edward Poullard, performing with local musicians from the Chicago Cajun Aces and the Cajun Vagabonds.
Jesse Legé and Edward Poullard are living legends of authentic Louisiana Cajun and Creole music. Jesse sings in the traditional high-pitched, emotional style and plays the accordion with equal power and conviction. He grew up in a rural, pre-electricity home in Gueydan, Louisiana, speaking Cajun French and learning music from relatives, neighbors, and the family's much-loved battery-powered radio. Today he is one of the most admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists in the world. Edward Poullard comes from a long line of Creole musicians and learned from his father the beautiful older tunes that would become the foundation for his own repertoire. After apprenticing with master Creole fiddlers, he toured extensively on the national folk festival circuit and has taken his music all over the world. With his soulful singing and fiddling he is one of only a handful of musicians who are keeping the Creole fiddle tradition alive. These nationally known all-stars bring the heart of French Louisiana life to our afternoon dance hall!
“Edward Poullard fired out the blade-sharp fiddle lines with the nonchalance of breathing… Jesse Lege heaves his shoulders around a wildly wheezing button-accordion, as befitting this card-carrying Cajun Music Hall of Famer and Cajun French Music Association’s ‘Best Accordion Player of the Year’…by the time that band hit their fire-breathing ‘Zydeco Sont Pas Sale’ encore, the crustaceous honorees at the Isleton Crawdad Festival weren’t the only things red hot and boiling over.” - BluesRag
- Mon November 23, 2015 9:00 pm
- Simply Saucer
- Plastic Crimewave Syndicate
- Tom Carter [Charalambides]
Holy Crap, if this wasn't a FREE MONDAY, this would be a straight-up Psychedelic Music festival!! Featuring a RARE appearance by 70s Canadian psychedelic/proto-punk legends SIMPLY SAUCER!!! This is their 2nd Chicago appearance EVER, to support the release of a brand-new archival 2LP from Galactic Archive/Logan Hardware entitled "Saucerland", featuring 100% unreleased vintage material!! If it couldn't get any better, this is also Plastic Crimewave Syndicate's record release Show for their debut LP on UK label Swordfish Records, home of Ya Ho Wa 13, Acid Mothers Temple and even Roky Erickson! Plus another rare appearance--NY folk/drone/psych guitar god Tom Carter of Charalambides, Spiderwebs, Badgerlore, etc. Matchess aka Whitney Johnson (Trouble in Mind records) starts off the sonic conjuring.
- Fri November 27, 2015 9:00 pm
- The Deadly Vipers
- Mon November 30, 2015 9:00 pm
- The Bribes
- Pony Show [Von Bondies]
- Bleach Party
- Glad Rags
- Tue December 1, 2015 9:00 pm
- Rocket From the Tombs
More than 40 years ago, the world blinked and missed ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS. The band formed in Cleveland in the summer of '74 and less than a year later - having released no music and played only a handful of shows - the quintet splintered into punk pioneers the DEAD BOYS and abrasive art-rock outfit PERE UBU. While from the outside DEAD and UBU have little in common, ROCKET somehow contained elements of both, fusing punk guitar aggression with darkly cerebral lyrics. Over time, the ROCKET legend grew and after reuniting in the 2000s for a series of tours, the band got together in Cleveland in the summer of '10 to record their first proper LP, Barfly, out via Fire Records in late 2011, when we were lucky enough to host them on our stage for the very first time. A thunderstorm of proto-punk poetry and contorted, art-garage anthems, the new incarnation brought the same fury that led GREG KOT from Sound Opinions to say, "ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS is not just the great lost proto-punk band of the '70s. It's one of the best bands of the 21st Century."
- Thu December 3, 2015 9:00 pm
- Empty Bottle & Curbside Splendor present "My Kind of Sound: The Secret History of Chicago Music Compendium" Release Party featuring Bobby Conn's My Chicago: A Multi Media Presentation
- MORE TBA
Curbside Splendor + Steve Krakow host the MY KIND OF SOUND: THE SECRET HISTORY OF CHICAGO MUSIC COMPENDIUM Book Release Party at The Empty Bottle.
My Kind of Sound compiles more than a decade worth of “The Secret History of Chicago Music,” the illustrated column by Steve Krakow (“Plastic Crimewave”) that has been printed bi-weekly in the Chicago Reader since 2005. There is much to discover in these stories; amidst the slighted fame, botched contracts, overdoses, and break-ups, Krakow spotlights the glory that exists in making music.
Each of the more than 200 columns included in My Kind of Sound were painstakingly constructed by Krakow in his signature scissor-and-glue process, the same he employs in his long-running psychedelic zine, Galactic Zoo Dossier. Charmed though his process may be, Krakow’s gigantic love for music and the people who make it is serious and staggering and the resulting collection is as fun as it is important. Jim DeRogatis of Sound Opinions says in his foreword: "Those of us who care about the good stuff know what [Krakow] has done, and we love him for it."
The book will be for sale and Steve/PCW will be signing copies!
- Fri December 4, 2015 9:00 pm
- Tall Pat Records presents CUDDLESTOCK
Its back, and there is nothing you can do to stop it. For the third year, Tall Pat Records and Thee Empty Bottle bring you CUDDLESTOCK. After two historically successful sold out shows, you might ask how can they up their game this time? The answer is we don’t need to. You know your going to attend. You need Cuddlestock. Without it, life is meaningless like reading about music on blogs. Once more, we bring you some of the hottest bands in town. Stay tuned...
December 4th, 2015
$8 or Free With RSVP
Don’t Be A Square, You Can Watch A Neckbeard Stream Video Games Later.
- Sat December 5, 2015 9:00 pm
- Two From The Eye
- Thu December 10, 2015 9:00 pm
- J Fernandez
- The Hecks
- Sat December 12, 2015 9:00 pm
- Meat Wave
- Rad Payoff
It's been nearly ten months since we last got some love from Chicago three-piece MEAT WAVE, but the punk rockers are returning to our stage tonight to fill us with their fierce and meaty goodness. These dudes really rock the shit out of their songs and we can't help but rage every time we listen to em, be it their rippin' debut full length or this year's acerbic follow-up, Delusion Moon, out this past September via Side One Dummy. Entertainment Weekly says MEAT WAVE "bites harder than a polar vortex gust tearing down Michigan Avenue." How's that for a geographically topical reference? Tonight sees the trio returning to Chicago for a hometown show after a busy-ass fall, so get ready to take it to the next level and show these boys why we love em so dang much. Before you catch their set here tonight, stream their new album over at the AV Club and get ready to ride the wave, ya heard? MATT ENGERS, a.k.a. SOPHAGUS VonEisengervich, is a multi-faceted artist mainly focused on beat-centered humanistic freakout music, visual art, and design. Walking the disparate line between hip-hop and experimental music, SOPHAGUS will bump the stage to give the audience a taste of a tight creative balance between lo-fi rapping and electronic beats. Almost reminiscent of alternative hip hop act DAS RACIST, ENGERS takes multiple experimental influences to sculpt a sound that's his own bizarre world. RAD PAYOFF returns to the Empty Bottle tonight for the first time in over a year, when they were fresh on the heels of their debut full-length, The Good, The Rad and The Ugly, out on Let's Pretend. Playing noisy, hard-edged punk with raw guitars, punishing rhythms and nasty, guttural vocals, RAD PAYOFF's self-dubbed "slow speed metal" provides that much-needed smack upside the head you've been asking for.
- Sun December 13, 2015 11:00 am
- School of Rock Hinsdale
- Sun December 13, 2015 9:00 pm
- Nick D' & The Believers
- Thu December 17, 2015 9:00 pm
- Wrekmeister Harmonies
- Bell Witch
- Horizon of Darkness
J.R. ROBINSON is a Chicago-based sound artist who works under the name WREKMEISTER HARMONIES to explore the darkest corners of minimalistic synth, drone, and ambient music, combined with visual projections he creates. His Thrill Jockey debut, 2013's You've Always Meant So Much To Me, and it's 2014 follow-up, Then It All Came Down, are album-length compositions spread over two sides of vinyl, featuring some of Chicago's most infamous minds in the metal and experimental worlds. ROBINSON is one of the minds behind our shows at the Bohemian National Cemetery, having conceptualized and performed at our summer and winter concerts these past few years, so we're always excited to welcome him for a stripped down performance here tonight.
- Fri December 18, 2015 9:00 pm
- Ryley Walker
- Circuit des Yeux
- Moon Bros
- Mon December 28, 2015 9:00 pm
- 11th Annual Alex Chilton Birthday Bash
Tonight is YEAR ELEVEN of the ALEX CHILTON BIRTHDAY BASH -- and it's on a Free Monday, to boot! Each year, we honor the great singer-songwriter's legacy (and birthday) by having a slew of bands come down to play a bunch of his memorable songs on our fair stage. You probably remember CHILTON for his esteemed solo career, an early start with THE BOX TOPS, and as the main songwriter for power pop pioneers BIG STAR. Come down, grab a drink, cry a lil, and partake in a very special edition of this annual tradition.
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