• Thu April 28, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Lord Mantis (Record Release)
    • Moral Void
    • Sanford Parker
    $10 (advance), $12

    Chicago’s blackened sludge merchants LORD MANTIS return to the Empty Bottle this evening with cause to celebrate. Their latest record, Nice Teeth Whore, is released via New Density on 4/29. This album is a continuation of their last, Death Masks, which was released on the same date in 2014. LORD MANTIS took root in the cornfields of Illinois in early 2005 as a two piece featuring our very own Bill Bumgardner on drums and Greg Gomer on guitar and vocals. Initially it began as an homage to their favorite bands at the time including MESHUGGAH, MASTADON, HELMET, and MINISTRY. Using a unique low tuning, a new heavy sound began to emerge that was all their own. Many things have changed since that fateful day in 2005, including the band's lineup, but one thing is for certain: these guys have kept their in-your-face attitude and slap-you-silly sludgey sound. We're so excited to hear this new material live, we can hardly contain ourselves. Speaking of sludge, Chicago four-piece MORAL VOID play blackened, crusty hardcore that's as scuzzy and brutal as it comes. They’ve released three seven-inch LPs since 2013, two that are aptly titled Vol. I and Vol. II. To keep this record celebration thing strong, you should probably pick up both copies ‘cause they are damn good. Opening tonight is the one and only SANFORD PARKER. These days, if it’s metal and recorded in Chicago, chances are SANFORD PARKER was at the mixing board. His own bands, MINSK and BURIED AT SEA are super killer as well. We’re honored to witness a master at this craft this evening. Pay close attention and maybe you’ll learn a thing or two!

  • Fri April 29, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

    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 April 29, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Natural Child
    • The Half Rats
    • The Yolks
    • Aquarian Blood
    • Presented by Brixton Clothing
    FREE

     

    Brixton Clothing runs a series of music events called Brixton Broadcast. They have hosted these parties all over the world, including Barcelona, NYC, Austin, Berlin, and more. This time, they're hitting Chicago, and what better place to party than The Empty Bottle? The answer is: there is no better place. This shows killer roster inlcude AQUARIAN BLOOD, THE HALF RATS, THE YOLKS, and NATURAL CHILD.

    Nashville's NATURAL CHILD are no strangers to our stage and just five months ago, in November of 2015, these three rock'n'rollers sold this piece out once again. The band has played here to a growing fan base many times before and we love em so. No bullshit, NATTY CHILD are a southern rock’n’roll band who writes rock’n’roll music that sounds like it was run over by a tractor and re-inflated with pot smoke. Hellbent on finding the next beer, bong or girl to suck on, these three boys are about as boogie-rockin’ as a band can get. Expect another wet and wild rager tonight, cause it's the only way these boys know how to roll. THE HALF RATS return to blow us away with their youthful, surfy, and fun-as-hell garage-punk rawk. THE YOLKS - a group that are putting the soul back in rock n' roll - have been praised by Terminal Boredom for being "cool enough to seem like they're not trying to impress anyone, but end up doing just that" and we're happy to have them back at tonight’s messy rock extravaganza. 

  • Sat April 30, 2016 2:00 pm
    • Maypole Folk Fest: Henhouse Prowlers
    • Sanctified Grumblers & more
    $15.00

    Maypole Folk Festival is a celebration of the best of Chicago’s folk music scene. It’s a call to commemorate the coming of the summer, and for all the city’s folks to come together — old-time with bluegrass, Mexican folk with country blues, the young DIY community with the city’s veteran players. It’s a chance to listen and dance to some of Chicago’s best traditional music in one of the city’s favorite alternative venues.

    For more information, see www.maypolefolkfest.com.

     

     

  • Sun May 1, 2016 2:00 pm
    • Cajun Dance Party featuring Chicago Cajun Aces
    $10.00

    Our love for all things Cajun just doesn't stop and today we see the return of the Cajun Dance Party! Come by all afternoon for Cajun music and dancing, grab a few drinks, and let your spirit soar to heart of New Orleans.

    THE CHICAGO CAJUN ACES play traditional Cajun waltzes and two-steps with real gusto and zeal. Double fiddles, Cajun accordion, guitar, bass and drums energize the dance floor. Playing with a nod to French Louisiana, all songs are sung in Cajun French. The members of the band are widely known outside of Chicago, having played and jammed with many Southwest Louisiana Cajun and Creole musicians. These all stars bring the heart of Cajun life to the dance hall!

    (Fox 8 Live NOLA)

  • Sun May 1, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The Bribes 'Dust Tapes' EP Release
    • Teenage Rage
    • Rahim Salaam and Bento
    $7.00

    Tonight we celebrate the release of Dust Tapes, the third and latest EP by Logan Square’s THE BRIBES. These boys play dirty, moody, imaginative blues-rock from the soul. Relying on genre-bending songwriting originality and good old-fashioned musical instrumentation, the Chicago four-piece has developed a dynamic brand of rock and roll since forming in 2011. Haunting vocals and huge electric guitars act as anchors to round out their dark, bluesy sound. These dudes are no strangers to the Empty Bottle stage, opening for ELI PAPERBOY REED this past March. They never disappoint, and we’re excited to celebrate with them tonight! Chicago’s indie-pop collective TEENAGE RAGE return to the Bottle tonight for the first time since 2013. It’s been far too long since we’ve been dazzled by their boisterous, kitchen-sink approach, and we’re ever-so-glad to have them back in the warm embrace of our stage. Opening this evening is RAHIM SALAAM AND BENTO. RAHIM SALAAM is an artist from Chicago who wears many very fashionable hats. He is an M.C. with BLUNT CREW, a member of the rock band TOOFUNCHILD, host of a weekly podcast called What About Chicago?! and is a founding member of Amateur Arts Productions. BENTO is a Chicago independent hip hop artist and DIY promoter. Our bud JOHNNY WALKER will be spinning wax before, in-between and after bands, so come get lit for this Sunday night partay.

  • Mon May 2, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Chicago Singles Club SERIES FINALE Showcase : Grandkids
    • Oshwa
    • The Gold Web
    • The Runnies
    FREE

    Chicago Singles Club is a killer online music publication and record label that, once a month, produces an original recording of two songs, a video interview, and a photoshoot with a different independent Chicago band that we love. Everything is put online for free at chicagosinglesclub.com and they also book shows for some of their favorite bands.

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    Chicago four-piece GRANDKIDS last killed it on our stage back in January. With duel guitar, cello, and drummer, GRANDKIDS create a moody blend of jazz, folk, and rock that is wonderfully listenable, but endlessly deep. You're gonna want to catch these guys in action tonight, cause they're very good at doing that thing they do. Dreamy Chicago-based art pop rockers, OSHWA, play the Bottle stage tonight. In 2013 OSHWA released their debut LP, Chamomile Crush, mastering the use of keyboards as lead blended with jazzy-experimental bass and guitar licks and delightful vocal harmonies. THE GOLD WEB's brand of upbeat electronic-glam-rock will have you shaking that booty to noises & grooves you never knew existed. Check any of your negative Monday vibes at the door and get ready to get down, y'all. Opening this evening are local fuzz-rockers THE RUNNIES. Their anthemic brand of garage rock n’ roll is steeped in psychedelia and fronted by a smoky-voiced siren. Whoa, mama. 

  • Tue May 3, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Zigtebra
    • Les Vikq
    • Axons
    $5

    ZIGTEBRA is Zebra (Emily Rose) and Tiger (Joseph), half-siblings who met in Chicago at the end of 2010 while performing in the Pure Magical Love dance troop. Immediately drawn to one another, they found themselves on an investigative journey of lineage culminating in the discovery of shared blood. ZIGTEBRA was born as a lifetime adventure to collaborate. Armed with a cassette of collected songs titled The Pink Line, they set off across America on a summer road trip/tour. When they returned to Chicago they locked themselves up at Observatory Studios and recorded new material for their first studio album The Brave released October 2014. According to FPE Records,  ZIGTEBRA's music is ​​"the bold marriage of linear, catchy, pure pop minimalism and new-fanged oddityu/intrigue. Clean without being slick, bubbly without being trite, and full of thoughtful musings, all laid out within the bands own gaga, dragon-fruitish, and ticklish aesthetic." LES VIKQ is a rock trio charactarized by emphatic vocals and percussive trombone, featuring Elanor Leskiw (Mucca Pazza), Patrick Dovichi (Edith Blade), and George Lawler (Byzantine Time Machine, Lamajamal, Mucca Pazza). AXONS is the solo moniker of songwriter/producer ADELE NICHOLAS, also one half of the dark-ish dance-pop duo LOVE AND RADIATION. AXONS chews up then spits out a combination of top-40 hits, post punk, electronic and hip-hop sounds. Wowza, doesn’t that sound cool? Yes. It does.

  • Wed May 4, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The Besnard Lakes
    • J Fernandez
    • Crown Larks
    $14.00

    The story of THE BESNARD LAKES begins at Besnard Lake: a spectacular yet secluded water feature in rural Saskatchewan which the Montreal group’s husband and wife core, Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, visit each summer for inspiration and escape. This year the couple’s campsite was surrounded for a worrying few days by forest flames, a literal ring of fire which informed the devil-may-care spirit of their exuberant fifth album. Armed with demos and memories from their trip, the pair returned to the city and entered Breakglass Studios. Unique among their furrowed brow peers, THE BESNARD LAKES are unafraid to marry textured, questing headphone sonics to the honeyed pleasure of radio hits past: the rapture of MY BLOODY VALENTINE entwined with the romance of FLEETWOOD MAC. Imagine dreamy BEACH HOUSE riding LED ZEPPELIN dynamics, with unabashedly androgynous vocal harmonies. 

    Last time J FERNANDEZ partied with us, he was fresh off a European tour and playing tunes from his own debut album, Many Levels of Laughter. A cartographer by trade, FERNANDEZ ditched his day job to focus on his lo-fi bedroom pop songwriting. Since that fateful decision, FERNANDEZ has become a staple in the Chicago scene of DIY weirdos, animators, freak folkers and rabble rousers. Mr. FERNANDEZ’s music is that of a timeless piñata, like an old penny that’s made the rounds and been touched by many hands. Ever since his tapes released on Teen River and Pretty All Right, we knew this young rocker was promising. Here he is, proving us right. 

    This is a homecoming show for CROWN LARKS, back from yet another months-long tour. The band has been on the road constantly since unleashing their explosive debut LP, Blood Dancer, at the Bottle a year ago, and their hypnotic, noisy chemistry continues to blossom.Stereogum says the band "threw psych-rock, noise music, and free jazz into one album-shaped pot and stirred until the whole thing combusted,” and the Reader says "caterwauling horns form a cumulatively chaotic patch of sound that’s inextricably woven into the sonic fabric draping the band’s lurching rhythms.”  It’s a sonic mouthful, but the band flows as much through hypnotic minimalism and eccentric, personal songs as through dynamic freakouts with everything from sax and flute to blown out amps and throats in the mix.

  • Thu May 5, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Big Black Delta
    • Sego
    • Reaches [I Love You]
    $15 (advance), $17

    When Los Angeles lo-fi rockers MELLOWDRONE decided to take an extended break in 2010 after a decade of recording and touring, frontman JONATHAN BATES found himself questioning whether life in a band was for him after all. As well as briefly playing in M83 on tour, Bates worked as deliveryman and sound technician, before his friend and former NINE INCH NAILS member Alessandro Cortini introduced him to the benefits of creating music on a laptop. Jonathan Bates became engrossed and it was during an intense period of creativity that electro/synth-pop BIG BLACK DELTA was born. Harnessing guitars and warped electronics to create a wall of sound, BIG BLACK DELTA-- also the term used to describe a man-made UFO -- released the singles If***ingloveyou and Betamax in 2012 through Master of Bates, as well as remixing a host of acts including M83 and Daft Punk. BIG BLACK DELTA recently announced a new record titled “Tregame Tierra” which is now available for pre-order and will be released April 22nd. Opening for BIG BLACK DELTA this evening is SEGO, an alternative/slacker punk duo residing in LA by way of Utah. The duo of Spencer Petersen and Thomas Carroll has recorded two EPs since 2014 and is now set to release their debut LP, Once Was Lost Now Just Hanging Around. The album was written in full at The Cube, an art-minded warehouse space in Downtown LA where SEGO lives and work. Returning to the Bottle stage to open tonight is Chicago artist REACHES. Formerly I LOVE YOU, REACHES is the pseudonym of the solitary Justin Randel, who performs introspective party music fashioned from spending the winter months converting the city’s ice-cold gloominess into sound. Creating mesmerizing, synth-saturated electronic music with wide-range, inhibited vocals, REACHES has proven to be free of genre, vastly evolving in style, retaining a unique sound and grabing inspiration from popular music of the 80s while leaving behind all of the clichés.

  • Fri May 6, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

    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 May 6, 2016 9:00 pm
    • La Sera
    • Turn To Crime
    • The Bingers
    $13 (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. Opening this evening is Detroit three piece TURN TO CRIME are returning to THE EMPTY BOTTLE for the 3rd time to bring their DIY uplifting mix of Krautrock, playful synths and candy-pop hooks and “Kosmische, post-punk and lo-fi electronic noise”. TURN TO CRIME is the singular product of DEREK STANTON recorded in his studio and put out on his label. Recorded over the last year in his basement studio in Detroit’s Southwest, Molten Sound, and released on Stanton’s label MUGG & BOPP. TURN TO CRIME’S newest project “Actions” is a continuation of 2014’s critically acclaimed debut LP “Can’t Love”.

    (Billboard)

  • Sat May 7, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Mothers
    • Palm
    • Basement Family
    $10 (advance), $12

    We have a special treat for you tonight, with indie-rock band MOTHERS paying us a visit all the way from Athens, GA. MOTHERS began in 2013 as the solo project of visual artist Kristine Leschper. A self-taught songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Leschper’s earliest musical influences span a great swath of early aughts rock and folk, such as INTERPOL, SUFJAN STEVENS, JAONNA NEWSOM, THE MICROPHONES, and Athen's legend NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL; she later developed a love for experimental music, math rock, and noise artists, including LIGHTING BOLT, HELLA and TERA MELOS. After playing a slew of solo shows over the course of 2014 and gaining local acclaim, Leschper she knew that in order to reach her true musical vision, she would need to expand the line-up, so she recruited musicians from other local bands and the new group quickly recorded their debut full-length album at Chase Park Transduction in Athens (R.E.M, ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, OLIVIA TREMOR CONTROL) over the winter of 2014. MOTHERS released that creation, titled When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired, earlier this year, and we are pumped as all get-out to hear these epic tunes in person. Direct support tonight comes from Hudson Valley, NY band PALM, who have been described as “Quadratic equation rock performed by malfunctioning, sputtering appliances”. The now Philadelphia-based fractal-rock quartet ounds 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. Opening this local rock/graze/pop trio BASEMENT FAMILY are returning to THE EMPTY BOTTLE. These guys manage to be catchy as hell with musical moments of garage rock, fuzz distortion. Their like, the band version of the really popular water polo player who wears button ups but also smokes weed and thrashes on the electric guitar. Get it? You can bop your skull along to their catchy beats, but also feel edgy and relevant! SCORE.

    (The Blue Indian) (Brooklyn Vegan) (NPR Music) (Stereogum)

  • Sun May 8, 2016 9:00 pm
    • L.A. Witch
    • Sugar Candy Mountain
    • Levitation Room
    $10.00

    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. 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. SUGAR CANDY MOUNTAIN is an Oakland-based psychedelic rock band comprised of Ash Reiter, Will Halsey, Michael Fortes, Thomas Elder, and Bryant Denison. Described as “If BRIAN WILSON had dropped acid on the beach in Brazil and decided to record an album with OS MUTANTES and THE FLAMING LIPS, it would sound like [SUGAR CANDY MOUNTAIN], a psychedelic pop Wall-of Sound and beach balladry.” Like looking through a kaleidoscope, this reverb-soaked psych music is ever changing and shows off the many styles this band can portray, while still maintaining its rock backbone. Openign this evening is LEVITATION ROOM, with their decidedly hallucinogenic jams that whisper and hum the same gentle refrains of their summer of love influences. Their sounds conjure up the cognitive imagery of sunny days at the park, spent with friends in a euphoric haze along with lyrics ad sonic mediations on life, love and self-awareness. Whoa baby - what a night this shall be.  

     GOOD TIMES WEEKLY        L.A. RECORD 

     

     

  • Mon May 9, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Corners
    • Death Valley Girls
    • The Limbos
    Free Monday

    Maxed Out On Distractions is the ground-breaking debut LP by Los Angeles natives CORNERS, torchbearers of Echo Park's D.I.Y. underbelly. Far beyond the confinements of the "garage-rock" genre, this meticulously crafted sonic experience fuses frenetic punk energy with a synth-heavy hypnotic groove. Polished gems "Love Letters" & "Caught in Frustration" evoke a dark, yet undeniable beauty, while aggressive opener "We're Changing" is analogous to the band's expansive new sound. A synth-inspired post-punk album in today's digital climate, the album title itself is a reflection of living in the Internet age and literally not having any room in your life for more distractions. Unplug yourself from the wall, take your Google Glasses off, and put the phablets away, kiddies, CORNERS are here to help you feel again. 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. Rock n' roll travelers DVG have been touring and recording non stop over the last couple years and have no plans on slowing down. DEATH VALLEY GIRLS believe outer space is the next logical place for rock n' roll, the power supply is eternal, and electricity comes from other planets. Returning to THE EMPTY BOTTLE come THE LIMBOS who formed in 2009 originally as a two-piece under the name "Stu Benedict" with merely piano, vocals and drums. They eventually graduated to being a five piece consisting of piano, drums, bass, trumpet and trombone. THE LIMBOS have a sound that has been compared to VIOLENT FEMMES, WEEZER and PAVEMENT. All three of their albums "Mmm", "Rodeo Ballet", and "Corners" are available on ITUNES, and SPOTIFY or at RECKLESS RECORDS' locations in Chicago. They rock super hard in Chicago and The Midwest, all the time, always.

  • Tue May 10, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Chain & The Gang
    • No Men
    • Clearance
    $10.00

    Dependability is what CHAIN & THE GANG provides. Dependably perverse, dependably ecstatic, dependably astonishing. CATG's audience depends on them to bring the moveable riot into the local clubhouse, andthey depend on the tunes too, crying out for "CERTAIN KINDS OF TRASH", "FREE WILL" and "HUNTING FOR LOVE" from the new CATG LP "IN COOL BLOOD". Yes, that's right – a third CHAIN & THE GANG record.  After 2009's "DOWN WITH LIBERTY … UP WITH CHAINS!" and 2011's "MUSIC'S NOT FOR EVERYONE", the world said: "CHAIN & THE GANG just can't possibly top themselves." But you know what? CHAIN & THE GANG proved those doubters wrong. "IN COOL BLOOD," starring CHAIN & THE GANG troublemakers Ian F Svenonius Katie Alice Greer, features Brett Lyman playing the electric guitar, Chris Sutton on electric bass guitar, and Fiona Campbell driving the drumkit, as well as a combo of CHAIN & THE GANG stalwarts and ringers like Brian Weber (organ), Fred Thomas (bass guitar), Amber Fellows (piano),  Spencer Kelley (electric guitar) and Austin Cooper (bongos). All recorded by Calvin Johnson at the infamous Dub Narcotic Studio in Olympia Washington and released on the K Record Label! "IN COOL BLOOD" is CHAIN & THE GANG's most dependable record yet. One listen and you too will count yourself a "Dep." Returning as the tough and sweaty meat in this rock & roll sandwich is Chicago via Austin goth-grunge/sad-punk band NO MEN. These cats are hesitant to put all their eggs in one basket when defining their genre. “No-core, no-gaze. Don’t think about it too much” is how they choose to describe it and so can you. Their latest cassette release, Needed, is available via Young Cub and Revolver USA. CLEARANCE was started in Chicago in early 2013 by MIKE BELLIS and ARTHUR VELEZ. Two 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.

  • Wed May 11, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Useless Eaters
    • Life Partner
    $10.00

    San Francisco-via-Memphis's USELESS EATERS are coming back to our stage for tonight's wet 'n wild rager and you can bet your sweet ass they're coming to tear us all a new once. Primarily the project of Memphis-born guitarist/vocalist/leader SETH SUTTON, the EATERS released their first proper LP, Daily Commute, on Tic Tac Totally after dishing out a stupid catalog of singles and 7"'s on some of our favorite rock and punk labels (GonerNashville’s DeadBurgerSouthpaw, etc.) and we can't wait to get clobbered yet again by their notoriously wild live show. Now with releases out on the dementedly awesome Castle Face Records, these rambunctious rockers' throbbingly addictive onslaught of mouthwatering punk rock makes this another DO NOT MISS, bonkers-ass Wednesday night at ye ol' Empty Bottle. Our friends LIFE PARTNER join us this evening for the first time in nearly a year. Coming from Chicago, this trio presents a noisy approach to rough rock'n'roll that twists and turns into engaging melodies and fatty riffs. Think of hang gliding but instead of air you're gliding through television static. You really can't go wrong when all of this is only $10. What else are Wednesday nights for? 

    (FADER)

  • Thu May 12, 2016 9:00 pm
    • You Won't
    • The Walters
    • Jocelyn Mackenzie [Pearl & the Beard]
    $10.00

    YOU WON’T is the musical duo of Josh Arnoudse and Raky Sastri, who first met in 1999 as unlikely fencing partners in a high school production of the Broadway flop “My Favorite Year.”  Some 17 years later, they are still collaborating closely but no longer assaulting each other with pointy metal rods.  Since the release of their full-length debut Skeptic Goodbye in 2012, YOU WON’T has toured across North America, garnering praise from the likes of SPIN, NPR, KEXP, and The New York Times for their raggedly infectious and charmingly idiosyncratic sound.  Their dynamic and enthusiastically unorthodox live performances have earned them supports slots with THE LUMINEERS, THE JOY FORMIDABLE, JOSH RITTER, LUCIUS, and DEER TICK, and an appearance on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly.  After a two and half year recording period YOU WON’T’s new self-produced full length LP Revolutionaries is set to be released April 29th, 2016. THE WALTERS are five hunks from Chicago pedaling their indie-rock goods throughout the nation. It’s hard to pick a favorite among the soft, catchy tracks these guys are constantly putting out. Their latest album, Young Men, was released in December and includes tracks perfect for curling up on a rainy day or skipping down the street in the sunshine. The Chicago Reader said of the album: “it feels like a shaft of sunlight has punctured a gray sky to make the whole world feel a little bit warmer.” JOCELYN MACKENZIE is a Brooklyn-based, singer, songwriter, songwriting coach, percussionist, writer, fiber artist and all around maker of things. She is best known as 1/3 of indie-pop PEARL AND THE BEARD, who released their farewell album Beast in 2015. The band has an extensive touring history across the US, UK and Canada with such noteworthy artists as ANI DEFRANCO, NEKO CAE, IRON & WINE, and more. MACKENZIE is a proud volunteer at the Wille Mae Rock Camp for Girls, for which she has performed, coached, and given songwriting workshops for young musicians. 

     

    (Consequence of Sound) (FLOOD)

  • Fri May 13, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

    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 May 13, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Good Vybes Fest III featuring Headband
    • Ttotals
    • Moss Folk
    • Shah Jahan
    • DJ PsychedAlex
    $10 (Single Day), $15 (2-Day)

    Eye Vybe Records and The Empty Bottle are psyched to present the third quasi-annual GOOD VYBES FEST. Featuring a wealth of the gnarliest heavy psych from all over the country - kozmiche-boppers NEST EGG of Asheville NC and esoteric drone monsters MOSS FOLK of Milwaukee and TTOTALS of Nashville - not to mention garage rock legends of yesteryear SOLEDAD BROTHERS, making a rare appearance on the ten year anniversary of their official split, the debut of Eye Vybe's first vinyl release with psychedelic dirge masters RABBLE RABBLE, the dream collaboration project of HEADBAND (Cooper Crain of CAVE & BITCHIN BAJAS with some very special guests), and the ripping noise fury of locals THE SUEVES, MAMA, SHAH JAHAN, VAMOS and EGO topping off all nights, with the best psych and hard rock DJs Chicago has to offer - Good Vybes Fest is sure to knock yer head into a new dimension of wild sounds and heady grooves. Get in to Friday & Saturday nights for the LOW PRICE of $15 or get tickets to individual nights for ONLY $10 each. Though not officially part of Good Vybes Fest III, Swede-psych folkers DUNGEN and Brazil's BOOGARINS perform on Sunday, May 15th -- it's going to be an insane four nights here at the ol' Empty Bottle. We hope you'll join us.

  • Fri May 13, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Good Vybes Fest III Fri
    • Sat PASS
    $15.00

    Eye Vybe Records and The Empty Bottle are psyched to present the third quasi-annual GOOD VYBES FEST. Featuring a wealth of the gnarliest heavy psych from all over the country - kozmiche-boppers NEST EGG of Asheville, NC, esoteric drone monsters MOSS FOLK of Milwaukee and TTOTALS of Nashville - not to mention garage rock legends of yesteryear SOLEDAD BROTHERS, making a rare appearance on the ten year anniversary of their official split, the debut of Eye Vybe's first vinyl release with psychedelic dirge masters RABBLE RABBLE, the dream collaboration project of HEADBAND (Cooper Crain of CAVE & BITCHIN BAJAS with some very special guests), featuring some very special guests, and the ripping noise fury of locals THE SUEVES, MAMA, SHAH JAHAN, VAMOS and EGO topping off all nights, with the best psych and hard rock DJs Chicago has to offer - Good Vybes Fest is sure to knock yer head into a new dimension of wild sounds and heady grooves. Get in to Friday & Saturday nights for the LOW PRICE of $15 or get tickets to individual nights for ONLY $10 each. Though not officially part of Good Vybes Fest III, Swede-psych folkers DUNGEN and Brazil's BOOGARINS perform on Sunday, May 15th -- it's going to be an insane four nights here at the ol' Empty Bottle. We hope you'll join us.

  • Sat May 14, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Good Vybes Fest III featuring Soledad Brothers
    • The Sueves
    • The Deadly Vipers
    • MAMA
    • DJ Cosmik Jru
    $10.00

    Eye Vybe Records and The Empty Bottle are psyched to present the third quasi-annual GOOD VYBES FEST. Featuring a wealth of the gnarliest heavy psych from all over the country - kozmiche-boppers NEST EGG of Asheville NC, rising Detroit sludge mongrels THE DEADLY VIPERS, and esoteric drone monsters MOSS FOLK of Milwaukee and TTOTALS of Nashville - not to mention garage rock legends of yesteryear SOLEDAD BROTHERS, making a rare appearance on the ten year anniversary of their official split, the debut of Eye Vybe's first vinyl release with psychedelic dirge masters RABBLE RABBLE, the dream collaboration project of HEADBAND (Cooper Crain of CAVE & BITCHIN BAJAS with some very special guests), featuring some very special guests, and the ripping noise fury of locals THE SUEVES, MAMA, SHAH JAHAN, VAMOS and EGO topping off all nights, with the best psych and hard rock DJs Chicago has to offer - Good Vybes Fest is sure to knock yer head into a new dimension of wild sounds and heady grooves. Get in to Friday & Saturday nights for the LOW PRICE of $15 or get tickets to individual nights for ONLY $10 each. Though not officially part of Good Vybes Fest III, Swede-psych folkers DUNGEN and Brazil's BOOGARINS perform on Sunday, May 15th -- it's going to be an insane four nights here at the ol' Empty Bottle. We hope you'll join us.

  • Sun May 15, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Dungen
    • Boogarins
    • Eye Vybe DJs
    $18 (advance), $20

    The Empty Bottle is pleased to welcome the return of heavy Swedish psych mongers DUNGEN, making a rare stateside appearance here. The last time they were in these parts, it was 2005! It’s been five years since their last album, 2010’s Skit I Allt, which is by far the longest interval between releases for a band that proved especially prolific and inspired during the 2000s. During that time, the band garnered a worldwide fanbase and coalesced into a full band that includes Reine Fiske on guitar, Mattias Gustavsson on bass, and Johan Holmegard on drums. Starting with 2007’s Tio Bitar and 2009’s 4, the band members helped Ejstes realize his own vision while adding flourishes of their own. As a result, DUNGEN grew into something bigger and more formidable: one of the best and most consistently inventive psych rock bands in the world. Their latest album, Allas Sak picks up where DUNGEN'S previous album left off, but somehow it sounds bolder and livelier, feistier yet more focused. Allas Sak is about everyday matters: family, friends, the fine texture of life. Common but never mundane, these subjects anchor the music in the here and now, while the music lends a certain grandeur to ordinary moments. Formed in 2013 by childhood friends, the band released their debut album Plantas Que Curam via Other Music in 2013. Their second album, Manual ou Guia Livre de Dissolução dos Sonhosntas Que Curam, released in 2015, veers into far more complex musical territory, propelled by Dino and Benke’s dense, two-guitar interplay and an abundance of deep rhythms. As well, the songwriting here is more personal and socially conscious than their debut, all the while we find the band broadening their collective vision. Spinning us into the night is EYE VYBE DJs, featuring Eye Vybe Records founder, GVF organizer, and all-around excellent, creative person KARISSA TALINIAN. She will be will be spinning the Eye Vybe tunes and letting all the good times roll. It's a real cultural rock affair in here, guys, and we're psyched.

  • Mon May 16, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Good Vybes Fest III featuring Rabble Rabble
    • Nest Egg
    • Vamos
    • E G O
    • DJ Dom
    Free Monday

    Eye Vybe Records and The Empty Bottle are psyched to present the third quasi-annual GOOD VYBES FEST. Featuring a wealth of the gnarliest heavy psych from all over the country - kozmiche-boppers NEST EGG of Asheville NC, rising Detroit sludge mongrels THE DEADLY VIPERS, and esoteric drone monsters MOSS FOLK of Milwaukee and TTOTALS of Nashville - not to mention garage rock legends of yesteryear SOLEDAD BROTHERS, making a rare appearance on the ten year anniversary of their official split, the debut of Eye Vybe's first vinyl release with psychedelic dirge masters RABBLE RABBLE, the dream collaboration project of HEADBAND (Cooper Crain of CAVE & BITCHIN BAJAS with some very special guests), featuring some very special guests, and the ripping noise fury of locals THE SUEVES, MAMA, SHAH JAHAN, VAMOS and EGO topping off all nights, with the best psych and hard rock DJs Chicago has to offer - Good Vybes Fest is sure to knock yer head into a new dimension of wild sounds and heady grooves. Get in to Friday & Saturday nights for the LOW PRICE of $15 or get tickets to individual nights for ONLY $10 each. Though not officially part of Good Vybes Fest III, Swede-psych folkers DUNGEN and Brazil's BOOGARINS perform on Sunday, May 15th -- it's going to be an insane four nights here at the ol' Empty Bottle. We hope you'll join us.

  • Tue May 17, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Radius Fundraiser feat. Coppice
    • Peter Speer
    • Jeff Kolar
    • APHWK&K
    • DJ Trousseaux
    $10.00

    Come #TUNE in #LIVE to the Radius Fundraiser Concert. The event is a benefit celebration to support Radius' new 2016 commission series GROUND, which is a three-part, site-specific commissioned radio series that focuses on radio’s direct physical connection to the Earth. The series will feature site specific sound performances from national and international artists inside an abandoned greenhouse, onboard a boat in Lake Michigan, and deep inside a natural cave. 

    All proceeds from the Radius Fundraiser Concert will directly fund artists and the production of the series. The concert will feature performances by COPPICE, PETER SPEER, JEFF KOLAR, & APHWK&K with a DJ set by TROUSSEAUX.

  • Wed May 18, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Glitter Creeps presents, Melkbelly
    • A Giant Dog
    • So Pretty
    $5.00

    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.

    Tonight's Glitter Creeps headliners are none other than local favorites MELKBELLY. Coming all the way from Pilsen, the four-piece is a refreshing throwback to thrashy, crunchy noise-rock. MELKBELLY has been one of the hottest names in town since releasing their album Pennsylvania in 2014, via Automatic Recordings. They've continuously turned it up to 11 whenever they hit the stage and we can't wait to see how they kick this shitstorm into high gear tonight. Hailing from Austin, TX, A GIANT DOG is a five-piece rock & roll band comprised of members of BAD SPORTS, OBN IIIs & other Texas rock bands we/you know and love. Heavily influenced by beer, THE COASTERS, THE STOOGES and VELVET UNDERGROUND, their third and latest album, Pile, is releasing May 6th via Merge Records. Thats reason enough to fucking rage tonight, right? SO PRETTY returns to our stage after making their Bottle debut back in January. Comprised of RACHEL MANTER (guitar/vox), ASHLEY HOLMAN (guitar/vox), JAMES SEMINARA (bass) and STEFAN LINDGREN (drums), the band's vocalists mix contrasting deep, soulful rock bellows with high-pitch, hardcore screeches. SO PRETTY's songs will have you thrashing around in the pit one minute and pondering the meaning of life in the next – they're high energy, heavy rock tunes with some real depth, ya know? They recently released their debut LP, Savior Girl, digitally and on cassette via Beserk Records and Midwest Action, so give it a listen before we welcome these crazy kids back!

    (Chicago Mixtape) (Windy City Times)

    Advance ticket purchase includes guaranteed entrance AND one drink ticket good for Tiger Beer or the non-alcoholic beverage of your choice. All for just $5!

  • Thu May 19, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Ben Frost
    • Michael Vallera
    $15.00

    Tonight, The Empty Bottle welcomes Austrailian artist currently residing in Iceland, BEN FROST. Born in Melbourne, BEN FROST relocated to Reykjavík Iceland in 2005 and, working together with close friends Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly, formed the Bedroom Community record label/collective. His albums, including Steel Wound (2003), Theory of Machines (2007), BY THE THROAT (2009) and A U R O R A (2014) fuse intensely structured sound art with militant post-classical electronic music, shape-shifting physical power with immersive melody, concentrated minimalism with fierce, rupturing metal. This is FROST's first Empty Bottle apperance, so let's all welcome him into our weirdo arms and show him a damn good time! Opening this evening is MICHAEL VALLERA, a musician and visual artist currently based out of Chicago who has shown and performed internationally. His solo work has been released by Los Discos Enfantasmes and Opal Tapes, with his first solo full length under his name being released on LP by Opal Tapes last summer.

  • Fri May 20, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

    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 May 20, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The Heligoats (Record Release + Tour Homecoming)
    • Red Francis
    $7.00
  • Sat May 21, 2016 12:30 pm
    • School of Rock Elmhurst
    $10 (adults), Kids Free

    Come and see School of Rock Elmhurst'S performance group students perform the songs they've been rehearsing all season long! With tributes to Smashing Pumpkins, The Pixies, and Pearl Jam you are guaranteed to be rocking all day long! 

    SOR Elmhurst has a unique approach to learning music that helps kids blossom in unimaginable ways. Students are not only being taught an instrument—they’re learning to deal with life situations, building confidence, and becoming better people. At SOR Elmhurst, learning music in a lesson room is just the beginning. We get kids playing on stage as quickly as possible, teaching them to play as soloists and as part of a team. This immersive method motivates them to be their best, helping them learn skills faster and more thoroughly.  As both rockers and educators, SOR Elmhurst’s instructors are passionate about creating a legacy of music by helping your kids succeed in music and beyond. 

    **The Empty Bottle is a 21+ venue. Any person attending the performance under 21 years of age MUST be accompanied by their legal guardian.**

  • Sat May 21, 2016 6:00 pm
    • WORK
    • Stomatopod
    $5.00

    WORK is an alternative/punk band hailing from Milwaukee, WI. Their simple, simmering post-punk works well with the band's smart yet desperate lyrics, delivered almost like spoken word. Singer/songwriter/guitarist JOE CANNON once said in an interview: with MKE Journal Sentinel "I just remember going to see shows and having my ears peeled back. If I ever start playing where it doesn't feel like that to me, I'm going to stop." Well, you've come to the right place, Joe. Opening this evening is local act STOMATOPOD. Fact: STOMATOPOD  is the name of a “superpowered-punching mantis shrimp.” It’s also a grunge revival power trio from the Chicago underground. STOMATOPOD, formed in 2013, features ELLIOT DICKS (NERVES, #1 sound dude) on drums, audio engineer LIZ BUSTAMANTE on bass and JOHN HUSTON (PAWNER’S SOCIETY) on vocals and guitar. Together, this band lives by the mantra “If it ain’t broke, why fix it?” They play true to the classic, moody post-punk and grunge of the 80s and 90’s, channeling bands like MUD HONEY and MATERIAL ISSUE. Their debut LP, Air By The Ton, received lots of love from the Chicago ReaderMidwest Action and Hellride Music among others. 

  • Sat May 21, 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 (no advance tickets), 21+

    (Chicago Mixtape) (Gapers Block)

  • Mon May 23, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Peach Kelli Pop
    • Torture Love
    • Future Punx
    • Shantih Shantih
    • Swimsuit Addition DJs
    Free Monday

    PEACH KELLI POP started when ALLIE HANLON, originally a drummer (gasp!), decided to try her hand at writing and recording songs. Lucky for us, she didn't suck at it and PKP has since moved from Ottawa to California, charming the pants off her faithful followers from coast to coast. PEACH KELLI POP's lo-fi pop-rock is known for catchy, tongue-in-cheek songs inspired by video games, Chinese food and conspiracy theorists, illustrating not only her playfulness but also her wit and her angst. HANLON also grapples with more serious topics like the pressures and challenges women face and the weight of love. Backed by an assembly of badass players, PEACH KELLI POP plays with the type of urgency and immediacy that appeals to our shortening attention spans.  Returning to our stage for the first time since October, 2015 is TORTURE LOVE. Founded in 2012, TORTURE LOVE is a Chicago post-punk band that started as a bedroom project and eventually morphed into the wild but cohesive four-piece. Everytime we see these cats, they proved one simple thing: You are not safe. At the end of 2014, the band released 2 0 1 5, a searing, four track EP that's solidified their transition from feedback-heavy shoegazers to DIY punk heroes. Post wave band FUTURE PUNX released their debut LP, This is Post Wave, last August. Brooklyn Vegan called the album a "gleaming, seamless, fun, and highly danceable dystopian look our our post-everything world." These guys have played some killer shows, but are somehow just now making it to our stage for the first time! SHANTIH SHANTIH is a four-piece rock n' roll band from Atlanta playing fuzzed out melodies and mesmerizing beats. Anna Barattin (VERMILLION SANDS, TROUBLE IN MIND, Fat Possum) delivers distinctive vocals over threefold backing vocal harmonies. Our favorite dirty surf-pop, cheerleader grunge friends SWIMSUIT ADDITION are spinning us into the evening with a DJ set. 

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     (FADER)

  • Wed May 25, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Spray Paint
    • Luggage
    • Order of Night
    $10.00

    One of our favorite bands from Austin, TX to play our stage each of the past two years, SPRAY PAINT are old homies at this point and they hit our stage once again with that no wave punk that'll bring you to your knees. Chainsaw dual-guitars collide brain-bashing drums and energy-packed gang-vocals for a no-bullshit, off-kilter yet tuneful taste of unrelenting rock. The Chicago Reader got all wet after hearing the band's second LP of 2013, Rodeo Songs: "Bizarre detuned guitar licks cross paths with damaged, drugcentric lyrics delivered in the band's signature deadpan drawl. The whole thing is kind of gross and unsettling—but I mean that in the best way possible." Their 2014 record, Clean Blood, Regular Acid, followed by last year's two-tiered attack of Punter's On A Barge and Dopers, continue the trio's vicious attack in a tighter, more cohesive package that would easily make our annual top 10 list, if we were the types to make such a list. The next record is coming out on Goner, so things are really moving in some kinda direction for these demented Texans. New-ish Chicago band LUGGAGE is comprised of members of BASIC CABLE, LOOSE DUDES and CLEARED. Though they formed about 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 back in November when they helped throw a pre-Thanksgiving party at the Bottle with TIGHT PHANTOMZ and RABBLE RABBLE. Needless to say, we're damn excited to welcome them back tonight.

    (SPIN)

  • Thu May 26, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The Cave Singers
    • Blank Range
    $15.00

    It’s been nearly three years, but we’re damn pleased to welcome back Seattle rockers THE CAVE SINGERS, a four-piece whose music falls somewhere on the outskirts of folk, but is a touch too gritty for much of that genre’s sensitive-singer-with-a-guitar vibe. The band is touring behind their newest self-released record, Banshee, released this past Feburary. Returning with a revitalized purpose, THE CAVE SINGERS are in full form on the new album, both musically and spiritually, while remaining true to their distinctive brand of brushfired folk. BLANK RANGE is an American rock & roll band from the great city of Nashville, TN. They've opened for well-known bands SPOON and DRIVEBY TRUCKERS, and Rolling Stone have sang their praises more than once. In 2015, the magazine said the band sounded like: "that magical combination of dissonant, Pavement-esque and pavement-ready garage rock & roll with a keen grasp of how to make it all wildly melodic."
     

  • Fri May 27, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

    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 May 29, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Boys Vs. Girls
    • Owltree
    • SunBLVD
    • Ross Berman
    $5.00

    Local pop/hip-hop wiz William Ramsey, better known by his stage name BOYS V.S. GIRLS returns to the Empty Bottle May 29th to share his newest project with us for the first time since almost one year ago. BOYS V.S. GIRLS' latest release is 2015's, Welcome To The Light Show, is a (mostly) fast-paced, head bobbing, hand waving spectacle. Ramsey describes his music as "genre-defying," saying he's "armed with the spirit of punk rock, an addiction to pop culture, a laptop, a drum machine and a guitar." Accompanying Ramsey is Dustin Davenport, otherwise known as M.E. OWLTREE, a bizarre and abstract electro hip-hop Chicagoan. OWLTREE's funky grooves, spacious production, and dizzying delivery will make your head do full 360 as his lyrics confound your entire existence. Chicago newcomer SPORTS BOYFRIEND makes her Empty Bottle debut tonight with some goth-pop goodness that'll get you movin' and groovin' through the darkest corrdors of time and space. The night will kick off with some folky tunes from ROSS BERMAN, Chicagoan and self proclaimed "raconteur" who's gracing our stage for only the second time.

  • Tue May 31, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Modern English
    • Burnt Hair
    • Analog Signals Djs with DJ Philly Peroxide, presented by Analog Signals & The Empty Bottle
    $10.00

    Hey guys - come "stop the world and melt" with the Empty Bottle tonight. Sorry...but you totally walked right into that one. UK post-punk vets MODERN ENGLISH will be returning to America to perform their incredible early 4AD material on their Mesh & Lace Tour. That includes the hit song "I Melt With You" and music off their first three albums, Mesh & LaceAfter The Snow and Ricochet Days, released from 1981-1984. Opening for these legendary musicians is BURNT HAIR, an electronic, darkwave duo coming from Jacksonville, FL. With MATTHEW (mononymously named) on synth and TRENTON TARPITS on vocals, this dark pair has been a hit on their local scene. We will wager to bet that Chicago will dig these dudes, too. This show is presented in collaboration with ANALOG SIGNALS, a post punk, new wave, punk, 80's industrial and synth based music DJ Collective. Founded early 2013, dark and bleak pulses are their specialty. Returning to spin dark and synthy tunes thorughout the night is our friend DJ PHILLY PEROXIDE.

    (Brooklyn Vegan)

  • Thu June 2, 2016 9:00 pm
    • STONES THROW 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR : Peanut Butter Wolf
    • J-Rocc
    • MNDSGN
    • Samiyam
    $15.00
  • Do-Division Street Fest Fri June 3, 2016 5:00 pm
    • Do Division featuring Peanut Butter Wolf
    • J-Rocc
    $5 suggested donation

    To kick-off street festival season, Empty Bottle Presents is excited to once again book one of the two main stages at Do Division, a wildly popular gathering in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Division street is home to numerous local restaurants and shops and for the first weekend in June, between Damen and Leavitt, Chicagoans flock to this stretch of pavement to bask in the glory of an impending summer. The first night of Do Division will feature a headlining set by California DJ and Stones Throw Records founder PEANUT BUTTER WOLF wtih California disc jockey and fellow Stones Throw artist J-ROCC.

  • Fri June 3, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

    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 June 3, 2016 9:00 pm
    • A Place To Bury Strangers
    • The Numerators
    • Pink Avalanche
    $10.00

    “There are moments where I’m really scared on stage,” admits A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS bassist Dion Lunadon, “where it’s really foggy and I know someone’s swinging a guitar around. Sometimes I don’t give a fuck though; if a guitar is about to hit me in the head, oh well. It’s going to make for a better show.”

    He should know. After joining the Brooklyn-based trio in 2010, it only took a few shows before Lunadon smashed his bass against his face. The freshly drawn blood trickled like rain off of a tin roof. But since the band often plays in the dark, he couldn’t actually see what happened. He had to keep going, and hope for the best.

     “That’s the most intense fear and feeling—when you go to a show and you’re actually scared,” says frontman Oliver Ackermann, a co-founder of the soon-to-be-shuttered Death By Audio DIY space that’s hosted its fair share of frantic, life-affirming shows.“Or you can palpably feel the danger in the music,” adds Lunadon, “like it’s going to fall apart at any moment and the players doing it are so in the moment they don’t give a shit about anything else. They’re just going for it. It’s a gutter kinda vibe; everything about it is icky and evil and dangerous.”

    The same could be said for A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS' fourth album, Transfixiation. Rather than fixate on precious recording techniques and minute details, the members of the group — Ackermann, Lunadon, and hard-hitting drummer Robi Gonzalez — trusted their instincts and tried to keep things as pure as possible. If that meant a mess of cross-contaminated microphones and mud-caked mistakes, so be it. Music is much more exhilarating when it’s unpredictable, and from the tortured straight-to-tape transmission of “I Will Die” and molten funk melodies of “Straight” to the violent guitar spasms, cannon-like drums and not-so-idle threats of “Deeper,” this is very much an unpredictable record. Gonzalez makes his recording debut with the band here and he’s helped push the band’s recorded sound closer to the intense level of its infamous live shows.

    The well-oiled Lunadon-Gonzalez rhythm section has adapted to Ackermann’s unique style of playing — the pair has embraced the chain-linked effects (Ackermann has produced custom pedals for such major artists as LOU REED, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, NINE INCH NAILS, & more) and minimized the drum fills.

    “It’s not rocket science,” says Lunadon, “but rock ‘n’ roll shouldn’t be. When you start to do bluesy scales or try to be too fancy, it doesn’t work for us. You gotta keep it simple and rock it fucking hard.”

    (Interview) (Noisey) (NPR)

  • Do-Division Street Fest Sat June 4, 2016 12:00 pm
    • Do Division featuring A Place To Bury Strangers
    • NE-HI
    $5 suggested donation

    To kick-off street festival season, Empty Bottle Presents is excited to once again book one of the two main stages at Do Division, a wildly popular gathering in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Division street is home to numerous local restaurants and shops and for the first weekend in June, between Damen and Leavitt, Chicagoans flock to this stretch of pavement to bask in the glory of an impending summer. The second night of Do Division will feature a headlining set by NY noise-rock band A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS with hometown rocker boys NE-HI.

  • Sat June 4, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The Body
    • Rectal Hygienics
    $8.00

    Returning to THE EMPTY BOTTLE, 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”. RECTAL HYGIENICS is a disgusting band name and, fittingly enough, RECTAL HYGIENICS is also a disgusting band, but in all the ways we like: The sludgy four-piece will terrorize your eardrums as their lead singer screams, provokes and harasses your brain with his blithering nonsense. The horrific blend of doomy, feedback-drenched hardcore may very well enduce a pants-shitting, but the warm feeling it leaves in your nether regions - and your heart - are well worth the mess you're left to clean up later.

  • Do-Division Street Fest Sun June 5, 2016 12:00 pm
    • Do Division featuring Beach Fossils
    • Diane Coffee
    $5 suggested donation

    To kick-off street festival season, Empty Bottle Presents is excited to once again book one of the two main stages at Do Division, a wildly popular gathering in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Division street is home to numerous local restaurants and shops and for the first weekend in June, between Damen and Leavitt, Chicagoans flock to this stretch of pavement to bask in the glory of an impending summer. The finale night of Do Division will feature a headlining set by Brooklyn indie rockers BEACH FOSSILS with psychadelic motown artist DIANE COFFEE.

  • Mon June 6, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Beach Fossils
    $15.00

    BEACH FOSSILS, a band whose reverb-slicked indie pop compares favorably to acts like SURFER BLOOD, BEST COAST, and THE DRUMS, formed in 2009 as a vehicle for the solo recordings of DUSTIN PAYSEUR. Bassist JOHN PENA and guitarist CHRISTOPHER BURKE were brought into BEACH FOSSILS’ lineup later that year, after PAYSEUR had single-handely put together the recordings that would comprise the group’s first album. BEACH FOSSIL’s debut 7” single, Daydream/Desert Sand, was released on Captured Tracks in February 2010; their self-titled album was released on the same label later that year.

  • Thu June 9, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Chris Cohen
    $10.00

    Sometimes as a leader, sometimes as a sideman and collaborator; sometimes as an invisible musician but you’ve heard him: the chest-high bass drum thump, the tightly paired flight of guitars in odd harmony, the disorienting shift in time and texture that resolves itself into song. CHRIS COHEN has plied the inside and outside folds of pop musical possibility since at least 1978, when he first set infant drumstick to skin at the tender age of three, initiating decades of sonic experimentation across multiple bands and nearly a dozen recordings. COHEN'S songwriting isn’t so much disjunctive as subjunctive, asking “what if,” playing against the expected and building suspense, breaking like waves or the patterns at the edges of things. CHRIS makes music with the patience of a gardener: he went out and collected a backyard’s worth of thorny succulents, took them home and cultivated them like so. They are modular plants – cut one little piece, stick it in the ground, give it time. Come back and find it branching, breaking and replanting itself into tangle and form. You notice yourself changed too.

    (Pitchfork) (Stereogum) (Tiny Mixtapes)

  • Fri June 10, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

    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)

  • Thalia Hall Sat June 11, 2016 11:00 am
    • Pilsen Food Truck Social featuring Sonorama
    $5 suggested donation

    The Pilsen Food Truck Social rolls back into Chicago’s Lower West Side June 11 and 12 for another delicious weekend of mobile eats and live beats! Organizers of www.pilsenfoodtrucksocial.com today revealed the first wave of food trucks and musical acts. As its eponymous name suggests, food trucks are again the centerpiece of the second year neighborhood street fest. Over 25 Illinois Food Truck Owner Association affiliated trucks will congregate in the heart of the Pilsen on 18th Street at Allport, offering a $20 Sampler Ticket that allows consumers to stroll around and try sizable food and drink portions, including ice cold Revolution beer.

    In addition to the mobile eats, other elements help put the “social” into Pilsen Food Truck Social. Pilsen’s historic Thalia Hall is back as programmers of the live music stage, injecting a mix of fun and cutting edge music. Also, the exclusive partnership with Revolution Brewing, Chicago’s hometown craft brewery, gives fest-goers a wide variety of fresh Revolution beer. To round it out, the neighborhood of Pilsen itself will be showcased, with local artisans, retailers, restaurants and non-profits participating as vendors and exhibitors.

    In addition to a curated selection of Illinois food trucks paying homage to mobile dining throughout the weekend, sponsored wine, craft cocktails and Revolution beer will also be available – with sample-sized portions included in the Sampler ticket price or regular-sized portions for individual cash purchase. Food Truck chefs will shell out favorites like lobster rolls, jerk chicken, pierogi and even hand-made doggie treats. Wave 1 food trucks include (more TBA in subsequent release):

    • Aztec Daves Food Truck 
    • Beavers Coffee & Donuts 
    • Bruges Brothers 
    • Da Lobsta 
    • Fido to Go *dog food truck 
    • Fifty Four Eleven LLC 
    • Giordano's 
    • Happy Lobster Truck 
    • Jack's Fork In the Road 
    • Jerk. Modern Jamaican Grill 
    • Pierogi Wagon 
    • Piko Street Kitchen 
    • Soho 
    • Starfruit Café 
    • The Fat Shallot 
    • Yum Dum Inc. 

    PILSEN RESTAURANT VENDORS 

    • Dia De Los Tamales 
    • Honky Tonk BBQ 
    • Azul18 
  • Sat June 11, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Cheap Girls
    $12.00

    Cheap Girls have been a band since the spring of 2007. The band was started with simple intentions of playing simple and loud rock songs. A 3-piece, the members are Adam Aymor (guitar), Ben Graham (drums), and Ian Graham (vocals and bass guitar). The band spent the better part of their first year in Ben's basement working out the songs that would become their first full length LP, "Find Me A Drink Home"

    Cheap Girls began to tour consistently, releasing several 7" singles and EPs, and wrapping up 2009 with the release of their second full length, "My Roaring 20s"

    Continuing with a steady release of songs and shows, Cheap Girls managed to tour the United States several times over, hit Canada a couple of times, and made their way over to Europe (twice). Throughout, songs continued and they recorded their 3rd full length "GIANT ORANGE" in the fall of 2011.

    "GIANT ORANGE" was released in February of 2012 via the band's recent home at Rise Records. Cheap Girls continue to play everywhere all the time by means of their Chevy Express.

    They've released songs and albums in various forms with help from friends at Rise Records, Paper & Plastick, Quote Unquote Records, No Idea Records, Art of the Underground, Suburban Home, Bermuda Mohawk, Los Diaper and probably one or two others.

  • Thalia Hall Sun June 12, 2016 11:00 am
    • Pilsen Food Truck Social featuring CumbiaSazo!
    $5 suggested donation

    The Pilsen Food Truck Social rolls back into Chicago’s Lower West Side June 11 and 12 for another delicious weekend of mobile eats and live beats! As its eponymous name suggests, food trucks are again the centerpiece of the second year neighborhood street fest. Over 25 Illinois Food Truck Owner Association affiliated trucks will congregate in the heart of the Pilsen on 18th Street at Allport, offering a $20 Sampler Ticket that allows consumers to stroll around and try sizable food and drink portions, including ice cold Revolution Brewing beer.

    In addition to the mobile eats, other elements help put the “social” into Pilsen Food Truck Social. Pilsen’s historic Thalia Hall is back as programmers of the live music stage, injecting a mix of fun and cutting edge music. Also, the exclusive partnership with Revolution Brewing, Chicago’s hometown craft brewery, gives fest-goers a wide variety of fresh Revolution beer. To round it out, the neighborhood of Pilsen itself will be showcased, with local artisans, retailers, restaurants and non-profits participating as vendors and exhibitors.

    In addition to a curated selection of Illinois food trucks paying homage to mobile dining throughout the weekend, sponsored wine, craft cocktails and Revolution beer will also be available – with sample-sized portions included in the Sampler ticket price or regular-sized portions for individual cash purchase. Food Truck chefs will shell out favorites like lobster rolls, jerk chicken, pierogi and even hand-made doggie treats. Wave 1 food trucks include (more TBA in subsequent release):

    • Aztec Daves Food Truck 
    • Beavers Coffee & Donuts 
    • Bruges Brothers 
    • Da Lobsta 
    • Fido to Go *dog food truck 
    • Fifty Four Eleven LLC 
    • Giordano's 
    • Happy Lobster Truck 
    • Jack's Fork In the Road 
    • Jerk. Modern Jamaican Grill 
    • Pierogi Wagon 
    • Piko Street Kitchen 
    • Soho 
    • Starfruit Café 
    • The Fat Shallot 
    • Yum Dum Inc. 

    PILSEN RESTAURANT VENDORS 

    • Dia De Los Tamales 
    • Honky Tonk BBQ 
    • Azul18
  • Mon June 13, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The Pack A.D.
    • Kitten Forever
    • Beat Drun Juel
    $10 (advance), $12

    It's Monday, baby, so dust off your multi-day hangover and get your butts over here for some good old fashioned rock and roll, brought to you by our old Pac NW buds THE PACK A.D. Drummer MAYA MILLER and guitarist/vocalist BECKY BLACK stormed off the mean streets of East Vancouver with their debut album Tintype in hand and Funeral Mixtape following shortly thereafter, both released by Mint in 2008. Since then, the duo has unleashed their brand of tribal, blues and punk infected garage-rock across North America and Europe. They're returning to us tonight for the first time in almost two years, when they openend a sold out Fri/Sat run with MAN OR ASTRO-MAN?, and are sure to pack this place to the gills with some heavy, fuzzed-to-hell RAWK. Be on the lookout for their brand new record, too, cause the first single "So What" is a face-ripper if ever there was one. You dig? KITTEN FOREVER has been described as "If JAPANTHER had a little sister that was a cheerleader and obsessed with THE MISFITS." Uhhh, count us in. The Minneapolis-based drums and bass trio have been playing music together for over 10 years. The trio trades off duties on each instrument, giving equal time on drums, bass, and vocals to everyone. Their fuzzed out, caustic, party punk is inspired by equal parts friendship and feminism, using a stripped down aesthetic to showcase big emotions. A band of bratty banshee best friends, KITTEN FOREVER believes in each other, pets, magic, and you. What the hell else do we need is this world?! Best known for their ripping low end and their frontwoman’s gut-wrenching howl, Chicago rock trio BEAT DRUN JUEL layer pop crooning over heavy amplifiers for a sound that's equal parts catchy, brutal, and raw. Chicago Reader praises the band’s first 7-inch for its "dark, haunting sound” that reminds of BELLY and PJ HARVEY and calls the band's live show "an even wilder, heavier monster, explosive and unhinged.” Featuring members of THE PAVER and VELOCICOPTER.

    (Exclaim)

  • Thu June 16, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Jessy Lanza
    • DJ Taye
    • Jeremiah Meece
    $12 (advance), $15

    Jessy Lanza’s second album ‘Oh No’ is addressed to her own constant nervousness. The pressure of music making, which used to calm her nerves, has led to a whole new world of contingencies that stoke the anxiety mill. The exclamation ‘Oh No’, for Jessy, marks yet another incident of randomness interrupting her tranquillity. All of which seems at odds with the confidence and spontaneity of this second album as well as recent collaborationswith the likes of Caribou, DJ Spinn and Morgan Geist and his Galleria project.

    Made in her hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, with production partner Jeremy Greenspan from Junior Boys, the plaintive, reverb drizzled mood of the first album has all but given away to a more direct, self-assured and joyful album. As with many artists whose hometown lie off the usual network of cultural hotspots, ‘Oh No’ is driven positively by the idea of making music that isn’t inspired by where she lives. Instead, the album resonates more with the philosophy of experimental pop of Japanese 80s electro outfit Yellow Magic Orchestra and Jessy’s breathless, pitched vocals are reminiscent of YMO collaborator Miharu Koshi. Playfully laced with cascading arpeggios, crispy drum machines and breezy songs, ‘Oh No’ has an infectious energy that has been brewing in her live shows since her first album. As Jessy says ‘I want to make people feel good and I want to make myself feel good’.

    The album oscillates between the languid, coiled, arpeggiated slow jams of ‘New Ogi’, ‘GoingSomewhere’, ‘Begins’, ‘Could be u’, ‘I Talk BB’ and the low slung 808 groove of ‘Vivaca’, where Jessy’s vocal gymnastics run wild over minimal drums and synths, and the catchy upbeat boogie of ‘VV Violence’, ‘Never Enough’, ‘OhNo’ and the high point of ‘It Means I Love You” which has a sparse addictive bounce with a pitched up vocal refrain and a nod to Shangaan electro.

    The trials of dealing with nervousness are also encrypted into the artwork, such as the plants that recur in the sleeve and videos.As Jessy remarked, “I became obsessed with surrounding myself with tropical plants. I’ve been convinced that the air quality in our house is slowly killing us. It might sound crazy but the plants have made a huge difference.”

    Anxiety and botanical remedies or not, ‘Oh No’ is a bold second album from Jessy and a marked step forward for her sound. Catch her as shetours with Junior Boys in February, plays EU headline shows from May to June, and in July has a North American Tour.

  • Fri June 17, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

    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 June 17, 2016 8:30 pm
    • NAILS
    • Full of Hell
    • God's Hate
    • Eternal Sleep
    • GAZZAN, presented by Empty Bottle & Empire Productions
    $15 (advance), $17
  • Sat June 18, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Radioactivity
    • Bad Sports
    $10.00

    Fans of MARKED MEN rejoice, for RADIOACTIVITY is returning to Chicago for some Saturday night mayhem. The Texas four-piece, which features two members of the aforementioned punk heroes and two members of BAD SPORTS (double-duty, you say?) have picked up right where the MARKED MEN left off, providing a mix of relief and closure for those still reeling from that absence. Featuring Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan (MARKED MEN) with Daniel Fried and Gregory Rutherford (BAD SPORTS), RADIOACTIVITY came out of nowhere a few years back and hit the ground running. The group released a monstrous LP in October of 2013, graced our stage the following June, and released second full length last summer via Dirtnap before hitting the Bottle once again. With no need to rely on instrumental gimmicks or vocal tricks to keep anyone's attention, RADIOACTIVITY writes songs with traversing chord structures and engaging melodies that are built around the energetic ferocity and rousing pop hooks heard in their past work. The writers over at Noisey are saying that “Radioactivity’s debut album is so good that you want to listen to every song at the same time through two different stereos at once.” Wowza - sounds impossible, but we're up for the challenge. Needing no introduction, BAD SPORTS are a trio of rock'n'rollers who'll get you shaking your butts and struttin' your stuff. These dudeliest men are returning to the Empty Bottle tonight for their first show here since opening for RADIOACTIVITY back in 2014. These fellas are no strangers to Chicago, though - the band features members of the OBN IIIs, VIDEO, and WAX MUSEUMS - and they're here to rock you into the next century, you better believe it. It's always a high point in our year when we get to witness their in-your-fface rock & roll and no-B.S. punk rock, so when they tell you, "You're welcome, Chicago," you can bet they mean it.

  • Sun June 19, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Chastity Belt
    $10.00

    Taking cues from both the politics of the riot grrrl scene and the intricate, moody guitar-based sound of early-90s Pacific Northwestern indie bands like SLEATER-KINNEY and AUTOCLAVE, Walla Walla, Washington based CHASTITY BELT formed in 2010. The band consisted of lead vocalist/guitarist JULIA SHAPIRO, bassist ANNIE TRUSCOTT, drummer GRETCHEN GRIMM, and guitarist LYDIA LUND. The group quickly integrated irreverent humor into its seemingly serious musical presence. They continued this trend when releasing their proper debut, No Regerts in 2013, subtly but intentionally misspelling No Regrets as one might on a horribly, ironically botched tattoo. CHASTITY BELT has toured heavily in support of No Regerts, and returned in early 2015 with sophomore album Time to Go Home on their new label home of Hardly Art Records.

  • Mon June 20, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Secret Colours + Stonefield
    Free Monday
  • Fri June 24, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

    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 June 24, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Wussy
    • Calliope
    $8.00

    Forever Sounds is the brand new album from Cincinnati’s Wussy, due for release on 4 March via Damnably in the UK and Shake It Records in the US. It is the band’s sixth full-length and their second to be released in the UK, after the 2012 compilation Buckeye and 2014’s Attica!Forever Sounds finds Wussy crafting some of their most raw and melodic material to date, exploring such themes as hauntings, false prophets, aliens and The Big Lebowski, all blanketed inside layers of noise. Combining the raw energy of Nuggets-era psych with fuzzy 90’s dream pop, the effect is equally jagged and serene, a blend of singable Americana and “arena-drone”.

    Wussy formed on a dare in 2001 when retired stonemason Chuck Cleaver (formerly of Ass Ponys) and Lisa Walker began playing together as result of Cleaver’s stage fright. The duo’s first performance was largely unplanned but went without incident, so Mark Messerly was recruited on bass and later Joe Klug on drums and keys. The band’s newest member, John Erhardt, has helped Wussy truly come into its own, adding a David Gilmour-esque layer of heavy shoegaze pedal steel. Cleaver and Walker share singing and songwriting duties, trading lead vocals, harmonising in patterns on top of one another. Both are known for sharing tales of the supernatural combined with day-in-the-life portraits, both disquieting and tranquil.

    Wussy have evolved over the last decade to become forerunners of New Midwestern Psychedelia. The band has been heralded by critics for both their songwriting and varied sonic palette, often drawing comparisons to admitted heroes, Television, Velvet Underground, Crazy Horse and Yo La Tengo. Wussy have recorded sessions for BBC 6Music’s Marc Riley/Gideon Coe and KEXP. They have showcased at SXSW and CMJ, and have supported several tours for fellow Ohioans Afghan Whigs and Heartless Bastards, as well as sharing the stage with bands such as Yo La Tengo, The Breeders, Best Coast, Mudhoney, Shonen Knife, Okkervil River, The Mekons, COME, Wreckless Eric and Jeffrey Lewis.

  • Fri July 1, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

    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)

  • Thu July 7, 2016 9:00 pm
    • SONNY & THE SUNSETS
    • Skip Church [The Sueves]
    $10.00

    SONNY & THE SUNSETS are a beautiful West Coast thing. Birthed from the sand, the surf, and twilight campfires down in Ocean Beach, SONNY & THE SUNSETS’ busted beach-pop songs spark recollections of doo wop’s otherworldly despair, a dose of goofball humor from the Michael Hurley school, and positive possibilities exuded by Jonathan Richman. Helmed by the singer / songwriter, playwright, author & onetime troubadour SONNY SMITH, The Sunsets have featured a revolving door lineup that have included SHAYDE SARTIN, RYAN BROWNE, KELLEY STOLTZ and TAHLIA HARBOUR. Adopting a range of sounds SMITH’S sardonic, laid-back style is interwoven throughout his compelling songwriting and vocals. Their new project Moods Baby Moods is set to be released May 27th, 2016 an is available for pre-order now.

     

     

  • Fri July 8, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

    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 July 8, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Bully
    $15.00

    The word "bully" has a negative connotation, one heavy with menace and violence. A bully is an instigator, an aggressorsomeone who can spot your weaknesses and exploit them mercilessly. It's a curious name for a Nashville quartet that is transforming familiar '90s alt-rock (Dinosaur Jr, Pavement, Weezer) into smart, sharp-edged millennial indie rock, but "bully" is certainly an apt description for the band's churning guitars, rambunctious rhythms, and tightly coiled intensity. Their debut Feels Like sounds alternately like a balled fist and a fresh bruise.

    More crucially, the word "bully" is a perfect distillation of frontwoman Alicia Bognanno's visceral approach to songwriting. She trades in steely observations, raw-nerve confessions, and intense anger directed almost exclusively at herselfalthough a few bystanders and bad exes might get caught in the crossfire. Her voice rises from sugar-sweet to scratchy howl as she bares her most harrowing fears to the world. In other words, Bognanno is her own bully.

    A deeply personal album by an artist bravely mining her own life, Feels Like is all about trying to figure yourself outabout holding yourself accountable and acting like an adult in a society that doesn't offer very many good examples. It's a coming-of-age album, which only makes Bognanno more relatable.

     

     

     

     

  • Tue July 12, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Marissa Nadler
    $12.00

    For more than 12 years, Marissa Nadler has perfected her own take on the exquisitely sculpted gothic American songform. On her seventh full-length, Strangers, she has shed any self-imposed restrictions her earlier albums adhered to, stepped through a looking glass, and created a truly monumental work.

    In the two years since 2014’s elegiac, autobiographical July, Nadler has reconciled the heartbreak so often a catalyst for her songwriting. Turning her writing to more universal themes, Nadler dives deep into a surreal, apocalyptic dreamscape. Her lyrics touch upon the loneliness and despair of the characters that inhabit them. These muses are primal, fractured, disillusioned, delicate, and alone. They are the unified voice of this record, the titular “strangers.”

    This sense of “end times” is exemplified by the sparse, piano-driven opener “Divers of the Dust.” Written utilizing a Dadaist cut-up technique (popularized by David Bowie and William S. Burroughs), Nadler layers hypnagogic imagery of waves pulling cities into the ocean over a very personal tale of longing.

    Once again partnered with July producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Black Mountain) Nadler has created a new album equal in sonic quality to the apocalyptic lyrical tone that covers its 44 minutes. In places her voice and guitar play off subsonic synths, while elsewhere, as in “Katie I Know,” a pulsing drumbeat launches the song off into an intense, confrontational place. “Janie in Love” is another full-band highlight, marrying the album’s most allegorically primal lyrics to the melodic hooks that makes Nadler one of the best songwriters working today.

  • Wed July 13, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Inter Arma
    • Withered
    • Immortal Bird
    $10 (advance), $12

    Formed in 2006, INTER ARMA is one of the most talked about heavy bands to come out of Richmond, VA. The group (consisting of T.J. Childers - Drums, Steven Russell - Guitars, Trey Dalton - Guitars, Mike Paparo - Vocals, Joe Kerkes - Bass) formed in 2006 and released their crushing debut full-length Sundown via Forcefield Records in 2010 to much critical acclaim. Combining a punk rock ethos with an esoteric blend of psychedelia, black metal, and doom/sludge, the quintet quickly developed a name for themselves in the underground through relentless touring and mesmerizing live performances. After Sundown's release, INTER ARMA began a rigorous DIY touring schedule, playing shows with bands like Cough, Krallice, Mutant Supremacy, Castevet, Royal Thunder, Ken Mode, The Body, Hull, Batillus, Black Breath and many more.

    In 2012, the band released a 12" EP entitled Destroyer via Toxic Assets Records. Based on the strength of this EP they immediately signed to Relapse Records and embarked on a self-booked month long tour. The band excitedly commented, "It's pretty crazy to think that we'll be tacitly associated with bands like NEUROSIS, AMORPHIS, HUMAN REMAINS, DISEMBOWELMENT, THE DILINGER ESCAPE PLAN, INCANTATION, MASTODAN, et al. That's a pretty high standard to hold yourself to, but we'll give it our damndest." Expect INTER ARMA to deliver on their promise.

  • Fri July 15, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

    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 July 16, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Car Seat Headrest
    $12 (advance), $15
  • Mon July 18, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Deeper
    • Hoops
    • Flamingo Rodeo
    Free Monday
  • Fri July 22, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

    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 July 29, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

    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 19, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Milemarker
    $12 (advance), $14

    Formed 1997 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina by Al Burian, Dave Laney and Ben Davis, MILEMARKER quickly gained recognition in the independent music scene for their explosive live shows and adventurous instrumentation. The band became known for its combination of post-hardcore punk with new wave electronics, and found a solid touring line-up. In 2009, guitarist Dave Laney moved to Hamburg and focused his musical energy into the band Auxes, while bassist Al Burian moved to Berlin to pursue literary and journalistic interests. A re-ignition of the band on German soil seemed inevitable. MILEMARKER returned to the stage in 2015 with Lena Kilkka on synth/vocals and Ezra Cale on drums.

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  • 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).

  • Fri September 23, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Wolves In the Throne Room
    $15.00

    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.

    2014 saw the release of Celestite, an instrumental, experimental companion record to Celestial Lineage. Celestite is the inaugeral release on the bands new label, Artemisia Records, and sees the band take a deeper excursion into the crystalline synthesizer-driven domains that have long intrigued them. With the aid of producer Randall Dunn, the band unearthed a hidden soundscape that is only loosely tethered to their familiar sound, yet is still unmistakably the work of WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM.

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