• Tue December 6, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The Mystery Lights
    • Warbly Jets
    • Cafe Racer
    $8 advance, $10

    Mike Brandon and L.A. Solano have been in many different versions of THE MYSTERY LIGHTS since their teens. Their explosive live shows gradually became the stuff of legend, as the quintet won their following one fan at a time in dives from Brooklyn to the Bowery. Organically unfolding over the nights months and years, the Lights’ sound has evolved into a fuzz-fueled hopped-up 21st Century take on 60s garage pebbles, and artful 70s punk, that is all their own. 2016 found these rock’n’roll knights embarking upon the next logical step – they released their debut LP this past June via Daptone Records recently launched Wick Records rock imprint.

    Samuel Shea and Julien O’neill of WARBLY JETS met in Brooklyn in the fall of 2014 and began writing music together soon after. The two moved to California in January 2015 to begin recording a new collection of material, and after spending a few months tracking demos at a friend's private studio in Rancho Santa Fe, they moved to LA. Here they were joined by Justin Goings and Dan Gerbang on drums and bass forming the complete band, WARBLY JETS. The band most recently released a brand-new debut track, "Alive," via Apple Music.

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

  • Wed December 7, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The Empty Bottle’s Enthralling Cavalcade of Remarkable Anybodies, Special Somebodies, and Incredible Everybodies, hosted by Brian Costello
    $5.00

    Finally! A show with a long and untweetable title that mixes song, dance, and comedy while celebrating the unique snowflake in all of us. That’s right: It’s the Enthralling Cavalcade of Remarkable Anybodies, Special Somebodies, and Incredible Everybodies!

    Tonight, we are so delighted to bring you:
    --Live music from The Runnies!
    --Stand-up comedy from Adam Burke!
    --Interpretive Dancing to a Beloved Christmas Carol!
    --Really Boring Tour Stories!
    --And surprises out the proverbial wazoo!

    Your Master of Ceremonies is Brian Costello, the co-host of “Shame That Tune,” and your Spiritual Advisor is Father Nick Rouley, the Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Ste. Joni of the Laurel Canyon in Rancho del Bicicleta con Aléman, California.

    Tonight’s show will be a benefit for Cornerstone Community Outreach. For more information: www.ccolife.org.

  • Thu December 8, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Foodman (Orange Milk; Japan)
    • DJ Fulltono (Booty Tune; Japan)
    • Traxman
    • Diamond Soul
    $10.00

    FOODMAN is a delightfully weird and wonderful offering from Yokohama, Japan specializing in experimental juke/footwork. Since releasing his first cassette in 2012 through Orange Milk, Takahide Higuchi aka FOODMAN has become an unofficial ambassador for Japan's left-field electronic music scene. He is recognized for mixing juke/footwork, minimal electronics, and avant-garde pop and collage sounds with an irreverence and sense of exploration that is distinctly Japanese. That adventurous nature continues on his latest album Ez Minzoku (which translates to Easy Ethnic) with its use of bright, plastic-sounding MIDI instruments and extreme negative space minimalism. Juxtaposed against blasts of harmony a hazy vestigial juke vibe, Ez Minzoku sounds like a new micro-genre of its own.

    DJ- track maker DJ FULLTONO comes from the Kansai region, Japan. He runs the label Booty Tune and hosts the a party SOMETHINN. FULLTONO is a prolific writer of Juke/Footwork for international medias. Based in Juke / Footwork, his voracious style includes Ghettotech, Electro, Chicago House, and so on. He provides Planet Mu and Hyperdub with privilege DJ MIX CDs.

    In Oct. 2015, he released his 6th EP My Mind Beat Vol.02.Specializing in the uniquely Chicago hip-hop/house subgenre of Footwork, CORNELIOUS FERGUSON, aka TRAXMAN, is a West Side DJ and producer who prides himself on always being at the forefront of the movement.

    DIAMOND SOUL aka Alex Colombo finds footwork music at it's most warped and abstracted, the underlying triplet rhythms often acting as a ghost floating below the sonics above

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

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

    FREE entry & $3 Shiner Beer for all!

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

  • Fri December 9, 2016 9:00 pm
    • My Gold Mask (Vinyl Release)
    • New Canyons
    • Wingtips
    • DJ Philly Peroxide
    $10 advance, $12

    MY GOLD MASK are no strangers to The Empty Bottle stage, playing here 7 times since 2008, and everytime we see them, it feels like the first time (in that tingly sort of exciting way). Not concerned with classifications, MY GOLD MASK's songs bring to mind their own unique blend of cross boundary influences while a unifying "dark pop" undercurrent threads together their ever-growing catalog. Their latest album Anxious Utopia, released via Moon Sounds Records in March 2016, featured the single "Battles", praised by Nylon Magazine as a "...visceral and industrial-tinged dance anthem." The band has been a Redbull Sound Select artist since 2013 and have played festivals such as Riot Fest, Midpoint Music, Middle of the Map, and SXSW. Let's give this duo a riotous welcome back! Returning as direct support this evening is NEW CANYONS, a local outfit that delivers their extremely likeable take on melodramatic, icy synth pop.This duo has been dominating the Windy City since they're debut album, Everyone is Dark, out on BLVD Records in 2013. A little electronic mixed with a little shoegaze, these guys always bring a good show and we're so happy they're back! Kicking this shindig into gear is WINGTIPS, back for their second Empty Bottle performance. The three piece combines synth-wave with post-punk and electronica. 

    (Nylon) (Fault Magazine) (Audio Tree)

  • Sat December 10, 2016 12:00 pm
    • Handmade Market
    FREE

    Join us for our first show of the Fall 2016 season! 

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

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

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

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

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

    noon to 4:00 PM

    free admission to the public

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

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

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

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

  • Sat December 10, 2016 6:00 pm
    • 'Mirrored' Series featuring Keefe Jackson, Jim Baker, Phil Sudderberg, & special guest
    Free

    We're excited to welcome back our new monthly jazz series, conceived by Chicago musician Syler Rowe and Bruce Lamont. Mirrored is a mash up of jazz musicians that play with/against/together on the floor in front of the Bottle stage. For this second installment, we welcome the trio of KEEFE JACKSON, JIM BAKER, PHIL SUDDERBERG, & special guest. They'll be playing two sets from the floor and will be accompanied by smooth tunes provided by series curator Skyler Rowe. Mirrored will be taking place from 6-8pm each month right before Windy City Soul Club hits the stage. Better yet, it's FREE!

    The Players:

    Keefe Jackson (saxophone)

    Jim Baker (piano, synthesizer)

    Phil Sudderberg (drums)

  • Sat December 10, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Windy City Soul Club 8-Year Anniversary
    $5 cover

    Happy EIGHTH birthday to our favorite soul dance party, WINDY CITY SOUL CLUB!!

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

    (Chicago Mixtape) (Gapers Block)

  • Sun December 11, 2016 12:00 pm
    • Day Lapse featuring Brent Heyl
    • Erik Keldsen
    • Scottie McNiece (DJ sets), Michael Golas (live lap steel set)
    $0.00

    Day Lapse returns to Empty Bottle for a midday hang filled with pedal steel, lap steel and quality drones. Brent Heyl will be sharing DJ duties this week with Erik Keldsen (Immune Recordings) and Scottie McNiece (International Anthem) from 12pm to 4pm. Michael Golas will be performing a live pedal steel set around 3pm. These elements combined are certain to set you adrift. Welcome to the void, we hope you enjoy your eggs. 

  • Sun December 11, 2016 9:00 pm
    • 93XRT The Big Beat welcomes American Wrestlers
    • VARSITY
    • Laverne
    $10.00

    Now based in St. Louis, Scottish musician GARY McLURE records as AMERICAN WRESTLERS and is a former member of Manchester "nu gaze" band WORKING FOR A NUCLEAR FREE CITY. After moving to Missouri to marry his then-girlfriend, McLURE started working at a factory and, in his off time, wrote and recorded a pile of excellent pop songs on a TASCAM 8-track and “the cheapest pawn shop instruments [he] could afford." The result was AMERICAN WRESTLERS' shockingly good self-titled debut, initially released for free before Fat Possum gave it a proper release in early April 2015. Unpretentious and remarkably unpolished, the album was about as lo-fi as you can get in 2015, but McLURE's catchy-as-hell songwriting instantly connected with its warm and fuzzy guitars, soothing falsetto and surprise shredding. Having received comparisons to PHOENIX and 90s Britpop, as well as contemporaries REAL ESTATE and THE WAR ON DRUGS, wethinks AMERICAN WRESTLERS are poised for something big. Their new album, Goodbye Terrible Youth, out November 4th on Fat Possum, sees McLURE embracing a full band and a bigger sound, his rueful yet propulsive songwriting only becoming sharper. Chicago group VARSITY are back after making opening for PORCHES during the Pitchfork after show in July. They’re bringing along their sunny garage-pop that's making all the boys and girls wet themselves with excitement. After creating major buzz with their first album, Thanks for Nothing, they released their second album, self-titled, in March 2-15 & a handful of rad singles since then. They're currently on tour and picking up momentum all over the U.S. of A. LAVERNE is an indie-rock, power-pop group from Chicago. They just released their debut self-titled tape on Dumpster Tapes this past June and are returning for the first time since opening for BORN RUFFIANS, just two months ago!

    (AV Club) (Bandcamp Daily) (DIY Mag) (Impose) (Noisey)

  • Mon December 12, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Exit Verse
    • Campdogzz
    • People Out There
    Free Monday

    We haven't seen EXIT VERSE since 2014, and we're stoked to welcome them back for a super special *FREE MONDAY* record release party. Singer/guitarist Geoff Farina (KARATE, SECRET STARS, GLORYTELLERS) teamed up with drummer John Dugan (CHISEL, ESDEL) and bassist Pete Croke (BROKEBAKE, TIGHT PHANTOMS) to form Chicago's EXIT VERSE early in 2013. Drummer Chris Dye (Speck Mountain, Chin Up Chin Up) replaced Dugan in 2014 shortly after the trio’s first release, and the new lineup made their rounds in the US and Europe armed with the songs that would become Grant No Glory. This second set of taut rockers from EXIT VERSE certainly sounds born from the road (Foghat reference intentional), as each song unfolds with the precision and vitality that a rock band discovers steadily and methodically, city after city. Grant No Glory was tracked by engineer Andy Hong, who has had his hand in most of Farina’s projects since KARATE's The Bed Is in the Ocean in 1998. Hong tracked Grant No Glory at Chicago’s Minbal studio, and Farina completed the final mixes at Hev-E-Kreem, his amorphous home studio. CAMPDOGZZ is the Chicago duo of JESS PRICE and MIKE RUSSELL, 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. 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.

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    Free Mondays at The Empty Bottle are sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon.

  • Tue December 13, 2016 8:30 pm
    • Benefit for Active Transportation Alliance featuring, Mako Sica
    • Mardou
    • Courtesy
    • Taphophile
    $5.00

    All proceeds of this evenin'g event will go to benefit the Active Transportation Alliance. The mission of Active Transportation Alliance is to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. They advocate for transportation that encourages and promotes safety, physical activity, health, recreation, social interaction, equity, environmental stewardship and resource conservation. They envision a Chicagoland that is a fun and healthy place to live, work and play.

    MAKO SICA is a Chicago-based group whose name derives from the Native American Lakota words meaning, "bad land."  A term that both describes the openness of their sound and is a metaphor for the bulldozed civilization in the tribe's own language.  With a previous member of the band Rope (Family Vinyard) on guitar, wordless vocals and Eastern-influenced melodies, they have created their own language nuanced as it is in dynamics.  The band has appeared on NPR's World Music-focused show Radio M as well as having releases on Permanent, La Societe Expeditionnaire, Slow Knife and French label BLWBCK.  MARDOU is a punk rock band out of Cinicinatti, Ohio. They currently hav e a 7" out on Torn Light Records, a cassette on Let's Pretend Records, and an LP coming via Moniker Records. We’re excited to welcome back Chicago/Memphis duo COURTESY, returning with a set of dark, experimental ambient soundscapes that they fuse with home-made, equally bonkers video. They self-released their debut tape, Idmatic, and their newest album, Slow Bruise, was released in spring of 2014 on Oakland's Moonglyph Records. The album is full of the warped, sometimes harsh tunes that walk hard between post-punk and electronic, a sound we've grown to love from these two so, so much. TAPHOPHILE is the experimental solo project of Jordan from Moniker Records.

  • Wed December 14, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Christmas Bride
    • Lifestyles
    • Heavy Dreams
    $5.00

    THE CHRISTMAS BRIDE returns for the first time since the FOUL TIP record release in March 2016. No matter how many restraining orders you try to throw at them, these Chicago “boyz” are here for some good old fashioned breaking-and-entering… to your heart. They play loud, fast, high anxiety songs that rarely reach the 2-minute mark. 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. Opening this evening is HEAVY DREAMS, the latest loud-lyrical-pop project of Chicago musician EMILY KEMPF. 

  • Thu December 15, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The Curls
    • Dan Rico and the Headshots
    • the WRAP
    • djPTSD
    $7.00

    THE CURLS are a constantly evolving experimental rock group incorporating elements of pop, folk, jazz and level 7 interpretive choogling. This 5-piece has played The Bottle stage two times before, and we're excited to have them back headlining for the third! Joining THE CURLS are DAN RICO AND THE HEADSHOTS. Dan Rico was raised on the Northside of Chicago listening to Elvis, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, and Queen. At an early age he showed an adept fondness for singing and dancing and picked up the guitar at age 12. Since he's played in dozens of groups, produced several albums, and toured nationally with several acts including EGO, his current collaborative project. THE WRAP is an experimental artists out of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and DJPTSD is the solo project of ONO's TRAVIS TRAVIS.

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

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

    FREE entry & $3 Shiner Beer for all!

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

  • Fri December 16, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Minor Characters
    • Furr
    • Great Moon
    $8 (advance), $10

    MINOR CHARACTERS return to our stage for their first time since 2013, when they opened for MY GOD MASK. Surfer chords and heartfelt, poppy songwriting come together through a theme of escapism and the sun-drenched tracks sound mighty fresh when coupled on these chilly fall nights. Uniquely retro without being a total throwback, MINOR CHARACTERS released their second EP, Heal Me, Healing Times, in 2013 and released their debut LP in 2014, carapultng them to the forefront of Chicago's robust music community.FURR returns for the first time since their Record Release in April! Born out of a love for all things heavy and loud, this duo likes their whiskey cheap and their High Life's cold. In other words, these guys fit right in at ye olde Bottle. GREAT MOON is an indie rock band based in Chicago, IL, making their Empty Bottle debut.

  • Bohemian Nat'l Cemetery Cathedral Sat December 17, 2016 8:00 pm
    • Beyond The Gate, featuring, William Basinski
    • Mind Over Mirrors
    • Robert Beatty
    $25.00

    Address: 5255 North Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60630

    Beyond The Gate is a concert experience unlike any other in the city, taking place within the beautiful confines of Bohemian National Cemetery Cathedral. 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.

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    WILLIAM BASINSKI is a classically trained musician and composer who has been working in experimental media for over 30 years in NYC and most recently, California. Employing obsolete technology and analogue tape loops, his haunting and melancholy soundscapes explore the temporal nature of life and resound with the reverberations of memory and the mystery of time. His epic 4-disc masterwork, The Disintegration Loops received international critical acclaim and was chosen as one of the top 50 albums of 2004 by Pitchfork Media. Basinski is currently touring the world in support of latest work, "A Shadow in Time (for David Robert Jones)" which will be released Fall 2016 on 2062/USA. MIND OVER MIRRORS is the solitary reeling of Jaime Fennelly.

    MIND OVER MIRRORS, the evolving project of Jaime Fennelly, deploys modest acoustic constituent materials—an Indian pedal harmonium and the human voice—to produce roiling, meditative music that both simulates the swells and troughs of synthesized electronics and conjures the ceaseless rhythms of tidal surges. While we can point out referential sonic compass points—G.I. Gurdjieff’s harmonium improvisations; certain particularly harmonically viscous recordings of Sacred Harp singers; Edward Artemiev’s soundtracks to Tarkovsky films—in its prayerful patience, its simultaneously formal and folk aspects, and its unabashed (if intermittently anxious) beauty, it doesn’t sound much like anything else being made today. There is an easy, and unusual, confluence of praise and play at work in Jaime’s music that catalyzes heady reverie. This sense of simultaneity, of braided traditions, recalls Henry Flynt’s fusion of Appalachian traditions with avant-garde tactics, an acknowledged influence. In 2017 Paradise of Bachelors will release a new album by MIND OVER MIRRORS.

    ROBERT BEATTY is an artist and musician based in Lexington, Kentucky, USA.
     

     

     

  • Sat December 17, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Bottle Hop III: Rock and Soul Holiday party feat. The Congregation and Friends
    $10.00

    It's the Third Annual Bottle Hop, a holiday dance party at ye ol' Empty Bottle that will warm your heart and toast your buns, so come on down for a night of joyous dancing and old-school soul, rock'n'roll and western swing. 

    THE CONGREGATION is a supremely dynamic eight-piece collective that melds classic soul with rock and roll for a little bit of longing and a whole lot of wronging. This eight-piece collective is dirty in all the right ways, melding powerful vocals, dynamic guitars, rock'n'soul rhythms and a lively three-piece horn section that'll get you moving, so long as you ain't already dead. Chicago's own WARM ONES return for the first time since 2013, with their noisy, three-minutes and under pop grenades that can best be described as "violently catch guitar pop." Opening this evening are THE LAUREATES, Chicago 7-piece with a pension for 1960's British invasion rock. Theres guys are sure to make you feel like a teenager again,  listening to everything from Replacements to the Beatles and the Pixies.

    Everyones favorite photobooth GlitterGuts will be there, too, and a portion of the night's proceeds will go to benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

  • Sun December 18, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Teds Dancin
    • Out the Car Window
    • Vast Canvas
    $8.00

    TEDS DANCIN is an indie rock band from Chicago making their Empty Bottle debut on this fine evening. Their second EP, All Hat, No Cattle drops December 19th, and builds upon their first EP, Give It Time, released in 2015. OUT THE CAR WINDOW is a band specializing in indie rock tunes with emotionally-dense, epic lyrics. The band released a new EP, Honestly, Fair, this past October. This is the band's follow-up to their 2015 debut EP, Paint The Sorry Ground. VAST CANVAS is a local quartet influenced by indie- pop, folk, jazz and funk-rock genres, mashing them together to create refreshingly pulsing tracks.

  • Mon December 19, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Empty Bottle 2017 Calendar Release Party featuring Skip Church
    • David Nance
    • Pool Holograph
    Free Monday

    See ya 2016! We're here to welcome 2017 in with a bang and a brand new calendar with fresh art from Empty Bottle/Bite Cafe employees. 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. DAVID NANCE lives in a world where rock has been influenced as much by This Kind of Punishment and The Pin Group as by The Velvet Underground and The Rolling Stones. Omaha’s best-kept secret, up to now known primarily to DIY tape collectors and record club subscribers, NANCE welcomes all with More Than Enough, his Ba Da Bing debut and first full-band full-length, which follows the stellar but criminally under-heard 2013 Actor’s Diary LP on Grapefruit Records, as well as a string of limited-edition, over-modulatingly intense and emotionally destructive cassette releases. The recipe: (a) get a shit-hot group of musicians; (b) cut songs down to their most “on” moments, or alternately let them ride a groove into the sun; (c) capture it all on actual tape. That’s the Nance approach, and it’s as much an ode to home-recorded brilliance as it is to whoop-ass inspiring rock. POOL HOLOGRAPH is a local group we're old pals with. Their music is filled with noisy melodic post-punk. We’re hooked on the stuff - every time they hit our stage they bring their records to life in new and interesting ways.

  • Tue December 20, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Water Is Life Benefit featuring Daymaker, Flamingo Rodeo
    • Choral Reefr
    • Deeper DJs
    $5 Suggested Donation

    All proceeds from this show will benefit the Standing Rock Sioux Nation legal defense fund and indigenous environmental rights groups. 

    Headlining this evening is DAYMAKER, a Chicago band sure to make you bop around to their spacey jams. Their latest release, Wilderness, is a powerful, infectious, and emotionally moving record, proving that DAYMAKER has what it takes to move a lot of people in a significant way. FLAMINGO RODEO is the new country-tinged, slightly-delic folk-rock project of NE-HI's #1 dreamboat MIKEY WELLS. If the first single, "Disguise," is any indication, WELLS will have all the boys & girls swooning when he hits with a cast a familar Chicago faces backing him. His band features members of TWIN PEAKS, RABBLE RABBLE/KO & DEEP BREATH (rip). Chicago based producer & singer CHORAL REEFR brings the stoner angel vibes. Jess Oleson AKA CHORAL REEFR has evolved from the front woman of old school rock n' rollers THE SHAKIN BABIES into the powerhouse stoner-diva she is today. We're pleased as punch to welcome her back! Chicago based dream pop/shoegaze band DEEPER will be showing off their DJ skills, spinning tunes in between sets!

  • Wed December 21, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Glitter Creeps presents, Pink Frost
    • Sonny Falls (record release)
    • Atta Boi
    $5.00

    Glitter Creeps just turned two! They grow up so fast and this Rock/Punk/New Wave queer night has been throwing some of the best damn parties around since bringing their party to the Bottle. Hosted and co-curated by siblings Donnie & Madison Moore of ABSOLUTELY NOT, the monthly showcase was declared Best punk-rock LGBTQ night in Chicago Reader's 2015 Best Of issue and was included in Chicagoist's Best Queer Nightlife In Chicago. Each month brings new and exciting bands from Chicago and beyond to perform on our stage and we're stoked for the lineup that they've put together tonight.

    Chicago's PINK FROST, formerly known as APTEKA, returns to The Bottle after opening for the RADAR EYES record release earlier this year. Awash in captivating reverb, swirling melodies and soaring, anthemic refrains, PINK FROST lives up to the Chicago Tribune praise of the band, calling them “an increasingly commanding quartet that embraces the power of guitar drone, tribal drum and the deep, shoegaze-era swoon.” SONNY FALLS is the oniker of fuzzed-out DIY Chicago rocker Ryan Ensley. With three other musicians helping to make his dreams a reality, Ensley released the powerful debut, There's No Magic Left In This World, digitally earlier this year. The physical record is currently available for pre-order via Midwest Action. Opening this evening is local quartet ATTA BOI,specializing in blues driven punk rock.

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

  • Thu December 22, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Silver Abuse
    • End Result
    • Droid's Blood
    $8.00

    Returing for the first time since 2009 is SILVER ABUSE, was one of the original punk bands in Chicago, forming in 1977. There were various versions of the band, but the original version starred lifetime member Bill Meehan, along with Santiago Durango and Camilo Gonzalez, early members of Naked Raygun. SILVER ABUSE was featured prominently in the documentary “You Weren’t There” which tells the story of Chicago punk and hardcore from ’77 to ’84. The band also appeared on the legendary Busted at Oz compilation in 83 (recently reissued by Pernament Records) and in 1984 released a seven inch EP The Fall from Grace which is now a highly prized collector’s item. The band returned to the stage in December of 2007 for a New Years Show and has since been playing  at venues throughout Chicago. Joining SILVER ABUSE this evening is another legendary band from the early Chicago noise-punk scene, END RESULT. This five-piece first rehearsed in July 1979 in a basement near Pill Hill on the south side, and have been rocking our worlds ever since. Kicking the evening off is DROIDS BLOOD, a local electronic-punk group. 

  • Fri December 23, 2016 9:00 pm
    • A Holiday Extravaganza featuring Jimmy Whispers
    • Cullen Omari
    • Today's Hits
    • DJ Bobby Burg
    $5.00

    Before you're surrounded by family you don't even know and food that is sure to make you ashamed of yourself, come celebrate some rad tunage here at The Bottle. If you're rolling solo for the holidays this year, that's fine! We here at EB will make a great obnoxious family substitute.

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    Our boy JIMMY WHISPERS left us for L.A. this past summer, and all we wanted for Christmas was his triumphant return. Santa granted our wish! JAMES is the type of socially conscious artist this city needs right now. Coupling painfully raw, highly accessible love-songs with an almost-frightening enthusiasm, JIMMY is as jubilant as they come and he’s here to keep the mood light while giving us something better to believe in. Thanks, Mr. WHISPERS, you’re one helluva guy! Making his solo Bottle debut tonight is CULLEN OMARI, former SMITH WESTERNS frontman. He recently released his debut solo album, New Misery, via Sub Pop. TODAY'S HITS (fka TODAYSHITS) started when a young man from Kentucky somehow got the crazy idea that he was going to write and record a new song every single day. And every day without fail, Ol JAMES SWANBERG has done just that. Over 1000 days and 1000 hits later, the songs never stop, and neither does that sweet southern charm. BOBBY BURG (JOAN OF ARC) will be here spinning the hits.

  • Tue December 27, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Dogs At Large
    • Rev Gusto
    • Sadie and The Stark
    • Owen and the Ghosts
    $5.00
  • Wed December 28, 2016 9:00 pm
    • 12th Annual Alex Chilton Birthday Bash
    $8.00

    Tonight is YEAR TWELVE of the ALEX CHILTON BIRTHDAY BASH. Each year, we honor the great singer-songwriter's legacy (and birthday) by having a slew of bands come down to play a bunch of his memorable songs on our fair stage. You probably remember CHILTON for his esteemed solo career, an early start with THE BOX TOPS, and as the main songwriter for power pop pioneers BIG STAR. Come down, grab a drink, cry a lil, and partake in a very special edition of this annual tradition.

    (Chicagoist) (Pitchfork) (Reader) (Sun-Times)

  • Thu December 29, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Post Animal
    • Lucille Furs
    • Jude Shuma
    $5.00

    Making their Empty Bottle debut is POST ANIMAL, a rock 'n' roll five piece out of Chicago. These guys specialize in fuzzy, lo-fo psych rock guaranteed to take you on a long and strange journey. POST ANIMAL released their debut full length, Post Animal Peform the Most Curious Water Activities, in October of 2015 and followed up with their 2016 EP The Graden Series, releasing duo tracks months apart. We're super jacked on these guys, and excited to have them at ye olde Bottle! LUCILLE FURS is a young four-piece who call Chicago home. The group, according to Subculture, "...gets the look and sound of psychedelic rock just right: mod clothes and groovy sounds that will appeal to fans of all the classic bands (especially Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones circa Their Satanic Majesties Request), 80’s revivalists (Echo & the Bunnymen, The Stone Roses) and contemporary upstarts The Horrors and Temples." JUDE SHUMA brings the pyschedelic, lo-fi grooves hard, recording all of his music in his Chicago home.

  • Fri December 30, 2016 9:00 pm
    • High On Fire
    $30.00

    Hey 2016 - get bent! We've teamed up with our friends at Goose Island to bring you a New Years Eve you'll never forget. We're welcoming in 2017 with a vengence and TWO nights of face melting merchants HIGH ON FIRE. This is also the beginning of our 25th year, and what better way to being a sequence of killer anniversary shows? More to come on #EB25, so stay tuned.

    Since HIGH ON FIRE's inception in 1998, the Oakland power trio has released six earth-splitting albums, each seemingly more unstoppable than the last. Forever haunting the halls of the Iommic Temple — the band’s own philosophical monument to Black Sabbath riff master Tony Iommi — HIGH ON FIRE have become legends in their own time. The trio first played the Bottle over 15 years ago, on June 13, 2001, and have since become legends in their own time. We’ve partied with them for an entire weekend (Do Division 2014) and saw them graduate to our sister-venue Thalia Hall in 2015. Don't miss your chance to catch them on our stage as we ring in the new year.

    Special thanks to our #EB25 partners Goose Island & Topo Chico.

      

  • Logan Square Auditorium Sat December 31, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Windy City Soul Club
    $15 (limited), $20

    The WINDY CITY SOUL CLUB is coming back to Logan Square Auditorium to help Chicago ring in the New Year. Yes yes, y'all, these fine fellas create the best soul dance party this city has ever seen once/month at the Empty Bottle so they're primed and ready to tear the roof off LSA once again. WCSC deejays play all original vinyl of the Northern Soul variety, Motown-style gems, regional hits, ace dancing tunes as well as your favorite recognizable sing-along classics. If you've ever wanted to "shake a tail feather" while counting down to 2016, then you've found your party. Tonight's your night to get dapper and get down.

  • Sat December 31, 2016 9:00 pm
    • High On Fire
    $40 advance, $45

    Hey 2016 - get bent! We've teamed up with our friends at Goose Island to bring you a New Years Eve you'll never forget. We're welcoming in 2017 with a vengence and TWO nights of face melting merchants HIGH ON FIRE. This is also the beginning of our 25th year, and what better way to being a sequence of killer anniversary shows? More to come on #EB25, so stay tuned.

    Since HIGH ON FIRE's inception in 1998, the Oakland power trio has released six earth-splitting albums, each seemingly more unstoppable than the last. Forever haunting the halls of the Iommic Temple — the band’s own philosophical monument to Black Sabbath riff master Tony Iommi — HIGH ON FIRE have become legends in their own time. The trio first played the Bottle over 15 years ago, on June 13, 2001, and have since become legends in their own time. We’ve partied with them for an entire weekend (Do Division 2014) and saw them graduate to our sister-venue Thalia Hall in 2015. Don't miss your chance to catch them on our stage as we ring in the new year.

    Special thanks to our #EB25 partners Goose Island Topo Chico.

      

  • Mon January 2, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Sarah Squirm
    • Venereal Crush
    • Slow Planes
    • DJ Adam Luksetich (Numero Group)
    Free Monday

    Another Free Monday for the books! SARAH SQUIRM, Chicago stand up comedian, will be performing with smattering of guests. This is a preview of what's to come on the album she's recorded with Moniker Records. If you've ever seen SARAH SQUIRM live, you know to expect something strange and unsettlingly delicious. Joining in the evening is dark ambient band VENEREAL CRUSH, with members hailing from Denver and Iowa. Joining VENEREAL CRUSH for this performance is Mark Shippy from US MAPLE. Word on the street is their live show slays. American ambient folk group SLOW PLANES kicks the night off while DJ ADAM LUKSETICH spins the hits throughout the evening.

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

  • Wed January 4, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Peanut Butter Day Vol. 3 featuring IT-XPO
    • GETCLEAN
    • Sasquatch
    $5.00

    Peanut Butter Day Vol. 3
    A night of cool times, hot jams, and solid hangs curated by Taylor Peterson. Featuring some local music acts to keep you on your feet and special guests to keep you on your toes.

    Sasquatch
    https://soundcloud.com/alex-gelsthorpe/

    GETCLEAN
    https://soundcloud.com/cleanaf/

    IT-XPO
    https://soundcloud.com/itxpo/

  • Sat January 7, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Blizzard Babies
    • Udusic
    • Goody Gel
    $7.00

    Chicago all-girl punk quartet BLIZZARD BABIES return to the Bottle tonight for their first time since 2014! These chilly ladies have cornered the market of rock bands who've found a way to successfully utilize a ukulele - believe us, that's no easy task. The BLIZZARD BABIES round out a bill of friendly bands that we’re damn excited to welcome back to our stage. Chicago hardcore killers UDUSIC return to scorch the earth with their ferocious and unhinged sonic assault, while openers GOODY GEL make their Bottle debut bringing noise-pop shoegaze.

  • Mon January 9, 2017 9:00 pm
    • godheadSilo
    • Corey J Brewer
    • The Poison Arrows
    $15.00

    Guess when the last time GODHEADSILO played the Empty Bottle...okay, we'll tell you - it was fucking 1995! We're way past due for a visit here.This noise rock duo formed in Fargo, North Dakotabut based itself in Olympia, Washington. Comprised of bassist Mike Kunka and drummer Dan Haugh, they're known for their loud "wall of sound" live performances, which are full of raging drums, screaming, and a gigantic heavy bass sound. Kunka uses many effects pedals and a large wall of amps to create his thunderous sound. After an accident in 1998 that left Haugh unable to play drums, the duo went on a hiatus. They reunited last year and we are over-the-moon excited to have them back! Direct support this evening comes  from COREY J BREWER, a Seattle, WA based musician who creates tracks built out of samples and loops of his own improvisations/noise into "pop" structure. Influenced by Lounge, Trip-hop, Free Jazz and Brion Gysin. Kicking the night off is THE POISON ARROWS, who we last saw opening for MILEMARKER in August. Featuring members of DON CABALLERO and ATOMBOMBPOCKETKNIFE, the trio is awakening from their several year hiatus to kick this show off with a mind-melting mix of mathy post-punk. The band even manages to throw dashes of electronic music and hip hop into their ambitious songs without sounding corny or contrived, which is no small feat. This is the real shit -- don't miss a minute of it.

     

  • Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Sat January 21, 2017 8:00 pm
    • Joan of Arc (Record Release)
    • FACS
    • Magas
    $15.00

    Empty Bottle Presents is happy to be back at Stagg Court, the original gymnasium located in the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel on Saturday, January 21st, 2017. This time around, EBP brings a live performance by Chicago rock staples JOAN OF ARC and electronic-rock solo artist MAGAS. Find directions and information on Stagg Court at the CAA right HERE.

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    Twenty years now there’s been this thing, our band, JOAN OF ARC. Sometimes we forget about it and let it fizzle out for a year while we tend to our lives. Sometimes we cling to it for a year and wake up surprised and exhausted every day for months on end, given walking tours of old Italian towns, browsing dreary British pedestrian malls or barefooted organic grocers on the Pacific coast. We know how lucky we are.

    The less we feel like a band—the more we can continue to be a band, but escape that feeling of doing all those shitty, corny things expected of bands—the truer to ourselves we feel. And you all know it, everyone knows it even if everyone has to bury it to get on with their day-to-day: the truer to ourselves we feel, the better everything gets. We have shifted shapes and modified our approaches quite a number of times in the course of twenty years. And we’ve done so always aiming to stay true to ourselves at that moment, by instinct and with conscious intent. This time, it took us a long time to figure out how to start back up. We threw away a lot of songs and started over, over and over.

    But here’s the thing: We are getting better at being ourselves. So many of the postures of youth just fall away with time. Most bands break up by that point, or become caricatures of their younger selves. Because money is tricky, or I should say, it comes to be that energy is tricky to muster after all of it goes into the basics of sustaining yourself.

    Every day, at some point, it occurs to me that Richard Brautigan killed himself at the age that I am now. But I got this community of weirdo collaborators to lean on that he never had.

    We’ve never had an audience that gets any validation of its coolness through liking us. We’ve mangled, juxtaposed, and collaged too many elements for that social contract. But we trust each other.

    This time, finally, we trusted each other enough to throw all the songs away, to even throw away every preconceived idea about which one of us should take position at which instrument. We hit Record and played, and our collective tastes emerged. And they, our tastes in the moment, were the only standards in all the expanse of the stupefying and beautiful unknown universe, that we regarded as relevant in the least.

    - Tim Kinsella

    Offering direct support to JOAN OF ARC this evening is FACS, the new band from Jonathan van Herik, Noah Leger, and Brian Case of DISSAPPEARS. Opening the evening is MAGAS aka James Marlon Magas. Known for wild, energetic performances, MAGAS's sound is now heavier and wilder than ever. 

  • Sun January 22, 2017 3:00 pm
    • Empty Bottle Book Club discusses 'Ten Little Indians' by Sherman Alexi
    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 this book from our friends at 1276 Milwaukee Avenue! 

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    Sherman Alexie is one of our most acclaimed and popular writers today. With Ten Little Indians, he offers nine poignant and emotionally resonant new stories about Native Americans who, like all Americans, find themselves at personal and cultural crossroads, faced with heartrending, tragic, sometimes wondrous moments of being that test their loyalties, their capacities, and their notions of who they are and who they love.

    In Alexie’s first story, “The Search Engine,” Corliss is a rugged and resourceful student who finds in books the magic she was denied while growing up poor. In “The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above,” an intellectual feminist Spokane Indian woman saves the lives of dozens of white women all around her to the bewilderment of her only child. “What You Pawn I Will Redeem” starts off with a homeless man recognizing in a pawn shop window the fancy-dance regalia that was stolen fifty years earlier from his late grandmother.

    Even as they often make us laugh, Alexie’s stories are driven by a haunting lyricism and naked candor that cut to the heart of the human experience, shedding brilliant light on what happens when we grow into and out of each other.

  • Mon January 23, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Daymaker
    • Woongi
    • Anthony Fremont's Garden Solutions
    • BLXCK
    Free Monday

    Chicago quartet DAYMAKER is sure to make you bop around with their spacey jams! This crew has been a staple on the DIY scene and their 2015 releases Amen/Forever & Wilderness put them on the map.This is their fourth time playing The Bottle, and their second headlining gig! Local act WOONGI (aka David Curtin) is a mixture of dream and indie pop with layers of synths, electronics, and traditional instrumentation. ANTHONY FREMONT'S GARDEN SOLUTIONS is a group featuring members of Evasive Backflip and Opposites with local musician Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, and experimental project FAVVORS kicks the evening off!

  • Thu January 26, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The Lemon Twigs
    • Savoy Motel
    $10.00

    Once or twice every generation, Long Island introduces the world to artists of such singular originality that they change the very nature of their art: Lou Reed; Jim Brown; Robert Mapplethorpe; Andy Kaufman. With their debut album for 4AD, ‘Do Hollywood,’ THE LEMON TWIGS have earned themselves a spot on that list. Fusing tightly constructed pop, sophisticated orchestration, and British invasion melodies into a ten-song masterpiece, the D’Addario brothers—Brian (19) and Michael (17)—are whipping fans and critics alike into an utter frenzy. NPR hailed them as “fabulously weird,” Brooklyn Vegan raved that “they need to be seen to be believed." Released on 14th October 2016, Do Hollywood is the debut album by Brian and Michael D'Addario, recorded in Los Angeles, California with production by Jonathan Rado of Foxygen. Brian and Michael have been playing rock music since they were old enough to walk and talk, mastering every instrument they could get their hands on and writing and performing everything together (they alternate writing credits and instruments on Do Hollywood).  Mining inspiration from every era of rock, they have crafted richly sophisticated baroque-pop songs into a ten-track tour de force – the perfect introduction to the world of THE LEMON TWIGS. Retro-fried Nashville rockers SAVOY MOTEL are back, after playing direct support for ROYAL HEADACHE back in June. This crew puts on one hell of a show, so if you missed out last time be sure you don't do it again! 

     

  • Fri January 27, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Black Marble
    • YOU.
    • Ganser
    $10.00

    The Empty Bottle is pleased to welcome New York band BLACK MARBLE to our stage for the first time! On September 30, 2016 BLACK MARBLE released their second full-length, It’s Immaterial. Their first for Ghostly, It’s Immaterial follows up their EP Weight Against the Door (Hardly Art) and highly acclaimed debut full-length A Different Arrangement (Hardly Art). Still featuring Chris Stewart at the helm along with select collaborators as supplementation, the project's recent shift in locale from East Coast to West Coast lends a great deal to the overall feel of the new album: the light and dark elements of shadows, the salt and sting of evening’s high tide sea spray, a beautiful thing left on a shelf too high to maintain. The general mood is that of creating something new, but going back in time to do it. Like attempting to flesh out a song that you woke up humming but can’t find because it doesn’t exist yet. Offering direct support this evening is YOU.,Previously located in NYC, now Detroit-based post-punk outfit YOU. released their first two records on Cult of Youth's Sean Ragon's Blind Prophet Records.  Their third LP Sunchaser was released on Dais in 2014. The label properly explains "YOU.’s music up to this point has always pitted its more reflective elements against the austerity of electronics, not so much as to create a warm sound as to invite the listener in as respite from the cold".  Their fourther album, Bouquet, was released last summer. GANSER is a Chicago four-piece that embraces post-punk and early industrial music, as well as weird vacuum noises. Formed as a DIY duo, the group combines driving rhythms with spacious, shimmering guitars and swelling synths. The group's outstanding new EP, This Feels Like Living, debuted on Consequence of Sound and it has us anxiously awaiting their opening set here tonight.

  • Sat January 28, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Official Palace Film Festival After Party featuring Xeno & Oaklander
    • Champagne Mirrors
    • Simulation [Matchess
    • Gel Set]
    $10.00

    The Empty Bottle is proud to host the official After-Party for The Palace Film Festival on Saturday, January 28, 2017, featuring a live performance by Brooklyn-based electronic duo XENO AND OAKLANDER.

    XENO AND OAKLANDER  are a minimal electronics girl/boy duo based in Brooklyn, NY. They began writing music and soundtracks in 2004. Miss Liz Wendelbo is French / Norwegian and Sean McBride is from Maryland. They record their songs live in their Brooklyn studio and play analogue synthesizers and instruments exclusively. They have toured Europe and the US numerous times, and they play extensively in New York in music venues, lofts and festivals. They have also performed at SF Moma, PS1 Warm Up, Miami Art Basel, the Zürich Kunsthalle and the New Museum in New York. Sean McBride has created original music for artists Annika Larsson, Jonah Freeman, Annee Olofsson and Dara Birnbaum. XENO AND OAKLANDER have recently scored a soundtrack for artist Fabian Marti. Their latest Remix is for British legend John Foxx and the Maths. CHAMPAGNE MIRRORS is Alex Barnett of BARNETT = COLOCCIA and OAKEATER. The project utilizes heavily effected vocals, drum machines, tape sounds, and synthesizers to create sparse poly-rhythms amidst ominous soundscapes. Compositions are performed live and with a good amount of improvisation. Extended Communication Techniques, the first release under this moniker, is coming out on Jealous Gods this summer. SIMULATION is a collab between two of the baddest electronic musicians this side of the Mississippi: Laura Callier of GET SET (vocals, organ and cassettes ) and Whitney Johnson 0f MATCHESS (synths and sequencer). Together, these two are unstoppable, combining  their unlikely solo styles to create one helluva captivating situation.

    The Palace Film Festival, showcasing cutting-edge contemporary work from select artists working at the intersection of art, film and music, announces its third consecutive iteration to take place January 27 (6pm–10pm) and 28 (4pm-10pm), 2017. The program is comprised of local, national, and international visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers. Join audiences at the historic Fine Arts Building in downtown Chicago to experience the moving image as interdisciplinary artists working in photography, music, new media, film, video, and performance, push and pull at the boundaries of their ever-evolving mediums. For more information, please visit www.palacefilmfest.com.

  • Fri February 10, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The Life and Times
    $8 (advance), $10

    It's always a pleasure to have the unbelievably loud, yet relentlessly epic, Chicago trio THE LIFE & TIMES on The Empty Bottle stage. As difficult to classify in any genre due to their ever-expanding sonic capabilities, the band's moody, spacey and sonically overwhelming sound becomes even more grandiose live. We should know, we've hosted them here at least a dozen times over the course of their 12-year existence, and it's been a thrill to watch them evolve over the years. Their latest EP, Dopplegangers, was released in November 2016. Containing the same spacey rock that we all know and love, THE LIFE & TIMES know how to add a little somethin-somethin to captivate with every release. No wonder we keep crawling back for more.

  • Mon February 13, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Sports Boyfriend
    • Dizzyride
    • Lokomoko
    Free Monday!

    Newish Chicago artist Eileen Peliter, aka SPORTS BOYFRIEND, makes her second Empty Bottle tonight for this February *Free Monday*. Get ready for some goth-pop goodness that'll get you movin' and groovin' through the darkest corrdors of time and space, because that's what SPORTS BOYFRIEND is all about. DIZZYRIDE is an NYC DIY pop duo consisting of Nicola Dona and Zoe Kiefl. Together they create a lovely marriage of pop and soulful psychadelia, making it impossible to stay put while listening. LOKOMOKO is an ambient-experimental quartet from Hamburg, Germany.

  • Fri February 24, 2017 9:00 pm
    • NE-HI (Record Release)
    $10 (advance), $12

    VENUE PRE-SALE: Wednesday 11/16 

    PUBLIC ONSALE: Friday, 11/18 @ 10 AM CST

    Emerging from underground venues in Chicago’s Northwest side, NE-HI made its name on both its live energy and cleverly wrought guitar anthems. On its second album Offers (Grand Jury), the band takes those basement-forged instincts and refines them, lets its guitars explore new angles, and focuses its songwriting. The result shows there are a wide range of post-punk possibilities yet to be explored.

    It all started at Animal Kingdom, a flash-in-the-pan DIY basement in Chicago’s Logan Square. There, in the summer of 2013, three friends from college, Jason Balla (guitar/vocals), Mikey Wells (guitar/vocals) and James Weir (bass) linked up with drummer Alex Otake to score a buddy’s film and decided to start bashing around together as NE-HI. NE-HI’s more ambitious sound and heady arrangements broke away from garage rock’s back-to-basic’s approach. The band’s disparate influences--Wire’s post-punk, Springsteen’s everyman anthems, along with echoes of dreamy atmospheres of Dave Roback’s Rain Parade and the jangly buzz of Kiwi pop legends The Clean--began burning through. 

    Offers is NE-HI finding that rising to the occasion means living up to your own standards, not someone else’s. The band entered Chicago’s Minbal studio in January 2016 to record ten songs with Vettraino engineering, but scrapped most of the session. To finish the record, NE-HI went back to touring, writing, rewriting and returned to Minbal in March more solid than ever. It recorded most of Offers live at Minbal to capture the energy--only overdubbing vocals.

  • Sat February 25, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Meat Wave
    $10 (advance), $12

    MEAT WAVE is constantly being asked about its name, though it gets why you keep on doing it. Formed in 2011 by the trio of Chris Sutter (vocals/guitar), Joe Gac (bass), and Ryan Wizniak (drums), the three Chicago punk scene stalwarts came together and, just a year later, released its self-titled full-length, though that was never the intention. These dudes really rock the shit out of their songs and we can't help but rage every time we listen to em, be it their rippin' debut full length or 2015's acerbic follow-up, Delusion Moon, released via Side One DummyEntertainment Weekly says MEAT WAVE "bites harder than a polar vortex gust tearing down Michigan Avenue." How's that for a geographically topical reference? Tonight sees the trio's triumphant return to The Bottle stage, so get ready to take it to the next level and show these boys why we love em so dang much. 

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

    We are stoked as hell to welcome back WITHERED, tortured blackened doom/death metallers from Atlanta. WITHERED was established in 2003 to focus on masochistic introspection while traversing many sub-genres of extreme metal. We haven't seen these soul-crushing gents since 2007, so it's about damn time they returned! Direct support comes from IMMORTAL BIRD, Chicago black metal band whose 2015 release Empress/Abscess had everyone screaming for joy. Metal Injection said of the album: "Immortal Bird cranks out bludgeoning, constantly-shifting grind-laden jams that have a lot of substance to them. For a debut, or any release in a career really, Empress/Abscess is crazy good."

     

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

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

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

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

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

    It's been nearly two years since The Empty Bottle has hosted TIM DARCY, singer and guitarist of Canadian post-punk band OUGHT. Never have we hosted the musician solo, so you can imagine our excitment to see all the amazing things he has in store. 

    Born in Arizona, TIM DARCY made his way to both Colorado and New Hampshire before ending up in Montreal where he found university, the city’s rich DIY scene, and the other members of OUGHT.  He began writing poetry as early as the third grade and performed often, and his first attempts at songwriting were him feeling around in the dark to set some of them to music.  In Montreal, he played in various projects, his and others, before settling into a groove as the singer and guitarist of OUGHT. Saturday Night, the first proper solo album from TIM DARCY, comes from one of those crossroads-type moments in life where one has to walk to the edge before knowing which way to proceed.A personal meditation reveals itself across these songs as you feel a poetic, thoughtful person attempting to reconcile a schism, one that grows more expansive as Saturday Night flows along.  It is a journey, but it’s a really fun, gratifying one; like a poem where you’re not supposed to know exactly how to feel at that last line and you’re left just bursting with a wonderful emptiness.

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

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

     

  • Sun April 9, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Six Organs of Admittance
    $10 (advance). $12

    In preparing for the first album of non-Hexadic SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE music since 2012’s Ascent, Ben Chasny had a think about what he’d be saying in his own tongue for the first time in a half-decade. As ever, a head-full of ideas were driving him to think and speak music as a spirituality superimposed onto a reality, with the ghosts of both whispering at each other. In the end, what sits in our listening ears is the sound of communion. Burning the Threshold brings a wealth of SIX ORGANS-styled lightness into one of his sweetest musical meditations yet.

    Like so many other SIX ORGANS records, Burning the Threshold was created mostly solo, but features the singing talents of Alex Nielsen, Haley Fohr and Damon and Naomi; the drumming of Chris Corsano; a guitar duet with Ryley Walker, and keys and mixing from Cooper Crain. With this new music, Ben Chasny has created a potent tonic for our times. The gentleness found here, balanced on top of his classical asceticism, provides much of what we need in 2017 and beyond: love, forgiveness, reality and an ever-wider view, with the understanding of our circular path in this lifetime. Looking at the world through clear eyes beneath a knitted brow, but with a laugh rising up from its heart, Burning the Threshold brings us a powerful draught of essence.

     

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

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

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

    The highest apex of psychedelia, be it art, music, drugs or literature, is to induce a prolonged consciousness shift that affects the consumer far beyond the time they were privy to the act. MOON DUO's third full-length LP, 'Shadow of the Sun,' was written entirely during one of these evolving phases -- a rare and uneasy rest period, devoid of the constant adrenaline of performing live and the stimulation of traveling through endless moving landscapes. This offered MOON DUO a new space to reflect on all of these previous experiences and cradle them while cultivating the album in the unfamiliar environment of a new dwelling; a dark Portland basement. It was from this stir-crazy fire that 'Shadow of the Sun' was forged. 
     

     

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