• Sun July 5, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Blodskry
    • Test-Site
    • WiL
    $5.00

    Continue the weekends concussive festivities alongside the subterranean murk and interstellar blasts conjured up by an especially diverse bill assembled with the sole mission to pummel your sensibleness senseless. BLODSKRY is a clandestine group of sonic black magicians. Their minimalist but bombastic darkwave and World Funeral Rites will close out the nights assembly of chaostar worship. BLODSKRY shows are rare, unique and ritualistic affairs and the band features members of Blood of the Martyrs, Morgue Supplier and Lost Dog. Relatively incipient and taking their name from a deceased friend, openers WIL have a blustery bluesy bass vocalist and guttural black tar throated guitarist that strikes a balance between capable stoner rock and rumbling death doom. Milwaukee's TEST SITE are a long running experiment in devastatingly intense mix of 70s prog and post metal w/ sparse vocals. They are veterans of the desolate wars and psychic wastelands sure to mutate our minds.

  • Mon July 6, 2015 9:00 pm
    • ONO
    • Hums + Haws (Record Release)
    • Toupee (Record Release)
    • Richard Album
    Free Monday

    Tonight is what Free Mondays are truly made of, displaying what is completely unique and inspiring within the Chicago music community. Headlining is underground Chicago punk heroes ONO, a legendary act that shows an ability to amaze and discombobulate even the most adventurous live music fan. They've remained outsiders in a sea of outsiders, and if you've seen ‘em before you know what to expect: Sparse electronic beats, saxophone skronk, theatrical vocals and oddball bass riffs. Having recently reissued the second of their original mind-blowing releases, Ennui, on Priority Male (operated by M. HORD of RUNNING), the south-side art-rockers were in the studio late last year, so just prepare for whatever's coming next from these magical weirdos. ONO are heroes to many and they will never die. MATT KORDONOWY (House Sounds, The Clams) is a writer of some of the better bedroom psych in Chicago and now operates under the HUMS + HAWS moniker. Tonight is the record release for HUMS + HAWS' newest album, Wondering Home, which sees KORDONOWY bringing in a number of friends to make for a more sprawling, dense effort. Multiple layers of sound twist, turn and morph into masterfully-crafted trash pop songs while remaining firmly grounded in the band's air-tight grooves. Local noisemakers TOUPEE return to our stage to also celebrate a new release, Leg Toucher, courtesy of Moniker Records. The four-piece, led by feral front woman/beast WHITNEY ALLEN, have become one of the best live bands in Chicago over the past few years and recently released a demented music video for their latest single, "Mommy Is A Mummy." TOUPEE are a treat every time they wreak havoc on our stage – a treat wrapped in barbed wire ready to explode the instant it touches your lips. Playing their battered and bruised noise-punk to a steadily growing number of rabid fans, TOUPEE have become something of a staff favorite and are heroes in the local underground. Kicking things off tonight is Chicago's reigning matinee idol, RICHARD ALBUM. Having played our stage only once before, ALBUM plays the hits of tomorrow, today, with top-notch SINGLES in tow. Truly, the self-described "longest player."

    (FADER) (Impose) (Reader) (Reader) (Tiny Mix Tapes)

  • Tue July 7, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Volutes
    • Gardener
    • Potions
    $5.00

    Tonight’s show will feature a trio of Chicago musicians performing drone and ambient dance music, which may sound oxymoronic... if you’re a moron. VOLUTES is the musical project of Chicago-based CHRISTINA DENNAOUI, a jazz-trained trumpeter and guitarist who’s moved on to include electronic music production and composition into her ever-growing repertoire. VOLUTES’s sound is a mélange of Middle Eastern drones and rhythms, minimal techno, jazz and field recordings, as seen on her debut EP, Elegant Grey. Her work places an emphasis on textures and atmospheres, all while creating musical environments that are pleasing to your ears and highly danceable. Returning for another performance is electronic drone minimalists POTIONS. Another local act, these Chicagoans are almost therapeutic in their soundscapes, with ambient pulsing and electronic drones taking listeners on an interstellar journey to an alien dance party where body-movin’ is optional. Don’t just stand there, move a leg or something. GARDENER is Chicago musician DASH LEWIS using modular synthesizer, vocal loops, pedals to make noise you can enjoy. GARDNER also happens to open tonight’s show. Fancy that.

  • Wed July 8, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Krol Kleks
    • Palmas
    • Impulsive Hearts
    $5.00

    KROL KLEKS combines all influences and sounds of contemporary neo-psychedelic music, from 60s psych to 70s folk, surf & garage rock to shoegaze, into a blender and has created their own unique sound. A day to day diary of leader PHILIP LISIECKI, each of the Chicago band's albums sound completely different from the other (depending on the overall band's mood). The band has been compared to the likes of THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE, FAILURE, SMASHING PUMPKINS and NIGHT BEATS while standing out on its own genre. Chicago five-piece PALMAS is a disco-ball explosion in your pants – why else would they call it “sex-pop”? Twinkling guitars collide with soaring, melodramatic vocals and funky disco rhythms to create a rainbow ball of fire shot straight to your loins. If this steamy, dreamy shit doesn’t get you shaking your butt and strutting your stuff, nothing will. It’s been one year to the day that Chicago’s IMPULSIVE HEARTS played our stage, opening for A SUNNY DAY IN GLASGOW and forever stealing our hearts with their sunny, summertime beach-party pop. Influenced and inspired by heroes like THE SMITHS, THE BEACH BOYS and BEST COAST, this trio takes crunchy guitars, sultry female vocals and a tight-butt rhythm section to create noisy-but-feel-good indie-rock that’s good any time of year. Grab a fresh marg from your friendly bartender and shake your head around, Sally – these vibes always go down smooth.

  • Thu July 9, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Monk Parker
    • Moon Bros.
    • Flux Bikes
    $5.00

    MONK PARKER will release his debut solo record, How The Spark Loves The Tinder, on August 28th via the Bronze Rat label (London/Berlin). Written during the breakup of Parker’s previous band, THE LOW LOWS, and his relocation from New York City back to his home of Texas, PARKER spent three years and hundreds of hours recording with over 30 musicians (including members of OKKERVIL RIVER and THE POLYPHONIC SPREE), largely in the welding shed of the family farm outside Austin. PARKER serves up a funereal but majestic alt-Americana, in which stately, dreamlike waltzes build to explosive, gospel-tinged climaxes. Revolving around a slew of steel guitars, vintage organs and brass, the intricately orchestrated songs evoke Stax/Volt balladry and a woozy, country narcosis, complete with damning, redemptive stories of carnality & affection. MOON BROS. is the experimental folk project of guitarist MATTHEW SCHNEIDER. Combining pedal steel, guitar and vocals with drones and occasional bursts of noise, MOON BROS. is back-porch music for the most warped and twisted minds in Chicago, and the beyond. Opening this evening's folky affair is FLUX BIKES - who use bicycle parts to create music when not riding them. Complete with bicycle wheels, saxophones, guitars, and bicycle chimes, FLUX BIKES are an experimental, jazzed, percussion spectacular not to be missed.

  • Fri July 10, 2015 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

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

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

  • Fri July 10, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Dead Moon
    • Redgrave
    • Outer Minds
    $20 *SOLD OUT*

    The legendary DEAD MOON returns to play the Empty Bottle stage, nine years after they played The Horizontal Action Blackout Fest here before "breaking up."

    Clackamas, Oregon’s Dead Moon are truly one of the most independent and revered Northwest underground bands of all time. With Fred Cole on guitar and vocals, his wife Toody on bass and vocals, and the nearly indefatigable Andrew Loomis on drums (“nearly” because he’s rumored to have passed out on stage from exhaustion…), Dead Moon churned out their own indescribable brand of rock and roll for nearly 20 years before going on hiatus in the late 2000s (and Fred’s career spans back another 20+ years before that). Their intensity and vitality are as unquestionable now as ever. The model of DIY self-sufficiency, Dead Moon have recorded almost all of their output themselves, released much of it on their own label (Tombstone Records, “Music Too Tough to Die”) and even cut their own masters (on the same disc cutter used for The Kingsmen’s all-timer “Louie Louie”). Be warned: seeing Dead Moon live can be a life-altering experience that can quickly render at least half of your record collection useless and frivolous. REDGRAVE is a rock band from Chicago fronted by guitarist and singer ANGIE MEAD, along with new drummer MAC McNEILLY of THE JESUS LIZARD. The duo has been recording new music this year, releasing digital singles every few months, some inspired by their heroes (DEAD MOON, LUNGFISH), and once 10 songs have successfully penetrated the digital universe, the songs will be collected for a special vinyl-only release. The new music will be recorded all over Chicago, avoiding traditional recording studios and opting instead for experimental spaces. Local five-piece OUTER MINDS have played our stage a couple two-tree times and they consistently give the fine people of Chicago exactly what they want: A refreshing take on 60s rock & roll filtered through enough dreamy reverb to send you into a psychedelic stupor. Their last two albums were a self-titled gritty, pop slam-dunk on Southpaw and a heavier, darker self-titled beast on FDH/Resurrection. The band has showed their insane versatility, from headlining clubs to playing an R&B and doo-wop set with guest vocalists (including the B-52s FRED SCHNEIDER) at last year's Fall Ball. We imagine they'll bring the darkness with em tonight and can only holpe we'll get some new tracks alongside those burners we know and love.

    (Noisey)

  • West Fest Chicago Sat July 11, 2015 12:00 pm
    • West Fest 2015 featuring Dead Moon
    • Spray Paint
    • Negative Scanner
    • Jamaican Queens
    • Absolutely Not
    • Tjutjuna
    $5 Donation

    Empty Bottle Presents returns to the street fest circuit by providing Chicago's West Fest with a weekend of live, cutting-edge music. Located on Chicago Avenue between Damen Ave and Wood, fest-goers are treated with a variety of food and crafts vendors, bars, restaurants and shops, as well as Pet Fest with pet product vendors and dog activities for charity, making for a distinctly West Town experience. Locally planned and managed by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, the emphasis of “everything local” never gets lost in the shuffle and it’s a weekend the Empty Bottle is proud to be a part of. We're very excited to announce the first night of the festival, which includes Pacific NW garage-rock legends and 2015 headliners DEAD MOON, Austin, TX-based punk demons SPRAY PAINT, Chicago's post-punk darklords NEGATIVE SCANNER, Detroit electronic pop heathens JAMAICAN QUEENS, spazzy synth-punks ABSOLUTELY NOT (Chicago), and Denver space-rock monsters TJUTJUNA. As always, it's just $5 to get into the fest.

    (Noisey)

  • Sat July 11, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Oozing Wound
    • Spray Paint
    • Running
    • Nones
    • Job
    $5.00

    Good lord. Whoever put together this bill is a damn genius. We may not survive, but at least we'll go down swinging, folks... There's no denying that OOZING WOUND is "something of a staff favorite" around these parts. The thrashing trio released their first two Thrill Jockey records, 2013's Retrash and last year's Earth Suck, right here, plus they headlined our NYE show a few years back and it still remains a favorite of the past few years. OOZING WOUND makes the people go insane with their simultaneously hilarious and terrifying blend of heavy riffage, crushing rhythms and piercing screams. Each OOZER cut their teeth in some beloved local bands (CACAW, ZATH, UNMANNED SHIP, BAD DRUGS) and the trio has made quite a name for themselves around Chicago and beyond since those fateful shows. Dropping the weirdness of their previous acts, OOZING WOUND dives straight into intense, repetitive, disorienting, industrial-tinged thrash metal and Earth Suck is a collection of destructive, antagonistic thrash that teeters on the edge of control and collapse. One of our favorite bands from Austin, TX to play our stage each of the past two years, SPRAY PAINT hit the Bottle with their 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. Chicago noise-punks RUNNING don't give a shit about you or anyone else (or themselves, probably). 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 last record, the brilliantly/disturbingly-titled Vaguely Ethnic. 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. Chicago's NONES might be the wildest band this city has to offer and they return for the first time since in six months to play tonight's show with their skuzzy, dirty noise-punk. Now playing as a three piece, NONES mix punk anarchy into their psychedelic rock'n'roll and though they've taken the sax out of the equation, their spazzy, dissonant songs still specialize in shaking brains and moving hips. Kicking off tonight's absolute shitshow is JOB, the strange and unsettling new electro/noise project by Chicago scene staple OTTO JUNKER.

  • West Fest Chicago Sun July 12, 2015 12:00 pm
    • West Fest 2015 featuring Murder City Devils
    • Diarrhea Planet
    • Swirlies
    • Nobunny
    • EZTV
    • Landmarks
    $5 Donation

    Empty Bottle Presents returns to the street fest circuit by providing Chicago's West Fest with a weekend of live, cutting-edge music. Located on Chicago Avenue between Damen Ave and Wood, fest-goers are treated with a variety of food and crafts vendors, bars, restaurants and shops, as well as Pet Fest with pet product vendors and dog activities for charity, making for a distinctly West Town experience. Locally planned and managed by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, the emphasis of “everything local” never gets lost in the shuffle and it’s a weekend the Empty Bottle is proud to be a part of. We're very excited to announce our first round of bands, which includes Pacific NW garage-rock heroes and 2015 Sunday headliners MURDER CITY DEVILS, Nashville-based punk champions DIARRHEA PLANET, Boston's shoegazey indie-rockers SWIRLIES, rascally garage-punk party machine NOBUNNY, Brooklyn's indie-pop experimenters EZTV, and local psychedelic surfgazers LANDMARKS. As always, it's just $5 to get into the fest. The Empty Bottle Presents stage is located at Chicago & Damen.

    (SPIN)

  • Sun July 12, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Nobunny
    • Tenement
    • MAMA
    $10.00

    It's everyone's favorite rascally punk-rock rabbit -- NOBUNNY! The last time we partied with the bunny-masked party machine was in 2011 for Music. Friendly. Dancing. at Hing Kee Retaurant in Chinatown and he hasn't graced our stage since New Year's Day of the same year. To say we're excited for NOBUNNY's one-man pop-punk onslaught would be a gross understatement -- almost as gross as that mask. NOBUNNY's infectiously hooky tunes and lusty outlook have earned comparisons to THE RAMONES, HASIL ADKINS, and THE CRAMPS, while his untamed (and sometimes bottomless) stage shows have led some to call him a cuddly version of G.G. ALLIN.

    (AV Club)

  • Thalia Hall Mon July 13, 2015 8:30 pm
    • Murder City Devils with Oscillator Bug and Rabble Rabble
    $25 / $270

     

  • Mon July 13, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Nap Eyes
    • Monomyth
    • Space Waste
    Free Monday

    (Stereogum)

  • Co-Prosperity Sphere Tue July 14, 2015 8:00 pm
    • Generationalpictomusicapolis featuring No Age
    • Sun Foot
    • Devin Gary & Ross
    $12 (advance), $15

    Generationalpictomusicapolis is a celebration of collaborative music and art-making. This one night only concert and pop-up exhibition features experimental punk from NO AGE (Randy Randall and Dean Spunt), the barely amplified feel-good vibes of SUN FOOT (Ron Burns,Chris Johanson, Brian Mumford) and the ramshackle psych-folk of DEVIN, GARY & ROSS (Devin Flynn, Gary Panter, Ross Goldstein. Limited-edition, collaboratively made artworks created by each band member are exhibited at the show and are available for purchase. These unique prints utilize the creative vision of each individual musician/artist as well as the whole of the group, and feature paint, photographs, silk screens, spray paint and more. The 2015 tour will feature a special addition: A limited-edition 7” record featuring recordings created in collaboration by the three bands.

  • Tue July 14, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Melt Banana
    • Torche
    • Hot Nerds
    $15.00 *SOLD OUT*

    Holy smokes, what a package! Tokyo noise-rock titans MELT BANANA and Miami's TORCHE are coming to obliterate Chicago (and your hearing) for one night only. Formed in 1992 by vocalist YASUKO ONUKI and guitarist/effects manipulator ICHIROU AGATA, MELT BANANA have established themselves as one of the most formidable "noise-rock" bands in the world, melding punk, hardcore, experimental rock and grindcore into one intense and terrifyingly awesome package. The duo has released 10 studio albums and a shitload of singles, cassettes and remixes over the past 20-plus years, but they haven't played the ol' Bottle stage stage since The Year 2000. It's been a long 15 years and we can't wait for them to once again unleash their spazzy, ecstatic punishment on us tonight. If TORCHE's last album, 2012's Harmonicraft, was the Miami four-piece at their most unfiltered and progressive, then the band's newest effort, Restarter, their Relapse debut out February 24th, sees them getting noticeably heavier while taking a more straightforward songwriting approach. Don't think of "straightforward" as being a bad thing, either. "Annihilation Affair," the first single off Restarter, is aptly name -- it's a crushing, monolithic track that combines punishing rhythms and harmonic vocals with sludgey, overdriven guitars that eventually collapse under copious amounts of feedback. As Restarter stretches toward the sonic stratosphere and illustrates that the band is growing tighter and more powerful with each passing release, TORCHE continue to prove they are heavier and louder and hookier than anyone else out there.

    (SPIN)

  • Wed July 15, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Glitter Creeps presents E G O (Tape Release)
    • Dead Shakes
    • Jollys
    $5.00

    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 ninth 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 July 16, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Steve Gunn + Jessica Pratt
    • Mind Over Mirrors
    $15.00

    Venue Box Office PRE-SALE (at Empty Bottle): TUE-THU, 5-8PM
    Come by The Empty Bottle this week, Tuesday through Thursday, from 5-8pm to buy your pre-sale tickets in person - right from the venue's box office - with minimal fees! There will be a limited quantity available to each show, so the earlier you can arrive, the better.

  • Fri July 17, 2015 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

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

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

  • Fri July 17, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Ex Hex
    • Tweens
    • The Sueves
    $15.00

    Venue Box Office PRE-SALE (at Empty Bottle): TUE-THU, 5-8PM
    Come by The Empty Bottle this week, Tuesday through Thursday, from 5-8pm to buy your pre-sale tickets in person - right from the venue's box office - with minimal fees! There will be a limited quantity available to each show, so the earlier you can arrive, the better.

    EX HEX is the rock trio lead by ex-HELIUM/WILD FLAG singer/guitarist/badass MARY TIMONY. Taking its name from a solo album TIMONY released back in 2005, the trio is set released their highly anticipated full-length debut, Rips, last October via Merge Records. EX HEX's initial offering, "Hot and Cold," was described by SPIN as "a guitar-blazing come-on with fuzzed-out power-pop DNA" and they blew us outta the fuckin' water with SPEEDY ORTIZ last October. Needles to say, we can't wait to once again witness EX HEX's raw power live. We've been keeping tabs on Cincinnati trash pop duo TWEENS for a while now and we're damn excited to bring the self-described "nasty doo-wop band" back to our stage tonight for the first time since their a packed show with NE-HI back in April. Formed in 2011 as a trio, TWEENS played a bunch of local shows and released a cassette of cover songs, Live @ Mohawk, before they landed a spot on THE BREEDERS' Last Splash Tour, as well as dates with BLACK LIPS. Their debut, self titled LP, released last April on Frenchkiss, is melodic, driven and exceedingly catchy, overflowing with songs that are ferociously honest and unrelentingly fun.

    (Brooklyn Vegan) (Impose) (NPR Music) (Pitchfork) (Pitchfork) (SPIN)

  • Sat July 18, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Liturgy
    • Locrian
    • Yvette
    • Trevor de Brauw
    $10.00

    LITURGY is a Brooklyn-based, self-styled “Transcendental Black Metal” band whose yearning, energetic music exists in an uncanny space between avant rock, black metal, fine art and shamanic ritual. Led by songwriter and conceptual architect HUNTER HUNT-HENDRIX, who is joined by guitarist BERNARD GANN, bassist TYLER DUSENBURY and otherworldly drummer GREG FOX of GUARDIAN ALIEN, the band exists as a 21st century total work of art (a gesamtkunstwerk, if you will): Activating divine potencies by means of music and culture even as it underscores the contradictions inherent in such a project during the internet era. Their third full length, The Ark Work, out March 24th on Thrill Jockey, is a quantum leap forward, a radical change in sound that paradoxically sounds more like LITURGY than ever before. LOCRIAN are prophetic voices of decline. The Chicago/Baltimore trio formed in 2005, as a duo of André Foisy (guitar) and Terence Hannum (keyboards/vocals). From their beginning they comfortably straddled both the experimental and metal underground. Urban decay, environmental destruction, birth/death/re-birth, and post-apocalyptic themes weave there way throughout their releases. In 2009, the group expanded to a trio with the inclusion of renowned experimental musician Steven Hess (drums/electronics), beginning with their critically acclaimed album The Crystal World for Utech Records, a breakthrough release for the band.

    (Chicagoist) (Decibel) (Noisey) (Pitchfork) (Reader) (Reader Cover Story) (Rolling Stone)

  • Sun July 19, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Shiner
    • Tight Phantomz
    $20.00

    SHINER formed in 1992, and quickly found wide exposure, releasing a vinyl EP in 1993 and touring with acts such as SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE, CHORE, JAWBOX, THE JESUS LIZARD and GIRLS AGAINST BOYS. The group released their first LP, Splay (recorded at Steve Albini's Chicago studio) in 1996, and a second album, Lula Divinia the next year. Sub Pop took notice, and released a 7" single of the group's songs "Sleep it Off" and "Half Empty". Following this the band toured with HUM and SWERVEDRIVER 1998. A third full-length, 2000's Starless, was released on Owned and Operated, a label run by members of a band called THE DESCEDNENTS. A fourth LP, The Egg, would follow before the group broke up in 2002. This was recorded and produced at Matt Talbot's recording studio. SHINER reunited in 2012 and has played shows here and there for the past few years. Tonight will be the be the group's first show here since 2002, where they played nine times before. We're very excited. TIGHT PHANTOMZ are no strangers to turning it up to 11 and they come at us like a MILEY-splattered wrecking ball each time they hit the stage. The band's 2012 album, Silk Prison, is a monstrous, years-in-the-making blend of classic rock, metal and punk that’s easily one of our favorite Chicago rock releases the 10's (Is that how you say that?). If you've been dumb enough to miss any of their recent shows around town, be sure to show up tonight to witness the PHANTOMZ in all their eye-winking, high-kicking glory.

  • Mon July 20, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Sleepy Kitty
    • Beat Drun Juel
    • Bow & Spear
    • Beastii
    Free Monday

    Tonight's balmy Free Monday brings a bunch of old pals back to our stage and their sets will surely have you leaving in a sweaty mess as you bike your ass home at 1am. St Louis via Chicago-based duo SLEEPY KITTY return to headline the night, bringing their grungey, garagey pop that's chock full of chugging drums, crunchy guitars and catchy vocal melodies that harken back to 1960s girl groups. Brooklyn Vegan called the two-piece "a grungier and more layered BEST COAST" and it's always astounding to witness how much noise can come from these two friendly Midwesterners. Fronted by singer-guitarist PASTY FACE, Chicago rock trio BEAT DRUN JUEL (pronounced "bEEt drUHn jOOl) combine sultry vocals, slashy guitar, and gigantic bass riffs to make dark, blistering pop. PASTY's raw, emotive style blends 50s pop crooning with dissonant 90s fretwork. Ripping counterpoint by bassist JESSE GIALLOMBARDO (THE PAVER) and drummer RYAN MIERA (THE LIMBOS) give the group a postrock sound. The trio formed in late 2013 and the name comes from the title of a self-released cassette by MAR-TIE, the avant-garde grandpa. BOW&SPEAR are two dudes and a dudette and a soon to be unknown-gender-person that play bad music too loud in small spaces. Well, here's a big(ish) place for them to do it, and a big(ish) place for you all to enjoy it.

    (Midwest Action)

  • Tue July 21, 2015 9:00 pm
    • My My My
    • * repeat repeat
    • The Curls
    $5.00
  • Wed July 22, 2015 9:00 pm
    • HIDE
    • Gel Set
    • HOGG
    • Spa Moans
    $8 or Free with RSVP
  • Fri July 24, 2015 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

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

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

  • Fri July 24, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Radioactivity
    • Storm Clouds
    • Chinese Telephones
    $10.00

    Fans of MARKED MEN rejoice, for RADIOACTIVITY is returning to Chicago for some Friday night mayhem. The Texas four-piece, which features two members of that heroic punk rock group and two members of BAD SPORTS (double-duty, you say?) have picked up right where the MARKED MEN left off, providing a mix of relief and closure for those still reeling from that absence. Featuring Jeff Burke and Mark Ryan (MARKED MEN) with Daniel Fried and Gregory Rutherford (BAD SPORTS), RADIOACTIVITY came out of nowhere in 2013 and hit the ground running. The group released a monstrous LP October of that year, graced our stage the following June, and a second full length for release this summer via Dirtnap, so expect new tunes here tonight. With no need to rely on instrumental gimmicks or vocal tricks to keep anyone's attention, RADIOACTIVITY writes songs with traversing chord structures and engaging melodies that are built around the energetic ferocity and rousing pop hooks seen in their past work. The writers over at Noisey are saying that “Radioactivity’s debut album is so good that you want to listen to every song at the same time through two different stereos at once.” Wowza - sounds impossible, but we're up for the challenge. Chicago's STORM CLOUDS features members of EB faves RADAR EYES and BLASTED DIPLOMATS, but play a more jagged, emo-infected post-hardcore than some combination of their other bands. Don't expect to cry in your beers, though, as this rough and tumble four-piece soars to the rafters with their anthemic and melodic punk rawk. Your fists will pump and your legs will jump as these local maniacs return to our stage for just their third time tonight.

    (AdHoc) (AV Club) (Billboard) (BV Chicago) (NPR Music) (Noisey)

  • Sat July 25, 2015 4:30 pm
    • Empty Bottle Book Club discusses ... 'Station Eleven' by Emily St. John Mandel
    Free

    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 Saturday afternoon for a few drinks and a hearty, healthy discussion of the National Book Award Finalist Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

    An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

    One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.

    Fifteen years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek:“Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.

    Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

    (NY Times)

  • Sat July 25, 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 July 26, 2015 4:00 pm
    • Jaz Coleman: "Letters from Cythera" - Spoken Word Tour
    $15.00

    Jaz Coleman: Letters from Cythera Spoken Word Tour... discussing his personal memoirs through KILLING JOKE, mysticism, and the occult sciences. JAZ's performance will be followed by an audience Q & A.

    Letters From Cythera was written between years 2007 – 2008 in the South Pacific and outlines how the occult sciences have shaped JAZ COLEMAN's philosophical outlook expounding on his preferred system for a personalized renaissance (the supersynthesis), which consists of completing 13 separate projects or masterpieces over a five to six year period. In the following book, JAZ documents his endeavors in tackling this epic undertaking. In short, it is the antithesis of a conventional rock biography.

    Thus, Letters from Cythera is the first of two books giving a detailed account of JAZ COLEMAN's hidden history and involvement with Hermetics, Earth Sciences and the Rosicrucian tradition noting the various Kabalistic innovations that have evolved over the last 33 years (and perhaps more significantly how they have influenced his work with both KILLING JOKE and Orchestra). Letters from Cythera also covers the principles of self education, symbolism, quantum mechanics, numerology and of course, JAZ's ongoing obsession with the image of a hidden island at the ends of the earth.

    You can purchase the book and CD here.

  • Sun July 26, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Ringo Deathstarr
    • Lazyeyes
    • Tiny Fireflies
    • Panda Riot
    $10.00
  • Mon July 27, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Boxed In
    Free Monday

    London's BOXED IN began as the solo project of OLI BAYSTON, former member of indie band KEITH, songwriter for THE 2 BEARS, singer with GEORGE FITZGERALD and producer for the likes of ROSIE LOWE and THE BOHICAS. BAYSTON brings his wide array of talents and his love of Krautrock and house muisc to create something ambitious and diverse. Inspired by motorik rhythms and art-pop songwriting, BOXED IN's debut album was released in January of this year, enjoying critical praise across England and beyond, with Under the Radar claiming "Bayston comes as close as anyone in creating cerebral dance pop that works for the non-EDM dance music enthusiast as much as the experimental electronic rock enthusiast."

    (KCRW) (NME) (Stereogum) (Under the Radar)

  • Tue July 28, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Screaming Females
    • Vacation
    • Drilling For Blasting
    $14.00

    On the cusp of celebrating 10 years as a band, SCREAMING FEMALES celebrated the release of their sixth album, Rose Mountain, out February 24 on Don Giovanni Records. The band self-produced their previous releases (with STEVE ALBINI engineering their 2012 LP Ugly and the 2014 concert album Live at the Hideout) but overturned the long-standing, self-imposed rule this time by bringing in MATT BAYLES (MASTADON, THE SWORD) as a producer. Setting out with a vision so clear that it almost became a studio mantra, SCREAMING FEMALES' songs on Rose Mountain are concise, crisp and melodic, in essence creating at once their most complex and accessible record to date. They blew us away at their sold out show back in March, so expect much of the same on what's sure to be a balmy July evening.

    (AV Club) (Noisey) (NPR First Listen) (WBEZ)

  • Subterranean Wed July 29, 2015 8:30 pm
    • Screaming Females
    • Vacation
    • Al Scorch
    $14.00

    On the cusp of celebrating 10 years as a band, SCREAMING FEMALES celebrated the release of their sixth album, Rose Mountain, out February 24 on Don Giovanni Records. The band self-produced their previous releases (with STEVE ALBINI engineering their 2012 LP Ugly and the 2014 concert album Live at the Hideout) but overturned the long-standing, self-imposed rule this time by bringing in MATT BAYLES (MASTADON, THE SWORD) as a producer. Setting out with a vision so clear that it almost became a studio mantra, SCREAMING FEMALES' songs on Rose Mountain are concise, crisp and melodic, in essence creating at once their most complex and accessible record to date. They blew us away at their sold out show back in March, so expect much of the same on what's sure to be a balmy July evening.

    (AV Club)

  • Thu July 30, 2015 9:00 pm
    • C3 & Empty Bottle present an Official Lollapalooza Aftershow featuring Sylvan Esso
    • Absofacto
    $25.00

    Contrary to their mass popular appeal, SYLVAN ESSO was not meant to be a band. Only through the power of today's world wide web of interconnectivity and file sharing could a group like this be formed and, dammit, we all best thank the internet gods for it. SYLVAN ESSO is a collaboration between vocalist AMELIA MEATH and electronic musician NICK SANBORN, a duo now based in the unlikely artistic hub of Durham, NC. MEATH’s powerful voice is front and center, unjoined by fellow harmonizers as it is in her folk group, MOUNTAIN MAN. SANBORN, who plays bass in the genre-destroying MEGAFAUN, creates intricate, pulsing grooves for his collaborator's voice to inhabit. The pair’s debut, self-titled LP, out in May 2014 on Partisan Records, took the country by storm and saw the duo skyrocketing to indie fame, with appearances on Letterman and major festivals throughout the country. We pretty much can't believe we get to have them here, but it's an honor, to say the least.

    (AV Club Under Cover)

       

  • Fri July 31, 2015 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

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

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

  • Fri July 31, 2015 9:00 pm
    • C3 & Empty Bottle present an Official Lollapalooza Aftershow featuring GIVERS
    • Aero Flynn, welcomed by 93XRT
    $15.00

    In understanding GIVERS, it’s helpful to think of a constellation, a configuration of points of brightness that when placed in succession, led to the Lafayette, Louisiana-based quintet’s brilliant debut. The metaphor proves particularly useful given the name of their album, In Light (Glassnote), is a collection filled with joy and brightness, buoyed by constantly evolving rhythms, warmed by spangling guitars, and illuminated by the melodic altruism that is the band’s mission statement. In listening to In Light, it’s easy to hear what propelled the band so quickly to blog buzz, coastal tours and opening slots for DIRTY PROJECTORS and RA RA RIOT. Above all is the unrelenting positivity in every note of the record, central to the band’s polarity. It’s the joy that only the truly gracious can have, and in discussing their trajectory, they marvel at the pattern and fortune in their wake.

       

  • Sat August 1, 2015 9:00 pm
    • C3 & Empty Bottle present an Official Lollapalooza Aftershow featuring Strand of Oaks
    • Bully, welcomed by 93XRT
    $15.00

    From the first bars of STRAND OF OAKS' debut album, HEAL, the exhilarating melodic stomp of ‘Goshen ‘97’ puts you right into TIM SHOWALTER''s fervent teenage mindset. We find him in his family’s basement den in Goshen, Indiana, feeling alienated but even at 15 years old, believing in the alchemy and power of music to heal your troubles. “The record is called HEAL, but it’s not a soft, gentle healing, it’s like scream therapy, a command, because I ripped out my subconscious, looked through it, and saw the worst parts. And that’s how I got better.” HEAL embodies that feeling of catharsis and rebirth, desperation and euphoria, confusion and clarity. It is deeply personal and unwittingly anthemic. ALICIA BOGNANNO, leader of BULLY, has been cutting her teeth on the soundboards of indie clubs and studios in Nashville for the past couple of years. She's put her technical skills to use in the four-piece rock band BULLY, where she acts as the guitarist, singer, producer, and engineer. Having already opened for the likes of BEST COAST, SUPERCHUNK and THOSE DARLINS, the band is hitting the Bottle tonight to open for STRAND OF OAKS. BOGNANNO's technical abilities are apparent in BULLY's music, but it's the personal and emotional depth of the songs that make the scrappy, crunchy numbers so magnetic. BULLY's debut album, Feels Like, out on June 23rd via Columbia, is easily one of the most anticipated records of summer 2015.

    (NPR Music)

       

  • Mon August 3, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Vamos (LP Release)
    • E G O (LP Release)
    • Modern Convenience (Tape Release)
    • Foul Tip
    Free Monday
  • Wed August 5, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Lust For Youth
    • Ancient Ocean
    $10 (advance), $12

    LUST FOR YOUTH blew us away when they played the Bottle this past March -- finally, we though, someone is doing something that's powerful and strange and challenging, in all the right ways. It was weird, sure, and it made some people uncomfortable; but isn't that the point of all this noisy, aggressive punk music that the kids love so much? HANNES NORRVIDE’s early solo albums under the LUST FOR YOUTH moniker have been described as “dark, cold, atonal, tormented, lonely, and lower than lo-fi.” The approach on International has shifted dramatically. Writing as a three-piece now, with longtime live collaborator LOKE RAHBEK and new band member MALTHE FISCHER, who produces and plays guitar, LFY have entered a completely new territory. The result is stunning. International is a buoyant synth masterpiece in the vein of early DEPECHE MODE, PET SHOP BOYS and NEW ORDER. NORRVIDE’s work has always had pop sensibilities buried deep in the reverb, but the hooks are front and center on International, and there is nothing lo-fi about it.

  • Thalia Hall Thu August 6, 2015 7:00 pm
    • Total Control "In The Round"
    All Ages; $12 (advance), $15

    Due to popular demand, TOTAL CONTROL is performing an early, all ages show IN THE ROUND at Thall Hall, making this their first show in chicago in almost four years, when they toured with THEE OH SEES and played two sold out shows at The Empty Bottle. Coming to us all the way from OZ, TOTAL CONTROL is staffed by members of EB alums EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING and UV RACE. Their 2011 LP, Henge Beat is a frenetic mix of synth-post-punk-Kraut-garage-rock and has been praised for riding “the filament that splits fandom/reference/recognition with true inspiration,” by Dusted, who wrapped up their lengthy review by saying, “there’s not a lot of greatness out in the world right now. Please find it here.” The band's last album, 2014's Typical System, introduced the band to a whole new audience and had people asking, "Who the fuck are these mad geniuses?!" It had the folks at Noisey asking around, "Is TOTAL CONTROL's Typical System the best album of 2014?" Many weighed in, but the answer, in our eyes, was simple: YES. Prepare to lose your musical mind before the August heat takes you down tomorrow.

  • Thu August 6, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Total Control
    • Final Grin
    • Stacian
    $12 (advance), $15

    We never thought we'd see the day, but it hath arrived! TOTAL CONTROL is returning to our stage for the first time in almost four years, when they toured with THEE OH SEES, and we. can't. Contain. Our. FUCKING. EXCITEMENT. Comeing to us all the way from OZ, TOTAL CONTROL is staffed by members of EB alums EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING and UV RACE. Their 2011 LP, Henge Beat is a frenetic mix of synth-post-punk-Kraut-garage-rock and has been praised for riding “the filament that splits fandom/reference/recognition with true inspiration,” by Dusted, who wrapped up their lengthy review by saying, “there’s not a lot of greatness out in the world right now. Please find it here.” The band's last album, 2014's Typical System, introduced the band to a whole new audience and had people asking, "Who the fuck are these mad geniuses?!" It had the folks at Noisey asking around, "Is TOTAL CONTROL's Typical System the best album of 2014?" Many weighed in, but the answer, in our eyes, was simple: YES. Prepare to lose your musical mind before the tryptophan takes you down tomorrow.

    (Noisey) (Pitchfork)

  • Mon August 10, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Beserk Release Show: Le Tour, Absolutely Not, Rat Hammer, Swimsuit Addition
    Free Monday
  • Tue August 11, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Thin Hymns
    • Zula
    • Oshwa
    $5.00
  • Thu August 13, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Great Peacock
    $8.00

    You can call GREAT PEACOCK a folk band, but don’t expect them to make music for campfires or square dances. Raised in the Deep South and headquartered in Nashville, they’re a group of red-blooded country boys who aren’t afraid of the big city. Case in point, Making Ghosts -- the duo’s harmony-heavy, guitar-driven debut album -- whose 11 songs find the middle ground between rootsy, down-home Americana and super-sized arena pop/rock. “To us, it’s just pop music with organic acoustic instruments,” says ANDREW NELSON, who shares lead vocals and guitar duties with co-founder BLOUNT FLOYD. At its heart, Making Ghosts is a pop/rock record with folk tendencies, some country instrumentation, and anthemic songwriting anchored by acoustic guitars, super-sized drums and two inter-twined voices.

  • Fri August 14, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Mykki Blanco + Cut Hands
    $15.00
  • Sat August 15, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Homeshake
    • Sheer Agony
    • Pleasure Leftists
    • Negative Scanner
    • Split Feet
    $8 (advance), $10
  • Mon August 17, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Pale Sun Records Showcase featuring onYou
    • (ORB)
    Free Monday
  • Wed August 19, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Glitter Creeps presents : Royal Headache
    • Sheer Mag
    • Daylight Robbery
    $10.00

    Thank the rock gods! Sydney, Australia four-piece ROYAL HEADACHE are making their way to our stage! We've been waiting on these fellas for nearly four damn years, since way back in 2011 when the band released their unstoppable self-titled album and songs like "Girls" and "Never Again" had us thrashing around the bar and into the streets. Though they've been silent with "other life stuff" ever since that release and subsequent tour, ROYAL HEADACHE is armed and ready to ride once more, this time with their full-length follow-up, High. Injecting more soul and passion into their breakneck formula, High is the sound of ROYAL HEADACHE's formula - speed-addled rock combined with eternal optimism and wistful beauty - teetering betwen stability and chaos, well-aware of how unsteady their footing may be. It's a sound that will have you (and us) soaring through the ceiling, feeling all the pain and joy their songs elicit, supercharged and ready to explode once again. Tour mates SHEER MAG are another band we're damn excited to welcome to our stage for the first time tonight and they're coming to us straight outta that fruitful Philadelphia scene. With a classic rock sound and a punk rock ethos, SHEER MAG writes some of the catchiest rock & roll songs you've ever heard and, fucking hell, that voice will bring you to your goddamn knees from the very first note. The band stands poised on the brink of world domination or complete destruction. Is it Punk? Is it Rock ‘n Roll? We’ll leave that to the music “critics.” But it is punk. All the way from Pilsen, DAYLIGHT ROBBERY returns playing dark, intense and insanely catchy indie-leaning punk rock with shouty male-female vocals and serious muscle. The members of the trio have played with some of the best local and touring punk bands around and they recently recorded a new material, so show up early and brace yourself for some killer new tracks.

    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 eighth installment of this special series and we're stoked for the lineup that they've put together.

    (FADER) (Pitchfork) (Reader)

  • Fri August 21, 2015 9:00 pm
    • YAWN (EP Release)
    • Ghastly Menace
    • Courtesy
    $5.00
  • Sat August 22, 2015 9:00 pm
    • All Eyes West
    • Timeshares
    • Typesetter
    • Dog & Wolf
    $10.00
  • Wed August 26, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Del Rey
    • Pinebender
    • Electric Hawk
    $8 or Free with RSVP
  • Fri August 28, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Have Gun Will Travel
    • Garrett Klahn [Texas Is The Reason]
    $10 (advance), $12
  • Wed September 2, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Mimicking Birds
    $8 (advance), $10

    (NPR Music)

  • Sat September 5, 2015 9:00 pm
    • La Luz
    • Today's Hits
    $10.00
  • Sun September 6, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Old Man Gloom [Isis, Converge, Cave In, Zozobra]
    • Mare (Hydra Head)
    • Zebras
    $15.00

    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
    $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

    (NPR)

  • Tue September 15, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Say Lou Lou
    $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 23, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Brigitte
    $15.00

    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.

  • 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.

  • Tue October 13, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Seoul
    $10.00

    (Brooklyn Vegan) (Flavorwire)

  • Mon October 19, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Go!Zilla
    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.

  • Thu October 22, 2015 9:00 pm
    • Hammerhead
    • Qui
    • Rash [Storm Clouds, Multiple Truths]
    $10.00
  • Fri October 23, 2015 9:00 pm
    • DRINKS (Cate Le Bon + Tim Presley of White Fence)
    $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)

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

    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 will be a limited quantity available to each show, so the earlier you can arrive, the better, and it's credit card only!

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