• Wed July 26, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Nervous Wreck
    • Heated
    • Slop Sink
    • Pyrex
    $5.00

    It's a $5, all-local punk rock bananza featuring...

    NERVOUS WRECK
    "Music by and for anxious, queer punks."

    HEATED
    "Ex/current members of Vee Dee, Daylight Robbery, The Coldies, The Krunchies, Sun Ra, The Beatles, Molly Hatchet, etc."

    SLOP SINK
    "Chicago queer & trans garage punk that is sometimes brooding and sometimes poppy."

    PYREX
    "A bass and a drum doing two things at the same time making one thing happen."

  • Thu July 27, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Neurosis
    • Amenra
    • Bruce Lamont & Sanford Parker (DJ set)
    $25.00

    Of all that humankind has inherited through our ancestry, no single language has transcended every age as powerfully as music. For those few who channel that inheritance of sound today, none have wielded its command and authority like Neurosis. Showing their discontent with convention from the very beginning, Neurosis revealed what would become an instinct for transformation in sound and scope. With each release, the sound became interchangeable with vision. A vision of the conscious and unconscious coexisting in an audial spectrum that challenged not only the constraints of what listeners expected but of the listeners themselves as beings.

    Over the collective’s past ten albums, Neurosis have invited listeners to join them on the path their music carved. Going beyond the remarkable, Neurosis became unforgettable. Throughout the last 30 years, the journey of their music has found the band relishing the unpredictable and embracing the unknown possibility of where the music was capable of taking them. This year finds Neurosis taking their most dominant step yet with their eleventh full-length, Fires Within Fires. Three decades in the making, Fires Within Fires is a testament both to the history and future of Neurosis. Striking the band's signature balance between light and dark, beauty and repulsion, Fires Within Fires gives due to its predecessors while progressing forward into the unfamiliar and formidable.

    Featuring exquisite album artwork from the renowned Thomas Hooper and the stellar recording work of the group's longstanding engineer Steve Albini, Fires Within Fires is at once a beautiful and forbidding work of mastery. For members Scott Kelly, Steve Von Till, Jason Roeder, Noah Landis, and Dave Edwardson, the album is a welcomed companion to what’s now been a 30-year-long trek into the infiniteness of sound and sight coalescing into consciousness. An all-encompassing reminder that transfiguration in sound remains their most commanding and inimitable strength, Fires Within Fires is the next powerful step towards a destination that has long been and continues to be the very heart of "becoming" for the mighty Neurosis.

  • Fri July 28, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Dead Feathers
    • Bionic Cavemen
    • Tijuana Hercules
    • DJ Akumal
    $5.00

    DEAD FEATHERS cascade back to the Bottle for a checkup on your psychedelic trance. That powerful, female lead vocals blended with a gritty atmospheric bite - DEAD FEATHERS means fucking business. Not as soft as PURSON, but not as roaring as ROYAL THUNDER, the quintent asserts themselves in front of any crowd -- ascend yourself into the blanketing incense smoke and celestial grooves that is DEAD FEATHERS.

    BIONIC CAVEMEN return to the Bottle tonight, hearkening back to ye olde days of rock & roll when it was noisy and dirty and recorded without them fancy overdubs and such. Over a series of car crashes and smoke-filled garages, they honed their sound, embracing the loud blues rock that allowed for the occasional psychedelic trip, while still maintaining their meat-eating, whiskey-drinking roots. We're talking vintage heavy here and the BIONIC CAVEMEN are coming to destroy the future.

    Tonight we welcomes Chicago’s one true “hillbilly trance” trio, TIJUANA HERCULES, who bring hypnotic weirdness to their mellow rock'n'roll. A collective based in our fine city, don't miss their entirely improvised, non-stop groove by "the band that never rehearses!"

    DJ AKUMAL will be spinnin' the jams all night.

  • Sat July 29, 2017 3:00 pm
    • Empty Bottle Book Club discusses 'My Own Words' by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Free

    This month the Empty Bottle Book Club will be reading My Own Words by Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg!! The meeting will be held on SATURDAY, July 29 at 3PM!!!

    EBBC's selections will be available for purchase each month at Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. Support a local business and 826CHI, a great nonprofit dedicated to supporting students with their creative writing skills, by picking up your copy of this book from our friends at 1276 Milwaukee Avenue!

    “At the heart of My Own Words is an abiding commitment to civility, to institutional norms, to the infinite possibilities of dialogue and cooperation, and to the now-dubious notion that protecting outsiders and others is a core American value. . . . Above all, always in her own methodical way, what shines through these essays is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, feminist, who truly could not conceive of a world without meaningful gender parity in the 1970s . . . as a collection of thoughtful writing about perseverance and community and the law, it is a tonic to the current national discourse.” (The Washington Post)

  • Sat July 29, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Absolutely Not (LP release)
    • Negative Scanner
    • Montrose Man (LP Release)
    • DJ Shannon Candy
    $5.00

    Returning to our stage are our old friends ABSOLUTELY NOT, who are always a god damn pleasure. Even more of a pleasure is when they release a new record and we celebrate it here, which is exactly what is happened! They released a killer new single last Novemeber titled Programmed via No Trends Records, which indicates just a taste of the amazingness we should expet from this trio's new release. ABSOLUTELY NOT plays it fast and makes it fun, without ever taking themselves too seriously. Prepare to get wet & wild with em tonight. 

    Old EB pals NEGATIVE SCANNER are returning to kick this evening into gear. This band emerged like a Phoenix from the ashes of Rebecca Flores and Tom Cassling’s former band, TYLER JON TYLER. Partnering with Nick Beaudoin and Matt Rivers, they’ve formed a dark and noisy punk combo that's put the underground demons of this fair city under its spell.

    New-ish local band MONTROSE MAN are a trio of hard-as-hell, post-everything punk rockers that also celebrate the release of a record tonight, Lazy Looker, their debut LP.

    DJ Shannon Candy keepin sweet on the decks before the stage gets rowdy. 

    (FLOOD) (NPR Music) (OUT Magazine)

  • Sun July 30, 2017 12:00 pm
    • Day Lapse feat. Sam Wagster (live) plus Brent Heyl and Erik Keldsen (DJ sets)
    $0.00

    Day Lapse returns to Empty Bottle for a midday hang filled with quality drones, ambient jams, pedal steel, and lap steel. Brent Heyl will be sharing DJ duties this week with Erik Keldsen (Immune Recordings) from 12pm to 4pm. Thrilled to have Sam Wagster joining for a live pedal steel set around 2pm. Check his latest release here: https://sequel-label.bandcamp.com/album/the-glossary-of-surfing

    These midday sonic elements combined are certain to set you adrift. Welcome to the void, we hope you enjoy your eggs. This event is free. 

  • Sun July 30, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Kacey Johansing
    • Gia Margaret
    • The Predictions
    $5.00

    KACEY JOHANSING was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and raised in the mountain towns of Colorado. After leaving Berklee College of Music in Boston, JOHANSING relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she spent a decade creating a community of musicians, artists and filmmakers, co-founded the duo Yesway, and released two solo albums. She has toured internationally and shared the stage with such acts as ANGEL OLSEN, KINGS OF CONVENIENCE, CHRIS COHEN and LITTLE WINGS, and has collaborated with members of MY MORNING JACKET, REAL ESTATE and FRUIT BATS. On June 2nd she released her lovely third album, The Hiding, on her own Night Bloom RecordsBrooklyn Vegan hails the new record as "gentle and sunny, steeped in late ’70s soft rock but sounding very much here and now," while Paste calls her single "Hold Steady" "a gentle stroll down the hazy Northern California seaside." Very nice stuff, we think you'll enjoy it.

    Chicago singer-songwriter/producer GIA MARGARET shares the co-headlining slot with Johansing, bringing a fresh dose of heartbreakingly gorgeous songs that she's priming to self-produce and release in the near-future. Though the current incarnations of her music (primarily on her Soundcloud page) resemble bedroom-pop and lo-fi folk songs, MARGARET is looking to expand into new sonic terrirtories. An early-2017 Chicago Tribune feature reveals that, "After picking up a variety of musical styles and instruments — from guitar to piano to synths — she is eager to piece together a sound that is representative of her personal artistic vision." We're excited to witness the eclectic and promising local for the first time here tonight.

    THE PREDICTIONS are a three-man skeleton rock crew from Chicago and they're returning to us for the first time since last August. With only some six strings and a simple drum set up, the trio's understated songs have a way of hooking their claws into unsuspecting listeners and whisking them off to unknown sonic territories. These are some damn fine songwriters and word on the street is they've got new material to share -- don't miss out.

    (Brooklyn Vegan) (HypeM Album Stream) (RedEye) (Paste) (Tribune)

  • Mon July 31, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Dim
    • FACS
    • Torture Love
    • Cocktail Twins (DJ set)
    Free Monday

    DIM is a steadily-rising Chicago band that crafts aggressive, heavy shoegaze. The songs have a deep, arresting quality that lock into a groove and distort the senses, leaving the listener broken and begging for more. Though it may feel like DIM is attempting to tear apart your perception of reality, they'll hook you back with lush-yet-noisy instrumentation that's reminiscent of early-MY BLOODY VALENTINE and RIDE. New Chicago trio featuring members of DISAPPEARS (Brian Case / Noah Leger / Jonathan Van Herik), FACS excels at creating a unique meditative space through minimalism and repetition. The group's abstract and modern art rock takes picks up where their previous band left off and we're anxious to see where it goes from here... into the void, we expect. We welcome TORTURE LOVE back to Bottle stage for the first time since opening for THEE OH SEES back in Nov '16. They Came Crawling, released as a joint effort of Protagonist Music and Pressure Group, represents the tacit culmination of their varied influence and sonic exploration. Every time we see these guys they have proven to be a wild but cohesive four-piece. The COCKTAIL TWINS DJs spin throughout the night and early arrival is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Very good Free Monday.

  • Tue August 1, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Mark McGuire (ex-Emeralds, Dead Oceans)
    • Ancient Ocean
    $8.00

    Former EMERALDS member MARK MCGUIRE hits the Bottle for his first time in over three years, when he opened for the likes of EARTH and JENNY HVAL (and THE WAR ON DRUGS at Metro) over the course of a few weeks. Channeling Midwestern underground consciousness, the multi-instrumentalist recently emerged with a new album, Vision On Purpose, the full-length sequel to the 2015 epic Beyond Belief. Beginning in 2015 with the birth of the beloved one, Vision sees magic brought directly into 3D reality, bringing new adventures into being with a new sight and new purpose. As he's known to do, MCGUIRE presents a unique vision of modern psychedelia with a sound that is complex and meditative, creating a direct connection with fans in a live setting through his hypnotic playing and layering. ANCIENT OCEAN is the psychedelic ambient/drone project of one JOHN BOHANNON. The Quietus said of his 2015 Beyond Beyond Is Beyond LP, "Blood Moon benefits endlessly from Ancient Ocean's soft, almost tentative touch. In paring down the bruising drone assault and moving more towards the interpretive stance of the Fluxus scene, Bohannon encourages the listener to actively pay attention to the music."

  • Wed August 2, 2017 9:00 pm
    • C3 & Empty Bottle present an Official Lollapalooza Aftershow featuring The Drums
    • Stef Chura
    $20.00

    PRESALE: MAY 31 at 5PM until JUNE 2 at 5PM
    PUBLIC ONSALE: JUNE 2 at 10AM

  • Thu August 3, 2017 10:00 pm
    • C3 & Empty Bottle present an Official Lollapalooza Aftershow featuring PUP
    • Deeper
    $17.50

    PRESALE: MAY 31 at 5PM until JUNE 2 at 5PM
    PUBLIC ONSALE: JUNE 2 at 10AM

  • Fri August 4, 2017 10:00 pm
    • C3 & Empty Bottle present an Official Lollapalooza Aftershow featuring San Fermin
    • Ron Gallo
    $18.00

    PRESALE: MAY 31 at 5PM until JUNE 2 at 5PM
    PUBLIC ONSALE: JUNE 2 at 10AM

  • Sat August 5, 2017 10:00 pm
    • C3 & Empty Bottle present an Official Lollapalooza Aftershow featuring ALVVAYS
    • Clearance
    $20.00

     

  • Sun August 6, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Inter Arma
    • Pyrrhon
    • Mellow Harsher
    $10 (advance), $12

    INTER ARMA‘s music resists generalization and categorization, but if there’s one thing that’s consistently true, it’s that the VA quintet possesses an unparalleled sense of scope. Few artists today accurately convey the complexity that INTER ARMA (Latin for “in times of war”) does – the band creates terrible and often hauntingly beautiful portraits of humanity through music that is deeply organic yet still mystical and modern. The band's raw, uninhibited approach merges doom metal, psychedelic sludge, black metal, prog and more, and over the course of the last ten years, has established the band as a uniquely innovative force in contemporary extreme metal.

    Two years after The Cavern, INTER ARMA returned last year with their heaviest and most multifaceted work to date. Paradise Gallows, their third release on Relapse, is more than an hour of lush, colorful melodies and textures blended with the heaviness of the Earth’s impending death. Like the band’s previous works, the new album is direct and foreboding while maintaining a nuanced, artful perspective. INTER ARMA‘s signature palette of dissonant high-end and abyssal low-end has been augmented with swathes of thick, impressionistic melody that lend Paradise Gallows a truly biblical sense of scale, both lyrically and in terms of the album’s sonic content. Harsh and acoustic passages (including the band’s first-ever foray into clean vocals) spar with complex rhythmic structures across nine sweeping tracks of expansive, progressive heaviness. Dense, funereal, and richly evocative, Paradise Gallows is a rich blend of doom, post-metal, sludge, and black and death metal, and is a singular and powerful new addition to the band’s already monumental discography.

  • Mon August 7, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Greg Shirilla Benefit featuring Salvation
    • Electric Hawk
    • These Beasts
    • DJ Andy Slater [Velcro Lewis]
    $10 Suggested Donation

    Everyone's favorite friend needs our help. Greg Shirilla, an old pal of the Bottle, was involved in a serious work accident at the end of June. He fell 3 stories from a ladder and, needless to say, sustained several injuries that will require a significant stint in a rehabilitation facility. He's facing a long road to recovery and cannot work for the foreseeable future, so we're asking for help to cover his immediate needs of rent, bills and food... That's where we all come in! We're throwing a benefit show for Greg that costs $10 to get in, but we'll literally take whatever you're able to donate. There will be a raffle and some of Greg's friends' bands will be hitting the Bottle stage to provide you with live entertainment. We hope you'll join us in helping this most radical dude this evening -- we love you, Greg!!!

  • Tue August 8, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa
    • Mouth Captain
    $8.00

    The sounds of DUSTIN WONG & TAKAKO MINEKAWA are a coalescence of the complexities of life, with the sheer joy of imaginative creation. Are Euphoria, released this year on Thrill Jockey, continues to dive deeper into the dreamlike technicolor tapestries their songs have always explored, blossoming forward with each cycle of loops. Completely characteristic of their style, the duo achieve a density of textures, timbres, beats, and harmonies while remaining totally weightless, suspended in the air.

    Chicago duo MOUTH CAPTAIN is comprised of Eric Gebow and Mike Burns, who make melodic, coppery sounding tunes via drums and lap steel. Weird Beard praised MOUTH CAPTAIN for "embracing the vastness of slow and purposeful dreaminess, but with a confidence that only comes with the ability to play ten notes in a space, but selecting the most effective three. Somewhere in the space between Bill Frisell's country offerings, an instrumental Portishead, and a southwestern minimalist cowboy, MOUTH CAPTAIN finds a warm blanket of lush to carry you over the horizon of space-time."

  • Wed August 9, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Banditos with special guests Blank Range
    $10 (advance), $12

    After spending much of the last two years on the road, relentlessly showcasing their critically acclaimed 2015 self-titled debut album, the six bandmates of Banditos regrouped in late 2016 at Plum Creek Sound Studios and democratically poured out sonic influences and emotionally charged personal experiences for their new album Visionland

    Produced by Israel Nash and Ted Young, the Birmingham/Nashville-based group’s second full-length has one foot firmly planted in reality as the other tip-toes in and out of mental complexities, self-perception and altered-state illusions. The results are revealing, exhilarating and profound.

    The album-titled track reveals these defining, cohesive thematic intricacies. “Visionland” is named after the defunct $60 million theme park that was built in the late ‘90s near some of the band members’ childhood homes in Bessemer, Alabama. The park was shut down after only five years and the schizophrenic glimmer of hope it offered local residents connects to a greater overlying optimism for life present at the album’s core, an eerily relevant theme in contemporary complex times. Jeff Salter’s sweeping guitar strums swell at the song’s intro, lifting through the murky haze into the warm and sunny clarity of a duet between singer Mary Beth Richardson and singer/guitarist Corey Parsons. 

    “Strange Heart” rides to new 13th Floor Elevators psychedelic heights, with Richardson’s scorching, raw, show-stopping voice echoing Merry Clayton’s chilling performance on The Stones’ “Gimme Shelter.” Later in the album, singer/banjo player Steve Pierce channels the ebullient folk of electric Dylan with his free & easy flow on “Fun All Night.”

    There is a shared mindset throughout; a persevering glint of what could be, a distorted possibility, struck by a frigid gust of reality. Like some sort of modern day, Southern-born The Band, some songs were written over years by a single member (the surfy jam “Lonely Boy,” which was written by singer/guitarist Parsons in response to being tour weary), others by a combination of the players (the punk-garage soul, Stooges-meets-Velvet Underground churner “Fine Fine Day” was penned when Parsons and Pierce drank massive amounts of vodka one day in Opelika, Alabama) and the dynamics show for it. There's a phantasm of vintage ‘60s Etta James soul (plus burning-hot background singers) on “Healin’ Slow” and, later, the hopping country blues of “DDT." Topics and styles range this way on Visionland - the heavy and emotional to the light and simplistic - but the Banditos always sound like themselves and always drive the nail deep into the groove.

    (Brooklyn Vegan)

  • Fri August 11, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Million Tongues Festival 2017 Night 1: Narita of High Rise
    • ONO
    • Itasca
    • Spires That In The Sunset Rise
    $12.00

    Since 2004, musician, artist and historian Plastic Crimewave aka Steve Krakow of Galactic Zoo Dossier/Secret History of Chicago Music/etc has curated the celebrated Million Tongues Festival. The fest has included international folk, experimental, psychedelic, and underground musical artists from as far away as Japan and the UK. Million Tongues spanned over several days at Ukrainian Village’s Empty Bottle in the early aughts, then mostly turned into one-night events. For the club's 25th Anniversary, the two day summer festival is reborn, featuring many alumni who don't appear live often these days.

    New to Million Tongues is NARITA of legendary Japanese psychedelic punks HIGH RISE, who changed the entire course of the underground musical landscape in the late 80s with their blown-out-beyond-comprehension biker-speed riff-mania. In this EXTREMELY RARE USA appearance (NARITA has not played over here in over 20 years), the absolutely slaying acid-guitar king will be backed by members of LA's OVER GAIN OPTIMAL DEATH, who freely admit to worshiping the man. If you miss his appearance, you will be crying grimy psychedelic tears for the rest of your miserable life.

    Also new to the festival is the widely-lauded, delicate LA songwriter ITASCA (aka Kayla Cohen), who’s stunning 2016 album, Open To Chance (Paradise of Bachelors), was a favorite among record snobs around town. Cohen has toured around the globe and performed with the likes of RYLEY WALKER, DANIEL BACHMAN & more. No freak in Chicago should be unfamiliar with the mighty ONO, whose resurrection after a few obscure 80s albums has been nothing short of miraculous. Garnering press and accolades galore, the new/no wave/anti-music/gospel unit never leaves audiences disappointed. SPIRES THAT IN THE SUNSET RISE are no strangers to the fest or the EB stage and they open the festival with their pagan-like sonic odes (the duo now live in Madison and NY). STITSR feature a harmonium, guitar, slide, banjo, bowed psaltery, cello, flute, autoharp, spike fiddle and mbira while toying with folk traditions but never fully embracing its stylings. 

    The weekend festival is all going down the second weekend of August – Fri, 8/11 & Sat, 8/12 – right after that behemoth Lollapalooza steamrolls in and out of Chicago. A welcome respite for Chicago’s more adventurous listeners and about 10x more affordable, tickets are just $12 per night, with a limited number of $20 2-day passes available and on-sale Wednesday, May 24th at 10am.

  • Fri August 11, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Million Tongues Festival 2017 2-Day Pass : Heron Oblivion
    • Narita of High Rise
    • Charalambides
    • Mark Fosson
    • ONO
    • Itasca
    • Fursaxa
    • Spires That In The Sunset Rise
    $20.00

    Since 2004, musician, artist and historian Plastic Crimewave aka Steve Krakow of Galactic Zoo Dossier/Secret History of Chicago Music/etc has curated the celebrated Million Tongues Festival. The fest has included international folk, experimental, psychedelic, and underground musical artists from as far away as Japan and the UK. Million Tongues spanned over several days at Ukrainian Village’s Empty Bottle in the early aughts, then mostly turned into one-night events. For the club's 25th Anniversary, the two day summer festival is reborn, featuring many alumni who don't appear live often these days.

    MEG BAIRD played in '04 with chamber-acid-folk ensemble ESPERS, but her new explosive/sublime ensemble HERON OBLIVION (Sub Pop) with Ethan Miller and Noel Von Harmonson of COMETS ON FIRE make their Mil Tongues – and Bottle – debut. SPIRES THAT IN THE SUNSET RISE are no strangers to the fest or the EB stage with their pagan-like sonic odes (the duo now live in Madison and NY). Cosmic chanteuse FURSAXA returns, leaving her off-the-grid Philadelphia forest home to play her first show in Chicago in many years, as does TX transcendent soundscape duo CHARALAMBIDES, who played MT three times!

    New to Million Tongues is NARITA of legendary Japanese psychedelic punks HIGH RISE, who changed the entire course of the underground musical landscape in the late 80s with their blown-out-beyond-comprehension biker-speed riff-mania. In this EXTREMELY RARE USA appearance (NARITA has not played over here in over 20 years), the absolutely slaying acid-guitar king will be backed by members of LA's OVER GAIN OPTIMAL DEATH, who freely admit to worshiping the man. If you miss his appearance, you will be crying grimy psychedelic tears for the rest of your miserable life.

    Making his Chicago debut after a 40 year-plus career is fingerstyle guitar god MARK FOSSON, who caught the ear of JOHN FAHEY in the 70s. His lost LP wasn’t issued until the inimitable Drag City finally put out his Lost Takoma Sessions in 2006 and we’re lucky enough to have a new LP just two weeks before his MT appearance. Aptly titled Solo Guitar, it’s being released by the lovely folks at Drag City Records on July 28.

    Also new to the festival is the widely-lauded, delicate LA songwriter ITASCA (aka Kayla Cohen), who’s stunning 2016 album, Open To Chance (Paradise of Bachelors), was a favorite among record snobs around town. Cohen has toured around the globe and performed with the likes of RYLEY WALKER, DANIEL BACHMAN & more. Last but certainly not least, no freak in Chicago should be unfamiliar with the mighty ONO, whose resurrection after a few obscure 80s albums has been nothing short of miraculous. Garnering press and accolades galore, the new/no wave/anti-music/gospel unit never leaves audiences disappointed.

    It’s all going down the second weekend of August – Fri, 8/11 & Sat, 8/12 – right after that behemoth Lollapalooza steamrolls in and out of Chicago. A welcome respite for Chicago’s more adventurous listeners and about 10x more affordable, tickets are just $12 per night, with a limited number of $20 2-day passes available and on-sale Wednesday, May 24th at 10am.

  • Sat August 12, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Million Tongues Festival 2017 Night 2: Heron Oblivion
    • Charalambides
    • Mark Fosson (Drag City)
    • Fursaxa
    $12.00

    Since 2004, musician, artist and historian Plastic Crimewave aka Steve Krakow of Galactic Zoo Dossier/Secret History of Chicago Music/etc has curated the celebrated Million Tongues Festival. The fest has included international folk, experimental, psychedelic, and underground musical artists from as far away as Japan and the UK. Million Tongues spanned over several days at Ukrainian Village’s Empty Bottle in the early aughts, then mostly turned into one-night events. For the club's 25th Anniversary, the two day summer festival is reborn, featuring many alumni who don't appear live often these days.

    MEG BAIRD played in '04 with chamber-acid-folk ensemble ESPERS, but her new explosive/sublime ensemble HERON OBLIVION (Sub Pop) with Ethan Miller and Noel Von Harmonson of COMETS ON FIRE make their Mil Tongues – and Bottle – debut. Cosmic chanteuse FURSAXA returns, leaving her off-the-grid Philadelphia forest home to play her first show in Chicago in many years, as does TX transcendent soundscape duo CHARALAMBIDES, who've played MT three times!

    Making his Chicago debut after a 40 year-plus career is fingerstyle guitar god MARK FOSSON, who caught the ear of JOHN FAHEY in the 70s. His lost LP wasn’t issued until the inimitable Drag City finally put out his Lost Takoma Sessions in 2006 and we’re lucky enough to have a new LP just two weeks before his MT appearance. Aptly titled Solo Guitar, it’s being released by the lovely folks at Drag City Records on July 28.

    The weekend festival is going down the second weekend of August – Fri, 8/11 & Sat, 8/12 – right after that behemoth Lollapalooza steamrolls in and out of Chicago. A welcome respite for Chicago’s more adventurous listeners and about 10x more affordable, tickets are just $12 per night, with a limited number of $20 2-day passes available and on-sale Wednesday, May 24th at 10am.

  • Sun August 13, 2017 12:00 pm
    • Not Dad's Basement (brunch)
    Free

    Considering the toxicity of predominant cultural values, historically and presently,  it should come as no surprise that counter cultural invigoration (oftentimes from the young) is a mandatory aesthetic for those seeking to transcend the shortcomings of previous generations and, sadly, their own. Often derided as mere "hipsters," these visionaries, weirdos, malcontents, activists, and guerrilla intellectuals (as well as their fans) make up a crucial rebellion against the complacency of consumerism, passive thinking, and empty relationships. This DJ set pays homage to such transgressives.

    No classic rock. No Top 40. Nothing but deep cuts from underground scenes, past and present.

    Fuck you, dad. And fuck your dad, too.

  • Sun August 13, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Honey Radar
    • Petty Crimes
    • Ornament
    $8.00

    "Not sure if it's layered solo work or a group or what, but it's great short pop spasms owing equal debts to early New Zealand's South Island groups and Guided by Voices." 
    The Wire Magazine

    (Noisey)

  • Mon August 14, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Ex-Cult
    • Heavy Medz
    $10.00

    Our run of blazing August shows with top-notch touring acts continues tonight with Memphis punks EX-CULT, headlining their first show here since October 2015. 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 past few LPs, Midnight Passenger, out on Goner in April 2014, and last year's Negative Growth, their first for In The Red. This seasoned five-piece play ripping punk rawk 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.

  • Tue August 15, 2017 9:00 pm
    • You'll Never Get To Heaven
    • Ccurlss
    $10.00

    YOU'LL NEVER GET TO HEAVEN is the duo of Alice Hansen, a classically trained pianist and violinist, and Chuck Blazevic, a studio-obsessed tone-sculptor and monome performer. Together they combine their disparate perspectives to co-curate every element of YNGTH together as equals. After gaining a groundswell of support from fans and critics all over the globe for their 2012 self-titled debut and 2014's Adorn, the group caught the attention of indie upstart Yellow K Records (Japanese Breakfast, Eskimeaux) on the strength of their breakout single "Caught In a Time, So Far Away". The band has partnered with Yellow K for the release of this year's outstanding new album, Images, in a break from their otherwise staunchly independent ethos. While YNGTH has been reclusive in the past playing only a handful of select festival dates, we're lucky enough to host their enthralling dream-pop here on this here summer tour.

  • Wed August 16, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Glitter Creeps presents A Benefit for Shriner's Hospital featuring Velcro Lewis Group
    • Glad Rags
    • Ovef Ow
    $5.00

    Glitter Creeps is tearing 2017 UP! This Rock/Punk/New Wave queer night has been throwing some of the best damn parties around since bringing their party to the Bottle. Hosted and co-curated by siblings Donnie & Madison Moore of ABSOLUTELY NOT, the monthly showcase was declared Best punk-rock LGBTQ night in Chicago Reader's 2015 Best Of issue and was included in Chicagoist's Best Queer Nightlife In Chicago. Each month brings new and exciting bands from Chicago and beyond to perform on our stage and we're stoked for the lineup that they've put together tonight, which will double as a benefit for Shriner's Hospital.

    THE VELCRO LEWIS GROUP is earth's premier acid-rock, space-funk septet. The band twists the aesthetics of Funkadelic, Hawkwind, Temptations, and Black Sabbath into their own living -breathing planet of sound. Lead by Hawk Colman, the brother with the 5 octave range, honky tonk veteran Lawrence Peters singing bass and scrubbing the washboard, and blind growler/Moog-eater, Andy Slater, people can't deny the commands and demands shouted from the stage. Travers Gauntt's Skylab crashing guitars hug and hurt, Alison Hunger's psychic Theremin dances and dives, and Halden Spoonwood's bass playing has more pocket than a pair of overalls, revealing the band to be a source of both confusion and totality. Once it becomes possible to drive an Impala through space and time, VELCRO LEWIS will be hot glued into the tape deck.

    Returning for the first time in almost two years is rag-punk trio GLAD RAGS and they’re here to celebrate the release of their debut self-titled album, courtesy of Grandpa Bay Records. They call it “Jazz Fu” and “Randy Newman dance music, which is surprisingly accurate. It’s as bizarre as those genres would suggest and sounds like if Mr. Newman fronted a DIY punk band from Prohibition-era Chicago.

    The night starts off with OVEF OW, formerly known as ME JANE. The four-piece began serendipitously in 2011 the same way all great relationships start: at a house party in Logan Square. They’ve been creating captivating indie-rock, post-punk music ever since. While its core sound is edgy and driving, the songs are melodious and carefully crafted.

  • Thu August 17, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Homeshake
    • Divino Niño
    • Pixel Grip
    $12 (advance), $14

    Born in the bleak isolation of the secluded prairie city of Edmonton, Canada, Homeshake's Peter Sagar worked with friends in a number of local bands before picking up and moving to Montreal in 2011 to begin recording under the Homeshake moniker. Following two self-released cassettes (The Homeshake Tapes and Dynamic Meditation) and two acclaimed full lengths (In The Shower and Midnight Snack), Sagar cracks a window open with his third album for Sinderlyn – Fresh Air.

    Started immediately following the recording of Midnight Snack, Fresh Air continues Sagar’s exploration of dreamy, downtempo bedroom R&B and draws inspiration from such disparate artists like Sade, The Band, Broadcast, Prince, and Angelo Badalamenti. As the title Fresh Air suggests, Sagar’s songs were created to clear his listeners’ minds of negativity. Full of smokey, laid back love songs and airy productions, Sagar’s decidedly stoned sound is a breath of fresh air.

    DIVINO NIÑO is joining the fun, brigining along their sexy dream pop for ya'll to trance off to. But let it be known, these bois considers their genre to be “bootleg-ass-pop” and if I had to speak from the heart, that’s our favorite type of pop. A sound that’s reminiscent of MAC DEMARCO’S Salad Days, DIVINO’S The Shady Sexyfornia Tapes encapsulates the dreaminess, but with a sexy Latino twist and hair that DEMARCO could never touch.

    Self described as "goth-disco," Pixel Grip, uses arpeggiated modular synths and propelling drums to create a sinister, yet playful sound that propels the listener to uncontrollably pound along to the rhythms. Imagine your heart looped through an overdrive pedal and every time it beats, you're carried deeper and deeper into the crystalline cavernous outreaches of your dreams and subconscious. This is their first time playing at the Bottle and we're eager to take that ride, baby.

  • Fri August 18, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Half Gringa (LP Release)
    • Minor Moon
    • The Jellies
    $8 (advance), $10

    HALF GRINGA is the mind of Izzy Olive, manifested as a glass of milk with maybe a little bit of blood in it. She writes songs about multicultural identity and domestic disputes set to rowdy rural rock music. Joining her are guitarist Sam Cantor, bassist Andres Fonseca, trumpet player Ivan Pyzow, and drummer Sean Saville. On her forthcoming LP, Gruñona, she's excited to continue fleshing out what began as warm, sleepy basement music to something that encourages her delusions of grandeur. Her favorite dreams are the ones where she's on the lam and yelling in Spanish.

  • Sat August 19, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The Funs
    • Waveless w
    • AU
    • Daysee
    • Pussy Foot
    $8 (advance), $10
  • Sun August 20, 2017 2:00 pm
    • Chicago Honky Tonk presents Cropduster4 and The Amazing Heeby Jeebies
    Free

    Chicago Honky Tonk is back for another round of po-dunkin’ and talley waggin’ this summer. Now with more honk to the tonk! THE AMAZING HEEBY JEEBIES are here to send you dancin’ to the moon. This bizarre musical powerhouse is putting a spell on amazed crowds everywhere including the hottest spots in town, various hotrod shows, and other footstompin' happenings. Too dangerous to stop. Too gone to turn back jack! Best described as "Dixiefried Garagabilly" drawing on various eras and genres from hillbilly, gritty blues, 60's garage punk, deep from the underworld of moody psychotic rock n roll! If you haven’t seen them yet, prepare to be AMAZED!

    Cropduster4 starts the party with an authentic get-down Americana vibe. Make sure to get gussied up and bring your special pair of dancin’ shoes for this quartet. They’re granny-slappin’ good.  

  • Sun August 20, 2017 9:00 pm
    • A Place Both Wonderful And Strange
    • Panda Riot
    • Turing Heat
    $8.00
  • Mon August 21, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Woongi
    • Tongues
    • Fatkid
    Free Monday

    Local act WOONGI  started as the solo recording project of DAVID CURTIN before evolving into the four-piece psych-pop mosnter we know and love today. The group's euphoric Music For Prophet, released this past March, is a mixture of dream and indie pop with layers of synths, electronics, and traditional instrumentation.

    Kansas City band TONGUES is stopping by as well and it’s always a rip-roarin’ time. when these Moniker Records buds hit our stage. Get ready to fill your ears with some killer punk rock tunage, because these dudes are bringing the heat.

    True freaks FATKID kick this shit off and are sure to send it into high gear. The Chicagoans have a lot to say for themselves, so we'll let them take it from here: "Four glorp gurus playing drippy tunnel music to honor the Almighty Splindledorph. Interests include tax evasion, moss, andsecond helpings of green beans." Indeed.

  • Tue August 22, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The Shivas
    $10.00

    Portland, Oregon surf rockers THE SHIVAS formed back in 2006. In the 10+ years since forming they have brought their raucous dance party to almost all 50 states, and over 25 countries worldwide, meanwhile releasing five full-length albums and three EPs on labels such as K Records and Burger Records. With the release of their latest - TURN ME ON (Burger Records/Annibale Records) they set out on spring/summer tours across North America and Europe, spending a few weeks at home in their time off to finish working on their 6th LP, set to come out in 2018. The hour is now upon us for THE SHIVAS to reign supreme on our Bottle stage. Come hit the party wave and drown in some sweet sunshine soaked surf rock.

  • Wed August 23, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Cale Tyson
    $10.00

    CALE TYSON is a singer and songwriter from Nashville, TN. Born in a small town in Texas, he was raised in Fort Worth, the home of TOWNES VAN ZANDT and the place where he first heard the classic country sounds that have inspired and enriched his gentle, melancholy, and undeniably whiskey-soaked sound. In 2013, TYSON released High On Lonesome, his debut EP, which features Kenny Vaughan (MARTY STUART) on electric guitar, and received praise from such sources as CMT and American Songwriter. In mid-July, TYSON released his debut LP, Careless Soul, to even more acclaim. Recorded at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL, its soulful take on classic country songwriting, with big horns and bigger problems, has the critics raving, with Noisey calling it "Funky, fantastic, and all about being a bad guy." Something you/we can surely relate to!

    (Noisey) (Rolling Stone) (Wide Open Country)

  • Thu August 24, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Actress
    • Elysia Crampton
    $15.00

    ACTRESS is the alias of Darren Jordan Cunningham, a Wolverhampton U.K. producer and DJ who's released some of the most categorization-defying, least predictable electronic/dance music of since emerging in the early-2000s. Since debuting with the No Tricks 12" on his own Werk Discs label in 2004, ACTRESS juggled a diverse array of inspirations -- including early-'80s funk and electro, art rock, raw and classicist house, and noise -- while putting a fresh, challenging spin on them. Cunningham's reputation was solidified through Hazyville, released on Werk in 2008, and 2010's follow-up Splazsh for Honest Jon's, as well as remixes of tracks by a select list of fellow producers. In 2012, ACTRESS released his third album, R.I.P, his most abstract and singular work to that point. The producer's fourth album, 2014's Ghettoville, was released with support from Ninja Tune, who also released this year's mind-bogglingly good AZD. Described by the label as a "a chrome aspect journey into a parallel world," it's been hailed as another landmark record, with everyone from Resident Advisor to AV Club to Pitchfork heaping praise on the effort. As resistant to categorization as it is demanding of it, Pitchfork listed it as one of the best "Overlooked Albums of 2017" and described it as one of ACTRESS's "most inviting projects, and its generous attitude makes his disorienting songs all the more affecting." It's far from "overlooked" to us and you'll be a fool to overlook seeing AZD in a live setting.

    ELYSIA CRAMPTON is an American experimental electronic musician. Her work is known for taking heavy detail in exploring Latinx culture, queer identity and its historic roots, subversion of macho cultural tropes, South American spirituality, naturalist themes, and frequent utilization of samples from varied sources.

    (AV Club) (Pitchfork) (Resident Advisor)

  • Fri August 25, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Shotwell's Last Stand featuring Jamaican Queens
    • Santah
    • My Gold Mask
    • Vamos
    • Fess Grandiose
    $12.00
  • Sat August 26, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Windy City Soul Club
    $5 cover

    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.

    No advance tickets sold // $5 cover at the door // 21+

  • Sun August 27, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Male Gaze
    • Luggage
    • Marbled Eye
    $5.00

    "Matt, Mark and Adam, aka Male Gaze, return quickly from the brainy roar of their previous album King Leer with their six heels hanging even further over the edge of the abyss. Good bands often pull punches but the great ones don’t and these charismatically scarred veterans of romance, gear singed from all too real firefights in the dark world of adulthood, lodge ten new slugs into your vest. Your life was spared but you’ll feel every second of the thirty five plus minutes, grateful that all you got was a bruising. Imagine what it did to them! Have you ever flung yourself out there to such a degree that you risked total humiliation if it all went south, to where the next step would be self deportation to some distant island of annihilation in your mind? How did that work out for you? Don’t worry, Male Gaze knows and they wrote some songs about it. Look out your window, down at the glittering metropolis below and listen to this album."

    - Henry Rollins

  • Mon August 28, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Yeesh
    • No Men
    • Drool
    • Nouveau
    Free Monday

    Bigger, louder, and rowdier YEESH comes to us ready to tear the freaking house down. Coming off a full Audiotree session earlier this year and about a year since their last album, Confirmation Bias, the band has been making plenty of rounds amongst the forever busy Chicago DIY scene. We last caught them here almost three years ago opening for Saintseneca and their syncopated rhythms and razor-sharp guitar riffs kept us hooked on their incredibly raw and brain-tossing performance. This local powerhouse trio is bringing their brand of abrasive indie rock back to the Bottle and we’re having trouble holding in our excitement for it.

    Sludge, noise and metal. No Men does not play around when it comes to re-adjusting your hearing loss. This doom power trio comes from Austin, TX but has burrowed into the cold depths of Chicago’s rock scene to help stir up the pot. With one guitar, two drums and the most commanding force of dark vocals this side of the river, No Men will surely get you riled up for this gloom packed night of rockdom.

    Often mistaken as car repairmen, this duo of noise-punks dressed in matching jumpsuits will certainly perform some maintenance on your current understanding of what rock n’ roll means to you today. Their fast and high energy performance is revitalizing and mind-awakening. An absolute staple in Chicago’s rock scene today.

    An incredible start to this emphatically packed lineup, Nouveau joins the bill with insistent and assertive punk sensibilities. Get carried away with their sweltering vocals and heavy guitar tones to match.  

  • Wed August 30, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Fake Limbs
    • Wailin Storms
    • Salvation
    $8.00

    Chicago’s FAKE LIMBS are now legitamized Empty Bottle veterans, having celebrated their record release here back in November, this will be their 11th appearance with us and we can’t get nearly enough of them. The dudely four-piece have released two of the best, noisiest punk records this city spewed out in the early-10s, 2013's The Power of Patrician Upbringing and 2012's Man Feelings, both on BLVD Records. Their newest LP, Matronly, comes to us via the unstoppable Don Giovanni Records. FAKE LIMBS throws listeners around the room with their in-your-face aural assault and The AV Club praises, "the band follows in the grand tradition of groups like The Jesus Lizard and Stnnng, with angular and jagged riffs fused to pounding rhythms and holler-’till-you’re-hoarse vocals."

    Originally formed in the unrelenting heat of Corpus Christi, Texas, WAILIN STORMS migrated east and ended up in Durham, North Carolina. Their sound is justly a mix of doom-punk and swampy rock, as elements of their prior and current surroundings culminate into a unique and volatile brew. Stamped with eerily dark and ominous vocal elements reminiscent of bluesy masters like Howlin’ Wolf and Samhain with emotive nods to Destruction Unit, Bauhaus, and Jesus Lizard, the band’s output is incessantly passionate and harrowing in its entirety.

    Riddled in rapture and delirium, SALVATION joins us once again for a night of debauchery and punk exaltation. This garage/punk trio celebrated the release of their full length LP Sore Loser via Forge Again Records here in early February with immense success. We’ve been eagerly awaiting to once again drown in their relentless sonic onslaught of feedback heavy noise. 

  • Fri September 1, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Scorched Tundra VIII featuring The Atomic Bitchwax
    • Fistula
    • Electric Hawk
    $20.00

    THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX is an American Stoner Rock Super Group from Long Branch, NJ formed in 1993 by bassist/vocalist Chris Kosnik (MONSTER MAGNET), guitarist Ed Mundell and drummer Keith Ackerman. The band mixes elements of 60s psychedelic and 70s riff rock, filtered through modern progressive rock. Their original lineup, which leaned more "jammy" than its current incarnation, released two full-length albums; the self-titled debut in 1999 and Atomic Bitchwax 2 in 2000 via Tee Pee Records. In addition, 2002 saw the release of the Spit Blood EP via Meteor City Label. Guitarist and vocalist Finn Ryan (ex-CORE) entered the fold in 2005 to record their followup, aptly titled 3. The subsequent album cycle included two European and North American tours along with a visit to Seattle’s “Sound House” to record the 2006 EP, Boxriff.  Engineered by Jack Endino, the EP included a DVD of the live show filmed in Seattle’s Sunset Tavern.

    Current MONSTER MAGNET drummer Bob Pantella joined the band in 2007 and the trio toured heavily, with the band’s fourth full-length album T4B released that same year on Tee Pee and Meteor City. In 2011, the band released The Local Fuzz, one 42-minute track with over 50 riffs back-to-back. The band spent 2012-2015 touring Europe and North America. Their sixth full length Gravitron was released on April 21, 2015 on, you guessed it, Tee Pee Records.

    Ohio’s FISTULA was formed in 1998 by musical partners in crime Corey Bing and Bahb Branca. Over the years, FISTULA has released a seemingly endless barrage of studio albums and split EPs through numerous lineup changes featuring the creative talents of bands such as -16-, SLOTH, HEMDALE, THE DISEASE CONCEPT & ACCEPT DEATH to name a few. FISTULA is a band that is impossible to categorize, combining elements of remedial sludge, hardcore and a ‘Bad Case of the Mondays," FISTULA remain the kings of doomed out miserycore. In 2016 they released two new studio albums Longing For Infection and The Shape Of Doom To Cum, followed by a return to Europe with ACCEPT DEATH and their current treck to Chicago, bringing the ultimate onslaught of pure, unbridled hatred and negativity.

    ELECTRIC HAWK is an instrumental metal band from Chicago. Over two full-length releases - I (2011) and II (2015) - the three-piece successfully fuses post-rock soundscapes with math-metal informed progressive song structures and sensibilities. Electric Hawk is one of Chicago’s brightest bands and will set a strong tone as openers for day one.

  • Sat September 2, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Scorched Tundra VIII featuring Acid King
    • Minsk
    • Wolvhammer
    • Bottomed
    $20.00

    Bathed in distortion, baptized in a plume of smoke, and born again in 2015, Bay Area trio Acid King—Lori S. [vocals, guitars], Joey Osborne [drums], and Mark Lamb [bass]—re-emerged with their first offering in a decade, Middle of Nowhere Center of Everywhere. Tastemakers such as NoiseyInvisible Oranges, and New Noise lauded the album. They embarked on tours of the States and Australia, appearing on festivals including Psycho Las Vegas, Erosion Fest, Desert Generator, and more as well as sharing the stage with everyone from SLEEP and DOWN to BLUE ÖYSTER CULT and RED FANG. It extended a celebrated discography that encompasses three EPs and three full-lengths, namely Zoroaster [1995, Sympathy For The Record Industry], Busse Woods [1999, Main’s Ruin Records], and Acid King III [2005, Small Stone Records]. Forever etched in Acid King lore, Joey and Mark announced an amicable split during late 2016. Lori invited an old friend BLACK COBRA’s Rafa Martinez [bass] and avowed ACID KING fan Bil Bowman of HOMSS behind the kit for this string of shows in 2017.

    MINSK broke into the scene in early 2005 with their debut full-length, Out of a Center Which is Neither Dead Nor Alive, via At A Loss Recordings. During the process, the band's producer SANFORD PARKER (PELICAN, YOB, RWAKE) joined on bass guitar, solidifying the final lineup and priming the band for their next move. Positive coverage by outlets such as Kerrang!, Decibel, and The Village Voice, along with the band’s ground-shaking live shows, generated excitement that carried MINSK into appearances to festivals and tours around the world. Over the past decade, they've put out PARKER-produced records on Relapse Records, opened for the likes of BORIS, SUNN O))), and HIGH ON FIRE, gone on hiatus and ended said hiatus, and most recently released their 76-minute opus, The Crash and The Draw, in 2015. Decibel, Stereogum, Terrorizer, and MetalSucks all declared it the band’s best. Like their namesake city, MINSK have proven that they can recreate themselves again and again, the same entity birthing grand new ideas each time they return.

    Minneapolis/Olympia four-piece WOLVHAMMER is an extreme metal outfit founded in 2008 and featuring current ABIGAIL WILLIAMS and SKELETONWITCH members. Their 2010 debut, Black Marketeers of World War III, was followed by two releases on Profound Lore. This output has cemeted WOLVHAMMER as a force in the American extreme metal communuity, as they've shown off their unique death n' roll elements with black metal foundations. Earlier this year the band independenly released WorkingClass:AntiChristians, prior to an American tour with Swedish underground legends SHINING.

    BOTTOMED is a dark, avant-garde project consisting of Nick Dellacroce of Bongripper. BOTTOMED's material is oppressive, intense, and uncompromising, transporting the listener through a range of emotions and feelings.

  • Sun September 3, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Scorched Tundra VIII featuring Oxbow
    • Behold! The Monolith
    • RLYR [Pelican
    • Locrian
    • Bloodiest]
    $20.00

    Over the 30 years of OXBOW's operations, no one has come comfortably close to classifying the Bay Area group. This could arguably be the result of their ongoing evolution, but accurately describing any particular phase of the groups’ seven-album career is no easier than describing the broader metamorphic arc of their creative path. This is especially true with their seventh album The Thin Black Duke, where OXBOW's elusive brand of harmonic unrest has absorbed the ornate and ostentatious palate of Baroque pop into its sound, pushing their polarized dynamics into a scope that spans between sublime an completely unnerving.

    As throughout its history, OXBOW grapples with channeling man’s most primal urges through a framework of meticulous, culture and cerebral instrumentation, but the unadulterated electric roar and percussive barbarism of their past wasn’t as wholly satisfactory as it had been. Other flavors were deemed necessary, both to slake unnamed thirsts and to suitably fit The Thin Black Duke’s lyrical themes, while also exploring the further reaches of Oxbow’s studied approach to tension and release, structure and dissonance, melody and abstraction.

    Led by multi-instrumentalist Dan Adams (bass), guitarist Niko Wenner and vocalist, lyricist, and author Eugene S. Robinson, OXBOW is known for its extremely intense and at times confrontational live performances. The bands headline appearance at Scorched Tundra VIII marks the bands first appearance in Chicago in almost ten years.

    BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH was formed in 2007 by guitarist Matt Price and bassist/vocalist Kevin McDade. As a trio – inspired by death, doom, and thrash metal - the Los Angeles based group released an EP and self-titled debut followed by the Billy Anderson produced sophomore full length Defender, Redeemist. Following the sudden passing of McDade and regrouping period, BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH returned as a four piece, self-releasing Architects of the Void to domestic and international acclaim. The band toured Europe with CHRCH and BROTHERS OF THE SONIC CLOTH 2016, including an appearance at the legendary Roadburn Festival. BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH continued its destruction in the American West - performing at Psycho Vegas – and capping the year off by showcasing the latest addition to its ranks, vocalist Ekaterina Gorbacheva, at Southwest Terror V. Scorched Tundra VIII marks the first BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH's first Chicago appearance.

    RLYR is a Chicago-based instrumental trio founded in 2013. Featuring Trevor Shelley de Brauw (PELICAN), Colin DeKuiper (BLOODIEST, ex-RUSSIAN CIRCLES), and STEVEN HESS (Locrian) the band released its debut album Delayer in June 2016 via Magic Bullet Records. Known for its energetic live performances, RLYR has quickly made a name for itself across the Midwest and East Coast, touring with CLOAKROOM and YOUNG WIDOWS, while locally supporting COLISEUM, DEAFHEAVEN, MUTOID MAN and more. Following the band's Do Division performance in early June, they've begun recording new material to be released by The Flenser.

  • Tue September 5, 2017 9:00 pm
    • NOTS
    $10.00

    NOTS are a 4 piece, all XX, “nuevo no wavo” band from Memphis, TN. Unpredictable guitars, celestial synths, and punctuated vocals swirl around the repetition of a powerful rhythm section to form a sound and a live show not easily classifiable but entirely addictive. Drummer Charlotte Watson and guitarist/singer Natalie Hoffmann are the band’s two constants throughout a handful of roster changes. NOTS’ current lineup also includes Alexandra Eastburn on synth, an instrument she picked up to join NOTS and to record on their first full-length LP We Are Nots, and bassist Meredith Lones, another new Memphis musician, and the most recent addition to the band. NOTS’ newest punk-noise-psych-collision 7”, Virgin Mary, aggressively follows on the heels of their debut LP, foreshadowing an ever expanding experiment in direction of things to come for the band.

  • Wed September 6, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Couch Slut
    • Toupee
    • Coordinated Suicides
    • Den
    $8.00

    Brooklyn, NY's COUCH SLUT shook the underground in 2014 with the release of its debut, My Life as a Woman. Stereogum called that album "engagingly smart and terrifyingly blunt" and pegged the sound as "a little bit Oxbow and a little bit Today Is the Day during the AmRep years... It's catharsis through pain, both for the listener and the band. But it's also smart in the way it sets expectations and subverts them."

    New album Contempt carries on in this fashion – COUCH SLUT's savagery and intelligence are both in full effect, adding up to an album that thrills on two levels. Sporting brains and brawn, the four-piece makes music that punches the gut and stimulates the mind. Contempt's harrowing version of rock reflects its hometown – dirty, dangerous, dazzling – and secures the band's place in the line of great NYC documentarians, from Sonic Youth to Swans, from Unsane to Pyrrhon.

    (NPR Music)

  • Fri September 8, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Ducktails
    $12.00
  • Sat September 9, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Blanck Mass
    $12.00
  • Tue September 12, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Sextile
    $10.00

    As a stable fixture in the Los Angeles underground, SEXTILE has been gaining a devout following since its creation in 2015. The four-piece outfit has all the makings of a revolutionary sound — boldly throwing convention out the window to create an entirely original, genre-bending imprint that combines the raw energy of 70’s punk with the intricate and sophisticated structural elements of 80’s post-punk and synthwave.

    The band's first release, A Thousand Hands, had a signature sound that was a dark and primitive form of rock n’ roll, a blend of surf punk, early industrial, and post-punk marked by heavy use of distorted guitar feedback and primal drum beats against a backdrop of violent energy. The album caught steam with each flailing, chaotic performance and, responding to demand, the band played endlessly around the Los Angeles area. They toured the west coast frequently, including a standout run with THE SOFT MOON. When SEXTILE assumes the stage, the band members truly draw energy from the air, electrifying the crowd to the point where the stage and the venue feel as if they might collapse at any moment. Brady Keehn’s powerful vocals bounce effortlessly off of Eddie Wuebben’s hypnotic synth lines, which mix in perfectly with Melissa Scaduto’s commanding stand-up drumming style. Holding it all together is the piercing delay feedback and self-contained noise from the guitars of Keehn and Sammy Warren.

    After hunkering down in a basement in Echo Park to record for a couple weeks, SEXTILE is back with their sophomore LP, Albeit Living. The album is a testament to the band’s growth in the songwriting department and effort spent fine-tuning their burgeoning compositional skills: the synth is in the forefront on this album, allowing it to shine through more powerfully than we saw on A Thousand Hands. Despite its more sophisticated sound, the album manages to match and even intensify the seductive energy of their live shows and debut album. In true DIY spirit, the band members were involved in almost every aspect of making the record. Keehn engineered and mixed the album while Warren acted as assistant engineer. The album was produced by Keehn and Scaduto and co-produced by Warren.

    The ten-song LP is a strong statement as a follow-up to their primitive debut, and while it re-defines SEXTILE's sound, the real impact the album has is the way it decisively breaks the rules and guidelines set out by conventional genres and strives to create something truly unique and genre-altering. The album launches abruptly, pulling you almost instantaneously into its orbit of hard-hitting up-tempo drum beats, haunting synth hooks, and enough guitar feedback to make Kevin Shields blush. Energy and passion combust as the members feed off each other to create a brand of post-punk that combines the formidable noise and feedback of Psychocandy-era Jesus & Mary Chain, the frostbitten analog synth melodies of Cabaret Voltaire, the myth of Public Image Ltd., and the dark soundscapes of bands like D.A.F. and Section 25.

    Albeit Living is out on felte July 14th, 2017.

  • Wed September 13, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Widowspeak
    • Clearance
    $15.00

    WIDOWSPEAK remain purveyors of mood. Whether painting an image of a basement apartment with blinds closed or conjuring the sweeping openness of a desert, they’re an outfit ever preoccupied with the influence of place and the passage of time on personal experience: The way vivid memories can feel like movies or dreams. On their newest album for Brooklyn’s Captured Tracks, the group uses familiar aesthetics as a narrative device, a purposeful nostalgic backdrop for songs that ask, “How did we get here?” Sonically, they exist somewhere in the overlap between somber indie rock, dream pop, slow-core and their own invented genre, “cowboy grunge.” At the heart of the band, there is a palpable duality, a push and pull between the delicate and the deliberate: the contrast of lead singer-songwriter Molly Hamilton’s strikingly beautiful voice and poignant melodies with the terrestrial reality of being a four-piece rock band. These songs sound like the dark bars and rock clubs they were imagined for just as much as the bedrooms where they were written. Expect the Best sees WIDOWSPEAK finding their greatest balance between opposing forces: darkness and light, quiet and loud, tension and calm.

    (NPR Music)

  • Thu September 14, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Hoops
    • Lala Lala
    • Amy O
    $10 (advance), $12
  • Fri September 15, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Roky Erickson
    • Death Valley Girls
    • Strychnine
    $25.00

    We could not be more excited to announce the return of legendary psychedelic rock pioneer ROKY ERICKSON, especially on a beautiful late-summer evening. If you’re of the mindset that your Spotify playlist should start with 13th FLOOR ELEVATORS and end with THE ZOMBIES, you’ll be flipping your lid just like us to have MR. ERICKSON playing our stage for the first time in nearly five years. Bonnie, Larry, Nicole & the Kid are DEATH VALLEY GIRLS from parts unknown but reside in Echo Park, CA. Via telekinesis, portals and time travel, their new album Glow In The Dark was created and released last summer on Burger Records. Joining this already stellar lineup is Chicago's own STRYCHNINE, bringing their stripped down aesthetic that combines elements of glam, garage, surf and post punk, feeding as much off classic pop songwriting as they do psychedelic riffing and extended jamming. STRYCHNINE have been playing brand new material after years of inactivity. NOT TO BE MISSED.

  • Sun September 17, 2017 9:00 pm
    • A Giant Dog
    • Platinum Boys
    • DJ Creepy Donnie
    $10.00

    It's the triumphant return of A GIANT DOG! They've blown us away countless times and damn near killed us on a balmy evening in early-July, but we're ready for them to stomp all over our soaring hearts once again. AGD is raucous ear candy culled from the hook-driven melodies of Slade, the glammy swagger of Marc Bolan, the morbid fantasy of Killer-era Alice Cooper, and the unpredictable wit of Sparks. The lyrical prowess of writers guitarist ANDREW CASHEN and singer SABRINA ELLIS, equal parts brutally honest, clever, and debased, have a knack for taking their idiosyncratic depravities and making them feel universal. These songs are by, for, and about the losers, freaks, and outcasts.

    Toy, the fourth LP from AGD and their second for Merge, captures the Austin quintet at the height of their powers. A solid year of road-dogging and woodshedding has made the band tighter than ever, the charging dynamo of Andrew Cashen and Andy Bauer’s guitars in lockstep with the primal chug of the rhythm section, Graham Low on bass and Daniel Blanchard on drums, in the latter’s recorded debut. Singer Sabrina Ellis turns in another masterful performance, in equal parts brash, defiant, vulnerable, and raw.

    Milwaukee's PLATINUM BOYS are making their way south and we couldn't be happier to have em. These fellas have been tearing up that northern suburb with a party heavy brand of Punk Rock Music that makes cheeseheads go nuts. They're the perfect sound track to drinking 8 million beers ordered from your friendly (and heavily tipped) Empty Bottle Bartender. 

    (Stereogum)

  • Mon September 18, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Love Theme [Dirty Beaches, Last Lizard]
    • Heathered Pearls
    Free Monday

    If there's a single guiding motif to this debut recording from LOVE THEME, it's the melancholic throb of love learnt and love lost, a descent thattumbles and slips through the overall feeling of looking back. As intimately and carefully as its parts cohesively lament a narrative, it's the after-image that catches your breath, like a memory morphing as it is observed.

    Comprised of Alex Zhang Hungtai of the now defunct project DIRTY BEACHES, along with Austin Milne, and Simon Frank, Love Theme is arranged from an improvised session with twin saxophones, synthesizer, percussion, drum machine, and voice. Over the course of a year the material was edited remotely from the members' home cities of Montreal, London, LA and Taipei.

    The record's sullen ambience is never left too long to set in. The aching wane of the saxophone arrangements frisk the propulsive 'aggy' moments of the mixed percussion, forcing a melancholic halo upon the queasy stupor of the synthetic swing that closes each side of the record. It's a bizarre lust for life that's being divined from equal parts dislocation and invigoration, a potent remedy which perhaps LOVE THEME can call their own.

    Percolating and finding form over time, the record instinctively follows a travel narrative, moving across a series of landscapes, reflecting the innate experiences of the expressions and voices that were first collected in South London back in February 2015.

    (FADER) (Pitchfork) (Resident Advisor

  • Thu September 28, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Cold Waves VI Kickoff Event featuring MC 900 FT Jesus
    • Gost
    • DJ Bud Sweet
    $25.00

    Cracknation Presents: COLD WAVES VI! COLD WAVES is a celebration of Chicago’s relationship with industrial music, the memory of a fallen brother, and a fundraiser for suicide prevention charities. More info on the festival can be found here.

    This show serves as the festival's kick-off. Full weekend lineup/ticketing options can be found here.

    One of the earlier hip-hop/industrial crossover artists (along with Consolidated and Meatbeat Manifesto), MC 900 FT JESUS debut album Hell with the Lid Off was released in 1990 featured DJ Zero (Patrick Rollins) and the single "Truth is Out of Style" which gained a cult following. The following year Welcome to My Dream was released. His subsequent single, "The City Sleeps", was featured in the album in which explored the mind of a serial arsonist. The song sparked controversy in Baltimore when a then ABC affiliate, WJZ, ran a report suggesting that a series of arson in the area was a result of WHFS allowing the song play time. MC900's final album,One Step Ahead of the Spider was released in 1994; it contained the single "If I Only Had a Brain", which increased exposure from the music video directed for it by Spike Jonze.  Griffin officially retired in 2001, and 15 years latr, on November 26, 2016, Mark Griffin announced via Facebook that he was set to perform a show at The Kessler Theater in Dallas in hopes of kick-starting a tour as well as a possible fourth album with his former label Nettwerk of which had approached Griffin about. On February 3rd, the quartet played a sold-out concert performing several of the MC 900 songs, receiving a rapturous ovation. 

    GOST is an 80's, electronic, house dark dreamwave project out of Hell...Michigan, that is. "And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim, and made Baalberith their god.Directed and commanded by another power. The power of darkness, which many people do not believe exists. The power of the Devil. The power of Satan. The power of Baalberith."

    DJ BUD SWEET will be spinning dark, grimey, apocalyptic records all the dark grownups love throughout the night.

  • Sat September 30, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Hundred Waters
    • Lafawndah
    $15 (advance), $17
  • Sun October 1, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Deerhoof
    • Sad13
    • Lily and Horn Horse
    • #EB25
    $15 (advance), $20

    DEERHOOF is John Dieterich, Satomi Matsuzaki, Ed Rodriguez and Greg Saunier. For over 20 years, the group has been an unparalleled force in modern music. Their fearless inventiveness has made them one of the most inspiring and important groups making music today. They played the Bottle three times in three years (2003-2005) before moving on to bigger stages around Chicago and the rest of the world. The only thing they see eye-to-eye on is the freedom to not see eye-to-eye.

    At the onset of 2017, Joyful Noise announced that that DEERHOOF will be recording and releasing a variety of new music throughout 2017 as part of JNR's Artist In Residence series. Limited to 777 hand-numbered copies, it includes four split LPs featuring ONEONE, MURMURER, LES BON HOMMES, and NERVOUS COP, as well as a new proper DERHOOF album, Mountain Moves, all pressed on exclusive limited edition vinyl and packaged inside a custom wooden box set. As you might expect with a project this ambitous by one of the most forward-thinking bands of our time, the box set sold out instantly... DEERHOOF's guests on Mountain Moves include Awkwafina, Juana Molina, Mantana Roberts, Xenia Rubinos, Lætitia Sadier, and Jenn Wasner. Together, they made this record for you and tonight they play this show for you. For all of us.

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    The fifth round of #EB25 shows is upon us, & we're bringing back even more influential bands of Bottle's past. Keep a close watch for more announcements as we celebrate through 2017. 

    Thanks to our partners EventbriteTopo ChicoA.V. Club & Chicago Athletic Association for supporting our 25th Anniversary! #EBlovesyou

    Coming in from out of town? Book your hotel room at Chicago Athletic Association!

  • Bohemian Nat'l Cemetery (Outside) Sat October 7, 2017 7:00 pm
    • Beyond The Gate featuring Circuit des Yeux performing Nico's Chelsea Girl plus Laraaji
    $20.00

    October 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the brooding folk masterpiece Chelsea Girl by Nico. We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Circuit des Yeux and special guests in bringing a live performance of the record, in its entirety, to the Bohemian National Cemetery for our Fall installment of Beyond the Gate. Modern new age legend, Laraaji, will be blessing us with an opening performance shortly after the sunset. There will be more details revealed in the coming weeks. Tickets for this rare, one-time event go on-sale Friday July 14th at 10am CST.  

    Beyond The Gate's Fall installment will be outside under a nearly full Harvest Moon in beautiful Bohemian National Cemetery, located on Chicago’s Northwest side. The concert will take place near the mausoleum. 2017 marks the fifth year of the Beyond The Gate series. We are thankful for the opportunity to present these concerts in a setting so rich in history. We implore all attendees to treat these events and the surroundings with the respect they deserve.

    PLEASE NOTE! Parking is limited in the area surrounding the cemetery. Public transport, cabs, UBER, LYFT, carpooling all highly recommended. There will also be a bus option going directly from Empty Bottle. 

    Please be mindful of helping to keep the area litter free. It is because of our shared mutual respect for the grounds, and the cemetery's neighbors, that we are welcomed back each year. We applaud you in advance for being respectful. A portion of the proceeds from the event directly benefit the Bohemian National Cemetery as well as the Albany Park Community Center.

    Special thanks to our friends at Half Acre Beer Company!

  • Sat October 7, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Frankie Rose
    $12.00

    (Pitchfork) (SPIN)

  • Tue October 10, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Ice Balloons
    $10.00

    Brooklyn's ICE BALLOONS seem like one of those bands that's too weird to exist outside of basement shows and art galleries, but since weird is one of the many hats we wear here, we figured we'd invite em back to conquer a Tuesday night get-down of epic proportions. Featuring singer/guitarist KYP MALONE from TV ON THE RADIO and SEAN KENNERLY of SAMIAM, with members of WILD YAK thrown in for good measure, the band - which, naturally, is fronted by a man wearing a monstrous fly-creature headpiece - is a fuzzed-out noise-pop act of maximum freakness. It's like stepping into another dimension, or kind of like stepping in our friendly confines almost every night. 

  • Wed October 11, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Celebration
    $10.00

    Drizzled in fantasy and space glitter, Baltimore’s CELEBRATION is exactly what you’d expect in it’s name, a grandiose party with swagger and sass to match. With a new LP, Wounded Healer released off British independent record label Bella Union earlier this summer, CELEBRATION has been relentlessly touring through much of Europe and North America. Stemming from a high school makeout sesh more than twenty years ago, front woman Katrina Ford has been playing in bands with now husband Sean Antanaitis ever since. CELEBRATION has been the culmination of years of loving and collaborating together for Ford and Antanaitis and is now approaching it’s final form of sonic enlightenment. Get intimate and join this augmented adventure-pop trio as you fall down the rabbit hole and release all inhibitions. CELEBRATION will undoubtedly have you leaving the party soaked in serenity. 

  • Fri October 13, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Pelican
    • Grails
    • Jaye Jayle #EB25
    $20.00

    Chicago’s own instrumental rock gods PELICAN are returning to us tonight to help celebrate the big 25th Anniversary. The four-piece, now scattered across the USA, will be making their fifteenth appearance on the Bottle stage tonight and it's an honor to welcome them back. With a ferocious velocity, they've continuously affirmed their spot as one of the most crushing instrumental bands today. Together for close over years, PELICAN has paved a very sizeable road for those of their kind, toeing a line between genres of alternative rock and metal. With a tactile approach to their sludgey, earth-shaking songwriting, they're able to rip faces off with torrential riffs and the occasional, yet epic, drum burst.

    On their 2017 release, Chalice Hymnal (Temporary Residence), GRAILS take the sky-high riff-based heaviness of their earlier albums and distill it into a nuanced, widescreen opus. The perennial influences of mid-20th century Western film scores, obscure library music, and psychedelic krautrock are indelibly imprinted, but the new LP exudes an eerie patience in unfurling the many layers of its subtle details. No one else sounds like GRAILS, and on Chalice Hymnal they sound more like themselves than ever before.

    Singer/guitarist/songwriter Evan Patterson is best known as the leader of Louisville's YOUNG WIDOWS, but he emerged in late-2013 with the mysterious moniker of JAYE JAYLE. Evolving from songs Patterson wrote on his own and inspired by extensive time spent traveling in New Mexico, JAY JAYLE mines minimalist rhythms and acoustic drones that call to mind original blues, cult country, and krautrock percussion.

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    The fourth round of #EB25 shows is upon us, & we're bringing back even more influential bands of Bottle's past. Keep a close watch for more announcements as we celebrate through 2017. 

    Thanks to our partners EventbriteTopo ChicoA.V. Club & Chicago Athletic Association for supporting our 25th Anniversary! #EBlovesyou

    Coming in from out of town? Book your hotel room at Chicago Athletic Association!

  • Rockefeller Chapel at University of Chicago Thu October 26, 2017 7:30 pm
    • Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile (and the Sea Lice)
    $41 GA // $31 U of Chi Student

    In partnership with The Empty Bottle's 25th Anniversary Series! #EB25

    Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile will lead an all-star band on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of North America this fall.

    The announcement comes as two of this generation’s most exciting and unique singer-songwriters reveal that they have completed a collaboration album for release later this year.

    The inter-continental duo will share the stage, performing songs off their upcoming album as well as delving into their respective back catalogues and covering a bunch of classics, all backed by their band ‘The Sea Lice,’ a revolving cast of musicians including Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Rob Laakso (The Violators, The Swirlies, Mice Parade) and Katie Harkin (Harkin, Sky Larkin and touring member of Sleater-Kinney and Wild Beasts). “A cookin’ band and an intercontinental country duo for the ages—minus the country,” says Vile.

    Kurt and Courtney have partnered with Plus 1 so that $1 from every ticket goes to support the ACLU and their work defending and protecting our individual rights and liberties. Support for the Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile (and The Sea Lice) tour will be Australian songwriter Jen Cloher.

    The album is the result of 8 days in the studio spread over almost 15 months when Courtney and Kurt’s respective touring schedules allowed for them to be in the same place at the same time. It will be released later this year jointly by Matador Records, Marathon Artists and Milk! Records.

  • Sat October 28, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile (and the Sea Lice) #EB25
    $41.00

    PUBLIC ONSALE 6/9 AT 10AM     

    In partnership with The Empty Bottle's 25th Anniversary Series! #EB25

    Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile will lead an all-star band on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of North America this fall.

    The announcement comes as two of this generation’s most exciting and unique singer-songwriters reveal that they have completed a collaboration album for release later this year.

    The inter-continental duo will share the stage, performing songs off their upcoming album as well as delving into their respective back catalogues and covering a bunch of classics, all backed by their band ‘The Sea Lice,’ a revolving cast of musicians including Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Rob Laakso (The Violators, The Swirlies, Mice Parade) and Katie Harkin (Harkin, Sky Larkin and touring member of Sleater-Kinney and Wild Beasts). “A cookin’ band and an intercontinental country duo for the ages—minus the country,” says Vile.

    Kurt and Courtney have partnered with Plus 1 so that $1 from every ticket goes to support the ACLU and their work defending and protecting our individual rights and liberties. Support for the Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile (and The Sea Lice) tour will be Australian songwriter Jen Cloher.

    The album is the result of 8 days in the studio spread over almost 15 months when Courtney and Kurt’s respective touring schedules allowed for them to be in the same place at the same time. It will be released later this year jointly by Matador Records, Marathon Artists and Milk! Records.

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    The fourth round of #EB25 shows is upon us, & we're bringing back even more influential bands of Bottle's past. Keep a close watch for more announcements as we celebrate our 25th year all through 2017. 

    Thanks to our partners EventbriteTopo ChicoA.V. Club & Chicago Athletic Association for supporting our 25th Anniversary! #EBlovesyou

    Coming in from out of town? Book your hotel room at Chicago Athletic Association!

  • Thu November 2, 2017 9:00 pm
    • A. Savage (Parquet Courts) and Jack Cooper (Ultimate Painting)
    $10 (advance), $12

    A. SAVAGE is laying it all out on the stage for us this evening. Best known as the frontman for PARQUET COURTS, a duty split with fellow Texan Austin Brown. Their last record, Human Performance, delved into the emotional wreckage of a broken heart, to critical acclaim. But with his debut solo record, Thawing Dawn, it’s clear that SAVAGE has matured. While assembling the record, he fell in love. Now, for the first time, we hear songs about being on the inside of love. Rather than lamenting the end of a relationship, we hear a voice trying, in the moment, to make sense of love’s mysteries. “Part of this maturity,” he says, “is reflecting on something when it’s happening, not just when it’s gone.”

    British indie multi-instrumentalist JACK COOPER of EB faves ULTIMATE PAINTING joins the bill. Meeting back in the summer of 2014 off a PQ/UP tour, COOPER and SAVAGE have toyed with the idea of going on a tour together with only their solo material. With both artists scheduled to release a solo record within the month, there couldn't have been a better time for these two to make their way to our stage.

    (Pitchfork)

  • Thu November 9, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Jessica Lea Mayfield
    $15.00

    "The whole record is about me taking my life back, without really realizing it," she says. "I realized I'm the only person that is going to look out for me. I have to be my main person. No one else."

    JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD might make some people uncomfortable with the level of honesty she projects on her forthcoming LP, Sorry Is Gone, but she's not going to apologize – for that, or for anything else on her complex, confessional fourth album. Recorded with producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile, Phosphorescent and Dinosaur Jr.), Sorry Is Gone is a raw document of a woman in progress. 

    Written primarily on an acoustic baritone guitar – out of necessity at first, in her thin-walled apartment -MAYFIELD started to process the years of hurt and uncertainly through words and melodies that helped her see the light in the darkness. Evoking the pathos of nineties grunge, the folk confessions of her idol, Smith, and the cool blasé of bands like Luscious Jackson, the tracks that comprise Sorry Is Gone aren’t devised to make anyone comfortable but herself – but they are there to help share an emotional journal and a certain kind of healing that can only come through music.

  • Fri November 10, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The Black Heart Procession
    • Sam Coomes
    • #EB25
    $15.00

    After Three Mile Pilot began an open-ended hiatus in 1997, singer/guitarist Pall Jenkins and multi-instrumentalist Tobias Nathaniel embarked on a darker, more subdued journey as The Black Heart Procession. In the many years and albums since, the band's line-up has expanded and contracted, but at its heart and soul remains Jenkins and Nathaniel, creating timeless, heart-wrenching classics that are adventurous, eclectic, and consistently brilliant. 

    In 2017, they'll bring you their first record, from start to finish. Here's what they'd like you to know: 

    In a small town, with but a small chance, two lowly miscreants toiled feverishly into the small hours of the night creating ballads of loss and self-deprecation, in hopes of illuming the world with their particularly despondent brand of mischievousness.

    Nearly twenty years later, these very same scoundrels have arrived upon your doorstep to drown your sorrows, ease your pains and release your hearts.

    The Black Heart Procession, purveyors of all things disconsolate, would like to formally invite you to attend a singular event, a forlorn gala, a mournful celebration of the dour. It's your town, your desolation, your reclamation.

    Join us in the revelry of sorrow, as we honor the 20th anniversary of our first album. Laugh, cry and absolve your sins with us. Together, we'll brighten the world, confront the shadows beneath our beds and...

    ...well...you could just come to the show in your town where we'll be performing our first record from start to finish, with some extra stuff for the encore. Hope to see you all there, tears of laughter and sorrow alike. 

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    The fourth round of #EB25 shows is upon us, & we're bringing back even more influential bands of Bottle's past. Keep a close watch for more announcements as we celebrate our 25th year all through 2017. 

    Thanks to our partners EventbriteTopo ChicoA.V. Club & Chicago Athletic Association for supporting our 25th Anniversary! #EBlovesyou

    Coming in from out of town? Book your hotel room at Chicago Athletic Association!

  • Sat November 18, 2017 9:00 pm
    • EMA + The Blow
    $15.00

    EMA has teasued us with a new track "Down and Out," off her latest album, Exile In The Outer Ring, which will be released by City Slang on August 25. ERIKA M ANDERSON, the stage name of EMA, continues to evoke a unique and ambitious sound that saw her recognized as one of the most singular artists to emerge in the early 10s, first with 2011 release Past Life Martyred Saints and 2014’s prophetic The Future’s Void. Now, she returns, with a portrait of The Outer Ring: A pitch-black world of dark night highways, American flags hung over basement windows, jails and revival meetings and casinos and rage. In a year dominated by white working-class alienation and anger, EMA – a Midwesterner who never lost her thousand-yard stare – has delivered an album that renders Middle American poverty and resentment with frightening realism and deep empathy. She continues to question social convention and rebels against the status quo in a fury of electro-shock punk therapy. Tonight's co-headlining show with Brooklyn duo THE BLOW sees two boundary pushing artists returning to our stage for the first time in years, both on the heels of excellent new albums that are sure to catapult them back into the public consciousness in 2017.

    THE BLOW is a shape-shifting electronic duo comprised of Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne. They've been many different things over time and are sometimes multiple things at once, but is at its heart always one simple thing which is a qualilty of intimacy made tangible, most frequently in the form of a pop song. The current line up of THE BLOW looks a lot like a band, or as much like a band as they ever have, with both members playing instruments together onstage. More recently, the duo has been playing a series of shows, titled "Unplugged," with Maricich and Dyne performing songs from the extended Blow catalog simmered down to their vital elements. Halos of sonic ambience hover around each cluster of lyrics and melody like auras illuminating the essential qualities of each song. The shows are meditations on the amorphous material of THE BLOW's songs as well as on the experience of listening itself; they are spaces for the performers to tune into the minutiae of each other's shifting spheres of focus, responding in time as the sounds build between them, noting and responding as well to the audience's quality of listening, synthesizing these waves of electricity and attention into feedback loops of delicately reverberating energy.

    (Brooklyn Vegan) (NPR Music)

  • Tue November 28, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Cold Specks
    $13.00

    Like a cool summer breeze, COLD SPECK breathes an air of natural elegance. But upon a second listen, her message begins to transgress an unearthly dark message. Self described as "doom soul", Canada-born and London, England based Cold Specks joins us this evening to deliver her delicate arrangement of songs inspired from socio-political issues she faces on a daily basis. Her latest single, Wild Card, an ethereal and melodic tale focusing on her mother's selflessness towards a Somalian refugee was just released on Consequence of Sound with great remarks. Coming off a month long European tour this fall, we are eager to hear the seasoned touring veteran command our stage with grace and deliverance. 

    (Consequence of Sound) (Stereogum)

  • Sat December 2, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Chad VanGaalen
    • Un Blonde
    $12 (advance), $15

    From the beautiful mind of CHAD VANGAALEN comes Light Information. The creative polymath’s sixth album will be released via Sub Pop worldwide on September 8th.

    While alienation has always been a theme of VanGaalen’s music, Light Information draws on a new kind of wisdom–and anxiety–gained as he watches his kids growing up. “Being a parent has given me a sort of alternate perspective, worrying about exposure to a new type of consciousness that’s happening through the internet,” he says. “I didn’t have that growing up, and I’m maybe trying to preserve a little bit of that selfishly for my kids."

    The song “Old Heads” is a sci-fi space anthem to technology that constantly replaces itself, proving both necessary and unnecessary at the same time. It’s also a jangly pop gem, a trip through the fantastical that is ultimately warm and relatable.

    Light Information features the standouts “Old Heads” [listen on Spotify], “Pine & Clover,” and Mind Hijacker’s Curse.” As always, VanGaalen wrote, played, and produced all of the music on the album (save Ryan Bourne’s bass part on “Mystery Elementals” and vocals on “Static Shape” from his young daughters Ezzy and Pip), and designed the cover art. Light Information emerged from the experimental instruments that fill VanGaalen’s Calgary garage studio. Among them is a beloved Korg 770 monosynth, which VanGaalen coveted for years before fixing one up and devoting a lot of recent energy to recording “duets” with it. One of these, “Prep Piano and 770,” is the lone instrumental on Light Information, more atmosphere and chord bursts than the rest of the album’s hooky rock narrative.

    “If I was going to go out and buy a record, I would probably want it to sound only like that,” says VanGaalen. “That one’s for me.”

    Throughout the dark-wave reverb of Light Information are stories of paranoia, disembodiment, and isolation–but there’s also playfulness, empathy, and intimacy.

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