• Mon October 24, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Permanent 10-Year Anniversary
    • Running
    • Counter Intuits
    • Matchess
    • Nude Attitude + No Dreams
    • Trouble In Mind DJs
    Free Monday

    What do we do when our friends at Permanent Records turn 10? Throw a noisy-ass party like we always do, that's what. Headlining this evening is RUNNING, a trio who are certainly no strangers to our stage/bar/green room. A few years ago, these fellas caught the ear of THEE OH SEES' very own 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 Chicago and beyond, as as their latest slab of wax, Wake Up Applauding. As Castle Face once said themselves: They play with their food before they eat…flay into a terse punk trance, a Kraut-beat psycho riff for ages, mesmerize or terrorize…but invariably they unleash The Sound upon us just when it seems most likely to bring back your lunch. COUNTER INTUITS are an off-kilter Cleveland/Columbus, OH-based lo-fi noise-pop group that features punk hero RON HOUSE, formerly of THOMAS JEFFERSON SLAVE APARTMENTS, and JARED PHILLIPS of TIMES NEW VIKING. They're playing our stage for the first time since headlining the HoZac Blackout Fest Art Show back in 2014 and we're tickled to have em back for another Bottle rager. Minimal synthstress, violist and singer WHITNEY JOHNSON, returns for a sonic conjuring as MATCHESS, her solo project that opened for HEALTH just one month ago. On record and in a live setting, JOHNSON bewitches listeners with a set of sparse rhythms, synthetic melodies, squealing guitar lines and heavily-affected vocals that combine to create an alien, futuristic sound. Be sure to snatch a copy of her excellent 2016 record, The Rafters, which was released on Austin's Monofonus Press this past June. Opening is a rare collaboration featuring two local noise/electronic porjects, NUDE ATTITUDE & NO DREAMS, which both feature membes of the esteemed RECTAL HYGIENICS. Trouble In Mind Records' own BILL ROE, a former Permanent employee, will be spinning real-life records from the Piano DJ Booth throughout the night. Family!

  • Tue October 25, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Peelander Z
    • Birthday Suits
    • Touched By Ghoul
    • Peeling

    Last-minute headliners PEELANDER-Z are coming back to us! The heroic, New York-based punk/rock/pop/100% party band, originally from Planet Z, hasn't crash-landed into our stage in over five years, but we've dusted off are space suits and are ready ROCK with them once again. Expect insanity and fireworks and audience participation unlike anything you've ever seen. As Peelander Yellow will tell you, "Do human bowling with us. Do limbo dancing with us. Do karaoke competition with us. Hit our cowbell with us... Don't be shy, give us your smile! We can beat your stress! See you at our show!" Yeah! See you at the show! You can bet w're damn excited to welcome back insanely awesome Minneapolis-based duo THE BIRTHDAY SUITS. Utterly bombastic and entirely unhinged, their music is more high-kick inducing than VAN HALEN's only #1 single and in 90 seconds manage to create a more crushing riff than most bands can muster in twice the time. Fantastically-named Chicago band TOUCHED BY GHOUL return to our stage to play second at tonight's super-friendly nonstop-rock explosion. The four-piece brings disturbingly addictive tracks that have made it onto their upcoming debut LP soon. We imagine they'll bring the darkness with em tonight and can only hope we'll get the new tracks alongside those burners we know and love. PEELING is a psychedelic noise-punk five-piece out of Toronto, composed of members of well-known bands MEXICAN SLANG, DILLY DALLY, & ODONIS ODONIS. They recently released their debut EP, Rats In Paradise, on the most-excellent Buzz Records and are quickly on the rise. As FADER aptly pointed out, "Toronto does it again." Keep an eye on these kids and don't miss em tonight.

    (Noisey) (FADER)

  • Wed October 26, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Itasca
    • Moon Bros
    • The Lawrence Peters Outfit

    KAYLA COHEN, a.k.a. ITASCA, is a folk guitarist and songwriter from the state of New York. We last saw here nearly two years ago, when she opened for CELESTIAL SHORE and AVA LUNA. Cohen began recording at home as ITASCA after moving to Los Angeles in 2012, taking inspiration from the fringe's of LA's open space and natural land. Her newest album, Open to Chance, is getting released on Paradise of Bachelors at the end of September. NPR says of Cohen's latest, "The mellow glow [her music] generates is reason enough to want to bask in its evanescent light for as long as life’s harsher aspects can conceivably be held at bay.” Come get your glow on! Opening this evening is MOON BROS, 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.

    (Folk Radio U.K. First Listen) (Rookie)

  • Thu October 27, 2016 9:00 pm
    • White Lung
    • Flasher
    • Horrible

    WHITE LUNG's approach and line-up have changed since the band started in Vancouver at the end of the aughts, but the ethos and core line-up has remained the same since William, a devotee of Johnny Marr that “plays with the speed of an 80s hardcore dude,” asked lead singer Mish Way and drummer Anne Marie Vassiliou if he could join their band after the original guitarist bolted. (Which was a surprising request, since they knew him a drummer. “He came and played and was amazing and we were like ‘how the hell? this guy plays guitar?’”) Simply put, Way doesn’t give a shit what you might think about her, and you can deal with her opinion or you can go listen to one of thousands of other singers that can’t be bothered to have a stance on anything. Making their Empty Bottle debut tonight is FLASHER, a trio from Washington, DC consisting of childhood friends Emma Baker (drums),Taylor Mulitz (guitar+vocals), and Daniel Saperstein (bass+vocals). After nearly a decade of cutting their teeth on a handful of different projects in the DC DIY scene, FLASHER formed in late 2015. They released their debut 7 song self-titled EP on Sister Polygon Records in April 2016. Word on the street is theres guys throw a raging live performance. Prepare yourself! Hard rocking Chicago four-piece HORRIBLE opens with their blown-out, anthemic punk rawk that sounds like something DANZIG might've thrown up after pumping weights with The Governator in a futuristic wasteland. With their latest release But Is It Music, Really?, dropped earlier this month, we are further assured that HORRIBLE will be bringing big things for years to come.

  • Fri October 28, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers

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

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

  • Logan Square Auditorium Fri October 28, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Mucca Pazza
    • Santah
    • DJ Handclap
    $20 (advance), $25

    Empty Bottle Presents is pleased as punch to welcome MUCCA PAZZA along with Santah to the Logan Square Auditorium on October 28th. Mucca Pazzza, the thirty-some piece group of rag tag musicians have put on some of the most astounding, chaotic and memorable shows we’ve seen with members perched atop the bar and cheerleaders literally swinging from the rafters. Their raucous, gypsy flavored brand of punk rock complete with a gaggle of trombones, trumpets, woodwinds, cheerleaders and freaks are sure to give you a life-changing performance, and we ain't mad or sorry about it.

    Kicking off the evening will be the eclectic sounds of DJ Handclap.  On top of it all, host Madame Night will be leading us through a COSTUME CONTEST, a SAX-RIFICE, and a DANCE CONTEST!  


    MUCCA PAZZA assembled itself in the parking lot of a Chicago steel mill in 2004. Combining street theater and marching band instincts with avant-garde and rock band sensibilities, the twenty-odd piece ensemble built a cult following in the local underground music scene. Unconstrained by the rock venue format, MUCCA PAZZA marched into the city's world-class Millennium Park, becoming something of an unofficial Chicago mascot. MUCCA PAZZA went national just as the renegade marching band community blossomed into a full-fledged musical movement.

    With mismatched uniforms, improvised marching maneuvers, speaker helmets and deconstructed cheer-leading, MUCCA PAZZA trail-blazed the 'weird as we wanna be' theatrical and visual aesthetic, while exhibiting real musical talent, playing mostly through-composed original compositions that tend to land somewhere between Zappa and Morricone. Atonal harmonies, odd time signatures and labyrinthine melodies are as likely to pop up as sweet brass chords, catchy whistlers and solid grooves.

    Opening this even is SANTAH,  A psychedelic dream–pop band that has been successfully transplanted from the Champaign-Urbana music scene in recent years, featuring beautiful harmonies from the brother/sister guitarists that only those good ol' blood ties can provide. Their latest release, the Awwh Man EP, has the band creating synthesized sounds with sharp guitar/synth tones combined with stark moments that let the bass, drums, and singers get personal.

  • Fri October 28, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Nick Hook
    • Nadus
    • Kool Hersh

    Nick Hook is NYC’s waviest resident: an in-demand collaborator, producer extraordinaire, and all around provider of vibes who’s lent his touch to projects from Run The Jewels, A$AP Ferg, Hudson Mohawke, and countless others, all while building a creative community around his Space Pit studio in Greenpoint. Now the redheaded kingpin steps forward with his Relationships LP on Fool’s Gold, a full album of collaborations that are unconventional, unexpected and all-the-way live (literally: each song was recorded in-person with Nick behind the boards, a refreshing move in the email verse era)."

    It's safe to say that New Jersey, and specifically Newark, has not been shown in the best light in the public eye. With extremely high crime, murder and unemployment rates, NADUS seems to bring light and a positive message from within a city fighting to rise above this stigma. 22-year-old Nadus Bright, Jr is a true cultural product of his city. He's used the negative surroundings of his upbringing to shed a positivity light from his neighborhood to global appeal. The THREAD co-founder, Jersey Club and future bass pioneer, was co-signed as a Brick Bandits member at the young age of 15. With support from G's like Diplo, Dirty South Joe, Sliink, Tim Dolla, it's time for NADUS' story of life, music, and triumph to shine Bright.

    Chicago DJ KOOL HERSH kicks off the evening!

  • Sat October 29, 2016 6:00 pm
    • 'Mirrored' Series featuring SWAM (Ryan Packard, Andrew Clinkman & Alec Watson)
    • Skyler Rowe & Jonathan Van Herik

    We're excited to welcome back our new monthly jazz series, conceived by Chicago musician Syler Rowe and Bruce Lamont. Mirrored is a mash up of jazz musicians that play with/against/together on the floor in front of the Bottle stage. For this second installment, we welcome the trio SWAM, which will feature percussionist RYAN PACKARD, guitarist ANDREW CLINKMAN and pianist ALEC WATSON. They'll be preceded by the rare and exciting drums/guitar duo of SKYLER ROWE and JONATHAN VAN HERIK. Mirrored will be taking place from 6-8pm each month right before Windy City Soul Club hits the stage. Better yet, it's FREE!

  • Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Sat October 29, 2016 8:00 pm
    • Nikki Lane (live)
    • Dam-Funk (DJ set)

    Empty Bottle Presents is proud to be back at the Chicago Athletic Association on Saturday, October 29th, bringing a performance by modern-country artist NIKKI LANE as well as a end of night DJ set from Los Angeles funk purveyor Dam-Funk as part of the hotel's Step Into The Dark Halloween Party. In addition to the musical performances, presented in the hotel’s original gymnasium Stagg Court, the evening features curious discomfort and interactive installations, confronting one with a warped sense of their own existence, and the eerie awareness that every movement is being observed by an otherworldly entity. More info on the full event can be found  HERE.


    Like a modern-era Wanda Jackson, NIKKI LANE turns the vulnerable singer-songwriter stereotype on its ear, crafting songs that crucify ex-boyfriends and have no problem with one-night stands as long as she can bolt town right after. Her cooing-yet-brutal vocals are a perfect fit with an aching, mournful guitar. On her highly anticipated 2014 sophomore album release, All Or Nothing, the Nashville songstress teamed up with Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. “My songs always paint a pretty clear picture of what’s been going on in my life,” she says. “There’s lots of talk of misbehaving and moving on.”

    "Damon “Dam-Funk” Riddick is the epitome of funk. Ever since debuting with Stones Throw in 2008, Dam-Funk has become one of the genres most passionate proselytizers, out to save it from devilish depictions of cartoonish caricature. To Dam, funk is a way of living, “a feeling of struggle and staying cool through it all.”


  • Sat October 29, 2016 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.

  • Sun October 30, 2016 12:00 pm
    • Bric a Brac's Halloween Brunch

    Jen & Nick (aka Nick & Jen), the owners of Bric-A-Brac Records & Collectibles, Chicago's one-stop shop for all the necessities that no one really needs, are hitting the decks during Chicago's time-honored tradition, brunch. Halloween Brunch!

    Expect to hear the finest and spookiest tunes while you pile delicious Bite Cafe into your face-hole and suck down drinks from our friendly bartenders. The dynamic duo will be shucking some goods to sell, so bring extra cash to buy any or all of the following: "New and used vinyl and cassettes, vintage movie posters, 80s/90s toys, all kinds of pop culture ephemera, plus everything you need to tell the world exactly how you feel - questionable t-shirts, obnoxious buttons, and offensive patches!"

  • Sun October 30, 2016 9:00 pm
    • La Sera
    • Springtime Carnivore
    • TV Party
    $12 (advance), $15

    Hold on to your emotions, boys and girls, because LA SERA is here to unleash them- all of them, at the same time. As LA SERA, Katy Goodman turned an aching heart into two marvelous, alluring yet bittersweet break-up albums (2011’s self-titled debut and 2012’s Sees the Light). On her latest, though, the former VIVIAN GIRL is through crying. Hour of the Dawn sees Goodman waking up, throwing open the bedroom windows and welcoming the day. To back her nimble basslines and enchanting vocals, Goodman assembled a new band helmed by guitarist Todd Wisenbaker. After a year of perfecting their new material, LA SERA was ready to commit it to tape. In the summer of 2013, the group decamped to a sweltering studio in East Los Angeles with engineer Joel Jerome and banged out the ten songs that would become Hour of the Dawn—an album that never walks, but runs, a collision of unleashed punk and ‘80s power-pop. You will laugh, you will cry, you will dance so hard you sweat bullets - what we're saying is, ths is going to be a night you never forget.SPRINGTIME CARNIVORE was born on the night of a full moon in the summer of the year of the dragon. Following high school, SPRINGTIME CARNIVORE joined a traveling circus company. She was a talented and nimble acrobat but her career was cut short by a tragic tightrope accident. Although the tightrope incident killed hrt big top dreams, it opened the door to another dormant aspiration. While her leg was healing, SPRINGTIME CARNIVORE discovered piano. While SPRINGTIME CARNIVORE's leg was healing, she discovered an old piano in the attic of my great great grandma’s second’s cousin’s third husband’s house. She dusted it off, paid a blind man to tune it by ear and has been playing ever since.

    (Noisey) (Noisey) (Under The Radar)

  • Mon October 31, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Paper Mice performing Television's 'Marquee Moon'
    • American Draft performing Danzig's 'Danzig' as Danzig
    • Marateck
    • Maurice
    Free Monday

    Can a Monday really be shitty when the Empty Bottle has a monster bash, ON HALLOWEEN!? AND IT’S FREE!?!? We’re ready to get our freak on with the creatures, goblins, and three-eyed ghouls that roam the Chicago realm. PAPER MICE is performing Television’s debut album “Marquee Moon,” in its entirety. PAPER MICE‘s eerie, Claypool inspired funkiness will experience a transformation under the “Marquee Moon” Halloween night as they shred through influential New York classic. AMERICAN DRAFT will sink its atmospheric fangs into the turn-of-the-decade, pivotal metal album “Danzig” to leave anyone in the crowd blood crazed. AMERICAN DRAFT’s latest effort “Beyond Tokyo Night” will only be a precursor for the madness that ensues.  MARATECK will be our representative from the city that doesn’t sleep; hunting your ear drums down with their prog-rock meets mathcore meltdown.  MAURICE will conduct their haunting set as the great Italian composer Ennio Morricone to make the hairs on the back of your neck jump. Seriously, don’t fuck this up!!


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

  • Tue November 1, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The Empty Bottle’s Enthralling Cavalcade of Remarkable Anybodies, Special Somebodies, and Incredible Everybodies, hosted by Brian Costello

    Everyone has a gift. Something that makes them sparkle and shine in this humdrum, workaday, “same ol’ same ol’” world we live in. That Uber driver? Maybe they know how to churn butter.  That teenager working the checkout line of the grocery store? Maybe they do an uncanny imitation of former President Ronald Reagan. Those talented musicians? Maybe they also know how to shotgun a beer.

    And what about you? Yes, you, Gentle Reader! Maybe you’re good at talking about your least favorite tattoo. Maybe you’re good at acting out your favorite monologue from a classic 1980’s action-adventure movie. Perhaps you know how to throw a slider in baseball, grate your favorite soft cheese, motivate your sales force, tapdance to your favorite 90’s alt-rock hit… jeez, I don’t know! Only you know what your one-of-a-kind gift is, and Brian Costello’s Enthralling Cavalcade of Remarkable Anybodies, Special Somebodies, and Incredible Anybodies is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share this gift in the safest of safe spaces, the Empty Bottle, deep in the heart of the funky and eclectic Ukranian Village neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.

    From the co-creator of “Shame That Tune,” Brian Costello’s Enthralling Cavalcade of Remarkable Anybodies, Special Somebodies, and Incredible Everybodies is a monthly program in which “ordinary” Chicagolandians perform extraordinary feats of song, dance, merriment, and good old-fashioned American know-how--a vast array of high-quality local entertainment presented in rapid-fire succession for those who are living fast-paced “Goddamnit Trish, I needed these sales figures yesterday!” lifestyles, but not only that, a program that is affordably priced out of respect for those trying to squeeze as much amusement and edification as they can out of their entertainment dollar.

  • Wed November 2, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Protomartyr
    • The Gotobeds
    • Order of Night

    PROTOMARTYR is a post-punk quartet from Detroit. Formed in 2008, we last saw these cats during Music, Frozen, Dancing 2015. We're pleased as punch to have them back headlining this evening. As Stereogum once said: "The best bands sound like everything you love and nothing you’ve heard. So it goes with Protomartyr, a Detroit quartet that seems to have ingested every classic post-punk record and evolved into a new kind of beast." THE GOTOBEDS formed vaguely around 2009 in Pittsburgh and play a mutant strain of rock music that is often filed under punk, indie rock, or 99-cent discount bin. Their live shows have often been compared to an “all night party where I feared for my life and the lives of everybody in the five block radius,” and their recorded output is akin “to the sonic manifestos of four men deprived of human love and raised on beer and Swell Maps, Mission of Burma, and old Fall records.” Basically what we're trying to say is: let's fucking party. Kicking the night off is ORDER OF NIGHT, a band we've been seeing and hearing quite a lot of lately. Their gloaming death rock is spreading the night throughout this damn city. Our bodies are ready.

  • Thu November 3, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Ricky Eat Acid
    • Kitty
    $10 (advance), $12

    Maryland’s Sam Ray, also known as RICKY EAT ACID, creates ambient music, minimalism in the vein of Steve Reich and musique concrete. His first vinyl release, Three Love Songs (Orchid Tapes) garnered critical acclaim, as VICE once put it: “Featherweight electronics, aching piano, snippets of speech, even a pitched up Drake sample swirl around in a stew of delicately rendered pathos. While many ambient records try to alienate the listener from a familiar emotional spectrum, these songs describe moments of recognizable, lived-in humanity.” Opening this evening is Kitty Aveli, the "trance queen" from New York City who just goes by KITTY. She's previously toured as direct support to ANMANAGUCHI, DANNY BROWN, and KITTEN. She recently raised $52000 on kickstarter for her debut full-length album, which is set to release this fall. Keep an eye out for KITTY's first single is coming out via the Adult Swim Singles Club very soon!

  • Fri November 4, 2016 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers

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

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

  • Fri November 4, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Natural Child
    • Coupler
    • Velcro Lewis Group

    Nashville's NATURAL CHILD are no strangers to our stage and just six months ago, in conjunction with Brixton Apparel, these three rock'n'rollers sold this piece out once again. The band has played here to a growing fan base many times before and we love em so. No bullshit, NATTY CHILD are a southern rock’n’roll band who writes rock’n’roll music that sounds like it was run over by a tractor and re-inflated with pot smoke. Hellbent on finding the next beer, bong or girl to suck on, these three boys boogie as hard as any band can. With a fresh new record, the self-released Okey Dokey, you can expect another wet and wild rager tonight, cause it's the only way NATURAL CHILD knows how to roll. COUPLER is a Chicago band specializing in electronic, IDM, and ambient music. COUPLER was begun as a solo project by Ryan Norris in 2012. It's membership has occasionally swollen to eight but it's core is Norris along with Rodrigo Avendano and Rollum Haas.THE VELCRO LEWIS GROUP takes the Empty Bottle stage once again. With original drummer, Hawk Colman, leaving the kit and stepping to center stage, the now 7 piece band furthers their exploration of the heaviest of acid-funk, space-rock, and classic doom.

    (Aquarium Drunkard) (FADER)

  • Sat November 5, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Double Vanity Tour 2016
    • BRONCHO with very special guests SPORTS
    • Pool Holograph

    Harkening back to punk rock’s glory days of the 70s, Oklahoma outfit BRONCHO captures the aggression, DIY authenticity and youthful exhilaration of a bygone era and then drags it by the hair into the Here and Now, creating a fresh sound that’s unlike anything being played today. With echoes of THE REPLACEMENTS, IGGY & THE STOOGES and THE RAMONES, BRONCHO boasts some gritty, crunching guitar work supported by an assaultive rhythm section and made whole by songwriter RYAN LINDSEY’s aggressive, yelping vocal work.

  • Sun November 6, 2016 12:00 pm
    • 'Desire Will Set You Free' Brunch

    It's our privilege to present a daytime screening of (aka "matinee") + listening party of the feature-length film Desire Will Set You Free. Our pals from Moniker Records have put out the excellent OST, which was awarded Best Soundtrack at last year's CIMMfest! Starting at 12 noon, we'll be listening to the album in its entirety, then screening the film, and closing it out with another full spin -- we're still a music venue, after all. Check out the full movie synopsis below and we'll see you on November 6th!


    Based on a true story, Desire Will Set You Free is a feature-length narrative film that portrays artistic and marginalized life in contemporary Berlin.

    Ezra, an American writer of Palestinian and Israeli parentage living in Berlin, spends his days clubbing, taking drugs, having pseudo-philosophical conversations and wanting to be more punk, whilst wishing he wrote more. Most of his time is spent with his privileged dark, but witty friend Catharine, who has an unsettling fetish for Nazi paraphernalia. As the two of them look for their next excitement fix, they end up in one of Berlin’s famous gay hustler bars.

    Almost on a dare Ezra meets Sasha, a Russian immigrant working as an escort. Ezra pulls Sasha on a journey through Berlin’s underground and queer scenes. He discovers the stomping ground for hedonism and exploration. He discovers remnants of WWII, The Weimar Republic, Bowie and the present day party kids. Much like taking a drug itself, the line between reality and desire is blurred in the land of excess. What starts out as a seemingly conventional gay relationship reveals itself as more complex and dynamic as their true inner desires are revealed.

    Filmed entirely in Berlin, the film uses real locations where many Berlin based personali- ties give performances some playing themselves. These include ‘Godmother of Punk’ Nina Hagen as Oracle, cult musician and performance artist Peaches, along with Rosa Von Praunheim, Rummelsnuff, Blood Orange, and Einstuerzende Neubauten and Blixa Bargeld (formerly of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds).

  • Sun November 6, 2016 9:00 pm
    • S U R V I V E
    • Majeure

    YES, it's THAT S U R V I V E, the same geniuses who recorded the Stranger Things theme song and are currently working on a soudtrack for the Netflix original series. Formed in 2009, the prolific Austin, TX experimental synth quartet S U R V I V E have released two full-lengths and numerous EPs / singles since their inception, including recent contributions to the soundtrack for the acclaimed indie horror film The Guest. Additionally, two of the group’s members recently scored the soundtrack for the new hit sci-fi / horror show Stranger Things starring Winona Ryder on Netflix. S U R V I V E have appeared at numerous esteemed festivals across the US including Moogfest, Levitation Fest, Fun Fun Fun, Beserktown, Day in The Desert, Decibel, etc. and have played alongside acts like Goblin, John Maus, Tame Impala, Lightning Bolt, This Will Destroy You, A Place To Bury Strangers, Max Cooper, and many others; Noisey even called their live show “transcendental.” MAJEURE is the alter ego of A.E. Paterra, multi-tasking extraordinaire and one-half of progressive krautrock duo ZOMBI. Decidedly more dance-oriented than ZOMBI, MAJEURE combines the dark Moog-driven film scores of Vangelis with the relentless drive of Can and the transcendent minimalism of Steve Reich and Philip Glass. The brilliant mix of live and electronic rhythms is the heart and soul of MAJEURE's music, which has a funny way of making time either speed up or stop entirely.

  • Mon November 7, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Cool Memories
    • Unmanned Ship
    • Courtesy
    • Job
    Free Monday

    Tonight we welcome back local trio COOL MEMORIES, a group that combines dark, ambient synth swells over driving rhythm topped off with a primal howl creating heavy, acid drenched psych jams with layers of keyboards, guitars, rumbling bass lines, drums and some sweet, sweet sax to top it all off. Though hard to keep tabs on, the band pops their head up above ground from time to time and we're always luckier when they decide to grace us with their presence. Don't miss em tonight, cause who knows when you'll get to see em again. We haven't seen UNMANNED SHIP since May 2015, and we're pumped to have them back for this *FREE MONDAY* in November. Raw, noisy and, at times, dangerous, UNMANNED SHIP use thick, repetitive bass lines and screaming guitars to bob heads and shake floors. Expect their wall of amps and stoner heavy sounds to shatter your ears and leave you gasping for air. We’re excited for the return of Chicago/Memphis duo COURTESY, bringing along a set of dark, experimental ambient soundscapes that they fuse with home-made, equally bonkers video. They self-released their debut tape, Idmatic, in 2011 and their newest album, Slow Bruise, was released in spring of 2015 on Oakland's Moonglyph Records. Theses guys are experts on warped, sometimes harsh tunes that walk hard between post-punk and electronic, a sound we've grown to love from these two so, so much. Back for their third Empty Bottle performance this evening is JOB, a Chicago synth-driven, rhythmic group with a penchant for nausea. 


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

  • Wed November 9, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Melkbelly
    • HSY
    • Earring

    Coming all the way from Pilsen is MELKBELLY, a refreshing throwback to thrashy, crunchy noise-rock. The Melkers have been one of the hottest names in town since releasing their album Pennsylvania in 2014, via Automatic Recordings, and are definitely a staff favorite around these parts. They always turn that shit up to 11 whenever they hit the stage and we can't wait to see how they kick this shitstorm into high gear tonight.Can anyone tell us what the hell is going on in Toronto? That city,home to some of the friendliest folks around, has been consistently pumping out some of the gnarliest (and best) punk and hardcore for about as long as we can remember. Maybe it's the rough winters, maybe it's the crack-smoking mayor, or maybe they're all just sick of being known as our "friendly neighbors to the north" - who knows. Carrying the tattered flag of their forebearers, HSY (pronounced "hussy") has produced an onslaught of grimy, noisy sludge-punk since first forming in 2011, as seen on a handful of tapes and their debut, self-titled EP. They haven't been around these parts since they headlined in November 2014, and we feel lucky as hell to have them back! Opening this evening is Local freak-punk duo EARRING have been known to create quite a stir whenever they hit our stage. 

  • Thu November 10, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Lightfoils
    • Dead Leaf Echo
    • Ganser
    • The Shimmer DJs

    LIGHTFOILS is one of Chicago’s finest shoegaze bands, pushing the genre into exciting new territory with their mesmerizing haze, a wintry blizzard punctuated by occasional bright blasts of slashing chords. Occupying a space between storm and calm, LIGHTFOILS' propulsive, tight rhythm section lays the groundwork as lead singer JANE ZABETH's angelic voice soars and shines above the foggy undercurrents. Brooklyn's DEAD LEAF ECHO is an art collective and "Nouveau Wave" band whose early 4AD influences run thick while pusing those sounds into the future. The group combines elements of ambient, baroque, dream-pop, shoegaze, new wave, and goth, crafting every aspect of their sound and vision around chiming guitars, shimmering vocals and silky basslines. Needless to say, they've got us dripping with anticipation. THE SHIMMER DJs are comprised of SCARY LADY SARAH & PHILLY PEROXIDE and they'll be bringing the noise and spinning the horror from the turntables all night long.

  • Fri November 11, 2016 9:00 pm
    • CRX
    • Streets of Laredo
    • The Gloomies
    $12 (advance), $15

    CRX is a band stacked with talent. Launched by THE STROKES guitarist Nick Valensi, the band also includes heavy hitters Ralph Alexander (THE DOSE), Richie Follin (GUARDS), Darian Zahedi, and Jon Safley (THE REFLECTIONS). Their debut album, New Skin, set to release October 28th via Columbia, is producted by Josh Homme (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, EAGLES OF DEATH METAL). Seriously, what in the world is going on here?! We are overjoyed to be part of their first tour, and strapping ourselves in for one wild ride. Joining CRX this evening is STREETS OF LAREDO, an indie-rock five, sometime six, piece who have been compared to artists ranging from LUCIUS to LOU REED. Founded by close-knit family members Daniel, Dave and Sarahjane Gibson and inspired by the fervour/madness of the 70's folk-rock circuit, STREETS OF LAREDO was born out of trying to escape the mundane everyday working life. Released in October, 2014, the Brooklyn by-way-of New Zealand outfit's debut album, Volume I & II, has been praised a sing-a-long collision of jangling harmonies, stomping percussion, horns and guitars. Opening this evening is THE GLOOMIES, who just released their first EP, The Blackout EP, this past April. The Blackout EP finds the band in a very different state of mind, trading the sun-dappled Southern California beaches for the vast, barren expanses of the desert. Now they're trading THAT in for the intoxicating Windy City, which we are entirely grateful for (even if it's just for one night...).

    (Pitchfork) (Stereogum)

  • Sat November 12, 2016 12:00 pm
    • Handmade Market

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

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

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

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

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

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

    noon to 4:00 PM

    free admission to the public

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

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

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

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

  • Sat November 12, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Uniform
    • HIDE
    • Mark Solotroff
    $8 advance, $10

    UNIFORM formed in New York City in late 2013 when old friends Ben Greenberg and Michael Berdan realized they lived on the same street. Their impulsive collaboration quickly yielded Our Blood / Of Sound Mind and Body single. The six tracks that comprise the equally abrasive but more refined album Perfect World have been coming together between tours and work ever since. Chicago's HIDE is a project from visual artist HEATHER GABEL on vocals and multi-instrumentalist SETH SHER (GA'AN, PSYCHIC STEEL, ZATH, OAKEATER) on pretty much everything else (and some vocals). Since forming in 2014, the duo has exploded all over Chicago, stirring up shit all around town with their dark, minimal blend of electronic, goth and industrial stylings. They've opened for the likes of ALALKINE TRIO and even scored an opening slot for part of MARILYN MANSON's 2015 tour. Trust us - they're going to give you a performance you'll not soon forget. Yeah, wouldn’t miss this one. Especially when electronic experimentalist, noise auteur, and goddamn Chicago legend MARK SOLOTROFF is opening. Being co-founder of BloodLust!, member of BLOODYMINDED, as well as leading Chicago’s relentless ANATOMY OF HABIT, it's pretty safe to say this guy knows what he’s doing. Power electronics, harsh noise, analog synths, and tape are all in his arsenal so check your ear flaps and show up early.

  • Sun November 13, 2016 2:00 pm
    • Cajun Dance Party featuring Chicago Cajun Aces

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

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

    (Fox 8 Live NOLA)

  • Sun November 13, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Beef Jerk
    • Parent
    • Person

    BEEF JERK have been keeping a low profile on the fringes of the Sydney, Australia underground for some time now, quietly lurking about since their formation in 2012 finding time here & there to practice & sometimes record some tunes. The band’s self-released “Schooners” single popped up in 2013, a (very literal) ode to drinking beers & mucking about, but greater things were afoot. The band set about polishing up old demos into what would become their debut LP Tragic self-released in a small run by the band in 2015 & re-released for a deservedly wider audience by Trouble In Mind in 2016. This marks their first Bottle appearance, so let's give them a warm weirdo welcome shall we? Chicago's PARENT will delight the sure-to-be-packed house with their warped guitar-pop ditties. No matter what they try to tell you, this ain't no fuckin' kids music, 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.

  • Tue November 15, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Pujol
    • Slushy
    • Easy Habits

    Blown out and gritty as all get-out, Nashville's PUJOL returns to us for the first time since last April, when they played with FLESH PANTHERS and DUMPSTER BABIES, their third time playing here among a Free Mondayand a $3 sunday with BASS DRUM OF DEATH and HANNI EL KHATIB way back in June of 2011. Since then, PUJOL has grown up in to a fierce and fetching rock & roll band, led by the songwriting guile and lyrical prowess of DANIEL PUJOL. Their latest release is called Kisses and Daniel is currently working on a chapbook of prose poetry entitled Mighty Stranger, as well as a new Pujol LP. Kisses is eight tracks: three poems and five rock & roll songs. The EP was the second in a series of limited releases from Puj’s Bartertown Co-Op. This boy just doesn't know how to slow down and we're all the more grateful for it... SLUSHY returns with their delightfully guzzled-out, fuzzed-up jingle-jangles, made right here in beautiful Chicago. These sugar-fried bop-pop tunes are so god damn catchy that they'll stick with you long after you've left us all behind. Sunny melodies and wall-of-sound guitars are best paired with churros and chocolate milk, but we ain't no candy store, so whiskey and beer will have to do. Opening this glorious evening is EASY HABITS, a good ole rock ‘n’ roll trio out of Chicago, IL who made their Bottle debut opening for Nashville's BIRDCLOUD back in August. We're damn pleased to have em back on our stage here tonight.

  • Wed November 16, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Glitter Creeps 2 Year Anniversary featuring Nobunny
    • Proud Parents
    • Bev Rage & The Drinks
    • Interlude performed by Lucy Stoole

    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 a West Fest 2015 after party and we're stoked as hell for him to tear our stage apart once again. 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.

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

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

  • Thu November 17, 2016 9:00 pm
    • DZ Deathrays
    • Dune Rats
    $10 (advance), $12

    Hitting The Bottle for the first time tonight is DZ DEATHRAYS, a punk rock/thrash band out of Brisbane, Austrailia. In the duos own wods, "We started at a house party...we will most likely end at one." Same, DZ DEATHWAYS, same. Direct support this evening comes from DUNE RATS, a "dunecore," stoner-pop trio also from Brisbane. Match made in heaven, these two.

  • Fri November 18, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Tall Pat Records Presents CUDDLESTOCK 2016 featuring Swimsuit Addition (Record Release)
    • Bleach Party (Record Release)
    • Clearance
    • Jollys
    $5 (advance), $8

    It’s back, and there is nothing you can do to stop it. For the fourth year, Tall Pat Records and Thee Empty Bottle bring you CUDDLESTOCK. After THREE historically successful sold out shows, you might ask how they’ll up their game this time. Well, TPR and the gang don’t need to. You know you’ll be here. We know you’ll be here. You need Cuddlestock. Without it, life is meaningless like reading about music on blogs. Once more, we bring you some of the hottest bands in town.

    This year we are celebrating not one, but two record releases! Brace yourself for the second release from the evening's dirty surf-gringe headliners, SWIMSUIT ADDITION, comin' atcha in 2017, and sweaty rock 'n' rollers BLEACH PARTY just released their latest this past summer. Just a couple reasons to turn the party up a notch or 10 this evening. Joining in the shenanigans are lo-fi slacker rock Chicago boys CLEARANCE and local pop band JOLLYS kick the evening off with their rhythmic groove.

  • Sat November 19, 2016 9:00 pm
    • True Widow
    • Mary Lattimore

    Up from the warm, almost oppressively humid Texas air rises a din. The sound is created by only three people - TRUE WIDOW. The music that they are creating might be the aural equivalent of walking down a farm-to-market road on a foggy morning just before day breaks.The clamor began in November 2007 when these three humans came together to form TRUE WIDOW. The trio has released two previous albums: True Widow (2008) and As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth (2011). Each release has built on the band’s unique approach to the guitar-centric intersection of shoegaze and ambient pop, which the band self-described as “stonegaze.” NPR described the band’s sophomore release as “a warming headphone album for a bleak snowfall, moody and dreamy chords crushed by a rumbling low-end, ” Decibel Magazine said the album is “a droning, strung-out record that is, frankly, almost perfect” and All Music said TRUE WIDOW's guitar sound is “not so much detuned as it is shuddering.” MARY LATTIMORE is a harpist living in Philadelphia. She experiments with her Lyon and Healy Concert Grand harp and effects. Her solo debut, The Withdrawing Room, was released in 2013 on Desire Path Recordings. Her most recent album, At The Dam, was released in March 2016 on Ghostly International.

  • Sun November 20, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Thee Oh Sees
    • The Blind Shake
    • Torture Love

    It's nearly impossible to oversell how combustible a live performance from our old pals THEE OH SEES can become. Over the past decade the band has morphed from a showcase for rock savant JOHN DWYER's post-COACHWHIPS sensitivity into the hardest working band in garage-rock, delivering simple melodies and creepy lyrics, frequently delivered in a whacked-out monster-voice. Fleshing out guitars and drums with flutes, bells and thrift store synths, Looney Tunes-worthy narratives are rolled into summery retro nuggets and delivered in playfully sinister, Sesame Street-on-LSD tales. With a score of releases on Captured TracksIn the RedTomlab, and their last three LPs, 2013's Flying Coffin, 2014's Drop, 2015's Mutilator Defeated At Last, & this year's A Weird Exit, on DWYER's own label Castle Face, An annual tradition, THEE OH SEES live at The Empty Bottle must be seen to be believed. Castle Face labelmates and tour partners THE BLIND SHAKE hit the Bottle once again with their spastic, rumbling, anxious noise-punk effort full of guitar-heavy tracks that plays like a smack to the face. Returning for the first time since headlining the Bottle last September, these hardworking maniacs are the real deal and will literally blow up your head with their overpowering sound and wild stage antics. TORTURE LOVE is post punk. Angular pop. Darker new wave. Experimental goth. Whatever you may call it, they have have been writing great songs that fall somewhere within those realms since 2012. We welcome back TORTURE LOVE to The Empty Bottle stage for the first time since their LP release show back in May. They Came Crawling LP, released as a joint effort of Protagonist Music and Pressure Group represents the tacit culmination of their varied influence and sonic exploration. Every time we see these guys they have proven to be a wild but cohesive four-piece. 

  • Mon November 21, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Absolutely Not
    • Strawberry Jacuzzi (Record Release)
    • Peach Fuzz
    • So Pretty
    *Free Monday!*

    Returning to our stage are our old friends ABSOLUTELY NOT, who are always a god damn pleasure. They recently released a killer new single titled "Programmed"via No Trends Records, which indicates even more amazing things on the horizon for this trio. These cats plays it fast, make it fun, and don't take themselves too seriously - though the lighthearted music occasionally belies darker lyrical content. Direct support this evening comes from Chicago's own STRAWBERRY JACUZZI, who are celebrating the release of their latest album, Watch The CLock via Some Weird Sin Records & Radio.STRAWBERRY JACUZZI was originally formed  by Shannon (of the Peekaboos) and Nikita's (of Summer Girlfriends) mutual need to write screamy pop songs about breakups and ice cream. Devon (of Kangaroo) joined in on drums and earned a spot in their cold, cold hearts. Ross plays bass and likes to take his shirt off sometimes. Local five-piece PEACH FUZZ makes their Empty Bottle debut this evening, bringing that straight-up bracing rock 'n' roll noise. Kicking the evening off is SO PRETTY, fresh off their first ever tour! SO PRETTY's songs will have you thrashing around in the pit one minute and pondering the meaning of life in the next – they're high energy, heavy rock tunes with some real depth, ya know? 


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

  • Wed November 23, 2016 9:00 pm
    • CHIRP welcomes, Fake Limbs (Record Release)
    • Beat Drun Juel

    Chicago’s FAKE LIMBS return to our stage, having previously blown y'all's mind when sharing the stage with the liks of PISSED JEANS, RADIOACTIVITY, and more.. The dudely four-piece have released two of the best, noisiest punk records this city spewed out in the early-10s, 2013's The Power of Patrician Upbringing and 2012's Man Feelings, both on BLVD Records. Their newest LP, Matronly, is the reason for our gathering here tonight and it's coming to us via the unstoppable Don Giovanni Records. FAKE LIMBS throws listeners around the room with their sonic onslaught and The AV Club praises, "the band follows in the grand tradition of groups like The Jesus Lizard and Stnnng, with angular and jagged riffs fused to pounding rhythms and holler-’till-you’re-hoarse vocals." An aggressive yet cohesive blend of concussive, unrelenting percussion, wild, desperate guitars, and unhinged, hysterical vocals, this four-piece is a treat live and you can damn well expect front man STEPHEN SOWLEY to quickly leave the stage to scream and spit in your face. You deserve it. Best known for their ripping low end and their frontwoman’s gut-wrenching howl, Chicago rock trio BEAT DRUN JUEL layer pop crooning over heavy amplifiers for a sound that's equal parts catchy, brutal, and raw. Featuring members of THE PAVER and VELOCICOPTER, the Chicago Reader praises the band’s first 7-inch for its "dark, haunting sound” that reminds of BELLY and PJ HARVEY and calls the band's live show "an even wilder, heavier monster, explosive and unhinged.”

    (AV Club) (CLRVVYNT)

  • Sun November 27, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Luke Bell
    • Al Scorch

    LUKE BELL's backstory could’ve come out of the pages of a novel by Jim Harrison, Thomas McGuane or Cormac McCarthy. A fifth-generation descendant of Wyoming homesteaders, the ranch hand turned troubadour has seen a lot of life in his 26 years on this mortal coil, and his selftitled album, released under the auspices of Bill Hill Records, distributed by Thirty Tigers, serves as a rollicking document of his experiences. The record is teeming with colorful characters, captured in hardscrabble yarns of living hard and drinking harder, making bad choices and laughing them off.  A life-embracing, go-for-the-gusto spirit animates LUKE BELL's vividly drawn characters, but an aching melancholy lurks just below the surface. Describing the deeply soulful, deeply American character of Bell’s music in an introductory piece posted on Daytrotter, Sean Moeller insightfully wrote, “There’s the lonesomeness that’s a birthright for all of the wandering souls. There’s the heartbreak that comes from that. And then there’s the laughing off of that heartbreak in that way that makes it evident that the heartbreak’s not being laughed off at all…even as the singer cocks his hat to the side, smiles and throws back another whiskey with a generous thank you.” 

  • Tue November 29, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Kawabata Makoto (Acid Mothers Temple) and Tatsuya Nakatani
    • Spires That In The Sunset Rise
    • Brian Case

    Kawabata Makoto is the founder and lead guitarist of the legendary and long-running psych-rock collective ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE, currently touring with Tatsuya Nakatani, a unique percussionist and sound sculptor originally hailing from Osaka, Japan. The two are touring across the U.S, bringing their unique brand of exprerimental Japanese noise rock. SPIRES THAT IN THE SUNSET RISE 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. Opening the evening is BRIAN CASE, who you may currently know as the leader of Chicago favorites DISAPPEARS of Disappears, or previously of THE PONYS and 90 DAY MEN. Tonight, Mr. Case brings his stark, minimal electronic and abstract sounds to our stage as a solo performer.

  • Wed November 30, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The Howl
    • BlackGlass
    • Ribbonhead
    • Kodakrome

    THE HOWL is an Indie Rock and Roll band from Humboldt Park of Chicago. The four dudes have been playing an energetic blend of rock and roll spiced with punk roots and angular, math-y melodies all around Chicago since 2012 and have toured nationally in the last year, expanding their fan base to both US Coasts. BLACKGLASS take the stage for their third Bottle performance ever, bringing some fun-paced indie-rock that's in line with garagey blues and crunchy psychedelia. Their soaring vocals will have you screaming to the rafters as reality slowly starts to slip away. Chicago three-piece RIBBONHEAD play loud and thrashy hardcore with reckless abandon and throat-shedding vocals. Their Solid Gold EP packs one helluva punch and if they bring the same intensity to their live show, it's sure to be a real bomb dropped on your old noggin. Kicking the evening off is Chicago's KODAKROME, a synthpunk electropunk trio ready to party.

  • Fri December 2, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Earthless
    • Ruby The Hatchet
    • Marmora
    $14 (advance), $16

    Formed in 2001, EARTHLESS prides itself on creating energetic, utterly unique and free thinking instrumental music inspired by an eclectic mix of German krautrock and Japanese heavy blues-rock. The Californian trio has dedicated itself to mastery of the mind-bending jam session, evoking the spirits of Jimi Hendrix and Black Sabbath in equal measure. Named after a song title from vintage New York garage-psych band The Druids of Stonehenge, EARTHLESS' sound has been called "A sonic kaleidoscope of lava and lightning", earning it the title of "California's loudest band". The group delivers "one of the best live shows in all of modern, heavy rock," leading to one reviewer stating that the band's "epic shredding harkens back to the days were psychedelic rock had balls the size of grapefruits and wasn't afraid to take its listeners on a ride for which they may never return." Forming after a series of basement practices in New Jersey circa 2011 before relocating to Philadelphia, psychedelic quintet RUBY THE HATCHET brought together doomy, evil hard rock with occult-flavored psychedelia for a witchy brew of dazzled and ominous wild rock sounds. Opening this evening is trio MARMORA, porting a sound more in line with the depths of a murky, corpse-filled swamp than their Chicago brethren. Their dirty, howling guitars, crushing bass, and commanding drums recall the stoner rock of yesteryear, while layering on chaotic solos and an energy that's sorely lacking with many instrumental projects, that all who witness cannot deny. 

  • Sat December 3, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The King Khan & BBQ Show
    • The Gartrells
    • The Pukes

    Absolutely legendary and crucial REAL rock’n’roll recording artists/magicians/nuts, ‘THE KING KHAN & BBQ SHOW’ are back! With releases on labels like CryptGonerIn The Red, and Fat Possum, KK&BS are an elite powerhouse of top TOP notch doo-wop/psych/r&b/r&r craziness that has been sorely lacking in today’s world of grunge worship and 10 month ‘careers’. This is one of the best rock’n’roll bands of this century, and you’ll be kicking your own ass and face if you miss it. THE GARTRELLS are a new Atlanta Rock and Roll outfit containing membres of BLACK LIPS, LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS, BLACK LINEN, & THE GAYEBLADES. Kicking this evening off is a stellar rock trio out of Milwaukee - THE PUKES!

  • Sun December 4, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The King Khan & BBQ Show
    • The Gartrells

    The Empty Bottle & THE KING KHAN & BBQ SHOW go together like peanut butter and jelly. SO thats why we decided a Decemble double-header made perfect sense! 

    Here for round 2 is absolutely legendary and crucial REAL rock'n'roll recording artists/magicians/nutsTHE KING KHAN & BBQ SHOW! With releases on labels likeCrypt,Goner,In The Red, andFat Possum, KK&BS are an elite powerhouse of top TOP notch doo-wop/psych/r&b/r&r craziness that has been sorely lacking in today's world of grunge worship and 10 month 'careers'. This is one of the best rock'n'roll bands of this century, and you'll be kicking your own ass and face if you miss it. THE GARTRELLS are back,too!The new Atlanta Rock and Roll outfit containing membres of BLACK LIPS, LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS, BLACK LINEN, & THE GAYEBLADES.

  • Mon December 5, 2016 9:00 pm
    • E
    • Crown Larks
    • Magdalene Laundries
    Free Monday

    On this here FREE MONDAY, headliner E hits our stage for the first time. E, the trio of Thalia Zedek (Come, Uzi, Live Skull), Jason Sanford (Neptune), and Gavin McCarthy (Karate), have crafted an album that fuses an explosive, industrial sound with the patience and reservation only practiced songwriters can invoke. While each member has decades of experience in the alternative scenes of rock music, their collaborative efforts have combined in a work that is both unlike anything that’s come before them, and the result of three veterans working in total harmony. What sets E apart from their contemporaries is their almost youthful willingness to experiment, while having the maturity to show restraint and austerity. Our pals CROWN LARKS are back for the first time since their May 2016 homecoming show, and we're more than excited fro their hypnotic, noisy chemistry. Stereogum says the band "threw psych-rock, noise music, and free jazz into one album-shaped pot and stirred until the whole thing combusted,” and the Reader says "caterwauling horns form a cumulatively chaotic patch of sound that’s inextricably woven into the sonic fabric draping the band’s lurching rhythms.” Kicking off the evening is another Empty Bottle first-timer, Chicago punk band MAGDALENE LAUNDRIES. These cats were recently featured on the compilation We're Still Stoned being put out by Heart in Box Records!


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

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

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

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

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

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

    (Nylon) (Fault Magazine) (Audio Tree)

  • Sun December 11, 2016 9:00 pm
    • American Wrestlers

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

    (AV Club) (DIY Mag)

  • Mon December 12, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Exit Verse

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


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

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

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


  • Chicago Athletic Association Hotel Sat January 21, 2017 8:00 pm
    • Joan of Arc
    • Magas

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


    Staples of the city's eclectic rock community since the mid-90s, JOAN OF ARC is an ever-evolving entity of the "old school" indie-rock ethos, combining influences from innumerable genres to create their mind-bending musical output. JOAN OF ARC is never reliant on the status quo. In the course of their history, the band's recorded output has elicited not only critical praise through challenging the norms of traditional songwriting, but also significant backlash from reviewers who became increasingly confused by the band's eclectic output. Traced back to the 1995 breakup of CAP'N JAZZ, founded when brothers Mike and Tim Kinsella were in highschool, JOAN OF ARC made their live debut in 1996. On June 9, 2009 they released their latest effort, Flowers, on Polyvinyl. Much has changed over the last 10+ years JOAN OF ARC has been a band, but their penchant for the unexpected has remained constant. Offering support to JOAN OF ARC this evening is MAGAS aka James Marlon Magas. MAGAS has been creating unconventional music since 1992, with avant rock bands COUCH and LAKE OF DRACULA, and since 1999, as solo electronic rocker, MAGAS. Known for wild, energetic performances, MAGAS's sound is now heavier and wilder than ever. 

  • Sat January 28, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Official Palace Film Festival After Party featuring Xeno & Oaklander

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

    XENO AND OAKLANDER  are a minimal electronics girl/boy duo based in Brooklyn, NY. They began writing music and soundtracks in 2004. Miss Liz Wendelbo is French / Norwegian and Sean McBride is from Maryland. They record their songs live in their Brooklyn studio and play analogue synthesizers and instruments exclusively. They have toured Europe and the US numerous times, and they play extensively in New York in music venues, lofts and festivals. They have also performed at SF Moma, PS1 Warm Up, Miami Art Basel, the Zürich Kunsthalle and the New Museum in New York. Sean McBride has created original music for artists Annika Larsson, Jonah Freeman, Annee Olofsson and Dara Birnbaum. XENO AND OAKLANDER have recently scored a soundtrack for artist Fabian Marti. Their latest Remix is for British legend John Foxx and the Maths.

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

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