• Fri February 24, 2017 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

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

    FREE entry & $3 Shiner Beer for all!

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

  • Fri February 24, 2017 9:00 pm
    • NE-HI (record release)
    • Deeper
    • Cafe Racer
    $10 (advance), $12

    Emerging from underground venues in Chicago’s Northwest side, NE-HI made its name on both its live energy and cleverly wrought guitar anthems. On its second album Offers (Grand Jury), out Februrary 24th, the band takes those basement-forged instincts and refines them, lets its guitars explore new angles, and focuses its songwriting. The result shows there are a wide range of post-punk possibilities yet to be explored. It all started at Animal Kingdom, a flash-in-the-pan DIY basement in Chicago’s Logan Square. NE-HI’s more ambitious sound and heady arrangements broke away from garage rock’s back-to-basic’s approach. The band’s disparate influences--Wire’s post-punk, Springsteen’s everyman anthems, along with echoes of dreamy atmospheres of Dave Roback’s Rain Parade and the jangly buzz of Kiwi pop legends The Clean--began burning through. Offers is NE-HI finding that rising to the occasion means living up to your own standards, not someone else’s. 

    Returning to the Bottle after headlining a rocking Friday night in January is DEEPER. This quarteet started in 2014 as a shimmering dream-pop four-piece and have since adopted a fuller, more nuanced sound with a stronger focus on guitar interplay and driving rhythms. On their excellent Fire Talk debut, "Trans," released this past May, DEEPER channels the anxiety and uneasiness of modern life by weaving chiming guitar swirls to a dense climax. We're expecting big things outta these fellas in 2017.

    Opening the evening is CAFE RACER. Formerly known as GROSS POINTE, this Chicago band made their live debut right here back in March. The psych/shoegaze rock n roll quartet are influenced by everything from BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE to JESUS & MARY CHAIN. They sound more groovy and noisey with textured melody than their past aggressive garage punk history.

  • Sat February 25, 2017 12:00 pm
    • West Town Bikes 'Winter Demo' Brunch
    Free Entry!

    If you're one of those supremely dedicated bikers who rock two wheels through all four seasons, we see you & we salute you. Join us for a seasonal Winter Demo series with our pals at West Town Bikes. They'll be showing cyclists how to prep and repair their rides so that they can be fully equiped for cold-weather biking. Grab brunch next door at Bite Cafe, a bloody at our bar, and frolick in bicycle paradise. FREE ENTRY!

    PLEASE NOTE: These pop-up Winter Demos will be "presentation style" and if WTB can't help with a quick fix, they'll send you to their open shop just two blocks away!

  • Sat February 25, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Meat Wave (Record Release)
    • Paper Mice
    • Melkbelly
    • Foul Tip
    $10 (advance), $12

    Oh man. MEAT WAVE record release at the Empty Bottle? Is this a dream? MEAT WAVE is constantly being asked about its name, though it gets why you keep on doing it. Formed in 2011 by the trio of Chris Sutter (vocals/guitar), Joe Gac (bass), and Ryan Wizniak (drums), the three Chicago punk scene stalwarts came together and, just a year later, released its self-titled full-length, though that was never the intention. These dudes really rock the shit out of their songs and we can't help but rage every time we listen to em, be it their rippin' debut full length or 2015's acerbic follow-up, Delusion Moon, released via Side One DummyEntertainment Weekly says MEAT WAVE "bites harder than a polar vortex gust tearing down Michigan Avenue." How's that for a geographically topical reference? Tonight sees the trio's triumphant return to The Bottle stage, so get ready to take it to the next level and show these boys why we love em so dang much. PAPER MICE is a three-piece whirligig from Chicago. These DIY scene super stars blend a freakish range of influences into miniature, prog-punk puzzles that are extra fun to put together. We last saw them all together when they shredded through Television's '77 classic Marquee Moon this past Halloween. We also saw studly drummer John Carroll sit in with Oozing Wound and not miss a beat when they opened for HIGH ON FIRE to close out 2016! All the way from Pilsen is MELKBELLY, a refreshingly loud, thrashy & crunchy take on noise-rock. The Melkers have been one of the hottest names in town since releasing their album Pennsylvania in 2014, via Automatic Recordings, and are definitely a staff favorite around these parts. They always turn that shit up to 11 whenever they hit the stage and we can't wait to see how they kick this shitstorm into high gear tonight. we're welcoming back FOUL TIP, the fuzzed-out punk rock project of drummer/vocalist ED BORNSTEIN and bassist/vocalist ADAM LUKSETICH. This excessively rad drum/bass duo returns to the Bottle tonight to clown on your ass with their maddeningly raucous attack. Unfortunately the legendary 70s Toronto underground post-punk band THE SCENICS aren't able to make it across the border for tonight's show, but you can still pick up the archival release "In The Summer" (a collection of songs recorded on four track reel to reel during 1977 and 1978). 

  • Sun February 26, 2017 12:00 pm
    • Bleak Brunch with DJ Bleak V [Luggage
    • Cleared]
    Free

    From noon until 3pm, come enjoy a collection of tracks across genres with a shared emphasis on slowly piecing together your previous Saturday night. Selections by Michael Vallera (Luggage/Cleared).

  • Sun February 26, 2017 3:00 pm
    • Empty Bottle Book Club discusses The Handmaid's Tale
    Free Entry

    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 this book from our friends at 1276 Milwaukee Avenue! 

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    The seminal work of speculative fiction from the Booker Prize-winning, soon to be a Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, and Joseph Fiennes.

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable.

    Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now….

    Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and literary tour de force.

  • Sun February 26, 2017 9:00 pm
    • REZN (Record Release)
    • Disrotted
    • Blunt
    • Bottomed
    $8.00

    New local doom trio REZN are capping off a weekend of local record releases by celebrating Let It Burn. We last saw REZN when they blew us away opening for Goblin Cock back in October. We couldn't wait to have them here back as they release their proper debut. 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. Also rolled into the evening is BLUNT, a blues, metal, doom-rock band from DeKalb, IL influenced by SKYNARD, HENDRIX, SABBATH, cold American beer and… other things. Opening up this apocalyptic portal is BOTTOMED, the Chicago-based noise/electronics project featuring members of BONGRIPPER. Their low-end, experimental synth sounds are recorded and performed live with actual, physical hardware - none of that laptop shit - and will likely rumble the walls as it turns your guts inside out. This is the bleak soundtrack for entering the void. EDIT: We've heard that BOTTOMED will be likely be playing off a laptop. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • Mon February 27, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Willis Earl Beal
    • Quinn Tsan
    • Soft Pink
    • The Minimal Beat DJs
    Free Monday

    Chicago singer/songwriter WILLIS EARL BEAL began his foray into the music business by tacking hand-drawn flyers all over the greater metropolitan area with his phone number and address. The flyers said "My name is Willis Earl Beal. Call me and I'll sing you a song. Write to me and I'll draw you a picture." Beginning around the end of the 2000s, Beal was busking in train stations and making good on the promises of his flyers whenever the occasional call came in. In 2009 Found Magazine graced the cover of their seventh issue with a flyer Beal had made with a crude drawing of himself soliciting a soulmate. The issue also included an interview with Beal, and reader response was so strong to his open-hearted and quirky personality that Found went on to release a limited-edition CD collecting some of his home-recorded songs in 2011. Still living at his grandmother's house on Chicago's South Side, Beal began playing more proper gigs around town. His songs and recordings ran the gamut, from gospel confessional to noise-touched soul ballads, all characterized by his booming voice. His strange back-story and grassroots approach to self-promotion gained him a reputation as an outsider artist, and much more press coverage began to come his way following the Found Magazine article. In 2011 he inked a deal with Hot Charity, a subsidiary label of XL Records. Willis Earl Beal's debut LP, Acousmatic Sorcery, was slated for release in the spring of 2012, and he embarked upon his first tours in both the U.S. and Europe. He followed in 2013 with the more polished but still plenty quirky Nobody Knows, which featured cameo vocals on one tune from Cat Power's Chan Marshall. Beal split from Hot Charity for the release of 2014's Experiments in Time. The self-released third album again switched gears, tending toward a more dreamy, synth-heavy sound. Beal then signed with Portland's Tender Loving Empire. Calling it a concept album, Noctunes, chonicled the end of his brief marriage. It was released in August of 2015. ~ Fred Thomas, Rovi

    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.

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    Free Mondays at The Empty Bottle are sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon. $2 PBR Drafts every Monday!

  • Tue February 28, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Withered
    • Immortal Bird
    • Varaha
    $8 advance, $10

    We are stoked as hell to welcome back WITHERED, tortured blackened doom/death metallers from Atlanta. WITHERED was established in 2003 to focus on masochistic introspection while traversing many sub-genres of extreme metal. We haven't seen these soul-crushing gents since 2007, so it's about damn time they returned! Direct support comes from IMMORTAL BIRD, Chicago black metal band whose 2015 release Empress/Abscess had everyone screaming for joy. Metal Injection said of the album: "Immortal Bird cranks out bludgeoning, constantly-shifting grind-laden jams that have a lot of substance to them. For a debut, or any release in a career really, Empress/Abscess is crazy good." From Chicago, VARAHA play a dynamic brand of dark and somber doom/dark rock inspired metal. The band’s palette is wide and varies from monolithic, heavily distorted guitars to elegiac and nostalgic arrangements. Overall, their music is a cinematic dance between heavy riffing counterpointed by omnipresent melodies, as well as droned parts of despair, and evocative clean guitar arrangements. Varaha's debut EP is out now.

  • Wed March 1, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Death By Unga Bunga
    • Midnight Reruns
    • City Slang
    $10.00

    We are extremely priviliged to host psychadelic-punk five-piece DEATH BY UNGA BUNGA during their first Chicago visit. The band, coming atcha from Moss, Norway, has hit New York, L.A., and SXSW, but have never landed in this fair windy city. Their latest EP, Fight!, dropped in September via Norwegian lable Jansen Plateproduksjon. Stereogum called the title track "an infectious blast of crunchy riffage that culminates in a pleasure-center bullseye of a guitar solo." Whoa baby. MIDNIGHT RERUNS is a Milwaukee-based rock & roll band doing the best they can and, chances are, they're doing a whole lot better than you are. Snotty, loud power-pop for the pill-popping maniacs of the Midwest, these four bad dads write soaring, rip-roaring punk anthems that'll leave you gasping for air. Back for their second ever Bottle performance is CITY SLANG, a band seasoned in the Chicago rock world. Members have gained experience in bands such as DECAY AFTER DEATH, WHITE ROSE, WHEELS ON FIRE, and CEMETERY.

  • Thu March 2, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Crocodiles
    • AJ Davila
    • The Bingers
    $12.00

    Since 2008, CROCODILES have evolved from their genesis as the duo of BRANDON WELCHEZ and guitarist CHARLES ROWELL into a revolving cast of artistic heathens. Though the group has seen members come and go, their efforts are centered around the core members, BRANDON and CHARLES, best friends who've have been writing and recording together since they were 18 years old. Following in the footsteps of the raw, anthemic psychedelia and art-punk of years past, the duo's first five records were released on the likes of Fat Possum and Frenchkiss, each tweaking their sound ever so slightly without ever losing their pop sensibilities. On 2016's Dreamless, out via Zoo Music, CROCODILES ditched the guitars in favor of a more spacious, synthesizer and piano-driven sound to create their most exploratory yet focused release yet. It's their first time at the Bottle since 2014 and we can't wait to rage with 'em once again.

    Backed by critical acclaim as one-sixth of breakout Latino garage band Dávila 666, AJ DAVILA is back with a solo project that’s earned positive reviews from Pitchfork, Spin, Vice, NPR and Brooklyn Vegan. Known for his projects’ impeccable mix of Spanish lyrics and scuzzy lo-fi production, the Puerto Rico-based musician’s solo songwriting ranges from the Stooges-inspired garage feel his fans know and love to a foray into Bowie-territory glam rock.

    THE BINGERS are a garage/punk/surf rock 'n' roll trio from good old Chicago, IL. With their two guitars, drums, whoa-oh-ohs, and ooh-la-lahs, you're sure to swoon-rock your way through this evening. Pretty sure we made swoon-rock up, by the way.

  • Fri March 3, 2017 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

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

    FREE entry & $3 Shiner Beer for all!

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

  • Fri March 3, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Durand Jones
    • Divino Nino
    • Fat Night
    $5.00

    DURAND JONES made his Empty Bottle debut this past November for a stelar *Free  Monday.* We're jazzed as all get-out to have him back! Bayou-born soul sensation, DURAND JONES got his start in the church, after being forced to sing in the choir of his rural Louisiana hometown - his Grandmother thought he sang too much at home. When his music career took him to Bloomington, Indiana, he was selected to join the legendary Indiana University Soul Revue, and it was through his involvement that he met writer/producer duo Aaron Frazer and Blake Rhein. The three began writing original soul music, recording themselves straight to tape in the basements of Bloomington - and their debut album is available on Colemine Records

    DIVINO NINO warms the crowd up with some dream pop to trance off to. But let it be known, DIVINO NINO considers their genre to be “bootleg-ass-pop” and if I had to speak from the heart, that’s our favorite type of pop here at the Bottle! A sound that’s reminiscent of MAC DEMARCO’S “Salad Days”, DIVINO NINO’S “The Shady Sexyfornia Tapes” encapsulates the dreaminess, but with a sexy Latino twist a greasy hair DEMARCO could never touch. 

  • Outside the Empty Bottle Sat March 4, 2017 1:00 pm
    • Goose Island Beer Co. & Empty Bottle present, Music Frozen Dancing: A Winter Block Party featuring METZ + Screaming Females
    • Sneaks
    • Dim & A Very Special Guest!
    • Lumpen Radio DJs Sonorama, DJ Logan Bay, and Sol Son spinning inside
    Free Entry

    Look at us! We’re foolish enough to do it again! Goose Island Beer Co. & the Empty Bottle present Music Frozen Dancing 2017, our annual winter block party with some of the best artists around that are also brave enough to play outside in the frozen Chicago streets. This year’s sure to be another wild one, with Toronto-based noise-rockers METZ headlining alongside indie-rock trio SCREAMING FEMALES, plus opening sets by minimalist post-punk artist SNEAKS and hometown shoegazers DIM. BONUS! We’ve also added a special surprise guest to this years’ line-up. Something so incredible it’ll make you weep, then the tears will freeze your eyes shut. How exciting for you!

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

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

    Speaking of warmth, we’ll be serving up chili from Bite Café and the reigning champion of our Annual Chili-Synth Cook Off, MIKE BROERS. Sales from Broers’ chili will go to benefit One Tail At a TimeDark Matter Coffee will also be on-site with piping hot coffee.

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

    (BV Chicago) (Chicagoist) (Time Out)

  • Sat March 4, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Windy City Soul Club
    $5 cover

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

    No advance tickets sold - $5 cover at the door!

  • Sun March 5, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Metz
    • Screaming Females: presented by Goose Island
    $10.00

    A Music Frozen Dancing Afterparty presented by Empty Bottle and Goose Island

    What happens the day after Music Frozen Dancing? A Music Frozen Dancing After Party is what. This year, MFD winter block party headliners METZ & SCREAMING FEMALES will be playing inside the venue for a rambunctious night two!

    Canada ain’t just pumping out hockey and genteel demeanors, y’all. Ottawa’s noise rock outfit METZ has been cranking out solid tunes since their Sub Pop debut in 2012. Last year’s “II” was a heralded album and is worth your time. The guitars are titanic, the drums ill-tempered, the vocals chilling, and the volume worrisome. Though they incorporated new instruments, (baritone guitar, tape loops, piano, synth, found sounds) and stretched out the arrangements, they still managed to “stay true to what made us tick in the first place: that immediacy." 

    SCREAMING FEMALES has been a band for over 10 years, releasing five full-length albums and perofmring 700 globe-spanning live shows has made them difficult to miss. Through it all, the New Brunswick, NJ trio have continued to exude a frenetic energy which is built upon the zeitgeist of America's punk and indie underground yet has always remained forward-looking. 

     

  • Mon March 6, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The Funs
    • Clearance (Tour Kick-Off)
    • WULFPAC
    • Permanent Records DJs
    Free Monday

    Reverb-heavy sludgey punks THE FUNS are local D.I.Y. heroes, having started their own cassette, vinyl and print label, Manic Static, that's known for its minimal-bordering-on-grisly aesthetic. Realistically, THE FUNS' music is without genre and having come up in basement/DIY/underground venues, the duo's dynamic, shape-shifting and multi-textural "rock" music is meant to be heard in a live (and loud) environment. They also refurbished a house four hours south of Chicago that acts an artistic refuge of sorts for those who need a break from city living. Come catch our pals CLEARANCE before they kick off on tour! We're always happy to have their unique take on throwback, indie-rock with a lo-fi vibe on the EB stage. The group released its debut LP Rapid Rewards in September 2015 via Tall Pat Records and Unsatisfied Records. Are You Aware -- another 7" released on Tall Pat -- followed in 2016. Taking equal cues from the Flying Nun school of arty guitar pop, classic British post-punk and otherwise VELVETS-indebted rock, the band mixes eras and styles with ease, resulting in a tightly focused but coolly off-the-cuff sound that appeals to rock nerds of all stripes and sizes. Returning to set this piece ablaze is WÜLFPAC, the collaboration between JOE SCHORGL of THE SUEVES/SKIP CHURCH and JAMES SWANBERG of THE LEMONS/TODAY'S HITS. So, a band spawned from other bands that we know we dig?! Guaranteed good times for all. Kicking off this rad Free Monday evening is the cool cats from Permanent Records, kicking it behind the DJ booth.

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    Free Mondays at The Empty Bottle are sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon. $2 PBR Drafts every Monday!

  • Tue March 7, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Fast Decay
    • New Drugs
    • Sorespot
    $5.00

    Everything seems to be in FAST DECAY lately, but not the boy's themselves. This three piece hailing from the Back of the Yards hauls their ass this side of Roosevelt. Songs that feel more like sporadic episodes, FAST DECAY channels that adult-like angst into songs that leave you wishing for just ONE more minute. If my prose hasn't swayed you, then try to imagine "Rats in tuxedos, watercolor portraits of the devil, and the crumbling face of a cheeto-woman." All images courtesy of FAST DECAY's noise!! SORESPOT might sound painful, but they've got a soft touch. Returning for the first time in six months is new-ish Chicago four-piece NEW DRUGS. These young rockers are bringing us a fresh take on gritty, balls-to-the-walls rock & roll, living and dying by their motto that "The future is dank." That kind of positivity is exactly what this country needs right now, so you can bet your ass that this is going to be a mind-blowingly good time. Be sure to catch your early show sways with SORESPOT before convulsing on NEW DRUGS!

  • Wed March 8, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Telefon Tel Aviv
    • Surachai
    • New Canyons
    $15.00

    TELEFON TEL AVIV began as electronic duo (Joshua Eustis & Charles Cooper) converging hip-hop, electronic and soul music during the emerging American electronic underground scene late 1990s. In September 2001, the high school friends, hailing from New Orleans, released their debut album Fahrenheit Fair Enough, on Hefty Records. Living in New Orleans in the late 1990s, Eustis and Cooper were in the thrall of two musical orbits: black America- New Orleans' bounce, Detroits' techno, & Chicago's house, as well as British electronica - Auechre, Aphex Twin, & Jega. The album features delicate Rhodes and guitar instrumentation wrapped in a southern bounce shell, smothered in r&b and cut up by digital rhythm programming. 

    Following the loss of bandmate Cooper in 2009, Eustis spent time on hiatus from the TELEFON TEL AVIV project. But now, after 7 years, Eustis is back working on new material. The music sounds all the more relevant, because the roadmap Eustis and Cooper desired was then ahead of their time. That same electronic sound exists today, almost two decades later. Their debut album Fahrenheit Fair Enough has been recently reissued by Ghostly in all digital formats and vinyl in light of the 15 year anniversary of its release.

    SURACHAI's repertoire pivots from full ensemble black metal outfits to solo synthesizer explorations that have an avant garde fearlessness. A professional sound designer, mixer, and location audio engineer, the Chicago-based musician and producer brings a technical expertise to a curious artistic output that makes every upcoming release unpredictable. 

    Local outfit NEW CANYONS returns to deliver their extremely likeable take on melodramatic, icy synth pop. The duo has been dominating the Windy City since they're debut album, Everyone is Dark (too true). A little electronic mixed with a little shoegaze, they've blown us away more than once and we're thrilled to have them back.  

  • Thu March 9, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Dehd (tape release)
    • Bunny
    • Coffin Ships
    • Max Pelt + Eye Vybe DJs
    $8.00

    When DEHD releases a new tape, you know the Empty Bottle is going to throw a damn good party. DEHD (formally known as DREAM EAGLE HEAVY DREAMS) makes their third Bottle appearance tonight. We have the amazing ERIC McGRADY behind the kit, with JASON BALLA (NE-HI/EARRING), and SUPERMAGICAL's EMILY KEMPF completing the trifecta of awesome-sauce. Always a dang pleasure to have these cats on our stage. Joining the fun is BUNNY, a four-piece led by Jessica Viscius on vocals and guitar. Much like cough syrup, their sound mixes deliriously sweet n’ slow 60’s pop songs with sardonically deadpan lyrics. One of the original Manic Static bands, COFFIN SHIPS, are here to hit hard with their short and eloquent songs that are torn little snippets of psychedelic pop bliss. The two-piece is returning to our stage tonight for the first time since 2015. Kicking the evening off is the duo of local label awesomeness, Max Pelt and Eye Vybe Records, spinning the hits.

  • Fri March 10, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Moving Units presents The Songs of Joy Division featuring Moving Units
    • Viktor Fiction
    • Soviet
    • Analog Signals Djs
    $12.00

    MOVING UNITS have been kindly forcing people into fits of dancing with the power of their Italo-disco meets SONIC YOUTH fusion of dance punk since 2001. Formed in Los Angeles during the “dance-punk” heyday, this marks the third time they’ve ventured all the way from California to play our stage...and this time, it's a super special performance. MOVING UNITS will perform the best songs of English post-punk heroes JOY DIVISION. The band will also play a couple of selects from their new  LP, Damage With Care, as well as classic MOVING UNITS material. VIKTOR FICTION is the new band / alter ego of veteran production impresario Dave Trumfio, the man behind the board for a vast group of artist that have included The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Rentals, Sia, Wilco, Grandaddy, My Morning Jacket, Ok Go, Mekons, Alternative TV and Built To Spill to only name a few. Trumfio was also the frontman and songwriter for 90’s New Wave revivalist PulsarsSOVIET arose from the NYC electroclash scene in the early 2000s. Their first album We Are Eyes, We Are Builders fused humanemotions with embellished melodies, luscious synths, and austere beats. SOVIET embraced the pure remnants of the 80s and made them their own. The new record Ghosts is a return to their humble beginnings.

  • Sat March 11, 2017 12:00 pm
    • Handmade Market
    Free

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

    Have some vittles at Bite cafe and libations at The Empty Bottle. See? Done and done. :-) We look forward to seeing you!

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

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

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

    noon to 4:00 PM

    free admission to the public

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

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

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

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

  • Sun March 12, 2017 2:00 pm
    • Al Scorch's Winter Slumber: Slumber's Rest
    Free

    Dry your eyes and come on down for 2017's final installment of Al Scorch’s Winter Slumber, one of our favorite annual traditions. Each show has had very special guests and you won't wanna miss who al's got in store for us this time around!

    Chicago singer-songwriter, guitarist and banjoist AL SCORCH brings his Winter Slumber back to the Empty Bottle Brunch Hour. A special residency that he started here in early 2013, this Sunday afternoon series finds Scorch and a variety of guests stretching their musical legs with new tunes and arrangements, while also delighting audiences with Scorch classics and even a cover or two. Winter Slumbers are some of the finest Sunday afternoons we've experienced in a long time, so grab a pal or four, order a round of bloodies, maybe some brunch, and enjoy the 2017 Winter Slumber: Slumber's Rest.

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    Thank you to our partners, Revolution Brewing, for helping to make this Winter Slumber series possible.

  • Sun March 12, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Horrible
    • Roach Beach
    • Grmlnz
    $5.00

    Hard rocking Chicago four-piece HORRIBLE returns to headline this Sunday night show for the first time since opening for the inimitable WHITE LUNG last October. The four-piece's blown-out, anthemic punk rawk that sounds like something DANZIG might've thrown up after pumping weights with The Governator in a futuristic wasteland. With their latest single, we're expecting big things from the dreadful, grisly no-good HORRIBLE. Holy guacamole, ROACH BEACH returns to tear things apart and stir shit up, so breath deep and get ready to go for a ride. The band revels in fast, thrashy, explosive, sludgy, dreary stoner punk. They describe themselves as a "Gaggle of boners" and their songs boil over with the addition of GEORGE HUNTER’s rich, rough and drawling vocals. Spazzy hardcore band GRMLNZ kick tonight off with their no-frills, no-vowels, balls-to-the-wall sonic onslaught that'll get your blood pumping right out of your eyeballs. Bring a poncho and get ready to get wet.

  • Mon March 13, 2017 9:00 pm
    • TCB [Quicksails
    • ADT]
    • Parlor Walls
    • Mukqs
    • Daymaker
    Free Monday

    TGIFM! Yes, Thank God It's Free Monday and you can enjoy this here bonkers show we've got for ya. Tonight's headliners are the Chicago-bred psych and free-jazz outfit TCB, which features members of local improv troupe ADT. T stands for Tramposh, C for Chavarria, and B for Billington -- and they're prepping to take you for a wild ride. After a series of colorful EPs, Brooklyn trio PARLOR WALLS is set to release their debut album, Opposites, on Northern Spy Records this month before embarking on a national tour around the ol' SXSW music conference. Singer/guitarist Alyse Lamb spins and pounces and fires off shards of noise one second, then evilly lingering, noir-ish phrases the next. Drummer Chris Mulligan anchors the music with a mighty rumble and crash while playing synth, ambitiously, with his left hand. Alto saxophonist Kate Mohanty provides a calm yet similarly brooding presence with her resonant, minimalist lines and astringent, boxcutter tone. Their music swims between chaos and restraint, nestling in the cracks of warmth and dissonance. Perfect for tonight's Free Monday with Chicago electronic mastermind MUKQS (a GOOD WILLSMITH off-shoot) and DAYMAKER, who's own special brand of noisy cahos is no stranger to our stange.

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    Free Mondays at The Empty Bottle are sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon. $2 PBR Drafts every Monday!

  • Tue March 14, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Zanias
    • Wingtips
    • Butch Maltese
    • Beau Wanzer (DJ set)
    $8.00
  • Wed March 15, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Glitter Creeps presents A Benefit for The Clinic Vest Project featuring Lasers and Fast and S**t
    • Fitness
    • Kodakrome
    $5.00

    Glitter Creeps is tearing 2017 UP! This Rock/Punk/New Wave queer night has been throwing some of the best damn parties around since bringing their party to the Bottle. Hosted and co-curated by siblings Donnie & Madison Moore of ABSOLUTELY NOT, the monthly showcase 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, which will double as a benefit for The Clinic Vest Project.

    LASERS AND FAST AND SH!T returns after opening for FAKE LIMBS back in February. LASERS is known across Chicago for playing an engaging mixture of punk abandon with a healthy dose of stoner metal's nodding and self-knowing winks. Live, the band is a force to be reckoned with, and you should absolutely expect lasers, smoke, no shit, and some brand new songs that will only further elevate the LASERS' fiery, art-damaged punk sound. Bottle first-timers FITNESS bring a beefed-up blend of punk, grunge, NOT garage rock and twin guitars. Push-ups? Rarely. Whiskey pulls? Regularly. Their self-titled EP, Fitness, on Weiner Records (a subsidiary label of Burger Records) was released Summer, 2015 and can be streamed on Bandcamp. Kicking the evening off is Chicago's KODAKROME, a synthpunk electropunk trio ready to party.

  • Thu March 16, 2017 9:00 pm
    • All Them Witches
    • Irata
    $15.00

    Heavy, heady and hypnotic, ALL THEM WITCHES returns to The Empty Bottle for the third time ever. These guys concoct a powerful and potent psychedelic sound that fuses bluesy soul, Southern swagger and thunderous hard rock. With their transfixing releases, 2012’s Our Mother Electricity and 2014’s Lightning At The Door, and a jam-filled live show where no two shows are the same, the band has amassed a devoted following and have become something of a sensation in the underground rock scene. “The band seemingly channels the churn of the universe and connects with a big, bad, uncaring cosmos,” wrote the Boston Globe, adding, “There is a primal ebb and flow at the core. ALL THEM WITCHES' mystic atmosphere, dark but not brutal, is the result of a tireless work ethic, a grueling tour schedule, and a tape trader’s compulsion for documenting every show. IRATA, from Greensboro, NC, defy specific categorization. Their sound dodges to the side or straight up smashes through genre barriers with a dexterous, infectious groove. Once an instrumental act, the lineup has shifted from a trio to a duo and back, and following several lineup shifts since their inception eight years ago, the band has finally solidified things with its most roaring setup yet; including Jason Ward, Jon Case, and Cheryl Manner. 

  • Sat March 18, 2017 12:00 pm
    • Brunch For Practically Everyone
    Free

    Brunch time hangs with For Practically Everyone Records head-honcho DJ MATT on the 1s and 2s. FPE’s mission is to increase the amount of beauty in the world and from noon-4pm Mr. Matt will be increasing the amount of beauty in the Empty Bottle. Get eggs, get bloody, and get beautiful... JK, you already are ; )

  • Sat March 18, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Sam Patch
    $10 (advance). $12

    Born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, Tim Kingsbury began performing music as a child at his family church. After years of creating music with various groups, Tim moved to Ottawa, and later left the province for Montreal, Quebec. There he joined the band Arcade Fire in 2002, where he continues to inspire and define the musical landscape of one of the world’s biggest indie rock bands. A multi-instrumentalist and frequent collaborator with musicians across different genres, Tim is set to launch his new project in early 2017 under the name SAM PATCH.

    As his first solo record began to take shape, certain themes and influences became apparent in the songs. Many are touchstones from Tim’s past, such as Abba, Devo, Fleetwood Mac, Zamfir, Leonard Cohen and Stereolab. Lyrically, he was inspired by everything from self-help books to Philip K. Dick to Greek and Christian mythology.

    One weekend in Chicago, he had a recording session with John McEntire and Doug McCombs, who appear on Never Meant No Harm and Up All Night. The song Listening was co-written with Tim’s wife and partner Natalie Shatula. Basia Bulat lent her voice on seven of the record’s eight songs, and contributed vocal and piano arrangements on various tracks. Jeremy Gara, drummer in Arcade Fire and Tim’s frequent musical collaborator, played drums on six of the songs.  

    Tim is will launch the album on Feb 17, 2017 and is excited to get on stage to perform his songs. A winter/spring 2017 tour is in the works.

  • Sun March 19, 2017 2:00 pm
    • Cajun Dance Party featuring Cajun Vagabonds
    $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 from 2-4pm for Cajun music and dancing, grab a few drinks, and let your spirit soar to heart of New Orleans.

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

    (Fox 8 Live NOLA)

  • Sun March 19, 2017 8:00 pm
    • The Seventh Annual Chili-Synth Cook-Off featuring Mike Broers
    • Natalie Chami
    • Jason Letkiewicz
    • Ken Zawacki
    $5.00

    We didn’t know how well synthesizers and chili went together until 2011 when we hosted the first ever Synthesizer Chili Cook Off. The first six events have seen innovation unlike any other from some of the best solo synth masterminds Chicago has to offer. We expect this year’s showcase will once again surpass our expectations. Each musician (aka "chef") is meant to prepare a synth-based “sonic interpretation” of the chili they make and the audience decides whose pairing is most accurate. The winner is then allowed to return for next year’s cook off.

    CONTENDERS:
    MIKE BROERS (DEFENDING CHAMPION)
    NATALIE CHAMI
    JASON LETKIEWICZ
    KEN ZAWACKI

    (Chicagoist) (Reader)

  • Mon March 20, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Storm Clouds [Record Release]
    • Canadian Rifle
    • Lil Tits
    Free Monday!

    Our punk/emo/post-hardcore pals STORM CLOUDS made a record! Cloak the Sky releases on March 20th and we're getting right on that shit with a *Free Monday* release party. STORM CLOUDS play a more jagged, emo-infected version of post-hardcore. Don't expect to cry in your beers, though, as this rough and tumble four-piece soars to the rafters with their anthemic and melodic punk rawk. Your fists will pump and your legs will jump as these local maniacs return to our stage tonight. Local punk three-piece CANADIAN RIFLE are returing as direct support with their trademark gruff vocals, melodic-punk guitar riffs and incredibly fast dirty hardcore. Tonight also sees the return of LIL TITS, a trio that has been blazin’ up a storm the past few years, a string of killer tapes (including a live tape recorded at ye olde EB) and a reputation for live sets that’ll knock your ass straight into next week. 

  • Tue March 21, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Square Peg Round Hole
    • Merit Badge
    • Fluffer
    • Rust Ring
    $8.00

    Elegant, articulate, and expansive, Juniper, the latest record from instrumental percussion trio SQUARE PEG ROUND HOLE manages to convey – and evoke – an entire range of human emotions despite its lack of a single sung word. A sonic mirror reflecting the listener’s subconscious emotional state back at themselves, Juniper engages with the fundamental and primeval. SQUARE PEG ROUND HOLE formed in 2011 while studying music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, in Bloomington, Indiana. The band has shared bills with BUILT TO SPILL, THE ALBUM LEAF, MAE, THIS WILL DESTORY YOU, and THE JOY FORMIDABLE. They have been featured at major venues across the country including the Electric Factory, Le Poisson RougeOld National Centre, and the World Café Live.

    Born out of the ashes of several bands that rose and fell, and the undying urge to say something with music, MERIT BADGE is a place for first words, last words, and some of the stuff you mumble brilliantly after smashing a few beers. There will be reverb involved.

    FLUFFER is a heavy dance-rock trio that is evolving into increasingly uncharted territory. Formed five winters ago in Bloomington, IN, they quickly made a name for themselves by combining blinding psych flavors with a propulsive and kinetic rhythm section. The summer of 2013 saw FLUFFER relocate to Cincinnati, OH and undergo a radical change to their sound. Inspired by the recent Glasgow maximalism and the intricacies of trap music, the group began using extensive electronics and deeper beat driven areas. 

    RUST RING is a Midwest punk trio composed of members of LIFTED BELLS, SPACE BLOOD, SNORT, DOG & WOLF, and DROUGHTS. 

     

  • Wed March 22, 2017 8:00 pm
    • Chicago Gives Back: An Intersectional Social Justice Benefit featuring Astro Samurai
    • Sen Morimoto
    • DJ Scottie McNiece (International Anthem, Uncanned Music), Hosted by Alicia Swiz of SlutTalk
    $10 suggested donation

    Chicago Gives Back: An Intersectional Social Justice Benefit featuring Astro Samurai, Morimoto, DJ Scottie McNiece, hosted by Alicia Swiz of SlutTalk

    Join stellar performers from all over the Chicago arts community in a benefit for the overall good. All proceeds from this event will be donated to featured organizations Chicago Women’s Health, Howard Brown, and After School Matters. Also featuring:

    • Ticketed raffle for the chance to win donated goods from local business, including: Moozie products, Goose Island, Brovo Spirits, Letherbee, 18-21 Bitters, Mandarine Napoleon, Rutte Distillery, El Buho Mezcal, Oppidan, Chicago Distilling Co., High West Distillery, Hoosier Mama, Redbud Jewelry, Strange Cargo, Big Star, Emporium, T-Shirt Deli, La Sirena, El Che, Gage Restaurants, Foursided Framing & Broken Rainbow Chicago, & More.
    • A lineup of charming local vendors
    • …and of course, amazing live performances by:

    Chicago’s ASTRO SAMURAI comes from the absence of space and time, lending smooth vibes to these causes in their first Empty Bottle appearance. This five-piece combines soul visions with intergalactic projections, offering a dynasty of fresh, soulful, sweet, psychedelic music. Chicago MC and producer SEN MORIMOTO’s 2015 release For Me & Ladie garnered praise from the likes of FADER, likening his jazzy take on hip-hop to “…Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment bundled up into one guy.” Before moving to Chicago, MORIMOTO helped build Western Mass DIY label Dark World. Scottie McNiece of International Anthem Record Co. will be kicking the evening into gear on the decks, and professor/performer/founder of SlutTalk Alicia Swiz will be the MC for the evening.

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    Thank you to our event sponsor Goose Island Beer Co. for making this evening possible! 

  • Thu March 23, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Tim Darcy [Ought]
    • Molly Burch
    • Jude Shuma
    $10 advance, $12

    It's been nearly two years since The Empty Bottle has hosted TIM DARCY, singer and guitarist of Canadian post-punk band OUGHT, when that band headlined our stage. This is Mr. DARCY's first solo headlining tour, so you can imagine how lucky we feel to be welcoming this multi-talented artist back to our stage. Born in Arizona, TIM DARCY made his way to both Colorado and New Hampshire before ending up in Montreal where he found university, the city’s rich DIY scene, and the other members of OUGHT. He began writing poetry as early as the third grade and performed often, and his first attempts at songwriting were him feeling around in the dark to set some of them to music. Saturday Night, the first proper solo album from TIM DARCY, comes from one of those crossroads-type moments in life where one has to walk to the edge before knowing which way to proceed. A personal meditation reveals itself across these songs as you feel a poetic, thoughtful person attempting to reconcile a schism, one that grows more expansive as Saturday Night flows along. Close to DARCY’S origins, MOLLY BURCH is set to deliver her surrendering sing-songwriter compositions all the way from Austin, TX. Music so soft you’ll think you’re lounging on a flower petal -- just what the doctor ordered as spring awakens here in Chicago. Returning for the first time since opening that bonkers, sold out POST ANIMAL show back in December, JUDE SHUMA kicks the show off with some pyschedelic, lo-fi grooves that'll get this party started off right.

  • Fri March 24, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Santah
    • Thunder Dreamer
    • Ditch Club (EP Release)
    $10.00

    A psychedelic, dreamy pop-rock band that has been successfully transplanted from the Champaign-Urbana music scene in recent years, SANTAH features beautiful harmonies from the brother/sister guitarists that only those good ol' blood ties can provide. Their latest release, last year's Who's In Town, features early demos and alternate incantations of relative historical significance. It shows the band creating exuberant springtime anthems with sharp guitar/synth tones, melding seamlessly with stark moments that let the bass, drums, and singers get up close and personal with their listeners. Lonesome Morning, the first full-length from Evansville, IN natives THUNDER DREAMER, alludes to an unassuming journey. Both musically and lyrically the album hits highs and lows, joys and anguish. Songwriter Steven Hamilton's poetically despondent song-craft gives nods to the likes of Jason Molina, David Bazan and Leonrd Cohen, finding glimmers of hope, longing and progress among the dark backdrop. Paired with their self-titled EP, the four-piece has reflected their brilliant ability to arrange Hamilton’s swooning song-craft against a classic indie rock outfit. Local rockers DITCH CLUB kick the show off tonight whilst celebrating the release of their latest EP, a high-octane rock record that'll have you thrashing and crashing early and often. Get some.

  • Sat March 25, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Quintron & Miss Pussycat + NOBUNNY
    • The Goblins
    • #EB25
    $15 (advance), $20

    The last time we as longtime staples of the New Orleans scene, QUINTRON & MISS PUSSYCAT, it was 2013.These two bring a little flavor, and madness, of the deep South to the Empty Bottle and we’re very excited to have them back. Balancing QUINTRON’s organ mincing explosions with MISS PUSSYCAT’s quivering maraca accompanied wailing, not to mention her inimitable puppet show, the duo fashions songs that are pure insane exuberance. Swampy and explosive, not to mention charming and delightful, Q & P are here to destroy yet again with a set of barely controlled chaos. Co-headlining this evening is everyone's favorite rascally punk-rock rabbit, NOBUNNY! To say we're excited for NOBUNNY's one-man pop-punk onslaught would be a gross understatement -- almost as gross as that mask. NOBUNNY's infectiously hooky tunes and lusty outlook have earned comparisons to THE RAMONES, HASIL ADKINS, and THE CRAMPS, while his untamed (and sometimes bottomless) stage shows have led some to call him a cuddly version of G.G. ALLIN. Opening the night is self-described “TRIBAL DOOM FUNK” outfit THE GOBLINS, who have played here since the beginning. Starting in 1995, the last time we saw them was this past August. 

    2017 marks our quarter life crisis, and we want to celebrate with all of you! We're bringing back bands of Bottle's past for an #EB25 series throughout the year. Come one, come all - let's party like it's 1992.

    • Box Office Pre-Sale: Wednesday 2/8 & Thursday 2/9, 5-8 p.m. at The Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western)
    • Public On Sale: Friday, 2/10 at 10 a.m. CST

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    Thanks to our partners A.V. Club & Topo Chico for supporting our 25th Anniversary! #EBlovesyou

     

  • Sun March 26, 2017 6:00 pm
    • Tortoise
    • #EB25
    $20.00

    On March 26th, we're throwing it back to an old Empty Bottle tradition with TORTOISE - two shows, one night! The Chicago mainstays have played at the Empty Bottle over a dozen times. Twenty-plus years after its founding, the band's signature and singularly inimitable sound - a fluid intersection of dub, dance, jazz, techno, rock and classical minimalism, with no part overwhelming or dominating the whole - remains an American and international institution. Calling the "post-rock" ensemble prolific is an understatement. Continually forging new sonic territory, the revered quintet have been at the forefront of musical innovation since the early 90s, and they are widely thought of as one of the most dynamic and enduring ensembles to have emerged in the Chicago rock landscape.

    2017 marks our quarter life crisis, and we want to celebrate with all of you! We're bringing back bands of Bottle's past for an EB25 series throughout the year. Come one, come all - let's party like it's 1992.

    • Box Office Pre-Sale: Wednesday 2/8 & Thursday 2/9, 5-8 p.m. at The Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western)
    • Public On Sale: Friday, 2/10 at 10 a.m. CST

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    Thanks to our partners A.V. Club & Topo Chico for supporting our 25th Anniversary! #EBlovesyou

     

  • Sun March 26, 2017 9:30 pm
    • Tortoise
    • #EB25
    $20.00

    On March 26th, we're throwing it back to an old Empty Bottle tradition with TORTOISE - two shows, one night! The Chicago mainstays have played at the Empty Bottle over a dozen times. Twenty-plus years after its founding, the band's signature and singularly inimitable sound - a fluid intersection of dub, dance, jazz, techno, rock and classical minimalism, with no part overwhelming or dominating the whole - remains an American and international institution. Calling the "post-rock" ensemble prolific is an understatement. Continually forging new sonic territory, the revered quintet have been at the forefront of musical innovation since the early 90s, and they are widely thought of as one of the most dynamic and enduring ensembles to have emerged in the Chicago rock landscape.

    2017 marks our quarter life crisis, and we want to celebrate with all of you! We're bringing back bands of Bottle's past for an EB25 series throughout the year. Come one, come all - let's party like it's 1992.

    • Box Office Pre-Sale: Wednesday 2/8 & Thursday 2/9, 5-8 p.m. at The Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western)
    • Public On Sale: Friday, 2/10 at 10 a.m. CST

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    Thanks to our partners A.V. Club & Topo Chico for supporting our 25th Anniversary! #EB25

     

  • Mon March 27, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Pontiak
    Free Monday!

    Pontiak is three brothers that grew up and live on farms in Virginia. Their lifelong closeness yields uncommon musical understanding, creative collaboration and personal camaraderie. Their singular combination of impressive work ethic and boundless creativity pays off on their new album INNOCENCE. From the explosive title track to the mellow groove of “Wildfires,” these 11 songs are some of the most absorbing and melodic material the band has produced, without ever losing their signature heft. It was recorded in the band's Studio A in Virginia without the aid of computers. 

    When the band began to compose the songs that became INNOCENCE, instead of employing their well-worn method of carving out melodic passages from the squall of feedback and fuzz, the Carney brothers' songs frequently began the process with a trio of vocals, often eschewing instruments altogether as they wrote. Nowhere is this more apparent than the melancholic ballads of “Wildfires” and “Darkness is coming”. On high energy, hook laden tracks such as “Lack Lustre Rush,” “Surrounded by Diamonds," and “Ghosts,” the distortion and the searing yet elegant guitar lines hang on the brothers vocal melodies. 

    In addition to designing their own album artwork, the band films, edits, and directs all their music videos, including the 18-minute short film entitled Heat Leisure,which the band released in 2013. The film juxtaposed the staid, oft silent beauty of historic Virginia farms, many of which were the location of civil war battles, with the live bombastic beauty of a rock show. The performance featured two new songs made in collaboration with several guest musicians, including labelmate Greg Fox of Guardian Alien. The film premiered as an official selection at the Chicago International Music and Movies Festival. In addition to East Coast dates with Guardian Alien in December of 2013, the band will be touring the US and Europe following the album’s release.

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    Free Mondays at the Empty Bottle are sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon. $2 PBR on draft every Monday!

  • Tue March 28, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Lawrence English
    • Cleared
    $12.00

    LAWRENCE ENGLISH is a composer, media artist and curator based in Australia. Working across an eclectic array of aesthetic investigations, English’s work prompts questions of field, perception and memory. He investigates the politics of perception, through live performance and installation, to create works that ponder subtle transformations of space and ask audiences to become aware of that which exists at the edge of perception. Returning as support this evening is CLEARED, who released their debut LP in 2011 in addition to another LP Breaking Day via Immune Recordings. In the words of Boomkat, “It is hard right now to add anything new to the so-called drone scene, but CLEARED are fathoms deeper than the current crop of pseudo ambient non-releases."

  • Fri March 31, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Xiu Xiu
    • FACS
    • TALsounds
    $13 advance. $15

    XIU XIU was born on a dance floor, arriving alone at the club and going home alone from the club. That night the first XIU XIU song, Jennifer Lopez, was recorded. Its line, “is it tough to watch, Friday after Friday!?,” began what XIU XIU was going to try to say. The songs would always be about specific events in the personal lives of the band, the people close to them, and about the social and economic politics that effect and deform subjugated life from everywhere in this wobbling, wreck of a solar system.XIU XIU has never shied away from any topic that is honest and meaningful to them. Their songs are about gender dysphoria, suicide, loneliness, going insane, child soldiers, the tsunami in Indonesia, hideous sex, the Sanrio character Pandapple, abortion politics, incest, cats, queer life, being raped by the police and the individual responsibility of U.S. military personnel for the families they murder. Somehow within all of this, cuteness attempts to find a way to embrace death and horrible emotion. The music is drawn from British post punk and synth pop, modern Western classical, noise and experimental musics, Asian percussion musics, American folk, torch singers, house, techno, 1950s rock n roll and this second’s top 40.

    We are thrilled to have FACS; the new project from Disappears members, Brian Case, Noah Leger, and Jonathan Van Herik, making their Empty Bottle debut tonight. 

     

  • Sat April 1, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Nana Grizol
    • Al Scorch
    • Toby Foster
    $10 (advance), $12

    Less of a band than an exuberant orbit of bright weird planets circling the joyful kinesis of main-songster Theo Hilton, NANA GRIZOL'S debut album Love It Love It was released on Orange Twin in May 2008. The crew augments Theo's book-open vocals and beautiful fingerpicking with a suitably eclectic array of instrumentation. NANA GRIZOL's second album, Ruth (2010), is a potent mix of revved up melodic folk punk, laced with intricate horn arrangements and sleazy, ripping guitars. It alternates between contemplative, beautiful folk arrangements and blasting rock and roll. Ursa Minor, out just one day before this show, is their long awaited follow-up, a potent mix of revved up melodic folk punk, laced with intricate horn arrangements and sleazy, ripping guitars. It alternates between contemplative, beautiful folk arrangements and blasting rock and roll, often within the same song. In case you missed AL SCORCH’s past Winter Slumber visits, don’t fret, there’s more SCORCH were that came from. No, seriously, he won't leave, and we're better for it. The Chicago native is an entertainer, road warrior, storyteller, and damn talented musician. His second album and Bloodshot debut Circle Round the Signs, out last year, is built on a sonic framework sharing an intersection with the Bad Livers’ lawless next-gen take on traditional country & bluegrass and Black Flag’s burn-it-all-down revolt and breakneck tempos. TOBY FOSTER opens up with a night that’ll make you nostalgic for your 6th grade years of listening to BRIGHT EYES.

  • Sun April 2, 2017 8:00 pm
    • Arnold Dreyblatt
    $12.00

    Arnold Dreyblatt (b. New York City, 1953) is an American media artist and composer. He has been based in Berlin, Germany since 1984. In 2007, Dreyblatt was elected to lifetime membership in the visual arts section at the German Academy of Art (Akademie der Künste, Berlin). He is currently Professor of Media Art at the Muthesius Academy of Art and Design in Kiel, Germany.

    Arnold Dreyblatt has charted his own unique course in composition and music performance. He has invented a set of new and original instruments, performance techniques, and a system of tuning. Often characterized as one of the more rock-oriented of American minimalists, Dreyblatt has cultivated a strong underground base of fans for his transcendental and ecstatic music with his "Orchestra of Excited Strings".  

    His music has been performed by the Bang On A Can All-Stars in New York, Jim O'Rourke, The Great Learning Orchestra in Stockholm, Pellegrini String Quartet and the Crash Ensemble Dublin. He has recorded for such labels as Tzaddik, Hat Hut, Table of the Elements, Cantaloupe, Choose and Black Truffel. Dreyblatt has taught music workshops resulting in performed compositions with musicians at  "The Music Gallery", Toronto; MIT Boston, Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal and many others. 

  • Mon April 3, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Cosmonauts
    • The Molochs
    Free Monday

    COSMONAUTS came into being in 2009 in outer space or Orange County, depending on the way you like to look at things. Now residing in Los Angeles, they’ve put out a number of releases (including three full lengths) through Burger Records and various other labels.They’ve toured extensively through the US and Europe, and played alongside Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Pixies, Slowdive, Black Lips, Belle & Sebastian, and more. COSMONAUTS don’t exactly fit neatly into the fabric of their scene - too psychedelic to be punk, too punk to be psychedelic, and too absorbed in making their own brand of music to care. Their latest offering, A-OK!, came out this past August via the delectable Burger Records.

    Moloch is the villain in Ginsberg’s Howl (and also real life) and now the personal antagonist of singer and songwriter Lucas Fitzsimons, who named his band THE MOLOCHS because he knew he’d have to make sacrifices to get what he needed. After a trip to India in 2012, Fitzsimons returned renewed and ready to start again. This was the true start of THE MOLOCHS.The first album, Forgetter Blues, was twelve songs of anxious garage-y proto-punk-y folk-y rock. This sharpened Fitzsimons and his songwriting, and after three years went by. he was ready to burst with pent up creativity. So he decided to record a new album in the spirit of the first, and in the spirit of everything that THE MOLOCHS made so far. The result is America’s Velvet Glory, recorded with engineer Jonny Bell at effortless (says Fitzsimons) sessions at Long Beach’s JazzCats studio. It starts with an anxious electric minor-key melody and ends on a last lonesome unresolved organ riff, and in between comes beauty, doubt, loss, hate and even a moments or two of peace.

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    Free Mondays at The Empty Bottle are sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon. $2 PBR Drafts every Monday!

  • Wed April 5, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Omni
    $10.00

    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 last June, two months before they packed the Bottle for their first time. Not to be missed!

    (FLOOD) (Noisey)

  • Thu April 6, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Modern English
    • Silent Age
    • Ganser
    $15 (advance), $18

    We said it when they were here last year, and we'll say it again -- come "stop the world and melt" with the Empty Bottle and UK post-punk legends MODERN ENGLISH. These fellas are returning to America and couldn't miss out on a stop at The Empty Bottle. "We won't play anywhere else" they may or may not have said after that memorable show back in May of 2016. In case you've been living under a rock your whole life, MODERN ENLGISH are an English rock band best remembered for their songs "I Melt with You," "Hands Across the Sea," and "Ink and Paper". The group disbanded for a period in 1991, but later recorded in 1995 with some new members. The original members reformed in 2009 and began touring again at the beginning of last year and we're all better for it. Don't miss this massive show!

  • Fri April 7, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Sweet Spirit
    • BOYTOY
    • Beastii
    $10.00

    Some people say things like "go big or go home" or "the bigger the better" (right?) and that appears to be the attitude of Austin, TX's SWEET SPIRIT, a nine-piece country-rock band featuring some of their hometown's finest young musicians, including members of A GIANT DOG and BOBBY JEALOUSY. We last saw this crew when they played a Glitter Creeps night two years ago, and we're stoked to have them back headlining our stage! SWEET SPIRT's debut album, Cokomo, was released in 2015 via Nine Mile Records.  Delivered in sultry harmonies with as many guitars, horns and keys as you could possibly want, the throwback country soul group is also known for giving one helluva live show, too, so let them take you down, baby. Way down. The Brooklynites in BOYTOY are bringing their incredibly energetic presence to our incredibly electric stage, and, oh boy, our butts are ready for an ass-kicking. These garage-pop freaks have taken a more lush approach this time around, leaning towards a more early ’90s alt-pop-gaze style, but we're way into it. The band members have fantastic chemistry, a sarcastically absurd point of view, and enticing charisma, so don’t come here with some lame ass mood, ya hear? Chicago's BEASTII is the unhinged monster brain-child of guitarist Jen Dot (Swimsuit Addition) featuring Chris Lee (Soddy Daisy) and Dom (Dom's Rock Fantasy). This trio will get down to the deepest caverns of your eardrums, so bring a headlamp if you wanna see your insides, y'all - safety first.

  • 1st Ward (at Chop Shop) Sun April 9, 2017 2:00 pm
    • Session 1: The Second Annual Chicago Pizza Summit, Presented by Old Style Beer in Conjunction with Empty Bottle Presents
    $35.00

    Returning by popular demand, Chicago will witness a second helping of its hugely successful Old Style Pizza Summit this April. Following last year’s festivities, which drew attendance from over 1,000 passionate pizza lovers, the Old Style Pizza Summit promises to crank up the heat for its second showing. Created by Old Style beer, in conjunction with Empty Bottle Presents, the Old Style Pizza Summit will take place on Sunday April 9th for one day only.

    Some of Chicago’s favorite pizza institutions and cooks (full line up to be released later) from around the city will gather to present their take on this now beloved Windy City classic. Some participants will serve it up by the slice while others will present their unique twist and showcase different types of pizza inspired cuisine. The Summit will feature two different sessions.... 

    • Session 12 to 5:00 p.m. 
    • Session 2: 6 to 9:00 p.m.

    ...with entry by the purchase of ticket only. They will both also feature some of Chicago’s top DJs, local rap favorite Showyousuck as the event’s official MC, the ultimate pizza photo booth, a pop-up exhibit of the U.S. Pizza Museum, and the first ever multi-event Pizza Olympics for those seeking the ultimate in cheese topped glory! And no Pizza Summit would be complete without a few special surprises.

    Tickets for the Chicago Pizza Summit are available to the public at emptybottle.com on Thursday February 9th (National Pizza Day) at 12:00 PM. Ticket are $35 each, which includes all you can eat pizza, 5 beer tickets good for Old Style or Old Style Light beer, and a limited edition commemorative Old Style pizza shaped plate. Be sure to set an alarm as tickets for last year’s summit sold out in less than an hour

  • 1st Ward (at Chop Shop) Sun April 9, 2017 6:00 pm
    • Session 2: The Second Annual Chicago Pizza Summit, Presented by Old Style Beer in Conjunction with Empty Bottle Presents
    $35.00

    Returning by popular demand, Chicago will witness a second helping of its hugely successful Old Style Pizza Summit this April. Following last year’s festivities, which drew attendance from over 1,000 passionate pizza lovers, the Old Style Pizza Summit promises to crank up the heat for its second showing. Created by Old Style beer, in conjunction with Empty Bottle Presents, the Old Style Pizza Summit will take place on Sunday April 9th for one day only.

    Some of Chicago’s favorite pizza institutions and cooks (full line up to be released later) from around the city will gather to present their take on this now beloved Windy City classic. Some participants will serve it up by the slice while others will present their unique twist and showcase different types of pizza inspired cuisine. The Summit will feature two different sessions.... 

    • Session 1: 2 to 5:00 p.m. 
    • Session 2: 6 to 9:00 p.m.

    ...with entry by the purchase of ticket only. They will both also feature some of Chicago’s top DJs, local rap favorite Showyousuck as the event’s official MC, the ultimate pizza photo booth, a pop-up exhibit of the U.S. Pizza Museum, and the first ever multi-event Pizza Olympics for those seeking the ultimate in cheese topped glory! And no Pizza Summit would be complete without a few special surprises.

    Tickets for the Chicago Pizza Summit are available to the public at emptybottle.com on Thursday February 9th (National Pizza Day) at 12:00 PM. Ticket are $35 each, which includes all you can eat pizza, 5 beer tickets good for Old Style or Old Style Light beer, and a limited edition commemorative Old Style pizza shaped plate. Be sure to set an alarm as tickets for last year’s summit sold out in less than an hour!

     

  • Sun April 9, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Six Organs of Admittance
    • Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon
    • Health&Beauty
    $10 (advance). $12

    In preparing for the first album of non-Hexadic SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE music since 2012’s Ascent, Ben Chasny had a think about what he’d be saying in his own tongue for the first time in a half-decade. As ever, a head-full of ideas were driving him to think and speak music as a spirituality superimposed onto a reality, with the ghosts of both whispering at each other. In the end, what sits in our listening ears is the sound of communion. Burning the Threshold brings a wealth of SIX ORGANS-styled lightness into one of his sweetest musical meditations yet. With this new music, Ben Chasny has created a potent tonic for our times. The gentleness found here, balanced on top of his classical asceticism, provides much of what we need in 2017 and beyond: love, forgiveness, reality and an ever-wider view, with the understanding of our circular path in this lifetime. Looking at the world through clear eyes beneath a knitted brow, but with a laugh rising up from its heart, Burning the Threshold brings us a powerful draught of essence.

    Both Will Escape is the debut full-length between electric guitarist TASHI DORJI and percussionist TYLER DAMON. In the long tradition of string/drum duets -- from Bailey & Bennink to Haino & Yoshida -- these two cleave out their own unmapped continent of sound. Across four pieces they connect lashes of ecstatic intensity and outer reaches of texture and timbre. At times Dorji's brutal electric torrents meld into Damon's metal and tonal abstractions. HEALTH&BEAUTY provide that tender vulnerability we’ve all come to love, especially in these trying times.

     

  • Mon April 10, 2017 9:00 pm
    • HOGG
    • Cube
    • Magas
    • Beau Wanzer (DJ set)
    Free Monday!

    Returning to the Empty Bottle stage this evening, for their first time headlining, Chicago-via-Atlanta duo HOGG. This band is sure  to either terrify or delight you with their doomy, industrial noise-punk. HOGG's  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. CUBE is an experimental electronic music project from Adam Keith of Oakland, California. Musically, he touches on industrial, dub, techno, noise, and more, but does so with a distinctly personal, emotional touch — the spirit of a singer-songwriter lurks underneath his waves of distortion. My Cube is Cube's first vinyl LP, and it is a multifaceted, kaleidoscopic listen, containing a multitude of moods and atmospheres. MAGAS (aka James Marlon Magas) has been creating unconventional music since 1992, with avant rock bands COUCH and LAKE OF DRACULA, and since 1999, as solo electronic rocker, MAGAS. Known for wild, energetic performances, MAGAS's sound is now heavier and wilder than ever.  DJ BEAU WANZER, Midwestern producer of “spooky, straight-to-tape hardware jams,” will be kicking the evening off.

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    Free Mondays at The Empty Bottle are sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon. $2 PBR Drafts every Monday!

  • Tue April 11, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Saint Pé [Black Lips, Diamond Rugs]
    • Dan Rico (Tour kick-off)
    • Flesh Panthers
    $10.00

    In 2014, after 10 years of touring the world in Atlanta’s legendary Black Lips, as well as the critically-acclaimed Diamond Rugs, guitarist and vocalist Ian Saint Pé needed a change. As he put it, “The only thing you can’t change is time, So it was time that changed me. I loved the Black Lips, but I needed to enjoy new environments. So I got a brand new bag: Saint Pé.”

    He packed up his gear and moved to Nashville, where he settled down in a log cabin formerly owned by country legend Roy Acuff. Before long, that home had also turned into a studio, and with the help of a number of Atlanta-based friends, the album Fixed Focus was born. It’s less a departure from the sounds of the Lips and Rugs as it is an informed continuation of them that maintains all the hooks and pop sensibilities of his previous acts, while refining them with a bit of Nashville class and a hint of the darkness that 10 years on the road imbues upon the soul.

    From singalong stompers “Street Lights,” “Got The Look” and “Kiss It Goodbye” to Southern Gothic explorations like “Burning Bright” and “Carbon Maker,” Fixed Focus is a fully-formed solo debut that sounds more like an album from deep into an established career.

    Recorded by Saint Pé himself, Fixed Focus was mixed by Matt Boynton (Kurt Vile, MGMT) in New York City and mastered by Joel Hatstat in Athens, GA.

    With his first record finally in that brand new bag and new songs already on the way, Saint Pé plans to spend the foreseeable future back on the road with this latest project, bringing his new sounds to plenty of familiar faces.

    Fixed Focus is out 4/7/17 on Ernest Jenning Recording Co.

    (Noisey)

  • Wed April 12, 2017 9:00 pm
    • GGOOLLDD
    $10.00

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

  • Constellation Thu April 13, 2017 8:00 pm
    • Bing & Ruth
    • Trevor De Brauw
    $10

    In 2006, David Moore started BING & RUTH as a way to bring his compositions to an audience beyond academia.  A pianist from Kansas, studying at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York’s Greenwich Village, Moore was writing the sort of music he wanted to hear: minimalist ensemble music with a certain filmic sensitivity, one that prioritized grace and texture over the style’s once-radical subtraction.

    Following the seasoned history of minimalist heroes at the New School like JOHN CAGE and STEVE REICH—both of whom taught at the institution throughout the 1950s and ‘60s—Moore’s compositions looked past the studied repetition of the style’s most prominent forerunners towards a form built on feeling, a mobilization of time-honoured shapes, now angled outward towards a greater totalizing sublime.  After a short hiatus, spent focused on other projects, Moore returned to BING & RUTH in 2010 with CITY LAKE.  The ensemble had grown to eleven members, making touring and rehearsals increasingly difficult to coordinate, especially given the current landscape of classical music, which can make finding patronage outside of a few prodigious, metropolitan institutions a task that often seems insurmountable.  Instead he sold self-released vinyl from his basement and at their shows around New York.  As Moore continued, despite constant setbacks and frustrations, in his early sketches of new material, it seemed that the project would soon fade into obscurity.  Around this time, Moore was put in touch with the experimental label RVNG INTL. and the pair worked together on two full-length LPs over the coming years.

    Of these albums, 2014’s Tomorrow Was the Golden Age parsed the group’s eleven members to a seven-person ensemble that distilled minimalism’s most emotive moments down to artful melodies with a heavy, heartbreaking affect.  The album brought the band a newfound acclaim as it made waves around the underground community, reviving interest in the meditative pop traditions of Philip Glass and Harold Budd, stretching so-called “classical” music to new limits, and proving that there was in fact a committed audience for this sort of thoughtful contemporary composition.  The album was even named “one of the finest leftfield releases of the year" by Pitchfork and earned similar praise from The Quietus and Resident Advisor.

    Now almost two years later, No Home of the Mind finds Moore returning to the piano a heavier, more driven feeling.  Composed on seventeen pianos across North America and Europe over numerous sessions, tours, and travel, the pieces channel the idiosyncrasies and respective limitations of each instrument into inspiration.   

  • Thu April 13, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Methyl Ethel
    • Blonder
    • J Fernandez
    $12.00

    METHYL ETHEL is the uninhibited alt-pop project from Perth musician Jake Webb. The band started in 2013, as an outlet for the reverb soaked home recordings Webb was working on whilst developing his ambient and textural guitar playing in a variety of local outfits. METHYL ETHEL has since blossomed into one of the most critically revered and publicly embraced acts coming out of Western Australia in some time. Built from the ground up in various bedrooms, friends’ studios and quiet caverns over 2013, the exceptional EP diptych Guts and Teeth, which explore themes of anxiety, disillusionment and stasis, were released in quick succession. These intricate tapestries of melody, dripping with lush eccentricity, ascended through the ether and onto the airwaves, with Indie Shuffle, Happy, triple j, FBi Radio, 3RRR and RTRFM amongst others all taking note.

    New York City's Constantine Anastasakis presentED the debut EP from his musical project, BLONDER, in late September 2016. Recorded between New York and LA, EP1 utilizes sonic and lyrical dualities as means of passively graphing the highs and "lows of a void and voracious romance. Romantic narratives of mainstay indie rock are relit in a light self-determined "coolness" while instrumentation from 80s New Wave is employed against Constantine's self-assured voice to create a sense of personal and sonic nostalgia.

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

  • Fri April 14, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The Cool Kids
    • #EB25
    $25.00

    Hip-hop duo THE COOL KIDS got their start on the Bottle stage back in ‘06/’07. Part of the mid-2000s hip-hop movement, THE COOL KIDS consist of Mikey Rocks (Antoine Reed) and Chuck Inglish (Evan Ingersoll). The two met after Mickey came across some of Chuck's beats on the interwebs. They met up in their Chicago homes with the intention of making beats to sell to other artists. Soon enough, they realized the measured, smooth flows and lyrics they were coming up with best fit over their own production. In 2007, they were brought on as part of Pitchfork summer music festival, after previously only released music via Myspace. Shortly after, they secure a  spot at New York's CMJ Music Marathon, where they shared a showcase with DJ A-Trak -- who offered to put out their EP -- and an opening spot on M.I.A.'s solo tour. THE COOL KIDS signed to Chocolate Industries that same year, releasing their debut, the Bake Sale EP, in January 2008. Their full-length album When Fish Ride Bicycles came in 2011, and their latest album, Write In, is awaiting release in 2017. 

    2017 marks our quarter life crisis, and we want to celebrate with all of you! We're bringing back bands of Bottle's past for an EB25 series throughout the year. Come one, come all - let's party like it's 1992.

    • Box Office Pre-Sale: Wednesday 2/8 & Thursday 2/9, 5-8 p.m. at The Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western)
    • Public On Sale: Friday, 2/10 at 10 a.m. CST

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    Thanks to our partners A.V. Club & Topo Chico for supporting our 25th Anniversary!

     

  • Sat April 15, 2017 9:00 pm
    • New Bomb Turks
    • Daylight Robbery
    • Son of a Gun
    • Mixed Deuce
    • Bric-a-Brac Records DJs
    • #EB25 + Benefit for Ben Reber
    $20.00

    On this here #EB25 celebration, we welcome back NEW BOMB TURKS. The NEW BOMB TURKS are a garage punk band from Columbus, Ohio, who first played the Empty Bottle back in 1994. In fact, the only show our fearless leader, Bruce Finkelman, was ever punched in the face happened to be a NEW BOMB TURKS show. The founding members are Jim Weber, Eric Davidson, Bill Randt, and Matt Reber. Sam Brown replaced Bill Randt on drums in 1999. Early on their inspiration came from the Devil Dogs, Lazy Cowgirls, Union Carbide Productions, Didjits, and the Fluid. Musically, they are akin to The Saints, Dead Boys, The Pagans,The Sonics or the Troggs. Their lyrics are generally witty and humorous, but have serious themes beneath their sophomorish hooks. 

    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! MIXED DEUCE are fllow Columbus, Ohio rockers, who consider themselves "derivative AF." Includes former members of THE BLACK ROSE, THE DAY CREEPER, THE FEELERS, andm, wouldn't ya know, NEW BOMB TURKS. BRIC-A-BRAC DJs kick this evening into gear by spinning the hits.

    2017 marks our quarter life crisis, and we want to celebrate with all of you! We're bringing back bands of Bottle's past for an EB25 series throughout the year. Come one, come all - let's party like it's 1992.

    • Box Office Pre-Sale: Wednesday 2/8 & Thursday 2/9, 5-8 p.m. at The Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western)
    • Public On Sale: Friday, 2/10 at 10 a.m. CST

    **In addition to a EB25 Anniversary Show, this event will serve as a benefit for Ben Reber, brother of NEW BOMB TURKS bassist Matt Reber. A portion of proceeds will go to help Ben with treatment and medical expenses**

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    Thanks to our partners A.V. Club & Topo Chico for supporting our 25th Anniversary! #EBlovesyou

     

  • Fri April 21, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Moon Duo
    • Jackie Lynn
    $15.00

    The highest apex of psychedelia, be it art, music, drugs or literature, is to induce a prolonged consciousness shift that affects the consumer far beyond the time they were privy to the act. MOON DUO's third full-length LP, 'Shadow of the Sun,' was written entirely during one of these evolving phases -- a rare and uneasy rest period, devoid of the constant adrenaline of performing live and the stimulation of traveling through endless moving landscapes. This offered MOON DUO a new space to reflect on all of these previous experiences and cradle them while cultivating the album in the unfamiliar environment of a new dwelling; a dark Portland basement. It was from this stir-crazy fire that 'Shadow of the Sun' was forged. JACKIE LYNN is the latest songwriting persona of HALEY FOHR (CIRCUIT DES YEUX). With a sharper rock sound on the recently dropped LP, Jackie Lynn (Thrill Jockey), FOHR takes her storytelling to the next leveing.

     

     

  • Sat April 22, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2
    • Madeline Kenney
    $15.00

    Given the state of modern music and its fabricated pop icons, what Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 achieves is a collective music victory in a new era of progressive soundscapes. World-renowned composer/producer extraordinaire CHAZ BUNDICK, more commonly known "as" TORO Y MOI, has teamed up with the psychedelic-jazz grooves of THE MATTSON 2 for an album that unifies a trio’s creativity into a refreshing project of unhinged sonic originality. The group and the album, Chaz Bundick Meets Mattson 2, explores psychedelic, jazz, and improvisatory influences ranging from Afrofuturistic Sun Ra, to electric Miles Davis, to groove-fueled Serge Gainsbourg and The Zombies. Grounding the album are break-beats, synthesizers, acoustic strums, and guitar fuzz reminiscent of David Axelrod and Arthur Verocai. With cosmic structures, timeless influences, rich harmonies, and melodic interplays, the trio brings an intergalactic edge to both their live shows and an album worthy of repeated visits. Direct support comes from MADELINE KENNEY, an oakland-dwelling Seattle transplant who makes twang-hazy dream pop.

  • Tue May 2, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Acid Mothers Temple
    • Babylon
    $12.00

    KAWABATA MAKOTO and his fellow psych jam travelers ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE return for the first time since playing our stage last March! The ever-evolving lineup has been pulverizing our hearts and brains for decades now (maybe centuries), combining elements of drone, psych, space rock, throat singing and improvised freak-outs. Expect the kind of heaviness that the world has come to know and love from ACID MOTHERS, a sufferer of severe tinnitus (a condition in which the sufferer hears a ringing or pulsing sound not caused by any external stimulus), and the multi-sensory world this legendary collective has created. They're a freak-out group for the 21st century founded in 1995 -- you do the math. BABYLON is a noise-rock band hairling from Los Angeles, CA. This here marks there Empty Bottle debut!

  • Wed May 3, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Pond
    • Kirin J Callinan
    $15 (advance), $18

    What do you call a group of psychedelic songsters all grown up? A group who were often considered the younger sibling, who have come into their own? Artists who just released their best piece of work yet, and musicians who unleashed one of the rowdiest and strongest live touring sets 2014 witnessed? You call them POND.

    Hailing from Perth, Australia's POND formed in 2008 after good friends Joseph Ryan (Mink Mussel Creek), Nick Allbrook (Mink Mussel Creek, Allbrook/Avery, Tame Impala, Peter Bibby & His Bottles of Confidence), and Jay Watson (Tame Impala) hit upon the idea of an all inclusive, ego-free collaborative, so the boys immediately recorded their debut album "Psychedelic Mango" with a little help from good friend Kevin Parker (Tame Impala).

    Since the beginning, POND wrote music and produced records faster than a label could release them. POND followed up "Psychedelic Mango" within months, releasing "Corridors of Blissterday," a frenzied effort recorded live with an eight-piece band in 2009. A year later, their third album "Frond," a kaleidoscopic classic, dripping with funk and falsetto, loosely inspired by a diet consisting only of Prince and Fleetwood Mac, delighted audiences Australia-wide. "Frond"'s release finally realised industry attention and praise, solidifying the band and their music in its own right. "Beard, Wives and Denim," their 4th album, was recorded on a farm a few hours South-West of Perth. "Beard, Wives, Denim" is a triumph of the eclecticism and good humor that drives POND.

    In August 2013, POND gifted to the world their 5th LP in as many years, "Hobo Rocket." "Hobo Rocket" is 40 minutes of perfectly imperfect emotion, challenging veteran listeners and music reviewers with an evolved and vigorous sound. Singer Nick Allbrook describes the release as the "...kind of mindset of finding our own little place in music, and being more of a functioning band, which is what makes it noisier and denser. This one we went as brutally hard as we would at a show. We wanted the songs to sound loose and live."

    Enthusiasts and music aficionados world-wide agree MIFLSA is POND's most focused composition to date. This mirrors their touring efforts, dynamic and enthralling live show, media buzz and essentially, the maturation of a musical career a long time in the making. Maybe it's not such a bad thing growing up, especially when it's this much fun!

  • Thu May 11, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Redd Kross
    $15.00

    REDD KROSS is returning to the Empty Bottle! For their first time in over four years! Back in 2012 they gave us a blistering, balls-to-the-wall set at the revived HoZac Blackout Festival and it had the kids (and dads) going nuts in the pit. Well, they're back and we couldn't be more stoked to welcome the ground-breaking rock'n'roll hooligans back to our stage. Stitching together shards of raging hardcore with pieces of leftover glam infection and delivered with the grace of a drunken chainsaw juggler, REDD KROSS might not be often mentioned in the central spotlight in the early story of LA punk, but their trailblazing is undeniable. The band released Researching the Blues on Merge back in 2012 and to our delight, the boys-now-men picked up right where they left off, sounding as tight and energetic as they did in their heyday.

  • Mon May 15, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The Besnard Lakes
    • The Life and Times
    • Aurora L'Orealis
    $12 (advance), $15

    The story of THE BESNARD LAKES begins at Besnard Lake: a spectacular yet secluded water feature in rural Saskatchewan which the Montreal group’s husband and wife core, Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, visit each summer for inspiration and escape. This year the couple’s campsite was surrounded for a worrying few days by forest flames, a literal ring of fire which informed the devil-may-care spirit of their exuberant fifth album. Armed with demos and memories from their trip, the pair returned to the city and entered Breakglass Studios. Unique among their furrowed brow peers, THE BESNARD LAKES are unafraid to marry textured, questing headphone sonics to the honeyed pleasure of radio hits past: the rapture of MY BLOODY VALENTINE entwined with the romance of FLEETWOOD MAC. Imagine dreamy BEACH HOUSE riding LED ZEPPELIN dynamics, with unabashedly androgynous vocal harmonies. It's always a pleasure to havethe unbelievably loud, yet relentlessly epic, Chicago trio THE LIFE AND TIMES on The Empty Bottle stage. As difficult to classify in any genre due to their ever-expanding sonic capabilities, the band'smoody, spacey and sonically overwhelming sound becomes even more grandiose live. We should know, we've hosted them hereat least a dozen times over the course of their 12-year existence, and it's been a thrill to watch them evolve over the years. Their latest EP, Dopplegangers, was released in November 2016. Containing the same spacey rock that we all know and love, THE LIFE AND TIMES know how to add a little somethin-somethin to captivate with every release. No wonder we keep crawling back for more. Chicago-based shoegazers AURORA L'OREALIS start things off in mega-heavy fashion, making their Bottle debut this very night. Blending a little psychedelia and noise-pop into the mix, the four-piece is poised for big things and are sure to knock you on your ass with their distinctly ecstatic sound.

  • Thu May 18, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Jambinai
    $12.00

    JAMBINAI sound less like a band than a force of nature, fusing the full dramatic range of post-rock dynamics to Korean folk roots to create an exhilarating, vivid and unique fusion. Their instrumental music is coloured by Kim’s fiddle-like haegum, Ilwoo Lee’s guitar and piri (a Korean flute made of bamboo) and Eun Youg Sim’s geomungo, a Korean zither. They met studying traditional music at Korea’s National University of Arts, and found they were united by a desire to present such music in a new way, “to communicate with the ordinary person who doesn’t listen to Korean traditional music,” says Lee, the band’s principal writer. This makeover, however, eschews previous Korean modernists, who Lee says have used western classical music or jazz, for a molten fusion of metal, rock and experimental sound. “We’re darker than other Korean traditional bands,” Lee adds, with considerable understatement.

  • Sat May 20, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Ha Ha Tonka Record Release
    • Trapper Schoepp
    • The Inventors
    $15.00

    HA HA TONKA is a band hailing from the Ozarks, named after a beloved Missouri state park. Signed to Bloodshot Records, the five-piece hits the Empty Bottle to celebrate the release of their sixth studio album, the last one being 2013's Lessons. Bloodshot says of their artists: "HA HA TONKA will bring a room to a near boiling point, then bring it down to a hush, then blow it all up to the point where, at the end of the night, you are wore out and you're not sure why--it all happened so organically and without flash." Count us in! TRAPPER SCHOEPP is a young man who’s befriended a strange and diverse cast of characters during his 24 years.The Minnesota-born, Wisconsin-based tunesmith and teller of tales (both tall and true), returns with his second effort Rangers & Valentines (Xtra Mile Recordings). Produced by pop polymath and RACONTEURS member Brendan Benson,, the record finds Schoepp handling vocals, guitar and harmonica. Genre-defying Chicago three-piece THE INVENTORS start us up with their high-octane, low-frills combo of punk, rock, indie and folk that'll fill you up and never let you down.

  • Sun May 21, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Windhand
    • Satan's Satyrs
    • HAIR
    $15.00

    Ring the alarm, Richmond, VA’s doom occult overlords in WINDHAND are about to metaphorically stomp our skulls with their sweet, super thick, sludged-out grooves. The last time they were here, it was 2015 and they were celebrating the relesae of Grief's Infernal Flower, perhaps one of the best metal releases of that year, receiving ridiculous acclaim. We're pumped to have them back to see what glorious, mind-blowing music they've been working on these past 2 years! 

    Arriving from Herndon, Virginia in a psychic blizzard of garage-birthed fury and fuzz-crazed abandon, SATAN'S SATRYS stand proud as a malignant manifestation of all that's debauched and demented in heavy music. What's more, their third album, Don't Deliver Us, beamed in from a metaphysical zone of over-amped '70s power trio action and exploitation-movie malice, may well be the most gory and glorious thing they've thus far wrenched into creation. 

    HAIR, is the current musical arm of the Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty to Long Haired Men, a group founded by DAVID BOWIE in 1964. Members of HAIR live to a code that mandates shoulder length hair at a minimum. Like the straight hard rock bands of the 70s and 90s (but not the 80s, that shit sucked) before them, the group is dedicated to the heaviest and loudest sounds allowed. Together HAIR define long haired heavy psych rock in the 22nd Century.

  • Fri May 26, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Happyness
    • Parent
    • Secret Bad Boy
    $10.00

    When HAPPYNESS first burst into the public conscience with 2013’s debut single "It’s On You", which was a spirited take on US college rock. Their debut full length, Weird Little Birthday, went on to feature in many of 2014’s End of Year album lists. Worldwide tours, an NME Award, and  a re-issue on the much-loved labels Bar/None in US & Moshi Moshi Recordings in UK, with anticipation the band finally reveal the full details of the follow-up.

    Their sophomore album Write In will be released on April 7th through Bar/None in US. The record was recorded in the band’s own studio above a now-abandoned bookshop, then finished and mixed with Adam Lasus at his LA home studio. It  features artwork from the band’s own Jon EE Allan. Write In sets its stall out as an outward looking, inventive, and thoughtful progression from their debut. Ahead of the album release, new UK single “Falling Down” now has an official video, a disorientating and retro 7-minute spectacle. Happyness will be playing SXSW and have announced an extra US date ahead of a full North American headline tour in the Spring.

  • Sat May 27, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Local H
    • #EB25
    $15 (advance), $20

    It wasn't too long ago that two-man rock band LOCAL H celebrated a 25th anniversary of their own - that of their very first show in 1990. LOCAL H is known for their blistering live shows and for pioneering the two-man band set-up -- frontman Scott Lucas covers both guitar and bass through an extra pick up in his guitar and drummer Ryan Harding pounds out the rest of the sound. While they have earned praise in the past for their catalog of clever concept albums, Local H are forgoing a singular theme on their latest album -- Hey, Killer (out April 2015 on G&P Records) -- turning out a non-stop blast of straight-up, hooky, guitar-heavy rock songs -- each one catchier than the last. The band’s discography includes seven other studio albums, a live album, and a bunch of EPs. Harding joined LOCAL H in 2013, after years spent playing in Minneapolis bands LEFT BRAIN HEART and BRUDER, and fit right in. His first recording with LOCAL H was a heavy, rocking reinterpretation of Lorde’s Team, title track of the EP released in 2014.

    2017 marks our quarter life crisis, and we want to celebrate with all of you! We're bringing back bands of Bottle's past for an EB25 series throughout the year. Come one, come all - let's party like it's 1992.

    • Box Office Pre-Sale: Wednesday 2/8 & Thursday 2/9, 5-8 p.m. at The Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western)
    • Public On Sale: Friday, 2/10 at 10 a.m. CST

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    Thanks to our partners A.V. Club & Topo Chico for supporting our 25th Anniversary!

     

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