• Sat August 29, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Windy City Soul Club
    $5 cover

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

    (Chicago Mixtape) (Gapers Block)

  • Sun August 30, 2015 12:00 pm
    • School of Rock Evanston & Highwood
  • Sun August 30, 2015 9:00 pm
    • The Puterbaugh Sisters present 'Entertaining Julia' featuring AJ Davila y Terror Amor
    • The Rubs
    • WASTE
    • Resident DJ Constance K

    The Puterbaugh Sisters are bringing Chicago one last run of their comedy variety show, Entertaining Julia, to The Empty Bottle for all five Sundays in August. Throughout the entirety of August 2015, The Puterbaugh Sisters will be celebrating their 8th season by bringing you a good old fashioned party show with some of Chicago’s best goofers, bands, special guests our resident DJ Constance K.

    Entertaining Julia  has been featured at Meltdown Comics in LA, Crom Comedy Festival (Omaha), The Comedy Expo (Chicago), Best Bars in America on Esquire network and now it’s going on a summer vacation.

    "There is probably no better free show in the city. Entertaining Julia's reputation has only grown, becoming something of a cult sensation." - The Onion AV Club

    Straight from Puerto Rico’s capital and the bowels of the seventh circle of hell are garage-psych-punk-charged rockers in AJ DAVILA Y TERROR AMOR. Hungry contributors to the islands long existing music scene -- specifically within the curated independent live showcase for Puerto Rican artists, El Independiente -- the TERROR AMOR is said to be our old friend DAVILA’s final form, alluding the new record as being “all [his] heart.” Being such a large proponent of the live setting, you know his shows aim high, and they’ve kicked our stage’s ass many a time within his other worldly punk troupe DAVILA 666. We’ve even heard new rumors of the TERROR wanting to “cook hot dogs, hamburgers and baby guts onstage,” so bring an appetite and some moral ambiguity. DAVILA’s live manifesto is as follows: “We are going to do some ancient Native American dances and some polka dances to spice it up. And maybe we will bring our pink unicorn, Federico, onstage to break dance. It’s going to be fun…lots of energy, gang vocals, dance, dance. We want you to shake your ass.” We couldn’t make this stuff up. Local power-pop trash-bags in THE RUBS open, bringing some grimy punk with a 60’s pop twist, as seen on their debut LP, The Rubs Are Trash, out this past July on Tall Pat Records and Dumpster Tapes. Made up of members of UH BONES, SKYMAUL, PLASTIC CRIMEWAVE SYNDICATE and THE SUEVES, THE RUBS play wet and wild, punk-tinged power-pop that'll rub you raw in all the wrong ways. Comedy loves music and teeth-grinding punk is cool.

    (Reader) (RedEye)

  • Mon August 31, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Colleen Green
    • Jaill
    • Skip Church
    • Bric a Brac DJs
    Free Monday

    Finish off your August with a bonkers, real life rock & roll FREE MONDAY featuring the touring talents of LA's COLLEEN GREEN & Milwaukee's JAILL with Chicago's own SKIP CHURCH and the BRIC A BRAC DJs. It's been a breakout year for COLLEEN GREEN, the acclaimed pop-rock singer-songwriter/guitarist out of sunny Los Angeles, California. On her third LP, this year’s Growing Up via Hardly Art, GREEN has expanded into a full band and shifted from lo-fi, indie-pop darling to full-fledged rock goddess. With a sound heavily indebted to the forefathers of punk, garage, riot grrl and 1960s girl groups, GREEN’s songs are catchy as ever, even as the newly 30-year-old deals with terrifying prospect of “responsibility” and modern adulthood. Recorded in Nashville with JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD’s JAKE ORRALL behind the board, GREEN’s raw, unfiltered songwriting only benefit from the rich, fully-formed sound of a backing band, which features ORRALL on guitar and DIARRHEA PLANET’s CASEY WEISSBUCH on drums. It’s a giant leap in the right direction, as far as we’re concerned, and it appears the critics agree: PitchforkNPR, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times and many more have been singing the praises of Growing Up for months. It’s a damn treat to have COLLEEN GREEN headlining our stage once again on a Free Monday that’s sure to be nuts-to-butts. Our brethren to the north and Miss GREEN's tourmates over the next three weeks, Milwaukee's JAILL returns to the Bottle to grace us with their scrappy, racing rock & roll. We've come to know and love these good ol' boys over the past few years and their newest LP, Brain Cream, comes to us from the sun-kissed rock & roll factory known as Burger Records. A mangy beast full of well-crafted pop songs, JAILL remains one of the Midwest's finest garage-y rock bands and a never-to-be-missed live act. Opening tonight's show is SKIP CHURCH, a Chicago band making waves around town and featuring the songwriting talents of JOE SCHORGL, lead singer/songwriter/guitarist of THE SUEVES. Like an inverted DYLAN at Newport in '65, SCHORGL goes acoustic in SKIP CHURCH with a scrappy crew of local rock & rollers that'll set your heart on fire. Our pals from BRIC A BRAC RECORDS & COLLECTIBLES, Chicago's one-stop shop for all the necessities that no one really needs, are hitting the decks and spinning the tunes all night long. We strongly recommend you show up early to guarantee entrance, otherwise you'll end up crying in the streets and no one wants that.

    (EW) (Pitchfork) (Rolling Stone) (SPIN)

  • Tue September 1, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Bike Cops
    • Deerpeople
    • Black Glass
    • Choo Choo

    Returning to the Bottle stage to headline this joint for their very first time tonight are local surfy rock’n’rollers BIKE COPS. With them they bring their three-guys-and-a-girl jingle-jangle and it's been months - months! - since they last graced us with their presence and the group just wants to hold your hand – won’t you let them? Won't you?!? For over 5 years, Stillwater, OK’s DEERPEOPLE has powered the things that entertain us, protect us and take care of us. The six-piece collective/band takes a kitchen-sink approach that melds punk, surf, psych, and folk rock styles into something that is both dramatic and uplifting. DEERPEOPLE's new album, There Is Still Time For Us To Die, out this past April, is reliably durable and will safely power and enhance the things that make you and your loved ones smile. The band employs a healthy dose of psychedelic fuzz with a pinch of punk slime to give their dramatic, anthemic pop-rock songs the twisted edge they deserve. Fellow Chicagoans BLACKGLASS take the stage second with some fun-paced indie-rock that's got a little garagey blues and dash of crunchy psychedelia. Their soaring vocals will have you screaming to the rafters as reality slowly starts to slip away. CHOO CHOO is a Chicago band that likes big vocal sections and fuzz distortion, so they basically sound like grunge and doo wop had a baby. Crunchy R&B and lo-fi country make their way into what the band calls "doom-wop," and the band says it sounds like "WEEZER playing country soul, or perhaps PRINCE's weird, spazzy cousin." Good stuff!

  • Wed September 2, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Mimicking Birds
    • Jeanette
    • The Wilderness
    $8 (advance), $10

    Starting off as a solo project from Portland native Nate Lacy, MIMICKING BIRDS has garnered an array of attention across the singer-songwriter/folk music sphere over the past six years. Debuting an album and national tour from the guiding hands of indie alternative demigod ISAAC BROCK of a little band called MODEST MOUSE, LACY has acquired some serious contemporary talent within his newfound five-piece act. The outfit’s record and sophomore release EONS is just as gentle and heart-warming as the former. His soft spoken, ethereal melodies are wrapped in taught between psych-folk instrumentation and calm percussive elements amidst an uncanny atmosphere. As loud as it is calming, and as dreamy as it is grounding, this record is is a breath of fresh, mountain air in the oft-watered down contemporary folk scene. Chicago dream pop duo JEANETTE will be taking you to cloud nine beforehand, bringing some catchy as hell, synthed out tracks with them. A boy/girl electric pop duo featuring former members of THE PEAR TRAPS and MEGA BRUISER, Jeanette makes synth sounds that invite you to dance, sway, and get starry-eyed with those around you. Kingston, Ontario indie-folk rockers THE WILDERNESS open up the night with some blues energy in the thick of harmony driven folk vocals. With members from the UK, USA, Canada and Switzerland, THE WILDERNESS offer a high energy show with aspects of their music being drawn from each members' roots. Come mellow out and enjoy the crisp, end-of-summer air like any rational human should, indoors at a beautiful bar.

    (NPR) (NPR Music) (SPIN) (Stereogum)

  • Thu September 3, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Thee Oh Sees
    • The Blind Shake
    • Make-Overs (South Africa)
    • Permanent Records DJs
    $15.00 *SOLD OUT*

    It's nearly impossible to oversell how combustible a live performance from our old pals THEE OH SEES can become. Over the past decade the band has morphed from a showcase for rock savant JOHN DWYER's post-COACHWHIPS sensitivity into the hardest working band in garage-rock, delivering simple melodies and creepy lyrics, frequently delivered in a whacked-out monster-voice. Fleshing out guitars and drums with flutes, bells and thrift store synths, Looney Tunes-worthy narratives are rolled into summery retro nuggets and delivered in playfully sinister, Sesame Street-on-LSD tales. With a score of releases on Captured TracksIn the RedTomlab, and their last three LPs, 2013's Flying Coffin, 2014's Drop and this past May's Mutilator Defeated At Last on DWYER's own label Castle Face, An annual tradition, THEE OH SEES two-night sold out run must be seen to be believed. Castle Face labelmates and tour partners THE BLIND SHAKE hit the Bottle once again with their spastic, rumbling, anxious noise-punk effort full of guitar-heavy tracks that plays like a smack to the face. Returning for the first time since headlining the Bottle last September, these hardworking maniacs are the real deal and will literally blow up your head with their overpowering sound and wild stage antics. Coming all the way from South Africa just to open this show (not really), MAKE-OVERS bring their wild and blown out garage-punk that explodes out of the speakers and will leave your brains splattered all over the wall. The PERMANENT RECORDS DJs will DJ throughout the night.

  • Fri September 4, 2015 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers

    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)

  • The Dr. Martens Store Fri September 4, 2015 6:00 pm
    • Dr. Martens 2015 Stand For Something Tour : Twin Shadow x The Remix Project
    • DJ Lani Love
    Free with RSVP

    You're invited to a very special event with Twin Shadow and The Remix Project. The event is free with RSVP. For the latest on this event as well as more info on the Dr. Martens Stand For Something Tour, make sure to check out http://www.drmartens.com/us/us-tour.

    DR. MARTENS STAND FOR SOMETHING TOUR 2015 Kicks off Friday September 4th in Chicago with a very special clinic with TWIN SHADOW. In collaboration with The Remix Project, students and fans will be able to ask questions and learn about what goes into being a professional musician. Following the session will be performances by local DJs, xxxxx, hosted bar courtesy of Revolution and New Amsterdam and exclusive giveaways.

  • Fri September 4, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Thee Oh Sees
    • The Blind Shake
    • Gallery Night [Football, Tyrades, Baseball Furies]
    • Permanent Records DJs
    $15.00 *SOLD OUT*

    It's nearly impossible to oversell how combustible a live performance from our old pals THEE OH SEES can become. Over the past decade the band has morphed from a showcase for rock savant JOHN DWYER's post-COACHWHIPS sensitivity into the hardest working band in garage-rock, delivering simple melodies and creepy lyrics, frequently delivered in a whacked-out monster-voice. Fleshing out guitars and drums with flutes, bells and thrift store synths, Looney Tunes-worthy narratives are rolled into summery retro nuggets and delivered in playfully sinister, Sesame Street-on-LSD tales. With a score of releases on Captured TracksIn the RedTomlab, and their last three LPs, 2013's Flying Coffin, 2014's Drop and this past May's Mutilator Defeated At Last on DWYER's own label Castle Face, An annual tradition, THEE OH SEES two-night sold out run must be seen to be believed. Castle Face labelmates and tour partners THE BLIND SHAKE hit the Bottle once again with their spastic, rumbling, anxious noise-punk effort full of guitar-heavy tracks that plays like a smack to the face. Returning for the first time since headlining the Bottle last September, these hardworking maniacs are the real deal and will literally blow up your head with their overpowering sound and wild stage antics. GALLERY NIGHT is a proudly un-Google-able Milwaukee punk band featuring our old pal James Hollywood (BASEBALL FURIES, A/V MURDER, TYRADES, football) on guitar and vocals with ex-CENTIPEDES members KELSEY KAUFMAN on drums and baritone guitarist CHRISTOPHER BROOK. According to the band, KELSEY hits her drums "really hard," JIM's guitar is "bright" and "piercing" with "lots of reverb" - plus he's the singer, so he sings - and CHRISTOPHER plays his baritone guitar, which is not a bass guitar. Deliberately unrefined, GALLERY NIGHT guarantees "15 minutes of ungoogleable nonsense" that "doesn't last long." The PERMANENT RECORDS DJs will DJ throughout the night.

  • Sat September 5, 2015 9:00 pm
    • La Luz
    • Today's Hits
    • Will Sprott

    Boy, howdy have we figured out one hell of a way to spend the first Saturday night of September. LA LUZ is coming to us with a v. fresh record out on Hardly Art. Pitchfork says of Weirdo Shrine, “It's frustrating that the record doesn't fully convey the energy of La Luz's live shows, where the band members will crowd surf and request the audience make space for a line dance à la "Soul Train".” Well we have to say that we think the record, produced by our bud, Ty Segall kicks ass, and we’ve been playing it a ton up here. But if the live show is even better then we can’t wait for that! Local treasure/man about town James Swanberg has been on the record multiple times saying that La Luz is his favorite band (sorry other bands!) and lucky for him/us they’re making all his dreams come true and taking his kick ass band, TODAYSHITS on the road with them. 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 Swanny has done just that. Over 1000 days and 1000 hits later, the songs never stop. He’s brought us the hits live in a number of ways, most recently with those boys from TWIN PEAKS backing him up. Starting this rock and roll show is WILL SPROTT. A young man from California who plays rock and roll with tightly wound rhythms and charming harmonies that will have you blissing out like you’re digging your toes in the sand. Hey gang, life’s a beach. 

  • Sun September 6, 2015 4:00 pm
    • Empty Bottle Book Club discusses ... 'Go Set A Watchman' by Harper Lee

    Support a local business/great cause by picking up your copy of Station Eleven from our friends at 826CHI!

    The Empty Bottle Book Club is back and better than ever, baby! This time we're not making you wake up at the crack of noon on a Sunday, either. Come by on a Sunday afternoon for a few drinks and a hearty, healthy discussion of the controversial Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee.

    A historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.

    Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

    Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch — Scout — struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

    Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee's enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.

  • Sun September 6, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Old Man Gloom [Isis, Converge, Cave In, Zozobra]
    • Mare (Hydra Head)
    • Zebras

    Old Man Gloom is a supergroup (containing members of Converge, ISIS, Cave In, Zozobra, Doomriders, Mamiffer, etc.), but instead of making shitty records like other “supergroups”, Old Man Gloom actually makes great ones. The members are Aaron Turner, Santos Montaño, Nate Newton and Caleb Scofield. Old Man Gloom was formed in 1998 and have been non-stop great since then. This is their first ever Chicago show.

  • Mon September 7, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Dengue Fever
    • Michael Stasis
    • The Luck of Lucien
    $15 (advance), $17

    "A danceable, delightfully mutated mix of American surf, garage-rock psychedelia and the emotive, snaky crooning of Khmer folk music." - LA Weekly 1/15/15

    "The [Holtzman] brothers began learning to play some of the old classics. Before long, they were working on original songs and recruited a Cambodian frontwoman who knew the music cold, transforming from passionate collectors into the band Dengue Fever." - NPR Music 1/25/15


  • Wed September 9, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Darren Keen
    • Giant Claw
    • Quicksails

    Darren Keen Is a one man beat wizard, who recently relocated from the cornfields of his native Omaha, Nebraska to the asphalt web of Brooklyn, New York. After 12 years of touring, over 1,600 shows, and releasing music in various projects, earlier this year Darren released a split EP with Machine Girl on Them Flavors. That split EP caught the ear of the Seclusiasis crew, all of who were especially impressed that this was Darren’s first foray into bass and footwork territory. Perhaps even more impressive was that Darren’s “Higher” was remixed by juke stalwart DJ Earl (Tek Life). The original “Higher” and three more distinctive up-tempo gems debut soon debut on Roland is My Co-Pilot. Darren’s fresh sound has been gaining praise from Thump, XLR8R, Big Shot Magazine, FACT, among others, and with Roland, more is sure to follow. Seclusiasis is proud to release the debut from this up-and-coming producer. “Insane footwork with eerie melodies, dark vibes and ridiculous variation“ - Do Androids Dance “Thump's favorite shirtless beast drops a percussive, but meditative treatise on the tempo” - Vice on ‘Diamond’ from Seclusiasis 160 Comp

  • Bohemian Nat'l Cemetery (Outside) Thu September 10, 2015 7:00 pm
    • Beyond The Gate featuring Earth + Disappears
    • Holy Sons

    A portion of the ticket sales from this event benefit the Bohemian National Cemetery as well as the Albany Park School District.  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.

    We're returning to Bohemian National Cemetery for an End of Summer show at the Mausoleum featuring two groundbreaking, mind-splitting bands: EARTH & DISAPPEARS. EARTH was formed in Olympia, Wa. in 1989 by DYLAN CARLSON, with an ever-evolving line up including SLIM MOON (Kill Rock Stars founder), JOE PRESON (MELVINS) and many others. After moving to Seattle and signing to Sub Pop in 1990 they would release 3 full lengths and an EP including “Earth 2”. Considered by many a definitive statement of the drone triumphant, others have described it as “the inevitable result of the damage done by downers to perception of time." Whichever the case, its influence is undeniable. If it wasn't for this album, bands like Sunn 0))) simply would not exist. Chicago staples DISAPPEARS are hitting BNC for their first time tonight and we expect them to blow us away like they have each time they've played the Empty Bottle stageThe band's two recent albums, 2013's Era and this year's Irreal, both out on Kranky, mark a brilliant new progression into a uniquely minimalist and chilling sound. After five years as a band, the group is at their most raw, reflective, and powerful. The new direction has been described as being "abrasive, contemplative, and paranoid - it's the sound of the void looking back." We’ve long been a fan of DISAPPEARS’ crunchy, propulsive, and atmospheric wall of sound and know how perfectly engaging they are live. Absolutely not to be missed.

  • Thu September 10, 2015 9:00 pm
    • 'Beyond The Gate' Aftershow featuring Ultimate Painting
    • CoCoComa (AJ's going way and No, really, this is our last show for a really long time)
    • The Runnies
    $8 (advance), $10

    JACK COOPER & JAMES HOARE are ULTIMATE PAINTING, a duo formed from a fast friendship when JACK’s band MAZES (U.K.) were on tour supporting JAMES’ band VERONICA FALLS. Sharing similar tastes in music, art & films, it wasn’t until after they returned home home that a musical synergy was formed. After numerous demos were exchanged, a few casual jam sessions turned into a partnership. Christening themselves after a piece of art by the Southern Colorado desert community (and fanciful geodesic dome builders) “Drop City”, the lads set to work recording their debut, self-titled LP, out on Chicago's Trouble In Mind last October. Aquarium Drunkard listed it as one of the best albums of 2014, calling the effort "a syrupy dose of late 70s New York-inspired post punk" while SPIN said the album "injects the duo's addictive melodies into a tried and true, warm-and-fuzzy formula." Their 2015 album, Green Lanes, out August 7th on Trouble In Mind, has been causing quite a stir this summer, with the debut single "(I've Got The) Sanctioned Blues" getting love from the likes of Rolling StonePitchfork and more. Chicago garage-punk legends COCOCOMA have reunited this year and, holy shitballs, they’re tearing up our stage once more before guitarist (and former EB staffer) ANTHONY COZZI shoves off for the West Coast permanently. That's why this is billed as AJ's going way and No, really, this is our last show for a really long time. Formed in 2005 by Trouble In Mind founders LISA ROE (guitar) and drummer/vocalist BILL ROE, COCOCOMA was a garage-rock powerhouse that released two ripping rock & roll records before eventually fading into hiatus status nearly five years ago. As the Chicago Reader pointed out during their first reunion show at JJ & Jane’s Wedding back in February, “Their songs are high-energy rompers fueled by the entire band's over-the-top enthusiasm as well as Bill's nonstop drum stomp and charismatic vocals.” It’s a damn privilege to welcome the four-piece back here tonight for what might be (y)our last chance to see them live.

    (Aquarium Drunkard) (Pitchfork) (Rolling Stone) (SPIN) (Stereogum)

  • Fri September 11, 2015 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers

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

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

  • Fri September 11, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Man or Astro-Man?
    • Radiant Devices

    The sonic space cadets in MAN OR ASTRO-MAN? mashed surf, sci-fi, punk, samples and Tesla coils into a jagged rock juggernaut, touring nonstop in the 90s before burning out at the dawn of the 00s. Lucky for us, the Alabama-based space-surf band has rebooted for the 10s and they're returning to interface live with us here once again. After their compellingly fun and wacky active years on Touch and Go, the group took damn-near twelve years to return to the “not-too-distant future” they once sang about with their 2013 record, Defcon 5…4…3…2…1, out on Vessels. We've been lucky enough to host them for a couple of two night, sold out runs back in '13 and '14, but this time around, MAN OR ASTRO-MAN? will be crash landing into the Bottle for one night only. Needless to say, we can't wait to explore the furthest reaches of the known sonic universe with em again tonight. RADIANT DEVICES are a subverted pop band who play something along the lines of post-punk, but truthfully defy classification. They've opened shows here in the past with such high profile acts as PERE UBU and LUST FOR YOUTH, so we're damn glad to have em back. The four-piece Chicago band shifts between experimental rock, downtempo electronic and industrial aesthetics on their most recent album, 2013's Infectious SubstanceLoud Loop Press hails band for their tasteful sound that's "a gumbo rich with a dash of spoken word, jazz, ambient beats, and hard rock."

  • Sat September 12, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Jack Oblivian and the Sheiks
    • The Bingers
    $10 (advance), $12

    Venue Box Office PRE-SALE (at Empty Bottle): WED-THU, 5-8PM
    Come by The Empty Bottle this week, Wednesday or Thursday, from 5-8pm to buy your pre-sale tickets in person - right from the venue's box office - with minimal fees! There are a limited number of box office presale tickets available to each show, so the earlier you can arrive, the better, and it's credit card only!

    PUBLIC ONSALE @ 10am on FRIDAY, 7/17!

    Depending on whom you ask, JACK "OBLIVIAN" YARBER is either a rock legend or an absolute unknown. This dichotomy is well-understood by Memphis musicians, as underground "fame," for all its rewards, has, with a few exceptions, been the ceiling for local acts for decades. And no one knows this dichotomy better than YARBER, who may be Memphis' most influential active rock musician. The list of noteworthy bands YARBER has been a member of over the years is massive and includes JOHNNY VOMIT & THE DRY HEAVES (a high school punk project that also featured future SWUIRREL NUT ZIPPER JIMBO MATHUS), new-wavers the END, '68 COMEBACK, KNAUGHTY KNIGHTS, and TAV FALCO'S PANTHER BURNS. Two of YARBER's former bands — the COMPULSIVE GAMBLERS and the OBLIVIANS — have seen their reputation and following swell in the decade since their demise, especially the OBLIVIANS, whose international fan base borders on rabid.

  • Sun September 13, 2015 2:00 pm
    • Cajun Dance Party featuring Cajun Vagabonds

    Our love for all things Cajun just doesn't stop and today we see the return of the Cajun Dance Party! Come by all afternoon for Cajun music and dancing, grab a few drinks, and let your spirit soar to heart of New Orleans.

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

    (Fox 8 Live NOLA)

  • Sun September 13, 2015 9:00 pm
    • 93XRT's The Big Beat welcomes Mikal Cronin with Calvin Love & The Cairo Gang
  • Mon September 14, 2015 9:00 pm
    • E G O
    Free Monday
  • Tue September 15, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Say Lou Lou
    • Fee Lion
    $13 (advance), $15

    Self-created and self-imagined, SAY LOU LOU have come to worldwide attention since their formation less than two years ago with the three fantastic songs and their attendant B-sides. The Guardian have called their unique sound ‘seductive’, Esquire call them ‘electro noir pop’ whilst Elle describe them as ‘melancholy you can dance to’. The Sunday Times have praised the girls brilliant vocals saying their ‘songs are dominated by the Kilbey’s extraordinary voices’. Meanwhile in the US they have been shot by Interview Magazine and for the cover of V Magazine so far as their career moves in the ascendant across the world. Say Lou Lou are currently finishing off their self-written debut album which has been recorded in London, Sweden and Los Angeles.

    (Newsweek) (Nylon)

  • Wed September 16, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Glitter Creeps presents ... Touched By Ghoul
    • Sexy Fights
    • The Ex-Bombers
    • WAD

    Glitter Creeps is a Rock/Punk/New Wave queer night hosted and co-curated by Donnie Moore & 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. Tonight is the 11th installment of this special series and we're stoked for the lineup that they've put together.

    Advance ticket purchase includes guaranteed entrance AND one Tiger Beer. All for just $5!

  • Thu September 17, 2015 9:00 pm
    • CAVE
    • Paperhead
    • Matchess

    The last time we got to experience local mind-blowers CAVE, they opened up for ONEIDA and TRANS AM before that -- and what an experience it was! These guys teamed up with Chicago-based visual artist BROWNSHOESONLY and draped mesh nets across the front of our stage while BSO projected some sweet visuals onto the stage for one of the trippiest sets we've seen in a while. Needless to say, we were cheesin' hard as the band stood behind them, driving their krautrock-worshipping spaceship directly through our faces. If you missed it last time, don't worry - CAVE is returning for a $5 Thursday night show that will leave your brain dripping in psychedelic goo. Yes!

  • Fri September 18, 2015 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers

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

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

  • Fri September 18, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Slim Twig
    • Mayor Daley
    $7 (advance), $10

    Thank You For Stickin’ With Twig is the latest long-playing album from the artist known to the world (or at least to his mother) as Slim Twig. Coming out August 7, 2015 on DFA, you may be surprised to know that it represents the fifth album by the Toronto based songwriter / producer. Twig has released these previous records among a swath of EP’s, singles and one-offs, displaying in the process a complete disregard for genre or consistency. The evolution from Contempt!, his sample-stained 2009 debut, through to A Hound At The Hem, his symphonic tribute album to Nabokov’s Lolita (reissued by DFA in 2014), is not entirely linear, although intriguing all the same. One can see why he extends a gratuity to those listeners who’ve stuck around.

    In what form then, do we now find the twenty-six-year old, self-proclaimed ‘wah wah master’? His record reissued last year was completed in 2011. So one might reasonably ask, what has Twig done since? After producing two albums for U.S. Girls (U.S. Girls on Kraak in 2011, Gem in 2012), and scoring two films (Sight Unseen & We Come As Friends (winner of a Special Jury Award at Sundance, among numerous other accolades), Twig found himself in 2013 at a creative impasse re: his own songwriting. He had been through full band incarnations live and on record. They featured a cast of Toronto heavies (members of Zacht Automaat, etc…). He briefly performed Slim Twig sets as a duo, featuring multimedia artist and musician, Meg Remy (U.S. Girls). They performed sets that combined versions of Twig’s released songs with freely structured improvisations, samples, and brightly melodic, synth textures. Something in this combination of the pop-minded and the cerebrally-produced has rubbed off on the recordings found on Twig’s latest.

    Thank You For Stickin’ With Twig is to date the most sonically immersive album in Twig’s discography. Where some records have focused explicitly on sample-based songwriting, while others have been completely live-recorded, the new album arrives at a perfectly produced fusion of fidelities. Twig flirts here with a variety of vibes, most often opting for a three dimensional approach whereby a warped tape aura is overlaid with colourful, laser-cut keyboard and guitar melodies. A fetishization of analogue texture is married to a digital approach. All the while, we find Twig irreverently raiding classic rock of its symbolism, sexuality, and social ambition for ulterior subversions.

    The aim is somewhat clearer now. Slim Twig’s latest modulation of voice is to re-contextualize an era of ambition in produced rock music, dislodging the hackneyed and clichéd in the process. Sonically and politically, his aim is to be a rock n’ roll subversive in an era where that claim should rightfully be made by luddite cave-people. Context is everything, and Twig’s gift may be in zeroing in on that. As of now, he’s sized up rock n’ roll, and determined it seems as good as any other vessel to commandeer for his creative impulse. Power to him. Rock may be dumb as a stone, but even so, now and then it’s smart to be dumb.

  • Sun September 20, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Empress Of

    (FADER Gen F)

  • Mon September 21, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Empty Bottle & International Anthem Present : Nick Mazzarella Trio (Record Release)
    • Health & Beauty
    • Marrow
    Free Monday
  • Tue September 22, 2015 9:00 pm
    • OBN IIIs
    • The Man

    Holy guacamole, it's our old pals the OBN IIIs, returning to our stage for a Tuesday night rock & roll explosion! Blasting out of Denton, TX's insanely awesome punk scene but now calling Austin home, the OBN IIIs have released three frighteningly good LPs on Tic Tac Totally, their most recent being last year's Third Time to Harm... Until now: The OBN IIIs are releasing their fourth record, Worth A Lot Of Money, on September 14th via 12XU and you can listen to the ripping first single, "4KD," over at Noisey, who states the damn truth by stating frontman "Orville Neeley is like a rock n roll shaman, commanding the crowd while acting like a new millennium Elvis in his live shows." The group consistently melds gritty punk energy with a rock'n'roll swagger that'll get you shaking your butts and struttin' your stuff all over this here dance floor. These dudeliest men return to headline the Bottle for the first time tonight, but they're no strangers to Chicago - their fearless leader also fronts BAD SPORTS - and we know the OBN IIIs are coming to rock you into oblivion with their balls-out, snot-rock crunchers.


  • Wed September 23, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Brigitte

    BRIGITTE is a French indie-pop duo formed in 2008 by SYLVIE HOARAU and AURELIE SAADA. A throwback to the 60s flower power era, the band's revivalist tendencies were highlighted on their debut album, 2011's Et vous, tu m'aimes?, which went on to reach platinum status in France and gold around Europe. The female duo combines lounge-pop, retro-folk, and French cabaret to produce an authentic, hippie-chic sound that's infectious and sexy as hell. The band's second album, À Bouche Que Veux-Tu, was released late last year and its lush arrangements give it a distinctly French swagger and sexiness. BRIGITTE has never played Chicago before, so we're determined to show em a good time. Don't miss it, mes amis.

  • Thu September 24, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Nick Diamonds
    • Small Feet
    • Roommate
    $10 (advance), $12

    Nick Thorburn (aka Nick Diamonds) is a Canadian musician, composer and producer best known for starting and co-fronting the cult indie rock band The Unicorns when he was still a teenager. The band's first full length album 'Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?' was named one of the Top 10 Albums by Pitchfork in 2003, receiving critical praise from around the world. After only one year of touring, the band imploded on stage in Texas in 2004, due to internal friction. Thorburn immediately went on to form the band Islands, signing with Anti- Records and eventually releasing 5 full length studio albums and touring the world, with appearances at festivals as diverse as Coachella, Primavera Sound and La Route Du Rock. Over the years Thorburn has released more records, collaborating with various artists on projects like Mister Heavenly (with Honus Honus of Man Man), El-P, Human Highway, Reefer, and others. Thorburn also composes music for film, television and radio, most recently scoring the theme and soundtrack for this year's sensational This American Life offshoot, Serial.

    (Brooklyn Vegan) (Reader)

  • Fri September 25, 2015 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers

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

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

  • Fri September 25, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Little Racer
    • Rose Quartz
    • Holiday Mountain
    $8 (advance), $10
  • Bohemian Nat'l Cemetery Cathedral Fri September 25, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Moon Duo
    • Cleared
    • J.R. Robinson (DJ set)

    This performance will be located inside the Bohemian National Cemetery Cathedral to welcome Autumnal Equinox in our familiar, ritualistic fashion. Empty Bottle Presents welcomes you to the cemetery's stunning cathedral, located at 5255 N Pulaski Road. Yes, THE PERFORMANCE WILL BE INSIDE, not out in the fields by the mausoleum where we hold the summer concert. Inside the cathedral, get it?

    MOON DUO returns to Chicago for the first time since celebrating the release of their newest LP, Shadow of the Sun (Sacred Bones), at the Empty Bottle. The psych-rockers released this incredible music video featuring pro skater Richie Jackson and will be performing inside the Cathedral at Bohemian National Cemetery. Since their inception in the late aughts, RIPLEY JOHNSON from WOODEN SHJIPS and SANAE YAMADA have produced Kraut-inspired psych with a chilly underbelly that blows hundreds of stoner bands out of the water and back into their parents’ basements. Cultivating uncharted rhythms and tones to expand on the trippy repeat-o rock of their previous albums, MOON DUO continues to push themselves into new sonic territories with off-kilter beats, grinding riffage and cosmic soundscapes. Prepare yourself to be launched into a trance-induced frenzy tonight and don't worry, we'll reserve a spot in the cemetery if things get too out of hand for you.

  • Sat September 26, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Low Cut Connie
    • Turbo Fruits

    (Philadelphia Magazine) (Washington Post Obama Playlist)

  • Sun September 27, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Young Empires
    • Priest

    Toronto-based electro-”haute rock” trio YOUNG EMPIRES return to the Empty Bottle for their first time in over three years and we're feeling damn lucky to have em back. Since their inception, the trio has been surrounded by an ever-growing fan base, while critics praise that "every song has been layered and arranged with the utmost care, and delivered with the most devastating precision” (When The Gramophone Rings). NME touted them for having "the mathmania of BATTLES, the gloss'n'grandeur of THE KILLERS, and the calamitous quiver of ARCADE FIRE... YOUNG EMPIRES have consummately summated this generation's achievements in Rock. Not that they're total re-tread merchants; no, they're master weavers of our disparate indie threads, forging a fine tapestry of future disco." Step into the future and dance your Sunday blues away with us, won't you?

    (Billboard) (Much) (Noisey) (The Music Ninja)

  • Mon September 28, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires
    • Pujol
    • Flesh Panthers
    Free Monday

    What awaits you when the needle drops on Dereconstructed, the 2014 album by LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES? Nothing less than pure fucking heaven, that’s what. Consider the record’s opener, “The Company Man.” It revs up with a riff sleazy enough to clog Rod Stewart’s stomach pump, as an incantation that only a Yellowhammer can truly understand is bellowed and then screamed. Before you know it, the joint is hotter than a Birmingham soaking pit while you, the listener, are reminded, lest you forget, don’t ever trust the company man. No shit.

  • Tue September 29, 2015 9:00 pm
    • A Place To Bury Strangers
    • Grooms
    • Running
    • The Bellwether Syndicate DJs
    $12 (advance), $14

    If all the music journos around the world who have reviewed A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS – whether it be a live show or on record – had to describe the NYC trio in one word, our money is on “LOUD.”  Their newest release, an LP on Dead Oceans, Transfixation, proves, in the eyes of SPIN, that APTBS has "never made a bad album even if normal listeners have decided they only need one or two of them." We ain't no normal listeners - and neither are you, dear reader - so we're happy to be greeted once again by dive-bombing guitar noise grenades, rhythmic mortar shells and what could be the sound of exploding furniture. Needless to say, the new effort packs every bit of the searing sonic maelstrom the world has come to expect from APBTS and ups the ante on barely-harnessed dark energy, snarling propulsion, unexpectedly catchy hooks and doomed-out vibes. GROOMS origins can be traced back to TRAVIS JOHNSON (vocals/guitar) and EMILY AMBRUSO (vocals/bass) meeting on Friendster, shortly before that website became irrelevant, only to meet in person at a Valentine’s Day party in the Oklahoma woods a few weeks later. Their shared love of experimental & pop music alike lead them to New York in 2004, where they starting playing experimental pop music together in their bedrooms. JIM SYKES joined them on drums in 2009 and GROOMS was officially born to make dark, noisy, tangled albums with lyrics focusing almost entirely on TRAVIS's religion-fixed obsessive-compulsive disorder. Rejoicer was released in 2009, Prom saw light in 2011, and their third LP, Infinity Caller, was released a year ago on Western Vinyl. Pitchfork hailed the latest as "a more fully realized and sharply etched iteration of the indie-rock they clearly love." Chicago noise-punks RUNNING are a band that give very few fucks (if any fucks at all). The band's albums are a mess of reverbed-to-heck vocals, pummeling drum and bass, and abrasive, feedback-heavy guitar. RUNNING caught the ears of a guy named JOHN DWYER and his own Castle Face Records put out the band's third record, Vaguely Ethnic, in the summer of 2013. The LP continues RUNNING's path of destruction in and around Chicago, shriveling the tits and testicles of any sniveling boners who try to stand in their way. THE SHIMMER DJS features two of our favorite local DJs, SCARY LADY SARAH and PHILLY PEROXIDE, who'll be spinning some chilly pop goodness. It's the perfect start to this Tuesday evening's stacked show.

  • Wed September 30, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Psychic Heat
    $8 (advance), $10
  • Tue October 6, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Algiers
    • ONO
  • Wed October 7, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Mike Krol
    • Archie Powell and the Exports
    • The Gooch Palms
    $8 (advance), $10

    Mike Krol got his bike stolen and his heart broken. He bailed on graphic-design-as-career. He kept playing drums and guitars, and he kept writing songs about the stuff he hated and the stuff he loved. Leaving Milwaukee for Los Angeles, he took a few years’ worth of wrong turns. But when he showed up at a studio in Sacramento in March 2014, he had his affairs in order. Plug the vocal mic into a guitar amp. Plug the guitar into an overheating box of vacuum tubes. Put the computer in the closet. Roll the tape.

    (CMJ) (FLOOD) (Stereogum)

  • Thu October 8, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Tobias Jesso Jr.
    • Wet
    $15 (advance), $17

    (BBC) (Consequence of Sound) (Pitchfork Best New Music)

  • Fri October 9, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Spray Paint
    • Strange Wilds
    • Dirty Ghosts
    $5 (limited), $10

    One of our favorite bands from Austin, TX to play our stage each of the past two years, SPRAY PAINT are old homies at this point and they hit our stage once again with that no wave punk that'll bring you to your knees. Chainsaw dual-guitars collide brain-bashing drums and energy-packed gang-vocals for a no-bullshit, off-kilter yet tuneful taste of unrelenting rock. The Chicago Reader got all wet after hearing the band's second LP of 2013, Rodeo Songs: "Bizarre detuned guitar licks cross paths with damaged, drugcentric lyrics delivered in the band's signature deadpan drawl. The whole thing is kind of gross and unsettling—but I mean that in the best way possible." Their 2014 record, Clean Blood, Regular Acid, follwed by last month's Punter's On A Barge, continue the trio's vicious attack in a tighter, more cohesive package and that would make our annual top 10 list, if we were the types to make such a list.

  • Sat October 10, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Big Neck Records showcase featuring SONNY VINCENT
    • Fire Retarded
    • Heavy Times
    • Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
    • Fatal Figures
    • Danger Signs
  • Sun October 11, 2015 9:00 pm
    • HIDE
    • Pop. 1280
    • Martin Bisi
    • Invisible Things [US Maple, Parts & Labor, Miracle Condition]
  • Mon October 12, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Ed Schrader's Music Beat
    • Lil Tits (Record Release)
    • Bill Tucker [AM Stations
    • Foul Tip
    Free Monday
  • Tue October 13, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Seoul
    • Young Ejecta

    (Brooklyn Vegan) (Flavorwire)

  • Sat October 17, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Saintseneca
    • The Sidekicks
    • Yowler

    (NPR Music) (Stereogum)

  • Mon October 19, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Go!Zilla
    • Pagiins
    Free Monday

    Go!Zilla are an Italian Fuzz Psychedelic Punk band based in Firenze, Italy and composed by Luca Landi (guitar/vocasl), Fabio Ricciolo (drum/vocals) and Mattia Biagiotti (guitar/vocal) . Go!Zilla sound takes inspiration from the psychedelic Nuggets till the 90's grunge guitars with a strongly punk attitude. They first released an EP in June 2012, followed by "I'm Bleeding" 7-inch released by Surfin Ki records, Grabbing a Crocodile LP, and Magic Weird Jack" EP, the latest released in August 2014 by the french label Beast Records. Go!Zilla, in less then 2 years, has toured all over europe for a total of more then 250 shows sharing the stage with band such EB pals as THEE OH SEES, NIGHT BEATS, CROCODILES, THE SONICS and more.

  • Tue October 20, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Tricot
  • Wed October 21, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Glitter Creeps presents ... Sweet Spirit
    • The Mad Doctors & MORE TBA!

    Glitter Creeps is a Rock/Punk/New Wave queer night hosted and co-curated by Donnie Moore & Madison Moore of ABSOLUTELY NOT. Tonight is the twefth installment of this special series, meaning we've made it one full year and you best believe we're stoked for the lineup that they've put together.

    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 October 22, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Hammerhead
    • Qui
    • Rash [Storm Clouds, Multiple Truths]
  • Fri October 23, 2015 9:00 pm
    • DRINKS (Cate Le Bon + Tim Presley of White Fence)
    • Droor
    $10 (advance), $12

    Exciting collaboration time! Newly unearthed outfit DRINKS combines the creative talents of Welsh singer/musician CATE LE BON and psych-pop oddball TIM PRESLEY (aka WHITE FENCE of San Francisco). CATE played guitar on tour with WHITE FENCE, so now we have DRINKS, a decidedly weirder project for both artists, which is saying something considering WHITE FENCE's consistently strange and prolific outpouring. The duo's debut album will be released on August 21st and their debut single, "Hermits on Holiday" (and it's accompanying video), is silly and joyful but catchy as all hell, especially once those drums and bass kick in. The sprightly, minimal pop-rock ditty has got us wiggling around in our bar stools, jonesin' to hear the whole album, so give it a listen over at NPR or Pitchfork or one of the countless other sites that's heaping praise upon DRINKS.

    (Consequence of Sound) (LA Weekly) (NPR Music) (Pitchfork) (VICE) (Vogue)

  • Sat October 24, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Windhand
    • Danava
    • Monolord
    $13 (advance), $16

    "WINDHAND does a thing and does it well: gargantuan doom-metal smoked in moody grunge. From album to album, the Richmond band recognizes its strengths and pushes them forward. Out in September, Grief's Infernal Flower digs the soulful and harrowing vocalist Dorthia Cottrell out of the mix while richly heightening the loud-as-hell-but-smooth-as-butter riffs. Ryan Wolfe's drums have never sounded so round and pronounced, given that extra oomph from producer Jack Endino (High On Fire, Soundgarden, Nirvana)." - NPR Music (8.5.15)

    (Brooklyn Vegan) (NPR Music) (Pitchfork)

  • Sun October 25, 2015 12:00 pm
    • Beat Swap Meet Chicago (#9)
    $5 or Free with Canned Good

    Join us for an afternoon with your family & friends, diggin' in the crates & listening to quality grooves. RSVP on Facebook. Entrance is Free w/ Canned Good. Canned goods are donated to our local homeless communities. Beat Swap Meet is a Celebration of Vinyl Culture - Records, and Everything Inspired by them.  A handful of Invited Record Collectors & Dealers from all over Chicago, Buy Sell & Trade: Blues, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, New Wave, Psych, Punk, Rap, Rock, Soul, and World 12's LP's & 45's on VINYL.

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  • Mon October 26, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Ex-Cult
    • Male Gaze
    Free Monday

    Our run of stellar Free Monday shows with top-notch touring acts continues tonight with Memphis punks EX-CULT headlining their first show here since May 2014. Having opened shows here with the likes of TY SEGALL and MAC DEMARCO, EX-CULT is a band we've come to know and love since we came across their debut record in 2012. Released on the esteemed Goner Records and produced by eventual tour partner TY SEGALL, that album was one of the best, most under-appreciated punk releases of the year and you can bet your ass they've outdone themselves with their second LP, Midnight Passenger, out in April 2014 on Goner. This seasoned five-piece play ripping punk rock like none other, incorporating angular post-punk, flying saucer fuzz guitar, layers of psychedelic slime and snotty vocals with a bash-your-head-in energy that needs to be seen live to be believed.

  • Tue October 27, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Wax Idols
    • Them Are Us Too
    • Yoko Homo

    We've been fans of WAX IDOLS, the primary project of Oakland-based songstress HEATHER FORTUNE, ever since the release of her raw, dirgy debut LP No Future, out on HoZac in 2011. After touring behind that debut LP, WAX IDOLS expanded to a full band and plunged head first into the darkest depths of their previous work to craft a stellar follow-up, Discipline & Desire, out in 2013 via Slumberland. Piercing, layered guitars mix with haunting vocals and propulsive, hypnotic drumming, bringing muscle and tension to WAX IDOLS seething, moody darkwave. The third album by WAX IDOLS is equal parts declaration of independence and meditation on togetherness, and this is, perhaps, where it strays from the band’s previous work: American Tragic stands out for its profound empathy — elegiac in its approach, but connective by nature. The album is a culmination in what FORTUNE has been playing with over the arc of her discography: Livelihood is neither fixed nor consistent -- we can be independent and attached, in need of discipline and desire, or even fully autonomous with a little bit of help. With a nod to 80’s shoegaze sensibilities, THEM ARE US TOO creates songs about tragedy and loves-lost that draws listeners to their nostalgic and innocent sound. Kennedy Ashlyn Wenning's vocals have been compared to the likes of KATE BUSH and ELIZABETH FRASIER, with a pitch-perfect octave range that can carry songs from optimistic joy down to undisturbed melancholia, all within one verse. Guitarist Cash Askew paints a layered and complex backdrop using signature reverberation and washes of stringed ambient tones. The duo's debut album, Remain, rivals the magic behind the early 4AD and Creation Records, with massive, seraphic sounds and heartbreaking nostalgia crafted into uncompromising and immaculately orchestrated beauty.

  • Wed October 28, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Kinski

    Like their PacWest brothers-in-arms in Mudhoney, Survival Knife (ex-Unwound) and Built to Spill, Seattle institution KINSKI are a grizzled and grungy riff-rock powerhouse and bottomless pit of arena-ready, fist-pumping anthemry. Sure, this coed juggernaut pulled a vanishing act recording-wise after 2007’s Down Below Its Chaos, but the wait was worth it in the fret-hopping heroics that arrived in 2013. These rawk-heavy psychhead lifers (they’ve been around since ’98) traded in Sub Pop for Kill Rock Stars and put the pedal to the Stooges-ian freak-out metal on the mostly-instrumental but all godhead guitar shred they called Cozy Moments.

    Thankfully, Kinski didn’t bother waiting another six long years to release a fresh, new slab of meaty burners. Just last month, Kinski quickly followed up with 7 (or 8) (the title alluding to what number record they’re on—even they aren’t sure) and, shit yeah, it’s high-wattage wah-wah and noise pedal stomping stoner chug (Just check out the mind-frying song and vid for “Drink Up And Be Somebody” for the Kinski treatment).
    - Noisey (7.29.15)


  • Fri October 30, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Here We Go Magic
    • Big Thief
    $14 (advance), $16

    Following their well-received January EP, Brooklyn’s HERE WE GO MAGIC released A Different Ship in mid-2012 via Secretly Canadian. Produced by RADIOHEAD “sixth member” NIGEL GODRICH, the LP is a powerful and unusually beautiful release, praised by the Portable Infinite for its “emotional and musical arc that is alternately calming and anxiety-inducing, and often both at once.” Lead by singer/songwriter LUKE TEMPLE’s evocative croon, HWGM manage an effortless command of sense, style and sound over a backdrop of guitar pop, psychedelia and assuredly strutting melodies.

  • Mon November 2, 2015 9:00 pm
    • NOTS
    Free Monday

    A longtime collab between NATALIE HOFFMANN (formerly of EX-CULT) and CHARLOTTE WATSON, NOTS has evolved into it's wildest incarnation yet. Featuring MADISON FARMER on Bass and ALEXANDRA EASTBURN on synth, last year NOTS followed up two Goner Records singles that absolutely ripped, with a full length debut, We Are Nots. The record is aptly named: They are NOTS and they let the music do the rest. The four-piece followed up that full-length with the "Virgin Mary" 7-inch and hit the road with QUINTRON & MISS PUSSYCAT this past spring. Stereogum praised the song for its "abrasive array of noises — jagged synths, discordant guitars, antagonistic vocals — before veering into a chaotic conclusion" Needles to say, we're beyond stoked to have them here on what's sure to be a most-epic Free Monday.


  • Thu November 5, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Zombi with Pinkish Black
    $12 (advance), $15

    Two years ago, around this time of year, we thought we'd be witnessing one of the final shows from Pittsburgh synth/prog/post-rock duo ZOMBI. Lucky for us, it wasn't the end of the road for this legendary group and they're releasing a new album, Shape Shift, on October 16th courtesy of Relapse Records. Producing work that is epic in concept, sound, and artistic approach, STEVE MOORE and A.E. PATERRA, the masterminds and multi-instrumentalists behind ZOMBI, have re-imagined the architecture of progressive rock and dynamic instrumentals, carving a niche in underground music distinctly their own. The band's signature sound, achieved using only electric bass, drums, and a collection of analog synthesizers, is deceptively lush considering its two man skeleton crew ensemble. MOORE's bass playing and meticulous synthesizer programming interacts seamlessly with PATERRA's controlled, precision drumming, as if each man is anticipating his counterpart's next move. Punctuated by their songwriting skills, each ZOMBI song, whether grand in design or powerful and driving, is entirely autonomous and true to the duo's creative vision.

    (Noisey) (Stereogum)

  • Sat November 7, 2015 9:00 pm
    • WAND
    • Perfume
    • Melkbelly

    1000 Days is WANDs third album in what can only be called the relative blink of an eye, and their best album too. To recap the last 365ish: August of 2014 saw the release of Ganglion Reef, WAND's debut album release on TY SEGALL's God? Records. Following that, they ranged from their south-Cali base playing shows of all kinds home and abroad. And suddenly, it was March of 2015, with a second album, Golem (this time on In The Red), the group their sound farther down the road. On their Drag City debut, 1000 Days, WAND move restlessly and gracefully through divergent phases of music in a single passage of a song, as they've been known to do. Recorded in their hometowns of Los Angeles and San Francisco,1000 Days finds the trio searching in corners and finding extra texture via synthetic animation. The atmosphere is quicksilver and the space acoustic; as a beacon sparks electric, a cascade of hi-fi noises for everyone’s ears – raucous, impassive, inevitable musical expressions.


  • Fri November 13, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Turquoise Jeep

    TURQUOISE JEEP is a hip-hop and R&B collective and record label founded by multi-talented artists and musicians FLYNT FLOSSY and WHATCHYAMACALLIT. Best known for their insanely creative and hilarious music videos, TURQUOISE JEEP rose to prominence for their YouTube hits "Lemme Smang It" and "Did I Mention I Like To Dance" in the early 2010s. The label has released two albums, Keep The Jeep Riding and Existing Musical Beings, and is also working on a clothing line and instructional dance DVD called Flow with the Floss. Their live shows are an all-out, balls-to-the-wall party unlike any you've seen or experienced before, so put those stretchy pants on and get ready to dance those sweet cheeks right off.

  • Wed November 18, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Glitter Creeps 1 Year Anniversary! featuring Micachu & The Shapes

    Glitter Creeps is a Rock/Punk/New Wave queer night hosted and co-curated by Donnie Moore & Madison Moore of ABSOLUTELY NOT. Tonight is the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of this special series and we're stoked for the lineup that they've put together.

    A considerable force in the world of experimental, weirdo-pop for the past few years, MICACHU & THE SHAPES make their way to the Bottle tonight for only the second time ever, the last being a headlining slot for the final Adventures In Modern Music Festival back in 2012. Pros at deconstructing pop and putting it in a shiny but disorienting package, MICACHU & THE SHAPES released Good Bad Happy Sad on Rough Trade this September. Expect more of the same from these art-rocking fools, a band Stereogum called “playfully inventive and whimsically arty!” With their homemade instruments and lack of verses and choruses, we’re excited as hell to have these delightful weirdos headline this, the Year 1 Glitter Creeps Bash.

    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 $10!

  • Sat November 21, 2015 9:00 pm
    • U.S. Girls

    U.S. Girls is Illinois-born, Toronto-based artist Meghan Remy, who releases new album Half Free on September 25th.

    Half Free is Remy’s first album for 4AD and is her most realised yet, focusing on characters in everyday struggles, with narratives inspired by the work of director John Cassavetes and Bruce Springsteen.  Throughout, Remy explores themes relating to abuse and gender inequality, whether the broken wife in ‘Sororal Feelings’ (a track loosely based on the character Nora Bass in Michael Ondaatje’s Coming Through Slaughter), or the exasperated war widow in ‘Damn That Valley’, soundtracked by its intoxicating combination of thick dub flavours and Wall of Sound dramatics.

    Other tracks include the glam stomp of ‘Sed Knife’, a minimal song poem (which first appeared on a 7” back in 2012) recast here as a Misfits flavoured rocker; and the lush Cocteau Twins-laced 80s soul of ‘Navy & Cream’.  Elsewhere, Half Free finds Remy ripping into Gloria Ann Taylor’s 70s deep-cut disco to create the wondrously dramatic heartbreak of ‘Window Shades’ (written after Meg watched the Katy Perry movie, Part of Me), before closing on ‘Woman’s Work’; a nagging, arpeggio-laced ode to Moroder that picks at themes of beauty, anxiety and paralysis in the face of ageing.

    Part of a vibrant Toronto scene, both Meg’s husband Slim Twig (DFA) and Onakabazien (who produced three tracks here) have again been summoned for the U.S. Girls roll call.  Half Free also features Amanda Crist (Ice Cream), who provides vocals alongside Meg on a number of songs including ‘Damn That Valley’ and ‘Woman’s Work’, and Ben Cook (Fucked Up, Young Guv), who worked with Meg on the track ‘Red Comes In Many Shades’.

    Half Free is an enchanting document of life at the point when it feels most on its knife-edge.

  • Mon November 23, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Plastic Crimewave Syndicate
    • Tom Carter [Charalambides]
    • Matchess
    Free Monday
  • Sat December 5, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Yakuza
    • Scientist
    • Two From The Eye
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