• Fri January 19, 2018 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 January 19, 2018 9:00 pm
    • Moon King
    • VAIL
    • Muvves
    $10 (advance), $12

    MOON KING is the alias of producer, singer and songwriter Daniel Benjamin. Born in Toronto, the musician spent 2016 in Detroit, where the musically fertile and offbeat neighborhood of Hamtramck became both his home and the inspiration for a new set of recordings. Hamtramck '16 documents his arrival into a new and unfamiliar environment combined with a growing obsession for underground dance music, a sound and spirit that has always felt right at home in Detroit.

    Collaborating with local artists and musicians, and having the freedom to stretch out after several years of constant touring, MOON KING put together a completely new band with a sound drawing from dance music's early days, from synthpop, disco and house music up through the more pop-oriented songcraft of the Bee Gees or Prince. His attention to detail in production, and willingness to break the mold of what he sees as his own potential, have made him an interesting figure to watch. With Hamtramck '16 he has created a lo-fi pop gem that will leave listeners eager to hear what comes next.

    VAIL is the ethereal art-pop/dance solo work of Emily Kempf , who's no stranger to our stage, as she's graced it more times than we can count with her rock-oriented groups DEHD, SUPERMAGICAL, and HEAVY DREAMS. As VAIL, she channels her "truest mother father self" through electronic rhythms, interchanging hushed and howling vocals, and swirling synthesizers.

    Kicking the show off is Chicago's MUVVES, an electronic dance pop music project fronted by singer, songwriter, performer, and producer JAWSHUA DRUMS. The project has several members and contributors around the United States, but currently hosts Mr. Drums' VAMOS bandmate RYAN MURPHY (Bass), former RABBLE RABBLEr Ralph Darski (guitar), our very own Marie Hahn (Synth), and Rich Lombardo of THE GOLD WEB (drums).

  • Sat January 20, 2018 3:00 pm
    • Empty Bottle Book Club discusses 'We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy'

    This month the Empty Bottle Book Club will be reading "We Were Eight Years In Power" by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The meeting will be held on Saturday, January 20th at 3PM!

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

    In these “urgently relevant essays,”* the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me “reflects on race, Barack Obama’s presidency and its jarring aftermath”*—including the election of Donald Trump.

    New York Times Bestseller • One of Time’s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of the Year

    “We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America’s “first white president.”

    But the story of these present-day eight years is not just about presidential politics. This book also examines the new voices, ideas, and movements for justice that emerged over this period—and the effects of the persistent, haunting shadow of our nation’s old and unreconciled history. Coates powerfully examines the events of the Obama era from his intimate and revealing perspective—the point of view of a young writer who begins the journey in an unemployment office in Harlem and ends it in the Oval Office, interviewing a president.

    We Were Eight Years in Power features Coates’s iconic essays first published in The Atlantic, including “Fear of a Black President,” “The Case for Reparations,” and “The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” along with eight fresh essays that revisit each year of the Obama administration through Coates’s own experiences, observations, and intellectual development, capped by a bracingly original assessment of the election that fully illuminated the tragedy of the Obama era. We Were Eight Years in Power is a vital account of modern America, from one of the definitive voices of this historic moment.

  • Sat January 20, 2018 6:00 pm
    • Mirrored series featuring Alvarez-Billington-Rowe

    Mirrored is our monthly improvised jazz/experimental music series, conceived and curated by Chicago musician Syler Rowe. Each month, we welcome a completely unique group of Chicago musicians to perform with each other on the floor in front of the Bottle stage. We're back for the first installment of the year, with the exciting and eclectic drum collective led by incredible Chicago drummers Ben Baker Billington, Nick Alvarez and Syler Rowe. They'll be playing two sets and will be accompanied by smooth tunes before, in-between and after, courtesy of Mr. Rowe -- he does it all, folks! Mirrored goes down from 6-8pm each month right before Windy City Soul Club hits the stage. The cherry on top? It's always FREE!

  • Sat January 20, 2018 9:00 pm
    • Windy City Soul Club

    The WINDY CITY SOUL CLUB boasts that the "best rare soul deejays in Chicago come together to create the best party this city has ever seen," and if you're inclined to think real deejays need only a box full of vinyl, you'll likely agree. WCSC deejays play all original vinyl of the Northern Soul variety, Motown-style gems, regional hits, ace dancing tunes as well as your favorite recognizable sing-along classics. If you've ever wanted to "shake a tail feather" tonight's your night to get dapper and get down.

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

  • Sun January 21, 2018 11:00 am
    • Bric-a-Brac Brunch!

    Nick & Jen, the owners of Bric-A-Brac Records & Collectibles, Chicago's one-stop shop for all the necessities that no one really needs, are hitting the decks this afternoon for Chicago's time-honored tradition, BRUNCH.

    Expect to hear the finest rock & slop while you pile delicious Bite Cafe into your face-hole and suck down drinks from our friendly bartenders. The dynamic duo will likely be shucking some goods to sell, so bring extra cash to buy any or all of the following: "New and used vinyl and cassettes, vintage movie posters, 80s/90s toys, all kinds of pop culture ephemera, plus everything you need to tell the world exactly how you feel - questionable t-shirts, obnoxious buttons, and offensive patches!"

  • Sun January 21, 2018 8:30 pm
    • CAT M A S S A G E

    "It's time for Cat Massage!" Plz come to CAT MASSAGE A FIVE DOLLAR GALA to help fund THE GRELLEY DUVALL SHOW's upcoming residency at The Hideout in February 2018. #majorwhiskerwatchalert is in effect here.

    Cat Massage a $5 Gala will be at the Empty Bottle on Sunday, January 21st. Come with ALL the spare change and enjoy the incredible talent of the lineup Duvall has curated, won't you?

    Featured in this year's lineup is:
    Wes Perry
    Jo Jo Baby
    Sarah Squirm
    She Speaks In Tongues
    The Lord of Darkness (Mary Williamson)
    The Chanels
    Maureen Sandiego
    Mo Less
    Judy Rosenblatt
    Scott Egleston
    Christopher Gambino
    Willow Bark (Aileen May)
    AJ Marroquin
    Kaycee Conaway

    with appearances by BonBon and Daniella

    DJs Christine & Marti Ciarleglio

    Image Credits:
    Photo: @jonathanmathias
    Type: @jaradsolo

  • Mon January 22, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Mykele Deville
    • Daymaker
    • Blackerface
    • Ze'ev

    MYKELE DEVILLE is an activist, poet, and rapper native to Chicago's west side. Describing his music as "liberation rap." As stated in the Chicago Tribune, DEVILLE is "...liberating himself in rhymes and bars, confronting his childhood growing up in the Austin neighborhood by working through the demons, pressures and pain that continue to influence his life."

    Chicago quartet DAYMAKER is sure to make you bop around with their interstellar space rock and far-out attitudes. This crew has been a staple on the DIY scene for years and their 2015 releases Amen/Forever & Wilderness put them on the map. The most recent release, Condos (recorded with Michael Mac of Pallet Sound), brings a more chaotic and aggressive DAYMAKER with Erin Delaney’s potently boisterous vocals at the forefront. Egon Schiele’s guitar work tosses from side to side as Whitney Mikilan’s seemingly accidental percussion precisely fills in the gaps between each screechingly distorted guitar riff. Eric Newmiller’s low end pummels onward to keep it all grounded. If you’ve seen DAYMAKER before, you haven’t seen them like this. Get after it and freaking lose yourself.

    BLACKERFACE is an afropunk/punk/blues/rock Chicago-transplant act from Oberlin, Ohio, returning after opening for CROWN LARKS’ LP release back in May of 2017. It’s chaotic, it’s energetic as all hell and it’s just what the doctor ordered.  

    ZE’EV is an experimental rock band from Chicago made up of local musician elites, Cedric Casimier (guitar, piano, vox), Shelton Flagg (guitar) and Zachary Caputo (drums). The trio create an impassioned and explosive burst of post-rock on their debut EP, Kismet, recorded live at the esteemed Electrical Audio. Their first Bottle performance to date and we already know it won’t be their last. 

  • Tue January 23, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Doctor Death Crush
    • Sadie and The Stark
    • Bev Rage and The Drinks

    DOCTOR DEATH CRUSH are a 5-piece rock band from the sulfurous depths of HELL. They produce a highly unique and contemporary blend of glam, goth and grunge with a heavy and intricate sound. Most often, fans of DOCTOR DEATH CRUSH rave about the unmistakably unique vocal style, soaring, skull-melting guitar solos and powerfully cathartic live performances. 

    SADIE AND THE STARK is Sadie, John, Tom and Anthony. Femme-fantasy rock majoring in sci-fi.

    BEV RAGE (Beverly) & THE DRINKS (Aaron, Sam & Trevor) from Chicago are a queercore band with a healthy dose of garage rock, snacking, and sexual confusion thrown in the mix. Bev brings the pearly yellows, the Drinks bring the talent and you bring the fuck yeah.

  • Wed January 24, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Bow & Spear
    • Montrose Man
    • Squid.
    $5 (advance), $8

    BOW & SPEAR is thick rock for the thick skinned. Taking strong inspiration from heavy and brooding alt-rock of the 90s, the Chicago four-piece incorporate thrashing and pounding elements of post-metal to create a noisier, more distorted product than that of nearly three decades earlier. The harsh yet ethereal vocal work of David Ritter and Megan Edgin compliment each other perfectly over Tyler Ryssemus’ dinosaur-heavy guitar riffs and John Bergman’s behemoth-sized drum fills. Their latest release off What’s For Breakfast Records is the 7-track EP, bad at fun, which comes in louder, stronger and hungrier than any of their earlier releases. Come feed the beast and get lost in the belly.

    MONTROSE MAN (Meg of BLEACH PARTY) are a trio of hard-as-hell, post-everything punk rockers that celebrated the release of their debut LP, Lazy Looker, back in July with Glitter Creeps organizers, ABSOLUTELY NOT. We can’t wait to have them back so we can party all night long with this noisy and colorful crew. 

    Newish band SQUID. opens this solidly heavy evening with slow yet loud temperamental alt-rock. Their debut album Watersports released fall of 2017 layers elements of indie, shoegaze and math rock all bundled into one fiercely distorted knuckle sandwich of noise. 

  • Thu January 25, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Kitty
    • Ricky Eat Acid

    A show so nice you have to do it twice. Last year we hosted an unforgettable night with RICKY EAT ACID and KITTY. At the time, KITTY had just raised $52,000 on kickstarter for her debut full-length album, Miami Garden Club, still yet to be released. Well that album has now been released, it’s a trance masterpiece and she’s currently touring the country in support of it. Dubbed as the “trance queen” of New York City, KITTY has toured as direct support to ANAMANAGUCHI, DANNY BROWN and KITTEN. We’re elated to be able to host her once again for another love-filled dance party.

    Maryland’s Sam Ray, also known as RICKY EAT ACID, creates ambient music, minimalism in the vein of Steve Reich and musique concrete. His first vinyl release, Three Love Songs (Orchid Tapes) garnered critical acclaim, as VICE once put it: “Featherweight electronics, aching piano, snippets of speech, even a pitched up Drake sample swirl around in a stew of delicately rendered pathos. While many ambient records try to alienate the listener from a familiar emotional spectrum, these songs describe moments of recognizable, lived-in humanity.” 

  • Fri January 26, 2018 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 January 26, 2018 9:00 pm
    • Partner
    • Anna Burch
    • Dream Version
    $10 (advance), $12

    PARTNER is a disturbing merging of special talents, created by BFFs Lucy Niles and Josée Caron in order that they may freely explore topics as varied as time, memory, intimacy, friendship, canadiana, and sexuality. Hailing from Ontario, Canada, PARTNER creates extremely catchy bubble-grunge indie-rock riffs that rip and shred like no other. Look out for double-neck guitars, weed-induced lyricism and an infectious energy that will no doubt get you hooked on PARTNER.

    Detroit musician ANNA BURCH, of the Detroit band FRONTIER RUCKUS, plays guitar, flute, harmonium and sings with sweet venom. Her new solo pop project first made its way to our stage back in 2015 and we're excited to catch a glimpse of her live again tonight.

    Indie rock trio DREAM VERSION’s music is urgent and complex, sometimes raw, but still easily accessible. The Chicago band produces tunes with thoughtful lyrics and musical depth. Their upcoming second album, Fight Fair, will be released later this year holding a strong focus in confession and political issues. 

  • Sat January 27, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Modern Vices
    • Blind Moon
    • Daysee
    • DJ Big Tuna
    $8 (advance), $10

    Chicago five-piece MODERN VICES returns after headlining a massive Free Monday last summer and we're tickled to have em back on this here fine Saturday night -- the perfect way to cap off a long shitty cold month. Noir in tone, their sound resides somewhere between late '50s croon and wet garage rock snarl. Their self-recorded, eponymous, LP dropped in 2015 via Los Angeles' Autumn Tone Records and is a romantic revolution that Aquarium Drunkard says owes "more to the heritage of the Modern Lovers and the Velvet Underground than the group harmonies of the Del-Vikings or the Flamingos."

    Opening the show is BLIND MOON, the dream-pop/shoegaze project of Chicago-based singer, songwriter and musician JOSH COHEN. Now performing as a trio, BLIND MOON first hit the Bottle stage when they opened for TWIN PEAKS in December of 2015 and we're damn excited to have em back to kick things off tonight.

    DAYSEE, featuring members of now-defunct THE LIQS, are the druggier, shoegazier cousins of their predecessor. Characterized by discordant riffs and hazy repetitive melodies, each track simulates various states of psychedelia. They’ve self-released a bunch of tracks since last year, with the most recent single Nul and EP Splash.

    DJ BIG TUNA of the band TWIN PEAKS (you might've heard about them) lays it down behind the piano with a DJ set of nothin but the hits.

  • Sun January 28, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Forma (Kranky)
    • Quicksails
    • Steve Hauschildt and Beau Wanzer (DJ sets)

    Formed in 2010 by Mark Dwinell in Bushwick, Brooklyn, FORMA released their first two full-length LPs on John Elliot's influential Editions Mego imprint, Spectrum Spools. Physicalist is the first full-length statement from the new lineup, which also includes founding member and percussionist George Bennett.

    QUICKSAILS is the moniker of Ben Billington’s densely layered solo electronic music. Influenced by the Kosmische school of krautrock and the organ works of minimalists Terry Riley and J.D. Emmanuel, Billington conjures abstract synth-scapes, hypnotic loops and textured atmospheres punctuated by rhythmic pulses. His background in free jazz and world percussion also lends a heavy hand to create a truly unique project that sets itself apart from the vast synthesizer music underground of today.

  • Mon January 29, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Bully
    • Melkbelly

    Empty Bottle and Jim Beam present FREE MONDAY with BULLY and MELKBELLY

    RSVP on Facebook

    BULLY burst onto the scene in 2015 with their critically acclaimed album Feels Like. Today the band announces Losing. The album was engineered and mixed by lead-singer Alicia Bognanno in Chicago at Electrical Audio. Fronted by Alicia Bognanno, BULLY was born in 2013. Bognanno was an engineer who had cut her teeth working at Electrical Audio in Chicago. Together with guitarist Clayton Parker and Reece Lazarus on bass, their debut album received unanimous critical acclaim and Bognanno became a point of intrigue. A rock icon in the making, with her signature scream, messy blonde hair hanging in her face, and formidable skills as both a player and a engineer who prefers recording to tape.

    All the way from Pilsen is MELKBELLY, a refreshingly loud, thrashy & crunchy take on noise-rock. The Melkers have been one of the hottest names in town since releasing their album Pennsylvania in 2014, via Automatic Recordings, and are definitely a staff favorite around these parts. They always turn that shit up to 11 whenever they hit the stage and we can't wait to see how they kick this shitstorm into high gear tonight now that they've released their full length debut Nothing Valley.

  • Tue January 30, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Lightfoils
    • Sleepwalk
    • Panic Priest [My Gold Mask]
    • DJ Adam Stilson [New Canyons

    LIGHTFOILS is one of Chicago’s finest shoegaze bands, pushing the genre into exciting new territory with their mesmerizing haze, a wintry blizzard punctuated by occasional bright blasts of slashing chords. Occupying a space between storm and calm, LIGHTFOILS' propulsive, tight rhythm section lays the groundwork as lead singer JANE ZABETH's angelic voice soars and shines above the foggy undercurrents. 

    Hazed out shoegaze band SLEEPWALK formed in Chicago in 2014. Their music is often embodied by lavish melodies, layers of swirling guitars, and whispering vocals creating a dreamlike atmosphere, accompanied by occasional crushing fuzz guitars. Having independently released their debut EP "Heaven's Gate" in early 2016, the band continued the tradition with their proper LP "Shimmer," which was released in November 2016.

    Death, sex and doomed romance. PANIC PRIEST is the project showcasing the songs of singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Jack Armondo (My Gold Mask). A combination of self-produced home recording and in-studio polish, aided and abetted on record by friends and guest musicians. Weaving together dream-like guitars and synths, Panic Priest creates midnight melodies that won't soon leave your memory once dawn breaks.

    DJ ADAM STILSON of local icy synth pop duo NEW CANYONS takes it behind the decks to offer up a blend of choice shoegaze, post-punk and dreampop before and after the show. 

  • Wed January 31, 2018 6:00 pm
    • Wonder & Skepticism

    A 2009 study found that 83% of Americans did not know a single living scientist by name. Around the March for Science in April of 2017 (on Earth Day), this statistic became a national conversation topic, eventually yielding the hashtag #actuallivingscientist, where "actual, living scientists" tweeted about their work.

    To that end, a few early-career scientists, Scott and Hannah wanted to introduce folks in Chicago to actual, living scientists with Wonder & Skepticism, a new monthly event at the Empty Bottle. As early-career scientists, we are excited that the Empty Bottle is giving us this new platform to connect with the community. Outside the often-insular world of Academia, the goal is not to talk about general ideas or scientific principles, but to invite folks to describe their own research and show us why they're so passionate about it.

    In creating these event, we have forged a collaborative partnership with professional science educators. These expert interpreters will lead a thoughtful, engaging program with a mixture of presentations of scientific research, led by the scientists who do the research, and discussions which seek to engage the audience. We hope to feature between one and three scientists at each event, and have a panel discussion with the patrons in between talks. We hope to show folks that there are scientists in their community, and encourage everyone to connect over a beer.



    The Biology of Aging and Protein Folding
    What We Can Learn From A Short-Lived, Microscopic Worm
    - Ambre Sala, PostDoc, Department of Molecular Biosciences, Northwestern University


    Well, Tickle Me PINK1:
    Using an alternative model to reveal a new gene role in neurodegenerative disease
    - Natasha Wadlington, University of Chicago / The Museum of Science & Industry



    Have research you'd like to present? E-mail present@wonderandskepticism.com!

  • Wed January 31, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Stander
    • Rented Rooms
    • Cleared

    Experimental rock band STANDER headlines a fine Wednesday night with help from Chicago alt-rock trio RENTED ROOM [The Life and Times / Bear Claw] and minimalist ambient duo CLEARED [Locrian / Luggage].

  • Thu February 1, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Railway Gamblers
    • Town Criers
    • The Tomblands
    $7 (advance), $10

    Cosmic Americana is the best way to describe the jangly and ambient atmosphere of RAILWAY GAMBLERS. Originating on the Southside of Chicago in March 2014, the group has strayed from the local norm of solely focusing on covering iconic artists and, instead, devoted their time to crafting their own resonant and original sound.

    Brendan Folliard (singer, primary songwriter, rhythm guitar, harmonica, piano), Matt Fricks (lead guitar), and Sean Wilmsen (drums) make up the core of the group, along with additional bass and keyboard personnel in the live setting. With the guidance and expertise of top-tier recording engineers (Mike Hagler and Greg Calbi), their three studio albums have received high praise from their United States fan bases and attention from international music media outlets. This has led to a consistently-increasing level of recognition and many sold-out shows across the Midwest.

    From their influences rooted folk music to their incorporation of modern rock and roll, RAILWAY GAMBLERS continue to generate a sound that may be difficult to identify as one solitary genre; but it's one that is palatable, engaging, and honest.

    TOWN CRIERS is the brand spankin’ new hazed and unfazed garage-rock band that we’ve all been aching for. With two fresh ass singles boasting skyscraper-sized guitar riffs and soaring melodic vocals that take you to the higher plane, TOWN CRIERS is surely a name that you’ll be seeing more of.

    THE TOMBLANDS are a rock n’ roll band from Chicago. Their two EP’s Vanishing Act and I Wouldn’t Like Me Too showcase the versatility of the band in composing both contemplative and cathartic indie rock tunes along with fast-paced, in-your-face garage rock n’ roll. Over the past year they've brought their high-energy live stylings, driving rhythms, bait-hook melodies and lush vocal swirlies to venues all over the Midwest. Keep your ear to the ground for a new EP from the Tombs boys in the next few months!

  • Fri February 2, 2018 9:00 pm
    • Ariel Zetina
    • Grun Wasser
    • RXM Reality
    • Wiggle Room
    $7 (advance), $10

    ARIEL ZETINA is a Chicago based club music DJ/producer/performance artist/poet. She is a 2018 resident at Smartbar; runs the club nights Rosebud at Berlin Nightclub & Ariel’s Party at Hideout & is one of the residents of Rumors. Her debut EP 'Cyst' was released on Boukan Records in September. Other releases on Club Chai, SHXME, Pedicure Records (with performance group WITCH HAZEL), & with club personality Imp Queen. Her plays have been produced in NYC, Chicago, and LA.

    Formed in Chicago, 2015 synth-wave band GRUN WASSER has been unearthing emotions from a place of darkness. Exploring expression through the feeling and color of a specific moment.

    RXM REALITY is an electronic artist operating out of Humboldt Park, Chicago. For the last four years he has crafted, with arcane adroitness, music that takes influence from disparate sources to create a mind-bending mélange. Mike Meegan, the person known as RXM REALITY, works primarily with samples and tossed out synths from the nineties. Saad Market was recorded to cassette tape during delirious days and is reflected in the disjunctive and disquieted, but wide eyed sounds. The album's gritty aesthetic lends to a cohesive narrative for the expansive styles of songs

    WIGGLE ROOM is the product of fellow wigglers Ulla from the calm and pleasing ambient project YYU and Sam from interstellar party mongers the TERRY RADIO CREW.

  • Sun February 4, 2018 2:00 pm
    • Winter Slumber to Benefit PRIMA & Puerto Rico No Se Vende with Al Scorch & Friends

    It's back! The second installment of our annual Winter Slumber featuring Chicago singer-songwriter, guitarist and banjoist AL SCORCH returns to the Empty Bottle Brunch Hour. A special residency that started here in early 2013, this Sunday afternoon series finds Scorch and a variety of guests stretching their musical legs and 2018 will see a charitable element brought to each month's installment.

    In February we will be accepting donations for two organizations: PRIMA (Puerto Rico Independent Musicians & Artists) and Puerto Rico No Se Vende.

    Raquel Berríos and Luis Del Valle, members of the indie band BUSCABULLA, and Latina musician ANI CORDERO have started the Puerto Rico Independent Musicians Fund (PRIMA), an emergency grant to help struggling artists in Puerto Rico after the category 4 storm ravaged the U.S territory in September.

    With great music, jolly people and a damn good cause, Winter Slumbers are always a fantastic way to spend some of those escape the tundra Sunday afternoons. So grab a pal or four, order a round of bloodies, maybe some brunch, and enjoy the 2018 Winter Slumber.

  • Sun February 4, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Music Friendly Art: Power Suits and Found Objects by Sara Enigmann
    $5 suggested donation


    This body of work reflects the seeking of therapeutic relief in moments of emotional refuge serving as a humorous representation of my fascination with dysfunction. As both a societal critique and a personal reflection it is a response to my experience. This work is centered in symbols of paranoid worry, self-deprecating crushes, and grief.

    Similar to my social self my art is both wholesome and erotic. It is important to have a sense of humor about these things. A sense of humor will get you far in life. 

    Sara Engimann is a multidisciplinary artist living in Chicago’s Southwest side. She briefly studied Photography at Columbia College Chicago before realizing that it was not her thing. Her work sprawls across mediums with a recent emphasis on sculptural fiber work and garments. Sara is Co-Director and curator at Peanut Gallery Chicago and can usually be found hiding out in the studios, drinking from dirty mugs.


  • Mon February 5, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Salvation
    • Touched By Ghoul
    • Canadian Rifle
    • Luggage

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

    Fantastically-named Chicago band TOUCHED BY GHOUL return to our stage as direct support for a super-friendly FREE MONDAY tonight. The four-piece brings disturbingly addictive tracks that come off their debut LP, Murder Circus (Under Roads Records). Raucous, debaucherous and utterly face-melting scuzz rock. We imagine they'll bring the darkness with em tonight and can only hope we'll get some new tracks alongside those burners we know and love.

    Local punk three-piece CANADIAN RIFLE are returing as direct support with their trademark gruff vocals, melodic-punk guitar riffs and incredibly fast dirty hardcore.

    Chicago band LUGGAGE is comprised of members of BASIC CABLE, LOOSE DUDES and CLEARED. Formed in 2015, they've already given the world a debut LP, Sun, on Automatic Recordings and a solid follow-up record with Three (Don Giovanni). The trio's dark, noisy blend of shoegaze, post-punk and droning psychedelia is intensely hypnotic.

  • Thu February 8, 2018 8:30 pm
    • justindemus
    • Laverne

    Justin Demus (stylized as justindemus) is an experimental electronic artist from Chicago.

    With music bridging gaps between dance, rock, shoegaze, and punk, he employs heavy distortion, ethereal vocals, and modern rock dynamics to create sounds of their own. His work has been described as "psychedelic collage-pop" and as "hypnotic" and "inventive", drawing comparisons to Panda Bear, Four Tet, and Nine Inch Nails and praise from the Chicago Reader, Lumpen Radio, and RBMA.

    His debut EP, "Jackknife" garnered attention from Chicago's underground music community and a string of EPs and live shows with acts from Digitalism to Megiapa followed soon after. justindemus' latest release, "Oversleeping Is Healthy Sometimes" is an exercise in noise and deals with depression and activism. His track "Ferris Wheel" was listed as one of the best songs of 2016 by BTR Presents Radio. 

    As of 2018, justindemus will have an exclusive track featured on "Grid City", a Chicago music compilation curated by Emily Elhaj (Angel Olsen/formerly Mayor Daley) and released on Love Lion. His live show is a flowing experience, transcending genres and projecting emotions through sound in a vulnerable state. The music will entrance and call for dancing, as well as reflection through meditation on the art of expression. 

    LAVERNE is an indie-rock, power-pop group from Chicago. They released their debut self-titled tape on Dumpster Tapes last year and have since brought some serious performances to our stage. We're stoked to get them back in for another scorcher!

  • Sat February 10, 2018 8:30 pm
    • The Atlas Moth
    • Royal Thunder
    • Mirrors of Psychic Warfare

    Chicago 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.

    ROYAL THUNDER are a four-piece rock band based out of Atlanta, Georgia that seamlessly blend the elements of heavy classic rock, 90's grunge, and forward-thinking progressive rock. Propelled by the powerfully emotional voice of frontwoman Mlny Parsonz, the guitar heroics of Josh Weaver, and the dynamic drums of Evan Diprima, ROYAL THUNDER have been described by NPR as “a revved-up Southern hard-rock that howls like Led Zeppelin astride a psychedelic unicorn”. Hell yea can’t wait to take a ride on that.

    Brooding with dark and vociferous pain, MIRRORS FOR PYSCHIC WARFARE deliver a commanding force of drone folk. Helmed by Chicago metal legends, SCOTT KELLY of NEUROSIS and metal engineer extraordinaire, SANFORD PARKER, this menacing and beautifully torturous blend of noise is the perfect piece to encapsulate this incredibly heavy bill. 

  • Mon February 12, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Sarah Squirm
    • Ruby McCollister
    • Fire-Toolz

    Another Free Monday for the books! SARAH SQUIRM, Chicago stand up comedian, will be performing with smattering of guests. This is a preview of what's to come on the album she's recorded with Moniker Records. If you've ever seen SARAH SQUIRM live, you know to expect something strange and unsettlingly delicious.

    Joining in the evening is NYC-based comedian and self-described "aspiring actress" RUBY MCCOLLISTER, Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist producer FIRE-TOOLZ and another special guest!


  • Tue February 13, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Prettiest Eyes

    PRETTIEST EYES operates as a three piece. Members Pachy Garcia (Drums & Vocals) and Marcos Rodriguez (Bass) from San Juan, Puerto Rico met Paco Casanova (Keyboards & Electronics) from Juarez, Meico and decided to join forces. Based in Los Angeles, California the band crafts a notoriously popular live show that blend elements of pysch-punk, noise, krautrock, synth-punk and industrial. The end result is loaded with razor-sharp elements and buzzing keyboards processed through effect pedals for an excruciating crunch. 

  • Outside the Empty Bottle Sat February 17, 2018 1:00 pm
    • Goose Island Beer Co and Empty Bottle present, Music Frozen Dancing: A Winter Block Party featuring Oh Sees
    • ADULT.
    • B Boys
    • DJ Taye [Teklife]
    • C.H.E.W.
    • Lumpen Radio DJs spinning inside!

    Look at us! We’re foolish enough to do it again! Goose Island Beer Co. & the Empty Bottle present Music Frozen Dancing 2018, our annual winter block party with some of the best artists around that are also brave enough to play outside in the frozen Chicago streets. This year’s sure to be another wild one, with west coast psych-rockers OH SEES headlining and Detroit’s synth-rock duo ADULT. as direct support. Plus opening sets by the high-octane B BOYS from Brooklyn, DJ TAYE of Chicago’s Teklife and C.H.E.W. of local punk royalty.

    This marks the fifth year of Music Frozen Dancing, presented in partnership with our pals at Goose Island Beer Co.  If you're somehow not familiar, this annual event is a block party and mini-festival held outside our doors in the dead of winter. We’re taking it to the streets once again, for one afternoon and one afternoon only.

    Same as last year, Bite Café joins in on the fun serving chili outside from the soon-to-be reigning champion of our Annual Chili-Synth Cook Off. Sales from the chili will go to benefit Chicago Coaliton for the Homeless.

    If standing outside in the cold all day sounds too intimidating, find sweet/hot relief inside at the bar, where Lumpen Radio DJs will be providing the tropical vibes. The Goose Island brews will be flowing indoors and out, so drink up and warm that chilly heiny of yours.

    Gates open at 1pm and it costs you ZERO DOLLAR$ to get in. The event is all ages, so bring the kids and scar them for life… Olé!

    (BV Chicago) (Chicagoist) (Time Out)

  • Sun February 18, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Oh Sees

    OH SEES are the latest incarnation of songwriter, singer, guitarist (and Castle Face fearless leader) John Dwyer’s ever-evolving pop-folk psychedelic group. Dwyer, who hails from Providence, RI, has been active on the San Francisco indie scene since the late ’90s, working with several bands, including the Coachwhips, Pink & Brown, Yikes, Up Its Alive, and Swords & Sandals, among others, and he formed OCS (which is an acronym for Orinoka Crash Suite, Orange County Sound, or whatever Dwyer decided it was on any given day) initially as a vehicle for the experimental instrumentals he was producing in his home studio.

    In time OCS morphed into an actual band, and worked under the usual flurry of names, most notably as the OH SEES or the OHSEES , and eventually as THEE OH SEES, featuring Dwyer on guitar and vocals, Brigid Dawson on vocals and tambourine, Petey Dammit (sometimes listed as Petey Dammit!) on guitar, and Mike Shoun on drums.

  • Tue February 20, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Palm
    • the spirit of the beehive
    • The Hecks
    $12 (advance), $14

    PALM, described as “Quadratic equation rock performed by malfunctioning, sputtering appliances”. The now Philadelphia-based fractal-rock quartet sounds are improvisational while being rooted in utter precision. On their debut, Trading Basics, guitar parts deconstruct themselves in real time; bass lines dart and duck; drums propel the action while also seeming to comment on it. Vocalist-guitarists EVE ALPERT and KASRA KURT'S vocal harmonies add more tension to this outfit's heady mix.

    Genre-bending Philadelphia based band THE SPIRIT AND THE BEEHIVE act as direct support for this sweet slice. Their first time at the Bottle. We’ve heard down the grapevine that their live performance is spectacular with a natural flow as they transition from song to song. Their latest record, pleasure suck, released in March of last year with pummeling guitar riffs matched alongside extremely gooey and catchy melodies that’ll stick in your head for days. 

    THE HECKS are a rock ensemble set on reviving short-form songs with heterophonic jabs from their busted, misstrung guitar collection. Their enduring interest is in the manipulation of form-based musical tropes, which yields succinct but engaging bursts of sculpted pentatonic structure, sleek and textured instrumental passages, or atonal rhythmic nonsense.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wed March 7, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Juiceboxxx

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Presented by Ground Lift Media + Burlesque of North America

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

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



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

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

    ++ Hosted by Psalm One + AMS

    ++ Nate Dogg Tribute by Romeo Dance Cheetah


    ++ Photobooth / General Photography by GlitterGuts Photobooth

    ++ Live Visuals by DJ Intel

    ++ Crip Walk Contest

    ++ $20 Sack Pyramid 'Game Show'

    ++ Free Giveaways + Exclusive Dre Day merch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fri April 6, 2018 9:00 pm
    • Lucy Dacus
    • And The Kids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tue April 10, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Faith Healer
    • Elle Barbara's Black Space
    $10 (advance), $12

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

    J. ELLISE BARBARA is a Montreal-based avant-garde singer-songwriter, artist and thinker whose musical output combines elements of brazen 80s funk, late 70s underground, and downtown no wave. A lover of the odd, dark, and overlooked elements in pop music, they find inspiration in unexpected sources.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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