• Fri May 26, 2017 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

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

    FREE entry & $3 Shiner Beer for all!

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

  • Fri May 26, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Happyness
    • Parent
    • Secret Bad Boy
    $10.00

    When HAPPYNESS first burst into the public conscience with 2013’s debut single "It’s On You", which was a spirited take on US college rock. Their debut full length, Weird Little Birthday, went on to feature in many of 2014’s End of Year lists. Worldwide tours, an NME Award, and a re-issue on the much-loved labels Bar/None in US & Moshi Moshi Recordings in UK, with anticipation the band finally reveal the full details of the follow-up. Their sophomore album Write In was released on April 7th through Bar/None in US. It features artwork from the band’s own Jon EE Allan. Write In sets its stall out as an outward looking, inventive, and thoughtful progression from their debut. Ahead of the album release, new UK single “Falling Down” now has an official video, a disorientating and retro 7-minute spectacle.

    Chicago's PARENT will delight indefinitely with their warped guitar-pop ditties. No matter what they try to tell you, this ain't no fuckin' kids music, brahj -- it's lysergic rock & roll that only the most twisted minds can appreciate. PARENT continues to grow with each set, so you can bet they'll leave you with your jaw on the floor once they take the stage.

    Opening the show is SECRET BAD BOY, a fresh new rock band conceived and fronted by Ben Joseph, a boy who lives in Chicago and is a continuing member of EZRA FURMAN AND THE BOYFRIENDS.

  • Sat May 27, 2017 12:00 pm
    • Stevie Nicks Belated Birthday Brunch
    $0.00

    It's a holiday weekend, so why not start the day off by listening to one of the baddest witches (for real) in music. We'll be playing only Miss Nicks over the bar speakers as you enjoy your foods from Bite Cafe and beverages from your friendly neighborhood bartender. Come fill your tummies in tribute to the Goldust Woman herself. FREE entry!

    P.S. Stevie Nicks will not be in attendance... Shocking, we know.

  • Sat May 27, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Local H
    • Blood People
    • #EB25
    $15 (advance), $20

    It wasn't too long ago that two-man rock band LOCAL H celebrated a 25th anniversary of their own - that of their very first show in 1990. LOCAL H is known for their blistering live shows and for pioneering the two-man band set-up -- frontman Scott Lucas covers both guitar and bass through an extra pick up in his guitar and drummer Ryan Harding pounds out the rest of the sound. While they have earned praise in the past for their catalog of clever concept albums, Local H are forgoing a singular theme on their latest album -- Hey, Killer (out April 2015 on G&P Records) -- turning out a non-stop blast of straight-up, hooky, guitar-heavy rock songs -- each one catchier than the last. The band’s discography includes seven other studio albums, a live album, and a bunch of EPs. Harding joined LOCAL H in 2013, after years spent playing in Minneapolis bands LEFT BRAIN HEART and BRUDER, and fit right in. His first recording with LOCAL H was a heavy, rocking reinterpretation of Lorde’s Team, title track of the EP released in 2014.

    2017 marks our quarter life crisis, and we want to celebrate with all of you! We're bringing back bands of Bottle's past for an EB25 series throughout the year. Come one, come all - let's party like it's 1992.

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    Thanks to our partners EventbriteTopo ChicoA.V. Club & Chicago Athletic Association for supporting our 25th Anniversary! #EBlovesyou

    Coming in from out of town? Book your hotel room at Chicago Athletic Association!

  • Sun May 28, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Ruby The Rabbitfoot
    • Hobbyist
    • Choral Reefr
    $8.00

    RUBY THE RABBITFOOT returns to the Empty Bottle for the first time since August 2015, bringing her southern, soul-flooded melodies all the way from Athens, Georgia. This young folk/pop  artist can sure as hell sing a hook and will make for a fun night of pop loveliness. Not many people can take something as devastating and tumultuous as a breakup and turn it into an album thick with joyous beats, infectious melodies and lyrics that spin disappointment and desolation into revelatory moments, but RUBY THE RABBITFOOT is not someone who sees things in simple black and white. On her third album, Divorce Party, she creates a vivid world that stretches far beyond just the songs – from videos that straddle the line of performance and art, to her fearless use of fashion, to the music itself, which serves as the thrilling, creative center to her unique universe. Produced by Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes, Azure Ray), Divorce Party is celebration of life after loss, and the creative renewal that comes from finding light amongst the darkness. 

  • Mon May 29, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Modern Vices
    • Ohtis
    • The Glass Eyes
    Free Monday

    We last saw Chicago five-piece MODERN VICES open for Brooklyn, NYC's ACID DAD last April and we're tickled to have em back on this here Free Monday -- the perfect way to cap off a long holiday weekend. Noir in tone, their sound resides somewhere between late '50s croon and wet garage rock snarl. Their self-recorded, eponymous, LP dropped in 2015 via Los Angeles' Autumn Tone Records and is a romantic revolution that Aquarium Drunkard says owes "more to the heritage of the Modern Lovers and the Velvet Underground than the group harmonies of the Del-Vikings or the Flamingos." OHTIS tells the tale of frontman Sam Swinson's journey through indoctrination and addiction. Each song is an in-depth, yet endlessly inviting confession from his past battles with substance abuse and the religious demons lingering from his upbringing in a Christian cult. A collaboration that began with its two founding members still in high school, the group also features the talents of Adam Pressley, who would go on to form JAMAICAN QUEENS after OHTIS initially dissolved. Now reformed and splitting time between Detroit and LA, the group's dusty, contemplative country-Americana is fresher and more potent than ever. Opening is THE GLASS EYES, a Chicago trio that have been told numerous times they sound like Neil Young... and they are proud of it. The duo's released a shitload of material in the past five years, including four LPs and a three EPs, each expanding on their "anti-love, immodest, and not carefree" approach. The most recent full-length The Ocean's Over There, saw them grow into a three- or four-piece while pairing more anthemic "rock" songs alongside quieter introspections and studio experimentations. Show up early, you don't wanna miss what these fellas pull out of their hats tonight.

  • Tue May 30, 2017 9:00 pm
    • TALsounds [record release]
    • Mukqs [record release]
    • Sam Prekop
    • Matchess
    $7.00
  • Wed May 31, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Tara Terra [record release]
    • Matthaus [record release]
    • Dan Durley [record release]
    $10 advance, $12

    Read it an weep, babies. Not one, not two, but THREE record releases on this fine Wednesday night.

    TARA TERRA, indie rock band from Chicago and Champaign, IL, doesn’t settle down. Since their debut album Daughter in 2014, they’ve toured the U.S. twice, appeared on Audiotree Live, and played consistently packed shows in their home cities. Their unique mix of dynamic guitar textures and eclectic pop vocals (think Maggie Rogers or Phox) is just the beginning, with a new album coming your way that we're partying about TONIGHT!. For now, catch their infectious indie vibes through their Daytrotter session (via Paste Magazine).

    MATTHAUS began as a project of composer Ben Montalbano of Chicago, Illinois and is a chamber folk band with roots also in St. Paul. This group aims to capture the thoughtfulness and expressivity of contemporary classical music while maintaining a place in the world of rock and folk.A fter a debut performance featuring a nine-piece ensemble, the group has continued to play with the size-and makeup of the group. Performances have consisted of Montalbano solo, as well as numerous combinations of instrumentalists. This show celebrats the relase of their debut EP, Effigy, coming May of 2017. 

    DAN DURLEY is a folk-indie singer-songwriter from Chicago who is also a member of the band THE 92's. Tonight we're cheersing to the debut of his solo album!

  • Thu June 1, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Feeltrip Records Showcase featuring YAWN
    • Sun Cop
    • Lovejoy
    • Twin Peaks DJs
    $7.00

    Tonight belongs to Feeltrip Records, showcasing a few of the talented artists on their roster. Feeltrip is an artist collective based in Chicago specializing in local music, handcrafted clothing, hand printed zines and posters and anything DIY. They hold monthly events throughout the city and work and collaborate within Chicago's vast DIY scene.

    Chicago locals YAWN have dubbed themselves “young riff-raffs with a taste for musical adventure,” while the A.V. Club describes them as “poppy and a bit out there.” They've played with the likes of MIKAL CRONIN, A LULL, and DJANGO DJANGO across the city, bringing their brand of "daredevil psychedelia" (as SPIN magazine calls it) to Chicagoans and out-of-towners alike. Their latest EP, Day Trip, was a tropical blasts of summer-time indie-rock, complete with shimmering guitars and soaring harmonies. They celebrated the release here in August of 2015 with YOKO AND THE OH NO'S & COURTESY and we're jazzed as f*@k to have them back here! SUN COP is Chicago based musician and record producer Andrew Humphrey. Humphrey specializes in a mixture of electronic, idie-rock, and psych music. His latest release, When You Hear the Drum You May Speak, drops on April 28th. LOVEJOY starts off the evening. This six-piece describres themselves as a "Soulful Psych Rock Explosion." This is their second Empty Bottle apperance - their debut happened in January of this year!

  • Do-Division Street Fest Fri June 2, 2017 5:00 pm
    • Do Division featuring ADULT.
    • Black Marble
    • Pelada
    $5 Suggested Donation

    To kick-off street festival season, Empty Bottle Presents is excited to once again book one of the two main stages at Do Division, a wildly popular gathering in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Division street is home to numerous local restaurants and shops and for the first weekend in June, between Damen and Leavitt, Chicagoans flock to this stretch of pavement to bask in the glory of an impending summer.

    On Friday, June 2nd, the first night of the festival, Empty Bottle Presents brings to the East stage: Detroit dance-punk duo ADULT with New York rock band BLACK MARBLE and Montreal electronic duo PELADA.

  • Fri June 2, 2017 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

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

    FREE entry & $3 Shiner Beer for all!

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

  • Fri June 2, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Girlpool
    • Ian Sweet
    • Snail Mail
    $12.00

    Life has been a whirl for GIRLPOOL since the release of their acclaimed 2015 debut Before the World Was Big. Shortly before the record came out, Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker relocated from their hometown of L.A. to Philadelphia, where they quickly became embedded in the local D.I.Y. scene. After a chaotic and informative year spent floating around the East Coast, both bandmates moved home to California at the start of 2017. GIRLPOOL have been seemingly everywhere at once, exploring all the world's offerings with open minds and notebooks. All the lessons they learned, about the earth and about themselves, are gathered together in their sophomore record and ANTI- debut, Powerplant.

    New York pop-rock trio IAN SWEET started in 2014 with a string of text messages. Medford was a few days away from embarking on her first tour when the driver and drummer she recruited cancelled. Medford sent IAN SWEET drummer Tim Cheney – whom she barely knew – a series of desperate messages, asking if he knew how to drum and whether or not he would be willing to take two weeks off of life to go on tour. Cheney responded soon after with a simple: “Yes.” The band's debut release via Hardly ArtShapeshifter, is celebratory purging, an album that finds humor in self-deprecation and vice. IAN SWEET’s debut interrogates capital-e Existence through a candy-coated lens, their mathy precision scaffolding the chaos of Medford’s personal neurosis and turning those anxieties into something hook-laden and relatable.

    SNAIL MAIL is the Baltimore based solo project of Lindsey Jordan. Specializing in folk, indie, and lo-fi pop, Jordan released Habit last summer.

     

  • Do-Division Street Fest Sat June 3, 2017 12:00 pm
    • Do Division featuring The Ponys
    • Girlpool
    • WebsterX
    • Hoops
    • Rays
    • Ian Sweet
    $5 suggested donation

    To kick-off street festival season, Empty Bottle Presents is excited to once again book one of the two main stages at Do Division, a wildly popular gathering in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Division street is home to numerous local restaurants and shops and for the first weekend in June, between Damen and Leavitt, Chicagoans flock to this stretch of pavement to bask in the glory of an impending summer.

    For the second, but first full day, of the street fest, Empty Bottle Presents brings to the East stage: Chicago rock legends THE PONYS, LA folk-punk duo GIRLPOOL, Indiana trio HOOPS, Milwaukee MC/Poet/Musician/Experimentalist WEBSTERX, Oakland, CA post-punks RAYS, & indie-poppers IAN SWEET.

  • Sat June 3, 2017 12:00 pm
    • SCHOOL OF ROCK performing Blockbuster Hits & The Rolling Stones
    Free

    School of Rock Chicago is a rock music performance program for youth ages 7-18. Real rehearsals, real shows, quality instruction. Students practice and rehearse for 14 weeks, and then put on a real rock and roll show at a real rock and roll venue! The Empty Bottle is proud to be the venue chosen for these talented kids to strut their stuff.

  • Sat June 3, 2017 9:00 pm
    • ADULT.
    • Plack Blague
    • HIDE
    $12.00

    Detroit dance-punk duo ADULT. return to the Empty Bottle for the first time since 2013. Whiplash synths and memorably twisted melodies combine with personal-yet-universal, occasionally surrealist vocals in ADULT.'s mutant pop songs. Their new album, Detroit House Guests, was just released via Thrill Jockey. We're itching to get a taste of those new jams IRL.

  • Do-Division Street Fest Sun June 4, 2017 12:00 pm
    • Do Division featuring Pallbearer
    • Boss Hog
    • Muuy Biien
    • Glyders
    • She-Devils
    • Ohmme
    $5 suggested donation

    To kick-off street festival season, Empty Bottle Presents is excited to once again book one of the two main stages at Do Division, a wildly popular gathering in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Division street is home to numerous local restaurants and shops and for the first weekend in June, between Damen and Leavitt, Chicagoans flock to this stretch of pavement to bask in the glory of an impending summer.

    On Sunday, the last day of the festival. Empty Bottle Presents brings to the East stage, Little Rock heavy metal quartet PALLBEARER, militant rock'n'rollers BOSS HOG, noise-rock quartet MUUY BIIEN, Montreal indie/dream-pop duo SHE-DEVILS, & local avant garde pop duo HOMME. 

  • Sun June 4, 2017 9:00 pm
    • GUN
    • Daysee
    • Alouette
    $5.00
  • Mon June 5, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Deeper
    • She-Devils
    • Warik
    • New Berlin
    Free Monday

    DEEPER returns to headling on this FREE MONDAY, after opening a monsterously successful ACLU benefit show with TWIN PEAKS. This quartet brings a fuller, more nuanced sound with a stronger focus on guitar interplay and driving rhythms. On their excellent Fire Talk debut, "Trans," released this past May, DEEPER channels the anxiety and uneasiness of modern life by weaving chiming guitar swirls to a dense climax.

    SHE-DEVILS are a indie/dream-pop duo from Montreal making their Empty Bottle debut. Their upcoming self-titled album is out in May via Secretly! Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune had some pretty dope things to say about them recently: "The Montreal duo She-Devils evoked the '70s and '80s electro-punk minimalism of Suicide and Soft Cell with an austere but riveting presentation. Audrey Ann Boucher looked like a mannequin who had just stepped out of a boutique-store window with her black bangs, red-and-black outfit and blue eye shadow. Her deadpan femme-fatale vocals took on a sinister edge."

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

  • Tue June 6, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Springtime Carnivore
    • Laverne
    • Family of Geniuses
    $10 (advance), $12

    You know the curious, almost out-of-body feeling you sometimes get when you wake up in the middle of the night, where everything seems a bit fuzzy and you’re not sure if maybe you’re still dreaming? It’s a state Greta Morgan perpetually revisited during the second half of 2015, when she was writing and recording the new Springtime Carnivore album, Midnight Room. “I was on a really jagged sleep schedule,” says the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, describing the months during which she worked on the follow-up to her critically adored 2014 debut. “It was the first time I’d ever lived by myself, and there was this bizarre feeling at night of the house being so quiet and being so totally alone. And Midnight Room came out of that.”

    Earlier in the year, Morgan went through one of those break-ups that completely topples your world. Though it was as amicable as those things can be, the twenty-eight year-old musician felt shattered. She began working on songs for Midnight Room during those strange waking interludes last summer, finding an abundance of beautiful melodies in the melancholy ether. “A lot of lyrics on the record are collaged or don’t necessarily make sense next to each other,” she says. “But I guess my whole headspace was like that for a few months. I felt like I couldn’t trust my memory completely -- like I was space cadeting through the weird space between sleeping and dreaming and waking and reality.”

    The melodies came easily, but the words were initially harder to find. So she tried a new approach for Midnight Room’s lyrics, inspired by her own disjointed thinking during those months. When an intriguing phrase or evocative image occurred to her, she wrote it down on a piece of index card. Sitting with the dozens of scraps on the floor in front of her, Morgan would rearrange the fragments until she found a way to make sense of it all. “A lot of the themes are, like, ‘How do you lovingly change a relationship?,’” she says. “How do you say good-bye to someone in a certain way and still keep him or her in your life? I feel like I was asking a lot of questions during the making of the record that I still don’t really have answers to, but at least some of the songs were exploring that territory.”

    In the interest of achieving a more cohesive sound for Midnight Room, Morgan reached out to producer Chris Coady, whose work with Future Islands, Beach House and The Orwells she’d admired. “To me, Chris’s greatest gift as a producer is creating a sonic palette for an album that really brings their songs to life,” she says. “I wanted the whole thing to feel like you’re looking through a cobalt blue glass, and to get textures that almost feel like being able to see stars in the sky. I wanted it to have this very velvety midnight blue purity to the sound, and I feel like the synthesizers that we used and a lot of the guitar tones we used evoked that kind of visual texture.”

  • Wed June 7, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Alan Licht
    • Slow Planes
    • Michael Vallera
    $8.00

    ALAN LICHT is a guitarist and composer, whose work combines elements of pop, noise, free jazz and minimalism. He is also a writer and journalist. Hailing from New Jersey, he has released many albums both as part of an ensemble and as a solo artist. For this performance, LICHT will be performing material from his latest acoustic solo release, Currents, on VDSQ.

    SLOW PLANES create music focused on the ceremonial passing of time. Using traditional folk sounds they build patient, ritual rhythms out of guitar, banjo, brass, violin, drum, percussion, and voice. Taking influence from American improvisation and classical minimalism, the six musicians create primitive dance music and engaging, hypnotic landscapes. Internal narratives and oblique vignettes swell and fall away as acoustic manipulation and repetitive movements construct a sound that feels both early American and prehistoric.

    MICHAEL VALLERA is a musician and visual artist currently based out of Chicago who has shown and performed internationally. This past January we helped him celebrate the release of his second full-lenght solo record, Vivid Flu, his first on the Denovali imprint. The record is committed to pushing the electric guitar into new territory among a latticework of samples, piano and machinic stutter. The five tracks operate as a fever dream, filled with confusions of space and the cosmic thrum of post-industrial life.

  • Thu June 8, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Tyler Childers
    • Al Scorch
    • Tim Larson
    $10.00

    Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky is a little town called, Paintsville, where the economy is dependent on the dying coal industry and a tradition of music thrives with the US 23 Country Music Highway Museum and Butcher Hollow. Carrying on the music tradition is native son and current Lexington, Kentucky resident, TYLER CHILDERS.

    Paintsville is located in the Big Sandy River Valley of Johnson County in Eastern Kentucky made famous for its lawlessness, religion, and booze, and a song about a horse thief, a rambling man, and an attempt to gain some good ol’ Appalachian self-justice is what “William Hill” is all about. Following his “Papaw” around to the Kentucky social institutions – church events and barber shops to name a few– as well as a lot of coon hunting with his dad, Tyler has heard a tale or two about the misadventures of a few good ol’ boys and he gives his own spin of these accounts behind a whisky-soaked voice well beyond his age of 22.

  • Fri June 9, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Peter Brötzmann & Heather Leigh
    • Bruce Lamont
    • Mute Duo
    • #EB25
    $12 advance, $15

    PETER BROTZMANN is a German artist, free jazz saxophonist, and clarinetist. Regarded among the most important European free jazz musicians, BROTZMANN played the Empty Bottle 14 times starting in 1997. His first album, For Adolphe Sax, was released in 1967 and immediately followed by the politically charged Machine Gun in 1968. Machine Gun, an octet recording often listed among the most notable free jazz albums, was originally produced under BROTZMANN'S BRO record label and later marketed by Free Music Production (FMP). Since then, BROTZMANN has appeared on over 100 recordings. In the 1980s he began integrating heavy metal and noise rock, performing several times with free jazz supergroup LAST EXIT. BROTZMANN currently has 16 albums to his name where he is listed as the solo performer or leader of an ensemble.

    Third round of #EB25 shows is upon us, & we're bringing back even more influential bands of Bottle's past. Come one, come all - let's party like it's 1992.

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    Thanks to our partners EventbriteTopo ChicoA.V. Club & Chicago Athletic Association for supporting our 25th Anniversary! #EBlovesyou

    Coming in from out of town? Book your hotel room at Chicago Athletic Association!

  • Thalia Hall Sat June 10, 2017 12:00 pm
    • Pilsen Food Truck Social 2017
    $5 suggested donation

    3rd Annual Mobile Food Festival to Feature Live Music Programmed by Thalia Hall, Revolution Beer, Neighborhood Favorites and More, June 10 – 11

    Purchase $20 sample ticket HERE!

    Pilsen Food Truck Social (www.pilsenfoodtrucksocial.com): As the eponymous name suggests, food trucks are the centerpiece of the 3rd annual street fest, however the attractions don’t end there.  At the 2017 edition, June 10 – 11, many other elements will help put the “social” into Pilsen Food Truck Social. 

    Pilsen’s nationally-renowned Thalia Hall is back as programmers of the live music stage, injecting a mix of fun and cutting edge music. An exclusive partnership with Revolution Brewing will give fest-goers a wide variety of fresh beer.  To round it out, the neighborhood of Pilsen itself will be showcased, with local artisans, retailers, restaurants and non-profits participating

    The Food and Beverage:

    In addition to a curated selection of Illinois food trucks, there will be craft cocktails including a margarita punch from The Punch House, Revolution beer and local eats from neighborhood restaurants. Patrons may choose to purchase the $20 Sampler Ticket on-site which will be comprised of six individual tickets that can be used to purchase a sample size tasting portion from the participating food vendors. The tickets can also be redeemed for sample or “shortie” size  beer varieties. All food and beverages will also be available for individual cash purchase. The wave one lineup of  participating vendors are as follows (more TBA):

    • 5411 Empanadas
    • Aztec Daves
    • Beavers Coffee & Donuts
    • Boo Coo Roux
    • Bruges Brothers
    • Caponies Express
    • Carnivale Food Truck
    • Chicago Lunch Box
    • Da Lobsta Food Truck
    • DonerMen (Sunday only)
    • El Jefe
    • El Patron
    • Flying Tacos
    • Happy Lobster Truck
    • Haute & Ready (Saturday only)
    • Jerk Modern Jamaican Grill
    • La Cocinita Food Truck
    • Loop Juice
    • Lucy's
    • Mike's Revenge
    • Mrs. Tittles Cupcakes
    • Pierogi Wagon
    • Piko Street Kitchen
    • Tamale Spaceship
    • The Lifeway Kefer Shop
    • Yum Dum

    Local Restaurant Vendors:

    • Azul18
    • Belli's Chicago
    • Benny's Pizza
    • Doom Street Eats
    • Dusek's Board & Beer
    • Honky Tonk BBQ
    • Reggie's

    The Music & Culture:

    The wave one bands are as follows: 

    • Escort
    • Sonorama
    • Ganser
    • Divino Nino
    • Sunjacket
    • Jovan
    • Dos Santos
    • Los Gold Fires
    • Guapachosos
    • Academy of Mexican Dance and Music
    • 606 Records

     

  • Sat June 10, 2017 1:00 pm
    • MFA: Arts of Life closing party featuring The Arts of Life Band
    • Heavy Dreams
    Free

    Since early-April, The Arts of Life has been hanging work by their artists on the walls of the Empty Bottle, as part of our quarterly Music Friendly Art (MFA) initiative that showscases art and artists from Chicago and beyond.

    Today we celebrate the organization with a closing party featuring none other than THE ARTS OF LIFE BAND, who makes danceable party music with a rock edge. It is an ongoing collaborative project between disabled and non-disabled artists in the Chicago area, based out of the Arts of Life community of artists. The Arts of Life Band performs at local events and fundraisers, and does rock concerts like the one you'll see today. Opening the show is HEAVY DREAMS, the latest loud-lyrical-pop project of Chicago artist and musician EMILY KEMPF, who's work has also graced these hallowed walls.

  • Sat June 10, 2017 6:00 pm
    • 'Mirrored' featuring Coffin Screws
    Free

    Mirrored is our monthly improvised jazz/experimental music series, conceived by Chicago musicians Syler Rowe and Bruce Lamont. Each month, we welcome a completely unique group of Chicago musicians to perform with each other on the floor in front of the Bottle stage. We took a month off in May, but we're back for the fourth installment of 2017, with the ever-morphing COFFIN SCREWS. They'll be playing two sets and will be accompanied by smooth tunes before, in-between and after, courtesy of Mr. Rowe. Mirrored goes down from 6-8pm each month right before Windy City Soul Club hits the stage. The cherry on top? It's always FREE!

    Chicago guitarist Reid Karris started the free improv project, COFFIN SCREWS, with the idea of assembling trios using a different drummer and bassist for each performance and at times choosing people who do not normally play together in an improvised setting. For the Mirrored Series he has an expanded line up of individuals he has played with in the past  in previous Coffin Screws performances as well as in other groupings.

    The Players:
    Reid Karris - prepared guitars
    Alexander Adams - drums & electronics
    Nick Alvarez - drums
    Keenan Foley - sax
    Parker Grogan - bass / guitar
    Danny Van Duerm - keys / synth bass

  • Sat June 10, 2017 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.

    No advance tickets sold - $5 cover at the door!

  • Sun June 11, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Flash Flash Comfort
    • Edgar Clinks
    • Boney
    • Creature From Dell Pond
    $5.00
  • Mon June 12, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Escort
    $12.00

    ESCORT is an American nu-disco band based out of Brooklyn, New York. Co-founded by Dan Balis and Eugene Cho, including lead vocalist Adeline Michèle, they slay the  modern, live dance music sound. In June 2006, after opting to move closer to house music's disco roots, ESCORT as launched with contemporary disco single Starlight. Three additional singles followed over the next 12 months: Love in Indigo (October 2006), A Bright New Life (February 2007), and All Through the Night (May 2007). Their fifth single didn't materialize until three years later, and by that time, ESCORT's performing lineup had  expanded to a total of 17 musicians, including horn and string sections. Cocaine Blues, realeased in 2012, also featured a new lead vocalist, ADELINE MICHELE, and served as a teaser for the band's first album, issued in November 2011. A handful of singles were self-released during 2013, 2014, and 2015 and led to their 2nd album, Animal Nature. which showed off ESCORT's remarkable knack for fusing and updating several strands of post-disco R&B.

  • Tue June 13, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Nonnie Parry
    • Blue Movies
    • Cookie
    • The Dracu-Lahs
    $5.00
  • Wed June 14, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Aldous Harding
    • Michael Albert [Thin Hymns]
    • Our Fathers
    $8 (advance), $10

    Sometimes reminiscent of 60s-era folk singers, ALDOUS HARDING's work lies in more harsh terrain than her forebears – piercing the long history of the genre with a grit and sincerity rarely encountered. Somewhat out of step with the 21st Century, ALDOUS’ music is accompanied by wry wit and tenacious gall that will see her become a true stayer in the music world. Hailing from New Zealand’s Southern port town of Lyttelton, ALDOUS has received attention and accolades from all corners of the music industry. Her self-titled debut received 4 stars from MOJO and Uncut, while UK blog The 405 hailed her a “toweringly talented song writer”.While the album was released nearly a year ago in New Zealand, it continues to thrive after releases in Australia and Europe, ALDOUS' music timelessly out of step with fleeting trends. Following the Australian release, she played Sydney & Perth Festivals and Golden Plains.

    (AV Club) (BBC Later with Jools Holland) (Brooklyn Vegan) (The Guardian) (NPR Music) (NY Times)

  • Thu June 15, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Mary Timony plays Helium
    • Noveller
    $18 adv, $20

    MARY TIMONY is an American independent singer-songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, and violist. She has been a member of the bands HELIUM, AUTOCLAVE and WILD FLAG, and currently fronts EX HEX. During this performance, TIMONY is exclusively performing HELIUM tracks in celebration of the band's album reissues.

  • Fri June 16, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Meatbodies
    • Psychotic Reaction
    • Strange Foliage
    $10.00

    Returning for the first time since 2014 is LA band MEATBODIES. Born and raised in Los Angeles, MEATBODIES are heavy, groovy, psychedelic and headbanging fun for the whole family. Some savvy rockers might recognize leader CHAD UBOVICH from MIKAL CRONIN's touring band and TY SEGALL's heavy rock trio FUZZ, but here his maniacal shredding and psych-pop songwriting take center stage. The always-poetic Noisey says "Every person involved in this deserves to be high-fived until their hands chafe and bleed" while Stereogum claims "Fans of humongous power chords, shit-kicking drums, and wildly wailed melodies must listen." Alice, the follow up to the band's 2014 debut album, was released earlier this year via In The Red Records.

  • NW corner of 27th and S. State St. Sat June 17, 2017 7:00 pm
    • Illinois Humanities and Empty Bottle Presents bring, An Evening at the Pekin Theater
    Free Entry!

    Illinois Humanities presents An Evening at the Pekin Theatre
    Featuring Reginald Robinson 
    Directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce
    Written by McKenzie Chinn
    Musical Arrangements by William Hayes

    In partnership with Empty Bottle Presents
    With generous support from the Joyce Foundation

    Sat., June 17th, 2017 
    7:00pm; FREE
    NW corner of 27th and S. State St.

    Bronzeville’s Pekin Theatre, often called the “Temple of Music,” was the first black-owned and -operated stock theatre company in the United States. The Pekin opened the first all-black show ever produced in Chicago on June 18th, 1905 to an estimated crowd of 400 patrons. Join us just one day shy of 112 years later as we reanimate history at the corner of 27th and S. State Street with an evening of ragtime-era performances by MacArthur-winning pianist Reginald Robinson and some of Chicago’s other most talented artists and musicians. 

    This live, outdoor concert will be free and open to the public. 

    Featuring MacArthur-winning pianist Reginald Robinson and his band:

    Aidan Sinclair Daniels
    Ernest Dawkins
    Dushun Mosley
    Samuel WIlliams
    Robert Griffin
    Roosevelt Griffin III
    Tracy Kirk

    Cultural Historian and Consultant: Tim Samuelson
    Production Stage Manager: Adia Alli

  • Sat June 17, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The Hold Steady
    • #EB25
    $40.00

    Wowie zowie - THE HOLD STEADY is hitting the Windy City to perform three shows in three days! In addition to their show here on 6/17, they will be performing at our sister venue Thalia Hall 6/16 and 6/17. We're calling this Chicago Seemed Wired Last Night, and will be offering many exciting options for all you die-hard fans. Merch bundles and signed posters will be offered as add ons. 

    THE HOLD STEADY is an indie-rock band formed in Brooklyn in 2004. Known for their lyrically-driven storytelling, the band consists of Craig Finn (vocals, guitar), Tad Kubler (guitar), Galen Polivka (bass), Bobby Drake (drums), Franz Nicolay (keyboards) and Steve Selvidge (guitar). The band performed at the Empty Bottle in 2005, and just last year Craig Finn performed solo via the Empty Bottle Presents stage at West Fest.

    Third round of #EB25 shows is upon us, & we're bringing back even more influential bands of Bottle's past. Come one, come all - let's party like it's 1992.

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    Thanks to our partners EventbriteTopo ChicoA.V. Club & Chicago Athletic Association for supporting our 25th Anniversary! #EBlovesyou

    Coming in from out of town? Book your hotel room at Chicago Athletic Association!

  • Sun June 18, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Land of Talk
    • Half Waif
    $15.00

    Land of Talk's second album has ten tracks and is called Cloak and Cipher. Its songs are cloaked, are ciphered, but the title is not just a description; it is a challenge, a command, a promise Elizabeth Powell makes to herself. CLOAK! she says. CIPHER! This is how hidden things may be shown, how secrets can be sung out, in golds and bronzes, to the whole howling world.

    It took ten seasons; one for each track.

    Three winters ago, Elizabeth Powell had been transported to an unfamiliar land. This was not Montreal. She was alone in a room, singing sketches into a computer, furious and lost. She was trying to keep from unraveling. When Powell was a teenager, she used to crouch beside her four-track, whispering. Now she sat with a disconnected guitar and Garage Band's automated beats, making small things: playing a single riff for two days, layering chords, murmuring melodies without lyrics. And then she stopped.

    That spring, Land of Talk went on tour. Powell escaped the empty room. She extinguished a small flame. In Hamburg, at noon, she wrote "Hamburg, Noon". But mostly Powell did not write: she issued a debut album and sang her heart out. She hid in the spotlight. Two autumns ago, Powell busted her ankle, ruined her voice, played with Broken Social Scene. This was the season David Foster Wallace died; his death mattered. Powell made an EP. It was called Fun and Laughter. It borrowed the most angry of those old winter fragments, turning them into songs. The lyrics came last.

    One summer ago, Powell returned to Montreal. On Parc avenue and rue St-Viateur, she clasped old friends. She jammed, she fell in love. Then Vic Chesnutt died, and Lhasa died, and Mark Linkous died, and Alex Chilton died. And Powell changed the melody to "Color Me Badd" so it'd have a little more of Big Star's "Thirteen".

    Cloak and Cipher was recorded at Breakglass Studio in October 2009 and January of this year. Land of Talk worked with Eoin Olaoghaire on bass, Andrew Barr on drums, members of Stars, Wintersleep, Besnard Lakes, Arcade Fire, Esmerine and Patrick Watson. The album was produced by the inimitable Jace Lasek, with Lasek's inimitable console - the same Neve board that Led Zep used on Physical Graffiti. There are rising horns and diving strings, but much of Cloak and Cipher Powell did alone: she reclaimed the solo, found the note, nailed it live off the floor. 

    - by Sean Michaels

  • Mon June 19, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Pink Frost [Record Release]
    • HAIR
    • Slow Witch
    • Scary Lady Sarah & Philly Peroxide (DJ Set
    Free Monday!

    Chicago's PINK FROST, formerly known as APTEKA, is releasing a new record and YOU'RE invited to the relesae party! Awash in captivating reverb, swirling melodies and soaring, anthemic refrains, PINK FROST lives up to the Chicago Tribune praise of the band, calling them “an increasingly commanding quartet that embraces the power of guitar drone, tribal drum and the deep, shoegaze-era swoon.” Hyped to have HAIR returning to the Empty Bottle stage as well.  If you have the chance, take a rip of that sweet sweet 7" out on Tall Pat Records from earlier this year.  Those slow burn riffs do not dissapoint. Opening is SLOW WITCH, the solo project of TOUCHED BY GHOUL's guitarist & vocalist Angela Mullenhour, and SCARY LADY SARAH + PHILLY PEROXIDE, the best pirate twin DJs this side of the Mississippi. 

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    Free Mondays at the Empty Bottle are sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon. $2 PBR drafts every Monday night!

  • Tue June 20, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Media Jeweler
    • Heavy Dreams
    • Only
    $5.00
  • Wed June 21, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Glitter Creeps presents A Benefit for Humans For Hope featuring Akenya
    • Mykele Deville
    • Sex No Babies
    $5.00

    Glitter Creeps is tearing 2017 UP! This Rock/Punk/New Wave queer night has been throwing some of the best damn parties around since bringing their party to the Bottle. Hosted and co-curated by siblings Donnie & Madison Moore of ABSOLUTELY NOT, the monthly showcase was declared Best punk-rock LGBTQ night in Chicago Reader's 2015 Best Of issue and was included in Chicagoist's Best Queer Nightlife In Chicago. Each month brings new and exciting bands from Chicago and beyond to perform on our stage and we're stoked for the lineup that they've put together tonight, which will double as a benefit for Humans For Hope, who's goal it is to help the homeless not only through donated items & fresh food, but also by bonding, breaking stigma & sharing stories.

    AKENYA is a multi-genre singer, pianist, composer, and arranger who is pursuing her dream of becoming a world-renowned, professional musician. Her music places a strong emphasis on jazz and the culmination of hip-hop, funk, pop, classical, world music, and other loves of hers. AKENYA is currently working on a full LP, Moon in the 4th, as a follow up to her debut EP, Overcome, which was released in 2010. 

    MYKELE DEVILLE is an activist, poet, and rapper native to Chicago's west side. Describing his music as "liberation rap." As stated in the Chicago Tribune, DEVILLE is "...liberating himself in rhymes and bars, confronting his childhood growing up in the Austin neighborhood by working through the demons, pressures and pain that continue to influence his life." 

    SEX NO BABIES is a DIY Chicago experimental hip-hop quartet making their Empty Bottle debut.

  • Thu June 22, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Juiceboxxx
    • Golden Pelicans
    • Vail
    • Howardian
    $8.00

    Our favorite Milwaukee maniac JUICEBOXXX is headlining this evening, bringing that noisy AMERICAN MUSIC that'll have the crowd creamin' their jeans. For those who haven’t heard JUICEBOXX before, he’s an artist who, since the age of 15, has been been barn burning all over the world with little regard for convention and a lot of guts and tension. He’s known around these parts (and all parts) for bridging the gap between classic rock and classic rap, creating his own genre of fucking killer artistry. You are in for a treat with this one, folks.

    Direct support comes from GOLDEN PELICANS! With ripping leads, raw as shit vocals, and a rhythm section that would much rather pound your face in rather than play it smart- this is ROCK N ROLL via PUNK via HARDCORE via HEAVY METAL and it's an amazing ride. This four piece just put out a 7" on Third Man Records and are releasing Disciples of Blood via Goner Records on 4/21.

  • Fri June 23, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Teen Daze + Sam O.B.
    • Fire-Toolz
    $10 (advance), $15

    TEEN DAZE (Jamison Isaak) is a British-Columbia based artist and producer. He released his fifth LP Themes For Dying Earth on February 10th through his new label, FLORA. After last year's foray into vibrant indie-pop, Themes finds TEEN DAZE returning to more ambient, electronic production with new insight. Themes is also distinct in its collaborative nature. Jamison has worked with other artists in the past, but never to this degree and expanse. 

    SAM O.B. fka Obey City has a unique energy. This soft-spoken New York native is at once a producer, deejay, label boss, tastemaker and champion of the new-New York underground. He effortless handles each role with zen-like serenity—in a lost tradition of American culture, one may have said ‘suave’. What started as casual experimentation and beat making for rappers and friends has evolved over the last 10 years into an unrelenting solo passion, resulting in a steady stream of soul-drenched bedroom music that avoids trends in favor of the enduring.

    Just as modern experimental music traces a conversation between juxtaposed traditions, live performance tactics, and software-abetted composition frameworks, the music that Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist producer Angel Marcloid makes under her FIRE-TOOLZ moniker burns through ideas and genres at a pace faster than the typical human brain can fathom. Drip Mental, her first release on Hausu Mountain following 2015's Even The Files Won't Touch You (Depravity Label), smears an untold library of mangled samples and live instrumentation into a hallucinatory vision of progressive songwriting and electro-industrial abandon.

  • Bohemian Nat'l Cemetery (Outside) Sat June 24, 2017 7:00 pm
    • Beyond The Gate feat. Body\Head
    • Diamond Terrifier Cipher
    • FACS
    $20.00

    7pm / $20 / all ages

    Join us June 24th 2017 for Beyond The Gate's Summer Solstice concert in beautiful Bohemian National Cemetery, located on Chicago’s Northwest side. The concert will take place outside near the mausoleum. 2017 marks the fifth year of the Beyond The Gate series. We are 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 and the surroundings with the respect they deserve. 

    This year, we are honored to welcome BODY/HEAD, the guitar duo of Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth / CKM / Free Kitten) and Bill Nace (Vampire Belt / X.O.4). Founded in 2011, the duo released their debut gull length on Matador Records in 2013. A powerful sonic offering that layered fractured guitar tones over foreboding vocals from Kim Gordon alongside heavy drones and loops. The New York Times’ Ben Ratliff named the album one of his favorites of the year. Their 2016 follow up, No Waves (Matador), is a selection of live recordings from their appearance at experimental music festival, Big Ears. We cannot wait to hear these dynamic tones ring out in the open air of this breathtaking setting. 

    Quartet DIAMOND TERRIFIER CIPHER makes their Chicago premier this evening, led by Sam Hillmer (Zs) and featuring the legendary Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto), Don Devore (Sick Feeling / The Icarus Line), & producer Michael Beharie. With each member originating from a slightly different constellation of underground sounds, the combination is legitimately transcendental. 

    Setting off the night is FACS, a new trio featuring members of DISAPPEARS (Brian Case / Noah Leger / Jonathan Van Herik). FACS excels at creating a unique meditative space through minimalism and repetition. Early arrival is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

    PLEASE NOTE! Parking is limited in the area surrounding the cemetery. There will be a bus upsell option available at check out. The bus picks up and drops off at Empty Bottle. Public transport, cabs, UBER, LYFT, carpooling all highly recommended. 

    Please be mindful of helping to keep the area litter free. It is because of our shared mutual respect for the grounds, and the cemetery's neighbors, that we are welcomed back each year. We applaud you in advance for being respectful. A portion of the proceeds from the event directly benefit the Bohemian National Cemetery as well as the Albany Park Community Center.

    Special thanks to our event sponsor Half Acre Beer Company!

     

  • Sat June 24, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Uniform
    • Oozing Wound
    • Running
    • The Repos
    $10.00

    NYC duo UNIFORM returns after headlining here last November. UNIFORM formed in New York City in late 2013 when old friends Ben Greenberg (HUBBLE, THE MEN, PYGYMY SHREWS) and Michael Berdan (YORK FACTORY COMPLAINT, DRUNKDRIVER, BELIEVER/LAW) realized they lived on the same street. Their impulsive collaboration quickly yielded Our Blood / Of Sound Mind and Body single. The music that Greenberg and Berdan conjure up under the UNIFORM moniker is immediate, aggressive, and even primal in form, but it plumbs untold depths. Their 2016 release, Ghosthouse, shares a basic configuration with the previous UNIFORM releases, but the tools have evolved far beyond their initial drum machine and bass synth setup. These songs have grown from a broader palette of sounds - shots, explosions, implosions, impacts, ricochets, collapse; the sounds of conflict, war, and destruction that we witness every day.

  • Sun June 25, 2017 2:00 pm
    • Empty Bottle Book Club, Handmaid's Tale Happy Hour
    Free Entry!

    Before the official Empty Bottle Book Club on Sunday, June 26th, we will be discussing the Handmaid's Tale Hulu series, the book, and it's impact on today's political climate.

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

     

  • Sun June 25, 2017 3:00 pm
    • Empty Bottle Book Club discusses "The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell"
    Free Entry!

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

    You may know W. Kamau Bell from his new, Emmy-nominated hit show on CNN, United Shades of America. Or maybe you’ve read about him in the New York Times, which called him “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.” Or maybe from The New Yorker, fawning over his brand of humor writing: "Bell’s gimmick is intersectional progressivism: he treats racial, gay, and women’s issues as inseparable."

    After all this love and praise, it’s time for the next step: a book. The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell is a humorous, well-informed take on the world today, tackling a wide range of issues, such as race relations; fatherhood; the state of law enforcement today; comedians and superheroes; right-wing politics; left-wing politics; failure; his interracial marriage; white men; his up-bringing by very strong-willed, race-conscious, yet ideologically opposite parents; his early days struggling to find his comedic voice, then his later days struggling to find his comedic voice; why he never seemed to fit in with the Black comedy scene . . . or the white comedy scene; how he was a Black nerd way before that became a thing; how it took his wife and an East Bay lesbian to teach him that racism and sexism often walk hand in hand; and much, much more.

  • Sun June 25, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The Holy Circle
    $8.00

    THE HOLY CIRCLE is the newest band from Terence Hannum (Synths), Erica Burgner-Hannum (vocals) and Nathan Jurgenson (drums).Terence, who is known for playing in the black metal-influenced/drone group LOCRIAN, takes a completely different route with THE HOLY CIRCLE, pulling elements of R&B, synth-pop, and shoegaze to create something completely new. CLRVYNT debuted "Paris," the first single off their upcoming self-titled record, and praised, "All three of their combined perspectives make for a take on the genre that's darkly enthralling... Basslines and acidic synthesizers wash together beautifully, Burgner-Hannum's voice adding another rich texture to the music. The instrumentation and singing collide, generating a fatally beautiful cacophony of synth."

    (CLRVYNT)

  • Mon June 26, 2017 10:00 pm
    • The Cell Phones
    • WAD (record release)
    • Blacker Face
    • DJ Creepy Donnie
    Free Monday

    Chicago band THE CELL PHONES return for the first time since January 20th. Some time ago, Loud Loop Press called them "a band to watch" and praised that “some bands just plant a smile on your face so big, it needs to be slapped off. THE CELL PHONES are that band.” Indeed, they are! Brimming with abrasive, bass-heavy punk and bitch’ll cut you attitude, we’re excited to have them return to the Bottle stage and we're things will have only gotten nastier. WAD IS a band from Chicago that plays punky, grungy swill. We last saw them opening for TOUCHED BY GHOUL during a Glitter Creeps in 2015. Opening is BLACKERFACE, an afropunk/punk/blues/rock act from Oberlin, Ohio now calling Chicago home.

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

  • Wed June 28, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Fitness
    • Harvey Dentures
    • Sonny Falls
    $5.00

    Chicago four-piece FITNESS headline tonight's banger with a beefed-up blend of punk, grunge, NOT garage rock and twin guitars. Push-ups? Rarely. Whiskey pulls? Regularly. Their self-titled EP, Fitness, on Weiner Records (a subsidiary label of Burger Records) was released in Summer 2015 to much acclaim and they're following it up with the Puppet Show 7-inch, out on Don't Panic Records. It continues their path of destruction and expands on what the Chicago Reader describes as "forward-charging rock melody with the help of two guitars shooting off bottle-rocket riffs.”

    Another four person rock band, HARVEY DENTURES, makes their way to the Bottle stage tonight, but it's their first time, so play nice. The band's debut release, a collection of material they call Guilt Trip, combines crunchy guitars with heart-on-sleeve songwriting and pummeling rhythms. As Midwest Action points out in their lengthy feature, "HARVEY DENTURES made a great record that kind of flew under the radar in 2016, but this album is a very pretty testament to the power of bummer pop... and their songwriting quite economically demonstrates that they know how to get their hearts broken and make the best of it."

    SONNY FALLS is the moniker of fuzzed-out DIY Chicago rocker Ryan Ensley. With three other musicians helping to make his filthy rock & roll dreams a reality, Ensley released the powerful debut, There's No Magic Left In This World, at the end of 2016 and celebrated its release at our final Glitter Creeps showcase of the year (that's December, y'all). Help us welcome Sonny and co. back to our stage.

  • Fri June 30, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Tonstartssbandht
    • Cafe Racer
    • M. Sage
    $10 (advance), $12

    Andy and Edwin Mathis White are the duo known as TONSTARTSSBANDHT. Behind the made up name (pronounced as tahn-starts-bandit) is a lifetime of synergistic sibling energy and a decade of making and releasing music together. TONSTARTSSBANDHT began in August of 2007 in their hometown of Orlando, Florida.  Soon after, Andy and Edwin moved to their new respective homes in Montreal and New York City. Montreal label Psychic Handshake shared their rock side with the Midnite Cobras 7” in March 2010. A year later, Arbutus Records, which formed in late 2009 alongside the band’s live development, released TONSTARTSSBANDHT first full-length 12” Now I Am Become, a platter of music splattering between dooming rock and choral harmony.

    In the years that followed, work and touring began to supersede that time once used for prolific recording. Their entire spring 2013 European tour was meticulously recorded each night by Andy. Entitled Overseas, and jointly released in June 2014 by Company Etc. & Arbutus Records, the double live album was the perfect document of where their creative development turned.  Full set live cassettes followed with NantesHanoi, and Christchurch. After moving back to Orlando in early 2016, their new home studio album Sorcerer was finally completed.

  • Sat July 1, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Kirin J Callinan
    $10 (advance), $12

    After spending the past few years as something of a journeyman, it comes as no surprise that KIRIN J CALLINAN’s second album, Bravado, is a creation with few boundaries. What does come as a surprise, even for those who have come to expect the unexpected from Kirin, is the stylistic direction undertaken on Bravado. With his 2013 debut album Embracism, Kirin emerged as a firebrand guitarist, pushing the instrument’s capabilities to logical extremes. On Bravado, industrial macho menace has been relegated to the side-lines. In its place? Unabashed euphoria.

    Likeminded contemporaries such as MAC DEMARCO, WEYES BLOOD, CONNAN MOCKASIN and ALEX CAMERON stand alongside iconic Antipodean voices NEIL FINN and JIMMY BARNES. It’s an act of parlaying mutual respect into creation. An overt sense of togetherness imbues Kirin’s prior exploration of sex and death with a celebratory tone, contrasting with the previous album’s isolated aggression. Amongst the exaggerated drops and sentimental balladry, a sincere form of humanity prevails. “I’m jacked on how international the record feels,” Kirin states. Bravado extends its scope beyond the locations visited during its creation. With the bulk of the album’s creation taking place in London, new elements were added during North American tours and back home in Australia. The result isn’t anchored to any geographical location, conveying a united globe in celebration.

    The over-arching tone on Bravado is defiantly triumphant. “I had a lot of self-doubt whether the timing is right,” Kirin says. “It may have been too soon a year or two ago. But I think now, more than ever, it’s a time to celebrate the good things, to celebrate each other. Not that the world is necessarily lookin’ to me for the answers… just yet.”

  • Mon July 3, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The Mountain Goats
    • Advance Base
    • #EB25
    $31.00

    If you've read the Empty Bottle book, edited by John E. Dugan & published by Curbside Splendor last June, you've read the forward was written by John Darnielle, lead singer of THE MOUNTAIN GOATS. The indie-folk band from California first played the Bottle in 1994, and this #EB25 performance will be their seventh appearance. It's obvious the critical role THE MOUNTAIN GOATS have played in the history of Empty Bottle, and we are so excited to welcome our friends back! Their 16th studio album, Goths, will be released May 19th via Merge Records

    **THE MOUNTAN GOATS have partnered with Plus 1 to add $1 to each of their concert tickets, with proceeds going to a recipient organization of their choice. This $1 has been added in to the ticket price. Plus 1 helps artistsreate ways to educate and engage  their audience about the cause through presence at shows amd  long-term outreach that lets fans know the impact they are making. **

    Third round of #EB25 shows is upon us, & we're bringing back even more influential bands of Bottle's past. Come one, come all - let's party like it's 1992.

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    Thanks to our partners EventbriteTopo ChicoA.V. Club & Chicago Athletic Association for supporting our 25th Anniversary! #EBlovesyou

    Coming in from out of town? Book your hotel room at Chicago Athletic Association!

  • Thu July 6, 2017 9:00 pm
    • A Giant Dog
    • Bleach Party
    • DJ Creepy Donnie
    $10.00

    Forging their friendships in the crucible of their Houston, TX, high school, Sabrina Ellis (vocals), Andrew Cashen (vocals, guitar), and Orville Neeley (drums) first got their start covering AC/DC, The Ramones, Joan Jett, and the finer points of the Back to the Future soundtrack at school dances under the band name Youth In Asia. Reuniting in Austin in 2008, they enlisted their pals Andy Bauer (guitar) and Graham Low (bass) and christened the act A GIANT DOG. AGD is raucous ear candy culled from the hook-driven melodies of Slade, the glammy swagger of Marc Bolan, the morbid fantasy of Killer-era Alice Cooper, and the unpredictable wit of Sparks. Sabrina and Andrew’s lyrics, equal parts brutally honest, clever, and debased, have a knack for taking their idiosyncratic depravities and making them feel universal. These songs are by, for, and about the losers, freaks, and outcasts. 

    Pile, A GIANT DOG's third LP and first for Merge Records, shows a band whose years of road-dogging have honed them into unstoppable rock machines. Their second time working with producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, White Denim, Trail of Dead) reveals Sabrina’s impressive pipes, Andrew’s sweet licks, and a pummeling rhythm section—everything is tighter, more focused, crisper.

    BLEACH PARTY formed in May 2012 and has been knocking out their surfy rock & roll ever since. Comprised of members of RABBLE RABBLE and RODEO, the four-piece was hailed for their "swinging, fuzzed-out garage" by the Chicago Reader and Chicagoist calls their single "Empty Heads" a "a fuzzy, melodic rocker filled to the brim with happy hooks." The sweaty rock 'n' rollers released their latest LP last summer on Tall Pat Records and haven't been back since celebrating its release at CUDDLESTOCK in November. Needless to say, we're tickled to have em here tonight-AH. Old pal CREEPY DONNIE DJs enjoyable music throughout the night. Git sum.

  • West Fest Chicago Fri July 7, 2017 5:00 pm
    • West Fest 2017 featuring ESG
    • Royal Headache
    • WOODS
    • Cymbals Eat Guitars
    • Durand Jones & The Indications
    • Femdot
    • School of Rock Chicago
    $5 suggested donation

    West Fest 2017 line-up sneak preview!

    ESG! Yes, that ESG.  We are thrilled to announce that the recently reunited legendary Bronx dance punk group, ESG will be performing live at West Fest. This wil be their first Chicago appearance in over ten years. Joining them will be our favorite Austrailian rock import, ROYAL HEADACHE, and WOODS, creating the ideal Sumemr zones. We are hyped to have CYMBALS EAT GUITARS joining us fresh off their tour with the Pixies. FEMDOT and DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS round out what is guaranteed to be one of our most dynamic and exciting stages of the Summer. More to be announced soon!  Additional general information below. 

    WEST FEST

    Dates: July 7 - 9 
    Location: Chicago Ave b/w Damen and Wood
    Cost: $5 donation
    Hours: 5-10pm Friday. Noon to 10 pm Saturday & Sunday
    Website: westfestchicago.com 

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

  • Fri July 7, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Palehound
    • RIPS
    • Clearance
    $10.00

    Since forming in 2014, trio PALEHOUND have taken their plainspoken, technique-heavy indie rock from the basements of Boston to festivals around the world. Creative force Ellen Kempner is revered for her distinct, whispery alto, sterling musicianship and honest, wry lyrics. The sophomore album from the Boston three-piece, A Place I'll Always Go (Polyvinyl), is a frank look at love and loss, cushioned by indelible hooks and gently propulsive, fuzzed-out rock.

    RIPS has recently released two songs Delay and Losing II from their upcoming LP (out June 16th) produced by Austin Brown of Parquet Courts fame. There is a clear 70's rock sound to the tracks that reminds me of CBGB heroes TELEVISION, though you can definitely hear Brown’s Parquet Court influence, which makes the tracks classic and current at the same time.

    We're always happy to have CLEARANCE'S nique take on throwback, indie-rock with a lo-fi vibe on the EB stage. The group released its debut LP Rapid Rewards in September 2015 via Tall Pat Records and Unsatisfied Records. Are You Aware -- another 7" released on Tall Pat -- followed in 2016. Taking equal cues from the Flying Nun school of arty guitar pop, classic British post-punk and otherwise VELVETS-indebted rock, the band mixes eras and styles with ease, resulting in a tightly focused but coolly off-the-cuff sound that appeals to rock nerds of all stripes and sizes.

  • Sat July 8, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Har Mar Superstar
    • #EB25
    $15.00

    Acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer HAR MAR SUPERSTAR (aka SEAN TILLMAN), returns to the Empty Bottle after last performing here back in 2013. HAR MAR SUPERSTAR creates R&B / Pop / Soul music in what started as a one-man show in 1999, but has grown into a full-band revue. Often noted as a premier live act, Tillmann works the crowd and earns his keep with sweat equity. His 2016 release Best Summer Ever and noteable performances at this years SXSW have proved yet again that the Minneapolis native's live show is not to be missed!

    Third round of #EB25 shows is upon us, & we're bringing back even more influential bands of Bottle's past. Come one, come all - let's party like it's 1992.

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    Thanks to our partners EventbriteTopo ChicoA.V. Club & Chicago Athletic Association for supporting our 25th Anniversary! #EBlovesyou

    Coming in from out of town? Book your hotel room at Chicago Athletic Association!

  • Sun July 9, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Royal Headache
    • Dianetics
    $15.00

    Sydney, Australia four-piece ROYAL HEADACHE are returning to The Bottle stage this evening after rocking a Pitchfork pre-party here last summer. These cats are continuously injecting more soul and passion into their breakneck formulawhich consists of speed-addled rock combined with eternal optimism and wistful beauty - teetering betwen stability and chaos. It'll have you soaring through the ceiling, feeling all the pain and joy their songs elicit, supercharged and ready to explode.

  • Mon July 10, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Woods
    • John Andrews & The Yawns
    $12.00

    The foundations of Brooklyn’s WOODS  lie in the small rear-house apartment bedroom of Jeremy Earl, who took to recording his eerily somber acoustic songs in 2005 as little more than a humble personal outlet. After two early albums and several singles which saw Earl still honing his sound, Woods released Songs of Shame in 2009 to widespread critical acclaim and offered the band a chance to develop their live sound on the back of a massive touring schedule.WOODS' latest album, Love is Love was written and recorded in the two months immediately following the election, but it’s not a record borne entirely of angry, knee-jerk reaction to what America is becoming. Instead, it’s a meditation on love, and on what life means now.

    Singer-songwriter JOHN ANDREWS released his first solo album (with his imaginary back up band THE YAWNS), Bit By The Fang, in 2015. Following a demanding 2014 schedule of writing, recording and touring with both QUILT (drums) and WOODS (keys), Andrews set up shop in his grandparents empty living room in Yardville, NJ to perform and record by himself. Warm acoustic guitars, honky tonk piano, lap steel, singing saw and fluttering violins all sing together and create this well crafted, yet comfortingly sloppy, psych-country/R&B record. A self-taught piano player, you’ll hear him maneuver around the keys with the precision of players well beyond his years. 

  • Mon July 17, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Vast Canvas
    • All Talk
    • Cass Cwik
    • Boo Baby
    Free Monday!

    VAST CANVAS is a local quartet influenced by indie- pop, folk, jazz and funk-rock genres, mashing them together to create refreshingly pulsing tracks. They last played our stage in December 2016, and now they're back headling a Free Monday! BOO BABY is the project of Chicago singer, songwriter and musician ROBERT SALAZAR. Combining experimental bedroom pop with more traditional folk songwriting and meandering, improvised lyrics, BOO BABY will charm the pants right off your legs.  Dumpster Tapes artist CASS CWIK, returns  with his beachy spin on the jangly DT garage we all know and love. We can't wait! 

  • Tue July 18, 2017 9:00 pm
    • In The Valley Below
    • Flagship
    $15.00

    IN THE VALLEY BELOW - Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob - meld adventurous art rock, squelchy synth pop, harmony-laden Americana, and woozy blues into something altogether different: stylistically elusive, yet oddly inclusive. Her loaded purr cajoling his weathered inflections, they craft gauzily compelling music at once introverted and all-embracing. The duo's debut album, The Belt, dropped in 2014. It is a mysterious, mesmerized and relentlessly melodic record that bares powerful tales of lust, loss and faith like open wounds, while hinting at hidden meanings. Indie rock duo FLAGSHIP are on a mission to make music that stirs up feelings, creates an atmospheric vibe, and makes you feel an array of emotions amidst a moving soundscape of timeless rock and roll.

  • Thu July 20, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Planning For Burial
    • My Empty Phantom
    • Trevor de Brauw
    $8.00

    PLANNING FOR BURIAL simultaneously straddles the line between being completely nostalgic and futurist sounding. This product of a single wunderkind takes healthy obsessions with certain influences and filters them through a droning, gloomy spyglass that evokes only the most concrete blues (the emotion not the music) this side of the gray waters of the Atlantic.

    MY EMPTY PHANTOM is the solo effort of multi instrumentalist Jesse Beaman. 
    Jesse Beaman is a concert performer, film composer, writer and visual artist based out of Austin, Texas. The music he creates crosses into genres such as ambient, neoclassical, visual and experimental. Over the years he's embarked on a solo career in recording studios, scoring films/tv/advertisements and performing concerts around the world in Europe, North America, Latin America, Australia and Asia.

    TREVOR DE BRAUW is a Chicago musician who's known as one of the guitarists in sludge-metal titans PELICAN, as well as powerambient offshoot CHORD and new-ish instrumental power trio RLYR. DE BRAUW returns with solo material that reaches more for shimmering lights than doomy darkness, building layers of droning, pulsing guitar loops that gently push each piece along.

  • Fri July 21, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The Hecks
    • Taiwan Housing Project (Kill Rock Stars)
    • Mountain Movers (Trouble In Mind)
    • Trouble In Mind DJs
    $5.00

    THE HECKS are a rock ensemble set on reviving short-form songs with heterophonic jabs from their busted, misstrung guitar collection. Their enduring interest is in the manipulation of form-based musical tropes, which yields succinct but engaging bursts of sculpted pentatonic structure, sleek and textured instrumental passages, or atonal rhythmic nonsense.

    TAIWAIN HOUSING PROJECT, a collaboration between Mark Feehan, of Harry Pussy, and Kilynn Lunsford of Little Claw. Membersinclude: Pat Ganley (Drums), Adam Cooper (Bass), Kevin Boyer (Keys), Kevin Nickles (Sax), Donald Bruno (Percussion, Noises), Gwen Rooker (Jack of All Trades).

    Watching THE MOUNTAIN MOVERS progression over the course of the past decade has truly been a treat. The band produced three albums and several singles of polished indie rock in this incarnation.The band's sixth, eponymous album Mountain Movers, is bookended by two long-form jams with three perfect, crystalline pop songs sandwiched in between, mirroring both aspects of the band & representing the most fully realized recorded representation of the band's live show to date. Expect it to surface in May 2017 on Chicago's Trouble In Mind Records.

  • Tue July 25, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Ultimate Painting
    • Ryley Walker + Bill MacKay
    $12.00

    ULTIMATE PAINTING, the duo of Jack Cooper and James Hoare, is back for the first time since releasing their new album, Dusk, out last September via Trouble In Mind. Recorded to tape by James in his East London flat and home studio, Dusk is the third album from the London-based duo, a ten song set that expands the group’s sound from their self-titled debut and their critically acclaimed sophomore effort, Green Lanes. Today, the band shares the first single, “Bills,” a track which dives head-first into a crystalline pool of jangle.

    ULTIMATE PAINTING is lucky enough to be comprised of two singular voices in Jack Cooper and James Hoare, who met when on tour together with their other bands MAZES and VERONICA FALLS. The pair’s distinctive songwriting styles began to blur with Green Lanes, but on Dusk it’s hard to tell where Cooper ends and Hoare begins. Their tunes weave in and out of each other like the duo’s respective six-strings, spiraling around each other in a laconic dance.

  • Sat July 29, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Absolutely Not (LP release)
    • Negative Scanner
    • Montrose Man (LP release)
    $5.00

    Returning to our stage are our old friends ABSOLUTELY NOT, who are always a god damn pleasure. Even more of a pleasure is when they release a new record and we celebrate it here, which is exactly what is happened! They released a killer new single last Novemeber titled Programmed via No Trends Records, which indicates just a taste of the amazingness we should expet from this trio's new release. ABSOLUTELY NOT plays it fast and makes it fun, without ever taking themselves too seriously. Prepare to get wet & wild with em tonight. Old EB pals NEGATIVE SCANNER are returning to kick this evening into gear. This band emerged like a Phoenix from the ashes of Rebecca Flores and Tom Cassling’s former band, TYLER JON TYLER. Partnering with Nick Beaudoin and Matt Rivers, they’ve formed a dark and noisy punk combo that's put the underground demons of this fair city under its spell. New-ish local band MONTROSE MAN are a trio of hard-as-hell, post-everything punk rockers that also celebrate the release of a record tonight, Lazy Looker, their debut LP.

    (NPR Music)

  • Sun August 6, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Inter Arma
    • Pyrrhon
    $10 (advance), $12

    INTER ARMA‘s music resists generalization and categorization, but if there’s one thing that’s consistently true, it’s that the VA quintet possesses an unparalleled sense of scope. Few artists today accurately convey the complexity that INTER ARMA (Latin for “in times of war”) does – the band creates terrible and often hauntingly beautiful portraits of humanity through music that is deeply organic yet still mystical and modern. The band's raw, uninhibited approach merges doom metal, psychedelic sludge, black metal, prog and more, and over the course of the last ten years, has established the band as a uniquely innovative force in contemporary extreme metal.

    Two years after The Cavern, INTER ARMA returned last year with their heaviest and most multifaceted work to date. Paradise Gallows, their third release on Relapse, is more than an hour of lush, colorful melodies and textures blended with the heaviness of the Earth’s impending death. Like the band’s previous works, the new album is direct and foreboding while maintaining a nuanced, artful perspective. INTER ARMA‘s signature palette of dissonant high-end and abyssal low-end has been augmented with swathes of thick, impressionistic melody that lend Paradise Gallows a truly biblical sense of scale, both lyrically and in terms of the album’s sonic content. Harsh and acoustic passages (including the band’s first-ever foray into clean vocals) spar with complex rhythmic structures across nine sweeping tracks of expansive, progressive heaviness. Dense, funereal, and richly evocative, Paradise Gallows is a rich blend of doom, post-metal, sludge, and black and death metal, and is a singular and powerful new addition to the band’s already monumental discography.

  • Fri August 11, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Million Tongues Festival 2017 2-Day Pass : Heron Oblivion
    • Narita of High Rise
    • Charalambides
    • Mark Fosson
    • ONO
    • Itasca
    • Fursaxa
    • Spires That In The Sunset Rise
    $20.00

    Since 2004, musician, artist and historian Plastic Crimewave aka Steve Krakow of Galactic Zoo Dossier/Secret History of Chicago Music/etc has curated the celebrated Million Tongues Festival. The fest has included international folk, experimental, psychedelic, and underground musical artists from as far away as Japan and the UK. Million Tongues spanned over several days at Ukrainian Village’s Empty Bottle in the early aughts, then mostly turned into one-night events. For the club's 25th Anniversary, the two day summer festival is reborn, featuring many alumni who don't appear live often these days.

    MEG BAIRD played in '04 with chamber-acid-folk ensemble ESPERS, but her new explosive/sublime ensemble HERON OBLIVION (Sub Pop) with Ethan Miller and Noel Von Harmonson of COMETS ON FIRE make their Mil Tongues – and Bottle – debut. SPIRES THAT IN THE SUNSET RISE are no strangers to the fest or the EB stage with their pagan-like sonic odes (the duo now live in Madison and NY). Cosmic chanteuse FURSAXA returns, leaving her off-the-grid Philadelphia forest home to play her first show in Chicago in many years, as does TX transcendent soundscape duo CHARALAMBIDES, who played MT three times!

    New to Million Tongues is NARITA of legendary Japanese psychedelic punks HIGH RISE, who changed the entire course of the underground musical landscape in the late 80s with their blown-out-beyond-comprehension biker-speed riff-mania. In this EXTREMELY RARE USA appearance (NARITA has not played over here in over 20 years), the absolutely slaying acid-guitar king will be backed by members of LA's OVER GAIN OPTIMAL DEATH, who freely admit to worshiping the man. If you miss his appearance, you will be crying grimy psychedelic tears for the rest of your miserable life.

    Making his Chicago debut after a 40 year-plus career is fingerstyle guitar god MARK FOSSON, who caught the ear of JOHN FAHEY in the 70s. His lost LP wasn’t issued until the inimitable Drag City finally put out his Lost Takoma Sessions in 2006 and we’re lucky enough to have a new LP just two weeks before his MT appearance. Aptly titled Solo Guitar, it’s being released by the lovely folks at Drag City Records on July 28.

    Also new to the festival is the widely-lauded, delicate LA songwriter ITASCA (aka Kayla Cohen), who’s stunning 2016 album, Open To Chance (Paradise of Bachelors), was a favorite among record snobs around town. Cohen has toured around the globe and performed with the likes of RYLEY WALKER, DANIEL BACHMAN & more. Last but certainly not least, no freak in Chicago should be unfamiliar with the mighty ONO, whose resurrection after a few obscure 80s albums has been nothing short of miraculous. Garnering press and accolades galore, the new/no wave/anti-music/gospel unit never leaves audiences disappointed.

    It’s all going down the second weekend of August – Fri, 8/11 & Sat, 8/12 – right after that behemoth Lollapalooza steamrolls in and out of Chicago. A welcome respite for Chicago’s more adventurous listeners and about 10x more affordable, tickets are just $12 per night, with a limited number of $20 2-day passes available and on-sale Wednesday, May 24th at 10am.

  • Fri August 11, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Million Tongues Festival 2017 Night 1: Narita of High Rise
    • ONO
    • Itasca
    • Spires That In The Sunset Rise
    $12.00

    Since 2004, musician, artist and historian Plastic Crimewave aka Steve Krakow of Galactic Zoo Dossier/Secret History of Chicago Music/etc has curated the celebrated Million Tongues Festival. The fest has included international folk, experimental, psychedelic, and underground musical artists from as far away as Japan and the UK. Million Tongues spanned over several days at Ukrainian Village’s Empty Bottle in the early aughts, then mostly turned into one-night events. For the club's 25th Anniversary, the two day summer festival is reborn, featuring many alumni who don't appear live often these days.

    New to Million Tongues is NARITA of legendary Japanese psychedelic punks HIGH RISE, who changed the entire course of the underground musical landscape in the late 80s with their blown-out-beyond-comprehension biker-speed riff-mania. In this EXTREMELY RARE USA appearance (NARITA has not played over here in over 20 years), the absolutely slaying acid-guitar king will be backed by members of LA's OVER GAIN OPTIMAL DEATH, who freely admit to worshiping the man. If you miss his appearance, you will be crying grimy psychedelic tears for the rest of your miserable life.

    Also new to the festival is the widely-lauded, delicate LA songwriter ITASCA (aka Kayla Cohen), who’s stunning 2016 album, Open To Chance (Paradise of Bachelors), was a favorite among record snobs around town. Cohen has toured around the globe and performed with the likes of RYLEY WALKER, DANIEL BACHMAN & more. No freak in Chicago should be unfamiliar with the mighty ONO, whose resurrection after a few obscure 80s albums has been nothing short of miraculous. Garnering press and accolades galore, the new/no wave/anti-music/gospel unit never leaves audiences disappointed. SPIRES THAT IN THE SUNSET RISE are no strangers to the fest or the EB stage and they open the festival with their pagan-like sonic odes (the duo now live in Madison and NY). STITSR feature a harmonium, guitar, slide, banjo, bowed psaltery, cello, flute, autoharp, spike fiddle and mbira while toying with folk traditions but never fully embracing its stylings. 

    The weekend festival is all going down the second weekend of August – Fri, 8/11 & Sat, 8/12 – right after that behemoth Lollapalooza steamrolls in and out of Chicago. A welcome respite for Chicago’s more adventurous listeners and about 10x more affordable, tickets are just $12 per night, with a limited number of $20 2-day passes available and on-sale Wednesday, May 24th at 10am.

  • Sat August 12, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Million Tongues Festival 2017 Night 2: Heron Oblivion
    • Charalambides
    • Mark Fosson (Drag City)
    • Fursaxa
    $12.00

    Since 2004, musician, artist and historian Plastic Crimewave aka Steve Krakow of Galactic Zoo Dossier/Secret History of Chicago Music/etc has curated the celebrated Million Tongues Festival. The fest has included international folk, experimental, psychedelic, and underground musical artists from as far away as Japan and the UK. Million Tongues spanned over several days at Ukrainian Village’s Empty Bottle in the early aughts, then mostly turned into one-night events. For the club's 25th Anniversary, the two day summer festival is reborn, featuring many alumni who don't appear live often these days.

    MEG BAIRD played in '04 with chamber-acid-folk ensemble ESPERS, but her new explosive/sublime ensemble HERON OBLIVION (Sub Pop) with Ethan Miller and Noel Von Harmonson of COMETS ON FIRE make their Mil Tongues – and Bottle – debut. Cosmic chanteuse FURSAXA returns, leaving her off-the-grid Philadelphia forest home to play her first show in Chicago in many years, as does TX transcendent soundscape duo CHARALAMBIDES, who've played MT three times!

    Making his Chicago debut after a 40 year-plus career is fingerstyle guitar god MARK FOSSON, who caught the ear of JOHN FAHEY in the 70s. His lost LP wasn’t issued until the inimitable Drag City finally put out his Lost Takoma Sessions in 2006 and we’re lucky enough to have a new LP just two weeks before his MT appearance. Aptly titled Solo Guitar, it’s being released by the lovely folks at Drag City Records on July 28.

    The weekend festival is going down the second weekend of August – Fri, 8/11 & Sat, 8/12 – right after that behemoth Lollapalooza steamrolls in and out of Chicago. A welcome respite for Chicago’s more adventurous listeners and about 10x more affordable, tickets are just $12 per night, with a limited number of $20 2-day passes available and on-sale Wednesday, May 24th at 10am.

  • Mon August 14, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Ex-Cult
    $10.00

    Our run of blazing August shows with top-notch touring acts continues tonight with Memphis punks EX-CULT, headlining their first show here since October 2015. 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 past few LPs, Midnight Passenger, out on Goner in April 2014, and last year's Negative Growth, their first for In The Red. This seasoned five-piece play ripping punk rawk 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.

  • Thu August 24, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Actress
    • Elysia Crampton
    $15.00

    ACTRESS is the alias of producer Darren Cunningham, who has released some of the least predictable categorization-defying electronic dance music of the 2000s.  Since debuting with the No Tricks 12" on his own Werk Discs label in 2004, ACTRESS juggled a diverse array of inspirations -- including early-'80s funk and electro, art rock, raw and classicist house, and noise -- while putting a fresh, challenging spin on them. Cunningham's reputation was solidified through Hazyville, released on Werk in 2008, and 2010's follow-up Splazsh for Honest Jon's, as well as remixes of tracks by a select list of fellow producers. In 2012, ACTRESS released his third album, R.I.P, his most abstract and singular work to that point. The producer's fourth album, 2014's Ghettoville, was released with support from Ninja Tune

    ELYSIA CRAMPTON is an American experimental electronic musician. Her work is known for taking heavy detail in exploring Latinx culture, queer identity and its historic roots, subversion of macho cultural tropes, South American spirituality, naturalist themes, and frequent utilization of samples from varied sources.

  • Thu September 28, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Cold Waves VI Kickoff Event featuring MC 900 FT Jesus
    • Gost
    • DJ Bud Sweet
    $25.00

    Cracknation Presents: COLD WAVES VI! COLD WAVES is a celebration of Chicago’s relationship with industrial music, the memory of a fallen brother, and a fundraiser for suicide prevention charities. More info on the festival can be found here.

    This show serves as the festival's kick-off. Full weekend lineup/ticketing options can be found here.

    One of the earlier hip-hop/industrial crossover artists (along with Consolidated and Meatbeat Manifesto), MC 900 FT JESUS debut album Hell with the Lid Off was released in 1990 featured DJ Zero (Patrick Rollins) and the single "Truth is Out of Style" which gained a cult following. The following year Welcome to My Dream was released. His subsequent single, "The City Sleeps", was featured in the album in which explored the mind of a serial arsonist. The song sparked controversy in Baltimore when a then ABC affiliate, WJZ, ran a report suggesting that a series of arson in the area was a result of WHFS allowing the song play time. MC900's final album,One Step Ahead of the Spider was released in 1994; it contained the single "If I Only Had a Brain", which increased exposure from the music video directed for it by Spike Jonze.  Griffin officially retired in 2001, and 15 years latr, on November 26, 2016, Mark Griffin announced via Facebook that he was set to perform a show at The Kessler Theater in Dallas in hopes of kick-starting a tour as well as a possible fourth album with his former label Nettwerk of which had approached Griffin about. On February 3rd, the quartet played a sold-out concert performing several of the MC 900 songs, receiving a rapturous ovation. 

    GOST is an 80's, electronic, house dark dreamwave project out of Hell...Michigan, that is. "And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim, and made Baalberith their god.Directed and commanded by another power. The power of darkness, which many people do not believe exists. The power of the Devil. The power of Satan. The power of Baalberith."

    DJ BUD SWEET will be spinning dark, grimey, apocalyptic records all the dark grownups love throughout the night.

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