• Wed February 21, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Wild Pink and Adam Torres
    $10 (advance), $12

    WILD PINK released their debut EP, Good Life, in the Summer of 2015. It was a brief but memorable introduction to the band's brand of introspective indie pop/rock. After numerous tours in support of Good Life the band hunkered down with Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr., Speedy Ortiz, Kindling, Sweet John Bloom) to record new songs. Just two releases later (including a debut LP) and WILD PINK are one of those wonderfully rare bands that sounds instantly familiar upon first listen. Yet trying to draw parallels to their influences or similar bands proves to be incredibly difficult. These are deeply personal songs about freedom, or lack thereof, about growing up and leaving your youth behind yet still clinging to those sacred scars that we hold dear. There is a sincerity that echoes throughout these songs that is intoxicating and speaks to what makes the band so special. WILD PINK choose the road less traveled and it has served them well.

    ADAM TORRES’ debut album Nostra Nova was initially self-released in  2006, and over the years grew from being a closely-held, sleeper favorite in the close-knit music scene of Athens, OH (wherehe  lived at the time), to earning “cult classic” status. Upon its 2015  re-release, the album received praise from outlets including The A.V. Club, Stereogum (“a stunner”), and VICE(“beautiful, melancholy tunes”).

  • Thu February 22, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Huntsmen (Record Release)
    • Livid
    • REZN
    $8 (advance), $10

    Storytelling is the great, albeit fading, American pastime. It predated writing and in many instances, was told in song. In modern times, many musicians have approached their music from a storytelling point of view: Dylan, Springsteen and Waits to name a few. Chicago’s Americana metal outfit, HUNTSMEN, are carrying the torch for heavy bands to be added to that list and have announced their signing to Prosthetic Records.

    HUNTSMEN have released 2 EPs, 2014’s Post War and 2016’s The Colonel. When it came time to work on the band’s first full length, vocalist/guitarist, Chris Kang wanted to tackle the paradox of American nationalism and pride, given we are a country of immigrants. “I always have conflicting feelings,” speaks Kang, “where I'm really proud of the inclusive and optimistic ideal it represents- my father found opportunity here to carve a life that just didn't exist back home- but I'm really ashamed of so much of its past and present. I wanted to make an album that spent some time with these confusing feelings, and that was American Scrap.”

    The band is streaming the introduction to the American Scrap on YouTube with the album being available on 2/23/18 on all digital platforms, compact disc, limited edition gold splatter LP and VHS. The band will have their record release show a day before release date at the Empty Bottle in Chicago. Label mates LIVID and REZN will be joining them.

  • Fri February 23, 2018 9:00 pm
    • Starcrawler
    $12 (advance), $14

    LA’s STARCRAWLER hits the ground running with all turbines set to hyperspeed. Having formed just two years ago through lead vocalist Arrow de Wilde and guitarist Henri Cash, the four-headed party beast has gained supreme rock-n-roll notoriety with BBC radio play through Sir Elton John and London’s DJ Matt Wilkonsin’s Beats One show earlier this year. With their debut single “Ants” placed on repeat, STARCRAWLER embarked on their first tour and shows in UK this May with return dates for multiple European festivals.

    Now on their debut US tour, they aim to please with their high-octane guitar shredding and otherworldly stage antics by Wilde that are reminiscent of the likes of Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop. True rock for the true at heart. 

  • Sat February 24, 2018 8:30 pm
    • The Life and Times
    • Tight Phantomz
    • Richard Vain
    $10 (advance), $12

    It's always a pleasure to have the unbelievably loud, yet relentlessly epic, Chicago trio THE LIFE & TIMES on The Empty Bottle stage. As difficult to classify in any genre due to their ever-expanding sonic capabilities, the band's moody, spacey and sonically overwhelming sound becomes even more grandiose live. We should know, we've hosted them here at least a dozen times over the course of their 12-year existence, and it's been a thrill to watch them evolve over the years. Their self-titled release was issued in April of 2017. Containing the same spacey rock that we all know and love, THE LIFE & TIMES know how to add a little somethin-somethin to captivate with every release. No wonder we keep crawling back for more.

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

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

  • Mon February 26, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Suzie
    • Wavy ID
    • Woongi
    • Feeltrip DJ
    Free

    A Free Monday for the free-at-heart. SUZIE is the solo project of Minneapolis musician MARK RITSEMA, an "EmoGlam" rocker that combines shimmering guitars with angular dance grooves and luscious synths. His debut tape, Born Single, was released on No Problem Records and was described by the label as an "interstellar sex-fi space-dream" -- we couldn't agree more. 

    The debut of WAVY ID at the Bottle. We’re tickled to welcome the silky, smooth, self-described “psychedelicate pop-erotica” project of ADAM LP. His most recent album to date, bummerpop vol2, boasts extreme sensuality with production help from MILD HIGH CLUB and PAUL CHERRY. The record was released by the amazing local label Feeltrip and conjures up endless aquatic pop just aching to become your next make-out session’s playlist. So bring a fellow lipsmacker, or four, and kiss the night away to the passionate and seductive sounds of WAVY ID.

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

    Chicago record label Feeltrip gets interstellar and sheds light on the unknown with a DJ set of out of this world bangers. 

  • Thu March 1, 2018 8:30 pm
    • High Up and Whispertown
    • Robbie Skye
    $10 (advance), $12

    HIGH UP singer Christine Fink moved to Omaha to be closer to her sister, notable singer songwriter Orenda Fink (Azure Ray, etc.) back in 2012. Down South in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Christine had been known to exercise her theatrical roots at the the local karaoke bars - and to great effect. The first time Orenda saw Christine sing at Sheffield’s Old Town Tavern her jaw dropped as she watched her sister bring the house down. After a few years in Omaha, Orenda noticed that Christine brought the house down no matter where she was singing- with people of all ages and walks of life lining up to buy her drinks and even give her requests to sing their favorite soul songs. But Christine was depressed, feeling aimless, shuffling between minimum wage jobs, and the thrill of the weekend performances wore off quickly. One night, the two began to talk about the future, and Orenda insisted that Christine should try and do what makes her happiest- perform for people. After much discussion, they decided to start HIGH UP, a collaboration mixing elements of indie, punk and soul that showcased Christine’s powerful vocals and Orenda’s seasoned songwriting. 

    The band, which includes Josh Soto, Todd Fink (The Faint) and Matt Focht (Head of Femur, Bright Eyes) draws from a wide variety of influences- from Janis Joplin, (who Christine is frequently compared to at live shows from misty-eyed ex-hippies), Sam Cooke, and Screaming Jay Hawkins to Dead Kennedys and The Birthday Party. Their debut record, “You Are Here” was produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, First Aid Kit, Monsters of Folk) at ARC Studios in Omaha, Nebraska. 

    WHISPERTOWN is the latest iteration of the unique vision of Morgan Meyn Nagler (songwriter, lead vocals, guitar).  What was once The WHISPERTOWN 2000 has morphed into a less structured version of itself, with Nagler’s unmistakable vocals leading a revolving cast of musicians and artists. I'm A Man (produced by Jake Bellows), set to be released September 1 on Graveface Records, marks Nagler’s return, and third full length release. After being diagnosed with a polyp on her vocal cord, and faced with the possibility of never singing again, Nagler discovered she is without a doubt a “lifer”, and married to song writing, for better and for worse. I'm A Man is a stripped back acoustic album, set in a naturally psychedelic world, where words reveal themselves in modern mantra - “New Genes in Blue Jeans”.

    In various formations, Nagler and company garnered support slots for Jenny Lewis, The Breeders, Bright Eyes, She & Him, Maria Taylor, Rilo Kiley, Azure Ray, Conor Oberst and many more. The band soon caught the attention of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, inspiring the first signing to their own Acony Records. Shortly thereafter the band released 2008’s Swim, their debut release from Acony, followed by 2012’s Parallel (the first release under the WHISPERTOWN moniker).

    Additionally, WHISPERTOWN's Morgan Nagler has traveled around the world playing her own music and has also worked countless co-writes with artists such as HAIM (“Falling”), Kim Deal (“The Root”,”Range on Castle”), Rilo Kiley (“Dreamworld”) and the Dave Rawlings Machine (“Sweet Tooth”) to name a few.

    Synth-soaked, harmony-laden Chicago trio ROBBIE SKYE sets the evening into high gear. Power-pop in the vein of ELO & Fleetwood Mac, ROBBIE SKYE delivers passion and budding confidence on his debut album, "Love Where You Live" off Strange Weather Records. Can't wait to spark it up with these fellows.

  • Sat March 3, 2018 8:30 pm
    • A Treehouse Records Showcase with The Evening Attraction
    • Lucille Furs
    • Rookie
    $8

    Headlining tonight's showcase is Chicago's very own THE EVENING ATTRACTION. The band's swooning vocal delivery alongside clean, lush guitar work is reminiscent of days gone by and they've mastered a folky but quick-paced interpretation of all things jangly. It’s literally impossible to frown while soaking in THE EVENING ATTRACTION's indie-blues and lovestruck grooves. 

    LUCILLE FURS is a young four-piece who call Chicago home and they're no strangers to our stage. Tonight they'll be swingin' large and in charge with their blend of psych and garage rock.

    New band ROOKIE returns after debuting on our stage for a packed show with THE NUDE PARTY. Headed by JOE BORDENARO on drums/vocals and MAX LOEBMAN of YOKO AND THE OH NOs.

  • Wed March 7, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Juiceboxxx
    • Archie Powell & The Exports
    • (ORB)
    $8

    Our favorite Milwaukee maniac JUICEBOXXX is headlining this evening, bringing that noisy AMERICAN MUSIC that'll have the crowd creamin' their jeans. For those who haven’t heard JUICEBOXX before, he’s an artist who, since the age of 15, has been been barn burning all over the world with little regard for convention and a lot of guts and tension. He’s known around these parts (and all parts) for bridging the gap between classic rock and classic rap, creating his own genre of fucking killer artistry. You are in for a treat with this one, folks.

    ARCHIE POWELL AND THE EXPORTS' most recent album, Back in Black, is an explosive set that marries the melodic, hooky addiction of their previous albums with a new, heavier, noisy backing. POWELL and his merry band of misfits approached this album with the hopes of capturing the high energy spirit of their live shows and they most definitely achieved that goal. Keen pop sensibility with harsh noise soundscapes compliment one another and lend a cohesiveness to songs that are otherwise markedly dissimilar. Needles to say, we're stoked to have em back. 

    Chicago-Milwaukee duo (ORB) arose from the ashes of TERRIOR BUTE, a revered, spastic synth-punk trio that only played basement and all ages shows in that way-northern suburb. Down one member, the new-ish band has remained consistent in their approach, bashing out lo-fi anthems on just synth and drums as reverb-heavy vocals soar to the heavens. (ORB) just came out with their sophomore release Bed of Nails of Gloss Records again, the follow-up to their amazing 2015 debut, Inside Voices. It’s somewhat of a departure from the larger-than-life, prog-punk stylings of the band's first record, leaning more towards the "punk" than the "prog." We can dig it.

  • Thu March 8, 2018 9:00 pm
    • Marlon Williams
    • Tiny Ruins
    $15

    New Zealand’s MARLON WILLIAMS will release his sophomore album, Make Way For Love, on February 16th via Dead Oceans. Known for his effortlessly distinctive voice, Make Way For Love marks MARLON’s exponential growth as a songwriter. Throughout 11 original songs, he explores new musical terrain and reveals himself in an unprecedented way in the wake of a fractured relationship. While Make Way For Love draws on MARLON’s own story, it captures the vagaries of relationships we’ve all been through: the bliss, ache, uncertainty, and bitterness. Like the best breakup records, Make Way For Love doesn’t shy away from heartbreak, but rather stares it in the face, and mines beauty from it. Delicate and bold, tender and searing, it’s a mightily personal new step for Marlon.

    Make Way For Love was recorded with producer Noah Georgeson and his backing band, The Yarra Benders, in North California’s Panoramic Studios after several weeks of pre-production in his native Lyttelton, New Zealand with regular collaborator Ben Edwards. The finished result moves MARLON several paces from “country”—the genre that’s been affixed to him more than any in recent years, but one that’s always been a bit too reductive to be wholly accurate--with forays into cinematic strings, reverb, rollicking guitar and at least one quiet piano ballad. Currently in the midst of a sold out global preview tour, following 2017 tours with BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and CITY AND COLOUR, 2018 sees MARLON take his incredible live show to 46 cities around the world for his largest ever headline tour, thankfully landing at the Bottle on his Chicago stop.

    TINY RUINS are a band based in Auckland, New Zealand. Conceived in 2009 by songwriter Hollie Fullbrook to describe her solo output, the group now includes Cass Basil on bass, Alex Freer on drums & Tom Healy on electric guitar. Traversing early influences of folk and blues, TINY RUINS’ sound draws on ethereal and grungy soundscapes alike. 

  • Fri March 9, 2018 9:00 pm
    • Dre Day
    $15

    DRE DAY 2018 || 10th Annual Celebration of Dr. Dre & His Legacy

    Presented by Ground Lift Media + Burlesque of North America

    Once again it's on! Our annual celebration of Dr. Dre and his legacy returns to Chicago's Empty Bottle for the 10 Year Anniversary celebration. What began as one-off party in Minneapolis, it has since grown to include over a dozen major North American cities, with a roster of renowned DJs, Producers, and Artists uniting each year, all for the love of Dre. Discount presales are available NOW!

    As our featured headliner for 2018, we're excited to welcome back the Lowdown Brass Band. These guys headlined Dre Day in 2015 and kicked out a high-energy session of brass-fueled covers of Dre's music, supported by a myriad of local Hip-Hop MC legends and we're looking forward to what they bring this year! & Joining us for the Nate Dogg / Eazy E tribute is Romeo Dance Cheetah, also known as the 2010 National Air Guitar Champion!

    FEATURING:

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    ++ Lowdown Brass Band w/ Ang13, Billah Camp, E.Brown, Rich Jones, the WHOevers

    ++ DJs: Big Once, DJ Intel, Maker, Pickel, TREW

    ++ Hosted by Psalm One + AMS

    ++ Nate Dogg Tribute by Romeo Dance Cheetah

     

    ++ Photobooth / General Photography by GlitterGuts Photobooth

    ++ Live Visuals by DJ Intel

    ++ Crip Walk Contest

    ++ $20 Sack Pyramid 'Game Show'

    ++ Free Giveaways + Exclusive Dre Day merch

  • Sun March 11, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Shy Technology
    • Beach Bunny
    • Mt. Pocono
    $8

    Chicago-based indie-rock quartet SHY TECHNOLOGY are no strangers to life’s ups and downs. Struck by personal tragedy, chief songwriter David Coulson quit his job, dropped out of school, packed his life into his car and drove the long road home from Phoenix, Arizona to Villa Park, Illinois in complete reflective silence, arriving the day before Christmas. Faced with the overwhelming flood of emotions that accompanies a serious illness in one’s family, Coulson turned to music as an escape, creating a band called “SHY TECHNOLOGY”. The band consists of rhythm guitarist and vocalist David Coulson, bassist and vocalist Jonathan Wilson, lead guitarist Alex Chata, and drummer Irving Vazquez.

    Born in a tsunami off the coast of Kahoolawe, BUNNY was raised as a sea critter till the time her paws were strong enough to swim. By 1961 she had learned how to speak the language of every ocean and trekked from Rainbow Falls to Eastern California where she was exposed to the reverb-drenched surf culture of Orange County. BUNNY became hypnotized by the exotic noise and by 1968 found herself singing the Sunset Strip alongside psychedelic west coasters and teen dropouts. BUNNY released her first EP ANIMALISM the following year, and is currently swimming the Gulf of Mexico, up the Mississippi River in pursuit of positive vibes and new music. BEACH BUNNY hopes to find that here tonight, will you help them?

    4-piece alt-rock band MT. POCONO from Elgin, IL make their bottle debut tonight after releasing their powerfully emotional debut project You're Saying It Wrong this past October.

  • Sat March 17, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Oneida
    $10 (advance), $12

    ONEIDA has been a cornerstone of the Brooklyn underground for nearly two decades. Always evolving, the group has been a beacon of musical exploration and enthralling unpredictability, gaining legendary status among heads that know and expanding the limits of what it means to be a rock band. With a discography spanning over a dozen full-lengths, plus live releases, EPs, singles, and limited one-offs, ONEIDA has demonstrated a mastery of collective improvisation, off-kilter songwriting, complex composition, and everything in between.

  • Tue March 20, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Moaning
    $8 (advance), $10

    MOANING is a band defined by its duality. The abrasive, post punk trio comprised of Sean Solomon, Pascal Stevenson, and Andrew MacKelvie, began nearly a decade after the three met in L.A.’s DIY music scene. Their impassioned debut album comes born out of the member’s experiences with love and distress, creating a sound uniquely dark and sincere. Although the band is just breaking out of their infancy, MOANING’s sleek and cavernous tone emphasizes the turmoil of the era they were born into. One where the endless possibility for art and creation is met with the fear and doubt of an uncertain future.

     

  • Wed March 21, 2018 8:30 pm
    • George Clanton and Negative Gemini
    • ESPRIT 空想
    $12 (advance), $15

    "GEORGE CLANTON seems to have a similar uncanny knack as artists like John Maus and Ariel Pink for creating soaring, unabashedly dramatic classic pop, and it’s clear after one listen to legit anthems like “Bleed” and “It Makes the Babies Want To Cry” that ’80s MTV heroes like Tears For Fears and New Order are obvious reference points. But this is pop music refracted and warped through CLANTON’s singular and unmistakably modern lens, as he manages to turn vaporwave, chillwave, and other assorted internet-genre-waves on their collective ear, ultimately transcending all of it in the name of undeniable, timeless jams that could only exist in 2015, songs that can be at once subversive, funny, dark, poignant, and deeply affecting." - Gorilla Vs Bear

    "NEGATIVE GEMINI, makes a genre-spanning blend of ’90s techno and heady modern electronica: a little Chicago, a little Detroit, and a whole lot of Brooklyn. But unlike many of her contemporaries, French conveys her personality and experiences through vocals and lyrics, not just tight production" - NYLON

    ESPRIT 空想 makes musical pieces constructed for the exclusive purpose of achieving total relaxation. Listen from beginning to end seamlessly for desired effect.

  • Thu March 22, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Stella Donnelly
    $10 (advance), $12

    STELLA DONNELLY was raised between Morriston, Swansea in Wales and the burbs of Quinns Rocks, Western Australia. DONNELLY got her start singing Green day songs in her Aussie high school rock band, eventually turning her interest to jazz and contemporary as an adult studying at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. 

    At the beginning of 2017 DONNELLY released her debut EP ‘Thrush Metal’ and was met with critical acclaim. The five-track release was written over the space of two years; a musical undertaking resulting in a bold and unapologetic repertoire of songs which has forged DONNELLY to the forefront of the new guard of Australian songwriters.

  • Fri March 23, 2018 9:00 pm
    • HIDE (Record Release)
    • Lilac
    • Forced Into Femininity
    • Special Guests DJ HOGG
    $8 (advance), $10

    HIDE's record release show for Castration Anxiety through Dais Records.

    Chicago's HIDE is a project from visual artist HEATHER GABEL on vocals and multi-instrumentalist SETH SHER (GA'AN, PSYCHIC STEEL, ZATH, OAKEATER) on pretty much everything else (and some vocals). Since forming in 2014, the duo has exploded all over Chicago, stirring up shit all around town with their dark, minimal blend of electronic, goth and industrial stylings. They've opened for the likes of ALALKINE TRIO and even scored an opening slot for part of MARILYN MANSON's 2015 tour. Trust us - they're going to give you a performance you'll not soon forget.

    Seattle, Washington's LILAC and Chicago's own FORCED INTO FEMININITY act as support for the evening with special guests DJ HOGG.

  • Sat March 24, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Earthless
    • Kikagaku Moyo
    • JJUUJJUU
    $20

    Formed in 2001, EARTHLESS prides itself on creating energetic, utterly unique and free thinking instrumental music inspired by an eclectic mix of German krautrock and Japanese heavy blues-rock. The Californian trio has dedicated itself to mastery of the mind-bending jam session, evoking the spirits of Jimi Hendrix and Black Sabbath in equal measure. Named after a song title from vintage New York garage-psych band The Druids of Stonehenge, EARTHLESS' sound has been called "A sonic kaleidoscope of lava and lightning", earning it the title of "California's loudest band". The group delivers "one of the best live shows in all of modern, heavy rock," leading to one reviewer stating that the band's "epic shredding harkens back to the days were psychedelic rock had balls the size of grapefruits and wasn't afraid to take its listeners on a ride for which they may never return."

    KIKAGAKU MOYO call their sound psychedelic because it encompasses a broad spectrum of influence & elements of classical Indian music, Krautrock, traditional folk, and 70s Rock. The Tokyo five- piece's music is about freedom of the mind and body, and building a bridge between the supernatural and the present. Their newest album, House In The Tall Grass, released on their own Guruguru Brain Records, unfolds itself through many layers. Existing fans of KIKAGAKU MOYO will be comforted by the soft vocals harmonies and warm sitar, but what sets this release apart is the refinement of the band’s song-writing and their delicate execution. They made their Empty Bottle debut October of 2016, and we're overjoyed to have them back on our stage!

    JJUUJJUU is an astral union, an arcane ritual, and above all, a conversation. Harnessing an unspoken energy, the trio have exponentially blossomed from a sonic experiment to a forceful, telepathic dialogue of distinct-but-aligned vibrations. Releasing this dynamic on an expanding spiral of planned and impromptu live shows in the American southwest, the magnetism of the duo only continues to grow, along with its devoted, traveling coterie of entranced acolytes.

  • Sun March 25, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Earthless
    • Kikagaku Moyo
    • JJUUJJUU
    $20.00

    Formed in 2001, EARTHLESS prides itself on creating energetic, utterly unique and free thinking instrumental music inspired by an eclectic mix of German krautrock and Japanese heavy blues-rock. The Californian trio has dedicated itself to mastery of the mind-bending jam session, evoking the spirits of Jimi Hendrix and Black Sabbath in equal measure. Named after a song title from vintage New York garage-psych band The Druids of Stonehenge, EARTHLESS' sound has been called "A sonic kaleidoscope of lava and lightning", earning it the title of "California's loudest band". The group delivers "one of the best live shows in all of modern, heavy rock," leading to one reviewer stating that the band's "epic shredding harkens back to the days were psychedelic rock had balls the size of grapefruits and wasn't afraid to take its listeners on a ride for which they may never return."

    KIKAGAKU MOYO call their sound psychedelic because it encompasses a broad spectrum of influence & elements of classical Indian music, Krautrock, traditional folk, and 70s Rock. The Tokyo five- piece's music is about freedom of the mind and body, and building a bridge between the supernatural and the present. Their newest album, House In The Tall Grass, released on their own Guruguru Brain Records, unfolds itself through many layers. Existing fans of KIKAGAKU MOYO will be comforted by the soft vocals harmonies and warm sitar, but what sets this release apart is the refinement of the band’s song-writing and their delicate execution. They made their Empty Bottle debut October of 2016, and we're overjoyed to have them back on our stage!

    JJUUJJUU is an astral union, an arcane ritual, and above all, a conversation. Harnessing an unspoken energy, the trio have exponentially blossomed from a sonic experiment to a forceful, telepathic dialogue of distinct-but-aligned vibrations. Releasing this dynamic on an expanding spiral of planned and impromptu live shows in the American southwest, the magnetism of the duo only continues to grow, along with its devoted, traveling coterie of entranced acolytes.

  • Mon March 26, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Flesh Panthers
    • The Woolly Bushmen
    Free

    Another rockin' Free Monday with some rockabilly love from FLESH PANTHERS and THE WOOLLY BUSHMEN. 

    Formed in early 2011 and based out of Winter Park, Florida, THE WOOLLY BUSHMEN have managed to combine 1960's rock and roll with 1950's rockabilly and a dash of soul, forming their own unique genre of all original crowd-rocking songs. These young musicians (all college age) have captured the respect and admiration of seasoned musicians, some icons in their own right, that are twice their age while grabbing every audience by the scruff of their necks and whipping them into a dance frenzy.

  • Tue March 27, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Olivia Jean [The Black Belles]
    $10

    OLIVIA JEAN began her career in Detroit, Michigan with her surf-inspired solo act Idée Fixe. In 2009, OLIVIA JEAN signed with Third Man Recordsand moved to Nashville, TN where she, Ruby Rogers, and Shelby Lynne formed The Black Belles. The Black Belles released their self-titled debut album in 2011 on Third Man Records. OLIVIA JEAN’s “What Can I Do?” from the Black Belles debut album was used as the theme song for Elvira's Movie Macabre. The Black Belles performed on The Colbert Show as Stephen Colbert’s backing band.

    In 2014, OLIVIA JEAN released her solo debut album on Third Man Records titled “Bathtub Love Killings.” New Noise Magazine described her sound as “That of an unsavory love triangle between Patsy Cline, Nancy Sinatra and Siouxsie Sioux, with a melancholy croon that is unmistakable.” OLIVIA JEAN’s cover of “You Really Got Me” by The Kinks, was used for an Yves Saint Laurent advertisement.

    In support of her debut album, OLIVIA toured with acts such as The Pixies, Jack White, and Jenny Lewis. She has toured as a guitarist and bassist for Jack White, Wanda Jackson, and Karen Elson. She has also been featured as a session musician on recordings for artists including Wanda Jackson, Kate Pierson of The B-52’s, The Secret Sisters, Jack White, John C. Reilly, Karen Elson, and Tom Jones.

    Olivia Jean is currently recording her second solo album and we just couldn't wait any longer so she's comin' to play the hits live -- Experience this gold for yourself or bust!

  • Art Institute of Chicago - Rubloff Auditorium Thu March 29, 2018 7:00 pm
    • Gas
    $20 ($10 for AIC Members)

    Experience a rare multimedia performance by Wolfgang Voigt, one of the most influential figures in contemporary electronic music, as he brings his project GAS to the Art Institute. Drawing on Romantic landscape and classical music as much as ambient minimalism and techno, Voigt creates an uplifting and enveloping evocation of the wonder of the natural world.

    Based in Cologne, Germany, Wolfgang Voigt has had a prodigious output under various aliases on many record labels, including WarpHarvestRaster-Noton and Force Inc, and the label he co-founded - Kompakt. The four GAS albums, originally released between 1996 and 2000, were reissued in 2008 to enormous international acclaim, and they have been widely recognized as the most important ambient music creations of the 1990s. After 17 years, Voigt returned to GAS with the release of Narkopop a new album of symphonic ambient music.

    Support for Live Arts programming is provided by the Woman’s Board of the Art Institute of Chicago

  • Thu March 29, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Acid Dad
    • No Parents
    $10 (advance), $12

    It's been almost two years since we've seen Brooklyn's ACID DAD on our stage.  Since then, this quartet of psych-punks have been putting on some of the most electrifying live performances across the country. Oh My Rockness deemed them one of the site’s ‘Hardest-Working Bands of 2015.’ With two fresh singles released in December off the cool as fuck NY independent label Greenway Records and an album coming out this spring, ACID DAD has no plans of putting the brakes on. 

    Joining ACID DAD this evening is punk four-piece NO PARENTS, an LA band of fellows, all with pretty impressive hairdos. We last saw these dudes when they were on tour with WHITE FANG in 2016! These rowdy boys play hard-nosed punk RAWK and they play it well. They also know how to party, and we are always, always, up for a party. 

  • Fri March 30, 2018 9:00 pm
    • FACS (Record Release)
    • DIM
    • Ethers
    $10 (advance), $12

    FACS features Noah Leger (drums) and Brian Case (guitar), formerly of Chicago band Disappears, with newly-added bassist Aliana Kabala. Using minimalism and space, FACS make abstract and modern art rock. Their long anticipated debut album Negative Houses finally makes its way to fruition tonight as they celebrate it's release on Trouble In Mind Records with support from Chicago's greatest.

    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.

    Convoluted, jangled and from the heart, ETHERS joins the bill to warm up the fervor. This new flavor of downbeat garage rock was birthed from members of local hitter bands HEAVY TIMES, OUTER MINDS, RADAR EYES and SKIP CHURCH. Come early for the message of something hopeful, something Chicagoan, something…

  • Sat March 31, 2018 8:30 pm
    • The Soft Moon
    • Boy Harsher
    $16 (advance), $18

    The one-man project of LUIS VASQUEZ, THE SOFT MOON brings new life to the darkly hypnotic sounds of dark-wave precursors like SUICIDE, JOY DIVISION and BAUHAUS with a stripped-down, lo-fi approach. Similarly inspired by his Afro-Cuban heritage and the wide-open space of the Mojave Desert where he was raised, the San Francisco-based artist’s evolution since its 2009 inception has seen a trio of excellent releases on the esteemed Captured Tracks. Criminal, THE SOFT MOON's fourth album, will be released on February 2nd, 2018, with a new home on New York label Sacred Bones.

    Criminal is a confessional work. Through the stark lens of shame and guilt that has followed Luis Vasquez since a violent childhood growing up within the humming ambient sprawl of 80s Mojave Desert, here he documents the gut-wrenching sound of going to war with himself. Battling with his own sanity, self-hatred, insecurity, self-entitlement and grappling with the risk of these things transforming him into a person he despises, Vasquez has laid his feelings bare with this: his confession and most self-reflective work to date.

    BOY HARSHER is a dark electronic duo that produces gritty dance beats infused with ethereal vocals, creating a sound that is eerie, intense and incredibly danceable. Augustus Muller develops the underbelly of sound with minimal beats and grinding synths, where Jae Matthews whispers, screams and chants on top. Together, the music created is somewhere between industrial, drone and confessional storytelling. Muller and Matthews both have a strong background in film and their cinematic approach translates effectively in both their recordings and live performance.

  • Sun April 1, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Soft Kill and VOWWS
    • Choir Boy
    $10 (advance), $12

    Portland, Oregon’s SOFT KILL, ripped through 2016 with their first release on Profound Lore Records “Choke”. Once more bringing their unique blend of guitar driven sad rock, they are laced with a pop sensibility and flawless songwriting that seamlessly transcends post punk. SOFT KILL have matured into a powerhouse, having released what is considered a new classic in the genre An Open Door in 2010, they are now effortlessly redefining it. As always with frontman Tobias Grave’s powerful, raw emotional storytelling, and guitar work by Conrad Vollmer, along with Owen Glendower on bass. SOFT KILL write songs about loss, battles with drug addiction, the many tragedies that come from that life and the empty space suspended between mourning and celebration.

    Fuzzed to the bone industrial rock duo VOWWS makes the journey to our stage for the first time from LA, California. Meeting in a music composition course at The University of Western Sydney in Australia, VOWWS has been conjuring brutally emotional and gritty electronic rock akin to the liking of Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson and Gary Numan. Their latest creation, Forget Your Finery, a new single off Anti Language Records, boasts aggressive and cinematic synth work that surely solidifies the bands spot in the underworld. We’re ready to take that dive with them tonight. 

    CHOIR BOY was what the kids called singer/songwriter Adam Klopp in his early teens when he fronted punk cover bands in Cleveland, Ohio.  An intended insult, the label seemed fair and fitting in a way, given Klopp’s religious upbringing and angelic voice. Keeping the name, CHOIR BOY went onto release their debut LP on Team Love. The dream-pop outfit went on to gain a cult following online and in underground circles. Adam’s stunning vocal range, layered compositions, and heartbreaking melodies are backed by musical partner Chaz Costello on bass - and along with a rotating cast of players, create the perfect blend of nostalgia-laced romantic pop music we’ve been waiting years to hear.

  • Wed April 4, 2018 8:30 pm
    • FRIGS
    $10 (advance), $12

    FRIGS is a Toronto-based band that pairs the raw, emotional grunge of PJ Harvey with the immersive, psychedelic post-punk of early Sonic Youth. With each member bringing a unique set of influences, FRIGS creates a sound that is hard to pin down and an impression that’s unshakable. 

    Led by the force of Bria Salmena’s vocals, the band has earned a reputation for putting on an hypnotic and visceral live performance. Embracing the mercurial and experimental, their shows are built upon instinct; a vocal growl can unexpectedly give way to a hushed whisper; languid drones boil over into guttural and searing tones. 

  • Thu April 5, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Hanni El Khatib
    • The Buttertones
    $15 (advance), $17

    On his 2011 debut 'Will The Guns Come Out,' HANNI EL KHATIB tried something he'd never tried before -- making a bedroom-style recording of his then stripped-to-the-skeleton guitar-and-drums rock 'n' roll mostly for the sheer joy of making it. For his ferocious 2013 follow-up 'Head In The Dirt,' he tried something new again, showing up at producer Dan Auerbach's analog-dreamland Nashville studio with nothing but the clothes on his back and an open mind.

    But after 'Head In The Dirt''s release and almost a year of relentless touring, Hanni knew he needed to go past 'unpredictable' all the way to 'unprecedented.' He needed isolation, time and the chance to experiment. So after 30 days locked in hand-picked L.A. studio The Lair, the result is the album 'Moonlight' -- the rarest and most welcome kind of album, made at that perfect point in life where confidence, experience, and technique unite to help an artist do anything they want.

    THE BUTTERTONES started their own journey in 2011 as three music school misfits (or drinking buddies, they say) in the heart of Hollywood. Now primed, grimed and greased up THE BUTTERTONES are ready to take our stage hostage for an hour and give us a taste of that sweet fatty California cream. Their latest record, Gravedigging is more a movie waiting to happen than an album—or a soundtrack just waiting to inspire a movie, with scene after scene of action, tension and release set to a sound that takes everything good and true about American music before the Beatles prettied it up (surf, sweet soul, the boss saxophone-overdrive garage of the Northwest wailers like the Sonics) and matches it to punk energy, post-punk precision and the kind of personality that blows the circuit-breakers at a backyard party. 

  • Fri April 6, 2018 9:00 pm
    • Lucy Dacus
    • And The Kids
    • Adult Mom
    $15

    LUCY DACUS is done thinking small. Two years after her 2016 debut, No Burden, won her unanimous acclaim as one of rock's most promising new voices, Dacus returns on March 2 with Historian, a remarkably assured 10-track statement of intent. It finds her unafraid to take on the big questions — the life-or-death reckonings, and the ones that just feel that way. It's a record full of bracing realizations, tearful declarations and moments of hard-won peace, expressed in lyrics that feel destined for countless yearbook quotes and first tattoos. 

    "This is the album I needed to make," says Dacus, who views Historian as her definitive statement as a songwriter and musician. "Everything after this is a bonus."

    She emphasizes that she does not take her newfound platform as a touring musician for granted.  "I have this job where I get to talk to people I don't know every night," she remembers thinking on the long van rides across America to support No Burden. Realizing that she would have a dramatically expanded audience for her second album, she felt an urgent call to make something worthwhile: "The next record should be the thing that's most important to say."

    The past year, with its electoral disasters and other assorted heartbreaks, has been a rough one for many of us, Dacus included. She found solace in crafting a thoughtful narrative arc for Historian, writing a concept album about cautious optimism in the face of adversity, with thematic links between songs that reveal themselves on repeat listens. "It starts out dark and ends hopeful, but it gets darker in between; it goes to the deepest, darkest, place and then breaks," she explains. "What I'm trying to say throughout the album is that hope survives, even in the face of the worst stuff."

    Dacus and her band recorded the album in Nashville last March, re-teaming with No Burden producer Collin Pastore, and mixed it a few months later with A-list studio wizard John Congleton. The sound they created, with substantial input from multi-instrumentalist and live guitarist Jacob Blizard, is far richer and fuller than the debut — an outward flowering of dynamic, living, breathing rock and roll. Dacus' remarkable sense of melody and composition are the driving force throughout, giving Historian the immersive feel of an album made by an artist in full command of her powers.

    The album opens with a striking three-track run. First comes "Night Shift," the only breakup song Dacus has ever written: "In five years I hope the songs feel like covers, dedicated to new lovers," she memorably declares. Next is the catchy, upbeat first single "Addictions," inspired in part by the dislocated feeling of life on the road and the lure of familiarity ("I’m just calling cause I’m used to it/And you’ll pick up cause you’re not a quitter…"), followed by "The Shell," a reflection on (and embrace of) creative burnout. There's nothing tentative about this opening sequence. Right away, it's clear that Dacus is on a new level of truth-telling and melodic grace.

  • Sun April 8, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Ed Schrader's Music Beat
    • A Deer A Horse
    $10 (advance), $12

    ED SCHRADER’s MUSIC BEAT needed to make this record. 19 tours in the U.S. since the Baltimore-based duo’s formation in 2010, from headlining underground spaces to opening massive venues for Future Islands, had left vocalist Ed and bassist Devlin Rice exhausted and hungry to take their music to the next level. Both live and on record, they’d probed the limits of their primal noise-rock approach, which showcased Ed pushing his vocal cords to their breaking point while furiously pounding his floor tom into the ground. Ed and Devlin dreamed of a fuller sound layered, breathing arrangements their early rapid-fire compositions always seemed to imply, without yet having the tools to realize.

    Dark, heavy, and full of tension, A DEER A HORSE’s music is a rare breed in Brooklyn’s DIY scene. Comprised of Rebecca Satellite (vocals/guitar), Angela Phillips (bass/backing vocals), and Dylan Teggart (drums), the trio have embraced the raw and dirty aspects of their city and created something simultaneously urgent, sludgy, and cathartic with their newest EP, Backswimmer

  • Mon April 9, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Major Murphy
    Free

    Hailing from Grand Rapids, MAJOR MURPHY is the brainchild of songwriter JACOB BULLARD. In summer 2015, he enlisted the help of multi-instrumentalist JACKI WARREN (THE SOIL & THE SUN) and drummer BRIAN VOORTMAN to help bring his dreams to reality. Together they created the four song cassette Future Release, which came out in 2015. Their first single, "On & Off (National Broadcast TV)" sets a whole new standard for catchy, rock-pop ballads. With no signs of slowing down MAJOR MURPHY has just released a new hit, "Mary", off Bloomington, IN label Winspear and is making strides across the country to wave their flag high. Well, we've got just the spot for them...

  • Tue April 10, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Faith Healer
    $10 (advance), $12

    Edmonton, Canada native Jessica Jalbert began her musical career as a solo artist, crafting pretty chamber pop tunes. Foreseeing that using her own name might lead people to think she was a folk artist -- when really she was more interested in dealing out poppy neo-psychedelia - she adopted the name FAITH HEALER. Working with old bandmate Wilson, the duo have released two records, their latest Try :-) through Mint Records.

  • Sat April 14, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Penguin Prison
    • Mating Ritual
    $15

    While 2017 left many of us speechless, Christopher Glover of PENGUIN PRISON is speaking louder than ever. His forthcoming EP Turn It Up—from which we’ve already heard the titular lead single and its remixes—works with heavier messages than some of his previous work. That said, the EP still contains the DJ and producer’s signature sound: a blended cocktail of speedy guitar licks, bouncy pop melodies, disco-tinged percussion, sweet and sour vocal manipulation and upbeat bass, all molded into a cohesively sunny yet sophisticated addition to his repertoire.

    MATING RITUAL's Ryan Marshall Lawhon is a journeyman who can’t sit still. Relocating up and down the west coast twice a year until he was 18, the producer-songwriter has become accustomed to change; the very opposite of a “creature of habit”. His restless need to be on the move is a driving force in the creation of his music. Driven to push the boundaries of “Alternative” songwriting and production, he continues to release complex yet catchy songs that question the traditional ideals of genre classification.

  • Tue April 17, 2018 8:30 pm
    • U.S. Girls
    $12.00

    Meg Remy’s second release for 4AD, In A Poem Unlimited, which includes single ‘Mad As Hell’ – a clarion call for pacifism – was tracked in collaboration with Toronto-based instrumental collective the Cosmic Range, and features arrangements by long-time contributors Maxmilian Turnbull and Louis Percival. The dizzying buffet of live grooves on In a Poem Unlimited represents an inversion of the dusty, sample-based minimal textures of Half Free, Remy’s euphoric 4AD debut. Steered into focus by Remy and mixer/co-producer Steve Chahley, Poem features disco employed as a protest vernacular (‘Mad As Hell’), as well as an unrelenting assault (‘Time’); moody, slow-burning funk (‘Velvet 4 Sale’ & ‘L-Over’) and earnest synth anthems ‘Rosebud’ and ‘Poem’, which form the album’s emotional core.

    Poem features dark meditations reflecting charged atmospheres that directly precede and follow acts of violence. Many of the songs are character studies of women grappling with power; how to gain and exert it spiritually, as well as desperate strategies to mitigate its infliction. Remy also rallies against the public lies told by political and religious leaders, and more crucially, questions the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive. While U.S. Girls, denoting the plural, is no longer a misnomer, In A Poem Unlimited may be Remy’s most individually distilled protest to date.

  • Thu April 19, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Yamantaka
    • Sonic Titan
    $10 (advance), $12

    There’s a whole world contained within YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN. They’re a Noh-Wave prog collective, a black-and-white (and sometimes red) theatre company, an operatic psych cult, and the speculative prophets of humanity’s impending doom. Above it all, though, they’re a thunderous rock band, and on their third album, DIRT, they’re the heaviest they’ve ever been. 

    Though they’ve been an amorphous beast since they formed in 2010, DIRT follows the group’s most significant evolution in years. Now totally Toronto-based, they’ve added new singer Joanna Delos Reyes, guitarist Hiroki Tanaka and bassist Brandon Lim, who, along with the towering drums of leader/artist Alaska B, singer/theatre artist Ange Loft and keyboardist Brendan Swanson, turn the group into a driving engine of sound. Live, the band can be sprawling and theatrical or concise and visceral, filling the stage with noise, melody and cacophony. 

  • Sun April 22, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Russian Circles
    • King Woman
    $25

    At the end of 2014, Chicago trio RUSSIAN CIRCLES celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their first show. A decade is a long time for any band to persevere, let alone a band that mines the relatively unmarketable niche of protracted instrumental dirges. But whereas many bands on the louder end of the rock-based instrumental world are content to work within the confines of the crescendos and washed-out timbres laid out by their predecessors, RUSSIAN CIRCLES persistently expand their creative boundaries by working with a wider swath of sounds and structures. In many ways, their last album Memorial was a fitting cap to that first decade; it was an elegy to the past, a token of remembrance to the aural explorations of the band’s formative years. It encompassed the many facets of the band’s catalog: harrowing gloom, cinematic majesty, primitive bludgeonings, bittersweet dexterity, and morose minimalism.

    Led by the hypnotic and breathy vocal dramatics of Kristina Esfandiari, KING WOMAN unveil a profoundly crafted opus of brooding, ethereal doom-rock. 

  • Fri April 27, 2018 9:00 pm
    • Preoccupations
    • Freak Heat Waves
    $15

    When the four members of Canadian post-punk band PREOCCUPATIONS wrote and recorded their new record, they were in a state of near total instability. Years-long relationships ended; they left homes behind. Frontman Matt Flegel, guitarist Danny Christiansen, multi-instrumentalist Scott Munro and drummer Mike Wallace all moved to different cities. They resolved to change their band name, but hadn’t settled on a new one. And their road-tested, honed approach to songwriting was basically thrown out the window. This time, they walked into the studio with the gas gauge near empty, buoyed by one another while the rest of their lives were virtually unrecognizable and rootless. There was no central theme or idea to guide the band’s collective cliff jump. As a result, ‘Preoccupations’ bears the visceral, personal sound of holding onto some steadiness in the midst of changing everything. 

    In the two years since their last release, FREAK HEAT WAVES have continued a perpetual process of transformation. Shedding familiar influences from the heavily excavated histories of post-punk and krautrock, the band has now beamed into uncharted territory with the otherworldly sound of their third album, Beyond XXXL.

    On this 11-song excursion, alien strains of synth-pop and glam-rock are sandblasted with smooth guitar solos, eerie electronics, and pulsating drum machines propelled into skull-shattering breakbeats. Deeply distorted vocals narrate the narcoleptic trip like a DJ Screw mixtape splicing together John Foxx, John Maus, and The Prodigy. The result is FREAK HEAT WAVES’ most cohesive and captivating release to date, amplifying earlier melodic sensibilities while remaining singularly strange.

  • Thu May 10, 2018 8:30 pm
    • No Age
    • Behavior
    $15

    With the world around us bruised and bloodied with teeth already dug into the concrete curb, we find ourselves with the shadow of a large boot looming overhead. What better time for NO AGE? Remember, they are the ones who first brought you the hospital-bed-feel-good-anthem, “Get Hurt” (2007). They know how to ecstatically rage and power on thru pain, because what else are you gonna do? The future belongs to the cockroaches, and this record is made for the disparate band of misfits who 2017 couldn’t kill.

    Yeah. New NO AGE! Not new age NO AGE (except for the odd “Sun Spots”/“Keechie”-style shimmer that only ever makes everything better), but definitely an age of album-making located somewhere beyond and back from where we last heard ’em in aught-13, when they’d wrapped their process in as much deconstruction as An Object could bear. Reimagined rippers, compelling ever forward; something that provokes challenges on the ear — that was always the goal, but after a few years spent not NO AGE-ing, just working on that thing called life, is it any wonder that Dean and Randy wanted to pump out some rock and roll for the black hole? Does time mean nothing to you? Don’t answer that.

    BEHAVIOR is a band from Los Angeles formed in 2012. They’ve released two LP’s: 375 Images of Angels (2016) and Bitter Bitter (2017) on Iron Lung Records. Bitter Bitter was written and recorded in Los Angeles early last fall, just before the latest drought broke, and just before a cynical national election made the ongoing arrangement very plain. It’s a simple music, crafted according to a shifting ad hoc agreement between three friends who try and share the labor, who borrow promiscuously from whatever finds them, who try and garner enough space to intuit a next stumbling move in restless hopscotch across a pop music tradition that has tallied an unlivable inheritance of promises.

    There’s a desire for tension with BEHAVIOR, a desire for fraudulent postures, a desire for drama and its perverse digressions. The song is traversed by other songs, the voice is traversed by other voices, the singer never held the title to their own tongue—nosing uninvited into darkened houses for what’s ripe and fermenting. The title of the record is a translation of the name given to the ocean on a Babylonian map thought to be the oldest depiction of the world. The cover is a mask of swatches. A shroud of ribbons. Bitter Bitter is an imprint and an agitation, wrapped like a circus in an exterminator’s tent. Countless fluttering images hoisted like flags above countless shrinking islands in a rising sea. Contempt, mercy, grief and good will. Is it a timely attitude?

  • Sat May 19, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Power Trip
    • Sheer Mag
    • Fury
    • Red Death
    $18 (advance), $20

    POWER TRIP slay us with the first new single “Firing Squad” from their anxiously awaited sophomore release Nightmare Logic, which finally sees light February 24 on Southern Lord. “Firing Squad” debuted via NPR who’ve described it as possessing “a certain monolithic quality Lemmy would admire: a massive rawness and a sludgy, heavy hopelessness that thrashes with punk immediacy and metal intricacy…it’s a track preparing for war.”

    POWER TRIP are a real band - like no other. Their raw energy, musical proficiency, perfect song structure, rich tones, fierce riffs, persecution and collective attitude has seeded them as one of the most prolific underground staples in the U.S. metal, punk and hardcore scenes.

    Both brazen and discrete, loud yet precise, familiar but never quite like this - SHEER MAG crept up from Philadelphia cloaked in bold insignia to channel our social and political moment with grit and groove.  Cautious but full of purpose. By making a music both painfully urgent and spiritually timeworn, SHEER MAG speak to a modern pain: to a people that too feel their flame on the verge of being extinguished, yet choose to burn a bit brighter in spite of that threat.

    Argued as one of the best bands in America, LA hardcore band FURY undoubtedly lives up to their name. The fiery delivery of the vocals, the ripping guitars and pounding rhythms make for some of the best hardcore music out this decade. They’ve not only stepped out as one of the most prolific punk and hardcore bands out there but has solidified their own sound within a short period of time.

    D.C. crossover thrash band RED DEATH lights this fucker up with their face ripping solos and obliterating smackdown vocals. Get ready for a sonic beatdown like never before. 

  • Wed May 30, 2018 8:30 pm
    • SUUNS
    $14 (advance), $16

    "This record is definitely looser than our last one," says SUUNS singer/guitarist Ben Shemie. "It's not as clinical. There's more swagger."

    You can hear this freedom flowing through the 11 tracks on their release, Hold/Still through Secretly Canadian. It's both a continuation and rebirth, the Montreal quartet returning to beloved local facility Breakglass Studios but this time recording themselves at their own pace, over five fertile sessions spanning several months. A simultaneous stretching out and honing in, mixed to audiophile perfection by St Vincent producer John Congleton who flew up especially from Dallas to deploy his award-winning skills in situ.

    While maintaining a pleasing economy, the informality of self-production has enabled SUUNS to explore bright new vistas. "Us doing it ourselves, that process was like a very receptive, limitless workshop to just try out ideas,". Time to get wild, let freedom soar and basque in the glory that is SUUNS.

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    SUUNS has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket sold goes to support Youth Speaks and their work through arts education, youth development, and civic engagement, to challenge young people to find, develop, publicly present, and apply their voices as creators of societal change (youthspeaks.org).

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