• Fri February 12, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

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

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

  • Fri February 12, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Disappears
    • Negative Scanner
    • HIDE
    $15.00

    It’s always cause for celebration when Chicago staples DISAPPEARS grace our stage, and we've been itching for another good time with the city's most forward-thinking rock band. After close to seven years as a band, the group is at their most raw, reflective and powerful. On the last two albums, Era and Irreal, both out on Kranky, we listeners got to hear the band deconstruct their sound into something they describe as "abrasive, contemplative, and paranoid." If 2013's Era was "the sound of the void looking back," then last year's Irreal is the band "reporting from The Void" with an even more spacious, experimental response to their crumbling modernity. We’ve long been a fan of DISAPPEARS’ open, propulsive, and ever-evolving sound and know how perfectly engaging they are live. Old EB pals NEGATIVE SCANNER are spoiling us - we just got to hang out with them at last month's Glitter Creeps! This band emerged like a Phoenix from the ashes of Rebecca Flores and Tom Cassling’s former band, TYLER JON TYLER. Partnering with Nick Beaudoin and Matt Rivers, they’ve formed a dark and noisy punk combo that's put the underground demons of this fair city under its spell, and we're all better for it. In their three years existing as NEG SCAN, they’ve produced a killer 7” and LP on Trouble In Mind and another single on Tall Pat Records. Their mix of UK-inspired post-punk and WIPERS-esque riffs cause even the snobbiest of nerds to slam a couple two-tree PBRs into their face-holes. Kicking this killer evening off is Chicago's HIDE, a project from visual artist HEATHER GABEL on vocals and multi-instrumentalist SETH SHER (GA'AN, PSYCHIC STEEL, ZATH, OAKEATER) on pretty much everything else (and some vocals). Since forming in 2014, the duo has exploded all over Chicago, stirring up shit all around town with their dark, minimal blend of electronic, goth and industrial stylings. They've opened for the likes of ALALKINE TRIO and even scored an opening slot for part of MARILYN MANSON's recent tour. Trust us you're gonna want to show up early to catch them tonight. DJ BOYCURIOUS will be spinning the hits you love throughout the night. Step to it.

    (Chicago Sun-Times)

  • Sat February 13, 2016 12:00 pm
    • Handmade Market
    Free

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

    The Empty Bottle starts serving at 11am, so feel free to shop with a bloody or mimosa in hand. (We do encourage relaxed shopping.) You can also grab brunch at the delectable Bite Café next door.

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

    Did you know that in the city there are many makers who create jewelry, clothing, scarves, handbags, journals, greeting cards, and more? Do you want your money to go directly to the people that make the things you buy? Here you can establish a personal connection, and our makers are even encouraged to demonstrate or make their products during the event.

    Sustainable crafterness this is a regular monthly event. We strive to create a crafter's market, with affordable handmade, mostly local items. There are a ton of crafters in the city, and we try to make this accessible to up and coming designers, jewelry makers, and others. Come out and help support your monthly crafter's market.

    (Chicago Now) (Gaper's Block) (Time Out) (Tribune) (Windy City Live)

  • Rockefeller Chapel at University of Chicago Sat February 13, 2016 7:00 pm
    • Godspeed You! Black Emperor
    • Xylouris White
    $30 GA / $40 Preferred

    Empty Bottle Presents in conjunction withUniversity of Chicago bring you GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR with XYLOURIS WHITE. Let’s be real – GY!BE is one of those bands you see live and continue to tell the story for years to come, epecially at a venue like Rockefeller Chapel at University of Chicago. The instrumental Montreal collective is a band that spans over two decades, beginning in the early 90’s. They played a handful of shows and recorded a self-released cassette originally as a trio, later recruiting numerous Montreal musicians from ’95- ’96. They featured as many as 14 at time before settling into a permanent nine-member line-up. GY!BE toured and recorded nonstop for nearly five years, creating jaw-dropped live performances marked by instrumental dynamics and heroic rock-power in front of heavy, beautiful 16mm film loops. They released three groundbreaking albums and an EP before announcing an indefinite hiatus in 2003, but returned in 2010 to fill the void in our cold, blackening hearts. October 2012 saw the release of their first record since 2002, Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!, which tackled social atrocities fiercely and head on. Tiny Mixtapes said of the album: “Wordless, made speechless before atrocities of war and profit, their music implies that instrumental (read: absolute) music says much more than one can with words.” In March 2015 the band continued their track record of forward-thinking post-rock with the release of their epic fifth album, Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress. You can bet we're damn excited to hear the new tunes and to host GY!BE for a one-of-a-kind performance in the stunning Rockefeller Chapel. Opening the evening is XYLOURIS WHITE, composed of Greek born vocalist/lute player GEORGE XYLOURIS, Australian drummer JIM WHITE and a reoccurring cast of other musicians. Since their fateful meeting in Melbourne, XYLOURIS and WHITE have created beautiful music that starts with the old sharp dance-beats and slow, expressive folk songs of Greek Cretan tradition. It then reaches further into loose, sympathetic improvisations of uncertain length. Each performance is like an epic jam session containing music that has spanned centuries and built traditions. This evening at Rockefeller Chapel is certainly a pairing of epic proportions if there ever was one.

  • Sat February 13, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Windy City Soul Club: Love Edition
    $5 cover

    Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, so grab your best guy or gal or stranger on Tinder/OkayCupid/Match.com and get on down to the Bottle to dance the night away! The WINDY CITY SOUL CLUB boasts that the "best rare soul deejays in Chicago come together to create the best party this city has ever seen," and if you're inclined to think real deejays need only a box full of vinyl, you'll likely agree. WCSC deejays play all original vinyl of the Northern Soul variety, Motown-style gems, regional hits, ace dancing tunes as well as your favorite recognizable sing-along classics. If you've ever wanted to "shake a tail feather" tonight's your night to get dapper and get down. Early arrival is recommended to avoid waiting in line outside! $5 cover (no advance tickets), 21+

    (Chicago Mixtape) (Gapers Block)

  • Sun February 14, 2016 2:00 pm
    • Al Scorch's Winter Slumber
    Free

    It’s our favorite winter tradition, Al Scorch’s Winter Slumber!

    Chicago singer-songwriter/guitarist/banjoist/all-around class act AL SCORCH has brought his Winter Slumber BACK to the Empty Bottle Brunch Hour in 2016. A special residency that he started here in early 2013, this Sunday afternoon series finds Scorch and a variety of special 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 a special Valentine's edition of the 2016 Winter Slumber.

    Thank you to our partners, Revolution Brewing, for helping to make the in-the-round series possible.

  • Sun February 14, 2016 7:00 pm
    • The 6th Annual Chili-Synth Cook-Off featuring Tyson Torstensen
    • Jim Magas
    • Mike Broers
    • Suit & Tie Guy
    $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 five events have seen innovation unlike any other from some of the best solo synth masterminds this city has to offer and we expect this year’s showcase will once again surpass our expectations. Each musician 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:
    TYSON TORSTENSEN (DEFENDING CHAMPION)
    JIM MAGAS
    MIKE BROERS
    SUIT & TIE GUY

    VALENTINES DAY 2016. NO MIDI. NO LAPTOPS.

    (Reader)

  • Mon February 15, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Bad Bad Meow
    • Leggy
    • Varsity
    • Sewn Up
    Free Monday

    Chicago by way of the deep south of North Carolina, BAD BAD MEOW are old pals of ours at this point. They were here performing for the December Glitter Creeps night and, apparently, they just can’t get enough of this place. The feeling is mutual, fellas. Stacking hook atop catchy hook, BBM straps the boots on once again to kick down a few more walls with their third release, the EP Run Through the Middle. The collection of tracks starts with a kick, downshifts and then kicks even harder, blending gritty vocals and acoustic instrumentation with some Carolina twang to bring Chicago a voice it ain't used to hearing. Joining in this fun-filled evening is LEGGY, a swoon punk / jawbreaker pop / rock n roll crew from Cincinnati. Making their Bottle debut, these self-described "blond-heavy nü garage indie punk poptarts" just dropped their latest EP, Killer, on Manic Static last month. Newish Chicago group VARSITY are back after making their EB appearance last February. They’re bringing along their sunny garage-pop that's making all the boys and girls wet themselves with excitement. After creating major buzz with their first album, Thanks for Nothing, they released their second album, self-titled, this past March. The Redeye mentioned in their “10 under-the-radar, must-own Chicago releases from 2015.” Kicking things off is Chicago band SEWN UP, another first-timer bringing their straight up alternative rock to the EB stage.

  • Tue February 16, 2016 6:30 pm
    • Empty Bottle Book Club discusses 'Are You My Mother?' by Alison Bechdel
    Free

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

    The Empty Bottle Book Club is back and better than ever. Come by on Tuesday, February 16th at 6:30pm for a few drinks and a hearty, healthy discussion of the new memoir Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel.

    From the best-selling author of Fun HomeTime magazine’s No. 1 Book of the Year, a brilliantly told graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be.

    Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood . . . and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It's a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel’s own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother—to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.

  • Tue February 16, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Courtesy
    • Weird Science
    • Brenda the Band
    • Soddy Daisy
    $5.00

    We’re excited to welcome back Chicago/Memphis duo COURTESY, returning with a set of dark, experimental ambient soundscapes that they fuse with home-made, equally bonkers video. They self-released their debut tape, Idmatic, and their newest album, Slow Bruise, was released in spring of 2014 on Oakland's Moonglyph Records. The album is full of the warped, sometimes harsh tunes that walk hard between post-punk and electronic, a sound we've grown to love from these two so, so much. WEIRD SCIENCE is the most scientific new band in Athens, OH and they're coming to us tonight with a fresh batch of psychedelic, experimental garage-punk that would surely blow up in the face of a lesser group of rock lab rats. Don't forget your protective goggles tonight, kiddies, cause these mad scientists' mix of buzzing guitars, jet-propelled rhythms and throat-shredding vocals will surely stir up some gnarly shit on the dancefloor. We'd hate for you to lose an eyeball or two. BRENDA THE BAND is “shotgun house rock” from good ole Louisville, KY. These cats are all about relishing in the blown out, reverb-soaked sounds that some bands shy away from. In fact, these sounds are all over their first EP, B R E N D A, out this past July. Word on the street is they put on one hell of an enthralling live performance. We can’t wait to see for ourselves. Starting the night is SODDY DAISY, composed of two Tennessee boys, a girl from Ohio and a Burmese ragweed, who joined in musical harmony in Chicago. The four-piece sound like hardcore psychedelic glam rock with intoxicating raggedness around the edges, but that's just a tip of the proverbial "iceberg." EICHLER (Bass/Vox) sings like he’s smacked to the tits on glue. Meanwhile, NEER (Guitar/Vox) has a voice that is as disorienting and off-putting in the best possible way, like waking up in someone else’s bed with no recollection of how you got there. SODDY DAISY put a pair of compelling vocalists together and surrounded them with an ever-invading sense of subversion that will have you simultaneously looking over your shoulder in fear and feeling like completely giving in. It's a good night to be alive - come celebrate that you are.

  • Wed February 17, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Glitter Creeps presents Toupee
    • Horse Massage
    • Buckingham Palace SVU
    $5.00

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

    (Chicago Mixtape) (Windy City Times)

    Local noisemakers TOUPEE made quite a stir during their last EB visit - a Free Monday a couple weeks back. The four-piece, led by the feral and unhinged vocalist WHITNEY ALLEN, have become one of the best live bands in Chicago over the past few years, consistently showing off their disgustingly awesome unpredictability. TOUPEE are a treat every time they wreak havoc on our stage – a treat wrapped in barbed wire and ready to explode the instant it touches your lips. Playing their battered and bruised noise-punk to a steadily growing number of rabid fans, TOUPEE have become something of a staff favorite and are shockingly good each time they hit our stage. HORSE MASSAGE is an experimental-rock band featuring members of HOLLOW MOUNTAIN and VOICE OF ADDICTION. What a crew, amirite? Kicking this off tonight is new-ish Chicago four-piece BUCKINGHAM PALACE SUV with their brutish noise-rock that is loud and drunk in desperate need of hydration. Stay thirsty, amigos.

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

  • Thu February 18, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Aitis Music Release Show featuring PBR (Pabst Benatar Revue) [John Haggerty & Joan of Arc]
    • Condition (members of Bloodiest)
    • Tim Kinsella
    • Angela Mullenhour
    • Melina Ausikaitis with Matt Jencik & John Ausikaitis
    $8.00

    Aitis Music Release Show

    PBR (Pabst Benatar Revue) (John Haggerty & Joan of Arc)
    Condition (members of Bloodiest)
    Tim Kinsella
    Angela Mullenhour
    Melina Ausikaitis with Matt Jencik & John Ausikaitis

  • Fri February 19, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

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

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

  • Fri February 19, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Winter Formal Dance featuring Red Francis
    • The Gnar Wave Rangers
    • Modern Vices
    • Joe Bordenaro
    $10 (advance), $15

    Chicago, it's time time to slip into your very best, and no, we don't mean your birthday suit, you wild animals. The first ever Winter Formal Dance is happening at Empty Bottle, and we're ready to hit the dance floor in class...for once. Don't stress - this ain't no high school dress-up shin-dig. We have top-notch rock 'n' roll music for you to get down and dirty to. 

    Chicago based band RED FRANCIS captures a rich mixture of psychedelic, soul and folk rock into one consistent, yet ever evolving, vibe. Their latest self-titled album dropped in July 2015 via Treehouse Records. This past summer, the released their third album and went on a six-week nationwide tour. Now, they're here to boogie for the first time at the Empty Bottle. THE GNAR WAVE RANGERS ride that nasty, fresh wave of scuzzy, psychedelic punk-rock that bubbles up from the dankest sewers of ol' Chicago. The hell-raising four-piece released their punishing THE GNAR WAVE RANGERS ride that nasty, fresh wave of scuzzy, psychedelic punk-rock that bubbles up from the dankest sewers of ol' Chicago. The hell-raising four-piece have been tearing this city new holes each time they hit the stage or floor or whatever "performance space" will have them. We last saw Chicago's favorite five-peice MODERN VICES the day after Christmas with buds TWIN PEAKS. Noir in tone, their sound resides somewhere between late '50s croon and wet garage rock snarl. Their self-recorded, eponymous, LP dropped last October via Los Angeles' Autumn Tone Records and is a romantic revolution that Aquarium Drunkard says owes "more to the heritage of the Modern Lovers and the Velvet Underground than the group harmonies of the Del-Vikings or the Flamingos. Starting up this fancy shindig is JOE BORDENARO, a nice young boy from the suburbs who's been heating up Chicago with his raw-but-catchy rock & roll. 

  • Sat February 20, 2016 2:00 pm
    • Dan Pierson, Lane Beckstrom, Julian Kirshner trio
    Free

    On this chilly Saturday afternoon we'll be dialing things down a notch and welcoming a jazz trio to our hallowed floors. The trio of DAN PIERSON (piano), LANE BECKSTROM (bass) and JULIAN KIRSHNER (drums) are hitting the Bottle to soothe your spirit and warm your soul. Order some brunch from the bar, grab a bloody or beermosa or whatever people drink at Jazz Brunches these days, and shut the hell up while these talented gentlemen whisk us away to a better place.

  • Sat February 20, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Wume
    • Simulation [Matchess
    • Gel Set]
    • Gula Gila
    $5.00

    Noisy, experimental duo WUME has not played at the Bottle since 2012. In case math isn't your thing, thats four whole years. What kind of sick joke is that?! Tonight, they return with their mutant new age music, having earned a reputation around Chicago for being two excitingly talented musical weirdos - the most lovable of sort. We are stoked to have them back and can't wait to party. SIMULATION is a collab between two of the baddest electronic musicians this side of the Mississippi: Laura Callier of GET SET (vocals, organ and cassettes ) and Whitney Johnson 0f MATCHESS (synths and sequencer). Together, these two are unstoppable, combining  their unlikely solo styles to create one helluva captivating situation. Kicking things into gear this evening is GULA GILA. This badass lady trio describes their genre as "self-explanatory," but how many post-punk/garage-rock bands do you see brandishing a banjo and euphonium alongside bass and drums? Not many, as far as we can tell. The experimental-ish trio throws plenty of drones, screams and wails into their distinct brand of "rock." Intriguing, ain't it?

    (Chicago Singles Club)

     

  • Sun February 21, 2016 9:00 pm
    • David Bowie Tribute Night featuring Sweet Cobra, Coins, Skip Church, Pink Avalanche, Melina Ausikaitis, Mines & more!
    $5.00

    Tonight, exactly six weeks after his passing, we'll celebrate the life and work of DAVID BOWIE with a small tribute of our own. We've asked some of our favorite local bands to play some of their favorite songs by the late, great Starman, and a $5 suggested donation will go to one of our favorite charities, Girls Rock! Chicago, a mostly volunteer-run rock and roll band camp and youth music program for girls ages 9-16. Don your freakiest outfit (or don't!), grab a hanky or two, put on your red shoes and let's dance the blues.

  • Mon February 22, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Den
    • Dark Turn
    • Garbage Friends
    • Drool [Pisces at the Animal Fair
    • Strange Faces]
    Free Monday

    This Free Monday is a noisy one for you. You can thank us later. Chicago noise-rock duo DEN is here tonight. This trio has been together since 2011, and yet this is only their second time at the Bottle. Crazy, man. Two of the three members were in the band NEURONS and decided to keep on trucking once the band broke up. They then poured all their creative energy in DEN, spanning a ton of genres but always killing it. On separate tracks, they nail punk, doom, hardcore and drone, each one sounding completely authentic. Bunch of musical chameleons, these guys. We're thrilled to welcome them to the EB stage for the second time. DARKTURN is a local post-punk trio transplanted from Florida. They released the EP O, Delamore this past summer, filled with a darker, more rambunctious sound than this scene is used to. Let's rage! GARBAGE FRIENDS are a three-piece instrumental band, identifying as a "junkie jazz, pre-war blues and folk, hardcore punk, public access television" group. They can call themselves whatever they want - we're into it. Starting this epic Free Monday is DROOL, a treat of darkness that came about when members of PISCES AT THE ANIMAL FAIR and STRANGE FACES came together in musical harmony, or, as they put it: “any music is only as good as its most destructive elements.” The combination of noise, post-punk and experimental is unlike anything we’ve ever heard before.

  • Tue February 23, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Twin Hits [Twin Peaks + Today's Hits]
    • Idiot Glee
    • Parent
    $8 (advance), $10

    On this here enchanted evening of music, we welcome TWIN HITS to the Empty Bottle stage. TWIN HITS is a Chicago band comprised of members of TWIN PEAKS and TODAY'S HITS. It's totally NOT TWIN PEAKS and also totally NOT TODAY'S HITS, it’s something completely unique. Trust us, you are certainly in for a treat. Joining them is IDIOT GLEE, aka JAMES FRILEY, hailing from Lexington, KY. FRILEY describes his sound as "post-doo-wop," and that's a pretty tidy approximation. On his self-titled debut EP, FRILEY loops his voice into a one-man combo, throws in some gentle, slightly fuzzed beats and turns the reverb up to 'Maximum Romantic.'

  • Wed February 24, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Eleanor Friedberger
    • Icewater
    • Coins
    $13 (advance), $15

    At a time when some female singer-songwriters perform as alter egos, ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER is simply, refreshingly herself. Having spent the last decade fronting the indie-rock institution THE FIERY FURNACES (currently on hiatus) with her brother Matthew, ELEANOR emerged as a formidable solo artist in 2011 with her debut album, Last Summer. Her latest album, New View, brings about a new confidence in FRIEDBERGER, both in songwriting and producing. This album is the first time she has given herself a producer credit. Branching out from being stuck in an indie-rock bubble, she worked to define a more classic rock feel on New View, and man, did she succeed. Consequence of Sound said of FRIEDBERGER: “Lately, watching her perform is more like seeing Mick Jagger on stage than a stiff indie songwriter.” Bring on the moves, Eleanor! We’re ready to boogie. New York band ICEWATER joins us this evening. The foursome is actually Eleanor’s backup band, but do not restrict them to that mold. Inspired by GENE CLARK, GRAM PARSONS and NEIL YOUNG, the band creates nostalgic rock that will bring you back to the golden days. COINS is ANGELA MULLENHOUR (guitar) and ELLEN BUNCH (keys). These two describe their sound as dark folk rock, which we feel hits the nail on the head pretty well. With both their vocals and instruments, COINS creates variations of spooky, spacious melodies, odd harmonies and layering of unison.

    (Northern Transmissions) (NPR First listen) (Stereogum)

  • Thu February 25, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Third Man Records Presents AUDIO SOCIAL DISSENT 2016, Wolf Eyes
    • Timmy's Organism
    • Video
    • Eye Vybe DJs
    $10 (advance), $12

    The esteemed Third Man Records is hitting the road this winter for a month-long tour that features three of the hardest-hitting brain-rippers on their renowned roster. Detroit-based noise and experimental rock powerhouse Wolf Eyes will headline the night alongside fellow Detroit rock & roll noise-niks Timmy's Organism and snotty Austin, TX-based punk rockers Video. It's gonna be one for the ages and we strongly recommend you buy tickets in advance so you don't get stuck out in the cold like some kind of sucker.

  • Fri February 26, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

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

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

  • Fri February 26, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Metavari
    • Taught Abroad
    • Weatherman
    $5.00

    METAVARI​ is a Fort Wayne, IN band led by writer/producer, NATHANIEL UTESCH. Their 2015 album, Moonless, marks the band's electronic debut, successfully marrying modern production with dense compositions while still retaining the lush instrumental soundscapes they're known for. Started as a solo post-rock project in 2009, the band has toured extensively in the US, sharing the stage with notable acts such as TORTOISE, THIS WILL DESTROY YOU, BEAR IN HEAVEN, MASERATI and more. Now known for "playing experimental pop by way of outmoded electronics," KEXP described their sound as "Climaxing orchestrations wrapped in a dreamlike blanket—we stood gazing at the magicians letting work­week cares melt away with each chord." Come stop the world and melt with us. TAUGHT ABROAD, the \project from local singer, musician and producer CHRIS SADEK, mixes indie vocals with downtempo production and sophisticated lyrics to create something intoxicating and futuristic. As the Chicago Reader points out, "Taught Abroad has built a reputation for mesmerizing audiences with an electric live show that is equal parts earthy and ethereal, melancholy and menacing." It's been over three years since we've had TAUGHT ABROAD on our stage and we're damn excited to see how SADEK has continued to push his sound even further.

  • Sat February 27, 2016 1:00 pm
    • Goose Island Beer Co. & Empty Bottle present, Music Frozen Dancing: A Winter Block Party featuring Black Lips
    • The Spits
    • Meat Wave
    • Muuy Biien
    Free

    Goose Island Beer Co. & the Empty Bottle present Music Frozen Dancing 2016 featuring BLACK LIPS, THE SPITS, MEAT WAVE & MUUY BIIEN! Live DJ entertainment by DJ K MARKS and DUSTIN DRASE will be provided inside the Bottle, where it'll be warm and toasty all day. A real island escape from the tundra outside our walls.

    The past two years of Music Frozen Dancing have been such a mind-blowing success that we're partnering Goose Island Beer Co. to host it again. If you're not familiar, this annual event is a block party and mini-festival held outside our doors in the dead of winter. Naturally we're taking it to the streets once again, hearty humans of Chicago, for one afternoon and one afternoon only. We're inviting some kick-ass bands for this snow down throw down and there's always the comfort of good booze to warm that chilly heiny.

    Goose Island will be serving beers to keep you warm throughout the day, there will be piping hot coffee from the fine folks at Dark Matter​, as well as some Hot Apple Cider and, of course, four of our favorite rock bands to set ol Western & Cortez ablaze.

    Gates will 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. Stick around or come back after for the Unofficial After Party at 9pm with local rock bands THE LIFE AND TIMES, RLYR (feat. members of PELICAN, LOCRIAN, BLOODIEST) and SEQUOIA. The following night, Feb 28th, will be the Official After Party featuring a headlining set from THE BLACK LIPS for ONLY $10! Tickets for that show go on sale Friday @ 10am.

    (BV Chicago) (Chicagoist) (Newcity) (Reader)

  • Sat February 27, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The Life and Times
    • RLYR [Pelican
    • Locrian
    • Bloodiest]
    • Sequoia
    $8 (advance), $10
  • Sun February 28, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Music Frozen Dancing After Party feat. Black Lips
    • Savoy Motel
    • Endless Column
    $10.00 *SOLD OUT*

    It’s a rare treat to welcome the BLACK LIPS back to our little old room, but we’re mighty excited to host them here tonight for the "official" Music Frozen Dancing After Party. The BLACK LIPS have been called many things - garage, revival, goofballs, bad kids, outlaws, flower punks - and since their first release back in 2003 on Bomp! the band has toyed with all of these influences and reputations. Their last two LPs on Vice Records, 2011's Arabia Mountain and 2014's Underneath the Rainbow, were their first with producer's on hand and included the likes of MARK RONSON (DURAN DURAN, AMY WINEHOUSE, LILY ALLEN, KAISER CHIEFS) and PATRICK CARNEY of THE BLACK KEYS. Of their expanded sound, Pitchfork praised, "Chiseled production and considerably tighter songcraft provides a better forum for showcasing the band's subversive sense of humor. The best songs here play up the dichotomy between their retro sound and modern preoccupations," and further proves the LIPS have not given up the fight to create messily awesome tunes.

  • Mon February 29, 2016 9:00 pm
    • What Tyrants
    • Soddy Daisy
    • Jollys
    • Glamour Hotline
    Free Monday

    This Free Monday, we're bringing to you WHAT TYRANTS - a brilliant noisy guitar pop trio from Minneapolis made up of brothers Sean and Kyle Schultz and Garrison Grouse, who have distilled touchstones from noise pop, post-punk, and surf into short, fuzzed-out sonic outbursts, freakouts that go down easy and beg repeating. Joining in on the fun is SODDY DAISY, a band that sounds like hardcore psychedelic glam rock with an intoxicating raggedness around the edges, and self described as, "Two Tennessee boys, a girl from Ohio, and a Burmese ragweed who make loud noises with each other." Joined by Chiago native bands JOLLYS and punk band GLAMOUR HOTLINE.  

  • Tue March 1, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Go!Zilla
    • The Roaring 420s
    • Cedar Plank Salmon
    $8.00

    GO!ZILLA are an Italian Fuzz Psychedelic Punk band based in Firenze, Italy. Composed of Luca Landi (guitar/vocasl), Fabio Ricciolo (drum/vocals) and Mattia Biagiotti (guitar/vocal), GO!ZILLA  takes inspiration from 90's grunge guitars with a strongly punk attitude. Since 2012, they've released EPs on Santa Valvola Records, Surfin Ki Records, & French label Beast Records.They're latest LP, Sinking In Your Sea, was released this past April on Black Candy Records. Pure M. Magazine said: "A thoroughly enjoyable album, Go!zilla have all the ingredients for a successful career and are a band I would go out of my way to experience live." GO!ZILLA, in less then 2 years, has toured all over Europe and played over 250 shows, sharing the stage with band such as THE NIGHT BEATS, THE SONICS, CROCODILES, THEE OH SEES and more. This time, they are sharing the stage with Dresden band THE ROARING 420s. This band is latest incarnation of a young LOU REED backed up by the Charles Manson-era BEACH BOYS with occasional sitar added. Playing a wild melange of surf rock, psych pop and proto-punk with harmony vocalizations and trippin’ guitar tones their songs are in fact alterna-hits played out in green sun, in blue air and on repeat. Chicago noise pop duo, CEDAR PLANK SALMON make their triumphant return to the Empty Bottle tonight. This young band has spent the better part of the last two years playing shows all over the Midwest, but rarely play in town-so don’t miss this chance to see them for only five bucks! The pair make a surprising amount of noise. They pervert the essence of pop music as demonstrated by their debut 7” record out now on Cavetone Records. The A-side features a surfish romp in “Oh Baby (Rock in His Sock)” the hook infects for better and worse, taken from the playbook of PiL or THE MODERN LOVERS. The B-side demonstrates their indie jazz punk leanings and shoegaze aspiration, reminiscent of TELEVISION, SONIC YOUTH, GBV, and THE TALKING HEADS. Don't miss it!

     

     

  • Wed March 2, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Jacob Metcalf
    • Ty Maxon
    • MTV Ghosts
    $5.00

    (Dallas Observer) (Paste)

    North Texas musician JACOB METCALF will be releasing his first full-length solo effort, Fjord, later this winter. And while fans of his two longtime groups, Fox and the Bird and Dallas Family Band, might expect a similar rootsy update on rural American music, the sparsely orchestrated cinematic folk that sweeps through these 11 tracks are sure to cover the listener in permafrost and thaw them back out again.Accompanying METCALF are a folk tour de force of veteran Texas musicians and friends Paul Grass, Teddy Waggy, Dan Bowman, and more. TY MAXON is an indie-folk singer/songwriter who is best known for his high-tenor warble, intricate finger-picking and lyrics that conjure vivid imagery.Opening the evening is glam pop, Chciago band MTV GHOSTS. 

  • Thu March 3, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Faux Ferocious
    $5.00
  • Fri March 4, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

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

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

  • Fri March 4, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Ringo Deathstarr
    • Future Death
    $5.00
  • Sat March 5, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Waffle Fest 6 hosted by the Waffle Gang featuring Jeremiah Jae, 7oddz, D2G, Pinqy Ring, Slot A, Mic Terror (Treated Crew), Milly Mango, Vapor Eyes, Encyclopedia Brown, Nikko McFadden, Finale with Comedy by Jason Earl Folks & Special Guest Performances & Music by Vapor Eyes, Hosted by Awdazcate
    $10.00

    Oh yeah, it's back. Returning to the Empty Bottle for the first time since December 2014 is WAFFLE FEST, in it's sixth incarnation, and it's bigger and better than ever. This delicious hip-hop showcase is organized and hosted by AWDAZCATE, aka SHAWN CHILDRESS. The show, which starts at 9pm, and will feature short sets by Jeremiah Jae, 7oddz, D2G, Pinqy Ring, Slot A, Mic Terror (Treated Crew), Milly Mango, Vapor Eyes, Encyclopedia Brown, Nikko McFadden, Finale. The evening will also feature comedy by Jason Earl Folks, as well as special guest performances, and music DJed by VAPOR EYES throughout the night.

    There will also be chicken & waffles, of course, served in the game room. This is going to be the most delectable party we've hosted in a long time, so wipe the drool from your mouth and join us for a killer hip-hop party on a FINE March evening.

  • Sun March 6, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Irata
    • Caustic Casanova
    • Predator
    • Snow Burial
    $8 (advance), $10

    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. CAUSTC CASANOVA is a loud, heavy rock trio from Washington, DC. THE CC, as they are affectionately known by their fans, have been tearing up stages and studios alike with their unique brand of eclectic, “absurdly muscled uber-psyche” (Indy Week Raleigh) since their inception on the campus of The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in 2005. Joining the lineup is PREDATOR - a Chicago native is a progressive thrash metal band. Opening the night is a hard-hitting and dynamic post-metal trio SNOW BURIAL.

  • Mon March 7, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Oozing Wound (Kyle's Last Show)
    • Rectal Hygienics
    • Lil Tits
    Free Monday

    Via OOZING WOUND...

    It is with a heavy fart that we must tell you all that Kyle Reynolds, drummer of Oozing Wound, has decided to move to LA to become a permanent formerly cool Chicago ex-pat dude.  As such, he is also leaving the Wound so that we can now enter the They-Used-To-Be-Good era that so many other bands have fallen into.  We are still writing and recording a new record with him and it totally rips.  He's actually an idiot for leaving now, but sometimes you gotta go surf, right Bodhi?  We are now officially looking for a new drum destroyer to fill this opening.

    Perks: Sick band, cool stuff happens to us sometimes, make slightly more than no money, be the envy of all your friends and enemies.

    Cons: Everyone will compare you to Kyle, you get to support a record you didn't play on, what if Kevin and I are complete pieces of shit?  

    Either way, Kyle's last show is March 7th at the Empty Bottle.  It's free, and it'll be packed, but you can all bid him a fond farewell to fuck town.

    In seriousness, this was expected for a long time and we have known since he joined that he'd be moving some day.  We wish him and his bodacious wife, Carrie the best post-ooze existence humanly possible. Oozing Wound will sound kind of the same no matter what because Kevin and I are fucking weirdos, but no one is going to be able to "replace" Kyle as much as the fill up the space where he used to smell...except, maybe like Dale Crover or Dave Grohl (drummer Grohl, we don't need guitar Grohl).  So, hey if any of you know those dudes, let em know a low paying gig is up for grabs.

    Party time, excellent.

    Zack n Kevin.

  • Tue March 8, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Trixie Whitley
    $15.00

    TRIXIE WHITELY, daughter of the late Texas bluesman Chris Whitley, sings with a soulful conviction that rarely comes from a musician only 25 years old. "Breathe You in My Dreams"—the album's first single and a track that appeared in a skeletal version on her excellent Live at Rockwood Music Hall EP—takes off into the atmosphere, fighting sorrow's gravity the entire way. Whitley sang for producer Daniel Lanois' supergroup Black Dub while also releasing EPs that were dry runs for this fully charged, daring, emotionally wrought debut album.

  • Wed March 9, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Heaters
    • Shah Jahan
    $10.00

    HEATERS is composed of old high school chums, Tamlyn and Krebs who moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2013 to start a project together. The two met Korf, their next door neighbor, soon after and began writing and recording tunes in their home studio.HEATERS has drawn acclaim across the webosphere for their spacey, driving take on West Coast psych rock and powerful live shows. Tapping into both the twang of their ‘60s garage compatriots and building their own brand of expansive, cosmic swells, Pitchfork calls the band “catchy and kinetic,” noting their “energy and hook writing are clearly on point.” SHAH JAHAN is a young four-piece who call Chicago home. The group, according to Subculture, "...gets the look and sound of psychedelic rock just right: mod clothes and groovy sounds that will appeal to fans of all the classic bands (especially Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones circa Their Satanic Majesties Request), 80’s revivalists (Echo & the Bunnymen, The Stone Roses) and contemporary upstarts The Horrors and Temples." 

  • Thalia Hall Thu March 10, 2016 7:00 pm
    • Levitation Chicago Weekend Pass
    $95 Weekend Pass *SOLD OUT*

    BUY TICKETS : WEEKEND PASS  |  THU 3/10  |  FRI 3/11  |  SAT 3/12

    Empty Bottle Presents & The Reverberation Society present LEVITATION CHICAGO at Thalia Hall on March 10th, 11th and 12th, featuring:

    FAUST • ROYAL TRUX • LIGHTNING BOLT • CHELSEA WOLFE • ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER • HEALTH • EARTHLESS • GARY WILSON • NIGHT BEATS • NATURAL INFORMATION SOCIETY + BITCHIN BAJAS • RYLEY WALKER • BLANCK MASS • RANGDA • VAADAT CHARIGIM • CIRCUIT DES YEUX • EARTHEATER • METHYL ETHEL • NITE FIELDS

    Empty Bottle Presents and Austin Psych Fest present Levitation Chicago at Thalia Hall on March 10th, 11th and12th, featuring FAUST, ROYAL TRUX, CHELSEA WOLFE, ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER, EARTHLESS, BITCHIN BAJAS W/ NATURAL INFO, RYLEY WALKER, RANGDA, BLANCK MASS, NIGHT BEATS, VAADAT CHARIGIM, CIRCUIT DES YEUX, EARTHEATER, METHYL ETHEL and more to be announced. 

    (Time Out)

  • Thalia Hall Thu March 10, 2016 7:30 pm
    • Levitation Chicago feat. Oneohtrix Point Never
    • Health
    • Gary Wilson
    • Vaadat Charigim
    • Eartheater
    $30 GA / $300 Opera Box

    BUY TICKETS : WEEKEND PASS  |  THU 3/10  |  FRI 3/11  |  SAT 3/12

    The lineups per day for LEVITATION CHICAGO have been released, along with 4 new additions to the lineup: LIGHTNING BOLT, HEALTH, GARY WILSON and NITE FIELDS.

    These four will artists join the 14 previously announced for the 2nd annual mini festival, to be held March 10-12, 2016 at Thalia Hall.

    The Reverberation Appreciation Society & The Empty Bottle Present:

    FAUST • ROYAL TRUX • LIGHTNING BOLT • CHELSEA WOLFE • ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER • HEALTH • EARTHLESS • GARY WILSON • NIGHT BEATS • NATURAL INFORMATION SOCIETY + BITCHIN BAJAS • RYLEY WALKER • BLANCK MASS • RANGDA • VAADAT CHARIGIM • CIRCUIT DES YEUX • EARTHEATER • METHYL ETHEL • NITE FIELDS

    Weekend passes are on sale now. Single day passes go on sale Friday, January 15th at 10am.

  • Thu March 10, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Gross Pointe
    • Adult Books
    • Blind Moon
    $5.00

    (Under The Radar)

  • Fri March 11, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

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

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

  • Thalia Hall Fri March 11, 2016 7:00 pm
    • Levitation Chicago feat. Royal Trux
    • Lightning Bolt
    • Rangda
    • Ryley Walker
    • Blanck Mass
    • Nite Fields
    $40 GA / $300 Opera Box

    BUY TICKETS : WEEKEND PASS  |  THU 3/10  |  FRI 3/11  |  SAT 3/12

    The lineups per day for LEVITATION CHICAGO have been released, along with 4 new additions to the lineup: LIGHTNING BOLT, HEALTH, GARY WILSON and NITE FIELDS.

    These four will artists join the 14 previously announced for the 2nd annual mini festival, to be held March 10-12, 2016 at Thalia Hall.

    The Reverberation Appreciation Society & The Empty Bottle Present:

    FAUST • ROYAL TRUX • LIGHTNING BOLT • CHELSEA WOLFE • ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER • HEALTH • EARTHLESS • GARY WILSON • NIGHT BEATS • NATURAL INFORMATION SOCIETY + BITCHIN BAJAS • RYLEY WALKER • BLANCK MASS • RANGDA • VAADAT CHARIGIM • CIRCUIT DES YEUX • EARTHEATER • METHYL ETHEL • NITE FIELDS

    Weekend passes are on sale now. Single day passes go on sale Friday, January 15th at 10am.

  • Fri March 11, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Dressy Bessy
    • Mope Grooves
    $10 (advance), $12
  • Thalia Hall Sat March 12, 2016 6:30 pm
    • Levitation Chicago feat. Chelsea Wolfe
    • Earthless
    • faUSt
    • Bitchin Bajas with Natural Information Society
    • Night Beats
    • Circuit des Yeux
    • Methyl Ethel
    $40 GA / $300 Opera Box

    BUY TICKETS : WEEKEND PASS  |  THU 3/10  |  FRI 3/11  |  SAT 3/12

    The lineups per day for LEVITATION CHICAGO have been released, along with 4 new additions to the lineup: LIGHTNING BOLT, HEALTH, GARY WILSON and NITE FIELDS.

    These four will artists join the 14 previously announced for the 2nd annual mini festival, to be held March 10-12, 2016 at Thalia Hall.

    The Reverberation Appreciation Society & The Empty Bottle Present:

    FAUST • ROYAL TRUX • LIGHTNING BOLT • CHELSEA WOLFE • ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER • HEALTH • EARTHLESS • GARY WILSON • NIGHT BEATS • NATURAL INFORMATION SOCIETY + BITCHIN BAJAS • RYLEY WALKER • BLANCK MASS • RANGDA • VAADAT CHARIGIM • CIRCUIT DES YEUX • EARTHEATER • METHYL ETHEL • NITE FIELDS

    Weekend passes are on sale now. Single day passes go on sale Friday, January 15th at 10am.

  • Sat March 12, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Bloodiest
    • Electric Hawk
    • Sweet Cobra
    • Allen Epley [Shiner]
    $10.00

    (Nerdist Album Stream) (Self-Titled) (Stereogum Album of the Week)

  • Sun March 13, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Oneida
    • BANAL ANML
    $10.00

    ONEIDA hasn’t hit the Bottle since 2014, when they co-headlined with local brain melters CAVE, but we’re mighty stoked to be having them back on our stage where they will use their ultra repetitive dark riffs to turn our minds to smoldering ashes. These guys might be some of the hardest workers in the industry, putting out 12 mind-blowing albums in the last 15 years. Though they haven't released a new one since 2012's A List Of The Burning Mountains, courtesy of Jagjaguwar, they always crush our collective consciousness and we're hoping the'll have new tunes for our starving ears. Lord knows we can all use a little new ONEIDA in our life.

  • Mon March 14, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Canadian Rifle
    • Storm Clouds
    • Bullnettle
    Free Monday
  • Tue March 15, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Heavy Times
    • Abjects
    • Jollys
    $5.00

    As Chicago’s most lethal band of the fast-rising noise pop neurotics, HEAVY TIMES have carved out a uniquely hypnotic sound that’s hard to pin down but easy to fall for, and fast. Crushingly melodic vocal hooks cleverly interwoven with static-filled harmonies no one’s prepared for, all executed with a snarling blow to the pleasure receptors. ABJECTS is an all-girl London grunge punk trio who, according to Isolation Records, "...appear to be in their element as they run through an impressive set of edgy garage tunes, perky basslines washed over with lashings of blurry guitar. There doesn't appear to be too many nerves here; indeed, it looks as though the girls have just walked out of the office straight on to the stage and at the conclusion of their set they join the front of the audience to take in the headline act." Opening the night is Chicago native pop band JOLLYS. 

  • Wed March 16, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Glitter Creeps presents Rob Crow's Gloomy Place
    • Vaya
    • Peekaboos
    $10.00

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

    (Pitchfork)

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

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  • Thu March 17, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Curbside Splendor presents WORDS + MUSIC with Readings from Dasha Kelly, Megan Stielstra, Rob Roberge & Joe Meno
    $8 or Free with RSVP

    Curbside Splendor Publishing presents the eight installment of WORDS + MUSIC at The Empty Bottle.

    WORDS from DASHA KELLY, MEGAN STIELSTRA, ROB ROBERGE & JOE MENO.

    MUSIC TBA!

  • Fri March 18, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

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

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

  • Fri March 18, 2016 9:00 pm
    • M O N A K R
    $10.00

     

    A passing conversation in a studio. Whispers among friends at a show. The notion of musicians working together on a project is often suggested yet seldom realized.

    Chicago’s M O N A K R was born from such a notion in the grey of Winter 2014. It is a collaboration featuring Saam Hagshenas and Jonathan Marks of HEY CHAMP, two time Grammy-nominated vocalist Matthew Santos, and Dan Brunelle of GEMINI CLUB.

    Hagshenas had often approached Santos, who sang the hook of LUPE FIASCO'S "Superstar," about lending his voice to a HEY CHAMP production, but the timing and music was never right until 2014, when Hagshenas wrote "Diamond" after losing his uncle to cancer. Santos added his vocal flair to the track, and the result led the two to decide this project should live beyond a single song.

    Drummer and co-producer Marks was then tapped to lend his talents to the group. Finally they approached Brunelle, whose band GEMINI CLUB had shared remixes and stages with HEY CHAMP for years. A lineup complete, the band born of whispers came to light.

    M O N A K R explores the deeper and darker side of pop music, filtered through Chicago’s R&B and House traditions.

    (Chicago Tribune) (Consequence of Sound) (Hilly Dilly)

     

     

  • Sat March 19, 2016 6:30 pm
    • The Socialists
    $5 (adults), Free (kids)

    THE SOCIALISTS are a sister, brother, sister, father 4 piece band from Chicago. They are called THE SOCIALISTS because every band member sings and plays every instrument. They learned to play music by playing covers of their favorite bands like THE SMITHS, JOY DIVISION, YEAH YEAH YEAHS and LCD SOUNDSYSTEM. Their debut EP, Eponymous, is hopelessly lavished with the band's distinctive sound. Not completely rock, not completely electronic, the two genres struggle for dominance as the spectator emerges the clear victor. Vocals harness the power of their heroes with a tip of the cap to the past whilst their eyes are fixed furiously on the future.

  • Rockefeller Chapel at University of Chicago Mon March 21, 2016 7:00 pm
    • José González with yMusic
    $30 GA / $40 Preferred

    Since releasing “In Our Nature” in 2007, José González has been steadily collecting ideas for new songs.

    An album consisting of years’ worth of musical sketches might naturally sprawl wildly in production and style, but on “Vestiges & Claws”, González has created a collection of songs that cohere just about perfectly. It travels from the glowering, riff-driven ‘Stories We Build, Stories We Tell’ via the groovy ‘Leaf Off /The Cave’ to the anthemic ‘Every Age.’ For those familiar with José’s earlier work there is little doubt as to who is behind these recordings.

    “I started out thinking that I wanted to continue in the same minimalistic style as on my two previous records,” says José. “But once I started the actual recordings I soon realized that most of the songs turned out better with added guitars and a more beat-like percussion, and with more backing vocals. Personally, I think this made it a more interesting and varied album.”

    The result is less purist, less strict. One can find traces of inspired protest songs and eccentric folk rock here: monotonous grooves and rhythms, frustration and optimism. It’s a collection that is simultaneously confident, free and tentative.

  • Wed March 23, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Sugarpulp
    • Homer Marrs & The Excellent Adventure
    • Hotstop
    $5.00
  • Thu March 24, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Red Bull Sound Select Presents : The Thurston Moore Group
    • Promised Land Sound
    • Running
    $3 with RSVP, $10 without

    [Early arrival is recommended for this show to avoid waiting in line outside. $3 cover with RSVP, $10 without RSVP. No advance tickets sold!]

    Thurston Moore moved to NYC at eighteen in 1976 to play punk. He started Sonic Youth in 1980. Since then Thurston Moore has been at the forefront of the alternative rock scene since that particular sobriquet was first used to signify any music that challenged and defied the mainstream standard. With Sonic Youth, Moore turned on an entire generation to the value of experimentation in rock n’ roll – from its inspiration on a nascent Nirvana, to Sonic Youth’s own Daydream Nation album being chosen by the US Library of Congress for historical preservation in the National Recording Registry in 2006. Thurston records and performs in a cavalcade of disciplines ranging from free improvisation to acoustic composition to black/white metal/noise disruption. Alongside his various activities in the musical world, he is involved with publishing and poetry, and teaches writing annually at Naropa University, Boulder CO, a school founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman in 1974.

    Presently he performs and records solo, with various ensembles and in his own band, The Thurston Moore Group (with Deb Googe, Steve Shelley & James Sedwards). In 2014, the band released The Best Day (Matador) which critics described as “optimistic and sun-drenched in beauty” and “[has] experimental attitude dovetailed with instantly accessible pop melodies."

  • Fri March 25, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

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

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

  • Sat March 26, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Eli Paperboy Reed
    • Jeremy and The Harlequins
    $13 (advance), $15

    ELI "PAPERBOY" REED is a survivor. He’s been making Soul-inspired music since before it was cool and tearing up stages all over the world with his heart-stopping falsetto screams for close to a decade. From humble beginnings outside of Boston, at 18 Reed moved to Clarksdale, Mississippi and cut his teeth playing in juke joints all over the Delta. From there he took the well-trod path to Chicago where he spent a year as minister of music in a Southside church. Soon after returning to Boston, he was bit by the songwriting bug and released his first full length, "Roll with You" in 2008. The world began listening. Soon there were calls coming in from everywhere; television shows in the UK, festivals in Australia, and a jaw-dropping schedule of national and international tour dates. Major label deals were signed and his star kept rising, now with the help of song placements in major movies, television shows and commercials. The albums "Come and Get it" (Capitol) and "Nights Like This" (Warner Brothers) went on to do more than $2.5 million in total licensing, while Reed and his crack band continued to wow audiences on five continents. Now, after some much-needed time off from the road, REED has returned to the studio and crafted a new album that is at once back-to-basics and startlingly current. "My Way Home" represents a return to the sonic character that REED'S career began with, but it does more than that: It captures the essence of his sound. A sound that, over everything else, prizes feeling, energy, and, yes, Soul. 

  • Sun March 27, 2016 12:00 pm
    • Beat Swap Meet Chicago
    $5 or FREE w/ canned good

    Join us for an afternoon with your family & friends, diggin' in the crates & listening to quality grooves. Entrance is Free w/ Canned Good. Canned goods are donated to our local homeless communities. 

    B E A T 
    S W A P 
    M E E T 
    Chicago #12

    Beat Swap Meet is a Celebration of Vinyl Culture - Records, and Everything Inspired by them.  A handful of Invited Record Collectors & Dealers from all over Chicago, 

    Buy Sell & Trade: Blues, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, New Wave, Psych, Punk, Rap, Rock, Soul, and World 12's LP's & 45's on VINYL. 

    - THE PRODUCER INVITE - 
    All Hardware, No Laptops, No CD's

  • Mon March 28, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Foul Tip (Record Release)
    • Paper Mice
    • Wish Gift
    Free Monday

    FOUL TIP Record Release featuring some special guest Chicago MVPs throughout the show! Paper Mice and Wishgift open, along with one more TBA!

  • Tue March 29, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Acid Mothers Temple
    • Mounds
    • Plastic Crimewave Syndicate
    $12.00

    KAWABATA MAKOTO and his fellow psych jam travelers return, this time playing as ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE AND THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. 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 MAKATO, 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. Michigan-based narrative synth-proggers MOUNDS open tonight's show of noisy, delicious oddities, returning to our stage for the first time since opening for BLACK PUS and OOZING WOUND almost three years ago.

  • Thu March 31, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Sheer Mag
    • Laffing Gas
    • MAMA
    • The Bug
    $10.00

    SHEER MAG are band we're damn excited to welcome to our stage for the second time tonight. They were last here with ROYAL HEADACHE for August's sold out Glitter Creeps and they're returning to us straight outta that fruitful Philly scene. With a classic rock sound and a punk rock ethos, SHEER MAG writes some of the catchiest rock & roll you've ever heard. Fucking hell, that voice will bring you to your goddamn knees from the very first note. The band stands poised on the brink of world domination or complete destruction.

  • Fri April 1, 2016 9:00 pm
    • French Horn Rebellion
    • Mystery Skulls
    $12.00

    FRENCH HORN REBELLION on the incarnation of their band: "French horn is hard to play. Making hot beats is fun and easy. LETS MAKE A BAND." FHR is Robert and David Perlick-Molinari, two Brooklyn-based brothers born and bred in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2007, while hanging on a heartstring and daydreaming of Beaches and Friends, Robert had been playing French horn in the Chicago Civic Orchestra, got restless and decided to turn all attention to making dance music. After informing his conductor that Mahler isn’t fun anymore, Robert asked bassoon-toting older brother, David, to share this epiphany of self-emancipation. MYSTERY SKULLS is the nom de plume of Los Angeles-based electronic DJ/producer/artist LUIS DUBUC. Raised in Caracas, Venezuela before moving to Toronto at eight years old and eventually to Dallas, the 28-year old found his own sound within the confines of beats, synths and grooves stemming from funk, R&B and pop music. In Dallas, DUBUC played drums in local metal band THIRTY CALLED ARSON, but truly found his niche writing and recording electronica pop/rock songs with a laptop and Wurlitzer under the alias THE SECRET HANDSHAKE. Developing a cult-following with a solo project that saw him playing the guitar, synthesizer, piano, percussion and computer-generated sound effects, DUBUC ended THE SECRET HANDSHAKE in 2011 and moved to sunny Los Angeles, again reinventing himself, this time as MYSTERY SKULLS. Since releasing a self-titled EP upon his arrival, the multi-instrumentalist, DJ and producer has been making the rounds in his new hometown, opening for the likes of FLUME, CHROMEO, YEASAYER and more before signing with Warner Bros. in 2013. Expect a full length from the uber-talented MYSTERY SKULLS in the near future and enjoy his first single "Ghost" while you wait for that record to drop.

  • Co-Prosperity Sphere Sat April 2, 2016 8:00 pm
    • Mamiffer
    • Cleared
    • Andy Ortmann
    $12

    For Mamiffer’s Faith Coloccia and Aaron Turner, music is a divine language, a code to be deciphered, a map riddled with clues. Their latest album, The World Unseen, is a conceptual and liminal document of numinous connection through an experience with loss. It is an exploration of subconscious and psychic bonds between the past and present, and the ways in which the musical devices of repetition and incantation create hands across the chasm that divide the human from the divine.


    Through the use of piano, voice, guitar, Wurlitzer organ, bass synthesizer, tape machines, and effects pedals, Coloccia and Turner have created an eight-song aural lexicon that vacillates between Arvo Pärt’s delicate minimalist beauty, Thomas Köner’s narcotic pulses of noise, and Richard Pinhas’ sublime textural patterns. Further expanding upon their explorations, Mamiffer enlisted Eyvind Kang for string arrangements. Geneviève Beaulieu (Menace Ruine) and Joe Preston (Thrones) make guest appearances on “Domestication of the Ewe pt. III”, contributing additional choral vocals and bass, and adding greater dimension to their auditory crossings. Despite this impressive arsenal of musicians and instruments, Mamiffer ultimately depends as much on empty space as they do upon the various oscillating frequencies within their sound. “The record is imperfect,” says Coloccia. “It has within its heart an incompleteness, a stillness containing the presence of absence and loss.”


    It was a slow and patient journey to arrive at the final formation of The World Unseen. Chance, accident and imperfections were used as compositional tools, and unplanned chaos revealed itself as having its own harmonious order and healing litany. The songs took their shape from source material that stretched back as far as 2011. Mamiffer then began to capture those songs in recording sessions at their home studio and at AVAST! Studio in Seattle with producer/engineer Randall Dunn throughout 2013 and 2014. The World Unseen sees the light of day in March 2016 on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats via SIGE Records in the U.S. and as a CD with a bonus disc on Daymare Records in Japan.
    (Brian Cook 2015)

  • Sat April 2, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Midwich Presents : HIDE
    • Alex Barnett
    • Magas
    • Viki Viktoria
    • DJ Mike Broers
    $5.00

    Record Release party for HIDE and ALEX BARNETT, both of whom have records coming out soon on Midwich!

     

     

  • Sun April 3, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Nap Eyes
    • Cian Nugent
    $10.00

    Put on your safety goggles, kids, cause tonight's excellent Sunday night gig will be chock full of "crooked, literate guitar pop," as dubbed by NAP EYES eclectic label Paradise of BachelorsThe four piece, hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, play up a contemplative, snarky, and temperate form of alternative folk, much in line with the master LOU REED.  Frontman NIGEL CHAPMAN’s lyricism will take you through a world of cordial empathy: Touching on science/religion, drinking too much, heartache, and the tropes of friendship all with a healthy grounding of feeling alive. Not keen to overdubs and the multitude of disturbances within most recording techniques, the band tracks live to hold onto the natural feel of playing together, so expect a tight performance. Touring alongside NAP EYES is CIAN NUGENT, who's third album, Night Fiction, sees the guitarist taking on the role of singer-songwriter. Where his previous two albums, 2013’s Born With The Caul and 2011’s Doubles, saw him exploring extended guitar based instrumentals with his band, THE COSMOS, here NUGENT has reigned things in and focused on more "traditional" song structure. Fear not, guitar fans -- this baby's still filled to the brim with soloes and ear-wormy fingerpicking. At seven songs, both solo and with his band, this album amalgamates everything young CIAN has done up to this point and reveals a more broad palate of influences, from THE VELVETS to RICHARD THOMPSON, TELEVISION to NEIL YOUNG, JOHN LENNON to FRED NEIL.

    (FADER) (Paste) (Stereogum Album Stream) (Stereogum)

  • Mon April 4, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Yonatan Gat
    • Furr (EP Release)
    Free Monday

    YONATAN GAT is the masterful guitarist of MONOTONIX whose received loads of press and accolades for his solo work the past few years. Village Voice awarded GAT "Best Guitarist of 2013" with a sound he describes as "homeless between the Middle East and New York." Transporting listeners to an exotic land on their new album, Director, out this past September on Joyful Noise, GAT effortlessly encompasses the free-spirited intricateness of his worldly influences while carrying the raw intensity he sported in MONOTONIX. With 11 new punk inspired, improvisational, psychedelic mind melters, Gat's wildly inventive, reverb-drenched guitar offensive takes simultaneous lead and rhythm duties, backed by Gal Lazer's hard-hitting African-inspired grooves and Sergio Sayeg's (of Brazilian garage rockers Garotas Suecas) pumping bass.

    (Brooklyn Vegan) (Noisey) (SPIN) (Tiny Mix Tapes) (Village Voice Best Guitarist in NYC 2013) (Wondering Sound)

  • Tue April 5, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The Yawpers
    • Blackfoot Gypsies
    $10 (advance), $12
  • Wed April 6, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Yuck
    • Big Thief
    $16 (advance), $18

    Though YUCK has been a band for less than a decade, the London-based garage-pop outfit has already managed to cram what feels like a lifetime of Behind The Music-worthy experiences into their backstory. Formed in 2009, when most of the band members were still in high school, the group quickly garnered attention for their early singles (2010’s “Georgia” being a standout) and in 2011—after having already toured with the likes of TAME IMPALA—they released a self-titled debut album (the gloriously fuzzed-out Yuck) to critical and commercial acclaim. This early success was followed by the departure of founding member Daniel Blumberg in 2013 and the induction of new guitarist Edward Hayes. The band promptly got to work on a sophomore album (2013’s Glow & Behold) in upstate NYC whilst overcoming the anxiety of a lineup change and the realities of a bug-infested recording studio. As rock and roll stories go, theirs is not an uncommon one—or even an outrageously dramatic one—but for frontman Max Bloom, the path has felt almost comically arduous. “It’s so cheesy, the whole thing,” he says. “Being in a band really is like SPINAL TAP. There’s so many situations in music rockumentaries that actually echo my life, it really is a giant cliché.” BIG THIEF is the music of Brooklyn musician ADRIANNE LENKER. Hitting the road with her friends in YUCK and a group of friendly backing musicians, BIG THIEF is a folk-pop outfit that makes somber and beautiful love songs with just voice and acoustic guitar. On last year’s collection of a-sides, simply titled a-sides, LENKER began implementing some electric guitar and added a male singer to front some songs. BIG THIEF is perfect back-porch and coffee music that’s perfect for either holding or getting over a lover, so don’t forget a handkerchief if you’re the type of person whose eyes occasionally water. 

  • Thu April 7, 2016 9:00 pm
    • HÆLOS
    • Twin Limb
    $12.00

    Twin Limb is a band from Louisville, KY formed by Maryliz Bender (drums, vocals), Lacey Guthrie (accordion, vocals), and Kevin Ratterman (sampled sounds, guitar, percussion).

    That's the easy part. Describing the band’s sound is much tougher.

    Don't assume that accordion is wasting its time being happy, for example. Guthrie makes it do some very sinister things, underpinning the music with a luxurious darkness that connects folk and psychedelia. It's the same with the vocals, as Guthrie and Bender wrap their voices one around the other like they're telling secrets, creating another bridge between the familiar and the disarming.

    Bender keeps the drums simple and purposeful, often parsing out her beats in short, sharp bursts with a precision that never feels forced. Ratterman is the final wild card, using guitars and samples in unexpected ways that feel both post-punk and experimental.

    In January 2015, Twin Limb released their newest single “Long Shadow” with not only praise from local, regional, and national press but an invitation to support Louisville’s local darlings Houndmouth for a 3 week touring stint in March.

    The band's upcoming debut album, "Haplo," captures all of this with a kind of eerie confidence, almost as if they don't care if we even listen. You should, though. You won't hear anything else quite like it. 

  • Fri April 8, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Tacocat
    • Lisa Prank
    • Swimsuit Addition
    $10.00

    One of the weirdest things humans do is to classify half of all humans as niche. As though women’s shit isn’t real shit—as though menses and horses and being internet-harassed aren’t as interesting as beer-farts and monster trucks and doing the harassing. That’s why Tacocat is radical: not because a female-driven band is some baffling novelty, but because they’re a group making art about experiences in which gender is both foregrounded and neutralized. This isn’t lady stuff, it’s people stuff. It’s normal. It’s nothing and everything. It’s life.

    The four actual best friends—Emily Nokes (vocals, tambourine), Eric Randall (guitar), Lelah Maupin (drums), and Bree McKenna (bass)—came together in their teens and early baby twenties and coalesced into a band eight years ago, and you can feel that they’ve built both their lives, and their sound, together. Hanging out with Tacocat and listening to Tacocat are remarkably similar experiences, like the best party you’ve ever been to, where, instead of jostling for social position, everyone just wants to eat candy and talk about Sassy Magazine, sci-fi, cultural dynamic shifts, and bad experiences with men. 

    Tacocat’s third studio album, Lost Time (an X-Files reference, doy), is their first with producer Erik Blood. “I would describe him generally as a beautiful wizard,” Nokes said, “who, in our opinion, took the album to the next level. Wizard level.” Blood’s sounds are wide and expansive, bringing a fullness to the band’s familiar sparkling snarl. The Tacocat of Lost Time are triumphantly youthful but also plainspoken and wise, as catchy as they are substantive. “Men Explain Things to Me” eviscerates male condescension with sarcastic surf guitar. On “The Internet,” they swat away trolls with an imperiousness so satisfying you want to transmogrify it into a sheetcake and devour it: “Your place is so low / Human mosquito.”

    One of feminism’s biggest hurdles has always been that it isn’t allowed to be fun. Tacocat gives that notion precisely the credence that it deserves, ignoring it altogether and making fun, funny, unselfconscious pop songs about the shit they’re genuinely obsessing or groaning over: Plan B, night swimming, high school horse girls (“they know the different breeds of all their favorite steeds!”), the bridge-and-tunnel bros who turn their neighborhood into a toilet every weekend. And, eight years in, Tacocat have built something bigger than themselves. They’ve fostered a feminist punk scene in Seattle so fertile it’s going national and rendering the notion of the “girl band” even more laughable than it already was. There are no “girl bands” in Seattle anymore. There are just bands and everyone else. “Women” Nokes jokes. “They’re just like us!”

    –Lindy West

    (SPIN) (Pitchfork) (Vanyaland)

  • Sat April 9, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Autolux
    $18.00

    (Pitchfork)

  • Sun April 10, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Geographer
    • The Crookes
    $15.00

    (Culture Collide)

  • Mon April 11, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Pujol
    • Flesh Panthers
    Free Monday

    Blown out and gritty as all get-out, Nashville's PUJOL returns to us for the first time since opening a Free Monday with LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES last September. Before that, old boy performed second four on a ridiculous $3 Sunday in 2011 that also featured HANNI EL KAHTIB and BASS DRUM OF DEATH. Well, PUJOL has grown up in to a fierce and fetching rock & roll band, led by the songwriting guile and lyrical prowess of DANIEL PUJOL. Their most recent release, 2014's KLUDGE, examines well-worn subjects like love, death, authenticity, identity, alienation and society, all through a filter of PUJOL's own unique vision of his surroundings. Skepticism, humor, idealism, and a surprising but unmistakable earnestness and sincerity make for a superb, audacious punk rock record filled with moments of delicate beauty. Wrap it all in an explosive live show and you're sure to get one of the loosest, wildest Free Mondays we've had in a while. Returning to the Bottle for the first time since headlining December 2015's CUDDLESTOCK are local ne'er do wells and old pals, the FLESH PANTHERS. Over the past few years, they've headlined Glitter Creeps, opened for NICK WATERHOUSE after Do Division, kicked off the HoZac Blackout Fest at the Virgin Hotel and last year shared our stage with PUJOL and LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES -- we even rocked out with em on a dang boat for one of our Chicago Reader Booze Cruises last year! Needless to say, these boys are the go-to party rockers that Chicago deserves. The leather and denim-clad mad daddies always leave our stage in shambles when they hit us over the head with their infectious, punk-tinged rock & slop. You can bet we eat it up like fresh 'za on a cool spring night, so it's no surprise the FLESH PANTHERS' last release was on Tall Pat Records.

  • Thu April 21, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Acid Dad
    $8 (advance), $10

    Conceived at a drag show in Brooklyn in August 2014, ACID DAD has quickly become one of the most talked-about bands in the New York scene. Over the past year, their string of infectious psych-punk singles has earned them nods from the likes of NYLON, Village Voice, Impose, HERO, CMJ, The Deli, and more, and has garnered them slots on Brooklyn’s Gigawatts Festival and Color Me Bushwick. Dingus once described them as “so fucking good” and if you listen to their most recent single, “Grim,” you’ll see why. 

    Between dropping awesome tracks like that one, ACID DAD has made a name for themselves as one of the tightest, tireless, and most energetic live bands in the Brooklyn scene, with Oh My Rockness naming them one of the site’s ‘Hardest-Working Bands of 2015.’ The band recently played six CMJ Music Marathon shows, including Austin Psych Fest's Levitation showcase at Rough Trade alongside Drinks, Mild High Club, and Shannon & the Clams.  

    Look out for their debut EP, Let’s Plan A Robbery, in early 2016, as well as an extensive tour that’ll take them across America, Canada, and England to festivals such the Savannah Stopover, Treefort Music Fest, Canadian Music Week and The Great Escape.

  • Fri April 22, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Bleached
    • No Parents
    $12.00
  • Wed April 27, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Fat White Family + Dilly Dally
    $15.00
  • Sat April 30, 2016 2:00 pm
    • Maypole Folk Festival 2016
    $15.00

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

    For more information, see www.maypolefolkfest.com.

     

     

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

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

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

  • Thu May 5, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Big Black Delta
    $15 (advance), $17
  • Fri May 6, 2016 9:00 pm
    • La Sera
    $13 (advance), $15

    As La Sera, Katy Goodman turned an aching heart into two marvelous, alluring yet bittersweet break-up albums (2011’s self-titled debut and 2012’s Sees the Light). On her latest, though, the former Vivian Girl is through crying.

    Hour of the Dawn sees Goodman waking up, throwing open the bedroom windows and welcoming the day.”I wanted the new La Sera record to sound like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag,” Goodman says. “I didn’t want it to be another record of me sad, alone in my room. I wanted to have fun playing music and writing songs with a band.” To back her nimble basslines and enchanting vocals, Goodman assembled a new band helmed by guitarist Todd Wisenbaker.”We started playing faster, louder and more aggressively,” Goodman says. “I wanted to get that energy onto the album.”The forceful new La Sera line-up set about fleshing out Goodman’s melodies and lyrics into strapping rock anthems, debuting them to enthusiastic crowds on tour, and refining them with a new-found obsession to detail.

    After a year of perfecting their new material, La Sera was ready to commit it to tape. In the summer of 2013, the group decamped to a sweltering studio in East Los Angeles with engineer Joel Jerome and banged out the ten songs that would become Hour of the Dawn—an album that never walks, but runs, a collision of unleashed punk and ‘80s power-pop.”We wanted to make a classic American record,” Wisenbaker says. “The album was inspired by a lot of bands: The Pretenders, Minor Threat, X, The Smiths, The Cars and more.”

    The sound that emerged from these disparate influences combined hardcore energy with tuneful harmony, as exemplified by opening track “Losing to the Dark.” Title track “Hour of the Dawn,” meanwhile, rides a steady groove towards a long horizon of sunrise. It’s the record’s thematic center: a final wave goodbye to a messy past and the beginning of a new day. In a burst of bright, immediate and jangly Smiths-inspired pop, “Fall in Place” captures La Sera at an emotional and musical crossroads.

    Hour of the Dawn, as its title suggests, heralds the beginning of a radiant and energetic new chapter in La Sera’s evolution—the summit of Goodman’s steady ascent to rock and roll queendom.

    (Billboard)

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

     

    MOTHERS began in 2013 as the solo project of Athens, Georgia-based visual artist Kristine Leschper while she studied printmaking at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. The discipline instilled in her a strong work ethic and an intense focus to detail, while simultaneously inspiring her to pursue other creative aspects of her personality. A self-taught songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Leschper’s earliest musical influences span a great swath of early aughts rock and folk, such as INTERPOL, SUFJAN STEVENS, JAONNA NEWSOM, THE MICROPHONES, and Athen's legend NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL; she later developed a love for experimental music, math rock, and noise artists, including LIGHTING BOLT, HELLA and TERA MELOS. As a result, her earliest demos exhibit a sense of striking catharsis under non-traditional song structures, which flirt between strength and vulnerability and are often quite linear in form.

    Over the course of 2014, Leschper played solo shows that earned her local acclaim, including from Flagpole which praised her “visceral, deeply personal” songs. But she knew that in order to reach her true musical vision, she would need to expand the line-up, so she recruited musicians from other local bands and the new group quickly recorded their debut full-length album at Chase Park Transduction in Athens (R.E.M, ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, OLIVIA TREMOR CONTROL) over the winter of 2014. The album was produced by Drew Vandenberg, who has worked on albums by OF MONTREAL, DEERHUNTER and PORCLEIN RAFT, and features collaborations with Josh McKay (Deerhunter) on vibraphone and McKendrick Bearden (Grand Vapids), who played bass and provided string arrangements throughout the album. MOTHERS will release their debut album in 2016.

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

  • Sun May 8, 2016 9:00 pm
    • L.A. Witch
    • Sugar Candy Mountain
    $10.00
  • Mon May 9, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Corners
    • Death Valley Girls
    • The Limbos
    Free Monday

    Maxed Out On Distractions is the ground-breaking debut LP by Los Angeles natives CORNERS, torchbearers of Echo Park's D.I.Y. underbelly. Far beyond the confinements of the "garage-rock" genre, this meticulously crafted sonic experience fuses frenetic punk energy with a synth-heavy hypnotic groove. Polished gems "Love Letters" & "Caught in Frustration" evoke a dark, yet undeniable beauty, while aggressive opener "We're Changing" is analogous to the band's expansive new sound. A synth-inspired post-punk album in today's digital climate, the album title itself is a reflection of living in the Internet age and literally not having any room in your life for more distractions. Unplug yourself from the wall, take your Google Glasses off, and put the phablets away, kiddies, CORNERS are here to help you feel again.

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

    It’s been five years since the last DUNGEN album, 2010’s Skit I Allt, which is by far the longest interval between releases for a band that proved especially prolific and inspired during the 2000s. During that time, the band garnered a worldwide fanbase and coalesced into a full band that includes Reine Fiske on guitar, Mattias Gustavsson on bass, and Johan Holmegard on drums. Starting with 2007’s Tio Bitar and 2009’s 4, the band members helped Ejstes realize his own vision while adding flourishes of their own. As a result, DUNGEN grew into something bigger and more formidable: one of the best and most consistently inventive psych rock bands in the world.

    Allas Sak picks up where DUNGEN'S previous album left off, but somehow it sounds bolder and livelier, feistier yet more focused. The quartet jam with greater purpose and principle on songs like the otherworldly instrumental “Franks Kaktus” and the stately “En Gång Om Året,” while the prismatic “Flickor Och Pojkar” and closer “Sova” reveal subtle nuances in the band’s arrangements.

    Allas Sak is about everyday matters: family, friends, the fine texture of life. Common but never mundane, these subjects anchor the music in the here and now, while the music lends a certain grandeur to ordinary moments. “Lyrics are very important to me,” says Ejstes, who sings almost exclusively in Swedish. “These songs are my everyday experiences, my thoughts and stories from the life I live. I hope people can create their own stories around the music and maybe we can make music together, the listener and I.”

  • Sat May 21, 2016 12:30 pm
    • School of Rock Elmhurst
    $10 (adults), Kids Free
  • Tue May 31, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Modern English
    • Burnt Hair
    • DJ Philly Peroxide
    $10.00

    UK post-punk vets MODERN ENGLISH will be returning to America to perform their incredible early 4AD material on their Mesh & Lace Tour. That includes the hit song "I Melt With You" and music off their first three albums, Mesh & LaceAfter The Snow and Ricochet Days, released from 1981-1984.

    (Brooklyn Vegan)

  • Sun June 12, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Boyd Rice
    • NON
    • Awen
    • Et Nihil
    $12 (advance), $15

    Boyd Rice is an American experimental sound/noise musician using the name of NON since the mid-1970s, archivist, actor, photographer, author, member of the Partridge Family Temple religious group, co-founder of the UNPOP art movement and current staff writer for Modern Drunkard magazine. Under the name NON, Rice has recorded several seminal noise music albums, and collaborated with experimental music/dark folk artists like Current 93, Death in June and Rose McDowall. Most of his music has been released on the Mute Records label. Rice has also collaborated with Frank Tovey of Fad Gadget, Tony Wakeford of Sol Invictus and Michael Moynihan of Blood Axis.

    Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Awen is one of the most exciting new acts to emerge from the post-industrial/neofolk/experimental/martial scene in years. Awen is a vehicle for the visions and baritone of Erin Powell with the participation and production of Per Nilsson, and the voice and percussive efforts of Katrin X. Wes Radvansky (also active in black metal act Krigsgrav) officially joined as guitarist in 2014 in time for the recording of Awen’s latest album, the excellent “Grim King of the Ghosts”, which was one of CVLTnation’s Top 6 Neofolk releases of 2014. On this tour, Awen will be joined by Glenn Bailey on pipes. The first Awen releases were released between 2006 and 2008 in highly limited CD-R editions. Since then, the band has risen to become one of the bigger acts within the scene. They have collaborated with artists such as Freya Aswynn (Fire+Ice, 6 Comm, Current 93 and others) B9 InVid (Luftwaffe, Et Nihil), and Gaya Donadio (AntiChildLeague) among others. Most recently Awen and ET NIHIL completed a three country tour of Europa, playing Leipzig’s Runes and Men Festival, Copenhagen and London.

    Chicago's ET NIHIL, formed from the 'grounding' of the band, Luftwaffe in 2013. B9 InViD recruited two like-minded souls to continue the journey into intense and melancholy martial and industrial influenced Neofolk music. Chicago’s Et Nihil may be a relatively new act within the world of post-punk inspired apocalyptic folk/industrial, more menacing that most of the current, more romantically inclined neofolk scene. However, main-man B9 InVid (vocals, guitar, electronics) is something of a veteran of the scene, having been one half of long running American luminaries Luftwaffe, since 1997. B9 InVid is aided by percussionist Jonathan S. (also active in black metal band Vlk), and RB on bass. They have released a debut EP, “Onus”, to excellent reviews in 2013 and a live triple split album together with Sonne Hagal and Awen in 2014, as well as three, 7 inch vinyl releases and a track on the LP “Divided We Fall.”  ET NIHIL will have a new, full length CD album in the spring of 2016. Most recently Awen and ET NIHIL completed a three country tour of Europa, playing Leipzig’s Runes and Men Festival, Copenhagen and London and twice in Chicago with Neofolk founders Death in June.

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