• Sat May 28, 2016 3:00 pm
    • Empty Bottle Book Club discusses 'Patience' by Daniel Clowes
    FREE

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

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    Patience is the first all new, original graphic novel from Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) in over a half-decade, and also the biggest and most ambitious book yet in a storied career that includes multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards, a PEN Award, and an Academy Award nomination.

    Patience is an indescribable psychedelic science-fiction love story, veering with uncanny precision from violent destruction to deeply personal tenderness in a way that is both quintessentially “Clowesian,” and utterly unique in the author’s body of work. This 180-page, full-color story affords Clowes the opportunity to draw some of the most exuberant and breathtaking pages of his life, and to tell his most suspenseful, surprising and affecting story yet.

    Fantagraphics and Clowes helped usher in today’s golden age of literary graphic novels, as evidenced by the just-released Complete Eightball 1–18, which collects the historic comic book series (1989-2004) that originally serialized Clowes classics such as Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron and Ghost World, the latter of which is the best-selling book in Fantagraphics’ history, with 20 editions since its debut in 1997. 

  • Sat May 28, 2016 9:00 pm
    • A Tribute to Drone Warrior Tony Conrad featuring DRMWPN
    • Cooper Crain
    • Haley Fohr
    • Whitney Johnson Trio
    • Mind Over Mirrors
    $5.00

    A tribute to the late experimental drone titan and composer, Tony Conrad, who passed away in April....Tony was no stranger to the Empty Bottle stage, and his singular approach to the violin and other vibrating objects revolutionized the idea of devotional music for many generations to come. This evening will feature a rare performance from local drone ensemble DRMWPN (featuring Jim Becker, Jim Dorling, Michael Zerang, Plastic Crimewave, Dan Singleman, Sam Wagster, Dan Mohr, Mahjabeen, and more) PLUS the trio of COOPER CRAIN (Cave/Bitchin' Bahas) , HALEY FOHR (Circuit Des Yeux) and WHITNEY JOHNSON (Matchess/Verma), AND the dynamic combo of MIND OVER MIRRORS and JON MUELLER reenacting the Theatre of Eternal Music vibe--the NY drone syndicate which often featured Conrad, John Cale, and Lamonte Young, Angus Maclise, and Marian Zarzeella. Only $5 to enter. Additionally, Conrad's films will be screened on June 1st for the Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF.org), followed by a performance of his scores that eve at Elastic Arts, so this is a veritable festival in tribute to the string lord.

  • Sun May 29, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Boys V.S. Girls
    • Owltree
    • Sports Boyfriend
    • Ross Berman
    $5.00

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

  • Mon May 30, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Lifestyles [Album Release + Tour Kick-Off]
    • Fire Retarded
    • Cookie
    • DJ Donnie Creep
    Free Monday

    Our good friends LIFESTYLES (members of FOUL TIP, TOUCHED BY GHOUL, and LIL TITS) are releasing an album AND heading out on tour. What a bunch of damn over achievers, but at least we have a reason to party. We're sending them off with a rocking Memorial Day *FREE MONDAY*! LIFESTYLES has a "shambling, grungy 90's sound that puts this wolf in mind of a Babes in Toyland-style alt-rock apocalypse—two thumbs up" according to the Chicago Reader's Gossip Wolf. One second into their set, you'll realize it's not just hear-say - their live performances are solid proof that this crew can shred with the best of them. Joining in the festivities is is Madison's FIRE RETARDED, who haven't played here since Novemeber of 2015! They're here with some no-nonsense garage that will knock your socks right off your stupid feet. They've wowed us with their speedy riffs, big breakdowns and even bigger stage presence before and are always a welcome addition to any Bottle gig. Spinning us into the evening is DJ DONNIE CREEP aka Donnie Moore of ABSOLUTELY NOT & Glitter Creeps.

  • Tue May 31, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Modern English
    • Silent Age
    • Order of Night, Analog Signals Djs with DJ Philly Peroxide, presented by Analog Signals & The Empty Bottle
    $10.00

    Hey guys - come "stop the world and melt" with the Empty Bottle tonight. Sorry...but you totally walked right into that one. UK post-punk vets MODERN ENGLISH will be returning to America to perform their incredible early 4AD material on their Mesh & Lace Tour. That includes the hit song "I Melt With You" and music off their first three albums, Mesh & LaceAfter The Snow and Ricochet Days, released from 1981-1984. Unfortunately BURNT HAIR is no longer joining MODERN ENGLISH for the Midwest run of this tour, but they've been replaced by some stellar openers. SILENT AGE is a new post-punk band with members of Chicago's Population and Minneapolis' CLAPS. VEIL VITRIC are Chicago goths. Dark and brooding, their sound harkens back to early FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM and features members of CEMETERY. This show is presented in collaboration with ANALOG SIGNALS, a post punk, new wave, punk, 80's industrial and synth based music DJ Collective. Founded early 2013, dark and bleak pulses are their specialty. Returning to spin dark and synthy tunes thorughout the night is our friend DJ PHILLY PEROXIDE.

    (Brooklyn Vegan)

  • Wed June 1, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Oshwa
    • Half Waif
    • Sedna's Not Alone
    • Campdogzz
    $5.00

    OSHWA is the heart-shaped brainchild of songwriters ALICIA WALTER and MICHAEL MAC. Their intricate guitar licks cross legs with gigantically soulful vocal melodies, driven by WALTER’S fearless windpipes. They feed their lush and melodically complex creations to percussionist JORDAN TATE and bassist MATTHEW NOONAN who construct a rhythmic backdrop reminiscent of a rigorous game of mountaintop hopscotch. With the product—part visceral animal love song and part algebraic shit-fit—OSHWA challenges your body to dance cerebral. HALF WAIF is the project of NANDI ROSE PLUNKET, based in Brooklyn NY. A lover of synthesizers and pop tunes, her resulting work as HALF WAIF features richly layered compositions of various origins. HALF WAIF’s debut LP KOREKAN, released in July 2014 and produced by Devin Greenwood, is a kaleidoscopic blend of contemporary and classical music, with melodies that range from Top 40 to ancient Celtic/British folk songs. With the addition of band mates and longtime friends ZACK LEVINE and ADAN CARLO, HALF WAIF’s compositions have taken on a more immediate pulse live, rooted in the meeting of acoustic and electronic elements: booming drums, bass surging against a textural wall of pitched digital bips and sparkling synths. The project recently completed its second full-length album Probable Depths, released in May 2016. CAMPDOGZZ is the duo of JESS PRICE and MIKE RUSSELL who operate out of the eternally corrupt city of Chicago, where native RUSSELL has been playing for over a decade. While his nationally recognized acts WEDDING DRESS, SUNS AND WAX ON RADIO featured his presence on the mic; PRICE, an Oklahoma emigrant with a voice that hits listeners like a dust storm, fronts CAMPDOGZZ. The pantheon of female singers with rootsy, radiant voices has been waiting for its next inductee, and with sharp melodic hooks bolstering Price's delivery, the spot is hers for the taking. Sharing guitar duties with PRICE is multi-instrumentalist RUSSELL, whose past critical acclaim is represented in the quality of the music. Blending elements of TOWNES VAN ZANDT, SONGS: OHIA, CAT POWER, and SONIC YOUTH, CAMPDOGZZ have created a sound that's bright and immediate at times, somber and resonant at others, while always remaining lively and weighty with the promise of becoming classics. 

  • Thu June 2, 2016 9:00 pm
    • STONES THROW 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR : Peanut Butter Wolf
    • J-Rocc
    • MNDSGN
    • Samiyam
    $15.00

    PEANUT BUTTER WOLF got his start in the early 90’s as the DJ/producer for CHARIZMA in San Jose, CA until December 1993 when CHARIZMA lost his life at the age of 20. After taking a break from music, WOLF eventually started STONES THROW RECORDS (turning 20!) in 1996. CHARIZMA’S posthumous “My World Premiere” was the single that launched the label. These days, PB WOLF is busy building the STONES THROW label and traveling as a DJ/VJ. One of the original turntablists, J. ROCC founded THE BEAT JUNKIES in 1992 with MELO-D and RHETTMATIC, but has done just as much on his own as in a group setting. He began DJing in the mid-'80s with a California group named PSK. Soon after forming, THE BEAT JUNKIES became a seminal force in the rise of instrumental hip-hop, including core member BABU plus future stars SHORTKUT and D-STYLES. In addition to numerous mixtapes and his own production for STONES THROW releases, J. ROCC has been the DJ for MADLIB'S live shows since the early 2000's, was the 3rd member of JAYLIB (Madlib & J Dilla) during the group's live events, and collaborated with MADLIB on Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6: A Tribute to J Dilla. MNDSGN is an anomaly among hip-hop producers - not raised in the suburbs on a steady diet of video games and hip-hop, but in the forest like a beast. As his trips into the city became more frequent, he began using the name MNDSGN (pronounced "mind design"), inspired by the NAS lyric, "my mind is seeing through your design like blind fury," and a not-so-subtle nod to his father's work in neuroscience. With his transformation complete, MNDSGN headed west. He now resides in Los Angeles and works with STONES THROW RECORDS. Sam Baker, better known by his stage name SAMIYAM, is an American hip-hop producer based in Los Angeles, California. SAMIYAM released the Return EP on Hyperdub in 2008. His official debut album, Sam Baker's Album, was released on Brainfeeder in 2011. He returned with the album, Wish You Were Here, in 2013 and in 2016 released the albumAnimals have Feelings, which featured guest appearances from the likes of EARL SWEATSHIRT, ACTION BRONSON, and JEREMIAH JAE

  • Do-Division Street Fest Fri June 3, 2016 5:00 pm
    • Do Division featuring Peanut Butter Wolf
    • J-Rocc
    • Samiyam
    • MNDSGN
    $5 suggested donation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    (Interview) (Noisey) (NPR)

  • Do-Division Street Fest Sat June 4, 2016 12:00 pm
    • Do Division featuring A Place To Bury Strangers
    • NE-HI
    • The Body
    • Bloodiest
    • Promised Land Sound
    • Johnny Young
    $5 suggested donation

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

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

    Returning to THE EMPTY BOTTLE, THE BODY is a two-piece sludge metal band originating from Providence, Rhode Island, (formed in 1999), with heavy, low riffs, high-pitched screaming vocals, and occasional samples. With their most recent release THE BODY set out to make “the grossest pop album of all time”. No One Deserves Happiness was released in March of this year and has be reviewed as “an album that defies definition and expectations, standing utterly alone”. RECTAL HYGIENICS is a disgusting band name and, fittingly enough, RECTAL HYGIENICS is also a disgusting band, but in all the ways we like: The sludgy four-piece will terrorize your eardrums as their lead singer screams, provokes and harasses your brain with his blithering nonsense. The horrific blend of doomy, feedback-drenched hardcore may very well enduce a pants-shitting, but the warm feeling it leaves in your nether regions - and your heart - are well worth the mess you're left to clean up later.

  • Do-Division Street Fest Sun June 5, 2016 12:00 pm
    • Do Division featuring Beach Fossils
    • Diane Coffee
    • Bayonne
    • Kweku Collins
    • Heaven's Gateway Drugs
    • Shah Jahan
    $5 suggested donation

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

  • Sun June 5, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Prince Tribute to benefit Girls Rock! Chicago featuring HIDE, Pink Avalanche, Bobby Conn + String Quartet, GRADES, Erin Page & The Blouses, Choral Reefr, and more!
    $5.00

    We're still reeling from the untimely passing of PRINCE, but we've teamed up with the folks at Girls Rock! Chicago to put on a fitting tribute show that will help raise funds for the mostly volunteer-run rock and roll band camp and youth music program. We've asked some of our favorite local bands to play some of their favorite songs by the late, great Purple One, and a $5 suggested donation will go to one of our favorite charities. Don your most colorful outfit (or don't!), grab a hanky, and let's go crazy.

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

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

  • Tue June 7, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Empty Bottle Book Release featuring Blonde Redhead
    $20.00

    We've already announced one night of the Empty Bottle Book Release shows and now we're lucky enough to announce that NYC trio BLONDE REDHEAD, who first graced our stage way back in 1995, will headline the first evening of this extra-special occasion! Consistently innovative and inspiring over their 20+ years, the group has released a steady stream of fantastic albums on legendary labels like Touch and Go and 4AD. We're honored to have them back on our stage for an EB Book Release and hope you'll join us for this momentous occasion... Tickets are ON SALE NOW!

    Copies of the Empty Bottle book will be for sale at the show and we're planning some more festivities to celebrate our impending 25th Anniversary next year, so stay tuned for more news and please join us on June 8th for this very special event!

  • Wed June 8, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Empty Bottle Book Release featuring The Ponys
    • The Goblins
    • Earring
    $20.00

    Holy moly, it's THE PONYS, and they're coming back to help us celebrate our very own Book Release Show on Wednesday, June 8th! This will be their first show here since headlining Halloween at the Bottle way back in 2009 and we couldn't be happier to see their return. For this special occasion they'll be joined by masked 90s garage-rock heroes THE GOBLINS and DIY up-and-comers EARRING. All three bands have special ties to the Bottle and hold a special place in our hearts... Tickets are ON SALE NOW!

    Copies of the book will be for sale at the show and we're planning some more festivities to celebrate our impending 25th Anniversary next year, so stay tuned for more news and please join us on June 8th for this very special event!

    (Chicagoist) (Reader) (Time Out)

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

    Sometimes as a leader, sometimes as a sideman and collaborator; sometimes as an invisible musician but you’ve heard him: the chest-high bass drum thump, the tightly paired flight of guitars in odd harmony, the disorienting shift in time and texture that resolves itself into song. CHRIS COHEN has plied the inside and outside folds of pop musical possibility since at least 1978, when he first set infant drumstick to skin at the tender age of three, initiating decades of sonic experimentation across multiple bands and nearly a dozen recordings. COHEN'S songwriting isn’t so much disjunctive as subjunctive, asking “what if,” playing against the expected and building suspense, breaking like waves or the patterns at the edges of things. CHRIS makes music with the patience of a gardener: he went out and collected a backyard’s worth of thorny succulents, took them home and cultivated them like so. They are modular plants – cut one little piece, stick it in the ground, give it time. Come back and find it branching, breaking and replanting itself into tangle and form. You notice yourself changed too. Chicago based dream pop/shoegaze band DEEPER recently re-formed with a lineup made up of MICHAEL CLAWSON, SHIRAZ BHATTI, NICOHLAS GOHL and DREW MCBRIDE. Their five song EP of lush, shimmering guitar-based psych is called Tape and was released at the end of last year. Still something of a hidden gem in Chicago's robust music community, DEEPER meld twinkling guitars with cascading rhythms airy harmonies, pushing the "dream-pop" sound into uncharted sonic territories. They've packed this joint before and left us feeling like we were floating in space, taking in the cosmos and secretly hoping to never return. Opening the show is BLIND MOON, the dream-pop/shoegaze project of Chicago-based singer, songwriter and musician JOSH COHEN. Now performing as a trio, BLIND MOON first hit the Bottle stage when they opened for TWIN PEAKS in December of 2015 and we're damn excited to have em back to kick things off tonight.

    (Pitchfork) (Stereogum) (Tiny Mixtapes)

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

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

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

  • Fri June 10, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Wizard Rifle
    • Barren Heir
    • Den
    $8.00

    From the rain and gloom of Portland was spawned WIZARD RIFLE; two malcontent twenty-somethings with bent on creating something exhilarating and progressive amidst a scene of tepid dreamy pop, and redundant revival acts.

    Drummer Sam Ford is a blur of tom rolls, rapid-fire rim shots, screaming out harmonies amid the flurry. Meanwhile guitarist Max Dameron spews out tentacles of noise, at times angular yet bizarrely groovy, at times psychedelic ambience, or purely crushing space-rock. The sheer sonic wall created by two is a sight to behold live, both members sharing signing duties and pushing to the limit of their abilities and ears.

    The sound is rooted in a reverence for 70’s psychedelic and punk, and myriad contemporary acts without ever feeling like a throwback.WIZARD RIFLE seeks to push the boundaries beyond reference points and obvious nods to rock idols, but they’ve commonly been likened to KING CRIMSON, LIGHTNING BOLT, HIGH ON FIRE, MISFITS, KARP, MELVINS, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, SONIC YOUTH, and SLEEP.

  • Thalia Hall Sat June 11, 2016 11:00 am
    • Pilsen Food Truck Social featuring Sonorama
    • Guantanamo Baywatch
    • Sam Prekop
    • Homme
    • Chicago Mariachi Project
    • 606 Records DJs
    $5 suggested donation

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

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

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

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

    PILSEN RESTAURANT VENDORS 

    • Dia De Los Tamales 
    • Honky Tonk BBQ 
    • Azul18 
  • Sat June 11, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Cheap Girls
    • Dion Lunadon [A Place to Bury Strangers]
    • The Gunshy
    $12.00

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thalia Hall Sun June 12, 2016 11:00 am
    • Pilsen Food Truck Social featuring CumbiaSazo!
    • The Hood Internet
    • Showyousuck x Today's Hits
    • Magas
    • Glyders
    • Chicago Mariachi Project
    • 606 Records DJs
    $5 suggested donation

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

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

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

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

    PILSEN RESTAURANT VENDORS 

    • Dia De Los Tamales 
    • Honky Tonk BBQ 
    • Azul18
  • Sun June 12, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Guantanamo Baywatch
    • Flesh Panthers
    • Jollys
    $8.00

    Portland Oregon’s Guantanamo Baywatch—a band that has built their reputation on wrangling up a ribald mishmash of classic surf instrumentation and brash garage rock. On the one hand, you could view this adherence to the rudiments of rock n’ roll as more of an homage than an artistic stride. Yes, the trio owes a hat tip to Dick Dale’s guitar licks and The Sonics’ primitive blown-out strut. But who gives a shit about reference points anyways? Every artist has ‘em. The question is: can you twist your influences into something exciting and new? In the past, Guantanamo Baywatch demonstrated their ability to do so by cranking everything into the red, making those traditional motifs sound far nastier than their forefathers intended. Remember how The Cramps made rockabilly sound dangerous and seedy even after it was several decades old? That’s what Guantanamo Baywatch did with their crosspollination of tremolo-picked leads and basement-band brashness. But with Darling… It’s Too Late the band broke away from their burying-the-needle-on-the-four-track sound and traveled down to Atlanta’s Living Room Recording (Black Lips, The Coathangers, Jacuzzi Boys) to track with Ben Coleman, Justin McKneight, and Ed Rawls.


    “Oldies weren’t lo-fi,” says Guantanamo Baywatch guitarist and vocalist Jason Powell, even though people have a hard time distinguishing the crackle and pop of worn-out vinyl or the low bandwidth of AM radio from the actual production mastery of early rock n’ roll. With Darling… It’s Too Late, Guantanamo Baywatch sought to harness and manipulate the sparkling sounds from yesteryear, all while staying true to the tape hiss and rough takes of analog recording. “We really wanted a mixtape compilation sound to the record,” says Powell, and that approach can be heard in both the songwriting and the production. According to Powell, each individual song was approached with all the amps and the EQs on the recording console zeroed out. That meant that every song was recorded with a new template. The title track and lead single, “Too Late”, perfectly captures this new aesthetic. With Burger Records soul singer Curtis Harding contributing backing vocals and rounding out the classic Motown ballad vibe of the track, “Too Late” is an enormous departure from the trashy Mummies-esque ruckus of their earlier recordings. Of course, the band hasn’t completely abandoned the rowdy surf rock of their previous releases—Powell put the finishing touches on the album back at his Jungle Muscles Studio in Portland to keep that rough-hewn feel intact. But even when he and his bandmates Chevelle Wiseman (bass) and Chris Scott (drums) tread on their familiar territory with songs like “Raunch Stomp” or their cover of Eddie & The Showmen’s “Mr. Rebel”, there’s a newfound clarity, punch, and swagger to their sound.


     

  • Mon June 13, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The Pack A.D.
    • Kitten Forever
    • Beat Drun Juel
    $10 (advance), $12

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

    (Exclaim)

  • Tue June 14, 2016 9:00 pm
    • T-Rextasy
    • Glamour Hotline
    • Supermagical
    • Slayerkitty
    $7 (advance), $10

    Emerging from the deepest depths of the urban jungle that is New York City high school, the dashing dino dames of T-REXTASY exploded onto the scene in the crisp autumn of 2013 to obliterate the patriarchy via an irresistible synthesis of punk, surf, ska, and good ol' rock n' roll...and never looked back. It's their first time preforming at the Bottle, but something tells us they're going to fit right the fuck in.Chicago band GLAMOUR HOTLINE classifies themselves as “spooky, cool girls” which is something we're definitely into. That also happens to be the name of their first album. These three ladies are a little indie-punk, a little riot-grrrl rock, plus heavy dashes of sugar, spice, everything nice and all that bullshit. If you're into "noisey dance fun pop," then that's just perfect because SUPERMAGICAL is here tonight. This trio (sometimes four-piece, sometimes more) of fun-loving friends is majorly upping the experiemtal pop game in our fair city of Chicago. Kicking the evening off is SLAYERKITTY - a Chicago based post-punk, experimental, death duo.

  • Wed June 15, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Glitter Creeps presents : The Bingers
    • Colfax Speed Queen
    • The Holy Motors
    • Son of a Gun (7-Inch Release)
    $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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Beat Kitchen Fri June 17, 2016 2:00 pm
    • NAILS
    • Full Of Hell
    • Gods Hate
    • Eternal Sleep
    • Gazzan, Presented by Kickstand Productions and Empty Bottle Presents
    $15 (advance), $17
  • Fri June 17, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

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

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

  • Fri June 17, 2016 8:30 pm
    • NAILS
    • Full of Hell
    • God's Hate
    • Eternal Sleep
    • GAZZAN, presented by Empty Bottle & Empire Productions
    $15 (advance), $17

    Little is known about extreme sonic terrorists NAILS (and that's the way they like it). The hails from Southern California and consists of vocalist/guitarist Todd Jones (ex-TERROR BETRAYED, CARRY ON, SNAKE EYES, INTERNAL AFFAIRS, bassist John Gianelli, and drummer Taylor Young, and that their music takes hardcore to its illogically extreme conclusion (beyond grindcore, crustcore, etc.). Aggressive and dogged in their musical attack,FULL OF HELL ain’t nothing to mess with. These Maryland natives have been holding it down with some of the most relentless sounds in today’s hardcore scene. Experimental in approach, unforgiving in nature, FULL OF HELL have come to melt your faces off your silly skulls. GOD’S HATE is a hardcore metal band out of L.A. Aggressive riffs and devastating percussion provide the backdrop for lyrics about the apathy of society. ETERNAL SLEEP  our of Pittsburgh, PA specialize in heavy rock and roll, and Cleveland’s GAZZAN features members of metal bands INTEGRITY, AMERICAN WEREWOLVES and BOWEL.

    (Rolling Stone)

  • Bohemian Nat'l Cemetery (Outside) Sat June 18, 2016 6:00 pm
    • 'Beyond the Gate' feat. Grouper
    • Breadwoman
    • Good Willsmith
    • Simulation
    $20.00

    Address: 3969 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60630

    Beyond The Gate is a concert experience unlike any other in the city. It takes place in a cemetery, around the time of a full moon/summer solstice, surrounded by the Bohemian National Cemetery Mausoleum. We are incredibly thankful for the opportunity to present these concerts in a setting as rich in history as the Bohemian National Cemetery. We implore all attendees to treat these events with the respect they deserve. Please be mindful of helping to keep the area litter free. Public transportation, car-pooling, biking and cabbing is highly encouraged so as to keep parking available for area residents.

    Headlining this time around GROUPER, a recording and performing project by Portland-based artist Liz Harris. Her music, often described as "ethereal" and "hazy," has a reoccurring theme of guitar layered with vocals and tape loops. She has collaborated with a number of other artists, including XIU XIU, TINY VIPERS, and LAWRENCE ENGLISH. After releasing material independently beginning in 2005, Harris released the critically acclaimed Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill (2008), followed by four more records, including a two-part concept album, A I A. Her tenth studio album, Ruins, was released on October 31, 2014. Providing direct support this evening is BREADWOMAN, rich in the ingredients of 1980s Los Angeles performance art, renegade DIY punk, gallery culture, galvanized jazz, underground cassette-trading culture, drag extravaganzas, and esoteric meaning-making mysticism. BREADWOMAN is a storyteller who is so very old she’s turned into bread. BREADWOMAN says: If you don’t try to understand, you will. GOOD WILLSMITH processes guitars, synths, found physical media, and voices through multi-track looping hardware and chains of electronics. The trio incorporates elements of ambient, drone, noise, komische minimalist metal and Indian classical music into long-form structured improvisations, making for some truly psychedelic mindfuckery. SIMULATION is a collab between two of the baddest electronic musicians this side of the Mississippi: Laura Callier of GET SET (synths and sequencers) and Whitney Johnson 0f MATCHESS (vocals, organ, and cassettes). Together, these two are unstoppable, combining their unlikely solo styles to create one helluva captivating situation.

  • Sat June 18, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Radioactivity
    • Bad Sports
    • Dumpster Babies
    $10.00

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

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

    Taking cues from both the politics of the riot grrrl scene and the intricate, moody guitar-based sound of early-90s Pacific Northwestern indie bands like SLEATER-KINNEY and AUTOCLAVE, Walla Walla, Washington based CHASTITY BELT formed in 2010. The band consisted of lead vocalist/guitarist JULIA SHAPIRO, bassist ANNIE TRUSCOTT, drummer GRETCHEN GRIMM, and guitarist LYDIA LUND. The group quickly integrated irreverent humor into its seemingly serious musical presence. They continued this trend when releasing their proper debut, No Regerts in 2013, subtly but intentionally misspelling No Regrets as one might on a horribly, ironically botched tattoo. CHASTITY BELT has toured heavily in support of No Regerts, and returned in early 2015 with sophomore album Time to Go Home on their new label home of Hardly Art Records. KO is the pseudonym of vocalist, guitarist, and total badass KRISTIN NEWBORN. Everything this BAMF touches turns into beautiful melodies that will grind you to your nerve endings. Protective gear encouraged, but not required.

  • Mon June 20, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Secret Colours + Stonefield
    Free Monday

    Emanating from the windy city of Chicago, IL, USA, SECRET COLOURS is an independently run music collective that has progressed from their roots in rock, constantly striving to innovate their sound. Since their inception in 2010, the band has worked to collaborate its contemporary range of personalities guided by the leadership of the group’s core members, TOMMY EVANS & JUSTIN FREDERICK. The collective has appeared with the likes of DOCTOR DOG, RINGO DEATHSTARR, ELEPHANT STONE, SPINDRIFT, ASTEROID #4, THE RAVEONETTES, THE NIGHT BEATS, WARPAINT and THE WARLOCKS. Proving rock & roll can be a family affair, STONEFIELD is a band consisting of four sisters who play tough swaggering hard rock in the classic style of the ‘70s complete with swirling organ lines and crunching guitar solos.

  • Tue June 21, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Paul de Jong (of The Books)
    • Jungle Green
    $10.00

    PAULD DE JONG is best known as the co-founder, cellist and resident found sound savant of the beloved, defunct collage-pop duo, THE BOOKS . Five years after that band delivered their final album, The Way Out, to much acclaim, DE JONG delivers his first solo album, IF. DE JONG's ability to find the musical in the mundane has always been uncanny — everything around him is a potential instrument: his mind-bogglingly vast collection of forgotten private press regional folk records, spoken-word oddities of indeterminate origin unearthed in discarded thrift store piles, and various everyday household utensils that we tend to take for granted. One man’s trash is DE JONGS tool to craft yet another treasure.

    (NPR)

  • Wed June 22, 2016 9:00 pm
    • C Joynes
    $8

    It's the first U.S. tour for elusive British guitarist C JOYNES.

    C JOYNES is one of the UK’s most inventive and highly regarded solo guitarists. Over the last 10 years he has recorded a string of acclaimed albums exploring the fault-lines between traditional music, field-recordings from around the world, free improv and lo-fi experimentalism. His most recent album, Split Electric (2016), a collaboration with Nick Jonah Davis, finds him blending the brittle ringing tones of electric folk with overdriven garage blues throw-downs and lumbering muddy-booted psychedelia. This is his first US tour.

    “An inheritor to Davy Graham; a lone operator prone to unexpected collaborations, with a repertoire that crosses continents and timezones with consummate ease, and dashed off with a phenomenal, yet lightly applied technique.” ROB YOUNG, THE WIRE

    “As much Conlon Nancarrow and Ali Farka Toure as Blind Lemon Jefferson, the compositional mind at work here can take apparently disparate threads of modernism and ethnic tradition and treat them as though they were all archaic blues styles learnt from dusty 78s.” BRUCE RUSSELL, THE WIRE

    “His epigrammatic re-castings and re-readings of widely-travelled folk melodies and rhythms from a variety of traditions suggest shared memories that might be intensely universal while seeming strangely out of reach.” KEVIN MACNEIL BROWN, DUSTED MAGAZINE

  • Thu June 23, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Red Bull Sound Select Presents : METZ
    • Muuy Biien
    • Brett Naucke
    $3 with RSVP

    Red Bull Sound Select -- an artist development program that works with the best curators in local music scenes to bring fans unique shows -– is proud to announce the June installment of the series will be headlined by METZ. On June 23rd, METZ headlines a show at The Empty Bottle with Red Bull Sound Select acts MUUY BIIEN and BRETT NAUCKE performing in support.

    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. Not to be outdone, both Atlanta’s MUUY BIIEN and BRETT NAUCKE are Sound Select bands that are worthy of your attention on a “I saw them before they broke big” level. Not familiar? Listen to their music below:  

     

  • Fri June 24, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sat June 25, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Windy City Soul Club
    $5 at door, no advance tickets

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

    (Chicago Mixtape) (Gapers Block)

  • Mon June 27, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The Gnar Wave Rangers
    • 1-800-BAND
    • Yoko and The Oh Nos
    Free Monday
  • Wed June 29, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Jerry Paper & Easy Feelings Unlimited
    • Dougie Poole
    $10.00

    JERRY PAPER is the sonic caricature of Los Angeles-based musician Lucas Nathan. Brought into the world after Nathan's previous, more abstract projects dissolved into the ether, JERRY PAPER represents a cartoonish vision of Self materialized through Jerry's bizarre vision of pop music.  The latest full-length from Jerry Paper, Toon Time Raw!, is a continuation of Nathan’s amoebic mission. Whereas his previous albums featured him alone — with his synthesizer, drum machine, and the occasional guitar — this new record features backing instrumentation from EASY FEELINGS UNLIMITED, a jazz band who has asked to remain anonymous. Though the synth sax has been traded for real brass, it’s still the same Jerry songwriting. Brooklyn based DOUGIE POOLE describes his music as "non-country from urban anti-cowboy." With his music, most notable his recently release track "Don't You Think I'm Funny Anymore?" POOLE pays tribute to the iconic genre with metallic drums, choir-like harmonizing, a lilting guitar solo, and flowery synth crescendoes. Of his music, POOLE says: "I’m trying to write songs that can express loneliness in that way that only country songs can, but for people who, like me, also feel totally alienated by the world of country music."

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

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

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

    2. Thu July 7, 2016 9:00 pm
      • SONNY & THE SUNSETS
      • Skip Church
      $10.00

      SONNY & THE SUNSETS are a beautiful West Coast thing. Birthed from the sand, the surf, and twilight campfires down in Ocean Beach, SONNY & THE SUNSETS’ busted beach-pop songs spark recollections of doo wop’s otherworldly despair, a dose of goofball humor from the Michael Hurley school, and positive possibilities exuded by Jonathan Richman. Helmed by the singer / songwriter, playwright, author & onetime troubadour SONNY SMITH, The Sunsets have featured a revolving door lineup that have included SHAYDE SARTIN, RYAN BROWNE, KELLEY STOLTZ and TAHLIA HARBOUR. Adopting a range of sounds SMITH’S sardonic, laid-back style is interwoven throughout his compelling songwriting and vocals. Their new project Moods Baby Moods is set to be released May 27th, 2016 an is available for pre-order now. SKIP CHURCH is a Chicago band making waves around town that showcases the slightly mellower songwriting chops of JOE SCHORGL, lead singer/songwriter/guitarist of THE SUEVES. Like an inverted DYLAN at Newport, SCHORGL goes acoustic in SKIP CHURCH with a scrappy crew of local rock & rollers that'll set your heart on fire. As their slogan goes, "Skip Church. Go to hell." You can do it.

    3. West Fest Chicago Fri July 8, 2016 5:00 pm
      • West Fest 2016 featuring Luna
      • Craig Finn
      • Bully
      • Cloud Nothings
      • The Eternals
      • Natural Child
      $5 Suggested Donation

      WEST FEST
      Dates: July 8 - 10 
      Location: Chicago Ave b/w Damen and Wood
      Cost: $5 donation
      Hours: Friday, 5-10pm; Sat & Sun Noon to 10 pm 
      Website: westfestchicago.com 

      There is something for everyone at West Fest, the street fair that reflects the eclectic persona of the booming West Town neighborhood. This annual fest features top notch live music – from local cutting edge bands to national touring acts to the best DJs – on three stages (lineups TBA), plus an extraordinary array of vendor booths from neighborhood retailers, restaurants, artists, and activities for families, kids and PUPFest. Last year’s crowd smashed all previous records, with over 60,000 people turning out over the two-day span.

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

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

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

    5. Fri July 8, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Bully
      • Downtown Boys
      $15.00

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

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

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

       

       

       

       

    6. Sat July 9, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Cloud Nothings
      $12 (advance), $15

      CLOUD NOTHINGS was founded in a Cleveland basement, the one-man recording project of Dylan Baldi, an unassuming, then 18-year-old student of song with a breathtaking ear for melody. Prolific from the start, Baldi’s early work was rough but immediate: crudely recorded, spring-loaded spasms of Buzzcocks-informed pop that quickly found an online following among the lo-fi-inclined. When an opportunity presented itself to open a small show in Brooklyn, Baldi abandoned a still-in-progress final project to be there. The gamble paid off — he’s been touring ever since, using every available break to write and record more.

      In 2010, Carpark unveiled Turning On, a retrospective introduction that combined early 7? singles and the full-length debut (a limited release on cassette and vinyl) from which it took its name. The following year, CLOUD NOTHINGS made its proper Carpark debut with a thrilling self-titled LP that found Baldi in a studio for the first time, shedding the many layers of hiss and distortion that had once obscured (or enhanced) his every sugary hook. What followed was an unexpected breakthrough, 2012?s Attack on Memory, an album that very loudly (with the help of producer Steve Albini) announced the arrival of CLOUD NOTHINGS as the sound of more than just Baldi: Caustic and gargantuan, it marked the first time our young hero wrote with and for his longtime touring band, drummer Jayson Gerycz, bassist TJ Duke and since departed guitarist Joe Boyer. Touring intensified, rock critics slobbered, and the ceiling was raised considerably.

      Enter yet another first: the highly-anticipated follow-up. Here and Nowhere Else is the sound of Baldi further realizing his potential not just as a collaborative bandleader but a singer as well. The sometimes frightening interplay that galvanized its predecessor is refined here, Baldi’s cyclonic guitar parts and Gerycz’s seismic drumwork more tightly clenched and nuanced than they’ve ever been before. It’s an album every bit as ferocious as what we’ve recently come to expect — only smarter.

    7. Mon July 11, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Foul Tip
      • The Scenics
      • Plastic Crimewave Syndicate
      • The Runnies
      Free Monday

      In The Summer is a collection of eight songs recorded on four track reel to reel during 1977, and then four more during 1978. They were a band that came together in the early Toronto punk/new wave scene, fronted by dual excellent singer-songwriters, and became a great band that was even more underground than the others there at that time. This legendary anthology includes fan-favorites “Do The Wait,” “O Boy,” “Wild Trout,” “I Killed Marx” and the title track.

      “Largely unappreciated when they originally existed between 1976-1981, these underground icons merged Television’s guitar work, Big Star’s pop prowess, Pere Ubu’s dementia, and The Ramones’ urgency.” — Jonathan Cummins, Montreal Mirror

      (Big Takeover) (Victim of Time)

    8. Tue July 12, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Marissa Nadler
      • Wrekmeister Harmonies
      • Muscle and Marrow
      $12.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    11. Fri July 15, 2016 10:00 pm
      • Whitney
      • Michael Rault
      • Jimmy Whispers
      $12 (advance), $15

      A hometown Pitchfork After Show with your boys in WHITNEY, now that's what we like to see! Little known fact: The first incarnation of this band made their live debut at the Bottle back in March of 2015 when they backed up Mr. JIMMY WHISPERS for his record release show. The promising young group, which features former SMITH WESTERNS guitarist and drummer MAX KAKACEK and JULIEN EHRLICH (also ex-UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA), combines mellow-but-tight pop-rock with dashes of psych, country and R&B. They've stirred up Chicago's DIY scene for over a year and have since turned into a dynamic, internationally-acclaimed sextet (septet if you count their trusty soundman, which they/we do). The group's been touring tirelessly across the U.S. and Europe for most of the year, gaining a rabid following before even releasing their fantastic debut LP, Light Upon The Lake, out June 3rd on Secretly Canadian. The whole damn city, ourselves included, are proud to see how much these fellas have grown over the past year and a half, so you can bet they'll have the kids movin' and groovin' on the dance floor tonight.

    12. Sat July 16, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Car Seat Headrest
      • Stef Chura
      $12 (advance), $15

      WILL TOLEDO, the singer/songwriter/visionary of CAR SEAT HEADREST, is adept at both writing banger/anthem catch phrases and more complex, rarely found lyrics having developed both over the course of his eleven college-recorded Bandcamp albums and his retrospective collection last fall, Teens of Style. With Teens of Denial, his first real "studio" album with an actual band, TOLEDO moves from bedroom pop to something approaching classic-rock grandeur and huge (if detailed and personal) narrative ambitions, with nods to the CARS, PAVEMENT, JONATHAN RICHMOND, WIRE, AND WILLIAM ONYEABOR. Hailing from Alpena, MI but eventually wandering downstate, STEF CHURA began writing songs in high school before diving into the world of basement shows, dive bars and DIY touring. Though she's been involved in various bands, when presenting her own songs (solo or backed by friends) STEF'S music is by turns foggy and obtuse or emotionally blunt, heavy lines delivered in a sweet mumble or a softly sinister howl. Now stationed in Detroit, her sounds continue to develop, with new songs emphasizing fingerpicked guitar, meditative repetition and 90s-leaning lite grunge modes. 

       

    13. Mon July 18, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Deeper
      • Hoops
      • Flamingo Rodeo
      Free Monday

      Returning to the Bottle to co-headline tonight's Free Monday is Chicago based dream pop/shoegaze band DEEPER, who's recently-formed lineup is made up of MICHAEL CLAWSON, SHIRAZ BHATTI, NICOHLAS GOHL and DREW MCBRIDE. Their five song EP of lush, shimmering guitar-based psych is called Tape and was released at the end of last year. Still something of a hidden gem in Chicago's robust music community, DEEPER meld twinkling guitars with cascading rhythms airy harmonies, pushing the "dream-pop" sound into uncharted sonic territories. They've packed this joint before and left us feeling like we were floating in space, taking in the cosmos and secretly hoping to never return. HOOPS is a four-piece guitar pop group from Bloomington, Indiana. It originally started as an ambient noise project from guitarist DREW AUSCHERMAN, but later morphed into a full ensemble with the addition of bassist KEVIN KRAUTER, drummer JAMES ALLEN, and guitarist KEAGAN BERESFORD in the summer of 2014. The band recently announced their signing to Fat Possum and have three must-listen to tapes online, which received heaps of praise from publications like Gorilla VS. BearMy Old Kentucky Blog and Gold Flake Paint. Expect big things from HOOPS in the coming year. Kicking this shindig off is the debut of FLAMINGO RODEO, the new country-tinged, semi-psychedelic folk-rock project of NE-HI's MIKEY WELLS. If the first single, "Disguise," is any indication, WELLS will have all the little boys and girls swooning their hearts out when he hits the stage first. Show up early, stay late, never leave.

      (Gold Flake Paint) (Gorilla VS. Bear) (My Old Kentucky Blog)

    14. Tue July 19, 2016 9:00 pm
      • GØGGS
      $15.00

      CHAPTER ONE: GØGGS IS BORN. Ty and I decided we were going to start a band together when Ex-Cult opened for his band on the Slaughterhouse tour in 2013. A couple years later when the plans were solidified, it only made sense that thrash master Charles Moothart should get in on the experience. The three of us have been friends for years at this point, crashing at each others houses and riffling through each others record collections after a night of performing, partying, or both. This is not a side-project, it is a necessity. GØGGS is three heads, one spine, circling the drain of the wasteland known as mother earth.

      The A side to the debut single “She Got Harder” (out this November on In The Red Records) is one of the first songs we came up for this project, with an Iggy Pop cover (Featuring Zumi Rosow) thrown on the B-Side for maximum damage.The album dropping next year (featuring guests Cory Hanson of Wand, Denee Petracek of Vial, and Mikal Cronin) will lead us into the second chapter of the GØGGSsaga. Smoke the Wurm. A new player enters the game.

      – Chris Shaw

    15. Thu July 21, 2016 9:00 pm
      • All Them Witches
      • Chrome Pony
      • Long Live The GOAT
      $15.00

      Heavy, heady and hypnotic, ALL THEM WITCHES 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. Call it fate, call it karma, call it supreme chance. Tyler and Kyle Davis of CHROME PONY are brothers born on the same date two years apart; and since they could build tree houses and race BMX in their Indiana hometown, the duo have been a spectral musical unit radiating energy and prolificacy. Embracing the hip-shake and the head-bang, picking and choosing from punk, psych, garage, world music and rock n’ roll, Tyler and Kyle have used the intervening years to add dimensions and secrets to their tunes. Years of triumphant two-piece rock had proven that they are well capable of astonishing fullness on their own, but there was more to be explored. Working with a rotating cast of Nashville’s best instrumentalists, the duo continue to take their songs to new depths of arrangement and dynamic, without a shred of pretense or hesitation.

    16. Fri July 22, 2016 5:30 pm
      • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
      Free

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

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

    17. Fri July 22, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Swear Beam (Record Release)
      $7.00

      Returning to our stage tonight for the first time since November of last year is Midwest rock band SWEAR BEAM, a new-ish four-piece featuring both members of our pals THE FUNS. Now calling St. Louis (or thereabouts) home, SWEAR BEAMS is on a path of destruction that’s all ear-crushing drums and pulverizing rhythms, with a side of syrupy, hushed vocals to make it all go down smooth. This is some good shit, plus they're celebrating the release of a new record, so be sure to get here and get your seven bucks worth. More coming soon, so keep your ear to the ground, ya hear?

    18. Thu July 28, 2016 9:00 pm
      • ON AN ON
      $12.00

      ON AN ON is an American experimental-pop band out of Minneapolis, MN, made up of long-time friends and collaborators, Nate Eiesland (vocals, guitar), Ryne Estwing (bass, vocals) and Alissa Ricci (keys, vocals). On July 24, 2015 they will release their sophomore album And The Wave Has Two Sides.

      Formed in 2012, ON AN ON began when the trio congregated in the Toronto studio Stars & Sons with producer Dave Newfeld to start a brand new band. Their debut Give In captured the origins and exploration of their new sound in real-time.

      After touring across the US and Europe for a year and a half, pairing with artists such as JUNIPand Geographer, and at festivals including Bonnaroo, Governor’s Ball and Iceland Airwaves, the band returned to their hometown of Minneapolis to begin writing what would become their sophomore follow-up.

      One of the most important factors during this process was to continue to explore new musical territory and to build on the sound they had developed while touring. With a fresh collection of songs written, ON AN ON ventured to California to record at the famous Sunset Sound in Los Angeles with legendary producer Joe Chiccarelli (WHITE STRIPES, SPOON, THE SHINS, MY MORNING JACKET). The influence of sun-drenched Californian landscape can be clearly heard in the new record, pushing the vibrancy and the energy of their debut to ever-greater heights.

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

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

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

    20. Fri August 5, 2016 9:00 pm
      • New Madrid
      $10 (advance), $12

      New Madrid’s chemistry and singular sonic stamp are undeniable. Years of relentless touring, hundreds of shows and several thousand hours playing together have yielded a battle-hardened brotherhood – a band on a mission. Arriving in hot pursuit of their acclaimed 2015 Record Store Day live EP Dawn Teeth Rattling and combining the best elements of their freshman and sophomore full-length releases Yardboat and Sunswimmer, New Madrid’s new record magnetkingmagnetqueen, due April 8th on Normaltown Records, comprises a sprawling 15 tracks, equal parts groove and jangle, psyche and grit, rock and slow burners. Co-produced with esteemed engineer David Barbe (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Drive-By Truckers), the album rewards the careful listener with unfolding layers of experimental soundscapes and grooves, bearing new discoveries with each enthralling listen.

      (Consequence of Sound)

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

      PRINZE GEORGE is Kenny Grimm (production / instrumental), Naomi Almquist (vocals) and Isabelle De Leon (drums), who are based in Maryland. Kenny and Naomi grew up together in Prince George's County, where they met Isabelle while she was in college. Formed in 2013, PRINZE GEORGE has quickly exploded onto the Indie scene. Following the release of their breakthrough single, "Victor," The Wild Honey Pie declared, "[This band] could be destined for Indie Pop royalty status." Climbing to #1 on the Hype Machine charts, the single and the band have won the attention of music blogs, fans and labels from all over the world. "Victor" was also selected for the movie soundtrack of Warner Bros.' biggest European release in 2014, "Honig Im Kopf," a film directed by Til Schweiger.

      Through My Headphones calls PRINZE GEORGE "[a band that] has all the makings of being one of the most talked about new acts." With their follow-up single "This Time" trending to the Top 10 on Hype Machine and the release of their most recent single, "Make Me," the newly formed Indie band has been compared to Lana Del Rey, Litle Ms Jeans, and MS MR. They will be releasing their debut EP in early 2015.

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

      Alicja, Rich, and original member John Garland have brought back a set of tunes from the old LOST SOUNDS closet.  Along with Johnny Valiant on bass they are called Sweet Knives, named after a song from the Lost Sounds 2004 In The Red “Future Touch” seven song EP.  This past January 2016 the group recorded a four song double 7” that will be available in August on Red Lounge Records. LOST SOUNDS was known for a sound filled with angst, paranoia, and anxiety all rolled up in a synth laden rock n roll tasty burrito.  SWEET KNIVES carries on the quest with a new delivery, less likely to fall apart and fall off stage, and more likely to infect a room with a symphony of sharpened blades. Alicja, Rich, and original member John Garland have brought back a set of tunes from the old LOST SOUNDS closet. Along with Johnny Valiant on bass they are called Sweet Knives, named after a song from the Lost Sounds 2004 In The Red “Future Touch” seven song EP. This past January 2016 the group recorded a four song double 7” that will be available in August on Red Lounge Records. LOST SOUNDS was known for a sound filled with angst, paranoia, and anxiety all rolled up in a synth laden rock n roll tasty burrito. SWEET KNIVES carries on the quest with a new delivery, less likely to fall apart and fall off stage, and more likely to infect a room with a symphony of sharpened blades. RICHARD VAIN started as the solo project of PONYS/BARE MUTANTS front man JERED GUMMERE, a gentleman and rock & roll scholar who is certainly no stranger to our stage (or our bar). It has since evolved into a trio and channels the familiar songwriting structures of GUMMERE's past work. VAIN and his cohorts craft tightly-wound, tense-yet-tranquil songs that are as hazy and unforgiving as the smoke in your lungs.

    23. Tue August 16, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Omni
      $8.00

      OMNI – the band, not the hotel – are from the former home of the Braves: Atlanta. 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. It’s still the summer of ’78, and pushing the roots of rock & roll to its limits remains in vogue. OMNI just signed a two-record deal with Trouble in Mind with the first record due out this June, so the band is currently touring behind their latest LP Deluxe! Deluxe serves as a fresh reminder that rock music can work outside of blues rooted, formulaic progressions without playing it safe behind a wall of effects.
      Arty enough to impress record enthusiasts, yet melodically attractive enough to transcend to those who’ve never asked: Sister Midnight or Red Money?

    24. Fri August 19, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Milemarker
      $12 (advance), $14

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

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    25. Sat August 20, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Frankie and the Witch Fingers
      • Uh Bones
      $8.00

      FRANKIE AND THE WITCH FINGERS are a four piece lysergic soaked rock n roll outfit from Bloomington Indiana. The group recently relocated to Los Angeles and released a mind exploding LP on Permanent Records. Each song is a fuzzed out pop trip! With mystical lyrics and a strong vocal delivery, THE WITCH FINGERS conjure the vibrations and patterns of the first psychedelic ere. But they don't merely recreate the sonic spectrum of the 60's. These are new sounds and heavy new ideas. Speaking of heavy sounds, Locals UH BONES are a trio whose sloppy, unhinged garage jams are making waves across the city and stealing the hearts of girls all around this here county. A little organ-driven rock & roll never hurt your soul, and this well-oiled machine always leaves us clamoring for more - hopefully we get to hear some new jams when they kick things off tonight.

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

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

    27. Wed August 24, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Powell (Record Release)
      • Elon Katz
      • Not Waving
      • Jaime Williams DJ set
      • Beau Wanzer DJ Set, Celebrating 5 Years of Diagonal Records
      $12.00
    28. Fri September 2, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Scorched Tundra VI featuring Bongripper
      • False
      • Oozing Wound
      $15.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      MYSTIC BRAVES might be rooted in the psychedelic scene of the 1960s, but the band’s moment is happening right now. The Los Angeles band, based in Echo Park, are at the forefront of a white-hot garage band revival. When the band isn’t selling out shows across the country, they’re playing alongside legendary groups like THE ZOMBIES  or providing the soundtrack for can’t-miss fashion events like Saint Laurent Paris’ Spring-Summer 2015 collection. While MYSTIC BRAVES— made up of Julian Ducatenzeiler on guitar and vocals, Tony Malacara on bass and vocals, Shane Stotsenberg on guitar and vocals, Cameron Gartung on drums and Ignacio Gonzalez on organ and tambourine — isn’t straying far from what Ducatenzeiler calls “a blend of influence and sound that is unprecedented in contemporary music” on the forthcoming album, there are certainly changes afoot. The group is experimenting with more exotic instruments and is building a library of new songs to show off its invigorating style not only in the studio but at a series of big-ticket festivals including Burgerama, Desert Days and the Austin Psych Fest. THE DREAM RIDE is the immersive sonic vehicle of Los Angeles native, Jeffertitti Moon. Sparked by drum machines & synthesizers, Moon birthed the frame work for the project on a small 4-track cassette machine, creating a unique brand of pop music, infused with the raw psychedelic energy he has become known for in groups such as FATHER JOHN MISTY, JEFFERTITTIS NILE and CORNERS.

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

      Since 2002, over the course of 4 studio albums and hundreds of live performances WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have refracted the transcendent and mythic aspects of Black Metal through their own idiosyncratic Cascadian prism. The resulting essence is music that is intimately linked to the wild lands of the Pacific Northwest. Their songs explore the hidden world of magic that one accesses through dreams, visions and music. As the mind altering pulse of the drums merges with seemingly infinite layers of guitar, an ocean-deep psychedelic soundscape coalesces. Time slows down, a portal opens and the blazing metal riffs collapse and shift into a dirge that invokes a misty other-world. In their songs, rain-drenched specters loom at the edge of the wood. Ancient cedar beings stir beneath their wet moss robes. One glimpses a bronze-domed temple rising among the firs.

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

    33. Fri October 21, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Cass McCombs
      $15.00

      Over the past decade, Cass McCombs has established himself as one of our premier songwriters. It’s a career that’s twisted and turned, from style to subject, both between records and within them. His new record, “Mangy Love,” (8/26, ANTI) ventures into realms of experimental soul, twisted psychedelia, and straight-up rock, resulting in a sound that articulates his live show better than ever before. Thematically, it’s far darker, tackling heavy issues through McCombs’ uniquely cracked lens of (oftentimes hilarious) lyrical wit and acumen toward subtlety. Hip-hop and Beat poetry influences have never been more evident, with several songs employing a speech-style and clever fast-paced wordplay. There are guest appearances by many fellow musicians of his tribe ranging from Angel Olsen to Blake Mills, under the production of veteran Rob Schnapf, and the overall result is his most immediate and upbeat record to date.

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