• Tue November 21, 2017 9:00 pm
    • HIDE
    • Spa Moans (Tape Release)
    • GRÜN WASSER
    • DJ Tim Kinsella
    $5

    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.

    Experimental and electronic dream maker SPA MOANS offers their soothing and atmospheric lo-fi synth pop with celebration, releasing a brand-new tape with us this evening. Her ethereal and naturally positioned percussive compositions act as a metaphysical rub down, a massage of music, giving genuine meaning to the aptly named SPA MOANS. Take a deep breath, plant yourself and release as you filter through the bullshit with mood purveyor supreme, SPA MOANS. 

    Holy moly, Chicago duo GRÜN WASSER are returning to our stage to lay down the thickness. One of the most exciting new bands to emerge out of the city in the past year, the group explores the noisier leanings of industrial synth pop, unearthing emotions from a place of utter darkness. It's "expression through the feeling and color of a specific moment," as the band so eloquently states. 

    Local rock hero TIM KINSELLA of JOAN OF ARC and CAP’N JAZZ takes off the guitar and gets behind the decks to start the night off right. 

  • Wed November 22, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Red Red Meat plus Califone
    • Ryley Walker
    • #EB25
    $20.00

    Chicago’s RED RED MEAT are a full-fledged staple of the Empty Bottle and no 25th Anniversary could be complete without them returning to our stage. Unsurprisingly, the spin-off (and equally-excellent) CALIFONE is also a Bottle fave and we're lucky enough to have the ORIGINAL RRM LINEUP performing here tonight with two members of Califone at their side! This has never happened before, folks, and there's a damn good chance it'll never happen again. This Thanksgiving Eve is absolutely not to be missed!

    RRM released three albums on Sub Pop in the middle 1990s (and a self-titled album before that on their own Perishable Records). The band called it quits in 1997, its principals heading off in their own, frequently inter-related directions. Singer/guitarist/primary songwriter Tim Rutili and percussionist Ben Massarella formed CALIFONE, bassist Tim Hurley formed SIN ROPAS, and drummer/producer Brian Deck went on to become a full-time music producer, working with bands including MODEST MOUSE, IRON & WINE, CALIFONE, and the FRUIT BATS.

    “In the ‘90s RED RED MEAT was poised for world domination with a distinctively acid-stained, unhurried take on blues/roots music—-snazzily produced for record by its drummer, Brian Deck. But even with a cohesive and accessible album like 1995’s Bunny Gets Paid, RRM remained a cult act during the postgrunge heyday.”—-Time Out Chicago (Jul. 2008)

    We’ve celebrated a few NYE runs with these boys, most notably our ’94 end-of-the-year showdown with HUM and VELO DELUXE. Their last show here was a two-night run back in ‘09 with RICHARD EDWARDS AND THE NUKES and PILLARS & TONGUES. Almost ten years later, we get to re-live the action and relish the fact that they actually agreed to be a part of the fun.

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

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

  • Fri November 24, 2017 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.

    FREE entry & $3 Shiner Beer for all!

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

  • Fri November 24, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Red Red Meat plus Califone
    • Joan of Arc
    • #EB25
    $20

    Chicago’s RED RED MEAT are a full-fledged staple of the Empty Bottle and no 25th Anniversary could be complete without them returning to our stage. Unsurprisingly, the spin-off (and equally-excellent) CALIFONE is also a Bottle fave and we're lucky enough to have the ORIGINAL RRM LINEUP performing here tonight with two members of Califone at their side! This has never happened before, folks, and there's a damn good chance it'll never happen again. Not to be missed!

    “In the ‘90s RED RED MEAT was poised for world domination with a distinctively acid-stained, unhurried take on blues/roots music—-snazzily produced for record by its drummer, Brian Deck. But even with a cohesive and accessible album like 1995’s Bunny Gets Paid, RRM remained a cult act during the postgrunge heyday.”—-Time Out Chicago (Jul. 2008)

    We’ve celebrated a few NYE runs with these boys, most notably our ’94 end-of-the-year showdown with HUM and VELO DELUXE. Their last show here was a two-night run back in ‘09 with RICHARD EDWARDS AND THE NUKES and PILLARS & TONGUES. Almost ten years later, we get to re-live the action and relish the fact that they actually agreed to be a part of the fun.

    JOAN OF ARC is an ever-evolving entity of the "old school" indie-rock ethos, combining influences from innumerable genres to create their mind-bending musical output. They began in 1996 with the clear goal of “creating music for no audience.” And by this they meant that they were constant and voracious consumers and keen observers of many scenes contemporary at the time. These scenes had their own codes of membership and conformity. JOAN OF ARC set out knowing that their failure to be embraced by any prefab audience would be the proof of the singularity of their expression. 

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

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

  • Sat November 25, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Windy City Soul Club
    $5 cover

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

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

  • Sun November 26, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Silver Abuse
    • Dust Bunnies
    • SLOPERS
    • Alona's Dreams, Weirdly Record DJs
    $5

    SILVER ABUSE was one of the original punk bands in Chicago, forming in 1977. There were various versions of the band, but the original version starred lifetime member Bill Meehan, along with Santiago Durango and Camilo Gonzalez, early members of Naked Raygun. SILVER ABUSE was featured prominently in the documentary “You Weren’t There” which tells the story of Chicago punk and hardcore from ’77 to ’84. The band also appeared on the legendary Busted at Oz compilation in 83 (recently reissued by Permanent Records) and in 1984 released a seven-inch EP The Fall from Grace which is now a highly prized collector’s item. The band returned to the stage in December of 2007 for a New Year’s Show and has since been playing at venues throughout Chicago. 

    DUST BUNNIES, a three-piece indie outfit out of Chicago, play a unique mutt-like breed of folk-pop that effortlessly blends derivative psychedelia and strummy bar music. Atmospheric organ play and dissonant vocals create aural dream-space environments to let your mind run free.

    Fast, jangly and zero-fucks-given two-piece SLOPERS crank things up with their debut Bottle performance. Hot off a self-released, self-titled power-house of an album, SLOPERS have done anything BUT slow down this past year. A split with ALOUETTE in the works, a new house show everything month and now opening for legendary punk band SILVER ABUSE, we’re ready to get fuzzed ‘n’ buzzed for the SLOPERS.

    Chris from Alona's Dream/ Weirdly Record DJs will be spinning hot wax traxx throughout the night.

  • Mon November 27, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Longface Record Release with Monobody and Date Stuff
    Free Monday

    LONGFACE and friends are throwing a FREE show at Chicago's favorite venue to celebrate the release of its forthcoming record, Hillbilly Wit (Sooper Records, October 27, 2017). It would mean the world to us all if you could come make it a special evening! 

    MONOBODY is an instrumental 5-piece from Chicago who mix superb musicianship, imaginative composition and groove driven melodies to create a sound that features elements of jazz, pop, math and progressive rock.

    LONGFACE's music works on parallels. Hillbilly Wit, the Chicago quartet's upcoming full-length debut is the perfect title for a record with one foot in twangy post-hardcore and the other in brilliantly calculated noise pop. Every earnest hint of folk inspiration is matched with a jagged eruption of blistering force. This is one for the headphones, a masterclass in oddball dynamics and a character study of a complex mind. LONGFACE have created a fearless record that has the intelligence of art-rock paired with a primal nature, a dissonant soul, and a jittery sense of aggression like the acid induced cowboy of it's cover art.

    DATE STUFF is a Chicago two-piece comprised of Karla Bernasconi and Abby Black. Together, they make something like a soulful math-inspired indie pop that is imaginitive, aloof, and serious all at the same time. Their debut "Date Stuff EP" is out on Sooper Records (October 20, 2017).

  • Tue November 28, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The Empty Bottle and AMFM present Cold Specks with special guest LA TIMPA
    $13.00

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

    LA TIMPA, Nigerian born producer and songwriter, immigrated to Canada as a child. He spent his formative years shaping his craft surrounded by farmland, religion and static suburbia. As foreign seasons drifted by, endless hours were dedicated to the dreaming up of sounds, brands, characters, art, clothes and films with his brother. It was diaspora dreaming, dancing divinely between their worlds. In 2015, LA TIMPA began diving into field recordings he’d collect from aimless walks with a tape recorder, everything from a cat meowing to a spoon falling was recorded and then sampled into his productions. The same approach was applied to soundtrack visuals he would record with a cheap video camera. This was the beginning of the project. Last year, LA TIMPA released his debut EP Animal on Toronto label Slow Release. Animal garnered critical acclaim and was featured on Pitchfork, i-D, The Fader and more. Recently, he has been held up in Toronto’s Easy Life Studio, honing his skills on late night sessions with Jim Anderson (COLD SPECKS, MOBY, ANNA CALVI). This creative environment lead to LA TIMPA adding additional production to two tracks on COLD SPECKS’ anticipated forthcoming album, and being invited to join her as a special guest on her Fool’s Paradise World Tour 2017. LA TIMPA is working on new music for release this fall and is performing on a slew of dates across the UK, EU, North America and Canada.

     

    (Consequence of Sound) (Stereogum) (Pitchfork)

  • Wed November 29, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Baio
    • Biyo
    • Pixel Grip
    $15.00

    Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio comes out strong with his solo project, BAIO. In his downtime between tours, BAIO began to explore his own personal musical stylings in an effort to create an individual voice away from the band. His efforts have crafted a sun-soaked synth-pop dance arrangement that warrants anything but conformity. BAIO sticks out with his sweet summery dance hooks and a pop-heavy hopefulness that reaffirms a worldly optimism that’s useful to be reminded of. Contrasting that upbeat sound, BAIO makes sure to deliver a message within his songs detailing the darker side of life. Reeling you in with sweetness and squeezing you out with a down-trodden sense of existence. We here at the Bottle are always up for a good slap in the face of reality. 

    Minimal R&B electronic duo BIYO hop on board with their brand of down-tempo club music including elements of warped synth work and falsetto vocals over prominently mixed rhythms. Surprisingly based in Nashville, BIYO just released Fantasies, a synth-heavy late-night head nodder via Australian independent label Future Classic. A perfect pair with BAIO to ensure a blissful night of exploring the dance floor with fellow Chicagoans. 

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

  • Thu November 30, 2017 8:30 pm
    • FEE LION
    • Replicant
    • Wingtips
    • Panic Priest [My Gold Mask]
    • DJs Philly Peroxide & Scary Lady Sarah
    $5 (advance), $8

    Returning to headline this massive show after opening for ESCORT back in June is FEE LION, the witchy disco/art-pop project of musician and performer JUSTINA KAIRYTE. Looping acoustic and electric guitar lines with retro synths and drum machine rhythms, KAIRYTE's unique songwriting and fluttering vocals have made her a rising star around town. Hailed as a "one-woman electric dream-machine" by Midwest Action in a live review, FEE LION is not to be missed.

    REPLICANT. A three-man synth-monster band from the darkened shores of Lake Michigan, Garrett Vernon, Justin and Jordan DeLay fully deserve to be considered as an almost orchestral concern given the breadth, depth, and richness of the sound they create. Full of pulsing dystopian beauty and as seductive as any artist that has appeared on any of these lists, REPLICANT is also one of the most accurately-named bands we’ve encountered, eerily simulating the intrinsic soundtrack our minds imagine when hearing that name. The future, apparently, is now, and it would seem that jetpacks and leisure time aren’t part of the deal. See you in the shadows…

    ...a throbbing head full of ecstasy outside the goth club, hi-hats like goosebumps as your crush paints your eyes black to match their own, fluorescent guitar glimmers of desire -even hope- edging out through the apathy of the bleakest horizon. WINGTIPS' most recent release, GREYAREA, is an androgynous sound of transition. Interpolation of darkly shimmering layers of angular guitar and pulsating touches of EBM, sharpening their unabashed anthemic rush with a maturing melodic complexity and atmosphere as much informed by post-punk as sweeping electronica. Recently, WINGTIPS has had the pleasure of supporting artists such as THE TWILIGHT SAD (during US Tour with The Cure), ZANIAS, VOID VISION, SRSQ (ex-THEM ARE US TOO), and SOFT KILL to name a few. Now, we are honored and humbled to be able to witness WINGTIPS on our stage alongside some truly killer bands. 

    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.

    Djs SCARY LADY SARAH + PHILLY PEROXIDE hop aboard the decks, the best pirate twin DJs this side of the Mississippi. 

  • Fri December 1, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Baby Money (Record Release)
    • The Dyes
    • The Millers
    • DJ Bobby Evers
    $5 (advance), $8

    BABY MONEY is the brainchild of Chicago based songwriter Pamela Maurer. What started as a solo project has evolved into a 3-piece band based in the Windy City. Her original songs, ranging from gritty, sparse arrangements, to soulful, roof-shaking foot-stompers, are inspired by garage rockers and girl-groups of the 1960s and 1970s, soul, gospel, and traditional rhythm ‘n’ blues. In conjunction with Midwest Action Tapes, BABY MONEY is releasing their brand-new record formatted in a double tape with a mini graphic novel drawn and written by Pamela herself! The time is now to get a piece of the prize.

    THE DYES are a rock 'n' roll roots trio hailing from Chicago, IL. By infusing '60s garage rock with infectious '50s rockabilly, they dish out a melodic, yet raw sound. Front woman Lisa Louise croons, hiccups, and growls her way through heartfelt originals & eclectic covers alike; bassist Jill thumps a sparkled Danelectro to & fro, keeping up the train's rhythm & complementing every twang of guitar; all the while Charlie is the madman behind the wheel, driving the sound forward at an alarmingly fast (and sweaty) pace. Extracting from influences such as Hank Williams, The Cramps, Wanda Jackson, and The Flat Duo Jets, this trio mixes up a punchy cocktail sure to please the palate of a wide spectrum of music lovers. They finish off their rock 'n' roll mix with hints of punk, surf, blues, and country - and a touch of femme fatale!

    JEREMY DAVID MILLER has been writing his own style of folk for some 15 years. Along with help from partner and wife BEKAH MILLER the two deliver everything from charming love songs to wandering lyrical quests of death with ease and entertainment. From Chicago, IL THE MILLERS have built a musical repertoire that keeps fans ever interested and never disappointed.

    DJ BOBBY EVERS of Chirp Radio will be spinning the best in indie and twee.

     

  • Sat December 2, 2017 11:00 am
    • Krispyfringe Vintage Holiday Pop-Up
    Free

    Join us Saturday December 2, @ the Empty Bottle from 11am-3pm to shop the BEST holiday vintage finds brought to you by the fashion gurus of Krispfringe Vintage.

    We will be selling affordable vintage clothing for both men & women ranging from the 40s to the 90s, so there's a little something for everyone!

    HOPE TO ADD SOME VINTAGE FINDS TO YOUR CLOSETS!!

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  • Sat December 2, 2017 3:00 pm
    • Empty Bottle Book Club discusses "Born A Crime" by Trevor Noah
    Free

    This month the Empty Bottle Book Club will be reading Born A Crime by Trevor Noah. The meeting will be held on Saturday, December 2nd 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!

    Two time NAACP winner for the Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author and Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Biography / Auto-biography!

    Trevor Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents' indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa's tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

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

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

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

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

    UN BLONDE is the creative alter ego of Montreal based man of many musical talents, Jean-Sebastian Audet. Through a rippling variety of multi-instrumentals, UN BLONDE releases tracks that have the underlining sounds of alternative rock mixed with avant-garde contemporary rhythms and hints of soul. The melodies have an enlightening effect to them, the lyrics soft and intimate, always giving the feeling that UN BLONDE knows something we don’t but is willing divulge. His latest album Good Will Come to You, released mid last year, is twenty-one songs strong and stocked full of some of Jean-Sebastian’s most interesting work yet. It was quietly released under the Egg Paper Factory label for a limited cassette release, later gaining attention and winning Audet a spot on the Polaris music prize list. With loads of personal material at his disposal, UN BLONDE could play for days If he wanted, but we’re happy to settle for one Saturday show. 

    Incessant, courageous and uplifting, indie rock group POOL HOLOGRAPH makes the journey to us after their last appearance here in January. Filled with emotion and epic sweeping guitar riffs, their blend of adventure rock is a sure shot method to raise your spirits and your day. Their latest record, Town Quarry, was recorded with local sound engineer extraordinaire Dave Vettraino who has worked with other Chicago powerhouses such as Lala Lala, Melkbelly and Ne-Hi. Veterans of the local DIY scene, we’re excited to bring POOL HOLOGRAPH in our walls to bring new life to their recordings.

  • Sun December 3, 2017 8:30 pm
    • Tropical Trash
    • Crazy Doberman
    • Desert Liminal
    $5

    TROPICAL TRASH is a three-piece punk band from Louisville, KY who bash and beat your existence to a pulp with every song. Luckily for your eardrums - and your withering spirit - each song runs around 60-90 seconds, so you've got some time to recover before the next onslaught of sound begins. The band's 2013 release, Think Back Kick A Beer, out on Sophomore Lounge, is a fucking massacre of blistering guitars, punishing drums and meaty bass lines. On their most recent release, DECISIONS’ EMPTY NEST, TROPICAL TRASH's jacked-up power choogle works seamlessly to complete their sole mission, to find your brain and liquefy it. 

    CRAZY DOBERMAN breathes infection, delirium and utter chaos. Don’t let the hysteria fool you though, this noise-mania six-piece experimental jazz group meticulously arranges their frenzied aberration to create an atmosphere of unknowing and oddity. Featuring John Olsen of popular meme site and band, WOLF EYES, CRAZY DOBERMAN sets off to diverge from normality and alter your perception of what noise is today. 

    Armed with an array of distortion pedals and an old faithful Casiotone CT-310m, DESERT LIMINAL dives head first towards our stage for a night of reflective lo-fi rock and lyrical storytelling. Their most recent release is a three-part piece titled Catalina, Still. Short but sweet, each track creates a strong narrative with robust poetry, filled with carefully curated noise and ambient tones.  

  • Mon December 4, 2017 9:00 pm
    • QTY
    • The Rubs
    • Delmar and The Dedications
    Free Monday

    Nothing just happens overnight. QTY might seem like they arrived perfectly formed last October with the release of 'Rodeo' - a bright, joyous indie rock lightning bolt that feels as much of a force of friendship as that detailed in its narrative - but Dan Lardner and Alex Niemetz had been working towards that moment for most of their lives.

    As debut albums go, 'QTY' is one of the strongest first steps a new band has released in ages. Each of its 10 tracks feel like a vital shot, from the second the record jumpstarts with 'Rodeo', through gently buzzing soother 'Notify Me' to 'Salvation', which steadily builds to a softly searing end that feels like some kind of heavenly interjection. It continuously references life and living in varying shades of dark and light, and Dan's evocative, storytelling lyrics deal out microscopic close-ups of the minutiae of his and Alex's day-to-day.

    As QTY prepare to bring those specific-but-relatable snapshots to venues and audiences worldwide (live the band's line-up is completed by drummer Alan Yuch), the imminent release of their debut album marks a big achievement for Dan and Alex. "Having an album out has been our dream since day one," Dan says. "I look at it as a document of our lives and time together up until the point of recording it. It will exist out there and you'll be able to hold it in your hands and and pull it out from your collection on your shelf between your copies of 'Ziggy Stardust' and 'American Water' and play it. With this album, I am now more sure then I have ever been that I do, in fact, exist."

    Scrappy, scuzzy rock and rollers THE RUBS are made up of members of THE YOLKS, SON OF A GUN, and THE LEMONS. They support tonight's FREE MONDAY with a set of wet and wild, punk-tinged power-pop that'll rub you raw in all the wrong ways. Be sure to grab hold of THE RUBS' debut full length, The Rubs Are Trash, out this past July on Tall Pat Records and Dumpster Tapes.

  • Tue December 5, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Fran (EP Release)
    • Richard Album & The Singles
    • Softette
    $5

    FRAN delivers a bold approach to creating graceful and empowering alternative rock. On their debut EP, More Enough, FRAN sharpens up and transcends their blissful dreams into reality. With tip-toeing guitar lines and soothingly comfortable vocals to match, their music paints a picture of vast landscapes, somewhere near the countryside, waiting to be explored and for love to be found. Come bare witness to FRAN’s new EP in a live setting for the first time and maybe you’ll find that love that you had no idea you’d been longing for.  

    Joining the party is Chicago's reigning matinee idol, RICHARD ALBUM. Hot off a direct support gig for STEF CHURA here back in May, ALBUM plays the hits of tomorrow, today. After just releasing new synth pop classic, Richard Goes Cold, (just in time for the season) this guy sure does have a lot of sing about. This time, ALBUM has his top-notch, power-pop backing band THE SINGLES in tow. Get ready to walk on some sunshine with "Chicago's reigning matinee idol".

    Chicago three-piece SOFTETTE returns after opening for BIG SYN’s record release show back here on Free Monday in October. Having ran their circuit in the DIY community with plenty of praise, we’re eager to bring them back in our walls and get um bubbly. Melodic and fuzz driven pop rock that make your insides soar into rapture.

  • Wed December 6, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Wax Fang
    $10.00

    WAX FANG is the moniker of songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Scott Carney. It began as a solo project with 2005’s albume-ette of quirky pop songs. Black & Endless Night, was manifested into a power trio for both 2007’s neo-classic rock non-cept album, La La Land, and 2012’s brooding Mirror, Mirror EP before becoming a two piece recording project for 2014’s space-rock opera, The Astronaut. 2017 finds Wax Fang with in its most realized form, with bassist/ co-producer Corey McAfee, keyboard wizard, Zach Driscoll, and drummer, Dave Chale, and a brand new album in tow: Victory Laps.

  • Thu December 7, 2017 8:30 pm
    • Rich Jones (EP Release)
    • Nnamdi Ogbonnaya
    • Yomí
    • Jyroscope
    • DJ Elliven
    $10 (advance), $12

    Chicago rapper and singer RICH JONES pulls together this colorful and vibrant group of Chicago musicians together to help celebrate the release of his new EP, Light Work. A renaissance man of all sorts, RICH recently played N. Coast Music Festival and was featured in the Chicago Tribune and FOX 32. He’s played with groups and collectives of all types including artists like SHOWYOUSUCK, SPORTS BOYFRIEND, MYKELE DEVILLE and tonight he will be joined by none other than electronic producer and DJ, VAPOR EYES. Prepare for a show like you’ve never seen at the Bottle before. Prepare for Chicago’s underground greatness to rise above.

    Chicago's own musical chameleon NNAMDI OGBONNAYA, who combines free-jazz, post-punk, rap, noise/math-rock & really every genre into one jumps on board tonight. You might have seen this eclectic multi-instrumentalist numerous times across various stages in Chicago in bands such as MONOBODY, VAGABOND, NERVOUS PASSENGER, TEEN CULT and many more. Tonight he offers us the latest in his own solo project, debuting some truly wild and

    YOMí is an experimental harpist, producer, and vocalist who's striving to re-imagine how her classical instrument can carve its way into current and future music. She spends her free time collaborating with local producers and artists hoping that together they can push the boundaries of what music is to them. You can find her in your local bars and galleries, playing on the street, or the Empty Bottle tonight! With a full band and an enormously positive attitude, YOMí is ready to show you that harps are fucking cool.

    JYROSCOPE is the epitome of progressive Hip-Hop over ear-consuming soundscapes upon which the strongest impressions of truth are painted. Ranging from poetic rhyme schemes to heart felt imagery, this group symbolizes the first time you fell in love with music.

    DJ ELLIVEN brings quality sounds to the decks with hip/hop, soul, funk and Chicago house. 

  • Fri December 8, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Marked Men
    • Daylight Robbery
    • #EB25
    $15.00

    We are excited to announce the return of the MARKED MEN to the Empty Bottle for our #EB25 anniverary series! Our love for these handsome fellas runs deep.  Over four albums, a handful of singles and splits on excellent labels including Swami, Dirtnap, Nice & Neat and Shit Sandwich, the Denton-based quartet never failed to deliver tracks full of energetic ferocity built around rousing pop hooks.  The fellas even filmed their video for "A Little Time" at the Empty Bottle.  In the words of Squid Pro Quo, "this band epitomizes the term, 'break-neck pace;' how they manage to be so melodic and have so many hooks all while playing faster than Bad Brains is beyond me. THE HOOKS!!!"

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

  • Sat December 9, 2017 12:00 pm
    • Handmade Market
    Free

    Join us for our third show of the Fall 2017 season!

    HANDMADE MARKET CHICAGO  is a unique event to connect the makers of beautiful things to people who appreciate the unique and handmade.

    There are more than 30 awesome and talented artists/vendors in-person!

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

    Get ready to. . .Shop - Eat - Drink - Have a great time - All under one roof

    Quell your hunger at Bite cafe and quench your thirst at The Empty Bottle. Sooo easy. Works for us. :-)

    We look forward to seeing you!

  • Sat December 9, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The Districts
    • Katie Von Schleicher
    • Sun Seeker
    $15.00

    THE DISTRICTS are a four-piece indie rock band from the small town of Lititz, Pennsylvania. The group formed in 2009 while members Rob Grote, Mark Larson, Connor Jacobus, and Braden Lawrence were still in high school. The prolific young band released their first EP, Kitchen Songs, in 2011, followed by Telephone, their debut full-length, the following year. Now into their third LP, Popular Manipulations, the band has represented an exponential leap in sound and cohesion, an impressive and impassioned burn with a wide scope that threatens to swallow everything else surrounding it.

    The distinctly intense sound of Popular Manipulations—charging guitars, thunderous drumming, and Grote’s searing vocals—was brought on by a few cited influences, from shoegaze’s aggressive swirl to the Velvet Underground’s impeccable drone-rock sound. There’s a distinctly Canadian flavor to this brand of indie rock, too; Spencer Krug’s anthemic, lushly inscrutable work in Wolf Parade and his defunct Sunset Rubdown side project comes to mind, as does 2000s Toronto barnburners the Diableros’ overlooked 2006 gem You Can’t Break the Strings in Our Olympic Hearts.

    But don’t mistake easy comparisons for a lack of originality: on Popular Manipulations, THE DISTRICTS are in a lane entirely their own, exploring lyrical themes of isolation and abandonment in a way that ups the music’s already highly charged emotional quotient. A mix of jangly indie Americana and blues-inspired rock n’ roll baby. 

    KATIE VON SCHLEICHER rose from intern to artist on Brooklyn label Ba Da Bing with Bleaksploitation, a self-recorded 2015 mini album of irreverent, fuzz-laden tunes. On her debut full-length, VON SCHLEICHER strikes again on the magic that comes from her warped and uncompromising sound. Shitty Hits channels the bright, sunny radio burners of the 1970’s, songs you drive to, carefree, and songs you can cry to, which The Guardian describe as “Portishead meets the Beatles,” and NPR’s Bob Boilen calls “one of those constant repeat records for me."

    SUN SEEKER has drawn applause for their unhurried breed of Cosmic American Music and with BIDDEFORD (Third Man Records), their long awaited debut EP, the Nashville-based band more than affirm their promise. The EP – which follows SUN SEEKER’s widely acclaimed Third Man debut single, 2016’s Georgia Dust b/w No One Knows – sees Alex Benick (guitar, vocals), Asher Horton (bass guitar, vocals), and Ben Parks (drums, vocals) exploring nostalgia, melancholy, and emotional turmoil via laidback psychedelia pollinated with tight harmonies, classic folk songcraft, and country rock spirit, an ageless approach that is simultaneously archetypal and now utterly their own. Songs like With Nothing (But Our Last Words) and the yearning Won’t Keep Me Up At Night meld Benick’s candid lyricism and stark melodies with creative arrangement and production technique, fashioning a sonic world to match their interior emotional scope.

  • Sun December 10, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The Districts
    • Katie Von Schleicher
    • Sun Seeker
    $15.00

    THE DISTRICTS are a four-piece indie rock band from the small town of Lititz, Pennsylvania. The group formed in 2009 while members Rob Grote, Mark Larson, Connor Jacobus, and Braden Lawrence were still in high school. The prolific young band released their first EP, Kitchen Songs, in 2011, followed by Telephone, their debut full-length, the following year. Now into their third LP, Popular Manipulations, the band has represented an exponential leap in sound and cohesion, an impressive and impassioned burn with a wide scope that threatens to swallow everything else surrounding it.

    The distinctly intense sound of Popular Manipulations—charging guitars, thunderous drumming, and Grote’s searing vocals—was brought on by a few cited influences, from shoegaze’s aggressive swirl to the Velvet Underground’s impeccable drone-rock sound. There’s a distinctly Canadian flavor to this brand of indie rock, too; Spencer Krug’s anthemic, lushly inscrutable work in Wolf Parade and his defunct Sunset Rubdown side project comes to mind, as does 2000s Toronto barnburners the Diableros’ overlooked 2006 gem You Can’t Break the Strings in Our Olympic Hearts.

    But don’t mistake easy comparisons for a lack of originality: on Popular Manipulations, THE DISTRICTS are in a lane entirely their own, exploring lyrical themes of isolation and abandonment in a way that ups the music’s already highly charged emotional quotient. A mix of jangly indie Americana and blues-inspired rock n’ roll baby. 

    KATIE VON SCHLEICHER rose from intern to artist on Brooklyn label Ba Da Bing with Bleaksploitation, a self-recorded 2015 mini album of irreverent, fuzz-laden tunes. On her debut full-length, VON SCHLEICHER strikes again on the magic that comes from her warped and uncompromising sound. Shitty Hits channels the bright, sunny radio burners of the 1970’s, songs you drive to, carefree, and songs you can cry to, which The Guardian describe as “Portishead meets the Beatles,” and NPR’s Bob Boilen calls “one of those constant repeat records for me."

    SUN SEEKER has drawn applause for their unhurried breed of Cosmic American Music and with BIDDEFORD (Third Man Records), their long awaited debut EP, the Nashville-based band more than affirm their promise. The EP – which follows SUN SEEKER’s widely acclaimed Third Man debut single, 2016’s Georgia Dust b/w No One Knows – sees Alex Benick (guitar, vocals), Asher Horton (bass guitar, vocals), and Ben Parks (drums, vocals) exploring nostalgia, melancholy, and emotional turmoil via laidback psychedelia pollinated with tight harmonies, classic folk songcraft, and country rock spirit, an ageless approach that is simultaneously archetypal and now utterly their own. Songs like With Nothing (But Our Last Words) and the yearning Won’t Keep Me Up At Night meld Benick’s candid lyricism and stark melodies with creative arrangement and production technique, fashioning a sonic world to match their interior emotional scope.

  • Mon December 11, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Pink Frost
    • BIG | BRAVE
    Free Monday

    Chicago's PINK FROST celebrated the released of their new record with us back in June and we'reh yped to have em back to co-headline this here Free Monday. Awash in captivating reverb, swirling melodies and soaring, anthemic refrains, New Minds (the latest LP, catch up) lives up to the Chicago Tribune praise of the band, calling them “an increasingly commanding quartet that embraces the power of guitar drone, tribal drum and the deep, shoegaze-era swoon.”

    Montreal’s heavy and atmospheric post-rock group BIG | BRAVE find their way to the Bottle after releasing a brand new EP, Ardor, off the famed Southern Lord Recordings this year (the first Quebec band to do so). Relying heavily on a foundation built by reverb and overdrive, BIG | BRAVE finds their best selves when they play alongside the energy of the crowd, pulsating with drummer, LOUIS BEAUREGARD and implementing ethereal feedback to fill every gap in the listeners head with distortion. Only leaving room to breathe and release. It’s an exciting time to hop on the BIG | BRAVE train as they are going out on tour to Europe for the first time this fall and just got off a packed show with GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR. Witness the raw and powerful energy before it’s too late.

  • Tue December 12, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Black Marble
    • YOU.
    • Silent Age
    $10 (advance), $12

    New York band BLACK MARBLE returns after a sold out show back in January with post-punker YOU. and GANSER! Last September, they released their second full-length, It’s Immaterial. Their first for Ghostly, It’s Immaterial follows up their EP Weight Against the Door (Hardly Art) and highly acclaimed debut full-length A Different Arrangement (Hardly Art). Still featuring Chris Stewart at the helm along with select collaborators as supplementation, the project's recent shift in locale from East Coast to West Coast lends a great deal to the overall feel of the new album: the light and dark elements of shadows, the salt and sting of evening’s high tide sea spray, a beautiful thing left on a shelf too high to maintain. The general mood is that of creating something new, but going back in time to do it. Like attempting to flesh out a song that you woke up humming but can’t find because it doesn’t exist yet.

    Offering direct support this evening is YOU.,Previously located in NYC, now Detroit-based post-punk outfit YOU. released their first two records on Cult of Youth's Sean Ragon's Blind Prophet Records.  Their third LP Sunchaser was released on Dais in 2014. The label properly explains "YOU.’s music up to this point has always pitted its more reflective elements against the austerity of electronics, not so much as to create a warm sound as to invite the listener in as respite from the cold".  Their fourther album, Bouquet, was released last summer.

    SILENT AGE are among the leading lights of Chicago's tenebrous post-punk scene. Like a projector flickering in the dark, their sound evokes other decades, but the film on the screen is situated in the singular anxiety and isolation of now. The narrative is driven by the words of Patrick Donahoe, a cried and whispered shadowplay to the beat of his hangman's dance, walked in line. Further atmosphere is evoked in transmissions of Vincent Segretario on guitar and the visceral synths of Brian Cundiff who bring a Disintegration-era shimmer as the new dawn fades. The foundation lies at the feet of Benny Hernandez and Julian Cabrera, hardcore veterans whose sense of dark romanticism tempers a primal pulse rooted in punk disorder. New Wave with teeth cut on a deep history in Midwest DIY, SILENT AGE released an acclaimed demo in 2016 on the Mal Viaje label and project a full-length debut LP for Spring 2018.

  • Wed December 13, 2017 8:30 pm
    • Kevin and Hell (Cassette Release)
    • Jason Roebke
    • Glad Rags
    • Anthony Fremont's Garden Solutions
    $5.00

    Genre-bending chaos group KEVIN AND HELL are here to celebrate the release of their new cassette and will be performing tonight as the six-piece Zorchestra. From the garages of the Southern Californian rock scene to the afterhours jazz hangs of Chicago, KEVIN AND HELL tell a story of the future in the past. They are versed in the idioms of jazz dating back as far as 100 years, as well as recent innovations in rock and electrically generated sound. From this foundation they synthesize a new sound that bespeaks of the shape of music yet to come. Comprised of musicians equally comfortable at either a jazz club or house party basement, they function as a gateway for rock and roll aficionados to behold the majesty of jazz.

    JASON ROEBKE is a double bassist, improviser and composer living in Chicago. The diversity of ROEBKE’s musical associations make him one of the most sought-after bassists in Chicago and beyond. He composes music for two ensembles, Jason Roebke Combination and the Jason Roebke Octet. His playing is intensely physical, audacious, and sparse. The Chicago Reader described his work as “a carefully orchestrated rummage through a hardware store.” He is a member of the Jeb Bishop Trio, Jason Adasiewicz Rolldown, Jason Stein’s Locksmith Isidore, Mike Reed’s People, Places, and Things, and Jorrit Dijkstra’s Flatlands Collective & Pillow Circles. Wow, this dude can freakin’ play.

    Animal loving experimental jazz punks GLAD RAGS return after celebrating the release of their debut self-titled album back here in April. They call it “Jazz Fu” and “Randy Newman dance music” which is surprisingly accurate. It’s as bizarre as those genres would suggest and sounds like if Mr. Newman fronted a DIY punk band from Prohibition-era Chicago.

    ANTHONY FREMONT'S GARDEN SOLUTIONS make twisted looney tunes from the Twilight Zone. For this performance, Mr. Fremont will be joined by Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Marc from EVASIVE BACKFLIP and Nate Amo of OPPOSITES.

  • Thu December 14, 2017 8:30 pm
    • Mother Nature
    • Glitter Moneyyy
    • Vagabond Maurice
    $8 (advance), $10

    The Empty Bottle Interns are back with their second show of the season, this time presenting the wonderful rap duo MOTHER NATURE!

    Blessing the Bottle’s stage with their undeniably strong energy and enlightening musical essence, is the two-headed hip-hop beast MOTHER NATURE. The duo behind this rap powerhouse are long-time friends and lyrical counter parts, Klevah and T.R.U.T.H. With their vocal wisdom and high energy projection they banded together to educate and inspire people through their music. Politically sound and spiritually conscience, MOTHER NATURE aim to continuously push their message through the medium they know best. They recently released new song RUN IT UP, a fast-paced track that rarely gives you a chance to breathe as Klevah and T.R.U.T.H. transition from one verse to the next in signature style. MOTHER NATURE has performed on some of Chicago’s biggest stages, bringing their vocal energy and lyrical expression wherever they go. Now it’s time for them to grace ours and show this lil’ corner of Chicago what they’re made of. 

    Sex, partying, equality demanding, champagne guzzling, politically pissed rap duo, GLITTER MONEYYY are destroying the patriarchy one show at a time. Providing the party soundtrack you deserve while the world burns.

    A native of Minneapolis whose work contextualizes nerd mythology over break beats and jazz atmospheric tracks, VAGABOND MAURICE is an emcee and teaching artist prone to blues inspired narratives. He’s toured with Bop Alloy (Substantial & Marcus D), Ruby Ibarra, opened for Saul Williams, Astronautalis at Schubas, played at The Shrine and at the 33rd & 34th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival.

  • Fri December 15, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Dehd (Record Release)
    • Deeper
    • Glyders
    $8

    DEHD’s throwing a vinyl record release party and you already know the Empty Bottle is boutta get ready to throw the got damn lid off this joint. DEHD (formally known as DREAM EAGLE HEAVY DREAMS) gear up for their sixth appearance at the Bottle to come together for the debut. We have the amazing ERIC McGRADY behind the kit, with JASON BALLA (NE-HI/EARRING), and SUPERMAGICAL's EMILY KEMPF completing the trifecta of awesome-sauce. Described as a “serene hum of swaying rhythm in simplistic, beautifully-put phraseologies” by Impose Magazine, these locally acclaimed garage rockers juxtapose harsh garage with warm sun-kissed melodies. Always a dang pleasure to have these cats on our stage.

    Deeper hops on after playing an epic and packed Lollapalooza after-party with PUP here back in August. This quartet brings a fuller, more nuanced sound with a stronger focus on guitar interplay and driving rhythms. On their excellent Fire Talk debut, "Trans," released this past May, DEEPER channels the anxiety and uneasiness of modern life by weaving chiming guitar swirls to a dense climax.

    Kicking this shit off is lysergic pop-rock ensemble GLYDERS. They're chooglin’ on down here for the first time since opening that 420 blaze it BINGERS (LP RELEASE) way back in April and they've released some damn fine tunes on ol’ Tall Pat Records. It’s damn good and the locals are just eating GLYDERS up, so get here early and stay late. Maybe just never leave.

  • Sat December 16, 2017 9:00 pm
    • GGOOLLDD
    • Yoko and The Oh No's
    • The Gold Web
    $10.00

    Hailing from our northern neighbors of Milwaukee, GGOOLLDD debuts here at the Bottle this evening. Between wispy melodies and a lethargic atmosphere that builds to a gracious sway, there's a little something for everyone in GGOOLLDD's sound. GGOOLLDD isn’t like other bands. They formed on whim, decided to play their first show mostly as an excuse to host a killer party, and they eschew the traditional gotta-get-a-record-deal game in favor of playing a lot of shows and releasing their own material. That sense of whimsy blended with resolute autonomy is all part of the signature GGOOLLDD aesthetic. Secrets, their new album, is a soaring collection of bangers that conjures wind-in-your-hair glittery romanticism. 

    YOKO AND THE OH NOS are a local trio that brilliantly blend garage rock with Motown style soul. Their mixture of emotive vocals with bluesy “garage” riffs is one of the best combos since Reese joined PB and chocolate. YOKO & THE OH NO’S recently went on tour with like-minded rock & roll weirdos THE GROWLERS, blowing minds and connecting with crowds across the Midwest.

    THE GOLD WEB's brand of upbeat electronic-glam-rock will have you shaking that booty to noises & grooves you never knew existed. Check out their latest album, Natural Born Mystic, and get ready to get down, y'all.

  • Sun December 17, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Matthew Milia [Frontier Ruckus] & Peter Oren
    • Caroline Campbell
    $8

    Co-headlining slice of heaven with MATTHEW MILIA (lead singer & songwriter of FRONTIER RUCKUS) and commanding vocalist/songwriter PETER OREN.

    Hailing from Rock City itself, MATTHEW MILIA embarks on a solo quest as FRONTIER RUCKUS takes a quick break from touring to work on their 6th LP. His songs ring a familial feeling of innocent warmth, so intimate, so forward and unapologetic that it seems like MILIA has been reading our inner most personal thoughts since childhood. His relatable charm can attract even the most solemn and solitude listener but it’s his soaring melodies and excruciatingly empathetic folk riffs that keep us entranced.  

    Indiana-born, everywhere-based singer-songwriter PETER OREN possesses a remarkable singing voice, low and deep and richly textured: as solid as a glacier, as big as a mountain. After releasing his full-length debut in 2016, the eloquently spare Living By the Light, full of road songs and wanderers’ laments, he began playing more live shows, just him and his guitar on an empty stage. Soon OREN attracted the attention of Ken Coomer, the drummer for WILCO and a producer in Nashville. Together, the duo assembled a backing band featuring some of the city’s finest session musicians. Now we get to cozy up and witness OREN in full-fashion hot off the release of his new album, Anthropocene.

    CAROLINE CAMPBELL is a singer-songwriter living and working in Chicago. Having studied opera in college, her voice is often an instrument in itself, lending a supple and sophisticated quality to her melodies. Her wide range and heartfelt lyrics create a sound that is atmospheric yet grounded, but always hopeful.

  • Tue December 19, 2017 8:30 pm
    • Daymaker
    • Camp Howard
    • Evening Glow
    • Bike Cops
    $7

    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 and their 2015 releases Amen/Forever & Wilderness put them on the map. Their 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.

    CAMP HOWARD emerged out of the high energy DIY scene in Richmond, VA. After playing shows nearly every night for months, they released their debut self-titled album- a product of their early acoustic bedroom songwriting projects, their first laid-back indie rock efforts as an established four-piece, and their heavier more aggressive punk influenced experiments. Since their debut release in 2016, the band has continued to write new material and tour with an emphasis on tight musicianship and honest self-expression.

    EVENING GLOW is an indie rock group based out of Chicago and was formed in the summer of 2015 by Aidan Cada, Vincent Tieri, River Snyder, and Aaron Cada. Combining elements of lo-fi, dance rock, and dream pop, their debut Letters From Home was released this past September and was shortly followed up by a string of singles including the Perfect Harmony EP released the fall.

    BIKE COPS are passin out citations left and right to anyone that doesn’t make it out earlier enough for their set. They’ve been Bottle veterans for five years now and boy have they evolved. Their first show here went down before they had any recorded material and now they come strutting center stage to offer their thickest and most energized material to date. Grunge, pysch, and fuckin’ rock ‘n’ roll man. 

  • Wed December 20, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The Minimal Beat, TMB Limited and The Empty Bottle present Ovef Ow
    • Belmont + Clark (Tape Release - TMB Limited)
    • Tomorrow the Moon
    • Aphorism
    $5

    The Minimal Beat, TMB Limited and The Empty Bottle present:

    OVEF OW is a 4-piece rock band that formed in the spring of 2015. The band's lineup features Marites Velasquez (bass), Sarah Braunstein (drums), Kyla Denham (synth) and Nick Barnett (guitar). Over the past year, the quartet has quickly built a following in the Chicago indie-music scene around their surf and garage/punk-inspired and multi-vocalist sound. They draw influences from Sonic Youth, Sleater-Kinney, and the B-52s.

    BELMONT + CLARK (Randy Nieto and Jason Duerr) are an electronic duo from Chicago influenced by minimal wave and electronic acts like Cabaret Voltaire, Kraftwerk, and Aphex Twin who explore chaos and entropy archetypes through sonic and visual storytelling. A nod to their formative years, their name is derived from the days they would take the red line down to Belmont and Clark in Chicago in the late 80's and early 90's and spend their lunch money at The Alley, local cafes, and soak up the black lights at the now defunct Medusa's nightclub. This show marks their second release of four of a limited run of cassette singles being released through TMB Limited. 

    TOMORROW THE MOON trips on a level of bombastic euphoria that has rarely been reached since the early 70's. Launching with hooks that could peel the plywood off any neighborhood bar, they cruises at an altitude of catchy British pop before ultimately soaring into a pocket of outer space reserved exclusively for the galactic one-note symphonies at the far end of Steve Gerlach's silver guitar. They have worked with John Cale, Shirley Manson, Tommy Keene, and probably your cousin out in LA.

    APHORISM’s   Josh   Pyle   is   a   Chicago-based   artist   who   creates   a   powerful   hybrid   of   analog   and   digital soundscapes.   With   a   previous   release   on   Tympanik   Audio   and   a   few   compilation   appearances   spanning the   range   from   ambient   to   experimental   to   industrial,   Aphorism   delivers   heavy   beats   fused   with   melodic themes   and   digital   complexities,   blending   disparate   sonic   elements   into   an   innovative,   cinematic   style   of modern   electronic   music.

  • Thu December 21, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Warm, Safe & Sound: A Coat & Sweater Drive for Chicago's Homeless with Secret Colours
    • North By North
    • Star Tropics
    • Monomania
    • The Handcuffs
    $10 or free with coat donation

    Warm, Safe & Sound, a coat/sweater benefit concert intended to provide clothes for Chicago's homeless. The organization that will be receiving the clothes is Cornerstone Community Outreach: http://www.ccolife.org/

    Emanating from the windy city of Chicago, IL, USA, SECRET COLOURS is an independently run music collective that has progressed from their roots in rock, constantly striving to innovate their sound. Since their inception in 2010, the band has worked to collaborate its contemporary range of personalities guided by the leadership of the group’s core members, TOMMY EVANS & JUSTIN FREDERICK. The collective has appeared with the likes of DOCTOR DOG, RINGO DEATHSTARR, ELEPHANT STONE, SPINDRIFT, ASTEROID #4, THE RAVEONETTES, THE NIGHT BEATS, WARPAINT and THE WARLOCKS. 

    NORTH BY NORTH have been on tour forever (more or less), but they're stopping in their town tonight to give Chicago what we so desperately need: Heavy, angular rock that veers in spastic-but-anthemic directions. The band's first two albums, 2014's Something Wicked and 2016's Last Days of Magic, are packed to the brim with hook-laden, noisy fury and are perfect for fans of fuzzy, bluesy rock & roll that refuses to quit. Each record has a whopping EIGHTEEN and SEVENTEEN songs, respectively, proving that this pair is truly insane and won't stop til they've melted into a puddle before your very eyes.

    STAR TROPICS began as a bass & guitar duo huddled around a drum machine and has since evolved into a four-piece indie-pop band determined to write carefree, primary-colored pop songs. Blending boy/girl vocals on top of jangly Rickenbacker leads, a healthy dose of fuzzy rhythms and the pulse of a driving beat, their songs can be described as equal parts celebratory and introspective. 

    Led by critically acclaimed drummer Brad Elvis and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Chloe F. Orwell, Chicago's THE HANDCUFFS explore broad sonic territory while believing in the power of a great radio hook. THE HANDCUFFS inhabit some of the same musical domain as T-Rex, Spiders from Mars Era Bowie, and early Blondie - all filtered through a modern lens - and deliver bold, sexy songs with memorable melodies and unexpected twists.

  • Fri December 22, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Yakuza
    • #EB25
    $12 (advance), $15

    Chicago’s YAKUZA is no stranger to the Empty Bottle stage. Well-known throughout the Chicago metal scene for incorporating jazz and world music elements, they’re basically a genre of their own. Vocalist and saxophonist BRUCE LAMONT notes influencers ranging from PINK FLOYD to GEORGE ORWELL and Ethiopian music. Formed in 1999, their debut album Amount to Nothing received critical acclaim from the likes of Terrorizer and Chicago Sun Times. They’ve released a boatload of boundary-crushing albums since and are still rocking as wildly as ever. The four-piece has long shown proclivities for music beyond metal and it's their willingness to incorporate these many and varied influences that sets them apart from their peers, continually pushing the envelope with an adventurousness and experimentation we've come to expect. YAKUZA has carved an unchallenged niche in the metal genre and we’re are excited to have them be a part of our #EB25 anniversary series. 

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  • Thu December 28, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The 13th Annual Alex Chilton Birthday Bash
    $8

    At long last -- we can finally, officially announce we'll be back for our lucky thirteenth (!) year celebrating the songwriting genius and sui generis personality of Alex Chilton. More details (and full line-up) TBA.

  • Fri December 29, 2017 9:00 pm
    • NERVES
    • The Dishes
    • Michael Shannon & Friends
    • #EB25
    $15

    Chicago's NERVES are Elliot Dicks (drums), Seth Skundrick (bass, backing vocals), and Rob Datum (guitar, vocals). They started playing together early in 1997, and they have been burning it up ever since. The music is pure Rock and Roll. They play short, frenetic sets that leave both band and audience gasping for air. Datum's guitar style conjurs up images of early Wipers as he holds the guitar vertically shifting his hands from cord to note and back faster than it takes the sweat to fly off of Dicks’ brow. Rock and Roll is certainly not new but the lean sound and intensity of the NERVES make them impossible to ignore.

    THE DISHES, as would many bands after them, formed at the Empty Bottle in 1994, where guitarist Kiki Yablon was the first publicist and frontwoman Sarah Staskauskas was one of the earliest bartenders. The lineup and sound jelled with the addition of bassist Sharon Maloy around 1999, and that core trio persisted, through a tragicomic parade of drummers, until 2003. For this reunion, the throne will be occupied by the mighty Janet Beveridge Bean (Eleventh Dream Day, Freakwater, etc.), a longtime friend of the band who probably should have just been in it from the start. THE DISHES had a reputation for being unusually concise even by punk rock standards: "to hell with a third verse, gimme gimme gimme another chorus and we're done," wrote one admirer of their first album. Their three full-length albums, The Dishes (2000), 1-2 (2002), 3 (2003) were truly “compact" discs, each barrelling through 13 catchy and sometimes weird garagey-punk tunes in barely half an hour. That furious pace is what you could expect from their live show as well, along with Staskauskas’s trademark foulmouthed banter (example: “We don’t know any ZZ Top, but we got a lot of beard up here if you know what I mean”). After THE DISHES dissolved, Sarah went on to play in Camaro Rouge, then moved to LA. Kiki played in the Red Eyed Legends, and Sharon currently plays in Stomatopod with the Nerves’ Elliot Dicks. 

    Academy award nominee and musician MICHAEL SHANNON graces our stage for the first time, but is no stranger to playing in Chicago, having previously graced local stages with an incredibly solid roster of musical friends including the likes of JASON NARDUCY (SPLIT SINGLE). Debuting with us for none other than our #EB25 series right before the end of year, MICHAEL SHANNON & FRIENDS promise “an electrifying musical experience” and will surely "tear it up."

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  • Sat December 30, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Guided By Voices
    • #EB25
    $35.00

    Twenty-two years ago in 1994, 38-year-old school teacher Robert Pollard & his merry band recorded Bee Thousand in a Dayton, Ohio basement on a 4-track cassette recorder. This improbable rock classic became an enormously influential album; Spin and Pitchfork have called it one of the best records of the ’90s, and Amazon picked Bee Thousand as #1 on their list of the 100 Greatest Indie Rock Albums Of All Time. An amazing live band with a rabid following, the Washington Post called GBV “the Grateful Dead equivalent for people who like Miller Lite instead of acid!”

    Joining us to help celebrate the new year, for the first time in over 15 years, is GUIDED BY VOICES. Their first show at the Bottle since two thousand and freaking one when they played with NYC heart-throbbers, THE STROKES. GBV recently released their new album, How Do You Spell Heaven (their second this year) via Robert Pollard's Rockathon Records. Coincidentally enough, this marks GBV's 25th album. Just in time for us all to come together to celebrate our 25th year.

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

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

  • Sun December 31, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Guided By Voices
    • #EB25
    $45.00

    Twenty-two years ago in 1994, 38-year-old school teacher Robert Pollard & his merry band recorded Bee Thousand in a Dayton, Ohio basement on a 4-track cassette recorder. This improbable rock classic became an enormously influential album; Spin and Pitchfork have called it one of the best records of the ’90s, and Amazon picked Bee Thousand as #1 on their list of the 100 Greatest Indie Rock Albums Of All Time. An amazing live band with a rabid following, the Washington Post called GBV “the Grateful Dead equivalent for people who like Miller Lite instead of acid!”

    Joining us to help celebrate the new year, for the first time in over 15 years, is GUIDED BY VOICES. Their first show at the Bottle since two thousand and freaking one when they played with NYC heart-throbbers, THE STROKES. GBV recently released their new album, How Do You Spell Heaven (their second this year) via Robert Pollard's Rockathon Records. Coincidentally enough, this marks GBV's 25th album. Just in time for us all to come together to celebrate our 25th year.

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

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

  • Logan Square Auditorium Sun December 31, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Windy City Soul Club NYE
    $15.00 - $20.00

    The WINDY CITY SOUL CLUB is coming back to Logan Square Auditorium to help Chicago ring in the New Year. Yes yes, y'all, these fine fellas create the best soul dance party this city has ever seen once/month at the Empty Bottle so they're primed and ready to tear the roof off LSA once again. 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" while counting down to 2018, then you've found your party. Tonight's your night to get dapper and get down.

  • Sat January 6, 2018 8:30 pm
    • Plack Blague
    • Thoom
    • Ozzuario
    $10.00

    PLACK BLAGUE have been insulting the masses for over a decade now. Consistently over-sexualizing the noise and dance genres, Plack Blague continue to confuse the underground world claiming to be "too punk for punk." Studded jocks, leather jackets, filth ridden hoods, and balls out industrial madness, Plack Blague takes control of each shock of terror. Electronic Blague Music at it's finest!

  • Tue January 16, 2018 8:30 pm
    • The Nude Party
    $10 (advance), $12

    THE NUDE PARTY congealed as one unit in the southern mountain town of Boone, NC in 2013 and gained their namesake very literally. Bonded by isolation, house party debauchery, a religion based on pushing the limits of bad taste, and a precocious predisposition towards THE KINKS, THE ANIMALS and THE VELVETS, they have burgeoned into a rock and roll act to be reckoned with. As the hysteria at their local shows steadily increases, so does their reputation with local law enforcement, forcing them daily more to seek employment anywhere but home. While snooping cops seeking to stamp out indiscriminate behaviour scour the borders of their homestead the Nude Ranch, the group has prodigally exiled themselves and are staying scarce with a string of self booked tours and one night stands which have linked them up with with such likes as THE GROWLERS, THE OBLIVIONS, LA LUZ, NIGHT BEATS, and KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD.

    Their stripped down and bare bone sound, akin to the British Invasion being transplanted back into the Carolina mountains, has so far proven to have been unrecordable… until now. The secret? Sticking to the obvious and going down into a sweaty basement with a few mics, fewer clothes and a revolving door of comrades and goddesses falling by for as long as they can take the heat. Lately THE NUDES have even gotten good at playing with their clothes on. However if any audience member feels the need to participate in the spirit of exhibitionism the stakes at the Party will unblinkingly be called and raised. 

  • Fri January 19, 2018 9:00 pm
    • Moon King
    • VAIL
    $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.

  • Sat February 10, 2018 8:30 pm
    • The Atlas Moth
    • Royal Thunder
    • Mirrors of Psychic Warfare
    $15

    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. 

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

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

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

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