• 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 July 29, 2016 10:00 pm
    • Modern Baseball
    • Sports
    • DJ Beth Klacko
    • Empty Bottle and C3 Official Lollapalooza Aftershow
    $20.00

    In just a few short years, MODERN BASEBALL have gone from college freshman self-recording their first record to a worldwide phenomenon and somehow, it feels like just the beginning. In 2016, MODERN BASEBALL  released their new album Holy Ghost through Run For Cover Records. The first album recorded by someone other than the band themselves, MODERN BASEBALL enlisted JOE REINHART (Hop Along, Joyce Manor) at Headroom Studios in Philadelphia to help refine their sound. Holy Ghost shows off the band’s sonic growth, adding in new influences ranging from THE KILLERS to PEDRO THE LION. SPORTS is a 4-5 piece basement rock band, started in 2012 at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Self-declaring their music as punk power-pop SPORTS has now explored beyond the Buckeye state playing with contemporaries including RADIATOR, HOSPITAL, PRESTS, PORCHES and PINEGROVE. Our pal BETH KLACKO from Reckless Records will be spinning all sorts of vinyl gold before, in-between, and after the bands play. Party all night all the time forever.

  • Sat July 30, 2016 10:00 pm
    • Chairlift
    • Ela Minus
    • DJ Oshwa
    • Empty Bottle and WXRT Official Lollapalooza Aftershow
    $20.00

    Hailing from Brooklyn, New York the avant-pop outfit CHAIRLIFT formed for the unusual purpose of crafting music for haunted houses. After finding that their work transcended its original purpose, bandmates Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly continued creating music as CHAIRLIFT. They have since made a name for themselves in the Big Apple playing shows with similar up-and-comers like MGMT, YEASAYER, and MIXEL PIXEL while inking a contract with the independent label Kanine.ELA MINUS is the solo project of New York-based artist GABRIELA JIMENO, former drummer of the dream pop band BALANCER. The Colombian musician offers soft, Spanish lyrics over bouncy synths to create “Volcán,” a burst of heat and energy not unlike the title’s subject manner. The promising track featured on her latest EP Grow contrasts with the saccharine lightness of her 2015 EP First Words exploring a balance between her aggressive vocals and sweet synth sounds. Our old friend Alicia from OSHWA is going to be DJing throughout the night, so come early, stay late, never leave.

  • Sun July 31, 2016 3:00 pm
    • Empty Bottle Book Club discusses "The Empty Bottle Chicago"
    FREE

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

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    Empty Bottle Book Club: Let's Get Lit

    Hey, you guy's heard of this book? We heard it's pretty okay...

    Cheap drinks, bathroom grafitti, and formidable performances have ruled for nearly a quarter of a century at Chicago’s Empty Bottle. From this collection of photographs, interviews, and essays culled from a community of music fans, bartenders, booking agents, bouncers, and underground musicians emerges a kaleidoscopic history of this influential hole-in-the-wall rock venue, named one of “The Best Rock Clubs in America” by Rolling Stone.

    Featuring a foreword by John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats and first hand interviews with members of The Flaming Lips, Interpol, Low, OK Go, Vandermark Five, Girl Talk, The Rapture, Red Red Meat, The Sea and Cake, and more, as well as rarely-seen, full-color photographs and reproductions of original silkscreen gig posters, this collection is the tell-all confessional from a bar with countless stories to share. Each anecdote is an opportunity to relive experiences that seem conceivable only at the Bottle: watching The Flaming Lips play for a capacity crowd; shooting pool with Krist Novoselic of Nirvana; standing ten feet away from Arcade Fire as they perform a show that could be best described as a “spiritual tent revival for secular indie rock fans.”

    Those who choose to read the book cover to cover will find that many of the stories intersect and mutate, remarking on the complexities of memory, giving in to the growing older, and what it means to look back on a particular time in your life and realize you were part of something bigger than yourself. As musician and contributor Bobby Conn remarked, “It’s not really the place. It’s everyone making it happen there.”

  • Sun July 31, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Bob's Going Away Party featuring Sweet Cobra
    • Dim
    • Paletazo
    $5.00

    Maybe you've heard the rumors... Our esteemed floor manager Bob Johnson is leaving us at the end of the month for greener, nicer pastures in Minneapolis, MN. We're sad to lose him, but want to send him off right with a kick-ass party featuring some of his favorite musicians over the years. The heavy-hitting combo of SWEET COBRA and DIM will be blasting our ear drums after Chris Hansen of Pinebender plays a solo set as PALETAZO. We'll also have the illustrious MIKE LUST htting the decks to DJ through the night and this shit's all going down for ONLY $5. Don't miss your chance to get a few final bear hugs from the big guy while you still can!

  • Mon August 1, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Lovely Little Girls (Record Release)
    • Bobby Conn
    • Walking Bicycles
    • Chorus of Shadows
    Free Monday

    Returning for their first show since March 2015 is LOVELY LITTLE GIRLS, an avant-rock collective led by artist GREGORY JACOBSEN and bassist ALEX PERKOLUP. Using JACOBSEN's grotesque paintings as a basis, they write theatrical suites that transform child-like musical motifs into alien and frightening charges of dissonance, tangled polyrhythms and Catholic Church ceremony seriousness. We're celebrating their latest record release this evening, and could not be more stoked. Incorporating experimental performance art, noise music and rock & roll, BOBBY CONN has been a staple of the experimental rock community for the better part of the past two decades and is known for his viciously catchy and elaborate charades. In the words of Tiny Mix Tapes, “much like macaroni, Chicago music fixture BOBBY CONN is always there for you. Propulsive post-punk band WALKING BICYCLES will be returning to our stage and we're stoked to have them back. Founded in the Pacific Northwest in 2004, their first record, a six-song self-titled EP of dark and peculiar music was released in 2005 (which is currently 11 years ago - WHOA). They then moved to Chicago and now have four releases under their belt(s) plus what SPIN describes as a “Dynamic, genre defying act.”Kicking this evening into gear is CHORUS OF SHADOWS, the latest audo noir project from BALTHAZAR DE LEY (HUM, MENTHOL, LA SCALA).

  • Tue August 2, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Twin Hits [Twin Peaks + Today's Hits]
    • Shellshag
    • Pookie and the Poodlez
    $7 (advance), $10

    Returning to our stage to headline this evening is TWIN HITS, a Chicago band comprised of members of TWIN PEAKS and TODAY'S HITS. It's totally NOT TWIN PEAKS and also totally NOT TODAY'S HITS, it’s something completely unique. Trust us, you are certainly in for a treat.Brooklyn-based duo SHELLSHAG is comprised of two people, SHELL, who plays guitar and sings, and SHAG, who plays drums standing up and also sings. SHAG has bells sewn on her belt and ankles, so there's lots of frantic wiggling to coax the noise out of them. They're known for putting on shows that bring the house down, sometimes literally (though hopefully not tonight). Expect some crowd surfing, things being thrown across the room and an air of revelry as they perform their ramshackle, jangly good times rock & roll. POOKIE & THE POODLEZ are a Oakland, CA bedroom pop band ready to take Chicago by storm. It's their Empty Bottle debut this evening, so lets show them a rip-roaring good time.

  • Wed August 3, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Esme Patterson
    • The Awful Truth
    • Nightfade
    $12 (advance), $14

    ESME PATTERSON's decadal musical career sprang from Colorado’s mountains when she co-founded Denver’s beloved indie-folk ensemble Paper Bird. After four acclaimed albums and perpetual touring, Patterson set a new course. In 2012, she wove local talents, including Nathaniel Rateliff, into her first powerful, ethereal solo release All Princes, I. Her 2014 release, Woman to Woman, rounded out previously one-dimensional females from popular songs to the praise of The New York Times, The Guardian and others. “Dearly Departed,” her hit collaboration with Shakey Graves led to millions of streams, sold out shows nationwide, as well as performances on Conan and The Late Show With David Letterman.

    On her laest release, We Were Wild, due out in June, her delicate voice, wry humor, poignant storytelling, and impassioned delivery entwine with fuzzed-out guitars, deep-in-pocket percussion, hints of roots-y country, and a swirling psychedelic hum.

    THE AWFUL TRUTH is the moniker of Minneapolis based songwriter Brent Colbert- exploring duality and layered meanings through music and intuition. Frontman, Brent Colbert has crafted hypnotizing songs within the conventions of folk without having to rewrite any rules.

  • Thu August 4, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Cale Tyson
    • Quinn Tsan
    • Kevin Andrew Prchal
    $10.00

    CALE TYSON is a singer and songwriter from Nashville, TN. Born in a small town in Texas, he was raised in Fort Worth, the home of TOWNES VAN ZANDT and the place where he first heard the classic country sounds that have inspired and enriched his gentle, melancholy, and undeniably whiskey-soaked sound. In 2013, TYSON released High On Lonesome, his debut EP, which features Kenny Vaughan (MARTY STUART) on electric guitar. The release was featured on CMT.com and in American Songwriter Magazine, as well as numerous other outlets. Tyson has recently been opening shows for DWIGHT YOAKAM on the road, in addition to wrapping up a new record which heavily features Robert Ellis on guitar and vocals.

    (American Songwriter) (Garden and Gun) (Rolling Stone)

    After more than five years singing backup for such musicians as Joe Pug and Sarah Holtschlag, QUINN TSAN realized her greatest and most rewarding challenge would come if she pursued a career on her own. The fire in her voice and the bitting brilliance in her lyricism are tangible. Listeners can feel her words and feel them deeply. 

    It wouldn’t be an overstatement to refer to Sorrow Sings, the newest full-length from Chicago-area singer/songwriter KEVIN ANDREW PRCHAL, as a thesis set to music. Purposefully devoted to opposites: Light and dark; Heaven and Hell; Life and death; Deep love and utter loneliness, etc., PRCHAL (rhymes with “circle”) explores these territories with the mindset to accept, or even revel in those differences rather than pit them against each other. The bottom line is that sadness may not have the same sound as joy, but it’s far from voiceless. Hence, the fitting title of this project as Sorrow Sings. With the album being such a personal conquest for PRCHAL, how it got completed seems to fit a traditional wedding ritual.

     

  • Fri August 5, 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 5, 2016 9:00 pm
    • New Madrid
    • The Tomblands
    • Luke Henry & Rabbitfoot
    $10 (advance), $12

    NEW MADRID's chemistry and singular sonic stamp are undeniable. Years of relentless touring, hundreds of shows and several thousand hours playing together have yielded a battle-hardened brotherhood – a band on a mission. Their latest record magnetkingmagnetqueen, release April 8th on Normaltown Records, comprises a sprawling 15 tracks, equal parts groove and jangle, psyche and grit, rock and slow burners. Co-produced with esteemed engineer David Barbe (DEERHUNTER, ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS) the album rewards the careful listener with unfolding layers of experimental soundscapes and grooves, bearing new discoveries with each enthralling listen. Returning to The Bottle stage is local LUKE HENRY & RABBITFOOT. Former Empty Bottle intern (!!) LUKE HENRY credits NEIL YOUNG for saving his soul in the 7th grade. Quite the dude to have rescue you, so you gotta hit him back somehow (right?) and these boys go the extra mile with their heartfelt, American folk rock. Their sound is reminiscent of the golden age with a self-aware, modern touch.

    (Consequence of Sound)

  • Sat August 6, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Jaime Rojo
    • Strange Lovelies
    • Jungle Green
    $8.00

    Chicago indie-dance-garage-disco five-piece JAIME ROJO returns to headline on what'll likely be a balmy August evening that'll have you seeking a cool, dark bar with even cooler tunes. Every member of JAIME ROJO shares two very different qualities: A masterful command over their instrument and the restraint to keep their playing powerfully minimalist. These songs merit multiple listens to appreciate the sheer density of interesting rhythms, riffs, and flourishes scattered throughout the tracks. STRANGE LOVELIES is a local “21st Century new wave/indie/acid rock band” (or so they claim). The band brings some seriously unique music to a highly concentrated scene and bring to mind THE CURE with a healthy dose of SONIC YOUTH and a fresh pop awareness. Somehow they manage to sound classic, edgy and fresh all at the same time. With current members including JIM DRAKE (JAIME ROJO, ELEPHANT GUN, BROTHER GEORGE) and JON DRAKE (THE SHAKES), these fellas are well-suited to rouse the crowd and get down with any and all who will have them. JUNGLE GREEN  is the stage name of Chicago transplant Andrew Smith. Inspired by the sounds of early rock and roll, JUNGLE GREEN takes cues from THE CLOVERS, BILLY AND THE ESSENTIALS and THE PLATTERS, as well as those who kept the sound going past the 1950s. Green's attempt in keeping a sixty-year-old genre fresh and exciting is compatible to his goal of incorporating humor into his songs. He has had the pleasure of opening for FOXYGEN on several occasions and was a featured vocalist on PAUL DE JONG's debut solo record.

  • Sun August 7, 2016 2:00 pm
    • Cajun Dance Party featuring Jesse Lége and Edward Poullard with Friends
    $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 the heart of Southwest Louisiana. This time around the Cajun Dance Party will be hosting legends Jesse Lége and Edward Poullard, performing with local musicians from the Chicago Cajun Aces and the Cajun Vagabonds. 

    Jesse Legé and Edward Poullard are living legends of authentic Louisiana Cajun and Creole music. Jesse sings in the traditional high-pitched, emotional style and plays the accordion with equal power and conviction. He grew up in a rural, pre-electricity home in Gueydan, Louisiana, speaking Cajun French and learning music from relatives, neighbors, and the family's much-loved battery-powered radio. Today he is one of the most admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists in the world. Edward Poullard comes from a long line of Creole musicians and learned from his father the beautiful older tunes that would become the foundation for his own repertoire. After apprenticing with master Creole fiddler, he toured extensively on the national folk festival circuit and has taken his music all over the world. With his soulful singing and fiddling he is one of only a handful of musicians who are keeping the Creole fiddle tradition alive. These nationally known all stars bring the heart of French Louisiana life to our afternoon dance hall!

    “Edward Poullard fired out the blade-sharp fiddle lines with the nonchalance of breathing…Jesse Lege heaves his shoulders around a wildly wheezing button-accordion, as befitting this card-carrying Cajun Music Hall of Famer and Cajun French Music Association’s ‘Best Accordion Player of the Year’…by the time that band hit their fire-breathing ‘Zydeco Sont Pas Sale’ encore, the crustaceous honorees at the Isleton Crawdad Festival weren’t the only things red hot and boiling over.”
    - BluesRag

  • Sun August 7, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The Donkeys
    • Animal City
    • Thompson Springs
    $10.00

    California places a distinct sonic stamp upon the music born with in its boundaries. Owens had his Bakersfield, Parsons his Joshua Tree, and Malkmus his Stockton, and in their tunes you can hear dust, desert highways, and skateboards gliding over suburbia. THE DONKEYS have San Diego, and from that environment have woven a fundamental ease in their music - a rock, a roll, a sway, a slide - you could even call it a breeze. Effortlessly, THE DONKEYS continue their easy rolling, classic vibrations, but add a mystery and tension that make their music both lyrically and instrumentally compelling. Their latest album, Midnight Palms, was released earlier this year, and includes THE HOLD STEADY's Steve Selvidge, stepping in after the (amiable) departure of long-time guitarist Jesse Gulati. Don't let puppets fool you. One look at the amusingly chaotic video for "Mouseface" with its haphazard headbanging, extraterrestrial mascots, and the frolicking friends of head songwriters Sal Cassato and Dakota Loesch, and one might mistakenly judge Chicago-raised rock act ANIMAL CITY as a gang of goofballs who just happen to have amps laying around the basement of their Pilsen apartments, and find their hooks at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box. But listening to how such limber drums, perfectly crunchy guitars and throaty shouts compliment each other from track to track, ANIMAL CITY is, in fact, no laughing matter. Five dudes from Wisconsin have come together to create THOMPSON SPRINGS, an ambient psychedelic rock group. Come see them perform their newest and first single “Have You Looked at Me” IRL (that means "in real life").
     

  • Mon August 8, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Pale Sun Records Showcase feat. Deadbeat
    • Caleb Willitz Band
    • Big Syn
    • Heavy Dreams
    Free Monday

    Year two of Pale Sun Records Showcase, here we come. We hosted this event last August and had a grand old time. This year, we're featuring some of the same artists as well as brand new ones.

    Headlining this time around is our old pals in DEADBEAT. The Trio's undeniably original soundscapes simultaneously evoke thoughts of both outer and inner space. We're stoked to have them back for some experimental electronic, noise, dance, and psychedelic tunes with catchy, poignant melodies and stunning visual elements to boot. Newish Chicago four-piece BIG SYN joined forces in the wake of CONDUCTIVE ALLIANCE's unfortunate demise. Tonight they perform much of the material featured on their upcoming debut release. If it's anything like the previous outfit, expect BIG SYN to explore the outer reaches of our galaxy with some exhilarating, anything-goes sonic experimentation. CALEB WILLITZ is a local artists whos music encompasses folk, alt-country, experimental, free jazz & psych. He performs solo and as part of THE CALEB WILLITZ BAND, where he is joined by three fellow artists on guitar, drums, and bass. WILLITZ is also a beast on the production side of things, assisting many fellow musicians with recording and mixing their records. Kicking the night off is HEAVY DREAMS, the latest loud-lyrical-pop project of Chicago musician EMILY KEMPF.

  • Tue August 9, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Prinze George
    • VICTOR
    • Eshovo
    $10 advance, $12 day of

    PRINZE GEORGE is Kenny Grimm (production / instrumental), Naomi Almquist (vocals) and Isabelle De Leon (drums), who are based in Maryland. Formed in 2013, PRINZE GEORGE has quickly exploded onto the Indie scene. Following the release of their breakthrough single, "Victor," The Wild Honey Pie declared, "[This band] could be destined for Indie Pop royalty status." Climbing to #1 on the Hype Machine charts, the single and the band have won the attention of music blogs, fans and labels from all over the world. Through My Headphones calls PRINZE GEORGE "[a band that] has all the makings of being one of the most talked about new acts." VICTOR is the latest incarnation of Chicago based musician Matthew Kerstein. Largely a studio creation, VICTOR was dreamt up out of the home demos made over the summer of 2014 and the added production work of producer Bill Skibbee (producer of the Kills, Wilde Belle and Protomartyr). The music maintains the grit and low fi energy of early rock and roll while feeling free to venture into indie, pop and electronic territory. ESHOVOS is a Washington, D.C. artist, the child of Nigerian immigrant parents. Inspired by the innovative, never the pedestrian, ESHOVO finds a medium somewhere between the sounds of MOS DEF, DANGER MOUSE, & BLACK THOUGHT.

    (Stereogum)

  • Wed August 10, 2016 9:00 pm
    • JJUUJJUU
    • Hydrofoil
    • Diagonal
    $10.00

    JJUUJJUU is an astral union, an arcane ritual, and above all, a conversation. Harnessing an unspoken energy, the group has exponentially blossomed from a sonic experiment to a forceful, telepathic dialogue of distinct-but-aligned vibrations. A revolving cast of local and international musicians have all been a part of JJUUJJUU at one point in time. Releasing this dynamic on an expanding spiral of planned and impromptu live shows in the American southwest and BEYOND, the magnetism of the trio (and sometimes duo) only continues to grow, along with its devoted, traveling coterie of entranced acolytes. HYDROFOIL is a new-ish Chicago duo comprised of BOBBY BURG (JOAN OF ARC/LOVE OF EVERYTHING) and RYAN WEINSTEIN of CAIRO GANG/COFFIN PRICKS/CAVITY (the 3 C's!), not to mention a number of other bands the two have taken part in over the years. The pair stacks drum machine beats, chugging rhythms and multi-layered guitar lines on top of one another to create compelling, driving instrumental rock that'll pair perfectly with your next car chase, no matter what speed you choose.

  • Thu August 11, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Sweet Knives [Lost Sounds]
    • Richard Vain [Bare Mutants]
    • The Goblins
    $8.00

    LOST SOUNDS was known for a sound filled with angst, paranoia, and anxiety all rolled up in a synth laden rock n roll tasty burrito.  SWEET KNIVES carries on the quest with a new delivery, less likely to fall apart and fall off stage, and more likely to infect a room with a symphony of sharpened blades. Alicja, Rich, and original member John Garland have brought back a set of tunes from the old LOST SOUNDS closet, along with Johnny Valient on bass. This past January the group recorded a four song double 7” that will be available in August on Red Lounge Records. RICHARD VAIN started as the solo project of PONYS/BARE MUTANTS frontman JERED GUMMERE, a gentleman and rock & roll scholar who is certainly no stranger to our stage (or our bar). It has since evolved into a trio and channels the familiar songwriting structures of GUMMERE's past work. VAIN and his cohorts craft tightly-wound, tense-yet-tranquil songs that are as hazy and unforgiving as the smoke in your lungs. Opening the night is self-described “TRIBAL DOOM FUNK” outfit THE GOBLINS.

  • Fri August 12, 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 12, 2016 9:00 pm
    • SlutTalk: Van Jam
    $10 (advance), $15

    I’m a slut. You’re a slut. We are SlutTalk.

    If you grew up as a girl in America you’ve probably been called a slut...or called someone a slut. Who are you kidding - it was probably both. SlutTalk is collective dialogue that seeks to destigmatize the word slut and encourage sex positivity through performances, workshops, and social media.

    Hosted by Chicago City Colleges professor and feminist performer ALICIA SWIZ, each SlutTalk performance features a dynamic line-up of female performing artists sharing their personal experiences with slut shaming, body politics, and sexual identity.

    You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You might even learn something.

  • Sat August 13, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The Herms
    • Bleach Party
    • Savants
    • VietRahm
    $8.00

    Having recently relocated from the Bay Area to Los Angeles, THE HERMS add true grit and originality to the sun-fried, post-punk scene of Southern California. Born in the co-ops of Berkeley, nurtured in the streets of San Francisco (in between the dot booms), and finally finding residence on the East side of LA, The Herms bring a frenetic, schizophrenic charm to the lo-fi reemergence. As John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees puts it: “No one sounds like THE HERMS. No one sounds like Matt Lutz.” Vlad Duran’s unique, melodic basslines and Mike Leyva’s angular drum stomp fill out the other points of the sonic triangle.BLEACH PARTY formed in May 2012 and has been knocking out their surfy, sweaty rock & roll ever since. Comprised of members of RABBLE RABBLE and RODEO, the four-piece was hailed for their "swinging, fuzzed-out garage" by the Chicago Reader and Chicagoist calls their single "Empty Heads" a "a fuzzy, melodic rocker filled to the brim with happy hooks." NYC four-piece SAVANTS bring their "death rattle & roll" into town for one night and one night only. Their jangly, psych-tinged debut single, "Shake Pendulum Shake," off their debut, self-titled LP (Narnack), is a sun-drenched blast from the past that'll tickle your pickle in all the right places. The psychedelic post-punk, surf sludge, cosmic love-fuck that is VIETRAHM provides you with the Rock and Roll for your grandparents to waltz to on acid. Need we say more?

  • Sun August 14, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Birdcloud
    • Flesh Panthers
    $10.00

    BIRDCLOUD is Jasmin Kaset and Makenzie Green, a pair who met in a place called Murfreesboro and who, since 2009, have used things like booze and sacrilege to make very modern country music. The band’s music is the ravenous id of today’s commercial country sound, and in place of the pandering and polished banality of Nashville’s Music Row is a savagely honest depiction of “real Americans,” where a teenage evangelical designates her vagina (alone among her orifices) to Christ; a Desert Storm veteran dispenses ancient wisdom while driving drunk and toppling birdbaths in the suburbs; a coked up blackout drunk on a spree fellates a rodeo clown and tells her friend’s children that Santa doesn’t exist. In other words, our kinda people. Floating around the Chicago music scene for a while has been FLESH PANTHERS. They debut record NGC 2632 was a highlight of 2015, and their upcoming Willows Weep on Maximum Pelt is sure to blow our minds. Already strapped with a solid amount of material and a hard working reputation, FLESH PANTHERS are ready to level up.

  • Mon August 15, 2016 9:00 pm
    • GRÜN WASSER
    • First Hate
    • Grand Prix
    Free Monday

    New Chicago duo GRÜN WASSER explore the noisier leanings 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. Come get your mind blown by this exciting new group. Tonight we welcome FIRST HATE to the Empty Bottle stage for the very first time! FIRST HATE are a synth-pop duo from Copenhagen. They released their debut EP 'First Hate' on Canadian label Bad Actors Inc. (Ben Cook) in September 2014. After playing several festivals during the summer they went on their own headlining club tour in October 2015 finishing off with a show in LA on halloween. March 4th 2016 saw them release their second EP 'The Mind Of A Gemini' via Copenhagen label Escho (Iceage, Liss, Lower etc) to great praise among Danish media.

  • Tue August 16, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Omni
    • Melkbelly
    • Deeper
    $8.00

    Playing lo-fi pop that channels the specter of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, OMNI brings you back to an era where any sane person was reeling from the unfulfilled promise of the Space Age and Age of Aquarius bleeding into the looming threat of Morning in America. OMNI distills the buzz and grit that snakes through the best of TELEVISION, DEVO, and PYLON into surprisingly danceable, hook-laden slabs of raw, angular, sonic bliss. OMNI signed a two-record deal with Trouble in Mind with the fantastic debut LP, Deluxe, came out in June. Coming all the way from Pilsen for the first time since mid-July is MELKBELLY, a refreshing throwback to thrashy, crunchy noise-rock. The Melkers have been one of the hottest names in town since releasing their album Pennsylvania in 2014, via Automatic Recordings, and are definitely a staff favorite around these parts. They always turn that shit up to 11 whenever they hit the stage and we can't wait to see how they kick this shitstorm into high gear tonight. Rounding out this stacked Tuesday bill and starting things off with a bang is Chicago-based dream pop/shoegaze band DEEPER, who's recently-formed lineup is made up of MICHAEL CLAWSON, SHIRAZ BHATTI, NICOHLAS GOHL and DREW MCBRIDE. Still something of a hidden gem in Chicago's robust underground, DEEPER melds twinkling guitars with cascading rhythms airy harmonies, pushing the "dream-pop" sound into uncharted sonic territories.

  • Wed August 17, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Glitter Creeps presents
    • CELINE NEON
    • Natalie Grace Alford (EP Release)
    • Wingtips
    $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.

    (Chicago Mixtape) (Windy City Times)

    Headlining this evening is colorful duo CELINE NEON, unleashing club-ready grime pop for the huntress. Mix a little CHARLI XCX with NINE INCH NAILS and there you have it: dancy, industrial, electro pop. Together, EMILY NEJAD and MAGGIE KUBLEY create a stellar live performance sure to make you sweat in that special “dancing your ass off” way. Celebrating her latest EP release is NATALIE GRACE ALFORD, a singer-songwriter based out of Chicago, IL. She uses the loop pedal as a way to make the song on stage, using her voice, buckets, keyboards, even tin cans. Her powerful voice and wide range makes her catchy tunes all the more enjoyable in an age where live auto tune seems to be all the rage. WINGTIPS will be kicking off the evening. The three piece combines synth-wave with post-punk and electronica. Their latest album, Ultravision, was released last year.

    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 August 18, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Big Eyes
    • Endless Column
    $10.00

    New York rockers BIG EYES are hitting the Empty Bottle stage for the first time!  KAIT ELDRIDGE has been the ringleader behind BIG EYES since 2010. Striving to find the perfect balance between punk, hard rock and pop, BIG EYES is content to be cemented "in between" the scenes. We're pleased as punch to have them rock our humble abode this evening! ENDLESS COLUMN returns tonight after opening for CLOROX GIRLS back in April. This garage, post-punk 4-piece knocked our socks off during their last visit, and we're rip-roarin' ready for another round! 

  • Fri August 19, 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
    • Sweet Cobra
    • The Poison Arrows
    $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. MILEMARKER returned to the stage in 2015 with Lena Kilkka on synth/vocals and Ezra Cale on drums. SWEET COBRA, a trio of Chicagoans that make some of our favorite skull-crushing rock, has remained a cornerstone of Chicago's heavy music scene for over ten years now. Consistently bashing us against the wall and throwing us to the gutter, SWEET COBRA combine plodding, ominous riffs with thunderous drums and caveman vocals, turning it up to 11 for a whole new level of ass-kickery. We haven’t seen THE POISON ARROWS since 2010, so we’re stoked as hell to have them back.

  • Sat August 20, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Frankie and the Witch Fingers
    • Uh Bones
    • Son of a Gun
    • Permanent Records DJs
    $8.00

    FRANKIE AND THE WITCH FINGERS are a four piece lysergic soaked rock n roll outfit from Bloomington Indiana. The group recently relocated to Los Angeles and released a mind exploding LP on Permanent Records. Each song is a fuzzed out pop trip! With mystical lyrics and a strong vocal delivery, THE WITCH FINGERS conjure the vibrations and patterns of the first psychedelic ere. But they don't merely recreate the sonic spectrum of the 60's. These are new sounds and heavy new ideas. Speaking of heavy sounds, Locals UH BONES are a trio whose sloppy, unhinged garage jams are making waves across the city and stealing the hearts of girls all around this here county. A little organ-driven rock & roll never hurt your soul, and this well-oiled machine always leaves us clamoring for more - hopefully we get to hear some new tunes when they kick out the jams tonight. Few can resist the siren call of SON OF A GUN's two guitar attack. If your feet aren't tapping, then we legitimately suggest you see a doctor, cause you might be dead. This past June we helped em release a brand new, rip-roarin' 7", which further solidified their place among Chicagoland's rock & roll elite. The fine humans of Permanent Records will be spinning all the best rock gems you could possibly imagine throughout the night. Prepare for blast-off.

  • Sun August 21, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Big Dipper
    • Fee Lion
    • Windbreaker
    $8.00

    BIG DIPPER is a former Chicagoan who now calls Brooklyn, NY home. The rest of the country is catching on to the rapper's "THICK LIFE" motto and so can you! We’re excited to once again host the self-described “bear of a gay rapper.” Known throughout the country for his playful antics, catchy beats, smart lyricism and humor, BIG DIPPER “makes everyone wanna shake their ass and bounce their dicks.” It's true, it's true -- we've seen such activities before from BIG DIPPER in the flesh and let us tell you, it's a sight to be seen. Chicago's own FEE LION is 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. So, you know, don't miss it. Any of it. Returning to kick this shindig into gear is WINDBREAKER, the latest project by members of LAZER CRYSTAL, known for its experimental rock offerings that are equally at home on dance floors and home stereos.

  • Mon August 22, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Canadian Rifle
    • Daylight Robbery
    • The Runnies
    • Problem People
    FREE MONDAY!

    Local punk three-piece CANADIAN RIFLE were last on our stage in March with STORM CLOUDS and BULLNETTLE. Man, what a time that was! This time, they’re returning to headline *FREE MONDAY* with their trademark gruff vocals, melodic-punk guitar riffs and incredibly fast dirty hardcore. Singing about bummers and bad times with their chainsaw guitars and thunderous drums. DAYLIGHT ROBBERY returns playing dark, intense and insanely catchy indie-leaning punk rock with shouty male-female vocals and serious muscle. The members of the trio have played with some of the best local and touring punk bands around! THE RUNNIES are bring their anthemic brand of garage rock n’ roll is steeped in psychedelia and fronted by a smoky-voiced siren, and local relentless rock trio PROBLEM PEOPLE kick the night off right. 

  • Tue August 23, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Hockey Dad
    • Muuy Biien
    $10.00

    For two childhood friends from a small coastal town in Australia, HOCKEY DAD has come a long way in their relatively short existence. Growing up on the stages of small bars in Wollongong since mid-2013, the duo of Zach Stephenson (guitar/vocals) and Billy Fleming (drums) began to grow their following outside their home city with the release of their debut EP Dreamin in June 2014. Growing interest in the band led to national tours alongside the likes of DZ DEATHREAYS, BASS DRUM OF DEATH, and BAD/DREEMS, aand they were named the winners of Triple J’s Unearthed competition, landing them a spot on Byron Bay’s prestigious Falls Music & Arts Festival over the new year.The duo are now looking to expand their reach beyond their home country. Following their recent performance at CMJ in New York, the band has just signed with Kanine Records in the US in anticipation of their debut album release in mid-2016.Athens, GA-bred noise terrorists MUUY BIIEN have been demanding (and getting) a shitload of attention since their April 2015 debut record. Playing aggressive, blown-out and jagged punk rock with zeroed-in focus and fearless, unpretentious attitude, MUUY BIIEN are the real thing, and the power of D.Y.I. is palpable. With no college degrees, no connections and no future, this ain’t some snappy bullshit that every blog on the planet is gonna champion before moving onto “the next big thing” – MUUY BIIEN is here to stay and they can (and likely will) go wherever the fuck they please. 

  • Wed August 24, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Powell (Record Release)
    • Elon Katz
    • Not Waving
    • Jaime Williams DJ set
    • Beau Wanzer DJ Set, Celebrating 5 Years of Diagonal Records
    $12.00
  • Thu August 25, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Ryley Walker (Record Release)
    • Luggage
    • TALsounds
    $10.00

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

    (Consequence of Sound) (Guardian) (NPR Music) (Pitchfork)

  • Fri August 26, 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 26, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The Life and Times
    • Molly McGuire
    $10.00

    It's always a pleasure to have the unbelievably loud, yet relentlessly epic, Chicago trio THE LIFE & TIMES on The Empty Bottle stage. As difficult to classify in any genre due to their ever-expanding sonic capabilities, the band's moody, spacey and sonically overwhelming sound becomes even more grandiose live. We should know, we've hosted them here at least a dozen times over the course of their 12-year existence, and it's been a thrill to watch them evolve over the years. Back for their trumphant Bottle return (they haven't played here since 1995!) is Kansas City, Missouri hard rock  band MOLLY MCGUIRE. Formed in 1991, MOLLY MCGUIRE has toured and shared the stage with such bands as TOOL, JESUS LIZARD, FAILURE, HUM, and THE MELVINS. These cats have been on hiatus for quite some time now, but they are back and ready to rock harder than ever! Their latest release, Molly McGuire III, is the bands first new release in eighteen years and includes original members Jason Blackmore, Jason Gerken and Ray Jankowski.

  • Sat August 27, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Windy City Soul Club
    $5 Cover

    The WINDY CITY SOUL CLUB boasts that the "best rare soul deejays in Chicago come together to create the best party this city has ever seen," and if you're inclined to think real deejays need only a box full of vinyl, you'll likely agree. WCSC deejays play all original vinyl of the Northern Soul variety, Motown-style gems, regional hits, ace dancing tunes as well as your favorite recognizable sing-along classics. If you've ever wanted to "shake a tail feather" tonight's your night to get dapper and get down. Early arrival is recommended to avoid waiting in line outside! $5 cover, 21+

  • Sun August 28, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The Muffs
    • Space Raft
    • John San Juan
    $12.00

    Based in Los Angeles, California, THE MUFFS, is a U.S. punk band formed in 1991 by Kim Shattuck (vocals) and Melanie Vammen (guitar), both refugees from all-female garage rockers THE PANDORAS. Ronnie Barnett (bass) and Criss Crass (drums) completed the original line-up, which completed a highly enjoyable punk pop collection for Warner Brothers Records in 1993. Vammen and Crass left after the debut album, with Jim Laspesa and then Roy McDonald coming in on drums. The slimmed-down trio completed two solid albums for Reprise Records in the late 90s, but despite their songs cropping on several movie soundtracks THE MUFFS failed to make the breakthrough to mainstream recognition enjoyed by contemporaries such as GREEN DAY. They switched to independent label status in the new millennium, recording Hamburger (2000) for Sympathy For The Record Industry and Really Really Happy (2004) for Five Foot Two.

    SPACE RAFT is a Rock and Roll band playing color specific intervals of sound. The music is delivered for pleasure. Volume is resulting. From Milwaukee, and the beyond.

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

    PAPER MICE, a three-piece whirligig from Chicago, is headlining on our fair stage this evening. These DIY scene super stars blend a freakish range of influences into miniature, prog-punk puzzles that are extra fun to put together. Chicago's EVASIVE BACKFLIP play second with another wet and wild set of experimental rock. With mathy, experimental, and jazz-influenced riffs to match their zany and often nonsensical lyricism, expect to see this act grab your brain, make you smirk, then stomp all over it in a surprisingly-cohesive manner. Returning to our stage are our old friends ABSOLUTELY NOT, who are always a god damn pleasure. These cats plays it fast, make it fun, and don't take themselves too seriously - though the lighthearted music occasionally belies darker lyrical content. NOT FOR YOU is a Chicago three-peice creating pop-noises and things. This is their first Bottle appearance, so let's get weird.

  • Tue August 30, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Surf Curse
    • Lala Lala
    • Earring
    • The Predictions
    $7.00

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

  • Wed August 31, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Vomitface
    • Wet Wallet
    $7.00

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

    (FADER) (NOISEY)

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

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

  • Fri September 2, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    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 September 2, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Scorched Tundra VI featuring Bongripper
    • False
    • Oozing Wound
    $15.00

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

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

  • Sat September 3, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Scorched Tundra VI featuring Monolord
    • The Atlas Moth
    • Beastmaker
    • Sweat Lodge
    $15.00

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

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

  • Sun September 4, 2016 9:00 pm
    • ARIISK
    • HOGG
    • Champagne Mirrors
    $7.00

    Returning to the Empty Bottle stage this evening is Chicago-via-Atlanta duo HOGG is a  band that's sure to either terrify or delight you with their doomy, industrial noise-punk. HOGG's newest tape, Bury The Dog Deeper (dear god), was released on ANDY ORTMANN's Nihilist Recordings, so that should give you a good idea where the band's shattered guitars, sparse-but-suffocating rhythms and ear-splitting vocals/shrieks will take you tonight.CHAMPAGNE MIRRORS is Alex Barnett of BARNETT = COLOCCIA and OAKEATER. The project utilizes heavily effected vocals, drum machines, tape sounds, and synthesizers to create sparse poly-rhythms amidst ominous soundscapes. Compositions are performed live and with a good amount of improvisation. Extended Communication Techniques, the first release under this moniker, is coming out on Jealous Gods this summer. 

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

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

  • Tue September 6, 2016 9:00 pm
    • XENIA RUBINOS
    $10 (advance). $12

    Vocalist and composer XENIA RUBINOS crafts movingly powerful songs dipping in and out of genre and structure to create a sound that is fearlessly her own. Xenia’s powerhouse vocals are at the center of her music which grows from a wide range of influences from R&B to Hip-Hop to Caribbean rhythms and jazz all delivered with a soulful punk aura. Her debut album Magic Trix was released in 2013 by Ba Da Bing! Records to wide critical acclaim. Pitchfork lauded the radiant singer as “a unique new pop personality” while a profile in The New Yorker described her work as “rhythmically fierce, vocally generous music that slips through the net of any known genre”. Xenia’s energetic live show and presence echoes some of the larger than life iconic singers she admired as a child including Judy Garland, Nina Simone and La Lupe while her powerhouse vocals recall the pop sensibility of Mariah Carey and soulfulness of Erykah Badu. Touring the US and Europe extensively, she has played more than 150 shows both as a headliner and supporting act for such diverse bands as Man Man, Battles, Coco Rosie, and Deerhoof. Xenia has been hard at work on her followup full length LP due out Spring 2016.

  • Thu September 8, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Varaha
    • Close The Hatch
    • Disrotted
    $8.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sat September 10, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Mystic Braves
    • The Dream Ride
    • Soft Candy
    $12.00

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

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

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

  • Wed September 14, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Morgan Delt
    • Heaven's Gateway Drugs
    $10.00

    Returning to the Bottle for the first time since 2014 is the psychedelic and sun-scorched MORGAN DELT. DELT is a California singer, songwriter and musician who has released some of the best genre-defying tracks we've heard to date. Released on Chicago's own Trouble In Mind, DELT's debut, self-titled albumwas an acid-laced, mutated piece of golden-era psychedelia that is both familiar but refreshingly new. Taking trips to outer galaxies and blending all sorts of psych-rock traditions into one, DELT sums up his twisted, California sound: "I think we've become unstuck in time and everything is going to happen all at once from now on."HEAVEN'S GATEWAY DRUGS is a counterculture cult rock band hailing from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Despite being born in a location that couldn't be farther from a psychedelic epicenter, Heaven’s Gateway Drugs creates a unique combination of freakbeat, west coast psych, mod, and eastern drone to create a sound that is just at home today as it was in 1968.

  • Thu September 15, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Chrome Sparks
    • Roland Tings, Presented by Empty Bottle and 1833
    $15.00

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

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

  • Fri September 16, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    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 September 16, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Mild High Club
    $10.00

    Following on the mellow buzz generated on their 2015 debut album, Timeline, The Mild High Club returns this summer with their second full-length, Skiptracing. In just over a calendar year, it’s been quite the journey for Alexander Brettin, who is both founder and member of the Club. Hailing from the Midwest, Brettin grew up playing flute in the school band and wound up majoring in jazz studies in Chicago. But in 2012, an auspicious, westward-blowing wind brought Brettin out to visit Los Angeles, where he connected with the Stones Throw crew. Within a year, he had passed the early demos that would become Timeline onto Peanut Butter Wolf and made the move out west.

    And in investigating the spirit of American music, The Mild High Club re-imagine AM radio hits as blasting in from a parallel universe, the sound of early 70s LA in a smog of sativa. If Todd Rundgren was the primary touchstone for Timeline, Brettin and band now look to the wry, trenchant wit of Steely Dan, gazing deep into the dark underbelly of sun-bright LA and coming away with a catchy song underpinned by slippery jazz phrasings. It’s a cosmic connection that tethers The Mild High Club to fellow sonic brethren like Ariel Pink, Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Connan Mockasin and more.

    Dig deeper into the lyrics and imagery and that detective story slowly emerges. But it’s no simple whodunit? Instead, think The Long Goodbye, The Late Show, Chinatown, Night Moves or any early 70s inversion of the detective noir genre, where the gumshoe protagonist ultimately winds up investigating himself, navel-gazing so as to solve the ultimate mystery. Skiptracing is Philip Marlowe driving around LA listening to Caetano Veloso or that deleted scene in John Cassavetes’s The Killing of a Chinese Bookie where Cosmo Vitelli reads Cosmic Trigger.

    In crafting Skiptracing, The Mild High Club have made an album that strikes a balance between the known and unknown aspects of art and creation. While Brettin sought to have complete control over the creation of the previous album, in opening up and allowing these creative variables in, he learned a valuable lesson that lies at the heart of Skiptracing itself: “When you wish upon the unknown, you might be surprised by the rewards.”

  • Sun September 18, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Vinyl Thief
    • Even Thieves
    $7 (advance), $10

    Nashville indie pop band Vinyl Thief explores how love blossoms and heals when given the right amount of space with their new EP, Touch. Consequence of Sound says, “The group combines the airy, dreamlike quality of electronics and grounds it with soaring melodies and arrangements. [Vinyl Thief’s music] is provocative in tone and enthralling in composition.”

    Coming off of 2014’s full length debut Fathoms was a blur for the band. The album explores loss of family and uses walls of sound to illustrate the journey. Features from Paste Magazine, AV Club, NOISEY, and Huffington Post highlighted the bands’ inventive alt-pop arrangements and infectious melodies. Frontman Grayson Proctor says, “During that time, I’d get so wound up in anxiety, I had no space left to foster relationships with people. I knew had I to create time for myself to think and get perspective on life.”

    The Touch EP revolves around the art of creating meaningful space for the important things to flourish. “We chose to do more with less,” says Proctor. The old wall of sound is torn down. Soulful falsetto vocals, playful synth hooks, seductive basslines, and festival-ready rhythms all have their moments in the spotlight. Thematically, Proctor says, “Keeping everything around me simple gives us the capacity to be creative and energetic in our music.

  • Tue September 20, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Quilt
    • Mutual Benefit
    $15.00

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

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

    Glitter Creeps is a Rock/Punk/New Wave queer night hosted and co-curated by siblings Donnie & Madison Moore of ABSOLUTELY NOT. The monthly showcase, which goes down on the third Wednesday of each month, was declared Best punk-rock LGBTQ night in Chicago Reader's 2015 Best Of issue and was included in Chicagoist's Best Queer Nightlife In Chicago. Each month brings new and exciting bands from Chicago and beyond to perform on our stage and we're stoked for the lineup that they've put together tonight.

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

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

    (Chicago Mixtape) (Windy City Times)

  • Fri September 23, 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 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.

  • Sat September 24, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Jah Wobble & The Invaders of the Heart
    $25.00

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

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

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

  • Sun September 25, 2016 9:00 pm
    • HEALTH
    $20.00

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

  • Mon September 26, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Opposite Sex
    • Pamphleteers
    FREE MONDAY!

    Here on this killer edition of FREE MONDAY is OPPOSITE SEX, a trio who came together by chance in the isolated North Island town of Gisborne. The sound they developed in splendid isolation is, they say, some kind of absurdist-logico mix of Euro pop, beat poetry, and subterranean lo-fi adventuring. Drawing musical inspiration from such disparate elements as THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, HALF JAPANESE, and THE BEATLESand marrying it to lyrical themes of animal kingdoms, love and loss, and master/slave dialectics, OPPOSITE SEX reinvent alternative pop in a style of their own. Chicago's PAMPHLETEERS derive from a deep and abiding commitment to the hook and the occasional trip to the whitewashed stratosphere. Drawing on myriad influences from the early British Invasion, nascent psychedelia, proto-metal, to 1980's new wave, the trio yield tuneful nuggets and aggressively moody dirges that lodge deep in your medial pre-fontal cortex.

  • Fri September 30, 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 September 30, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Merchandise
    • Public Memory, Gentle Leader
    $12.00

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

  • Sun October 2, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Goblin Cock
    $10.00

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

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

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

    "I must make a gesture", he says.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    It is a crushingly brutal Dear John letter to society.

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

    These are songs about True Love.

    These are songs about Revolution.

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

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

    NECRONOMIDONKEYKONGIMICON.

    It is their gift to us.

    Don't squander it.

  • Wed October 5, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Kikagaku Moyo
    • Moss Folk
    $10.00

    Kikagaku Moyo call their sound psychedelic because it encompasses a broad spectrum of influence & elements of classical Indian music, Krautrock, traditional folk, and 70s Rock. Most importantly their music is about freedom of the mind and body, and building a bridge between the supernatural and the present. Improvisation is a key element to their sound.

    Like a long journey House In The Tall Grass unfolds itself through many layers. Existing fans of Kikagaku Moyo will be comforted by the soft vocals harmonies and warm sitar, but what sets this release apart is the refinement of the band’s song-writing and their delicate execution. Side A begins with a pair of travelling songs where the interplay between the vocals, guitar, and sitar lift and suspend the listener on an unexpected journey. The patient listener is rewarded with tracks such as “Trad” and “Silver Owl” which demonstrate the masterful balance the band has between soft and loud; chaos and order, or being both cold and tender at the same time.

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

  • Fri October 7, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    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 October 7, 2016 9:00 pm
    • CHIRP Radio welcomes : Seratones
    $12 (advance), $14

    Get Gone, the potent debut album by the Shreveport, Louisiana natives in SERATONES, makes a strong case that this little-known corner of the state is fertile ground, musically speaking. A.J. Haynes (vocals), Connor Davis (guitar), Adam Davis (bass) and Jesse Gabriel (drums) serve up a combination of Southern musicality, garage rock ferocity, and general badassery. Recorded at Dial Back Sound studios in Mississippi, Get Gone is all live takes, a portrait of the SERATONES in their element. Add the soul and swagger of a juke joint with the electricity coursing through a basement DIY show, and you’d begin to approach the experience of seeing this foursome live. 

    Shared history in the city’s music scene brought the SERATONES together a few years ago. All four had played together with one or another in various local punk bands, bonding through all-ages basement shows, gigs at skate parks and BBQ joints, and late nights listening to jazz and blues records. SERATONES music, created with collaborative songwriting and spontaneous creativity, is certainly their own, due perhaps in part to Shreveport’s unique sonic geography. The city sits at a nexus roughly equidistant from Memphis soul, Mississippi Delta Blues, and New Orleans jazz, with Texas swing located just over the nearby state border. 

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

  • Tue October 11, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Cymbals Eat Guitars
    • Field Mouse
    • Wildhoney
    $12.00

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

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

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

  • Fri October 14, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    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 October 16, 2016 9:00 pm
    • White Fang
    • No Parents with very special guests Birth Defects
    $10.00

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

  • Fri October 21, 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 October 21, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Cass McCombs Band
    • Delicate Steve
    $15.00

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

  • Sat October 22, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Temples
    • Vinyl Williams
    $20.00

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

  • Fri October 28, 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 November 4, 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)

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