• Wed August 24, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Powell (Record Release)
    • Elon Katz
    • Not Waving
    • Beau Wanzer DJ Set, Celebrating 5 Years of Diagonal Records

    OSCAR POWELL has been breaking the barriers of techno, noise, no wave, and extreme electronic music since 2011. Release on his own Diagonal Records imprint as well The Death of Rave and Liberation Technologies, his insane 2014 'Club Music' EP put his name on the experiemental map. In 2015, POWELL is known for his “pummeling, sinister synth loops offset by thudding kick drums as a low-pitched vocal sample drones intermittently,” as Dummy Magazine so eloquently put it. We’re excited to have him on the Empty Bottle stage for the first time this evening, celebrating the 5-year anniversary of Diagonal Records! Other Diagonal artists joined this evening are electronic musician and vocalist from California, ELON KATZ; Alessio Natalizia’s of WALLS fiercer and edgier solo project NOT WAVING; and a DJ set by BEAU WANZER, Midwestern producer of “spooky, straight-to-tape hardware jams.”

  • Thu August 25, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Ryley Walker (Record Release)
    • Luggage
    • TALsounds

    Chicago-based folk-monster RYLEY WALKER is no stranger to The Empty Bottle stage. In fact, he's damn near family. In March of 2015, he released Primrose Green as one of the Dead Oceans newest musical acts. NPR described the album as having a spirit that is “beyond and is unruly - this is rock’n’roll.” WALKER is an impressive act of solo acoustic finger style guitar tracks that evolve with graceful flow. Circular shimmers and visceral bottleneck slides create songs that take on a life of their own in a live setting. Flowing, earthy acoustic work cascades from WALKER's hands and he's been reborn as a troubadour, which he carries on exploring to this day, sometimes in a Pentangling ensemble, or just solo with voice, wood and strings. It is our pleasure to see him off on an adventure of kangaroos and chips that are fries. Chicago band LUGGAGE is comprised of members of BASIC CABLE, LOOSE DUDES and CLEARED. Though they formed a little over a year ago, they've already given the world a debut LP, Sun, on Automatic Recordings, which they celebrated the release of at the famed Rainbo Club. The trio's dark, noisy blend of shoegaze, post-punk and droning psychedelia is intensely hypnotic. Judging by the members' pedigrees, you can expect a thrilling live set, as we saw in May 2016 when they last played our stage, opening for Austin, TX bad boys SPRAY PAINT. Returning to kick off the evening is ambient experimentalist NATALIE CHAMI’s musical moniker TALSOUNDS. Also a member of experimental trio GOOD WILLSMITH, it’s been 6 months(ish) since CHAMI she's been back with her solo improvised set of electronic mindfuckery, and that's just too damn long if you ask us!

    (Chicagoist) (Consequence of Sound) (FLOOD) (Guardian) (NPR Music) (NY Times) (Pitchfork) (RedEye) (Reader) (Tribune)

  • Fri August 26, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers

    The HOYLES consider themselves the real thing and use traditional instrumentation to play Texas shuffle, rave-up and honky-tonk music from country's true musical legends, for those of you who long for and recall the days when "country was country.

    (Chicagomusic.org) (Tribune) (Washington Post)

  • Fri August 26, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The Life and Times
    • Molly McGuire
    • HAIR

    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. Back for their trumphant Bottle return (they haven't played here since 1995!) is Kansas City, Missouri hard rock  band MOLLY MCGUIRE. Formed in 1991, MOLLY MCGUIRE has toured and shared the stage with such bands as TOOL, JESUS LIZARD, FAILURE, HUM, and THE MELVINS. These cats have been on hiatus for quite some time now, but they are back and ready to rock harder than ever! Their latest release, Molly McGuire III, is the bands first new release in eighteen years and includes original members Jason Blackmore, Jason Gerken and Ray Jankowski. HAIR, is the current musical arm of the Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty to Long Haired Men, a group founded by DAVID BOWIE in 1964. Members of HAIR live to a code that mandates shoulder length hair at a minimum. Like the straight hard rock bands of the 70s and 90s (but not the 80s, that shit sucked) before them, the group is dedicated to the heaviest and loudest sounds allowed. Together HAIR define long haired heavy psych rock in the 22nd Century.

  • Sat August 27, 2016 2:00 pm
    • Dan Bitney Trio
    Free Show

    Have we got a treat for you girls & boys, Dan Bitney (Tortoise) leading a trio in two sets of improvised music. Bring the family out for some Brunch and an afternoon of Jazz.

  • Sat August 27, 2016 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. Early arrival is recommended to avoid waiting in line outside! $5 cover, 21+

  • Sun August 28, 2016 3:00 pm
    • Empty Bottle Book Club Discusses: "Just Kids" By Patti Smith

    The Empty Bottle Book Club selections will be available for purchase each month at The 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 Patience from our friends at 1276 Milwaukee Avenue! 


    Empty Bottle Book Club: GET LIT

    In Just Kids, Patti Smith’s first book of prose, the legendary American artist offers a never-before-seen glimpse of her remarkable relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the epochal days of New York Cityand the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies.  An honest and moving story of youth and friendship, Smith brings the same unique, lyrical quality to Just Kids as she has to the rest of her formidable body of work—from her influential 1975 album Horses to her visual art and poetry.

  • Sun August 28, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The Muffs
    • Space Raft
    • John San Juan

    Based in Los Angeles, California, THE MUFFS, is a U.S. punk band formed in 1991 by Kim Shattuck (vocals) and Melanie Vammen (guitar), both refugees from all-female garage rockers THE PANDORAS. Ronnie Barnett (bass) and Criss Crass (drums) completed the original line-up, which completed a highly enjoyable punk pop collection for Warner Brothers Records in 1993. Vammen and Crass left after the debut album, with Jim Laspesa and then Roy McDonald coming in on drums. The slimmed-down trio completed two solid albums for Reprise Records in the late 90s, but despite their songs cropping on several movie soundtracks THE MUFFS failed to make the breakthrough to mainstream recognition enjoyed by contemporaries such as GREEN DAY. They switched to independent label status in the new millennium, recording Hamburger (2000) for Sympathy For The Record Industry and Really Really Happy (2004) for Five Foot Two. SPACE RAFT is a Rock and Roll band playing color specific intervals of sound. The music is delivered for pleasure. Volume is resulting. From Milwaukee, and the beyond. Chicago's JOHN SAN JUAN kick the show off with their smoother-than-ice, high-octane Rock & Roll. This shit's cold as hell and ready to please, so show up early and get treated

  • Mon August 29, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Paper Mice
    • Evasive Backflip (LP Release)
    • Absolutely Not
    • Not For You
    Free Monday

    PAPER MICE, a three-piece whirligig from Chicago, is headlining on our fair stage this evening. These DIY scene super stars blend a freakish range of influences into miniature, prog-punk puzzles that are extra fun to put together. Chicago's EVASIVE BACKFLIP play second with another slip n' slide of a set. With their latest release, 2015's Pussy-Up, we were gifted with their signature mathy, free jazz-influenced riffs to match their zany and often nonsensical lyricism, or in their words "3 folks pick up instruments and lose their minds." Returning to our stage are our old friends ABSOLUTELY NOT, who are always a god damn pleasure. These cats plays it fast, make it fun, and don't take themselves too seriously - though the lighthearted music occasionally belies darker lyrical content. NOT FOR YOU is a Chicago three-peice creating pop-noises and things. This is their first Bottle appearance, so let's get weird.

  • Tue August 30, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Surf Curse
    • Lala Lala
    • Earring
    • The Predictions

    L.A. duo SURF CURSE are here to bring you a healthy dose of, wait for it, SURF rock. They're first timers to The Empty Bottle stage, but judging by the raw-energy of their dreamy, lo-fi surfer jams, we are all in for a damn treat! ​I mean, these are two dudes who dedicate tracks to popular cult movies on all three of their - "Heathers" and "Pony Boy" can be found on Demos (Feb. 2013) and Buds (June 2013), plus "Reality Bites" on Bad Boys (October 2013). Those are just a few reasons we think these dudes are rad. Returning to The Bottle stage this evening is Chicago three-piece LALA LALA. This grungy, lo-fi trio’s catchy pop and rock songwriting swims in a river of reverb. These ladies have impressed a couple two-tree times over the past year and change, so you can bet those sweet buns of yours that we're ready to have em back. Local freak-punk duo EARRING have been known to create quite a stir whenever they hit our stage. With two members of hot Chicago band NE-HI at the helm, we can guarantee EARRING will be at their best each and every time they play. Opening this evening are THE PREDICTIONS, a three-man skeleton rock crew from good old Chicago, IL.

  • Wed August 31, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Vomitface
    • Rat Hammer
    • Wet Wallet

    VOMITFACE began as a manifestation of Jared Micah and Preetma Singh’s dissatisfaction with the lackluster state of mainstream/”indie” music that was in severe contrast to the alternative-friendly radio they grew up on. Jared had been musically involved in numerous projects up until joining forces with Preetma, a young law school grad who went into fashion in New York City, later to discover her true passion: beating the shit out of drums. After developing their sound, the two recruited longtime friend Keller McDivitt to play his brand of sludgy distorted bass. Although VOMITFACE plays throughout the Brooklyn DIY scene, their true home is in Jersey City, a grittier, more punk (and overlooked) cousin to Brooklyn’s latest trendiness. Their sound has been described as “black-surf,” “avant-grunge,” and “MUDHONEY may have been if Mark Arm had been more influenced by DEVO than by THE STOOGES.” Our pals in RAT HAMMER are returning to play second here tonight. The skuzzy, boozy, scummy Chicago four-piece subsisting on a diet of hard booze and fierce rock n’ roll are back at it. They play the kind of set that makes you want to simultaneously shotgun a beer and take a shower, a favorite past time of many. WET WALLET is the husband & wife duo of KEITH HERZIK (guitar) and GINA HERZIK (bass). If these two had a shared spirit animal, it would be  “...a deep fried snake with butter gloved fingers dipped in chrome.” Which means they are extremely badass, a little crunchy, smooth-as-buttah and shiny-as-fuck. All the while, WET WALLET jams out to killer lo-fi weirdo art-punk jams, which feature plenty of high frequency noise and underwater bass effect.

    (FADER) (Noisey)

  • Thu September 1, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Full of Hell + The Body
    • Sick\Tired
    • Rash
    $10 (advance), $12

    Collaborating this evening are two of our favorite earth-shattering and boundary-pushing metal acts: FULL OF HELL and THE BODY. Aggressive and dogged in their musical attack, FULL OF HELL ain’t nothing to mess with. These Maryland natives have been holding it down with some of the most relentless sounds in today’s hardcore scene. Experimental in approach, unforgiving in nature, FULL OF HELL have come to melt your faces off your silly skulls. THE BODY is a two-piece sludge metal band originating from Providence, Rhode Island, (formed in 1999), with heavy, low riffs, high-pitched screaming vocals, and occasional samples. With their most recent release THE BODY set out to make “the grossest pop album of all time”. No One Deserves Happiness was released in March of this year and has be reviewed as “an album that defies definition and expectations, standing utterly alone." RASH is a Chicago band that's no stranger to our stage, even though their only release is a heavy and ruthless-as-shit demo tape on High Fashion Industries. Following all the hardcore punk stylings of your youth, their set is not to be missed, especially if you're looking to get some of that post-work aggression out of your system. Opening this evening is SICK/TIRED, a hardcore/grindcore four piece out of Dekalb, IL. 

  • Fri September 2, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers

    The HOYLES consider themselves the real thing and use traditional instrumentation to play Texas shuffle, rave-up and honky-tonk music from country's true musical legends, for those of you who long for and recall the days when "country was country.

    (Chicagomusic.org) (Tribune) (Washington Post)

  • Fri September 2, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Scorched Tundra VI featuring Bongripper
    • False
    • Oozing Wound

    Scorched Tundra is proud to announce the entire lineup for its sixth edition. This year’s installment – taking place on September 2nd and 3rd at The Empty Bottle in Chicago – will feature Scorched Tundra alumni, as well as the most devastating bands from around the USA.

    BONGRIPPER is a four-piece instrumental doom band from Chicago. Known for deafening and intense live performances that highlight the bands soaring riffs and exploding rhythm section, these dudes thrives on an unrelenting sound that can compete with any of the heaviest metal bands of their genre. Since 2006 they have released 6 full-length albums. Their latest album, Miserable, was released in July of 2014. FALSE is a black metal band out of Minneapolis, MN, formed in 2011. The sextet defines themselves as “black metal for post-apocalyptic desolation.” Reject the promise of progress and the encompassing void that constitutes fulfillment, you're in for a wild fucking ride. OOZING WOUND is a trio specializing in destructive thrash that makes the people go insane. With heir simultaneously hilarious and terrifying blend of heavy riffage, crushing rhythms and piercing screams, these guys have made quite a name for themselves around Chicago. Each OOZER cut their teeth in some beloved local bands, including CACAW, ZATH, UNMANNED SHIP, and BAD DRUGS.

  • Sat September 3, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Scorched Tundra VI featuring Monolord
    • The Atlas Moth
    • Beastmaker
    • Sweat Lodge

    Scorched Tundra is proud to announce the entire lineup for its sixth edition. This year’s installment – taking place on September 2nd and 3rd at The Empty Bottle in Chicago – will feature Scorched Tundra alumni, as well as the most devastating bands from around the USA.

    Swedish act MONOLORD bring some doomed fuzz troping, sludge delving, and stoner loving chaos into the mix of life.The Gothenburg trio have quickly grown into one of Europe's most exciting young groups. Considering their hometown is one of Chicago's sister city, this is the only way to headline tonight's monstrous lineup. Fusing blues, doom, and psychedelic rock, Chicgao band THE ATLAS MOTH look to their hometown for inspiration in their post-metal experiments. With layers of rumbling guitars and synthesizers, the band takes a more textural approach to metal, creating a maelstrom of heavy riffs and swirling atmospherics that evokes Isis and Pink Floyd in equal measure. BEASTMAKER specializes in Sabbath inspired central valley doom rock. Hailing from Fresno, CA, they formed in 2014 and released their debut album, Lusus Naturae on Rise Above Records in March 2016. The band’s music has a strong Black Sabbath influence. SWEAT LODGE are aptly named, as the sound produced by this Austin TX, vibe tribe is best experienced in a dark, smoke filledroom. Eschewing modern tendencies in heavy music to rely on brute force, the group combines epic, technical songwriting with enough neolithic heaviness to keep the cavemen happy.

  • Sun September 4, 2016 9:00 pm
    • ARIISK
    • HOGG
    • Champagne Mirrors

    Los Angeles based artist ARIISK merges dystopian themes, Constructivism styled imagery and genre-morphic machine music having recently released a cassette on experimental label Nostilevo and a track for Nation Record's acclaimed compilation The Modern Electronic Element Series III, ARIISK's sonic language changes with each output, while still maintaining its distinct futurist-vision and focus on textural-specific sights and sounds. Returning to the Empty Bottle stage this evening is Chicago-via-Atlanta duo HOGG, a band that's sure to either terrify or delight you with their doomy, industrial noise-punk. HOGG's newest tape, Bury The Dog Deeper (dear god), was released on ANDY ORTMANN's Nihilist Recordings, so that should give you a good idea where the band's shattered guitars, sparse-but-suffocating rhythms and ear-splitting vocals/shrieks will take you tonight.CHAMPAGNE MIRRORS is Alex Barnett of BARNETT = COLOCCIA and OAKEATER. The project utilizes heavily effected vocals, drum machines, tape sounds, and synthesizers to create sparse poly-rhythms amidst ominous soundscapes. Compositions are performed live and with a good amount of improvisation. Extended Communication Techniques, the first release under this moniker, is coming out on Jealous Gods this summer.

  • Mon September 5, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Radar Eyes
    • Pink Frost
    • Brian Case
    • DJ Kenny Rasmussen
    Free Monday

    Chicago favorites RADAR EYES blisters with their version of heavily layered noisy garage coated in several inches of distortion, reverb, echo and feedback. The band's sound has evolved over the past few years, veering in the darker, noisier directions of post-punk without losing any of their pop accessibility. They're one of Chicago's best live bands and if you're not a fan already, you will be after their headlining set here tonight. Chicago's PINK FROST, formerly known as APTEKA, hasn't been on The Bottle stage since 2014. Awash in captivating reverb, swirling melodies and soaring, anthemic refrains, PINK FROST lives up to the Chicago Tribune praise of the band, calling them “an increasingly commanding quartet that embraces the power of guitar drone, tribal drum and the deep, shoegaze-era swoon.” Opening the evening is BRIAN CASE, who you may currently know as the leader of Chicago favorites DISAPPEARS of Disappears, or previously of THE PONYS and 90 DAY MEN. Tonight, Mr. Case brings his stark, minimal electronic and abstract sounds to our stage as a solo performer.

    (Brooklyn Vegan) (Pop Matters)

  • Tue September 6, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Dia.L
    • DJ Audio Jack (Slo 'Mo)
    $10 (advance). $12

    Vocalist and composer XENIA RUBINOS crafts movingly powerful songs dipping in and out of genre and structure to create a sound that is fearlessly her own. Xenia’s powerhouse vocals are at the center of her music which grows from a wide range of influences from R&B to Hip-Hop to Caribbean rhythms and jazz all delivered with a soulful punk aura. Her debut album Magic Trix was released in 2013 by Ba Da Bing! Records to wide critical acclaim. Pitchfork lauded the radiant singer as “a unique new pop personality” while a profile in The New Yorker described her work as “rhythmically fierce, vocally generous music that slips through the net of any known genre”. Xenia’s energetic live show and presence echoes some of the larger than life iconic singers she admired as a child including Judy Garland, Nina Simone and La Lupe while her powerhouse vocals recall the pop sensibility of Mariah Carey and soulfulness of Erykah Badu. Touring the US and Europe extensively, she has played more than 150 shows both as a headliner and supporting act for such diverse bands as Man Man, Battles, Coco Rosie, and Deerhoof. Xenia has been hard at work on her followup full length LP due out Spring 2016. DIA.L (pronounced Dial) is a cosmic trip guided by vocalist Lailah Reich & producer Radius; grown within the rich diverse music scene of Chicago.  The sessions began in around 2009/2010 and further expanded into the group Beyond Luck which Radius formed with Dj Moppy and Kenny Keys. Throughout that period of both studio and live performances, the two continued to develop and complete this collection of work. DJ AUDIO JACK is the one-half of the DJ team for Slo 'Mo: Slow jams for homos (and their fans), Chicago's party for lovers with Kristen Kaza and DJs Tess and Audio Jack, spinning R&B, soul, hip hop, jazz and funk from the seventies to today including: SADE, ANITA BAKER, STEVIE WONDER, LAURYN HILL, D'ANGELO, and more. Slo ‘Mo has been the recipient of several Best Dance Party awards from: Chicago Reader, Time Out Chicago, Chicagoist and Chicago Magazine.

  • Wed September 7, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Brian Costello’s Enthralling Cavalcade of Remarkable Anybodies, Special Somebodies, and Incredible Anybodies

    Everyone has a gift. Something that makes them sparkle and shine in this humdrum, workaday, “same ol’ same ol’” world we live in. That Uber driver? Maybe they know how to churn butter.  That teenager working the checkout line of the grocery store? Maybe they do an uncanny imitation of former President Ronald Reagan. Those talented musicians? Maybe they also know how to shotgun a beer.

    And what about you? Yes, you, Gentle Reader! Maybe you’re good at talking about your least favorite tattoo. Maybe you’re good at acting out your favorite monologue from a classic 1980’s action-adventure movie. Perhaps you know how to throw a slider in baseball, grate your favorite soft cheese, motivate your sales force, tapdance to your favorite 90’s alt-rock hit… jeez, I don’t know! Only you know what your one-of-a-kind gift is, and Brian Costello’s Enthralling Cavalcade of Remarkable Anybodies, Special Somebodies, and Incredible Anybodies is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share this gift in the safest of safe spaces, the Empty Bottle, deep in the heart of the funky and eclectic Ukranian Village neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.

    From the co-creator of “Shame That Tune,” Brian Costello’s Enthralling Cavalcade of Remarkable Anybodies, Special Somebodies, and Incredible Everybodies is a monthly program in which “ordinary” Chicagolandians perform extraordinary feats of song, dance, merriment, and good old-fashioned American know-how--a vast array of high-quality local entertainment presented in rapid-fire succession for those who are living fast-paced “Goddamnit Trish, I needed these sales figures yesterday!” lifestyles, but not only that, a program that is affordably priced out of respect for those trying to squeeze as much amusement and edification as they can out of their entertainment dollar.

  • Thu September 8, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Varaha
    • Close The Hatch
    • Disrotted

    VARAHA is a Chicago nostalgic/post/metal/doom/rock four-piece that is loaded and ready to rock your faces off. Starting in 2013, the current lineup consists of Fabio Brienza (Vocals, Guitars), Joel Hollis (Guitars), David Swanson (Drums), and Brian Gold (Bass). Their debut EP is in the works and will be hitting the streets real soon now. We're pumped as all-get-out to welcome these dudes to The Bottle stage for the first time! CLOSE THE HATCH is a post-metal act from Dayton, Ohio. Basically just four people making noise with instruments, but REALLY damn good noise that you can't get enough of.  Openng the evening is DISROTTED, formed in mid 2013 by members of other local bands such as PIT OF SPIKES, SICK/TIRED, HATE, and HARPOON with the mindset of playing slow, depressing, funeral paced doom infused with death metal. This is the bleak soundtrack for entering the void.

  • Fri September 9, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers

    The HOYLES consider themselves the real thing and use traditional instrumentation to play Texas shuffle, rave-up and honky-tonk music from country's true musical legends, for those of you who long for and recall the days when "country was country.

    (Chicagomusic.org) (Tribune) (Washington Post)

  • Fri September 9, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Mind Spiders
    • Drakulas
    • PILL

    Blending synths with a songwriting approach lying somewhere between the MARKED MEN’s melodicism and JAY REATARD’s more refined solo work, MIND SPIDERS’ menacing, brash attack makes them one of the most exciting bands out there. The last time they were here was 2012, and we're giving them a rioteous welcome back as headliners! DRAKULAS from Austin, TX combine members of RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS and RISE AGAINST. Making their Empty Bottle debut this evening, DRAKULAS are all about that Rock n Roll + New Wave + Garage + Pop + Angular life. Hold on to your butts! Opening this evening is PILL, a Brooklyn NY four piece. Call it No wave, call it post-punk; at this stage, it’s more modern-day folk or protest music for what New York City has become.

    (Brooklyn Vegan) (NPR Music) (Pitchfork) (She Shreds)

  • Aragon Ballroom Sat September 10, 2016 8:00 pm
    • Explosions In The Sky presented by Empty Bottle & Live Nation
    $35 (advance), $40

    The Wilderness is Explosions In The Sky's sixth album, and first non-soundtrack release since 2011's Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. True to its title, The Wilderness explores the infinite unknown, utilizing several of the band's own definitions of "space" (outer space, mental space, physical geography of space) as compositional tools. The band uses their gift for dynamics and texture in new and unique waysrather than intuitively fill those empty spaces, they shine a light into them to illuminate all the colors of the dark. From the electronic textures of the opening track to the ambient dissolve of closer "Landing Cliffs," The Wilderness is an aggressively modern and forward-thinking work-one that wouldn't seem the slightest bit out of place on a shelf between original pressings of Meddle and Obscured By Clouds.

    The first EITS album not produced entirely by the band, The Wilderness finds them working with long time collaborator (and Grammy-winning producer) John Congleton in a co-producer role for the first time, and the band's most ambitious songs to date branch into unexpected new dimensions accordingly: "Logic Of A Dream" lives up to its name, its celestial symphonic swells overcome by relentless tribal drum patterns that dissolve into a gentle Krautrock outro. The cacophonous washes that open "Disintegration Anxiety" resolve into a locked groove marking a rock solid midpoint of the journey, followed by a deconstructed ambient soundscape "Losing The Light." "Colors In Space" is particularly beautiful and brave, cycling through sublime atmospherics and motorik drive before building to a whiplash-inducing halt.

    Arguably the most progressive instrumental rock album since The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place, The Wilderness is a bold, experimental work combining the EITS song craft that has sold hundreds of thousands of albums and tickets with the cinematic sensibility that has elevated the band to the level of regard and demand they enjoy as film composers. It is an album where shoegaze, electronic experimentation, punk damaged dub, noise, and ambient folk somehow coexist without a hint of contrivance-and cohere into some of the most memorable and listenable moments of the bands expansive body of work-"proper" studio albums and major motion picture soundtracks alike.

    The progressive ambience of early Peter Gabriel, the triumphant romanticism of The Cure in their prime, and the more melancholy moments of Fleetwood Mac all inform the curious beauty of The Wilderness. The uncanny ability to reconcile the tension between discordant, nightmarish cacophony and laid-back, Laurel Canyoninspired folk-rock is a cornerstone of this album, and the center of Explosions In The Sky's remarkable evolution. If The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place was the defining album of Explosions In The Sky's career, The Wildernessis the band's [re] defining album.

    Explosions In The Sky is: Chris Hrasky (drums), Michael James (guitar, bass), Munaf Rayani (guitar), Mark T. Smith (guitar).

  • Sat September 10, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Mystic Braves
    • The Dream Ride
    • Soft Candy

    MYSTIC BRAVES might be rooted in the psychedelic scene of the 1960s, but the band’s moment is happening right now. The Los Angeles band, based in Echo Park, are at the forefront of a white-hot garage band revival. When the band isn’t selling out shows across the country, they’re playing alongside legendary groups like THE ZOMBIES  or providing the soundtrack for can’t-miss fashion events like Saint Laurent Paris’ Spring-Summer 2015 collection. While MYSTIC BRAVES— made up of Julian Ducatenzeiler on guitar and vocals, Tony Malacara on bass and vocals, Shane Stotsenberg on guitar and vocals, Cameron Gartung on drums and Ignacio Gonzalez on organ and tambourine — isn’t straying far from what Ducatenzeiler calls “a blend of influence and sound that is unprecedented in contemporary music” on the forthcoming album, there are certainly changes afoot. The group is experimenting with more exotic instruments and is building a library of new songs to show off its invigorating style not only in the studio but at a series of big-ticket festivals including Burgerama, Desert Days and the Austin Psych Fest. 

    THE DREAM RIDE is the immersive sonic vehicle of Los Angeles native, Jeffertitti Moon. Sparked by drum machines & synthesizers, Moon birthed the frame work for the project on a small 4-track cassette machine, creating a unique brand of pop music, infused with the raw psychedelic energy he has become known for in groups such as FATHER JOHN MISTY, JEFFERTITTIS NILE and CORNERS.

    SOFT CANDY is the 2016 Chicago’s version of the Beatles. Their sound is psychedelicate intellectual suburban weed-pop, guaranteed to dig it. 

  • Sun September 11, 2016 2:00 pm
    • 'Mirrored' featuring the Skyler Rowe Trio

    We're excited to announce the beginning of a NEW weekend jazz series, created by Chicago musicians Syler Rowe and Bruce Lamont. Mirrored is a mash up of jazz musicians that play with/against/together. For this first series, we welcome the Skyler Rowe Trio, composed of Bruce Lamont on reeds, Matthew Lux on bass, and Skyler Rowe on drums/percussion. Come get down on Sunday afternoon while these cats get down on right on the dance floor. It's FREE!

  • Sun September 11, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Half Gringa
    • swojens

    IZZY OLIVE is an anxious young woman who overthinks things constantly. A confrontational storyteller, HALF GRINGA is a long, hard look in the mirror. She writes songs about multicultural identity, domestic disputes, and genuine hope set to rowdy rural rock music. Hailing from upstate New York, SWOJENS is a musician releasing albums one track at a time (weekly), while working through a mountof records. The understated and gorgeous arrangements really tug at the old heart strings and have us feeling all sorts of feelings. We hope you'll stick around and follow along.


  • Mon September 12, 2016 9:00 pm
    • ASHELL
    • Storm Clouds
    • Bully In The Hallway
    Free Monday

    For this week's edition of FREE MONDAY, Chicago hard rock four piece ASHELL is headlining our stage for the first time. ASHELL feels like the sound of when you really enjoyed that thing that you didn't think you would fall in love with but did, and then it ended up breaking your heart or giving you heartburn. When asked to descrfibe themselves, ASHELL says: "We are not metal. We are not pop. We are not hardcore. We are not punk. We are not emo. We are not prog. We are not quiet. We are not bad. We are not cool." We disagree on the "not cool" part - we think they're pretty neato! Direct support comes from Chicago's STORM CLOUDS, who play a more jagged, emo-infected version of post-hardcore. Don't expect to cry in your beers, though, as this rough and tumble four-piece soars to the rafters with their anthemic and melodic punk rawk. Your fists will pump and your legs will jump as these local maniacs return to our stage tonight. Chicago-bred BULLY IN THE HALLWAY return for the first time since March tonight, believe it or not, and oh how we've missed them. The four-piece is a high energy, all original, guitar-driven quintet that has garnered comparisons to FUGAZI, RISE AGAINST, NAKED RAYGUN and more. Prepare for a truly shred-tastic set of melodic punk and hardcore.

  • Tue September 13, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Will Courtney
    • Tom Schraeder and His Ego

    After spending five years touring and recording two albums as the lead singer and songwriter of the Austin, TX band, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, WILL COURTNEY decided to pack up and move back to Los Angeles...and then to Nashville...and then to a log cabin on some land in Dripping Springs, TX. Now, after two years of being based in Santa Fe, NM, where he produced albums for other artists and toured the US and Europe as a solo artist, he’s back in Austin with a new band and a new album, Planning Escapes.

  • Wed September 14, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Morgan Delt
    • Mass Gothic
    • Heaven's Gateway Drugs

    Returning to the Bottle for the first time since 2014 is the psychedelic and sun-scorched MORGAN DELT. DELT is a California singer, songwriter and musician who has released some of the best genre-defying tracks we've heard to date. Released on Chicago's own Trouble In Mind, DELT's debut, self-titled albumwas an acid-laced, mutated piece of golden-era psychedelia that is both familiar but refreshingly new. Taking trips to outer galaxies and blending all sorts of psych-rock traditions into one, DELT sums up his twisted, California sound: "I think we've become unstuck in time and everything is going to happen all at once from now on." MASS GOTHIC is the self-titled, Sub Pop debut from the Massachusetts-bred, New York-based singer/songwriter’s Noel Heroux, formerly of NY rock outfit HOORAY FOR EATH. Written and recorded at home over four months during the winter of 2014-2015, it’s a stunning reminder of not just Heroux’s own remarkable talents as singer and songwriter, but how unbridled creativity can both sound and feel as well. The result is an expansive, often exhilarating set of guitar-driven pop that required very little editing when it was done. With his partner, collaborator, and tour mate Jessica by his side, we are fully ready to witness Heroux’s new beginning in the flesh. HEAVEN'S GATEWAY DRUGS is a counterculture cult rock band hailing from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Despite being born in a location that couldn't be farther from a psychedelic epicenter, Heaven’s Gateway Drugs creates a unique combination of freakbeat, west coast psych, mod, and eastern drone to create a sound that is just at home today as it was in 1968.

  • Thu September 15, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Chrome Sparks
    • Roland Tings, Presented by Empty Bottle and 1833

    CHROME SPARKS is the solo project of JEREMEY MALVIN, a Brooklyn transplant from Pittsburgh by way of Ann Arbor. In 2014, after having self released a small handful of singles and two EPs on Bandcamp, Malvin signed to the taste making Sydney based label Future Classic. Inspired by a background in classical percussion and an obsession with synthesizers, MALVIN creates dazed, melodic beat-centric tunes that loosely hang between down-tempo head nodders and up-tempo club tracks. MALVIN next EP, 'Parallelism', will be released with Future Classic on 11/13. It was made using three synthesizers, vocal samples from friends, and a tambourine.

    ROLAND TINGS is Melbourne’s jack-track anomaly with a penchant for acid coastlines and nebulous rhythms. With his acclaimed, debut self-titled album released earlier this year on PRINS THOMAS’ label Internasjonal, and two 12” releases for 100% Silk and Club Mod under his belt, ROLAND TINGS returns with his latest offering, ‘Hedonist’. The track is the first single from TINGS forthcoming EP, set for release in early 2016.

  • Fri September 16, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers

    The HOYLES consider themselves the real thing and use traditional instrumentation to play Texas shuffle, rave-up and honky-tonk music from country's true musical legends, for those of you who long for and recall the days when "country was country.

    (Chicagomusic.org) (Tribune) (Washington Post)

  • Fri September 16, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Mild High Club
    • Divino Nino
    • Troy Anderson

    We are pleased as punch to welcome the MILD HIGH CLUB to headline the Empty Bottle stage this evening. Following on the mellow buzz generated on their 2015 debut album, Timeline, the MILD HIGH CLUB returns this summer with their second full-length, Skiptracing. In just over a calendar year, it’s been quite the journey for Alexander Brettin, who is both founder and member of the Club. Hailing from the Midwest, Brettin grew up playing flute in the school band and wound up majoring in jazz studies in Chicago. But in 2012, an auspicious, westward-blowing wind brought Brettin out to visit Los Angeles, where he connected with the Stones Throw crew. In investigating the spirit of American music, MILD HIGH CLUB re-imagine AM radio hits as blasting in from a parallel universe, the sound of early 70s LA in a smog of sativa. Opening the show tonight is local scuzzy trio.Their indie-rock dreampop fusion is always on point for a good ole rock 'n' roll party, so make sure you get here early!

  • Sun September 18, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Tijuana Panthers
  • Mon September 19, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Clearance
    • Chook Race
    • Daymaker
    Free Monday

    Extremely killer FREE MONDAY for you cats tonight. Our pals from CLEARANCE are back at it headlining. CLEARANCE was started in Chicago in early 2013 by MIKE BELLIS and ARTHUR VELEZ. Three years later and they’re offering their own take on slanted lo-fi with a “slacker-rock” vibe, as heard on their first singles and the Catalog Nos. cassette. Tall Pat Records released their debut LP, Rapid Rewards, in late September of 2015 and it had the kids at Stereogum going nuts for their first single, “You’ve Been Pre-Approved.” Taking equal cues from the Flying Nun school of arty guitar pop, classic British post-punk and otherwise VELVETS-indebted rock, the band mixes eras and styles with ease, resulting in a tightly focused but coolly off-the-cuff sound that appeals to rock nerds of all stripes and sizes. Coming in on direct support is a Bottle first - Melbourn, Australia's CHOOK RACE. Forming in 2010, this trio started out as a scrappy garage surf band, but soon developed a greater pop sensibility, born of their love of the Flying Nun bands and other bedroom favourites. After a string of of tapes and 7’s they self released the debut LP ‘About Time’ in 2015. They now now return with new LP Around The House, which is due for release in September through Trouble in Mind and Tenth Court. Kicking the evening off is DAYMAKER, a Chicago quartet sure to make you bop around with their spacey jams.


  • Tue September 20, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Quilt
    • Mutual Benefit

    New York-via-Boston quartet QUILT are returning to the Bottle for tonight's psych-leaning shenanigans and they'll be playing tracks off their third, most recent full-length record, Plaza, release February 26th, 2016 on Mexican Summer. The new record sees the band expanding on their woolly, down-home songwriting, spinning surreal vignettes through lead vocalist ANNA FOX ROCHINSKI's gentle, softly cooed singing. Eastern and psychedelic traditions also bleed into the proceedings, with a shimmering sitars laid atop jangly guitars, swirling pianos and soft drones. Formed by Jordan Lee, MUTUAL BENEFIT is a one-man-band or a sprawling collective, depending on where he is and who is around that day. Lee's songs are heartfelt and powerful, with his fragile and beautiful voice as the centerpiece. His recordings are an instantly engaging blend of high and low fidelity, mixing lush studio productions, featuring keys, guitar, violin and banjo, with clattering homemade percussion and found sounds. 

  • Wed September 21, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Fred & Toody (of Dead Moon)
    • Strychnine
    • Glyders, Presented by Glitter Creeps
    $12 (advance), $15

    Glitter Creeps is a Rock/Punk/New Wave queer night hosted and co-curated by siblings Donnie & Madison Moore of ABSOLUTELY NOT. The monthly showcase, which goes down on the third Wednesday of each month, 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.

    Clackamas, Oregon's DEAD MOON is truly one of the most independent and revered Northwest underground bands of all time. With FRED COLE on guitar and vocals, his wife TOODY on bass and vocals, and the late-great ANDREW LOOMIS on drums, DEAD MOON churned out their own indescribable brand of rock & roll for nearly 20 years from 1987- 2006. During this period DEAD MOON released 14 LPs & CDs and around 10 45s on their DIY label Tombstone Records but also on Music Maniac (Europe) Dog Meat (Australia) and Empty RecordsSub Pop & Sympathy for the Record Industry (USA), all the while also touring Europe, the USA & Canada, Australia and New Zealand. We are pleased as punch to welcome FRED &TOODY, who are back to play duo sets in the USA & Europe. Joining these two legends is Chicago's 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. Opening the evening is GLYDERS Chicago-based lysergic pop duo GLYDERS.

    Advance ticket purchase includes guaranteed entrance AND one drink ticket good for Tiger Beer or the non-alcoholic beverage of your choice.

    (Chicago Mixtape) (Windy City Times)

  • Thu September 22, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Death Valley Girls
    • Midnight Reruns
    • Platinum Boys
    • New Drugs

    Bonnie, Larry, Nicole & the Kid are DEATH VALLEY GIRLS from parts unknown but reside in Echo Park, CA. Via telekinesis, portals and time travel the new album Glow In The Dark was created and will be released this summer on Burger Records. The ancient occult rituals performed to create Glow In The Dark are only known to individuals who have discovered the advertisement for the instructional handbook in the back pages of the April 1974 issue of Creem Magazine, recent searches for the ad from other bands have found the ad absent from any copies in circulation. Burger Records released the first cassette "Street Venom" a couple years back, Lolipop Records followed up with a 7' inch single "Electric High" and French label April 77 released the 7' single "Death Valley Boogie" amongst a few other limited cassette releases from Burger/Lolipop.

    (Brooklyn Vegan) (Consequence of Sound) (LA Weekly) (MXDWN)

  • Fri September 23, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers

    The HOYLES consider themselves the real thing and use traditional instrumentation to play Texas shuffle, rave-up and honky-tonk music from country's true musical legends, for those of you who long for and recall the days when "country was country.

    (Chicagomusic.org) (Tribune) (Washington Post)

  • Fri September 23, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Wolves In the Throne Room
    • Cloud Rat
    • DJ Adam Luksetich (Numero Group)

    Tonight, The Empty Bottle is stoked as all hell to welcome Black Metal heroes WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM. Since 2002, over the course of 4 studio albums and hundreds of live performances WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have refracted the transcendent and mythic aspects of Black Metal through their own idiosyncratic Cascadian prism. The resulting essence is music that is intimately linked to the wild lands of the Pacific Northwest. Their songs explore the hidden world of magic that one accesses through dreams, visions and music. As the mind altering pulse of the drums merges with seemingly infinite layers of guitar, an ocean-deep psychedelic soundscape coalesces. Time slows down, a portal opens and the blazing metal riffs collapse and shift into a dirge that invokes a misty other-world. In their songs, rain-drenched specters loom at the edge of the wood. Ancient cedar beings stir beneath their wet moss robes. One glimpses a bronze-domed temple rising among the firs.Direct support this evening comes from CLOUD RAT, a grindcore punk trio from Michigan.CLOUD RAD has extensively toured the USA, Canada, and  released three full length LPs, three split LPs, three split 7"s, a split cassette tape, and hasappeared on multiple compilations of various formats. Musically, theses guys take influce from "Pretty much any kind of music you can think of has found its way into our sound, through a blender set to grind." Kicking the evening off is DJ ADAM LUKSETICH of Numero Group, the archival record label founded in 2003 right here in Chi-city.

  • SEVEN Sat September 24, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Empty Bottle and IT Presents The Seth Bogart Show

    IT Presents is a collaborative experience by Chicago nightlife personalities ABHIJEET, AN AUTHENTIC SKIDMARK, ARIEL ZETINA, BON BON and IMP QUEEN. Tonight, Empty Bottle Presents teams up with this creative powerhouse to bring THE SETH BOGART SHOW to SEVEN, "Lakeview's Premier Gay Early Evening Nightclub and Entertainment Venue."


    THE SETH BOGART SHOW is the new live televisual performance starring SETH BOGART (HUNX & HIS PUNX, GRAVY TRAIN). The performance features a video backdrop (inspired by Pee Wee’s Playhouse and Liquid Television) set to music inspired by RADIO DISNEY, KRAFTWERT, LE TIGRE, BROADCAST + NINA HAGEN. Direct support comes from MAX GOLDSTEIN of YOKO & THE OH NO's and singer, song-writer, filmmaker, and visual artist DORIAN ELECTRA will be opening.

  • Sat September 24, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Jah Wobble & The Invaders of the Heart

    JAH WOBBLE is a damn legend, ya'll, and we're feeling pretty stoked to have him pefrom at The Empty Bottle. John Wardle originally met John Lydon, John Grey and Sid Vicious at Kingsway College, London, in 1973. It was Vicious who originally nicknamed John “JAH WOBBLE” after a drunken binge, and  who would also loan him his first bass guitar. Lyndon then asked Wardle to PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED (aka PiL) during the spring of 1978. Wardle’s distinctive ‘low end’ bass immediately put PiL on the map and became the backbone of the band. The band’s debut album PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED included the band’s eponymous first Top 10 hit single. He picked back up again

    The next 10ish years for JAH WOBBLE included leaving PiL, overcoming a battle with alcohol addiction, and leaving music to work for London Underground. He returned to music in 1988. Having overcome his alcohol problem in the mid-eighties, Wardle is now a reformed character. His wild man days are now long behind him: he is now a dedicated family man with a documented interest in spirituality, and in 2000 received a B.A in Music and Philosophy. In early 2012 JAH WOBBLE briefly reunited with his old Pil sparring partner Keith Levine to perform ‘Metal Box In Dub’. He has also collaborated with the British ambient group Marconi Union, the results of which were released as an album called Anomic on 30 Hertz records in June 2013.

    In 2015 Cherry Red Records released Redux a sumptuous 6 CD box set that spans nearly four decades of Wobble’s music. It includes new tracks ‘Merry Go Round’ and 'Let’s Go Psycho’. In May 2015 JAH WOBBLE AND THE INVADERS OF THE HEART embarked on an extensive six month UK tour. On July 29th 2016 JAH WOBBLE AND THE INVADERS OF THE HEART release their new album Everything Is Nothing.

  • Sun September 25, 2016 9:00 pm
    • HEALTH

    The gentlemen of HEALTH are back for the first time in what feels like forever and they want you to know: YOU WILL LOVE EACHOTHER. HEALTH is a five-piece hailing from Seattle, San Diego, and their current home base, Los Angeles. Though often lumped into the noise-rock genre, the trio stands apart from their contemporaries by mixing in elements of dance, electronica and experimental rock. We like this about them. They have several releases to date, including one self-titled full length, a split with good friends CRYSTAL CASTLES, another split with art punk band ELPHABA, two tour CD-R’s, and one Tape release of them performing live at The Smell.

  • Mon September 26, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Opposite Sex
    • Pamphleteers (Record Release)
    • Bleach Party
    Free Monday

    Here on this killer edition of FREE MONDAY is OPPOSITE SEX, a trio who came together by chance in the isolated North Island town of Gisborne. The sound they developed in splendid isolation is, they say, some kind of absurdist-logico mix of Euro pop, beat poetry, and subterranean lo-fi adventuring. Drawing musical inspiration from such disparate elements as THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, HALF JAPANESE, and THE BEATLESand marrying it to lyrical themes of animal kingdoms, love and loss, and master/slave dialectics, OPPOSITE SEX reinvent alternative pop in a style of their own. Celebrating the release of a new record tonight, Chicago's PAMPHLETEERS derive from a deep and abiding commitment to the hook and the occasional trip to the whitewashed stratosphere. Drawing on myriad influences from the early British Invasion, nascent psychedelia, proto-metal, to 1980's new wave, the trio yield tuneful nuggets and aggressively moody dirges that lodge deep in your medial pre-fontal cortex. BLEACH PARTY formed in May 2012 and has been knocking out their surfy, sweaty rock & roll ever since. Comprised of members of RABBLE RABBLE and RODEO, the four-piece was hailed for their "swinging, fuzzed-out garage" by the Chicago Reader and Chicagoist calls their single "Empty Heads" a "a fuzzy, melodic rocker filled to the brim with happy hooks."

  • Tue September 27, 2016 9:00 pm
    • L.A. Witch

    Hope you're ready for a psyched-out, punk rock evening, because god dammit we got one for you!  Los Angeles trio L.A. WITCH has been known to conjure up the demons in pop. Although the band is only a few years old, one root stretches into the sounds of ‘60s garage musicians like THE PLEASURE SEEKERS and SONICS while the other digs around in DEAD MOON and THE BREEDERS. Self described as “reverb-soaked punked out rock”, L.A. WITCH’s most recent release Drive Your Car is a killer, and no doubt their upcoming debut LP will slay as well. With their lo-fi style in vocals and thrashing sounds from the instruments, L.A. WITCH created a mix of rock, blues and psychedelic for a haunting sound all their own.

  • Wed September 28, 2016 9:00 pm
    • WLUW Welcomes, Guerilla Toss
    • Lovely Little Girls
    • Daniel Wyche

    Combining elements of jazz, noise, no wave, psychedelia, punk, and funk in alternately calming and chaotic ways, GUERILLA TOSS features the core duo of vocalist Kassie Carlson and drummer Pete Negroponte. Aided by guitarist Arian Shaifee and a cast of bassists, keyboardists, and percussionists, Carlson and Negroponte formed GUERILLA TOSS  in Boston in 2011 and began performing and recording prolifically, issuing releases on labels including Feeding Tube, Spooky Town, and Sludgesicle. The band's self-titled debut album arrived in 2013 on Tzadik, with Gay Disco appearing later that year on NNA Tapes. After releasing a trio of EPs and embarking on a European tour in 2014, GUERILLA TOSS resurfaced in Brooklyn in 2015 and announced that they had signed to DFA Records. The three-song Flood Dosed EP was their debut for the label, with the full-length Eraser Stargazer which arrived in March 2016. Direct support this evening comes from LOVELY LITTLE GIRLS, a seven-piece theatrical art/prog band that delves into the grotesque. From subject matter that explores absurd sex, ridiculous gluttony, abject failure, and unceremonious death, LOVELY LITTLE GIRLS morphs rock forms into abstract black humor narratives. Their complex arrangements and odd use harmony will strike a chord with fans of MAGMA, THE CONTORTIONS, and THE RESIDENTS. Monica Kendrick of the Reader writes, "[Lovely Little Girls] create elaborate, challenging, ever-changing musical structures with grotesque themes of slimy, suppurating, oozing, tumescent bodily horror...They create a full, lush sound full of slipperiness and unpredictable, rug-yanking twists and turns. A new LLG album is a long-term pleasure, because you never quite step in the same river twice." Kicking the evening off is DANIEL WYCHE, a local-guitarist working with a wide range of physical preparations, extended techniques, and filter and delay instruments, in order to isolate, draw out and explore the relationships between forms of resonance, overtones and noise through the production and manipulation of sustained feedback and percussive artifacts. Over the past several years, this work has become increasingly integrated with the exploration of multi-channel performance, the spatialization of sound, and site specific-composition. Along with ongoing collaborations with artists like Julian Lynch (Real Estate), Mark Shippy (US Maple, Invisible Things), Ben Baker Billington (Tiger Hatchery, ONO, ADT), Ricardo Lagamosino (Joe Lally, Many Arms, Lithuania), Ryan Packard (Fonema Consort, Skeletons) and others, Daniel continues to collaborate within free improvisation, noise, New Music and experimental communities throughout the US and abroad. 

  • Thu September 29, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Gooch Palms

    Newcastle, Australia via Los Angeles punk sweethearts THE GOOCH PALMS have firmly planted their feet in American soil and have played over 150 shows across the USA and Canada to packed rooms and rave reviews since arriving in March 2015. They are fast becoming known as one of the most entertaining live bands in America, something audiences downunder have known for years! Their debut album NOVO'S was released in 2013 on Australian label Anti Fade Records and has since been re-released on Burger Records in the USA and Surfin Ki Records in Europe. Keeping true to their DIY ethos, the pair will be releasing their second album Introverted Extroverts in mid 2016 on their own label Summer Camp Records and will continue the hard work with an extensive worldwide tour to follow. THE GOOCH PALMS are truly a unique, refreshing and hard working band that are creating a world of buzz which is whole-heartedly deserved.

    (Impose) (MXDWN)

  • Fri September 30, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers

    The HOYLES consider themselves the real thing and use traditional instrumentation to play Texas shuffle, rave-up and honky-tonk music from country's true musical legends, for those of you who long for and recall the days when "country was country.

    (Chicagomusic.org) (Tribune) (Washington Post)

  • Fri September 30, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Merchandise
    • Public Memory
    • Gentle Leader

    MERCHANDISE is a band fighting against the easy categorization reserved for abbreviated biographies. The project is equal parts punk misanthropy, maudlin balladeering, fine art, low humor, classical study, psychedelic spacecasing, mad science and pop genius. 2013 saw the band releasing Totale Nite on Iowa City’s Night People label and touring extensively throughout America and Europe. MERCHANDISE'S first album for 4ADAfter The End, was released on 25th August 2014.  In 2015 they released Red Sun b/w Echo, a collaborative 7" with DUM DUM GIRLS, that was released through Sub Pop. PUBLIC MEMORY is the solo nom de plume of Brooklyn-based musician Robert Tohr, foremerly of ERAAS and APSE. Pitchfork nailed it when they said of Tohr's solo project: "Public Memory dives headlong down the electronic darkwave rabbit hole, exploring a Korg-constructed sonic palette that weaves together a variety of primitive beats, delicately employed samples (bells, chimes, the weeping of ghosts), and woozy electronics that sound as if they might have been recorded at the bottom of a lake."

  • Sat October 1, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Royal Bangs
    • Sunjacket
    • Tinkerbelles

    Indie rock trio ROYAL BANGS make rambunctious experimental rock with a bendt toward '90s noise rock. Formed in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2005, ROYAL BANGS feature former high-school friends singer/multi-instrumentalist RYAN SCHAEFER and drummer CHRIS RUSK, as well as guitarist SAM STRATTON. The band posted its music online and eventually caught the ear of the THE BLACK KEYS' own PATRICK CARNEY, who signed them to his Audio Eagle Records label and released their debut, We Breed Champions, in 2008. The band's sophomore effort, Let It Beep followed in 2009. A year later, the band signed to Glassnote Records. In 2011, ROYAL BANGS released their third studio album, Flux Outside, which featured production from former SPARKLEHORSE member Scott Minor and was mixed by longtime FLAMING LIPS producer Dave Fridmann. We haven't seenChicago's SUNJACKET since 2014, so we'd say they're about due for a visit. In that time, this five-piece indie-rock crew established quite the name for themselves around the city. Formed in early 2013, the group's already writing and recording with a strong sense of chemistry that many bands take years to achieve. Their blend of punchy guitars, syncopated rhythms and complex vocal harmonies is a game-changer. Don't miss out!

  • Sun October 2, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Goblin Cock

    "SO STUPID!!!" bemoans Lord Phallus as he gazes pensively from the curtain wall of his modest stronghold.

    "They don't know what they have, nor understand what they can do for one another or how short a time they have to do it in."

    Head in hands, the lead singer, guitar-player, and sole songwriter of histories most beloved Comic-Book Metal band knows what must be done.

    "I must make a gesture", he says.

    "A frivolous gesture, perhaps, but a dear one nonetheless"

    Upon snapping his bony fingers, an immense stone murphy bed plummets from a nearby rock wall, immiting all manner of bats, cobwebs, and forgotten paraphernalia until, coughing and wheezing, the auxiliary members of Goblin Cock appear one by one, shaken and disturbed, yet hungry for battle.

    "It's the Humans again!" Phallus intones, "they've made it so increasing hard to for themselves to breathe their own air, eat their own food, love the ones they truly love, or generally have a full life without destroying the lives of innocents!"

    "But why, oh Lord?" speak his bandmates in chilling unison, "Why must they all live in such obvious denial?"

    "Beats me!", Phallus ponders hesitantly, "but instead of risking you all falling back to sleep through boorish philosophizing, lets put out a new record and get back on the road where we belong before they finish turning this lovely blue sphere into a burned out garbage planet!"

    "Hooray for that!" cheer his hyper-enthusiastic bandmates.

    So, Phallus went to work on his most concise album to date, invoking the spirit of Pure Fun while appeasing his love of Doomed Art.

    It is a crushingly brutal Dear John letter to society.

    It is a rock falling from space that knocks you unconscious that you, in turn, shove in your pajama pocket for safe keeping upon awakening.

    These are songs about True Love.

    These are songs about Revolution.

    These are songs about 70's Children's Television.

    Goblin Cock have delivered an auditory tome of such importance that it needs to be experienced before the Secret Bastards find a way to marginalize it out of existence forever.


    It is their gift to us.

    Don't squander it.

  • Mon October 3, 2016 9:00 pm
    • J.A. Grimms & Blacknight
    • Wild Jesus & the Devil's Lettuce
    • Malci & The Lobster
    Free Monday

    Returning to our stage for the first time since opening for BARDO here in December is alternative hip-hop duo J.A. GRIMMS & BLACKNIGHT. This time they're back headlining a Free Monday and shit's about to get really real. The group melds BLACKNIGHT's woozy, minimal production with the poignant-but-laidback lyricism of GRIMMS. The end result is doper than dope and not one to miss. With songs ranging from noir waltzes all the way to effects laden, impressionistic psych grooves, WILD JESUS & THE DEVIL’S LETTUCE is a community of musicians whose traveling circus shows guarantees a “ridiculous stage spectacle.” The wild cards of the evening, they return to our stage for the first time in over a year and we're excited to see what shenanigans these delightful maniacs bring this time around. MALCI & THE LOBSTER is an experimental hip-hot project out of Chicago. Come early for some accurately self-described "spacey beats, jazzy samples, & rappity raps."

  • Wed October 5, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Kikagaku Moyo
    • Moss Folk
    • Dead Feathers

    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. Most importantly their music is about freedom of the mind and body, and building a bridge between the supernatural and the present. Improvisation is a key element to their sound.

    Like a long journey House In The Tall Grass 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. Side A begins with a pair of travelling songs where the interplay between the vocals, guitar, and sitar lift and suspend the listener on an unexpected journey. The patient listener is rewarded with tracks such as “Trad” and “Silver Owl” which demonstrate the masterful balance the band has between soft and loud; chaos and order, or being both cold and tender at the same time.

    House in the Tall Grass, recorded between October and December of 2015 at Tsubame Studio where it was mixed, mastered, and produced by Yui Kimijima, takes the listener by the hand on a satisfying quest through destinations both familiar and unknown. It is a natural step forward for the band and perhaps the most refined example of their style to date.

  • Fri October 7, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers

    The HOYLES consider themselves the real thing and use traditional instrumentation to play Texas shuffle, rave-up and honky-tonk music from country's true musical legends, for those of you who long for and recall the days when "country was country.

    (Chicagomusic.org) (Tribune) (Washington Post)

  • Fri October 7, 2016 9:00 pm
    • CHIRP Radio welcomes : Seratones
    • The Evening Attraction
    $12 (advance), $14

    Get Gone, the potent debut album by the Shreveport, Louisiana natives in SERATONES, makes a strong case that this little-known corner of the state is fertile ground, musically speaking. A.J. Haynes (vocals), Connor Davis (guitar), Adam Davis (bass) and Jesse Gabriel (drums) serve up a combination of Southern musicality, garage rock ferocity, and general badassery. Recorded at Dial Back Sound studios in Mississippi, Get Gone is all live takes, a portrait of the SERATONES in their element. Add the soul and swagger of a juke joint with the electricity coursing through a basement DIY show, and you’d begin to approach the experience of seeing this foursome live. SERATONES music, created with collaborative songwriting and spontaneous creativity, is certainly their own, due perhaps in part to Shreveport’s unique sonic geography. The city sits at a nexus roughly equidistant from Memphis soul, Mississippi Delta Blues, and New Orleans jazz, with Texas swing located just over the nearby state border. Direct support this evening comes from THE EVENING ATTRACTION, whom we haven't seen since 2015! 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.

    This show is brought to you in conjunction with CHIRP Radio:

  • Sat October 8, 2016 12:00 pm
    • Handmade Market

    Handmade Market is a unique event to connect the makers of beautiful things to people who appreciate the unique and handmade. Join us on Saturday, October 8th from 12-4pm for the first market of the season!

    The Empty Bottle starts serving at 11am, so feel free to shop with a bloody or mimosa in hand. (We do encourage relaxed shopping.) You can also grab brunch at the tasty Bite Café next door.

    Markets include funky jewelry, glass pendants, knitted items, handbags, clothing, paper crafts and more.

    Did you know that in the city there are many makers who create jewelry, clothing, scarves, handbags, journals, greeting cards, and more? Do you want your money to go directly to the people that make the things you buy? Here you can establish a personal connection, and our makers are even encouraged to demonstrate or make their products during the event.

    Sustainable crafterness this is a regular monthly event. We strive to create a crafter's market, with affordable handmade, mostly local items. There are a ton of crafters in the city, and we try to make this accessible to up and coming designers, jewelry makers, and others. Come out and help support your monthly crafter's market.

    (Chicago Now) (Gaper's Block) (Time Out) (Tribune) (Windy City Live)

  • Sat October 8, 2016 12:00 pm
    • Handmade Market

    Join us for our first show of the Fall 2016 season! 

    Shop ✔ - Eat ✔✔ - Drink ✔✔✔ - Have a blast ✔✔✔✔ - All wrapped into one ✔✔✔✔✔

    Have some vittles at Bite cafe and libations at The Empty Bottle. See? Done and done. :-)

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Handmade Market Chicago is a unique event to connect the makers of beautiful things to people who appreciate the unique and handmade.

    Not to mention, there are more than 30 amazing sellers in the mix!

    Each event is held on the second Saturday of every month, from the months of October - April.

    noon to 4:00 PM

    free admission to the public

    21+ and parents with kids (same goes for sellers)

    Parking: Street
    #49 Western bus - http://www.transitchicago.com/riding_cta/busroute.aspx?RouteId=198
    Transit Chicago - http://www.transitchicago.com/

    The Empty Bottle starts serving at noon, so feel free to shop with mimosas in hand. (We do encourage relaxed shopping.) You can also grab brunch at the tasty Bite Café next door.

    Markets include funky jewelry, glass pendants, knitted items, handbags, clothing, paper crafts and more.

  • Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Sat October 8, 2016 8:30 pm
    • Owen

    Empty Bottle Presents is proud to bring a standing room only performance by OWEN to Stagg Court at Chicago Athletic Association on Saturday, October 8th. Find directions and information on Stagg Court at the CAA right HERE.


    OWEN is the solo project of Chicago's MIKE KINSELLA. As a departure from over a decade of work playing in a variety of bands --  CAP'N JAZZ, AMERICAN FOOTBALL,  and T/T/T to name a few -- OWEN became Kinsella's way of finally exercising complete creative control over all aspects of a project, including songwriting, recording, and overall artistic direction. OWEN'S musical output as evolved from sparse acoustic offerings to lush, string-filled arrangements. Kinsella often exposes family relationships and personal experiences with lyrics that are at times clever, witty, raw, and biting.

  • Sat October 8, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Abdu Ali
    • Joy Postell
    • Kaycee Ortiz, Presented by Chances Dances and The Empty Bottle
    $8 advance, $10

    Chances Dances, a queer dance party and collective dedicated to building safer spaces in Chicago, and The Empty Bottle bring to you an evening of the smoothest, dopest jams. Headling this evening is ABDU ALI. Erected from the ghettos of Baltimore, ABDU ALI raps, sings, and chats over unorthodox and future sounds, creating music that’s visceral, spiritual, and very real. From his energetic visceral performances, spiritualizing audiences as a cosmic, punk, and soulful tempest on stage to his work to transcend musical boundaries has put in him in genre categories along lines of afro-futurism to noise rap to “post-apocalyptic” sounding. Direct support comes from JOY POSTELL, an LA-based r&b/soul artist who dabbles in the realms of blues, jazz, storytelling. Opening is KAYCEE ORTIZ, an artist, rapper, musician, writer, & entertainer doing what she loves the most. Her longing taste for "Southern Luxury" is the foundation of her music. 

  • Sun October 9, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Lunar Tomb
    • Friends That Fuck
    • Terran Wretch
    • Heart of Palm

    We have a delightful night of experimental music for you, friends. Get ready to travel to an unknown plane of space and time. Things are gonna get weird in here. Headling tonight is LUNAR TOMB, a minimalist techno entity in Chicago. The inspiration behind LUNAR TOMB's music is the chaotic energy of big cities along with the calm environments of cemeteries. Lone member C was inspired by his night walks in some of the most frenetic cities across the world and translates those memories into multi-layered soundscapes. Direct support comes from FRIENDS THAT FUCK, a local experimental-electronic music duo with two recordings under their belt, Artificial EP (2014) and Live In Jacksonville (2015). TERRAN WRTECH is the solo project of Anthony A. Dunn (SUN SPLITT, DEAD DRAGON MOUNTAIN). For this prokect, WRETCH dabbles in dark-ambient and drone electronic. Kicking the evening off is HEART OF PALM,A side project from No Coast / No Hope operator Shea Hardacre (CLOTTING). HEART OF PALM hopes to pleasure a fantasy of ambient musique concrete. Inspired and driven by tiki culture and tropical vibes. But twisted and warped by the artists depressive vision.

  • Mon October 10, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Please The Trees
    Free Monday

    PLEASE THE TREES (PTT) have been following intuitively the trail of inspiration for over eight years now, playing dozens of shows every year internationally. Originally from the forests of a mountainous region in East Bohemia, lead singer and songwriter Vaclav Havelka III has for some years been one of the most active figures on Prague’s independent music scene. Alongside performing with PTT, solo and with different projects as Were Mute and Vac da Hawk, he has written music for several theater productions (including a staged version of Lars von Trier’s Dogville at the Estates Theater), screen music for motion picture Mista (with David Boulter of Tindersticks), hosts his own show on Radio Wave station, and – as part of the promotion company Scrape Sound – brings leading international alternative bands and artists, to Czechoslovakia. Most recently PTT supported ROBERT PLANT AND THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTER  for their Czech dates in 2015.

  • Tue October 11, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Cymbals Eat Guitars
    • Field Mouse
    • Wildhoney

    New York's CYMBALS EAT GUITAR move pretty dang fast. They formed in 2007, and by 2009 they already had their critically acclaimed full length album, Why There Are Mountains, under their belt. Two additional albums later, 2011's Lenses Alien and 2014's LOSE, these guys are gearing up to release something brand-spanking new with Pretty Years, out this September. The foursome have indeed crafted what’s easily their most sonically enigmatic and most rewarding album to date. The CYMBALS EAT GUITAR trademark cacophonic guitar rock and innate propulsion are still abundant, but they’re buttressed by raucous synth and keyboard lines, and an extemporaneous saxophone performance, which enrich when they could easily clutter these songs. The band also worked more quickly and efficiently than they had in the past, facilitated by years on the road in which they’ve played close to a thousand shows, which rendered them a tight, fully-oiled machine in the studio. Opening for CYMBALS EAT GUITAR is FIELD MOUSE, a five-piece band that plays good old, trusty stand by rock music. Two of them live in Philadelphia, three of them live in New York. The band is known for their ability to switch between mood and tone, as seen on their 2014 record Hold Still. Their tracks easily shift from the spiky immediacy to the more spacious moments, all while never losing sight of the scuzzy, melodic pop songs that remain FIELD MOUSE's distinct forte. Energetic pop fiends WILDHONEY make their return to the Empty Bottle stage tonight for the first time since June 2015. The Baltimore five-piece is known to make a whole lot of noise, taking influences from late-80s MY BLOODY VALENTINE and adding a healthy dose of fuzzy noise-pop, for good measure. Melting through distorted guitar riffs, 60’s-girl-group vocals, 80’s post-punk instrumentals and splashes of shoegaze and indie pop, WILDHONEY's live show is a thrilling trip through a futuristic goth wasteland. 

  • Wed October 12, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Fielded
    • Heavy Dreams
    • Grun Wasser

    FIELDED is the stage name of Lindsay A. Powell, a vocalist, songwriter and composer currently based out of Brooklyn, NY. Powell works at creating a genre-less instrumental backdrop for the movement of her voice – a penetrating and sensual tool in which she explores fearlessly and innovatively. She refers to her sound as 'post-apocalyptic pop', a title that is all too fitting as it seems as though her songs have been written as part of some future film laced with battle cries, lovemaking and outer limit abductions. Intense and riveting, we pulse through the many dimensions of her songs searching for the history we never knew and the future we never thought we wanted. The Empty Bottle is pleased as punch to welcome FIELDED to our stage for the first time. Direct support comes from HEAVY DREAMS, the latest loud-lyrical-pop project of Chicago musician EMILY KEMPF. Opening the evening is industrial synth duo GRUN WASSER, here to unearth emotions from a place of darkness.

  • Thu October 13, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Born Ruffians
    $15 (advance), $18

    We haven't seen Canadian indie rockers BORN RUFFIANS since 2010. It's about damn time they returned to The Empty Bottle stage! Started in 2002 under the name Mornington Drive, this four-piece is originally from Midland, Ontario. In 2004 the band moved to Toronto which is where they started to get success from their energetic live shows, wit-filled lyrics, their sounds that’s a cross between VAMPIRE WEEKEND and MODEST MOUSE and a strong online fan base following. After the move to Toronto they officially became BORN RUFFIANS, and we officially have loved them ever since.

  • Fri October 14, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers

    The HOYLES consider themselves the real thing and use traditional instrumentation to play Texas shuffle, rave-up and honky-tonk music from country's true musical legends, for those of you who long for and recall the days when "country was country.

    (Chicagomusic.org) (Tribune) (Washington Post)

  • Sat October 15, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Squash Bowels
    • Malas
    • Dehuman
    • Begat The Nephilim
    • Corphagy
    • Inner Decay, Presented by Sound Zero Productions and The Empty Bottle
    $15 (advance), $18

    SQUASH BOWELS – Grind legends from Poland for the first time in Chicago ever!!! The band was founded in April ‘94 in Poland with the line-up: Mariosh (vocals), Paluch (bass), Lechu (guitars). After three months of playing, they recorded their first release “Fürgott”. After that they have participated in many split albums with great names such as Disgorge (Mexico) and Cock And Ball Torture and have also released 4 full-length albums. After many releases over 12 years of existing on the underground scene, and similiar amount of lineup changes SQUASH BOWELS is still in the first league of european grindcore.

    SQUASH BOWELS will perform on one stage with:

    MALAS - Chicago's very own OLD SCHOOL veterans!! Forged in 2000, MALAS have been conjuring their brand of skull thrashing METAL. Members from the 1990's bands MALDICION & LORD BLASPHEMER have maintained the bone crushing Chicago sound influenced by CELTIC FROST, SLAYER, SODOM

    DEHUMAN - Formed back in 2006 in Belgium. First Chicago show ever! Countless live appearances, including four European tours with bands like Master or Agathocles and many festivals as well put Dehuman’s name on the map, demonstrating catchy, effective and powerful Death Metal approach.

    BEGAT THE NEPHILIM - First Chicago appeariance ever! Melodic death metal band from Dover, NH mainly influenced by bands such as Behemoth, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Cannibal Corpse.

    CORPHAGY - Since it’s induced birth in the Summer of 2002, Corphagy has been dedicated to creating complex yet original death metal crossing the boundaries of heaviness and aggression!!! Powered by Leski (broken hope, gorgasm), Novy (road's end, ex-behemoth, ex-vader), Sirs (road's end, gorgasm, disinter) and Bats ( disinter, morgue supplier). RIP KLINGER

    INNER DECAY - Inner Decay is a local Chicago metal band that has its roots in Death Metal. Combine elements of Melodic Death Metal, catchy upbeat Thrash riffs, and crushing Brutal Death Metal vocals. This band draws its inspiration from the founders of Death Metal.

  • Sun October 16, 2016 9:00 pm
    • White Fang
    • No Parents with very special guests Birth Defects

    Hitting the Empty Bottle stage this evening is WHITE FANG, a LA-via-Portland band of "four fucking freaks" that are SO down to roll. This punk-noise quartet with a wild, thrashy sound and a prodigious D.I.Y. output, formed the group in 2005 while they were still in high school. Active linchpins of Portland's underground scene, all the members of WHITE FANG have been involved in various other indie projects including THE MEMORIES, BOOM!, FEATHER HEADRESS, and the WINDER COATS, among others. Since 2011, WHITE FANG have managed to release a new album every year, with many of them on Gnar Tapes. We're stoked as all hell to have them here this evening. Joining WHITE FANG this evening is unk four-piece NO PARENTS, anLA band of fellows, all with pretty impressive hairdos. We last saw these dudes when they were on tour with BLEACHED in April! 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. BIRTH DEFECTS are a foursome of dudes that specialize in top-notch old school punk. We couldn't think of a better way to kick off the evening.

  • Mon October 17, 2016 9:00 pm
    • ONO
    • Pariuh
    Free Monday

    This week's FREE MONDAY is a real fuckin' treat, tell you what. Underground Chicago punk heroes ONO are a legendary act that shows an ability to amaze and discombobulate even the most adventurous live music fan. They've remained outsiders in a sea of outsiders, and if you've seen ‘em before you know what to expect: Sparse electronic beats, saxophone skronk, theatrical vocals and oddball bass riffs. Last October they celerbated the release of their record Spooks on this very stage. PARIUH is an experimental, college-pop, post-punk creative project of Chris Dougnac and Krystle Lee Bruise. Coming from the historic Boston, MA, this will be the trio's debut performance at The Bottle.

  • Thu October 20, 2016 9:00 pm
    • NOTS
    • Trampoline Team
    • The Sueves
    • Bottomfeeders

    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 / frontwoman 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. Don’t miss out. Direct support this evening comes for New Orleans punk trio TRAMPOLINE TEAM. These guys are bringing their fun, catchy, and lyrically stimulating rock to The Empty Bottle for this first time ever! Helping to kick off tonight's shit-show is THE SUEVES, a band that's been blowing up all over Chicago the past few years and show know signs of slowing down. These dydes are an explosive package of sweaty garage-blues-punk not unlike the BLACK LIPS or OBLIVIANS. Let's be real, there's no reason to ever miss THE SUEVES! Starting the evening is New Orleans Garage Rock four-piece BOTTOMFEEDERS.

  • Fri October 21, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers

    The HOYLES consider themselves the real thing and use traditional instrumentation to play Texas shuffle, rave-up and honky-tonk music from country's true musical legends, for those of you who long for and recall the days when "country was country.

    (Chicagomusic.org) (Tribune) (Washington Post)

  • Fri October 21, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Cass McCombs Band
    • Delicate Steve

    Over the past decade, CASS MCCOMBS has established himself as one of our premier songwriters. It’s a career that’s twisted and turned, from style to subject, both between records and within them. His new record, “Mangy Love,” (8/26, ANTI) ventures into realms of experimental soul, twisted psychedelia, and straight-up rock, resulting in a sound that articulates his live show better than ever before. Thematically, it’s far darker, tackling heavy issues through MCCOMBS' uniquely cracked lens of (oftentimes hilarious) lyrical wit and acumen toward subtlety. Hip-hop and Beat poetry influences have never been more evident, with several songs employing a speech-style and clever fast-paced wordplay. There are guest appearances by many fellow musicians of his tribe ranging from Angel Olsen to Blake Mills, under the production of veteran Rob Schnapf, and the overall result is his most immediate and upbeat record to date. DELICATE STEVE is the brainchild of New Jersey-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Steve Marion. As NPR has said, “Delicate Steve’s music maintains the capacity to surprise…guitar showcases that don’t shred, dance records that don’t adhere to familiar beats and classic-rock throwbacks that fan out into world music, prog, reggae, surf-rock and more, with the propulsive jitteriness and sideways oddness of Ratatat or Dirty Projectors.” SPIN has called the music “a kaleidoscope of bouncy pan-African polyrhythms and swooping six-string melodies, like the Dirty Projectors with guitars instead of singers.”

  • Sat October 22, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Temples
    • Vinyl Williams

    Channeling all the best parts of the current 60s psych-rock resurgence, England's TEMPLES blend washed-out, murky tones and tunes with anemic vocals with swirling, shaggy melodies to fully encapsulate their time-traveling sonic adventure. Quickly gaining steam in their home country and in the States, TEMPLES have blown the fuuuuuuhk up since first hitting the Bottle stage back in November of 2013. They've played huge festival stages and sold out big-time venues around the world, so you're not gonna want to miss your chance to see these dudes in a small, intimate venue like the one that we call home. Lionel Williams aka VINYL WILLIAMS is a Los Angeles based artist and musician. His collage art & psyche- pop music fuses vast landscapes, multi-religious symbolism, and the supernatural into a paradoxical whirlpool of "mysticism and sonic matrices."

  • Tue October 25, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Birthday Suits

    You can bet we are damn excited to welcome back insanely awesome Minneapolis-based duo THE BIRTHDAY SUITS. Utterly bombastic and entirely unhinged, their music is more high-kick inducing than VAN HALEN's only #1 single and in 90 seconds manage to create a more crushing riff than most bands can muster in twice the time.

  • Fri October 28, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers

    The HOYLES consider themselves the real thing and use traditional instrumentation to play Texas shuffle, rave-up and honky-tonk music from country's true musical legends, for those of you who long for and recall the days when "country was country.

    (Chicagomusic.org) (Tribune) (Washington Post)

  • Logan Square Auditorium Fri October 28, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Mucca Pazza
    $20 (advance), $25

    Empty Bottle Presents is pleased as punch to welcome MUCCA PAZZA to the Logan Square Auditorium on October 28th. The thirty-some piece group of rag tag musicians have put on some of the most astounding, chaotic and memorable shows we’ve seen with members perched atop the bar and cheerleaders literally swinging from the rafters. Their raucous, gypsy flavored brand of punk rock complete with a gaggle of trombones, trumpets, woodwinds, cheerleaders and freaks are sure to give you a life-changing performance, and we ain't mad or sorry about it.


    MUCCA PAZZA assembled itself in the parking lot of a Chicago steel mill in 2004. Combining street theater and marching band instincts with avant-garde and rock band sensibilities, the twenty-odd piece ensemble built a cult following in the local underground music scene. Unconstrained by the rock venue format, MUCCA PAZZA marched into the city's world-class Millennium Park, becoming something of an unofficial Chicago mascot. MUCCA PAZZA went national just as the renegade marching band community blossomed into a full-fledged musical movement.

    With mismatched uniforms, improvised marching maneuvers, speaker helmets and deconstructed cheer-leading, MUCCA PAZZA trail-blazed the 'weird as we wanna be' theatrical and visual aesthetic, while exhibiting real musical talent, playing mostly through-composed original compositions that tend to land somewhere between Zappa and Morricone. Atonal harmonies, odd time signatures and labyrinthine melodies are as likely to pop up as sweet brass chords, catchy whistlers and solid grooves.

    MUZZA PAZZA has adapted performances to a wide range of venues such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, the Kennedy Center, the Kentucky Derby Parade and a WWII P.O.W. camp in Marfa, Texas. Recently, Mucca Pazza transformed locations at Montreal Jazz Fest, MASS MoCA, Crash Detroit and battled the Chicago Sinfonietta over Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture at Symphony Center.

  • Sun October 30, 2016 9:00 pm
    • La Sera
    • Springtime Carnivore
    $12 (advance), $15

    Hold on to your emotions, boys and girls, because LA SERA is here to unleash them- all of them, at the same time. As LA SERA, Katy Goodman turned an aching heart into two marvelous, alluring yet bittersweet break-up albums (2011’s self-titled debut and 2012’s Sees the Light). On her latest, though, the former VIVIAN GIRL is through crying. Hour of the Dawn sees Goodman waking up, throwing open the bedroom windows and welcoming the day. To back her nimble basslines and enchanting vocals, Goodman assembled a new band helmed by guitarist Todd Wisenbaker. After a year of perfecting their new material, LA SERA was ready to commit it to tape. In the summer of 2013, the group decamped to a sweltering studio in East Los Angeles with engineer Joel Jerome and banged out the ten songs that would become Hour of the Dawn—an album that never walks, but runs, a collision of unleashed punk and ‘80s power-pop. You will laugh, you will cry, you will dance so hard you sweat bullets - what we're saying is, ths is going to be a night you never forget.SPRINGTIME CARNIVORE was born on the night of a full moon in the summer of the year of the dragon. Following high school, SPRINGTIME CARNIVORE joined a traveling circus company. She was a talented and nimble acrobat but her career was cut short by a tragic tightrope accident. Although the tightrope incident killed hrt big top dreams, it opened the door to another dormant aspiration. While her leg was healing, SPRINGTIME CARNIVORE discovered piano. While SPRINGTIME CARNIVORE's leg was healing, she discovered an old piano in the attic of my great great grandma’s second’s cousin’s third husband’s house. She dusted it off, paid a blind man to tune it by ear and has been playing ever since.

    (Noisey) (Under The Radar)

  • Wed November 2, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Protomartyr
    • The Gotobeds

    PROTOMARTYR is a post-punk quartet from Detroit. Formed in 2008, we last saw these cats during Music, Frozen, Dancing 2015. We're pleased as punch to have them back headlining this evening. As Stereogum once said: "The best bands sound like everything you love and nothing you’ve heard. So it goes with Protomartyr, a Detroit quartet that seems to have ingested every classic post-punk record and evolved into a new kind of beast." THE GOTOBEDS formed vaguely around 2009 in Pittsburgh and play a mutant strain of rock music that is often filed under punk, indie rock, or 99-cent discount bin. Their live shows have often been compared to an “all night party where I feared for my life and the lives of everybody in the five block radius,” and their recorded output is akin “to the sonic manifestos of four men deprived of human love and raised on beer and Swell Maps, Mission of Burma, and old Fall records.” Basically what we're trying to say is: let's fucking party.

  • Fri November 4, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers

    The HOYLES consider themselves the real thing and use traditional instrumentation to play Texas shuffle, rave-up and honky-tonk music from country's true musical legends, for those of you who long for and recall the days when "country was country.

    (Chicagomusic.org) (Tribune) (Washington Post)

  • Sun November 6, 2016 9:00 pm
    • S U R V I V E

    YES, it's THAT S U R V I V E, the same geniuses who recorded the Stranger Things theme song and are currently working on a soudtrack for the Netflix original series. Formed in 2009, the prolific Austin, TX experimental synth quartet S U R V I V E have released two full-lengths and numerous EPs / singles since their inception, including recent contributions to the soundtrack for the acclaimed indie horror film The Guest. Additionally, two of the group’s members recently scored the soundtrack for the new hit sci-fi / horror show Stranger Things starring Winona Ryder on Netflix. S U R V I V E have appeared at numerous esteemed festivals across the US including Moogfest, Levitation Fest, Fun Fun Fun, Beserktown, Day in The Desert, Decibel, etc. and have played alongside acts like Goblin, John Maus, Tame Impala, Lightning Bolt, This Will Destroy You, A Place To Bury Strangers, Max Cooper, and many others; Noisey even called their live show “transcendental.”

  • Thu November 17, 2016 9:00 pm
    • DZ Deathrays
    • Dune Rats
    $10 (advance), $12

    Hitting The Bottle for the first time tonight is DZ DEATHRAYS, a punk rock/thrash band out of Brisbane, Austrailia. In the duos own wods, "We started at a house party...we will most likely end at one." Same, DZ DEATHWAYS, same. Direct support this evening comes from DUNE RATS, a "dunecore," stoner-pop trio also from Brisbane. Match made in heaven, these two.

  • Sat November 19, 2016 9:00 pm
    • True Widow
    • Mary Lattimore

    Up from the warm, almost oppressively humid Texas air rises a din. The sound is created by only three people - TRUE WIDOW. The music that they are creating might be the aural equivalent of walking down a farm-to-market road on a foggy morning just before day breaks.The clamor began in November 2007 when these three humans came together to form TRUE WIDOW. The trio has released two previous albums: True Widow (2008) and As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth (2011). Each release has built on the band’s unique approach to the guitar-centric intersection of shoegaze and ambient pop, which the band self-described as “stonegaze.” NPR described the band’s sophomore release as “a warming headphone album for a bleak snowfall, moody and dreamy chords crushed by a rumbling low-end, ” Decibel Magazine said the album is “a droning, strung-out record that is, frankly, almost perfect” and All Music said TRUE WIDOW's guitar sound is “not so much detuned as it is shuddering.” MARY LATTIMORE is a harpist living in Philadelphia. She experiments with her Lyon and Healy Concert Grand harp and effects. Her solo debut, The Withdrawing Room, was released in 2013 on Desire Path Recordings. Her most recent album, At The Dam, was released in March 2016 on Ghostly International.

  • Fri December 2, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Earthless
    • Ruby The Hatchet
    $14 (advance), $16

    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." Forming after a series of basement practices in New Jersey circa 2011 before relocating to Philadelphia, psychedelic quintet RUBY THE HATCHET brought together doomy, evil hard rock with occult-flavored psychedelia for a witchy brew of dazzled and ominous wild rock sounds. 

  • Sat December 3, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The King Khan & BBQ Show
    • The Gatrells
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