• Sat June 25, 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. Early arrival is recommended to avoid waiting in line outside! $5 cover, 21+

    (Chicago Mixtape) (Gapers Block)

  • Sun June 26, 2016 3:00 pm
    • Empty Bottle Book Club discusses 'Barbarian Days' by William Finnegan

    Barbarian Days is William Finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life. Raised in California and Hawaii, Finnegan started surfing as a child. He has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the South Pacific, Australia, Asia, Africa. A bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a distinguished writer and war reporter. Barbarian Days takes us deep into unfamiliar worlds, some of them right under our noses—off the coasts of New York and San Francisco. It immerses the reader in the edgy camaraderie of close male friendships annealed in challenging waves.

    Finnegan shares stories of life in a whitesonly gang in a tough school in Honolulu even while his closest friend was a Hawaiian surfer. He shows us a world turned upside down for kids and adults alike by the social upheavals of the 1960s. He details the intricacies of famous waves and his own apprenticeships to them. Youthful folly—he drops LSD while riding huge Honolua Bay, on Maui—is served up with rueful humor. He and a buddy, their knapsacks crammed with reef charts, bushwhack through Polynesia. They discover, while camping on an uninhabited island in Fiji, one of the world’s greatest waves. As Finnegan’s travels take him ever farther afield, he becomes an improbable anthropologist: unpicking the picturesque simplicity of a Samoan fishing village, dissecting the sexual politics of Tongan interactions with Americans and Japanese, navigating the Indonesian black market while nearly succumbing to malaria. Throughout, he surfs, carrying readers with him on rides of harrowing, unprecedented lucidity.

    Barbarian Days is an old-school adventure story, an intellectual autobiography, a social history, a literary road movie, and an extraordinary exploration of the gradual mastering of an exacting, little understood art. Today, Finnegan’s surfing life is undiminished. Frantically juggling work and family, he chases his enchantment through Long Island ice storms and obscure corners of Madagascar.

  • Sun June 26, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Music Band
    • BlackGlass

    I'll tell you what Nashville trio MUSIC BAND isn't. MUSIC BAND is not a bunch of dirtnapping hee-hee boys who try so hard to act like they don't care about the holes in their clothes and their uninspired power chords that they become caricatures of ideas of a musical genre filtered through five decades of misunderstanding. MUSIC BAND is a group of three best friends making honest-to-goodness rock and roll music in Nashville, TN. They recently released their first full-length LP, Wake Up Laughing, recorded at Bomb Shelter Studio with Andrija Tokic (ALABAMA SHAKES, NATURAL CHILD). Wake Up Laughing is the latest chapter in the MUSIC BAND annals, showcasing their knack for writing catchy, surprising, high-energy songs that make their influences as vast as they are difficult to pin down. Their songwriting echoes their constant quest for discovery and reinvention, while always remaining true to themselves. It is MUSIC BAND's profound respect for each other and for those who came before them as they toe the line between light and dark, which keeps them hurtling forward into the great delights of the unknown. BLACKGLASS take the stage for their second 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.

  • Mon June 27, 2016 9:00 pm
    • The Gnar Wave Rangers
    • 1-800-BAND
    • Yoko and The Oh Nos
    Free Monday

    THE GNAR WAVE RANGERS ride that nasty, fresh wave of scuzzy, psychedelic punk rock that bubbles up from the dankest sewers of ol' Chicago. The hell raising four-piece are returning to the Bottle to celebrate the release of their new record BIG JOE KING1-800-BAND is a Brooklyn based four piece playing “toll-free” pop rock. Their Sophomore LP High Beams, produced by MITCH EASTER was released early 2016 on Almost Ready RecordsYOKO AND THE OH NOS are a local trio that brilliantly blend garage rock with Motown style soul. Their mixture of emotive vocals with bluesy “garage” riffs is one of the best combos since Reese joined PB and chocolate. YOKO & THE OH NO’S recently went on tour with like-minded rock & roll weirdos THE GROWLERS, blowing minds and connecting with crowds across the Midwest.

  • Tue June 28, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Mannequin Pussy + Ron Gallo
    • Lifestyles

    Co-headlining on this glorious June evening are a couple of Philadelphias finest - MANNEQUIN PUSSY and RON GALLO. A four-piece of childhood friends, MANNEQUIN PUSSY have been making music for people with short attention spans since 2011. Originally begun as a duo between childhood friends, Marisa Dabice and Thanasi Paul, MANNEQUIN PUSSY expanded to a three-piece for their debut album, Gypsy Pervert, released on Tiny Engines in 2014. The beefed up sound is evident from the beginning as the band shifts seamlessly from grungey punk rock blasts to more textured shoegazey pop. Raw and confrontational yet still melodic and inviting, MANNEQUIN PUSSY show off a diverse palette always. Formerly the frontman of Philadelphia based rock and roll band, TOY SOLDIERS, Gallo has gone through the return of saturn and the wringer of life over the last couple of years and has come out the other side a person that dances where the infuriated rock and roll fighter-of-the-good-fight and the discontent clear-headed jokester hang out. Like some big-haired spiritual punk raised in the 90s, Gallo is well-informed of the 20th century roots of american music and obsessed with the NOW in a time where people are drugged by distraction and mediocrity. On Gallo's second solo record, HEAVY META (out September 2016), he tackles the heavier topics and dark experiences he lived through during these transformative years. LIFESTYLES has a "shambling, grungy 90's sound that puts this wolf in mind of a Babes in Toyland-style alt-rock apocalypse—two thumbs up" according to the Chicago Reader's Gossip Wolf. One second into their set, you'll realize it's not just hear-say - their live performances are solid proof that this crew can shred with the best of them. 

  • Wed June 29, 2016 9:00 pm
    • Jerry Paper & Easy Feelings Unlimited
    • Dougie Poole
    • Today's Hits

    JERRY PAPER is the sonic caricature of Los Angeles-based musician Lucas Nathan. Brought into the world after Nathan's previous, more abstract projects dissolved into the ether, JERRY PAPER represents a cartoonish vision of Self materialized through Jerry's bizarre vision of pop music.  The latest full-length from Jerry Paper, Toon Time Raw!, is a continuation of Nathan’s amoebic mission. Whereas his previous albums featured him alone — with his synthesizer, drum machine, and the occasional guitar — this new record features backing instrumentation from EASY FEELINGS UNLIMITED, a jazz band who has asked to remain anonymous. Though the synth sax has been traded for real brass, it’s still the same Jerry songwriting. Brooklyn based DOUGIE POOLE describes his music as "non-country from urban anti-cowboy." With his music, most notable his recently release track "Don't You Think I'm Funny Anymore?" POOLE pays tribute to the iconic genre with metallic drums, choir-like harmonizing, a lilting guitar solo, and flowery synth crescendos. Of his music, POOLE says: "I’m trying to write songs that can express loneliness in that way that only country songs can, but for people who, like me, also feel totally alienated by the world of country music." TODAY'S HITS (fka TODAYSHITS) started when a young man from Kentucky somehow got the crazy idea that he was going to write and record a new song every single day. And every day without fail, Ol JAMES SWANBERG has done just that. Over 1000 days and 1000 hits later, the songs never stop, and neither does that sweet southern charm.

    1. Thu June 30, 2016 7:30 pm
      • Federal Moto Release Party featuring Cafe Racer
      • Flesh Panthers
      • Parent

      Federal Moto bike release party at Empty Bottle June 30th with special guest Old Style.  Federal was founded out of a true passion for motorcycles and the ambition to share that passion with everyone that wants to experience the world on two wheels. When you put the Empty Bottle and Federal Moto together, you get Music Friendly Motorcyles. Ya dig?

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      Chicago band CAFE RACER [GROSS POINTE] makes their live debut tonight. We feel so damn special being their first show! The psych/shoegaze rock n roll quartet are influenced by everything from BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE to JESUS & MARY CHAIN. They sound more groovy and noisey with textured melody than their past aggressive garage punk history. Floating around the Chicago music scene for a while has been FLESH PANTHERS. Their debut record NGC 2632 was a highlight of 2015, and their upcoming Willows Weep on Maximum Pelt is sure to blow our minds. Already strapped with a solid amount of material and a hard working reputation, FLESH PANTHERS are ready to level up and they're moving quickly!

    2. Fri July 1, 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)

    3. Fri July 1, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Darius Hurley Art Opening with performances by The Hamburglars
      • (ORB)
      • Wet Wallet
      • Claw Toe

      The Empty Bottle will have work by Chicago-based artist Darius Hurley on display throughout the month of July. Join us for an opening show on Friday, July 1st at 9pm with performances by THE HAMBURGLARS, (ORB), WET WALLET and CLAW TOE (feat. Darius himself). The event is only $5 and will primarily feature Darius's boxing paintings, which were most recently on display in the hit FOX series, Empire - check one out in thie scene below! Come by and view the work, sip on some brews, and catch some tunes by a wide range of local talent. Not one to miss!

    4. Sat July 2, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Dead Feathers (Tour Return)
      • White Shape
      • Vanishing Kids

      Chicago psych-rock quintet DEAD FEATHERS kick things off, bringing their celestial grooves, fuzz-driven riffs and soaring female vocals to our stage for the very first time. The band created a buzz around Chicago with their stellar four-song demo and a recently released EP, plus an intense, mind-altering live show, to boot. WHITE SHAPE is a heavy psychedelic band​ making their Empty Bottle debut this evening. The five-piece mixes psych and drone for a mind-altering experience you better be ready for! Energetic ensemble VANISHING KIDS are kicking the evening off. Through the years they have released albums through Failed Experiment Records/ Underground Inc. (Chicago) and Bright as Night. VANISHING KIDS has been on many national tours and played countless regional shows. The band has been based out of Portland, OR, Seattle, WA and Madison, WI.

    5. Sun July 3, 2016 9:00 pm
      • New Canyons
      • Pale Dian
      • The Stargazer Lillies
      • Ganser
      • DJ Philly Peroxide

      NEW CANYONS, a local outfit that delivers their extremely likeable take on melodramatic, icy synth pop returns to The Bottle staget his evening! 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! PALE DIAN is a duo out of Austin, TX creating noisy dreampop. Formed in 2015, they ride the ashes of their previous project, BLACKSTONE RNGRS into smudgier, esoteric terrains. The debut LP Narrow Birth was released in March 2016 via via Manifesto Records. These two are making their Bottle debut this evening and we're stoked as all get out. THE STARGAZER LILIES slow motion bathing-through-space music is like sun glistening on the water in sound, ambient rock for daydreamers to bob their heads to. The NE Pennsylvania based trio of guitarist/bassist/drummer/producer JOHN CEP, singer/bassist, KIM FIELD, and live drummers EJ DECOSKE and JOHNY LANCIA, bring back the raw rock primal gaze, no bullshit sunshine haze. GANSER is a Chicago four-piece that embraces post-punk and early industrial music, as well as weird vacuum noises. Formed as a DIY duo, the group combines driving rhythms with spacious, shimmering guitars and swelling synths. DJ PHILLY PEROXIDE returns to spin dark and synthy tunes throughout the night.

    6. Tue July 5, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Velcro Lewis Group
      • Tijuana Hercules
      • Shuttle Run

      We're closed on Monday, July 4th 'cause its a dang holiday. So, FREE TUESDAY it is!

      After an 8 month long vision quest THE VELCRO LEWIS GROUP takes it to the 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.Tonight we welcomes Chicago’s one and only “hillbilly trance” trio, TIJUANA HERCULES, who bring hypnotic weirdness to their mellow rock'n'roll. A collective based in our fine city, don't miss their entirely improvised, non-stop groove by "the band that never rehearses!"

    7. Wed July 6, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Max Pain and the Groovies
      • Crosstown
      • Horrible

      MAX PAIN AND THE GROOVIES are a psychedelic high energy garage rock and roll group from Salt Lake City. They established their roots skateboarding together and jamming since adolescence. MAX PAIN AND THE GROOVIES released their first full length album, Electric Cosmo, on New Years Eve 2015 via Psych Lake City Records for CD/Vinyl Lolipop records on Cassette and Eager Waves Records for Euro promotion and distribution. Slug Magazine said of the release: ”Electro Cosmic is a cohesive, high-energy set from start to finish, but with 12 tracks, it’s three times as good. Here, psychedelic garage rock is taken to a new level: The boys go a littler harder, with the confidence to loosen up and let the reverb and mysticism flow." CROSSTOWN is a four piece Rock and Roll band from Chicago who are in their early 20s. They have only been formed to completion since June of 2015 and have just released their debut album "The Farside Town". The band has already played a number of shows since the summer around Chicago and the midwest. They have played with numerous shows such as, headlining Lincoln Hall and Double Door in Chicago. Their sound embodies the Rock and Roll spirit. These boys are immensely eager to get their music into the ears of people whom they have no doubt will enjoy listening as much as they enjoy playing. They are also ready to show bigger venues the vast number of loving family and friends who love to drink beer and watch CROSSTOWN play. Their songs will take you both decades backward and forward, preserving and transposing a timeless sound into what music should good old fashioned, feel good favor.

    8. Thu July 7, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Fred Thomas [Saturday Looks Good To Me]
      • Skip Church

      SONNY & THE SUNSETS are a beautiful West Coast thing. Birthed from the sand, the surf, and twilight campfires down in Ocean Beach, SONNY & THE SUNSETS’ busted beach-pop songs spark recollections of doo wop’s otherworldly despair, a dose of goofball humor from the Michael Hurley school, and positive possibilities exuded by Jonathan Richman. Helmed by the singer / songwriter, playwright, author & onetime troubadour SONNY SMITH, The Sunsets have featured a revolving door lineup that have included SHAYDE SARTIN, RYAN BROWNE, KELLEY STOLTZ and TAHLIA HARBOUR. Adopting a range of sounds SMITH’S sardonic, laid-back style is interwoven throughout his compelling songwriting and vocals. Their new project Moods Baby Moods is set to be released May 27th, 2016 an is available for pre-order now. FRED THOMAS (of SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME) is one of the founding and most influential members of the Michigan indie-scene. THOMAS released his first proper solo album in 2002, Everything is Pretty Much Fucked Up, and a steady stream of recordings have followed, ranging from carefully crafted full-lengths to limited-edition, experimental CD-Rs, with his most recent album All Are Saved, out on Polyvinyl. He will be here to ease our souls with his impeccably composed songs, brimming soothing guitar lines and dreamy vocals. SKIP CHURCH is a Chicago band making waves around town that showcases the slightly mellower songwriting chops of JOE SCHORGL, lead singer/songwriter/guitarist of THE SUEVES. Like an inverted DYLAN at Newport, SCHORGL goes acoustic in SKIP CHURCH with a scrappy crew of local rock & rollers that'll set your heart on fire. As their slogan goes, "Skip Church. Go to hell." You can do it.

    9. West Fest Chicago Fri July 8, 2016 5:00 pm
      • West Fest 2016 featuring Luna
      • The Eternals
      • Tunde Olaniran
      $5 Suggested Donation


      Dates: July 8 - 10 
      Location: Chicago Ave b/w Damen and Wood
      Cost: $5 donation
      Hours: Friday, 5-10pm; Sat & Sun Noon to 10 pm 
      Website: westfestchicago.com 

      West Fest 2016 main stage headliner LUNA was formed in 1991 by Dean Wareham after the breakup of GALAXIE 500, with Stanley Demeski of THE FEELINGS and Justin Harwood of THE CHILLS. Guitarist Sean Eden joined in 1994, Lee Wall replaced Demeski on drums in 1997, and Britta Phillips replaced Harwood on bass in 2000. LUNA released their final album, Rendezvous, in 2005 after playing their final concert at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Now they're here on the West Fest main stage, ready to blow your minds with their pure indie version of rock and roll. Genre-bending trio THE ETERNALS are also appearing. In recent years, the chameleonic band has shifted towards a more electronic-based sound that allows access to a seemingly infinite range of styles. TUNDE OLANIRAN is a Nigerian-American currently residing in Flint, MI. He performs his electro-pop tracks with pure passion and confidence, penning his own inspirational lyrics, as well as producing his own music and choreographing his own dance performances. 

    10. Fri July 8, 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)

    11. Fri July 8, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Bully
      • Downtown Boys

      The word "bully" has a negative connotation, one heavy with menace and violence. A bully is an instigator, an aggressorsomeone who can spot your weaknesses and exploit them mercilessly. It's a curious name for a Nashville quartet that is transforming familiar '90s alt-rock (Dinosaur Jr, Pavement, Weezer) into smart, sharp-edged millennial indie rock, but "bully" is certainly an apt description for the band's churning guitars, rambunctious rhythms, and tightly coiled intensity. Their debut Feels Like sounds alternately like a balled fist and a fresh bruise. More crucially, the word "bully" is a perfect distillation of frontwoman Alicia Bognanno's visceral approach to songwriting. She trades in steely observations, raw-nerve confessions, and intense anger directed almost exclusively at herselfalthough a few bystanders and bad exes might get caught in the crossfire. Her voice rises from sugar-sweet to scratchy howl as she bares her most harrowing fears to the world. In other words, Bognanno is her own bully. A deeply personal album by an artist bravely mining her own life, Feels Like is all about trying to figure yourself outabout holding yourself accountable and acting like an adult in a society that doesn't offer very many good examples. It's a coming-of-age album, which only makes Bognanno more relatable. Also hitting the stage this evening are Providence's political punk rockers DOWNTOWN BOYS, in all their saxophone-laden glory. Cleverly addressing and taking down white supremacy through bi-lingual punk dance music, DOWNTOWN BOYS are an inimitable, intersectional force to be reckoned with. 





    12. West Fest Chicago Sat July 9, 2016 12:00 pm
      • West Fest 2016 featuring Bully
      • Natural Child
      • Downtown Boys
      • Mike Krol
      • The Gotobeds
      • Melkbelly
      • DJ Ryan Weinstein
      $5 Suggested Donation

      Dates: July 8 - 10 
      Location: Chicago Ave b/w Damen and Wood
      Cost: $5 donation
      Hours: Friday, 5-10pm; Sat & Sun Noon to 10 pm 
      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 (lineups TBA), 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.

      Headlining the second day of West Fest 2016 is BULLY. ALICIA BOGNANNO, leader of BULLY, has been cutting her teeth on the soundboards of indie clubs and studios in Nashville for the past couple of years. She's put her technical skills to use in the four-piece rock band BULLY, where she acts as the guitarist, singer, producer, and engineer. BOGNANNO's technical abilities are apparent in BULLY's music, but it's the personal and emotional depth of the songs that make the scrappy, crunchy numbers so magnetic. Direct support this evening comes from Nashville's NATURAL CHILD. The band has played Chicago 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. Also hitting the stage this evening are Providence's political punk rockers DOWNTOWN BOYS; LA-via-Milwaukee punk rocker MIKE KROL, Philadelia's mutan-strain of rockers THE GOTOBEDS, and hometown four-piece MELKBELLY. Old pal RYAN WEINSTEIN will be spinning the hits throughout the evening.

    13. Sat July 9, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Cloud Nothings
      • Health&Beauty (Solo)
      $12 (advance), $15

      CLOUD NOTHINGS was founded in a Cleveland basement, the one-man recording project of Dylan Baldi, an unassuming, then 18-year-old student of song with a breathtaking ear for melody. Prolific from the start, Baldi’s early work was rough but immediate: crudely recorded, spring-loaded spasms of Buzzcocks-informed pop that quickly found an online following among the lo-fi-inclined. When an opportunity presented itself to open a small show in Brooklyn, Baldi abandoned a still-in-progress final project to be there. The gamble paid off — he’s been touring ever since, using every available break to write and record more. In 2010, Carpark unveiled Turning On, a retrospective introduction that combined early 7' singles and the full-length debut (a limited release on cassette and vinyl) from which it took its name. The following year, CLOUD NOTHINGS made its proper Carpark debut with a thrilling self-titled LP that found Baldi in a studio for the first time, shedding the many layers of hiss and distortion that had once obscured (or enhanced) his every sugary hook. What followed was an unexpected breakthrough, 2012's Attack on Memory, an album that very loudly (with the help of producer Steve Albini) announced the arrival of CLOUD NOTHINGS as the sound of more than just Baldi: Caustic and gargantuan, it marked the first time our young hero wrote with and for his longtime touring band, drummer Jayson Gerycz, bassist TJ Duke and since departed guitarist Joe Boyer. Touring intensified, rock critics slobbered, and the ceiling was raised considerably. Chicago's HEALTH&BEAUTY have been delivering beautiful music to this venue and the various basements and art lofts of this fine city for many years. Some of the same dudes that help RYLEY WALKER weave his pastoral sonic quilts both live and on record. Lucky for us, Mr. Walker gave his band the night off and they’ll be performing as a rock & roll trio featuring BRIAN SULPIZIO, BEN BOYE and FRANK ROSALY. Touching on contemporary social issues through the lens of intelligent, soft-spoken ballads, HEALTH&BEAUTY more than live up to their name.



    14. West Fest Chicago Sun July 10, 2016 12:00 pm
      • West Fest 2016 featuring Cloud Nothings
      • Craig Finn
      • Mild High Club
      • GGOOLLDD
      • The Lemon Twigs
      • Luggage
      $5 Suggested Donation


      Dates: July 8 - 10 
      Location: Chicago Ave b/w Damen and Wood
      Cost: $5 donation
      Hours: Noon to 10 pm both days 
      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 (lineups TBA), 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.

      Sunday's headliners are CLOUD NOTHINGS from Cleveland, OH. Founded in a Cleveland basement as the one-man recording project of Dylan Baldi, an unassuming, then 18-year-old student of song with a breathtaking ear for melody. Prolific from the start, Baldi’s early work was rough but immediate: crudely recorded, spring-loaded spasms of Buzzcocks-informed pop that quickly found an online following among the lo-fi-inclined. What followed was an unexpected breakthrough, 2012'ss Attack on Memory, an album that very loudly (with the help of producer Steve Albini) announced the arrival of CLOUD NOTHINGS as the sound of more than just Baldi: Caustic and gargantuan, it marked the first time our young hero wrote with and for his longtime touring band, drummer Jayson Gerycz, bassist TJ Duke and since departed guitarist Joe Boyer. Touring intensified, rock critics slobbered, and the ceiling was raised considerably. Direct support this evening comes from THE HOLD STEADY's CRAIG FINN. FINN’S trademark vocals tackle familiar territory – religion, solitude and change – and in the words of NPR, “FINN is a great storyteller, and Clear Heart Full Eyes provides another great opportunity to let his voice shine.” Also performing this evening is Chicago/LA psych group MILD HIGH CLUB, Milwaukee electronic pop five-piece GGOOLLDD, rock 'n' roll foursome THE LEMON TWIGS and Chicago shoegaze trio LUGGAGE.

    15. Mon July 11, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Foul Tip
      • The Scenics
      • Plastic Crimewave Syndicate
      • The Runnies
      Free Monday

      Welcoming back FOUL TIP this time as headliners, the fuzzed-out punk rock project of drummer/vocalist ED BORNSTEIN and bassist/vocalist ADAM LUKSETICH. This excessively rad drum/bass duo returns to the Bottle tonight for some raucous madness. Legendary 70s Toronto underground post-punk band THE SCENICS will be celebrating the archival release "In The Summer" (a collection of songs recorded on four track reel to reel during 1977 and 1978) with their FIRST EVER USA tour!!! Don't miss this once in alifetime chance to see these dudes! “Largely unappreciated when they originally existed between 1976-1981, these underground icons merged Television’s guitar work, Big Star’s pop prowess, Pere Ubu’s dementia, and The Ramones’ urgency” (Jonathan Cummins, Montreal Mirror). Coming in hot is PLASTIC CRIMEWAVE SYNDICATE, led by the inimitable STEVE KRAKOW and propelled by a pizza-fueled monster on bass, the band’s loud and spazzy solid gold spans from cavern-aged punk to lonely, hollowed-out psych/folk – further proof that MR. KRAKOW and co. sure know how to get weird in all the right places. Opening this evening are local fuzz-rockers THE RUNNIES. Their anthemic brand of garage rock n’ roll is steeped in psychedelia and fronted by a smoky-voiced siren.

    16. Tue July 12, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Marissa Nadler
      • Wrekmeister Harmonies
      • Muscle and Marrow
      • Presented by The Empty Bottle and WLUW

      For more than 12 years, MARISSA NADLER has perfected her own take on the exquisitely sculpted gothic American songform. On her seventh full-length, Strangers, she has shed any self-imposed restrictions her earlier albums adhered to, stepped through a looking glass, and created a truly monumental work. In the two years since 2014’s elegiac, autobiographical July, Nadler has reconciled the heartbreak so often a catalyst for her songwriting. Turning her writing to more universal themes, Nadler dives deep into a surreal, apocalyptic dreamscape. Her lyrics touch upon the loneliness and despair of the characters that inhabit them. These muses are primal, fractured, disillusioned, delicate, and alone. They are the unified voice of this record, the titular “strangers.” This sense of “end times” is exemplified by the sparse, piano-driven opener “Divers of the Dust.” Written utilizing a Dadaist cut-up technique (popularized by David Bowie and William S. Burroughs), Nadler layers hypnagogic imagery of waves pulling cities into the ocean over a very personal tale of longing. Once again partnered with July producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Black Mountain) Nadler has created a new album equal in sonic quality to the apocalyptic lyrical tone that covers its 44 minutes. In places her voice and guitar play off subsonic synths, while elsewhere, as in “Katie I Know,” a pulsing drumbeat launches the song off into an intense, confrontational place. “Janie in Love” is another full-band highlight, marrying the album’s most allegorically primal lyrics to the melodic hooks that makes Nadler one of the best songwriters working today. WREKMEISTER HARMONIES’ pastoral doom has earned praise from Pitchfork, SPIN, Decibel, and Invisible Oranges as a new form of metal composition and performance involving a wide variety of instrumentation. Employing an enormous ensemble of some of Chicago’s best talents in the metal and experimental communities, including Sanford Parker (Corrections House, Twilight), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), Ryley Walker, Chris Brokaw (Codeine, Come), members of Indian and Leviathan and more, Robinson has created a work that is equally gorgeous and menacing.

    17. Wed July 13, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Inter Arma
      • Withered
      • Immortal Bird
      $10 (advance), $12

      Formed in 2006, INTER ARMA is one of the most talked about heavy bands to come out of Richmond, VA. The group (consisting of T.J. Childers - Drums, Steven Russell - Guitars, Trey Dalton - Guitars, Mike Paparo - Vocals, Joe Kerkes - Bass) formed in 2006 and released their crushing debut full-length Sundown via Forcefield Records in 2010 to much critical acclaim. Combining a punk rock ethos with an esoteric blend of psychedelia, black metal, and doom/sludge, the quintet quickly developed a name for themselves in the underground through relentless touring and mesmerizing live performances. After Sundown's release, INTER ARMA began a rigorous DIY touring schedule, playing shows with bands like Cough, Krallice, Mutant Supremacy, Castevet, Royal Thunder, Ken Mode, The Body, Hull, Batillus, Black Breath and many more.

      In 2012, the band released a 12" EP entitled Destroyer via Toxic Assets Records. Based on the strength of this EP they immediately signed to Relapse Records and embarked on a self-booked month long tour. The band excitedly commented, "It's pretty crazy to think that we'll be tacitly associated with bands like NEUROSIS, AMORPHIS, HUMAN REMAINS, DISEMBOWELMENT, THE DILINGER ESCAPE PLAN, INCANTATION, MASTODAN, et al. That's a pretty high standard to hold yourself to, but we'll give it our damndest." Expect INTER ARMA to deliver on their promise.

    18. Thu July 14, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Royal Headache
      • Savoy Motel
      • Negative Scanner
      $12 (advance), $15

      The day before Pitchfork 2016 kicks off, we got some of our favorites hitting the Empty Bottle! Sydney, Australia four-piece ROYAL HEADACHE are returning to The Bottle stage this evening. These cats are continuously injecting more soul and passion into their breakneck formula, which 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. Retro-fried Nashville rockers SAVOY MOTEL are back, after opening for the BLACK LIPS during out Music, Frozen, Dancing after party! This crew puts on one hell of a show, so if you missed out last time be sure you don't do it again! 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, and we're all better for it. 

    19. Fri July 15, 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)

    20. Fri July 15, 2016 10:00 pm
      • Whitney
      • Michael Rault
      • Jimmy Whispers
      $12 (advance), $15

      A hometown Pitchfork After Show with your boys in WHITNEY, now that's what we like to see! Little known fact: The first incarnation of this band made their live debut at the Bottle back in March of 2015 when they backed up Mr. JIMMY WHISPERS for his record release show. The promising young group, which features former SMITH WESTERNS guitarist and drummer MAX KAKACEK and JULIEN EHRLICH (also ex-UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA), combines mellow-but-tight pop-rock with dashes of psych, country and R&B. They've stirred up Chicago's DIY scene for over a year and have since turned into a dynamic, internationally-acclaimed sextet (septet if you count their trusty soundman, which they/we do). The group's been touring tirelessly across the U.S. and Europe for most of the year, gaining a rabid following before even releasing their fantastic debut LP, Light Upon The Lake, out June 3rd on Secretly Canadian. The whole damn city, ourselves included, are proud to see how much these fellas have grown over the past year and a half, so you can bet they'll have the kids movin' and groovin' on the dance floor tonight.

    21. Sat July 16, 2016 12:00 pm
      • School of Rock Evanston presents "Rumours"
    22. Sat July 16, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Car Seat Headrest
      • Stef Chura
      $12 (advance), $15

      A little Pifchfork Aftershow action for ya punks! WILL TOLEDO, the singer/songwriter/visionary of CAR SEAT HEADREST, is adept at both writing banger/anthem catch phrases and more complex, rarely found lyrics having developed both over the course of his eleven college-recorded Bandcamp albums and his retrospective collection last fall, Teens of Style. With Teens of Denial, his first real "studio" album with an actual band, TOLEDO moves from bedroom pop to something approaching classic-rock grandeur and huge (if detailed and personal) narrative ambitions, with nods to the CARS, PAVEMENT, JONATHAN RICHMOND, WIRE, AND WILLIAM ONYEABOR. Hailing from Alpena, MI but eventually wandering downstate, STEF CHURA began writing songs in high school before diving into the world of basement shows, dive bars and DIY touring. Though she's been involved in various bands, when presenting her own songs (solo or backed by friends) STEF'S music is by turns foggy and obtuse or emotionally blunt, heavy lines delivered in a sweet mumble or a softly sinister howl. Now stationed in Detroit, her sounds continue to develop, with new songs emphasizing fingerpicked guitar, meditative repetition and 90s-leaning lite grunge modes. 


    23. Sun July 17, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Porches
      • Hoops
      $12 (advance), $15

      Another steller Pitchfork Aftershow for you! Here, again, is that distinctively present silence, creating a space where an undulating synthesizer feels as alive and mysterious as a single voice in a room. PORCHES bring “uneasy harmonies and organ drones while ripping out the low-end that keeps Maine's stoned reveries grounded...It's less twee than Frankie Cosmos, but every bit as strange.” In the summer of 2013, record label Exploding in Sound issued PORCHES' first full-length album, Slow Dance in the Cosmos. A year later, he released a humming, atmospheric EP as alter ego Ronald Paris (pronounced the French way). After gathering a sizable fan base, particularly in response to live shows across the New York City area, PORCHES signed with Domino in 2015 and released his sophomore long player, Pool, in early 2016. While retaining his characteristically downcast tone and incorporating a variety of style influences, it represented a move to full-on indie electronic. Essentially a home recording by Maine, Pool was mixed by Chris Coady (BEACH HOUSE_ and featured guest vocals by partner and frequent collaborator FRANKIE COSMOS (aka Greta Kline). HOOPS is a Bloomington, Indiana band rocking lo-fi pop like it's nobody's buisness. They just announced their signing to Fat Possum records AND their upcoming record release. Come out tonight so you can say "I saw them when..."

    24. Mon July 18, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Deeper
      • Flamingo Rodeo
      Free Monday

      Returning to the Bottle to co-headline tonight's Free Monday is Chicago based dream pop/shoegaze band DEEPER, who's recently-formed lineup is made up of MICHAEL CLAWSON, SHIRAZ BHATTI, NICOHLAS GOHL and DREW MCBRIDE. Their five song EP of lush, shimmering guitar-based psych is called Tape and was released at the end of last year. Still something of a hidden gem in Chicago's robust music community, DEEPER meld twinkling guitars with cascading rhythms airy harmonies, pushing the "dream-pop" sound into uncharted sonic territories. They've packed this joint before and left us feeling like we were floating in space, taking in the cosmos and secretly hoping to never return. Kicking this shindig off is the debut of FLAMINGO RODEO, the new country-tinged, semi-psychedelic folk-rock project of NE-HI's MIKEY WELLS. If the first single, "Disguise," is any indication, WELLS will have all the little boys and girls swooning their hearts out when he hits the stage first. Show up early, stay late, never leave.

    25. Tue July 19, 2016 9:00 pm
      • GØGGS
      • Running
      • Choke Chains
      • DJ Ryan Weinstein

      CHAPTER ONE: GØGGS IS BORN. Ty and I decided we were going to start a band together when Ex-Cult opened for his band on the Slaughterhouse tour in 2013. A couple years later when the plans were solidified, it only made sense that thrash master Charles Moothart should get in on the experience. The three of us have been friends for years at this point, crashing at each others houses and riffling through each others record collections after a night of performing, partying, or both. This is not a side-project, it is a necessity. GØGGS is three heads, one spine, circling the drain of the wasteland known as mother earth.

      The A side to the debut single “She Got Harder” (out this November on In The Red Records) is one of the first songs we came up for this project, with an Iggy Pop cover (Featuring Zumi Rosow) thrown on the B-Side for maximum damage.The album dropping next year (featuring guests Cory Hanson of Wand, Denee Petracek of Vial, and Mikal Cronin) will lead us into the second chapter of the GØGGS saga. Smoke the Wurm. A new player enters the game.

      – Chris Shaw

    26. Wed July 20, 2016 9:00 pm
      • GØGGS
      • Absolutely Not
      • Soddy Daisy
      • Presented by Glitter Creeps

      GØGGS IS BORN. TY SEGALL and CHIRIS SHAW [we were going to start a band together when Ex-Cult opened for his band on the Slaughterhouse tour in 2013. A couple years later when the plans were solidified, it only made sense that thrash master Charles Moothart should get in on the experience. The three of us have been friends for years at this point, crashing at each others houses and riffling through each others record collections after a night of performing, partying, or both. This is not a side-project, it is a necessity. GØGGS is three heads, one spine, circling the drain of the wasteland known as mother earth. Returning to our stage are our old friends ABSOLUTELY NOT, who are always a god damn pleasure. These cats plays it fast, make it fun, and don't take themselves too seriously - though the lighthearted music occasionally belies darker lyrical content. Joining in on the fun is SODDY DAISY, a band that sounds like hardcore psychedelic glam rock with an intoxicating raggedness around the edges, and self described as, "Two Tennessee boys, a girl from Ohio, and a Burmese ragweed who make loud noises with each other." 

    27. Thu July 21, 2016 9:00 pm
      • All Them Witches
      • Chrome Pony
      • Long Live The GOAT

      Heavy, heady and hypnotic, ALL THEM WITCHES concoct a powerful and potent psychedelic sound that fuses bluesy soul, Southern swagger and thunderous hard rock. With their transfixing releases, 2012’s Our Mother Electricity and 2014’s Lightning At The Door, and a jam-filled live show where no two shows are the same, the band has amassed a devoted following and have become something of a sensation in the underground rock scene. “The band seemingly channels the churn of the universe and connects with a big, bad, uncaring cosmos,” wrote the Boston Globe, adding, “There is a primal ebb and flow at the core. ALL THEM WITCHES' mystic atmosphere, dark but not brutal, is the result of a tireless work ethic, a grueling tour schedule, and a tape trader’s compulsion for documenting every show. Call it fate, call it karma, call it supreme chance. Tyler and Kyle Davis of CHROME PONY are brothers born on the same date two years apart; and since they could build tree houses and race BMX in their Indiana hometown, the duo have been a spectral musical unit radiating energy and prolificacy. Embracing the hip-shake and the head-bang, picking and choosing from punk, psych, garage, world music and rock n’ roll, Tyler and Kyle have used the intervening years to add dimensions and secrets to their tunes. Years of triumphant two-piece rock had proven that they are well capable of astonishing fullness on their own, but there was more to be explored. Working with a rotating cast of Nashville’s best instrumentalists, the duo continue to take their songs to new depths of arrangement and dynamic, without a shred of pretense or hesitation.

    28. Fri July 22, 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)

    29. Fri July 22, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Swear Beam (Record Release)
      • Basement Family (Record Release)
      • Relevant Hairstyles

      Returning to our stage tonight for the first time since November of last year is Midwest rock band SWEAR BEAM, a new-ish four-piece featuring both members of our pals THE FUNS. Now calling St. Louis (or thereabouts) home, SWEAR BEAMS is on a path of destruction that’s all ear-crushing drums and pulverizing rhythms, with a side of syrupy, hushed vocals to make it all go down smooth. This is some good shit, plus they're celebrating the release of a new record, so be sure to get here and get your seven bucks worth.

    30. Sun July 24, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Lil Tits
      • Miss Destiny
      • Squish
      • Presented by Empty Bottle, HoZac Records & VictimofTime.com

      Tonight sees the return of LIL TITS, a trio that has been blazin’ up a storm the past few years, a string of killer tapes (including a live tape recorded at ye olde EB) and a reputation for live sets that’ll knock your ass straight into next week. If songs about dying in bathroom stalls, chasing monsters and falling into the great green abyss sound like your kind of trip, you’ll be right at home in any LIL TITS show. MISS DESTINY is a hard working, hard rocking four-peice from Melbourne, Australia. Signed to both HoZac Records and RIP Society Records, they're ready to tear up The Bottle stage for the first time ever. Hope YOU'RE ready.

    31. Mon July 25, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Dehd
      • Heaven For Real
      • Parent
      • Bunny
    32. Tue July 26, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Good Willsmith
      • ADT
      • Potions

      We last saw our good friends in GOOD WILLSMITH at our Beyond the Gate concert series at Bohemian National Cemetery. The trio ​processes guitars, synths, found physical media, and voices through multi-track looping hardware and chains of electronics. GOOD WILLSMITH incorporates elements of ambient, drone, noise, komische minimalist metal and Indian classical music into long-form structured improvisations, making for some truly psychedelic mindfuckery. ADT (American District Telegraphy) is a Chicago improv/skronk, “fake jazz” troupe supergroup consisting of a cast of musicians from some of the city’s most inventive noise makers: Jake Acosta (Teen River, Famous Laughs, Lake Paradise), Kyle Drouin & Johnny D (Spooky Moon, Wild Oats); ADT is a free-for-all exploration of electronics, free jazz, drone, krautrock, ambient, & whatever else you want to hear in it. Ben Billington (Tiger Hatchery, Quicksails) & Whitney Allen (Toupee, Columba Fasciata) joined the group in the late 2013, further expanding the realm with bombastic drum kit & articulate sax skronks, which sat perfectly with the already developing ADT mix of free pysch bass, ‘trumpet thru fx,’ and bubbly electronics. Returning for another performance is electronic drone minimalists POTIONS. Another local act, these Chicagoans are almost therapeutic in their soundscapes, with ambient pulsing and electronic drones taking listeners on an interstellar journey to an alien dance party where body-movin’ is optional. Don’t just stand there, move a leg or something. 

    33. Wed July 27, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Makaya McCraven
      • Anthony Valadez (KCRW)
      • Bottletree (Coultrain)
      • Megiapa, Presented by International Anthem, King Hippo, and Empty Bottle

      In a new era of genre-bending music, MAKAYA MCCRAVEN pushes the boundaries of sound and rhythm to create categories of his own. Called “a sound visionary” (jazzinchicago.org) who is “not your everyday jazz drummer” (thewordisbond.com), MCCRAVEN is a beat scientist. Whether behind the drums or in the lab, mixmaster MAKAYA MCCRAVEN moves between genres at lightning speed. “You are listening to one incredible musician. His style and sound is unique, a heady, skillful, sophisticated and boldly uncompromising mix of jazz and hiphop” (UKVibe). MAKAYA's breakthrough debut 2XLP, In the Moment (International Anthem, 2015) has garnered international attention, earning critical acclaim from The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, BBC (Gilles Peterson’s “Album of the Week”), and NPR. In the Moment is one of DownBeat and Pop Matters’ Top Jazz Albums of 2015. UK’s The Wire writes, “While Teo Macero’s work with Miles [Davis] might seem the obvious reference point, ‘In The Moment’ is closer in spirit to Madlib and J Dilla.” Jazz Times calls “In The Moment” “mesmerizing” and “an important document.”

    34. Thu July 28, 2016 9:00 pm
      • ON AN ON
      • Shy Technology
      • Val Son

      ON AN ON is an American experimental-pop band out of Minneapolis, MN. Formed in 2012, ON AN ON began when the trio congregated in the Toronto studio Stars & Sons with producer Dave Newfeld to start a brand new band. Their debut Give In captured the origins and exploration of their new sound in real-time. Eventually, ON AN ON ventured to California to record at the famous Sunset Sound in Los Angeles with legendary producer Joe Chiccarelli (WHITE STRIPES, SPOON, THE SHINS, MY MORNING JACKET). The influence of sun-drenched Californian landscape can be clearly heard in their latest records pushing the vibrancy and the energy of their debut to ever-greater heights. These cats recently unveiled they will be going on indefiniate hiatus after this tour, so this show may be your last chance to see them for a while! Chicago indie-rock quartet SHY TECHNOLOGY's material is a by-product of restless nights and countless days spent weighing out the pros and cons of a life crafted to pursuing personal happiness and taking the leap to live full-time as musicians. Armed with a rare, brutal honesty which characterizes the outlook of millenials everywhere, SHY TECHNOLOGY is the voice of a romantic generation that still maintains hope for a better future, in spite of life’s grim challenges. Thanks for keeping us inspired, SHY TECHNOLOGY! Minneapolis rock quartet VAL SON will be kicking the evening off right.

    35. Fri July 29, 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)

    36. Fri July 29, 2016 10:00 pm
      • Modern Baseball
      • Sports
      • Empty Bottle and C3 Official Lollapalooza Aftershow

      PUBLIC ON SALE: Friday, June 3rd, 10 AM

      In just a few short years, MODERN BASEBALL have gone from college freshman self-recording their first record to a worldwide phenomenon and somehow, it feels like just the beginning. In 2016, MODERN BASEBALL  released their new album Holy Ghost through Run For Cover Records. The first album recorded by someone other than the band themselves, MODERN BASEBALL enlisted JOE REINHART (Hop Along, Joyce Manor) at Headroom Studios in Philadelphia to help refine their sound. Holy Ghost shows off the band’s sonic growth, adding in new influences ranging from THE KILLERS to PEDRO THE LION. SPORTS is a 4-5 piece basement rock band, started in 2012 at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Self-declaring their music as punk power-pop SPORTS has now explored beyond the Buckeye state playing with contemporaries including RADIATOR, HOSPITAL, PRESTS, PORCHES and PINEGROVE.

    37. Sat July 30, 2016 10:00 pm
      • Chairlift
      • Ela Minus
      • Empty Bottle and WXRT Official Lollapalooza Aftershow

      PUBLIC ON SALE: Friday, June 3rd at 10 AM

      Hailing from Brooklyn, New York the avant-pop outfit CHAIRLIFT formed for the unusual purpose of crafting music for haunted houses. After finding that their work transcended its original purpose, bandmates Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly continued creating music as CHAIRLIFT. They have since made a name for themselves in the Big Apple playing shows with similar up-and-comers like MGMT, YEASAYER, and MIXEL PIXEL while inking a contract with the independent label Kanine.ELA MINUS is the solo project of New York-based artist GABRIELA JIMENO, former drummer of the dream pop band BALANCER. The Colombian musician offers soft, Spanish lyrics over bouncy synths to create “Volcán,” a burst of heat and energy not unlike the title’s subject manner. The promising track featured on her latest EP Grow contrasts with the saccharine lightness of her 2015 EP First Words exploring a balance between her aggressive vocals and sweet synth sounds.

    38. Mon August 1, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Lovely Little Girls (Record Release)
      • Bobby Conn
      • Walking Bicycles
      • Chorus of Shadows
      Free Monday

      Returning for their first show since March 2015 is LOVELY LITTLE GIRLS, an avant-rock collective led by artist GREGORY JACOBSEN and bassist ALEX PERKOLUP. Using JACOBSEN's grotesque paintings as a basis, they write theatrical suites that transform child-like musical motifs into alien and frightening charges of dissonance, tangled polyrhythms and Catholic Church ceremony seriousness. We're celebrating their latest record release this evening, and could not be more stoked. Incorporating experimental performance art, noise music and rock & roll, BOBBY CONN has been a staple of the experimental rock community for the better part of the past two decades and is known for his viciously catchy and elaborate charades. In the words of Tiny Mix Tapes, “much like macaroni, Chicago music fixture BOBBY CONN is always there for you. Propulsive post-punk band WALKING BICYCLES will be returning to our stage and we're stoked to have them back. Founded in the Pacific Northwest in 2004, their first record, a six-song self-titled EP of dark and peculiar music was released in 2005 (which is currently 11 years ago - WHOA). They then moved to Chicago and now have four releases under their belt(s) plus what SPIN describes as a “Dynamic, genre defying act.”Kicking this evening into gear is CHORUS OF SHADOWS, the latest audo noir project from BALTHAZAR DE LEY (HUM, MENTHOL, LA SCALA).

    39. Tue August 2, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Twin Hits [Twin Peaks + Today's Hits]
      • Shellshag
      • Pookie and the Poodlez
      $7 (advance), $10

      Returning to our stage to headline this evening is TWIN HITS, a Chicago band comprised of members of TWIN PEAKS and TODAY'S HITS. It's totally NOT TWIN PEAKS and also totally NOT TODAY'S HITS, it’s something completely unique. Trust us, you are certainly in for a treat.Brooklyn-based duo SHELLSHAG is comprised of two people, SHELL, who plays guitar and sings, and SHAG, who plays drums standing up and also sings. SHAG has bells sewn on her belt and ankles, so there's lots of frantic wiggling to coax the noise out of them. They're known for putting on shows that bring the house down, sometimes literally (though hopefully not tonight). Expect some crowd surfing, things being thrown across the room and an air of revelry as they perform their ramshackle, jangly good times rock & roll. POOKIE & THE POODLEZ are a Oakland, CA bedroom pop band ready to take Chicago by storm. It's their Empty Bottle debut this evening, so lets show them a rip-roaring good time.

    40. Wed August 3, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Esme Patterson

      ESME PATTERSON's decadal musical career sprang from Colorado’s mountains when she co-founded Denver’s beloved indie-folk ensemble Paper Bird. After four acclaimed albums and perpetual touring, Patterson set a new course. In 2012, she wove local talents, including Nathaniel Rateliff, into her first powerful, ethereal solo release All Princes, I. Her 2014 release, Woman to Woman, rounded out previously one-dimensional females from popular songs to the praise of The New York Times, The Guardian and others. “Dearly Departed,” her hit collaboration with Shakey Graves led to millions of streams, sold out shows nationwide, as well as performances on Conan and The Late Show With David Letterman.

      On her laest release, We Were Wild, due out in June, her delicate voice, wry humor, poignant storytelling, and impassioned delivery entwine with fuzzed-out guitars, deep-in-pocket percussion, hints of roots-y country, and a swirling psychedelic hum.

    41. Thu August 4, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Cale Tyson
      • Kevin Andrew Prchal

      CALE TYSON is a singer and songwriter from Nashville, TN. Born in a small town in Texas, he was raised in Fort Worth, the home of TOWNES VAN ZANDT and the place where he first heard the classic country sounds that have inspired and enriched his gentle, melancholy, and undeniably whiskey-soaked sound. In 2013, TYSON released High On Lonesome, his debut EP, which features Kenny Vaughan (MARTY STUART) on electric guitar. The release was featured on CMT.com and in American Songwriter Magazine, as well as numerous other outlets. Tyson has recently been opening shows for DWIGHT YOAKAM on the road, in addition to wrapping up a new record which heavily features Robert Ellis on guitar and vocals.

      (American Songwriter) (Garden and Gun) (Rolling Stone)

    42. Fri August 5, 2016 9:00 pm
      • New Madrid
      • Luke Henry & Rabbitfoot
      $10 (advance), $12

      NEW MADRID's chemistry and singular sonic stamp are undeniable. Years of relentless touring, hundreds of shows and several thousand hours playing together have yielded a battle-hardened brotherhood – a band on a mission. Their latest record magnetkingmagnetqueen, release April 8th on Normaltown Records, comprises a sprawling 15 tracks, equal parts groove and jangle, psyche and grit, rock and slow burners. Co-produced with esteemed engineer David Barbe (DEERHUNTER, ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS) the album rewards the careful listener with unfolding layers of experimental soundscapes and grooves, bearing new discoveries with each enthralling listen. Returning to The Bottle stage is local LUKE HENRY & RABBITFOOT. Former Empty Bottle intern (!!) LUKE HENRY credits NEIL YOUNG for saving his soul in the 7th grade. Quite the dude to have rescue you, so you gotta hit him back somehow (right?) and these boys go the extra mile with their heartfelt, American folk rock. Their sound is reminiscent of the golden age with a self-aware, modern touch.

      (Consequence of Sound)

    43. Sun August 7, 2016 9:00 pm
      • The Donkeys

      California places a distinct sonic stamp upon the music born with in its boundaries. Owens had his Bakersfield, Parsons his Joshua Tree, and Malkmus his Stockton, and in their tunes you can hear dust, desert highways, and skateboards gliding over suburbia. THE DONKEYS have San Diego, and from that environment have woven a fundamental ease in their music - a rock, a roll, a sway, a slide - you could even call it a breeze. Effortlessly, THE DONKEYS continue their easy rolling, classic vibrations, but add a mystery and tension that make their music both lyrically and instrumentally compelling. Their latest album, Midnight Palms, was released earlier this year, and includes THE HOLD STEADY's Steve Selvidge, stepping in after the (amiable) departure of long-time guitarist Jesse Gulati. 

    44. Mon August 8, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Pale Sun Records Showcase feat. Big Syn
      • Caleb Willitz
      • Deadbeat
      Free Monday

      Year two of Pale Sun Records Showcase, here we come. We hosted this event last August and had a grand old time. This year, we're featuring some of the same artists as well as brand new ones, all signed to the experimental Chicago lable.

      Headlining this time around is newish Chicago four-piece BIG SYN, who joined forces in the wake of CONDUCTIVE ALLIANCE's unfortunate demise and they're making their live debut tonight. If it's anything like the previous outfit, expect BIG SYN to explore the outer reaches of our galaxy with some exhilarating, anything-goes sonic experimentation. CALEB WILLITZ is a local artists whos music encompasses folk, alt-country, experimental, free jazz & psych. He performs solo and as part of THE CALEB WILLITZ ENSAMBLE, where he is joined by three fellow artists on guitar, drums, and bass. WILLITZ is also a beast on the production side of things, assisting many fellow musicians with recording and mixing their records. Kicking the night off is DEADBEAT, the local electro-dance project of Chicagoan JESSICA RISKER with collaborators ADAM WIEBE, JOSHUA WENTZ and JARRETT HOTHAN. DEADBEAT's undeniably original soundscapes simultaneously evoke thoughts of both outer and inner space. We're stoked to have them back for some experimental electronic, noise, dance, and psychedelic music with catchy, poignant melodies paired with stunning visual elements. 


    45. Tue August 9, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Prinze George
      • VICTOR
      • Eshovo
      $10 advance, $12 day of

      PRINZE GEORGE is Kenny Grimm (production / instrumental), Naomi Almquist (vocals) and Isabelle De Leon (drums), who are based in Maryland. Kenny and Naomi grew up together in Prince George's County, where they met Isabelle while she was in college. Formed in 2013, PRINZE GEORGE has quickly exploded onto the Indie scene. Following the release of their breakthrough single, "Victor," The Wild Honey Pie declared, "[This band] could be destined for Indie Pop royalty status." Climbing to #1 on the Hype Machine charts, the single and the band have won the attention of music blogs, fans and labels from all over the world. "Victor" was also selected for the movie soundtrack of Warner Bros.' biggest European release in 2014, "Honig Im Kopf," a film directed by Til Schweiger. Through My Headphones calls PRINZE GEORGE "[a band that] has all the makings of being one of the most talked about new acts." VICTOR is the latest incarnation of Chicago based musician Matthew Kerstein. Largely a studio creation, VICTOR was dreamt up out of the home demos made over the summer of 2014 and the added production work of producer Bill Skibbee (producer of the Kills, Wilde Belle and Protomartyr). The songs became a blend of live home recordings and electronic studio production forming into something unexpected. The music maintains the grit and low fi energy of early rock and roll while feeling free to venture into indie, pop and electronic territory.ESHOVOS is a Washington, D.C. artist, the child of Nigerian immigrant parents.While musicianship and lyricism were not the foundations on which he was raised, they are the pillars on which he communicates his stories of relatable truth. When ESHOVO first began exploring his creativity, it was with comic freestyles in the basement with his brothers. This eventually led to school bus ciphers with a young Rob Bailey (LYRICISS) and later, trading bars with actor/comedian and rapper Donald Glover (CHILDISH GAMBINO). Inspired by the innovative, never the pedestrian, ESHOVO finds a medium somewhere between the sounds of MOS DEF, DANGER MOUSE, & BLACK THOUGHT.

    46. Wed August 10, 2016 9:00 pm
      • JJUUJJUU
      • Hydrofoil

      JJUUJJUU is an astral union, an arcane ritual, and above all, a conversation. Harnessing an unspoken energy, the group has exponentially blossomed from a sonic experiment to a forceful, telepathic dialogue of distinct-but-aligned vibrations. A revolving cast of local and international musicians have all been a part of JJUUJJUU at one point in time. Releasing this dynamic on an expanding spiral of planned and impromptu live shows in the American southwest and BEYOND, the magnetism of the trio (and sometimes duo) only continues to grow, along with its devoted, traveling coterie of entranced acolytes. HYDROFOIL is a new-ish Chicago duo comprised of BOBBY BURG (JOAN OF ARC/LOVE OF EVERYTHING) and RYAN WEINSTEIN of CAIRO GANG/COFFIN PRICKS/CAVITY (the 3 C's!), not to mention a number of other bands the two have taken part in over the years. The pair stacks drum machine beats, chugging rhythms and multi-layered guitar lines on top of one another to create compelling, driving instrumental rock that'll pair perfectly with your next car chase, no matter what speed you choose.

    47. Thu August 11, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Sweet Knives [Lost Sounds]
      • Richard Vain [Bare Mutants]
      • The Goblins

      Alicja, Rich, and original member John Garland have brought back a set of tunes from the old LOST SOUNDS closet.  Along with Johnny Valiant on bass they are called Sweet Knives, named after a song from the Lost Sounds 2004 In The Red “Future Touch” seven song EP.  This past January 2016 the group recorded a four song double 7” that will be available in August on Red Lounge Records. LOST SOUNDS was known for a sound filled with angst, paranoia, and anxiety all rolled up in a synth laden rock n roll tasty burrito.  SWEET KNIVES carries on the quest with a new delivery, less likely to fall apart and fall off stage, and more likely to infect a room with a symphony of sharpened blades. Alicja, Rich, and original member John Garland have brought back a set of tunes from the old LOST SOUNDS closet. Along with Johnny Valiant on bass they are called Sweet Knives, named after a song from the Lost Sounds 2004 In The Red “Future Touch” seven song EP. This past January 2016 the group recorded a four song double 7” that will be available in August on Red Lounge Records. LOST SOUNDS was known for a sound filled with angst, paranoia, and anxiety all rolled up in a synth laden rock n roll tasty burrito. SWEET KNIVES carries on the quest with a new delivery, less likely to fall apart and fall off stage, and more likely to infect a room with a symphony of sharpened blades. RICHARD VAIN started as the solo project of PONYS/BARE MUTANTS front man JERED GUMMERE, a gentleman and rock & roll scholar who is certainly no stranger to our stage (or our bar). It has since evolved into a trio and channels the familiar songwriting structures of GUMMERE's past work. VAIN and his cohorts craft tightly-wound, tense-yet-tranquil songs that are as hazy and unforgiving as the smoke in your lungs.

    48. Sun August 14, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Birdcloud

      BIRDCLOUD is Jasmin Kaset and Makenzie Green, a pair who met in a place called  Murfreesboro and who, since 2009, have used things like booze and sacrilege to make very modern country music. The duo write songs about what Sarah Palin deemed “the real America,” that unsung republic of countrified interstices stretching from coast to coast between cities. Kaset and Green’s America is a nation of indulgent reprobates and boastful imbeciles, laughing maniacs and horny high school dropouts— the desperate, absurd place we all inhabit in one way or another. The band’s music is the ravenous id of today’s commercial country sound, and in place of the pandering and polished banality of Nashville’s Music Row is a savagely honest depiction of “real Americans,” where a teenage evangelical designates her vagina (alone among her orifices) to Christ; a Desert Storm veteran dispenses ancient wisdom while driving drunk and toppling birdbaths in the suburbs; a coked up blackout drunk on a spree fellates a rodeo clown and tells her friend’s children that Santa doesn’t exist. In other words, our kinda people!

    49. Mon August 15, 2016 9:00 pm
      • First Hate

      Tonight we welcome FIRST HATE to the Empty Bottle stage for the very first time! FIRST HATE are a synth-pop duo from Copenhagen. They released their debut EP 'First Hate' on Canadian label Bad Actors Inc. (Ben Cook) in September 2014. After playing several festivals during the summer they went on their own headlining club tour in October 2015 finishing off with a show in LA on halloween. March 4th 2016 saw them release their second EP 'The Mind Of A Gemini' via Copenhagen label Escho (Iceage, Liss, Lower etc) to great praise among Danish media. 

    50. Tue August 16, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Omni

      OMNI – the band, not the hotel – are from the former home of the Braves: Atlanta. Playing lo-fi pop that channels the specter of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, OMNI brings you back to an era where any sane person was reeling from the unfulfilled promise of the Space Age and Age of Aquarius bleeding into the looming threat of Morning in America. OMNI distills the buzz and grit that snakes through the best of TELEVISION, DEVO, and PYLON into surprisingly danceable, hook-laden slabs of raw, angular, sonic bliss. It’s still the summer of ’78, and pushing the roots of rock & roll to its limits remains in vogue. OMNI just signed a two-record deal with Trouble in Mind with the first record due out this June, so the band is currently touring behind their latest LP Deluxe! Deluxe serves as a fresh reminder that rock music can work outside of blues rooted, formulaic progressions without playing it safe behind a wall of effects.
      Arty enough to impress record enthusiasts, yet melodically attractive enough to transcend to those who’ve never asked: Sister Midnight or Red Money?

    51. Fri August 19, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Milemarker
      • Sweet Cobra
      • The Poison Arrows
      $12 (advance), $14

      Formed 1997 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina by Al Burian, Dave Laney and Ben Davis, MILEMARKER quickly gained recognition in the independent music scene for their explosive live shows and adventurous instrumentation. The band became known for its combination of post-hardcore punk with new wave electronics, and found a solid touring line-up. In 2009, guitarist Dave Laney moved to Hamburg and focused his musical energy into the band Auxes, while bassist Al Burian moved to Berlin to pursue literary and journalistic interests. A re-ignition of the band on German soil seemed inevitable. MILEMARKER returned to the stage in 2015 with Lena Kilkka on synth/vocals and Ezra Cale on drums. SWEET COBRA, a trio of Chicagoans that make some of our favorite skull-crushing rock, has remained a cornerstone of Chicago's heavy music scene for over ten years now. Consistently bashing us against the wall and throwing us to the gutter, SWEET COBRA combine plodding, ominous riffs with thunderous drums and caveman vocals, turning it up to 11 for a whole new level of ass-kickery.THE POISON ARROWS have a somewhat complicated, two-part history. The original, more pop-oriented band formed in 1996 in Knoxville, TN, as a transitional project between two other, better-known bands. Guitarists Jason Morris and Justin Sinkovich had just come out of the alt-rock outfit THUMBNAIL, and bassist Scott Westmoreland and drummer Ben Martin were friends from the local scene. Although the band recorded a full album's worth of songs in 1996 and 1997, Sinkovich chose to move to Chicago and start a new band, the epic post-rock outfit ATOMBOMBPOCKETKNIFE. These recordings remained unreleased until 2001, when they were released under the POISON ARROWS name by Sound on Sound Records. When Sinkovich broke up ATOMBOMBPOCKETKNIFE in 2004, he re-adopted the name the POISON ARROWS for use in his new sideline career as a remixer; some solo electronic experiments appeared on various compilations around that time as well, before Sinkovich released the debut EP Trailer Park later that year. A proper band was formed, and the rest is history. We haven’t seen these guys since 2010, so we’re stoked as hell to have them back!

    52. Sat August 20, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Frankie and the Witch Fingers
      • Uh Bones
      • Son of a Gun
      • Permanent Records DJs

      FRANKIE AND THE WITCH FINGERS are a four piece lysergic soaked rock n roll outfit from Bloomington Indiana. The group recently relocated to Los Angeles and released a mind exploding LP on Permanent Records. Each song is a fuzzed out pop trip! With mystical lyrics and a strong vocal delivery, THE WITCH FINGERS conjure the vibrations and patterns of the first psychedelic ere. But they don't merely recreate the sonic spectrum of the 60's. These are new sounds and heavy new ideas. Speaking of heavy sounds, Locals UH BONES are a trio whose sloppy, unhinged garage jams are making waves across the city and stealing the hearts of girls all around this here county. A little organ-driven rock & roll never hurt your soul, and this well-oiled machine always leaves us clamoring for more - hopefully we get to hear some new tunes when they kick out the jams tonight. Few can resist the siren call of SON OF A GUN's two guitar attack. If your feet aren't tapping, then we legitimately suggest you see a doctor, cause you might be dead. This past June we helped em release a brand new, rip-roarin' 7", which further solidified their place among Chicagoland's rock & roll elite. The fine humans of Permanent Records will be spinning all the best rock gems you could possibly imagine throughout the night. Prepare for blast-off.

    53. Tue August 23, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Hockey Dad
      • Muuy Biien

      For two childhood friends from a small coastal town in Australia, HOCKEY DAD has come a long way in their relatively short existence. Growing up on the stages of small bars in Wollongong since mid-2013, the duo of Zach Stephenson (guitar/vocals) and Billy Fleming (drums) began to grow their following outside their home city with the release of their debut EP Dreamin in June 2014. Growing interest in the band led to national tours alongside the likes of DZ DEATHREAYS, BASS DRUM OF DEATH, and BAD/DREEMS, aand they were named the winners of Triple J’s Unearthed competition, landing them a spot on Byron Bay’s prestigious Falls Music & Arts Festival over the new year.The duo are now looking to expand their reach beyond their home country. Following their recent performance at CMJ in New York, the band has just signed with Kanine Records in the US in anticipation of their debut album release in mid-2016.Athens, GA-bred noise terrorists MUUY BIIEN have been demanding (and getting) a shitload of attention since their April 2015 debut record. Playing aggressive, blown-out and jagged punk rock with zeroed-in focus and fearless, unpretentious attitude, MUUY BIIEN are the real thing, and the power of D.Y.I. is palpable. With no college degrees, no connections and no future, this ain’t some snappy bullshit that every blog on the planet is gonna champion before moving onto “the next big thing” – MUUY BIIEN is here to stay and they can (and likely will) go wherever the fuck they please. 

    54. Wed August 24, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Powell (Record Release)
      • Elon Katz
      • Not Waving
      • Jaime Williams DJ set
      • Beau Wanzer DJ Set, Celebrating 5 Years of Diagonal Records
    55. Thu August 25, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Ryley Walker (Record Release)
      • Luggage
      • TALsounds

      Chicago-based folk-monster RYLEY WALKER is no stranger to The Empty Bottle stage. In fact, he's damn near family. In March of 2015, he released Primrose Green as one of the Dead Oceans newest musical acts. NPR described the album as having a spirit that is “beyond and is unruly - this is rock’n’roll.” WALKER is an impressive act of solo acoustic finger style guitar tracks that evolve with graceful flow. Circular shimmers and visceral bottleneck slides create songs that take on a life of their own in a live setting. Flowing, earthy acoustic work cascades from WALKER's hands and he's been reborn as a troubadour, which he carries on exploring to this day, sometimes in a Pentangling ensemble, or just solo with voice, wood and strings. It is our pleasure to see him off on an adventure of kangaroos and chips that are fries. Chicago band LUGGAGE is comprised of members of BASIC CABLE, LOOSE DUDES and CLEARED. Though they formed a little over a year ago, they've already given the world a debut LP, Sun, on Automatic Recordings, which they celebrated the release of at the famed Rainbo Club. The trio's dark, noisy blend of shoegaze, post-punk and droning psychedelia is intensely hypnotic. Judging by the members' pedigrees, you can expect a thrilling live set, as we saw in May 2016 when they last played our stage, opening for Austin, TX bad boys SPRAY PAINT. Returning to kick off the evening is ambient experimentalist NATALIE CHAMI’s musical moniker TALSOUNDS. Also a member of experimental trio GOOD WILLSMITH, it’s been a solid three years since CHAMI has been back with her solo improvised set of electronic mindfuckery. It’s about damn time. 

      (Consequence of Sound) (Pitchfork)

    56. Sun August 28, 2016 9:00 pm
      • The Muffs
      • John San Juan

      Based in Los Angeles, California, THE MUFFS, is a U.S. punk band formed in 1991 by Kim Shattuck (vocals) and Melanie Vammen (guitar), both refugees from all-female garage rockers THE PANDORAS. Ronnie Barnett (bass) and Criss Crass (drums) completed the original line-up, which completed a highly enjoyable punk pop collection for Warner Brothers Records in 1993. Vammen and Crass left after the debut album, with Jim Laspesa and then Roy McDonald coming in on drums. The slimmed-down trio completed two solid albums for Reprise Records in the late 90s, but despite their songs cropping on several movie soundtracks THE MUFFS failed to make the breakthrough to mainstream recognition enjoyed by contemporaries such as GREEN DAY. They switched to independent label status in the new millennium, recording Hamburger (2000) for Sympathy For The Record Industry and Really Really Happy (2004) for Five Foot Two.

    57. Mon August 29, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Paper Mice
      • Evasive Backflip
      • Not For You
      Free Monday

      PAPER MICE, a three-piece whirligig from Chicago, is headlining on our fair stage this evening. These DIY scene super stars blend a freakish range of influences into miniature, prog-punk puzzles that are extra fun to put together. Chicago's EVASIVE BACKFLIP play second with another wet and wild set of experimental rock. With mathy, experimental, and jazz-influenced riffs to match their zany and often nonsensical lyricism, expect to see this act grab your brain, make you smirk, then stomp all over it in a surprisingly-cohesive manner. NOT FOR YOU is a Chicago three-peice creating pop-noises and things. This is their first Bottle appearance, so let's get weird.

    58. Fri September 2, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Scorched Tundra VI featuring Bongripper
      • False
      • Oozing Wound

      Scorched Tundra is proud to announce the entire lineup for its sixth edition. This year’s installment – taking place on September 2nd and 3rd at The Empty Bottle in Chicago – will feature Scorched Tundra alumni, as well as the most devastating bands from around the USA.

      BONGRIPPER is a four-piece instrumental doom band from Chicago. Known for deafening and intense live performances that highlight the bands soaring riffs and exploding rhythm section, these dudes thrives on an unrelenting sound that can compete with any of the heaviest metal bands of their genre. Since 2006 they have released 6 full-length albums. Their latest album, Miserable, was released in July of 2014. FALSE is a black metal band out of Minneapolis, MN, formed in 2011. The sextet defines themselves as “black metal for post-apocalyptic desolation.” Reject the promise of progress and the encompassing void that constitutes fulfillment, you're in for a wild fucking ride. OOZING WOUND is a trio specializing in destructive thrash that makes the people go insane. With heir simultaneously hilarious and terrifying blend of heavy riffage, crushing rhythms and piercing screams, these guys have made quite a name for themselves around Chicago. Each OOZER cut their teeth in some beloved local bands, including CACAW, ZATH, UNMANNED SHIP, and BAD DRUGS.

    59. Sat September 3, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Scorched Tundra VI featuring Monolord
      • The Atlas Moth
      • Beastmaker
      • Sweat Lodge

      Scorched Tundra is proud to announce the entire lineup for its sixth edition. This year’s installment – taking place on September 2nd and 3rd at The Empty Bottle in Chicago – will feature Scorched Tundra alumni, as well as the most devastating bands from around the USA.

      Swedish act MONOLORD bring some doomed fuzz troping, sludge delving, and stoner loving chaos into the mix of life.The Gothenburg trio have quickly grown into one of Europe's most exciting young groups. Considering their hometown is one of Chicago's sister city, this is the only way to headline tonight's monstrous lineup. Fusing blues, doom, and psychedelic rock, Chicgao band THE ATLAS MOTH look to their hometown for inspiration in their post-metal experiments. With layers of rumbling guitars and synthesizers, the band takes a more textural approach to metal, creating a maelstrom of heavy riffs and swirling atmospherics that evokes Isis and Pink Floyd in equal measure. BEASTMAKER specializes in Sabbath inspired central valley doom rock. Hailing from Fresno, CA, they formed in 2014 and released their debut album, Lusus Naturae on Rise Above Records in March 2016. The band’s music has a strong Black Sabbath influence. SWEAT LODGE are aptly named, as the sound produced by this Austin TX, vibe tribe is best experienced in a dark, smoke filledroom. Eschewing modern tendencies in heavy music to rely on brute force, the group combines epic, technical songwriting with enough neolithic heaviness to keep the cavemen happy.

    60. Thu September 8, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Varaha
      • Close The Hatch
      • Disrotted

      VARAHA is a Chicago nostalgic/post/metal/doom/rock four-piece that is loaded and ready to rock your faces off. Starting in 2013, the current lineup consists of Fabio Brienza (Vocals, Guitars), Joel Hollis (Guitars), David Swanson (Drums), and Brian Gold (Bass). Their debut EP is in the works and will be hitting the streets real soon now. We're pumped as all-get-out to welcome these dudes to The Bottle stage for the first time! CLOSE THE HATCH is a post-metal act from Dayton, Ohio. Basically just four people making noise with instruments, but REALLY damn good noise that you can't get enough of.  Openng the evening is DISROTTED, formed in mid 2013 by members of other local bands such as PIT OF SPIKES, SICK/TIRED, HATE, and HARPOON with the mindset of playing slow, depressing, funeral paced doom infused with death metal. This is the bleak soundtrack for entering the void.

    61. Aragon Ballroom Sat September 10, 2016 8:00 pm
      • Explosions In The Sky presented by Empty Bottle & Live Nation
      $35 (advance), $40

      The Wilderness is Explosions In The Sky's sixth album, and first non-soundtrack release since 2011's Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. True to its title, The Wilderness explores the infinite unknown, utilizing several of the band's own definitions of "space" (outer space, mental space, physical geography of space) as compositional tools. The band uses their gift for dynamics and texture in new and unique waysrather than intuitively fill those empty spaces, they shine a light into them to illuminate all the colors of the dark. From the electronic textures of the opening track to the ambient dissolve of closer "Landing Cliffs," The Wilderness is an aggressively modern and forward-thinking work-one that wouldn't seem the slightest bit out of place on a shelf between original pressings of Meddle and Obscured By Clouds.

      The first EITS album not produced entirely by the band, The Wilderness finds them working with long time collaborator (and Grammy-winning producer) John Congleton in a co-producer role for the first time, and the band's most ambitious songs to date branch into unexpected new dimensions accordingly: "Logic Of A Dream" lives up to its name, its celestial symphonic swells overcome by relentless tribal drum patterns that dissolve into a gentle Krautrock outro. The cacophonous washes that open "Disintegration Anxiety" resolve into a locked groove marking a rock solid midpoint of the journey, followed by a deconstructed ambient soundscape "Losing The Light." "Colors In Space" is particularly beautiful and brave, cycling through sublime atmospherics and motorik drive before building to a whiplash-inducing halt.

      Arguably the most progressive instrumental rock album since The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place, The Wilderness is a bold, experimental work combining the EITS song craft that has sold hundreds of thousands of albums and tickets with the cinematic sensibility that has elevated the band to the level of regard and demand they enjoy as film composers. It is an album where shoegaze, electronic experimentation, punk damaged dub, noise, and ambient folk somehow coexist without a hint of contrivance-and cohere into some of the most memorable and listenable moments of the bands expansive body of work-"proper" studio albums and major motion picture soundtracks alike.

      The progressive ambience of early Peter Gabriel, the triumphant romanticism of The Cure in their prime, and the more melancholy moments of Fleetwood Mac all inform the curious beauty of The Wilderness. The uncanny ability to reconcile the tension between discordant, nightmarish cacophony and laid-back, Laurel Canyoninspired folk-rock is a cornerstone of this album, and the center of Explosions In The Sky's remarkable evolution. If The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place was the defining album of Explosions In The Sky's career, The Wildernessis the band's [re] defining album.

      Explosions In The Sky is: Chris Hrasky (drums), Michael James (guitar, bass), Munaf Rayani (guitar), Mark T. Smith (guitar).

    62. Sat September 10, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Mystic Braves
      • The Dream Ride
      • Soft Candy

      MYSTIC BRAVES might be rooted in the psychedelic scene of the 1960s, but the band’s moment is happening right now. The Los Angeles band, based in Echo Park, are at the forefront of a white-hot garage band revival. When the band isn’t selling out shows across the country, they’re playing alongside legendary groups like THE ZOMBIES  or providing the soundtrack for can’t-miss fashion events like Saint Laurent Paris’ Spring-Summer 2015 collection. While MYSTIC BRAVES— made up of Julian Ducatenzeiler on guitar and vocals, Tony Malacara on bass and vocals, Shane Stotsenberg on guitar and vocals, Cameron Gartung on drums and Ignacio Gonzalez on organ and tambourine — isn’t straying far from what Ducatenzeiler calls “a blend of influence and sound that is unprecedented in contemporary music” on the forthcoming album, there are certainly changes afoot. The group is experimenting with more exotic instruments and is building a library of new songs to show off its invigorating style not only in the studio but at a series of big-ticket festivals including Burgerama, Desert Days and the Austin Psych Fest. THE DREAM RIDE is the immersive sonic vehicle of Los Angeles native, Jeffertitti Moon. Sparked by drum machines & synthesizers, Moon birthed the frame work for the project on a small 4-track cassette machine, creating a unique brand of pop music, infused with the raw psychedelic energy he has become known for in groups such as FATHER JOHN MISTY, JEFFERTITTIS NILE and CORNERS.

    63. Fri September 16, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Mild High Club

      Following on the mellow buzz generated on their 2015 debut album, Timeline, The Mild High Club returns this summer with their second full-length, Skiptracing. In just over a calendar year, it’s been quite the journey for Alexander Brettin, who is both founder and member of the Club. Hailing from the Midwest, Brettin grew up playing flute in the school band and wound up majoring in jazz studies in Chicago. But in 2012, an auspicious, westward-blowing wind brought Brettin out to visit Los Angeles, where he connected with the Stones Throw crew. Within a year, he had passed the early demos that would become Timeline onto Peanut Butter Wolf and made the move out west.

      And in investigating the spirit of American music, The Mild High Club re-imagine AM radio hits as blasting in from a parallel universe, the sound of early 70s LA in a smog of sativa. If Todd Rundgren was the primary touchstone for Timeline, Brettin and band now look to the wry, trenchant wit of Steely Dan, gazing deep into the dark underbelly of sun-bright LA and coming away with a catchy song underpinned by slippery jazz phrasings. It’s a cosmic connection that tethers The Mild High Club to fellow sonic brethren like Ariel Pink, Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Connan Mockasin and more.

      Dig deeper into the lyrics and imagery and that detective story slowly emerges. But it’s no simple whodunit? Instead, think The Long Goodbye, The Late Show, Chinatown, Night Moves or any early 70s inversion of the detective noir genre, where the gumshoe protagonist ultimately winds up investigating himself, navel-gazing so as to solve the ultimate mystery. Skiptracing is Philip Marlowe driving around LA listening to Caetano Veloso or that deleted scene in John Cassavetes’s The Killing of a Chinese Bookie where Cosmo Vitelli reads Cosmic Trigger.

      In crafting Skiptracing, The Mild High Club have made an album that strikes a balance between the known and unknown aspects of art and creation. While Brettin sought to have complete control over the creation of the previous album, in opening up and allowing these creative variables in, he learned a valuable lesson that lies at the heart of Skiptracing itself: “When you wish upon the unknown, you might be surprised by the rewards.”

    64. Fri September 23, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Wolves In the Throne Room

      Since 2002, over the course of 4 studio albums and hundreds of live performances WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM have refracted the transcendent and mythic aspects of Black Metal through their own idiosyncratic Cascadian prism. The resulting essence is music that is intimately linked to the wild lands of the Pacific Northwest. Their songs explore the hidden world of magic that one accesses through dreams, visions and music. As the mind altering pulse of the drums merges with seemingly infinite layers of guitar, an ocean-deep psychedelic soundscape coalesces. Time slows down, a portal opens and the blazing metal riffs collapse and shift into a dirge that invokes a misty other-world. In their songs, rain-drenched specters loom at the edge of the wood. Ancient cedar beings stir beneath their wet moss robes. One glimpses a bronze-domed temple rising among the firs.

      2014 saw the release of Celestite, an instrumental, experimental companion record to Celestial Lineage. Celestite is the inaugeral release on the bands new label, Artemisia Records, and sees the band take a deeper excursion into the crystalline synthesizer-driven domains that have long intrigued them. With the aid of producer Randall Dunn, the band unearthed a hidden soundscape that is only loosely tethered to their familiar sound, yet is still unmistakably the work of WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM.

    65. Fri September 30, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Merchandise

      MERCHANDISE is a band fighting against the easy categorization reserved for abbreviated biographies. The project is equal parts punk misanthropy, maudlin balladeering, fine art, low humor, classical study, psychedelic spacecasing, mad science and pop genius. 2013 saw the band releasing Totale Nite on Iowa City’s Night People label and touring extensively throughout America and Europe. MERCHANDISE'S first album for 4ADAfter The End, was released on 25th August 2014.  In 2015 they released Red Sun b/w Echo, a collaborative 7" with DUM DUM GIRLS, that was released through Sub Pop.

    66. Fri October 7, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Seratones
      $12 (advance), $14

      Get Gone, the potent debut album by the Shreveport, Louisiana natives in SERATONES, makes a strong case that this little-known corner of the state is fertile ground, musically speaking. A.J. Haynes (vocals), Connor Davis (guitar), Adam Davis (bass) and Jesse Gabriel (drums) serve up a combination of Southern musicality, garage rock ferocity, and general badassery. Recorded at Dial Back Sound studios in Mississippi, Get Gone is all live takes, a portrait of the SERATONES in their element. Add the soul and swagger of a juke joint with the electricity coursing through a basement DIY show, and you’d begin to approach the experience of seeing this foursome live. 

      Shared history in the city’s music scene brought the SERATONES together a few years ago. All four had played together with one or another in various local punk bands, bonding through all-ages basement shows, gigs at skate parks and BBQ joints, and late nights listening to jazz and blues records. SERATONES music, created with collaborative songwriting and spontaneous creativity, is certainly their own, due perhaps in part to Shreveport’s unique sonic geography. The city sits at a nexus roughly equidistant from Memphis soul, Mississippi Delta Blues, and New Orleans jazz, with Texas swing located just over the nearby state border. 


    67. Tue October 11, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Cymbals Eat Guitars
      • Field Mouse

      New York's CYMBALS EAT GUITAR move pretty dang fast. They formed in 2007, and by 2009 they already had their critically acclaimed full length album, Why There Are Mountains, under their belt. Two additional albums later, 2011's Lenses Alien and 2014's LOSE, these guys are gearing up to release something brand-spanking new with Pretty Years, out this September. The foursome have indeed crafted what’s easily their most sonically enigmatic and most rewarding album to date. The CYMBALS EAT GUITAR trademark cacophonic guitar rock and innate propulsion are still abundant, but they’re buttressed by raucous synth and keyboard lines, and an extemporaneous saxophone performance, which enrich when they could easily clutter these songs. The band also worked more quickly and efficiently than they had in the past, facilitated by years on the road in which they’ve played close to a thousand shows, which rendered them a tight, fully-oiled machine in the studio. Opening for CYMBALS EAT GUITAR is FIELD MOUSE, a five-piece band that plays good old, trusty stand by rock music. Two of them live in Philadelphia, three of them live in New York. The band is known for their ability to switch between mood and tone, as seen on their 2014 record Hold Still. Their tracks easily shift from the spiky immediacy to the more spacious moments, all while never losing sight of the scuzzy, melodic pop songs that remain FIELD MOUSE's distinct forte.

    68. Thu October 13, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Born Ruffians
      $15 (advance), $18

      We haven't seen Canadian indie rockers BORN RUFFIANS since 2010. It's about damn time they returned to The Empty Bottle stage! Started in 2002 under the name Mornington Drive, this four-piece is originally from Midland, Ontario. In 2004 the band moved to Toronto which is where they started to get success from their energetic live shows, wit-filled lyrics, their sounds that’s a cross between VAMPIRE WEEKEND and MODEST MOUSE and a strong online fan base following. After the move to Toronto they officially became BORN RUFFIANS, and we officially have loved them ever since.

    69. Fri October 21, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Cass McCombs Band

      Over the past decade, Cass McCombs has established himself as one of our premier songwriters. It’s a career that’s twisted and turned, from style to subject, both between records and within them. His new record, “Mangy Love,” (8/26, ANTI) ventures into realms of experimental soul, twisted psychedelia, and straight-up rock, resulting in a sound that articulates his live show better than ever before. Thematically, it’s far darker, tackling heavy issues through McCombs’ uniquely cracked lens of (oftentimes hilarious) lyrical wit and acumen toward subtlety. Hip-hop and Beat poetry influences have never been more evident, with several songs employing a speech-style and clever fast-paced wordplay. There are guest appearances by many fellow musicians of his tribe ranging from Angel Olsen to Blake Mills, under the production of veteran Rob Schnapf, and the overall result is his most immediate and upbeat record to date.

    70. Sat October 22, 2016 9:00 pm
      • Temples
      • Vinyl Williams

      Channeling all the best parts of the current 60s psych-rock resurgence, England's TEMPLES blend washed-out, murky tones and tunes with anemic vocals with swirling, shaggy melodies to fully encapsulate their time-traveling sonic adventure. Quickly gaining steam in their home country and in the States, TEMPLES have blown the fuuuuuuhk up since first hitting the Bottle stage back in November of 2013. They've played huge festival stages and sold out big-time venues around the world, so you're not gonna want to miss your chance to see these dudes in a small, intimate venue like the one that we call home. Lionel Williams aka VINYL WILLIAMS is a Los Angeles based artist and musician. His collage art & psyche- pop music fuses vast landscapes, multi-religious symbolism, and the supernatural into a paradoxical whirlpool of "mysticism and sonic matrices."

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