• Wed September 20, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Glitter Creeps Benefit for One Tail At A Time with Dan Rico
    • Coaster
    • Troy Anderson
    $5.00

    Glitter Creeps is tearing 2017 UP! This Rock/Punk/New Wave queer night has been throwing some of the best damn parties around since bringing their party to the Bottle. Hosted and co-curated by siblings Donnie & Madison Moore of ABSOLUTELY NOT, the monthly showcase was declared Best punk-rock LGBTQ night in Chicago Reader's 2015 Best Of issue and was included in Chicagoist's Best Queer Nightlife In Chicago. Each month brings new and exciting bands from Chicago and beyond to perform on our stage and we're stoked for the lineup that they've put together tonight, which will double as a benefit for One Tail At A Time.

    In the center of Chicago’s Rock and Roll renaissance sits DAN RICO (EGO, MAMA) who pairs glammy punk rock with vintage pop crooning to arrive at a sound that splits the difference between David Cassidy and Marc Bolan. RICO’s self-produced debut LP, Endless Love, veers between snappy punk tunes and laid-back love ballads, spurred by Rolling Stones-y guitar licks, Prince-influenced vocal harmonies, and minimalist electronic elements. Drawing from the impressive garage, soul, and underground aesthetic catalogue of his hometown Endless Love juxtaposes a striking mix of styles beneath a unifying umbrella of RICO’s Television-esque croon and unfettered pop structures. Sure to make your eyes wet and your heart sing, your fist pump and hips shake, Endless Love condenses the last 50 years of pop and punk music into a delicious, low-calorie, nostalgia-laden package.

    COASTER is four rock dudes from Chicago taking it to the limit and beyond. Their digital album, Slow Jams, is the kind of old-school rock & roll that, you know, you want to make babies to. Please save the baby making for anywhere else but here, though.

    Opening is TROY ANDERSON, a rock 'n' roll five-piece named after their primary songwriter and hailing from - you guessed it -- lovely Chicago, IL.

  • Thu September 21, 2017 9:00 pm
    • SassyBlack [TheeSatisfaction]
    • TASHA
    • KC Ortiz
    • DJ Bonita Appleblunt
    $10.00

    SassyBlack is a space aged singer/songwriter & producer based in Seattle, Washington. This Goddess of “electronic psychedelic soul” & “hologram funk” explores the concepts of sound through deep compositions. You may also know Black from her (now defunct) group THEESatisfaction and her appearances on both Shabazz Palaces albums Black Up & Lese Majesty all released on Sub Pop Records. With roots in classical & jazz, her voice is often compared to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Erykah Badu & Georgia Anne Muldrow. Her production value and creativity is reminiscent of Roy Ayers, Pharrell & Herbie Hancock.

  • Goose Island Block Party Fri September 22, 2017 5:00 pm
    • Goose Island Beer Co. 312 Block Party
    • The Record Company
    • Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
    • Filthy Friends (feat members of Sleater Kinney
    • R.E.M.)
    • Low Down Brass Band
    • The Drastics
    • Ovef Ow
    • DJ Faithful Anchor
    $10 Suggested donation

    Get ready for another 312 Block Party outside of the brewery. There's going to be plenty of Delicious Food, Live Music, and ALL THE BEER. 

    MAIN ENTRANCE AT FULTON & WOLCOTT

    Get here early and stay a while, this event has been known to reach capacity well before the headliner takes the stage. 

    Cost: This year we're asking that you make a suggested donation of only $10 to your choice of a few local charities. Charity rules.

    CHARITIES:
    Chicago Canine Rescue: www.chicagocaninerescue.com
    Open Books: www.open-books.org/
    RefugeeOne: www.refugeeone.org/
    Mission Muscle Foundation
    Social Works: www.socialworkschi.org/

    FRIDAY, SEPT 22 
    The Record Company
    Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
    Filthy Friends (Feat. members of R.E.M., Sleater Kinney and The Minus Five)
    The Drastics (Feat. MC ZULU)
    Low Down Brass Band
    Ovef Ow
    DJ Faithful Anchor

    SATURDAY, SEPT 23
    Animal Collective
    Special Surprise Guest
    Joey Purp
    DJ Prince Paul
    Malcom London
    Dos Santos
    The Sueves

    EVENT TIMES
    Friday, September 22nd, 5:00p-10:00p
    Saturday, September 23rd, 3:00p-10:00p

    http://www.gooseisland.com/312blockparty
    *Dogs and Children not encouraged. This event is made for human adults 21+.

  • Fri September 22, 2017 5:30 pm
    • Hard Country Honky-Tonk with The Hoyle Brothers
    Free

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

    FREE entry & $3 Shiner Beer for all!

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

  • Fri September 22, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Red Bull Sound Select Presents : Lightning Bolt
    • HIDE
    • Luggage
    $5 with RSVP, $15 without RSVP

    Early arrival is recommended for this show to avoid waiting in line. $5 cover with RSVP, $15 without RSVP. No advance tickets sold!

    LIGHTNING BOLT is back and we couldn't be more turned on to have them for this round of Red Bull Sound Select Chicago. Over the course of its two-decade existence, LIGHTNING BOLT has revolutionized underground rock in immeasurable ways. The duo broke the barrier between stage and audience by setting themselves down on the floor in the midst of the crowd. Their momentous live performances and the mania they inspired paved the way for similar tactics used by DAN DEACON and literally hundreds of others. Similarly, the band’s recordings have always been chaotic, roaring, blown out documents that sound like they could destroy even the toughest set of speakers. Fantasy Empire, LIGHTNING BOLT’s sixth album and first in five years, is a fresh take from a band intent on pushing themselves musically and sonically while maintaining the aesthetic that has defined not only them, but an entire generation of noisemakers. It marks many firsts, most notably their first recordings made using hi-fi recording equipment at the famed Machines With Magnets, and their first album for Thrill Jockey. More than any previous album, Fantasy Empire sounds like drummer BRIAN CHIPPENDALE and bassist BRIAN GIBSON are playing just a few feet away, using the clarity afforded by the studio to amplify the intensity they project. Every frantic drum hit, every fuzzed-out riff, sounds more present and tangible than ever before.

    Chicago's HIDE is a project from visual artist HEATHER GABEL on vocals and multi-instrumentalist SETH SHER (GA'AN, PSYCHIC STEEL, ZATH, OAKEATER) on pretty much everything else (and some vocals). Since forming in 2014, the duo has exploded all over Chicago, stirring up shit all around town with their dark, minimal blend of electronic, goth and industrial stylings. They've opened for the likes of ALALKINE TRIO and even scored an opening slot for part of MARILYN MANSON's 2015 tour. Trust us - they're going to give you a performance you'll not soon forget.

    Chicago band LUGGAGE is comprised of members of BASIC CABLE, LOOSE DUDES and CLEARED. Formed in 2015, they've already given the world a debut LP, Sun, on Automatic Recordings. The trio's dark, noisy blend of shoegaze, post-punk and droning psychedelia is intensely hypnotic. 

    [NPR] [Rolling Stone] [Pitchfork] [Antigravity]

  • Goose Island Block Party Sat September 23, 2017 3:00 pm
    • Goose Island Beer Co. 312 Block Party
    • Animal Collective
    • Special Surprise Guest
    • Joey Purp
    • DJ Prince Paul
    • Malcolm London
    • Dos Santos
    • The Sueves
    $10 Suggested donation

    Get ready for another 312 Block Party outside of the brewery. There's going to be plenty of Delicious Food, Live Music, and ALL THE BEER. 

    MAIN ENTRANCE AT FULTON & WOLCOTT

    Get here early and stay a while, this event has been known to reach capacity well before the headliner takes the stage. 

    Cost: This year we're asking that you make a suggested donation of only $10 to your choice of a few local charities. Charity rules.

    CHARITIES:
    Chicago Canine Rescue: www.chicagocaninerescue.com
    Open Books: www.open-books.org/
    RefugeeOne: www.refugeeone.org/
    Mission Muscle Foundation
    Social Works: www.socialworkschi.org/

    FRIDAY, SEPT 22 
    The Record Company
    Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
    Filthy Friends (Feat. members of R.E.M., Sleater Kinney and The Minus Five)
    The Drastics (Feat. MC ZULU)
    Low Down Brass Band
    Ovef Ow
    DJ Faithful Anchor

    SATURDAY, SEPT 23
    Animal Collective
    Special Surprise Guest
    Joey Purp
    DJ Prince Paul
    Malcom London
    Dos Santos
    The Sueves

    EVENT TIMES
    Friday, September 22nd, 5:00p-10:00p
    Saturday, September 23rd, 3:00p-10:00p

    http://www.gooseisland.com/312blockparty
    *Dogs and Children not encouraged. This event is made for human adults 21+.

  • Sat September 23, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Hurricane Harvey + Irma Relief Benefit featuring Rich Jones
    • Ariel Zetina
    • Half Gringa
    • DJ JS Alvarez
    $10 suggested donation

    Chicago musicians come together to fundraise for the relief efforts following Hurricanes Harvey & Irma, which have devastated the Gulf Coast over the past few weeks. Your $10 suggested donation for tonight's show will benefit Casa Juan Diego in Houston, and Hope CommUnity Center in Miami, both of which donate a large amount of their resources to undocumented people. Please join us Saturday night for a great cause!

  • Sun September 24, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Animal Collective
    • Black Dice
    • #EB25
    $40.00

    *Tickets will be non-transferable*

    *Note that tickets will be sold as will-call only. 2 tickets per purchase maximum*

    A repeat of ANIMAL COLLECTIVE and BLACK DICE’s back-to-back performances from 2004 at The Empty Bottle. Were you here? Who cares! Come see it again.

    The strange, shimmering star at the center of the early 2000s psych-pop revival, ANIMAL COLLECTIVE garnered both critical plaudits and rabid, devoted acolytes by blending Brian Wilson-esque vocal harmonies with spaced-out instrumentation, tribal percussion and odd ribbons of sound. As their name implies, the group is more a loose aggregation of performers rather than a standard rock band. Each of the members assumes a kind of nom de psych under which they record: David Portner is Avey Tare, Noah Lennox is Panda Bear, Josh Dibb is Deacon and Brian Weitz calls himself Geologist. The names add an air of both mystery and personality to an already bizarre and singular group. It's music is defined by a sonic restlessness, and an ability to change sounds and styles — sometimes radically — from album to album.

    Hailed as sonic groundbreakers or derided as alienating and pretentious, Brooklyn's BLACK DICE push the limits of hardcore and noise rock. The group debuted in early 1998 with a single on Gravity Records, and released Semen of the Sun on Tapes Records. BLACK DICE released their debut full-length in 2000, followed by a split with Erase Errata and Cold Hands in 2001. The following year they abandoned their rock leanings and embraced the electronics that had previously peppered their avant hardcore approach. They've been on a never-ending always-evolving sonic rollercoaster ever since. 

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

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

  • Mon September 25, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Future Punx
    • Golden Pelicans
    • PC Worship (solo)
    Free Monday

    Post wave band FUTURE PUNX released their debut LP, This is Post Wave, in August 2015 and made it to our stage the following spring to play a bonkers Free Monday with PEACH KELLI POP, TORTURE LOVE and SHANTIH SHANTIH. Brooklyn Vegan called Post Wave a "gleaming, seamless, fun, and highly danceable dystopian look our our post-everything world." The record solidified their vision of a genreless approach to musical creation, finding a focused, diverse and open-hearted approach to exploring the astral planes of punk and we can attest that the band's live show must be seen to be believed. The members have all taken the traditional punk trajectory; playing in crust, garage, weird-punk, hardcore punk bands, and by virtue of thinking for themselves becoming what they were always meant to be: FUTURE PUNX.

  • Tue September 26, 2017 9:00 pm
    • feedtime
    • The Bug
    $10.00

    Formed in 1979, Australia’s FEEDTIME earned a rabid cult following for their primal and bruisingly powerful, bass-heavy sound, a walloping fusion of punk, rock, blues, and hard rock. Like nothing else in Australia at the time; a pure strain of rock and roll with a relentless mechanical propulsion. It was the perfect symbiosis of syncopation, minimalist rock that carried a thunderous atmosphere of reckless intoxication and intense personal pain but with a self-assured “ease” amongst the chaos. Impenetrable, yet welcoming. Guitar noise you could dance to with lyrics cut straight from experience, tradition and dead crazy urban confusion. After multiple drummers (due to the hostile environment in the Sydney underground rock scene), record labels, reunion shows and hiatus’, FEEDTIME is finally BACK with their first studio album in 21 years, Gas. Here to celebrate their return, we’re crackin open some cold ones and getting’ rowdy with our boys from down under. 

  • Wed September 27, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The Hipshakes
    • Proto Idiot
    • New Drugs
    $8.00

    UK garage punks THE HIPSHAKES are lighting a firecracker under their ass to explode some serious heat on us this Wednesday night. Coming off their latest record, Snake, via Art for Blind last year, they have been touring the states and Europe relentlessly to get their cracked-out sunshine power-rock to the masses. Vigorous and dynamic, THE HIPSHAKES carry an aura of attractive chaos that compels a high-energy raucous live performance in any setting. We got um in house and uncanned so get yourself a helping of this tasty British grown rock n’ roll.

    PROTO IDIOT is the dim-witted, ill-advised and irrelevant brainchild of Andrew Anderson. Andrew plays in THE HIPSHAKES and, back in 2007, had some songs that were too terrible even for them...thus, PROTO IDIOT was born. Since that fateful day Andrew has received remedial help from members of bands like COCOCOMA, NEGATIVE SCANNER and THE PSYCHICS to name just a few. He’s also released a handful of records on Trouble in Mind, Slovenly, OddBox and Red Lounge. Then in 2014 Andrew met Mike and Callum, two musicians who actually knew how to play their instruments while also having a suitable lack of mental acuity. Now they make music together in a super special class of three, with an LP coming out early next year on Bad Paintings.

    Chicago four-piece NEW DRUGS open the show. These young rockers are bringing us a fresh take on gritty, balls-to-the-walls rock & roll, living and dying by their motto that "The future is dank." That kind of positivity is exactly what this country needs right now, so you can bet your ass that this is going to be a mind-blowingly good time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fri September 29, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Torche
    • REZN
    • The Evictions
    $16.00

    TORCHE are a band consisting of four dudes playing the loudest and heaviest hard rock on the planet. Formed by vocalist and guitarist Steve Brooks in 2004 after the dissolution of cult sludge and stoner metal pioneers FLOOR, the group introduced the world to a refreshingly unique version of rock n’ roll flavored with stoner and sludgy sensibilities. Originally from Miami, Florida, but now peppered across the country, TORCHE have spent the last 10 years shattering eardrums and captivating crowds with their infectiously original compositions and soaring, harmonic vocals.

    Despite the praised they’ve received for their recorded works, TORCHE are known even more for their tremendous live performance and have toured the world relentlessly with a diverse pool of acts including Clutch, Mogwai, Hot Water Music, The Sword, Isis, and many more. In early 2014, the band signed with renowned label Relapse Records, and self-recorded their fourth full-length record Restarter. Full of what the band describes as some of their “heaviest songs to date,” the record was produced by TORCHE guitarist Jonathan Nunez and mixed by Converge’s Kurt Ballou and was once again a masterful display of topnotch songwriting, this time pitting stomach- churning lower end against the band’s characteristically highflying vocals. Restarter’s reception was as good as any the band have seen in the past, with Pitchfork calling it “their most compelling record since Meanderthal,” and New Noise Magazine deeming TORCHE “one of the best metal bands active today.”TORCHE are here to prove that they are heavier, louder and more humable than anyone else, and right now, nobody dares to stand in their way.

    Becoming no stranger to the Bottle, local doom quartet REZN are returning after a headlining show in July and a record release for their debut Let It Burn back in February. We've seen ‘em a few times and they've consistently blown us away, whether it was those gigs or opening for GOBLIN COCK last October. REZN has currently retreated into isolation to work on the release of their second album but they crawled out of the dungeon for this one. We couldn't wait to have ‘em back so they could tear us to pieces once again and lead us into the eternal abyss. Consider this an incredibly special treat. 

    THE EVICTIONS, 3-piece garage-rock outfit with blazing riffs and scream-a-long chorus hooks. They blend punk and 60’s garage with alternating vocals and invite audience participation to bring back rock'n'roll's most essential ingredient: FUN!!! Please don't forget the fun. Seen sharing bills with CHETAH CHROME and THE SONICS, THE EVICTIONS have a new self-titled album out now.

    [Pitchfork] [Decibel] [BBC] [SPIN]

  • Illinois Centennial Monument at Logan Square Sat September 30, 2017 1:00 pm
    • Comfort Station Summer Benefit
    • Nobunny
    • Quarter Mile Thunder
    • Ryley Walker
    • Negative Scanner
    $0.00

    Enjoy free live music in the heart of Logan Square and support Comfort Station!

    Comfort Station returns to the Logan Square Monument for their summer fundraiser, with free live music all day, beer provided by Goose Island and more. Building off of their 2016 fundraiser with Tall Pat Records, the 2017 fundraiser aims to make this an annual event with a casual, open atmosphere (not a street festival!) and amazing music all in support of Comfort Station's programming (which is always free). 

    Empty Bottle Presents joins the effort this year to create an eclectic bill of local and national bands, all day on Saturday, September 30th. Nobunny, Ryley Walker, Quarter Mile Thunder, Negative Scanner and more will perform.

    Big Star debuts their new record label, Big Star Recording Co, with a performance by Quarter Mile Thunder, the day after the band's newest record, Bucking the Tiger, is released.

    A $20 donation to Comfort Station will give you access to a beer garden with a variety of complimentary Goose Island beers.

  • Sat September 30, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Hundred Waters
    • Lafawndah
    $15 (advance), $17

    Hailing from Gainesville, Florida is HUNDRED WATERS, a talented trio that balances organic and electronic sounds into something that lies between experimental pop and avant-garde indie rock by using synths, flutes and samples to create their heavily textured sound. The three piece has been gaining steady momentum since signing with OWSLA in 2012 and opening for Skrillex on the label’s Full Flex Express Tour following the release of their self titled album. Now anticipating the release of their upcoming album, Communicating, HUNDRED WATERS are ready to take the world by storm. Don't miss their debut Bottle performance.

    LAFAWNDAH is a New York-based producer and singer whose music can be described as bringing together a provocative yet minimal blend of dance and R&B. Originally hailing from Paris, LAFAWNDAH combines dancehall rhythms with new wave synths. Her influences have always been rooted in the high art & fashion world so it makes sense that you are likely to hear her on the runway or in the clerb. Time to turn up and strut down the Bottle's catwalk.

  • Sun October 1, 2017 3:00 am
    • Empty Bottle Book Club discusses 'Sour Heart' by Jenny Zhang
    Free

    This month the Empty Bottle Book Club will be reading Sour Heart. by Jenny Zhang. The meeting will be held on Sunday, October 1st at 3PM!

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

    A sly debut story collection that conjures the experience of adolescence through the eyes of Chinese American girls growing up in New York City—for readers of Zadie Smith, Helen Oyeyemi, and Junot Díaz

    A fresh new voice emerges with the arrival of SOUR HEART, establishing Jenny Zhang as a frank and subversive interpreter of the immigrant experience in America. Her stories cut across generations and continents, moving from the fraught halls of a public school in Flushing, Queens, to the tumultuous streets of Shanghai, China, during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. In the absence of grown-ups, latchkey kids experiment on each other until one day the experiments turn violent; an overbearing mother abandons her artistic aspirations to come to America but relives her glory days through karaoke; and a shy loner struggles to master English so she can speak to God.

    Narrated by the daughters of Chinese immigrants who fled imperiled lives as artists back home only to struggle to stay afloat—dumpster diving for food and scamming Atlantic City casino buses to make a buck—these seven stories showcase Zhang’s compassion, moral courage, and a perverse sense of humor reminiscent of Portnoy’s Complaint. A darkly funny and intimate rendering of girlhood, SOUR HEART examines what it means to belong to a family, to find your home, leave it, reject it, and return again.

  • Sun October 1, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Deerhoof
    • Sad13
    • Lily and Horn Horse
    • #EB25
    $15 (advance), $20

    DEERHOOF is John Dieterich, Satomi Matsuzaki, Ed Rodriguez and Greg Saunier. For over 20 years, the group has been an unparalleled force in modern music. Their fearless inventiveness has made them one of the most inspiring and important groups making music today. They played the Bottle three times in three years (2003-2005) before moving on to bigger stages around Chicago and the rest of the world. The only thing they see eye-to-eye on is the freedom to not see eye-to-eye.

    At the onset of 2017, Joyful Noise announced that that DEERHOOF will be recording and releasing a variety of new music throughout 2017 as part of JNR's Artist In Residence series. Limited to 777 hand-numbered copies, it includes four split LPs featuring ONEONE, MURMURER, LES BON HOMMES, and NERVOUS COP, as well as a new proper DERHOOF album, Mountain Moves, all pressed on exclusive limited edition vinyl and packaged inside a custom wooden box set. As you might expect with a project this ambitous by one of the most forward-thinking bands of our time, the box set sold out instantly... DEERHOOF's guests on Mountain Moves include Awkwafina, Juana Molina, Mantana Roberts, Xenia Rubinos, Lætitia Sadier, and Jenn Wasner. Together, they made this record for you and tonight they play this show for you. For all of us.

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    The fifth round of #EB25 shows is upon us, & we're bringing back even more influential bands of Bottle's past. Keep a close watch for more announcements as we celebrate through 2017. 

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

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

  • Mon October 2, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Celine Neon
    • North By North
    • Vast Canvas
    Free Monday

    Headlining this first Free Monday of October is colorful duo CELINE NEON, who unleash club-ready grime pop for the huntress. Mix a little CHARLI XCX with NINE INCH NAILS and there you have it: dancy, industrial electro pop. Together, EMILY NEJAD and MAGGIE KUBLEY create a stellar live performance sure to make you sweat those Monday blues away.

    NORTH BY NORTH have been on tour forever (more or less), but they're stopping in their town tonight to give Chicago what we so desperately need: Heavy, angular rock that veers in spastic-but-anthemic directions. The band's first two albums, 2014's Something Wicked and 2016's Last Days of Magic, are packed to the brim with hook-laden, noisy fury and are perfect for fans of fuzzy, bluesy rock & roll that refuses to quit. Each record has a whopping EIGHTEEN and SEVENTEEN songs, respectively, proving that this pair is truly instane and won't stop til they've melted into a puddle before your very eyes.

    VAST CANVAS is a local quartet influenced by indie-pop, folk, jazz and funk-rock genres, mashing them together to create refreshingly pulsing tracks. They last played our stage headlining a Free Monday backin July and now they're coming to kick this shit off. Lookout!

  • Tue October 3, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Explosions In the Sky
    • #EB25
    $40.00

    *Tickets will be non-transferable*

    *Note that tickets will be sold as will-call only. 2 tickets per purchase maximum*

    With a reputation for scathingly intense live performances EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY were touted early on in their career as the next phenomenon in moody and dynamic instrumental indie rock. Eventually they became one of the genre's most commercially successful bands, scoring several motion pictures and being featured in countless other films, television series, and video games. The quartet of Texas kids, made up of Mark Smith and Munaf Rayani on guitars, Michael James on bass, and Christopher Hrasky on drums, was signed for its first release on Temporary Residence Limited after half-a-listen to the foursome's 2000 CD-R How Strange, Innocence, which was submitted by the American Analog Set with a brief note saying "This totally f*cking destroys."

    Getting to witness their modest beginnings on our stage almost two decades ago, it has been a humbling experience being able to co-promote shows with them at the Chicago Theatre and, most recently, The Aragon in 2016. Oh yeah, and we still think they totally fucking destroy. 

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    Another round of #EB25 shows is upon us, & we're bringing back even more influential bands of Bottle's past. Keep a close watch for more announcements as we celebrate through 2017. 

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

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

  • Wed October 4, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Future Islands
    • Jenny Besetzt
    • #EB25
    $40.00

    *Tickets will be non-transferable*

    *Note that tickets will be sold as will-call only. 2 tickets per purchase maximum*

    FUTURE ISLANDS makes their humble return to The Empty Bottle 5 years after their last appearance here. Led by crooning frontman Samuel T. Herring, the members of Future Islands started out making electropop music together in 2003 while attending East Carolina University's art program. Along with Herring, the initial members of the group were Adam Beeby, William Cashion, Gerrit Welmers, and Kymia Nawabi, and they played shows around campus as Art Lord & the Self-Portraits. In 2006, after the band split, Herring, Cashion, and Welmers continued under the name Future Islands and picked up the kickass bassist Erick Murillo to fill out their sound on an electronic drum kit. 10 years, countless tours, six albums, multiple side-projects (including a hip-hop duo with Madlib), and a couple record labels later, FUTURE ISLANDS has finally found their way home to us. We're bucklin' up for this one. 

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    Another round of #EB25 shows is upon us, & we're bringing back even more influential bands of Bottle's past. Keep a close watch for more announcements as we celebrate through 2017. 

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

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

  • Fri October 6, 2017 9:00 pm
    • George Clanton
    • Negative Gemini
    • Born Days
    • ESPRIT 空想
    $10 (advance), $12

    GEORGE CLANTON
    "Clanton seems to have a similar uncanny knack as artists like John Maus and Ariel Pink for creating soaring, unabashedly dramatic classic pop, and it’s clear after one listen to legit anthems like “Bleed” and “It Makes the Babies Want To Cry” that ’80s MTV heroes like Tears For Fears and New Order are obvious reference points. But this is pop music refracted and warped through Clanton’s singular and unmistakably modern lens, as he manages to turn vaporwave, chillwave, and other assorted internet-genre-waves on their collective ear, ultimately transcending all of it in the name of undeniable, timeless jams that could only exist in 2015, songs that can be at once subversive, funny, dark, poignant, and deeply affecting." - Gorilla Vs Bear

    NEGATIVE GEMINI
    "Negative Gemini, makes a genre-spanning blend of ’90s techno and heady modern electronica: a little Chicago, a little Detroit, and a whole lot of Brooklyn. But unlike many of her contemporaries, French conveys her personality and experiences through vocals and lyrics, not just tight production" - NYLON

    BORN DAYS was born out of grey Chicago skies & an experimentation with soundscapes that could evoke a dark and apocalyptic setting. The solo workings of Chicago musician MELISSA HARRIS, the electronic pop music is rooted in her experience with daydreaming, darkness, and a fascination with retro synths and samples. Her first EP was released in the summer of 2017.

    ESPRIT 空想 makes musical pieces constructed for the exclusive purpose of achieving total relaxation. Listen from beginning to end seamlessly for desired effect.

  • Bohemian Nat'l Cemetery (Outside) Sat October 7, 2017 7:00 pm
    • Beyond The Gate featuring Circuit des Yeux performing Nico's Chelsea Girl plus Laraaji
    $20.00

    October 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the brooding folk masterpiece Chelsea Girl by Nico. We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Circuit des Yeux and special guests in bringing a live performance of the record, in its entirety, to the Bohemian National Cemetery for our Fall installment of Beyond the Gate. Modern new age legend, Laraaji, will be blessing us with an opening performance shortly after the sunset. 

    Circuit Des Yeux will consist of the following special ensemble for this event:

    Haley Fohr, Voice

    Bill MacKay, Electric Guitar

    Rob Frye, Flute & Drum (Cave / Bitchin Bajas)

    Whitney Johnson, Viola & Organ (Matchess / Simulation)

    Lia Kohl, Cello

     

    Beyond The Gate's Fall installment will be outside under a nearly full Harvest Moon in beautiful Bohemian National Cemetery, located on Chicago’s Northwest side. The concert will take place near the mausoleum. 2017 marks the fifth year of the Beyond The Gate series. We are thankful for the opportunity to present these concerts in a setting so rich in history. We implore all attendees to treat these events and the surroundings with the respect they deserve.

    PLEASE NOTE! Parking is limited in the area surrounding the cemetery. Public transport, cabs, UBER, LYFT, carpooling all highly recommended. There will also be a bus option going directly from Empty Bottle. 

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

    Special thanks to our friends at Half Acre Beer Company!

  • Sat October 7, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Frankie Rose
    • Suburban Living
    • New Canyons
    $12.00

    FRANKIE ROSE has quite a reputation for her minimal, MAUREEN TUCKER-like beats and iconic presence in buzz bands CRYSTAL STILTS, DUM DUM GIRLS and VIVIAN GIRLS. With her newest solo record, Interstellar out this year via Slumberland, FRANKIE has departed from the lo-fi garage, reverb-drenched SPECTOR-sound and instead embraced an icy blend of buffered beats, cascading chords and steely synths. It’s an electro-inspired indie-rock gem that Pitchfork hailed in their BNM review, stating ROSE “transports us further and takes us higher than she ever could have as the drummer of an indie pop revivalist band.”

    Combining indie pop with dreamy guitars and textural synths, SUBURBAN LIVING, the solo recording project of WESLEY BUNCH is due to release a sophomore EP, Give Up, this spring.  Since the inception of the Norfolk, VA-based project, BUNCH has recruited buddies to help bring the EP recordings to life.  Creating a sound that truly embodies the simple ennui and hopeful dreaming of the bands’ name, we can’t think of a better time of year to welcome these chill, gazey youngins to Chicago.

    (Pitchfork) (SPIN)

  • Sun October 8, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Yelle
    $20.00

    French dance-pop purveyor YELLE lands on our doorstep this fine fall night with every intention to keep you from standing still. Fronted by Julie Budet and joined by producers GrandMarnier (Jean-Francois Perrier) and Tepr (Tanguy Destable), these nightlife aficionados have found a home in the after-hours party scene and are eager to fire up the crowd into hours-long dance fests. Taking strong inspiration from 80s-inspired pop, with the likes of CSS and New Young Pony Club, all revered for their take on brightly colored electro, YELLE stands out with their exotically addictive and seductive prowess. Come ready to get busy and stay sweaty.

  • Mon October 9, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Sweet Spirit
    • Options
    • Grandkids
    • Woongi
    Free Monday

    Some people say things like "go big or go home" or "the bigger the better" (right?) and that appears to be the attitude of Austin, TX's SWEET SPIRIT, a nine-piece country-rock band featuring some of their hometown's finest young musicians, including members of A GIANT DOG and BOBBY JEALOUSY. They joined us this past spring, touring behind their outrageously excellent new LP, St. Mojo, their second for Nine Mile Records, and we're stoked to have them back to headline an extra-special Free Monday! Delivered in sultry harmonies with as many guitars, horns and keys as you could possibly want, the throwback country soul group is also known for giving one helluva live show, too, so let them take you down, baby. Way down.

    OPTIONS is composed of Chicago multi-instrumentalist SETH ENGEL, who’s played in some pretty well-known local bands, like COASTER and LIFTED BELLS. For his solo project, which he’s been working on since 2008, ENGEL uses complicated musicianship to deliver sharp, catchy rock songs with an emo-pop kick.

    Chicago four-piece GRANDKIDS last killed it on our stage back in May of 2016, so we're tickled to have em back tonight. With duel guitar, cello, and drummer, GRANDKIDS create a moody blend of jazz, folk, and rock that is wonderfully listenable, but endlessly deep. You're gonna want to catch these guys in action tonight, cause they're very good at doing that thing they do.

    Local act WOONGI  started as the solo recording project of DAVID CURTIN before evolving into the four-piece psych-pop mosnter we know and love today. The group's euphoric Music For Prophet, released this past March, is a mixture of dream and indie pop with layers of synths, electronics, and traditional instrumentation.

  • Tue October 10, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Ice Balloons
    • The Sueves
    $10.00

    Brooklyn's ICE BALLOONS seem like one of those bands that's too weird to exist outside of basement shows and art galleries, but since weird is one of the many hats we wear here, we figured we'd invite em back to conquer a Tuesday night get-down of epic proportions. Featuring singer/guitarist KYP MALONE from TV ON THE RADIO and SEAN KENNERLY of SAMIAM, with members of WILD YAK thrown in for good measure, the band - which, naturally, is fronted by a man wearing a monstrous fly-creature headpiece - is a fuzzed-out noise-pop act of maximum freakness. It's like stepping into another dimension, or kind of like stepping in our friendly confines almost every night.

    THE SUEVES have been blowing up all over Chicago the past few years and show know signs of slowing down. These dudes are an explosive package of sweaty garage-blues-punk not unlike the BLACK LIPS or OBLIVIANS. Let's be real, there's no reason to ever miss THE SUEVES, especially now that they've got a record out on the inimitable HoZac Records and have been picked as a favorite of freakin' CORIN TUCKER of freakin' SLEATER-KINNEY!

  • Wed October 11, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Celebration
    • I Kong Kult
    $10.00

    Drizzled in fantasy and space glitter, Baltimore’s CELEBRATION is exactly what you’d expect in it’s name, a grandiose party with swagger and sass to match. With a new LP, Wounded Healer released off British independent record label Bella Union earlier this summer, CELEBRATION has been relentlessly touring through much of Europe and North America. Stemming from a high school makeout sesh more than twenty years ago, front woman Katrina Ford has been playing in bands with now husband Sean Antanaitis ever since. CELEBRATION has been the culmination of years of loving and collaborating together for Ford and Antanaitis and is now approaching it’s final form of sonic enlightenment. Get intimate and join this augmented adventure-pop trio as you fall down the rabbit hole and release all inhibitions. CELEBRATION will undoubtedly have you leaving the party soaked in serenity. 

  • Thu October 12, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The Laureates
    • Cross Country
    • Innkeepers
    $5.00

    THE LAUREATES, Chicago 7-piece with a pension for 1960's British invasion rock. These guys are sure to make you feel like a teenager again, with inspiration hailing from everything to the Replacements, the Beatles and the Pixies. Their last full-length, Spells, combine the crystalline, modern-pop sensibilities of their first album, There Are No More Gentlemen with the more echoed, vintage analog acoustics of the No Kontrol EP, producing an electrifying amalgam of the energies of their previous recordings. The new album finds the band straying from the 3-minute pop song formula on tracks such as “Life of Leisure” and “Moon Bitch,” the former starting out as a bouncy strut of sunshine-y pop before veering into darker psychedelic noise, and the latter closing out the album as a slow-burn vamp that brings to mind a marriage of Ziggy Stardust and Doolittle. The narrator on the menacing track, “Robbers” slips in and out of paranoid nightmares of both the sleeping and sleep-walking varieties while the drums shuffle along in concert with a Velvets-inspired guitar riff. But the record still retains THE LAUREATES’ signature blasts of pop on songs like the anthemic “Changes, Etc.”, the angular “Don’t Lose Your Cool”, and the weary but bright-eyed “Oh, Delusion.”

    Cincinnati basement pop quartet CROSS COUNTRY return to the Empty Bottle after their debut earlier this year with esteemed Chicago indie rockers DEEPER and CLEARANCE. Composed of Ezra Saulnier, Thom Meyer, Emily McColgan, & John Clooney, this crew just dropped a fresh new single, Doe 2, at the end of August and had a pair of singles, “Gum / Awful”, that came out in January of this year.

    It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Chicago hotdoggers INNKEEPERS at the Bottle. Their last show almost five years ago with GALACTIC INMATE and THE WARMBLOODS. We’re excited to bring back their high-octane rhetoric of melodic pop-rock full of fuzzed out guitars and groovy organs.  

  • Fri October 13, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Pelican
    • Grails
    • Jaye Jayle #EB25
    $20.00

    Chicago’s own instrumental rock gods PELICAN are returning to us tonight to help celebrate the big 25th Anniversary. The four-piece, now scattered across the USA, will be making their fifteenth appearance on the Bottle stage tonight and it's an honor to welcome them back. With a ferocious velocity, they've continuously affirmed their spot as one of the most crushing instrumental bands today. Together for close over years, PELICAN has paved a very sizeable road for those of their kind, toeing a line between genres of alternative rock and metal. With a tactile approach to their sludgey, earth-shaking songwriting, they're able to rip faces off with torrential riffs and the occasional, yet epic, drum burst.

    On their 2017 release, Chalice Hymnal (Temporary Residence), GRAILS take the sky-high riff-based heaviness of their earlier albums and distill it into a nuanced, widescreen opus. The perennial influences of mid-20th century Western film scores, obscure library music, and psychedelic krautrock are indelibly imprinted, but the new LP exudes an eerie patience in unfurling the many layers of its subtle details. No one else sounds like GRAILS, and on Chalice Hymnal they sound more like themselves than ever before.

    Singer/guitarist/songwriter Evan Patterson is best known as the leader of Louisville's YOUNG WIDOWS, but he emerged in late-2013 with the mysterious moniker of JAYE JAYLE. Evolving from songs Patterson wrote on his own and inspired by extensive time spent traveling in New Mexico, JAY JAYLE mines minimalist rhythms and acoustic drones that call to mind original blues, cult country, and krautrock percussion.

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    The fourth round of #EB25 shows is upon us, & we're bringing back even more influential bands of Bottle's past. Keep a close watch for more announcements as we celebrate through 2017. 

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

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

  • Sat October 14, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Pelican
    • Wolf Eyes
    • Sweet Cobra
    • #EB25
    $20.00

    An Empty Bottle 25th Anniversary Show featuring Pelican and Wolf Eyes with Sweet Cobra.

    Chicago’s own instrumental rock gods PELICAN are returning to us tonight to help celebrate the big 25th Anniversary AGAIN. The four-piece, now scattered across the USA, will be making their sixteenth appearance on the Bottle stage tonight and it's an honor to welcome them back. With a ferocious velocity, they've continuously affirmed their spot as one of the most crushing instrumental bands today. Together for close over years, PELICAN has paved a very sizeable road for those of their kind, toeing a line between genres of alternative rock and metal. With a tactile approach to their sludgey, earth-shaking songwriting, they're able to rip faces off with torrential riffs and the occasional, yet epic, drum burst.

    We haven't seen WOLF EYES here for about a year and a half now. There’s no better comeback they could have made than a co-headlining monster show with PELICAN. Since the late 90s, Michigan trio WOLF EYES have been known to create harsh and hypnotic electronic landscapes that merge the frenzied energy of hardcore with the nihilistic menace of early industrial and noise.  A homemade atomic bomb, the group has toured constantly since the early 2000s and their unfathomably prolific output has garnered a strong cult following, as well as a new generation of curious listeners. WOLF EYES most recent record, Undertow, released this year on their own record label, Lower Floor, finds the Detroit noise trio a bit tamer than usual, as they apply a wrecking ball to the spacious frameworks of world music, ambient, and even reggae. 

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    Another round of #EB25 shows is upon us, & we're bringing back even more influential bands of Bottle's past. Keep a close watch for more announcements as we celebrate through 2017. 

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

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

  • Mon October 16, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Mykele Deville
    • Lovely Little Girls
    • Marcus
    • Longface
    Free Monday

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

    Direct support this evening comes from LOVELY LITTLE GIRLS, a seven-piece theatrical art/prog band that delves into the grotesque. From subject matter that explores absurd sex, ridiculous gluttony, abject failure, and unceremonious death, LOVELY LITTLE GIRLS morphs rock forms into abstract black humor narratives. Monica Kendrick of the Reader writes, "[Lovely Little Girls] create elaborate, challenging, ever-changing musical structures with grotesque themes of slimy, suppurating, oozing, tumescent bodily horror...They create a full, lush sound full of slipperiness and unpredictable, rug-yanking twists and turns. A new LLG album is a long-term pleasure, because you never quite step in the same river twice."

    MARCUS DRAKE is a local outsider composer best known for his work with oddball chicago outfits EVASIVE BACKFLIP, OPPOSITES and local tape label Grandpa Bay. Tonight, MARCUS will be performing songs from his prolific solo discography including some of his full band re-arrangements of songs from the Pokemon video game series. Marcus’s band for this show will consist of local powerhouses; David Arias (of Avantist) as guitar, David Curtin (of Woongi) as keyboard, Jash Huggins (of H E A D A C H E) as viola, Joy Vucekovich as violin, Max Beckman (Of Woongi/MTVGhosts) as bass, Malci Atkinson (of Malci) as electronics and Seth Engel (of Options/Lifted Bells) as drum.

    Three-piece musical adventure LONGFACE creates angular anti-pop structures centered around the universe of fictional characters Longface & Agnes Pachoulia Earheart. The debut 5-song EP, The Life and Death of Longface, released on Already Dead Tapes & Records, chronicles their hero leaving the farm and traveling north. In search of the great unknown, he starts a band. So it’s like a band within a band. Trippy, right? Just wait til you see em live.

  • Tue October 17, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Empty Bottle and 1833 presents girlyboi
    • Yoshi Flower
    $10.00

    We’re stoked to welcome back alt-folk power couple GIRLYBOI for their second Bottle appearance this year! Drawing influence from classic soul artists like Aretha Franklin and more contemporary folk-rock like Kurt Vile, the pair's been lauded by Billboard for their “array of genres and influences to convey the different emotions pulling at a couple trying to make it in the Big Apple.” Comprised of Carly Russ and Joseph Matick, the duo juxtaposes critique of their modeling careers with bare-bones melodies and lyrics.

    Hazed out man of mystery YOSHI FLOWER joins the bill. With an unreal tripped-out one-off performance at Bonaroo earlier this year, YOSHI FLOWER has been garnering plenty of attention towards his methodical anonymity. With just an instagram account and no music released, we're excited to witness this clandestine art fellow in a live setting to figure out what all the fuss is about. 

  • Thu October 19, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Algiers
    $12 (advance), $14

    ALGIERS is coming to the Bottle and y'all better get ready. This politically and socially charged Southern post-punk band pulls thematic influence from "the anti-colonial struggle in general, symbolizing a contested space where violence, racism, resistance, and religion comingle," and the history of their home in Atlanta, as well as a musical influence from gospel, Afrobeat, industrial, free jazz, and musique concrete. Very fresh off the June Release of their second politically charged album. The Underside of Power (Matador), this quartet is taking the world by storm. Upon listening to the record, you can hear tight gospel inspired harmonies, 808 cowbells, repurposed aggressive 80s punk, Italian horror soundtracks and modern day hip-hop and R&B. It's going to be heavy as shit and pretty unbelievable to behold. 

    [NPR] [Stereogum] [Noisey] [KEXP]

  • Fri October 20, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Ratboys
    • DAGS!
    • Jodi
    $10 (advance), $12
  • Sat October 21, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Windy City Soul Club
    $5 cover

    The WINDY CITY SOUL CLUB boasts that the "best rare soul deejays in Chicago come together to create the best party this city has ever seen," and if you're inclined to think real deejays need only a box full of vinyl, you'll likely agree. WCSC deejays play all original vinyl of the Northern Soul variety, Motown-style gems, regional hits, ace dancing tunes as well as your favorite recognizable sing-along classics. If you've ever wanted to "shake a tail feather" tonight's your night to get dapper and get down.

    No advance tickets sold // $5 cover at the door // 21+

  • Sun October 22, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The Soft Moon
    • Matteo Vallicelli
    • The Pirate Twin DJs
    $15.00

    The one-man project of LUIS VASQUEZ, THE SOFT MOON brings new life to the darkly hypnotic sounds of dark-wave precursors like SUICIDE, JOY DIVISION and BAUHAUS with a stripped-down, lo-fi approach. Similarly inspired by his Afro-Cuban heritage and the wide-open space of the Mojave Desert where he was raised, the San Francisco-based artist’s evolution since its 2009 inception has seen a trio of excellent releases on the esteemed Captured Tracks. 2012’s Zeros was a complete immersion in rumbling, eerie strangeness that continued the path of darkness, claustrophobia and dread Vasquez had been following: A musical wasteland marred by jagged post-punk, atmospheric dark wave and a Motorik tic that gets bodies jerking uncontrollably when witnessed live. THE SOFT MOON's newest LP, Deeper (Captured Tracks), was an intense personal exploration of existence for Vasquez and it drags us further into his dark, euphoric universe once more. He is currently working on his new album, which is planned to be released in 2018.

    MATTEO VALLICELLI is making his mark with his new solo electronic music. Best known as the live drummer of THE SOFT MOON, DEATH INDEX, and as a founding member of many renowned Italian punk bands. 

    (NPR) (Pitchfork)

  • Mon October 23, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Crown Larks
    • Big Syn
    • Softette
    Free

    Our pals CROWN LARKS are back for the first time since their LP release party for, Population, back in May with ONO and GRUN WASSER. We’re always more than excited for their hypnotic, noisy chemistry! With Population, this "co-ed unit of electro-jazz shapeshifters” (The Village Voice) takes a hard turn into jagged, polyrhythmic post punk, machine-tooled no wave, and eccentric, noisy art rock – with a little of their earlier free jazz-inflected krautrock thrown in for good measure. 

    Chicago doom-pop four-piece BIG SYN joined forces in the wake of CONDUCTIVE ALLIANCE's unfortunate demise. Tonight we help them celebrate the release of their new record after a smashing success from their latest, It’s Awake. If it's anything like their past shows here, expect big things from BIG SYN as they explore the outer reaches of our galaxy with some exhilarating, anything-goes sonic experimentation.

    Bottle debut for Chicago three-piece SOFTETTE. Having ran their circuit in the DIY community with plenty of praise, we’re eager to bring them in our walls and get um bubbly. Melodic and fuzz driven pop rock that make your insides soar into rapture.

  • Logan Square Auditorium Wed October 25, 2017 6:30 pm
    • Girlpool
    • Palm
    • Lala Lala
    $16.00
  • Wed October 25, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Motopony
    $10.00

    Lead singer, Daniel Blue of MOTOPONY closed his event space and warehouse, sold his burgeoning fashion design business, disavowed himself of nearly all possessions and began to couch surf so that all of his time could be devoted to learning the craft of music. Within a year, Daniel had partnered with a local hip-hop producer named Buddy Ross and an eponymous “glitch-folk” album was already finding itself on noncom airways all over the world. MOTOPONY was born.

    The band immediately found home on the road with multiple US tours and dates all across the UK. An EP with a full-length followed owning its roots to the iconic Abbey Road studios. Jetting to Indian festivals and entertaining their international fan base, the band grew with their popularity. Wrapping up their third album release Daniel believes that he is perhaps just now hitting his stride as a musician, a businessman-by-proxy, and a leader of a band. The time is NOW to witness MOTOPONY in all it’s glory. 

  • Rockefeller Chapel at University of Chicago Thu October 26, 2017 7:30 pm
    • Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile (and the Sea Lice)
    $41 GA // $31 U of Chi Student

    In partnership with The Empty Bottle's 25th Anniversary Series! #EB25

    Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile will lead an all-star band on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of North America this fall.

    The announcement comes as two of this generation’s most exciting and unique singer-songwriters reveal that they have completed a collaboration album for release later this year.

    The inter-continental duo will share the stage, performing songs off their upcoming album as well as delving into their respective back catalogues and covering a bunch of classics, all backed by their band ‘The Sea Lice,’ a revolving cast of musicians including Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Rob Laakso (The Violators, The Swirlies, Mice Parade) and Katie Harkin (Harkin, Sky Larkin and touring member of Sleater-Kinney and Wild Beasts). “A cookin’ band and an intercontinental country duo for the ages—minus the country,” says Vile.

    Kurt and Courtney have partnered with Plus 1 so that $1 from every ticket goes to support the ACLU and their work defending and protecting our individual rights and liberties. Support for the Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile (and The Sea Lice) tour will be Australian songwriter Jen Cloher.

    The album is the result of 8 days in the studio spread over almost 15 months when Courtney and Kurt’s respective touring schedules allowed for them to be in the same place at the same time. It will be released later this year jointly by Matador Records, Marathon Artists and Milk! Records.

  • Thu October 26, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The Pack A.D.
    • Absolutely Not
    $10.00

    Destruction and melody, acid wit and bruising vocals-this is THE PACK A.D. Singer/guitarist Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller have made a sound so gigantic, so fierce and raw and empowering, that it's easy to forget there are just two people behind this brilliant, carefully constructed havoc. Shredding and pounding their way through every song, THE PACK A.D. swallows you whole inside their fearless Franken-blend of heavy psychpop/garage-rock. Their lyrics are wild nests, human and complex: darkly funny disclosures about depression; indictments of digital excess; grief-stricken fire bombs; sly crusades against stupidity. New record, Dollhouse, out October 13, 2017.

    Returning to our stage are our old friends ABSOLUTELY NOT, who are always a god damn pleasure. Even more of a pleasure is when they release a new record and we celebrate it here, which is exactly what happened here back in July! They released a killer new album titled Errors via No Trends Records. ABSOLUTELY NOT plays it fast and makes it fun, without ever taking themselves too seriously. Prepare to get wet & wild with em tonight. 

    [Exclaim]

  • Sat October 28, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile (and the Sea Lice) #EB25
    $41.00

    PUBLIC ONSALE 6/9 AT 10AM     

    In partnership with The Empty Bottle's 25th Anniversary Series! #EB25

    Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile will lead an all-star band on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of North America this fall.

    The announcement comes as two of this generation’s most exciting and unique singer-songwriters reveal that they have completed a collaboration album for release later this year.

    The inter-continental duo will share the stage, performing songs off their upcoming album as well as delving into their respective back catalogues and covering a bunch of classics, all backed by their band ‘The Sea Lice,’ a revolving cast of musicians including Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Rob Laakso (The Violators, The Swirlies, Mice Parade) and Katie Harkin (Harkin, Sky Larkin and touring member of Sleater-Kinney and Wild Beasts). “A cookin’ band and an intercontinental country duo for the ages—minus the country,” says Vile.

    Kurt and Courtney have partnered with Plus 1 so that $1 from every ticket goes to support the ACLU and their work defending and protecting our individual rights and liberties. Support for the Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile (and The Sea Lice) tour will be Australian songwriter Jen Cloher.

    The album is the result of 8 days in the studio spread over almost 15 months when Courtney and Kurt’s respective touring schedules allowed for them to be in the same place at the same time. It will be released later this year jointly by Matador Records, Marathon Artists and Milk! Records.

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    The fourth round of #EB25 shows is upon us, & we're bringing back even more influential bands of Bottle's past. Keep a close watch for more announcements as we celebrate our 25th year all through 2017. 

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

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

  • Sun October 29, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Pujol
    $10.00

    Blown out and gritty as all get-out, Nashville's PUJOL returns to us after their frenzied out buck-nasty headlining show with SLUSHY and EASY HABITS back in November. Since then, PUJOL has settled in nicely into a fierce and fetching rock & roll band, led by the songwriting guile and lyrical prowess of DANIEL PUJOL. Their latest release is called Kisses and Daniel is currently working on a chapbook of prose poetry entitled Mighty Stranger, as well as a new Pujol LP. Kisses is eight tracks: three poems and five rock & roll songs. The EP was the second in a series of limited releases from Puj’s Bartertown Co-Op. This boy just doesn't know how to slow down and we're all the more grateful for it... 

  • Mon October 30, 2017 8:00 pm
    • CAMERA
    • Creepy Band
    • DROOL
    Free Monday

    The beat hammers like the pulse of a pair of lovers on the run from a gang of racist thugs – the sound is manic, but from it speaks a seemingly insurmountable inner strength. This arch of tension is home to CAMERA. The Berlin band is rightly compared with icons of seventies Krautrock such as NEU! and LA DUSELLDORF, with a tight and driving sound, yet they are still somehow unpredictable. Hardly any other band understands how to mutate tiny musical nuances into volcanic eruptions like they do. CAMERA is a motor running at full throttle, where an explosion could occur at any second. Once you have embarked on this crazy journey, you will be fascinated by the alternating current somewhere between a flash flood and roller coaster running off the rails. The cascades of sound convey a blurry image of a boundless desire to revolt, with each blink of an eye threatening to end in purgatory, yet it is damned near indestructible.

  • Wed November 1, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Vail
    • Real Dom
    • Pure Magical Love
    • RXM Reality
    $5.00

    VAIL is the ethereal art-pop/dance solo work of Emily Kempf , who's no stranger to our stage, as she's graced it more times than we can count with her rock-oriented groups DEHD, SUPERMAGICAL, and HEAVY DREAMS. As VAIL, she channels her "truest mother father self" through electronic rhythms, interchanging hushed and howling vocals, and swirling synthesizers. All of it is accompanied live by the artistic movements of @hashcloud & @_real_dom.

    Performer in VAIL and solo artist REAL DOM takes the stage with their solo project for the first time here offering 80s-inspired, reverb-soaked, after-hours pop hits. Auto-tuned and full of personal confession, REAL DOM comes to us with their full length, No Hard Feelings, released in late July this year. This emotional, glitter-soaked, and dance-heavy performance has been long overdue on our stage. We’re ready to fall down the holographic rabbit hole with REAL DOM. 

    PURE MAGICAL LOVE, the work of HEATHER LYNN, is powerful, enigmatic yet awe-inspiring. Performance heavy art with a strong inspiration from witch craft and astral projection.

    RXM REALITY is an electronic artist operating out of Humboldt Park, Chicago. For the last four years he has crafted, with arcane adroitness, music that takes influence from disparate sources to create a mind-bending mélange. Mike Meegan, the person known as RXM REALITY, works primarily with samples and tossed out synths from the nineties. Saad Market was recorded to cassette tape during delirious days and is reflected in the disjunct and disquieted, but wide eyed sounds. The album's gritty aesthetic lends to a cohesive narrative for the expansive styles of songs

  • Thu November 2, 2017 9:00 pm
    • A. Savage (Parquet Courts) and Jack Cooper (Ultimate Painting)
    • Ethers
    $10 (advance), $12

    A. SAVAGE is laying it all out on the stage for us this evening. Best known as the frontman for PARQUET COURTS, a duty split with fellow Texan Austin Brown. Their last record, Human Performance, delved into the emotional wreckage of a broken heart, to critical acclaim. But with his debut solo record, Thawing Dawn, it’s clear that SAVAGE has matured. While assembling the record, he fell in love. Now, for the first time, we hear songs about being on the inside of love. Rather than lamenting the end of a relationship, we hear a voice trying, in the moment, to make sense of love’s mysteries. “Part of this maturity,” he says, “is reflecting on something when it’s happening, not just when it’s gone.”

    British indie multi-instrumentalist JACK COOPER of EB faves ULTIMATE PAINTING joins the bill. Meeting back in the summer of 2014 off a PQ/UP tour, COOPER and SAVAGE have toyed with the idea of going on a tour together with only their solo material. With both artists scheduled to release a solo record within the month, there couldn't have been a better time for these two to make their way to our stage.

    Convoluted, jangled and from the heart, ETHERS joins the bill to warm up the fervor. This new flavor of downbeat garage rock was birthed from members of local hitter bands HEAVY TIMES, OUTER MINDS, RADAR EYES and SKIP CHURCH. Come early for the debut of something hopeful, something Chicagoan, something…

    (Pitchfork)

  • Rockefeller Chapel at University of Chicago Sat November 4, 2017 8:30 pm
    • Tegan and Sara
    • The Con X: Tour
    $35.00 - $49.50

    Tegan and Sara join us at Rockefeller Chapel to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their widely-acclaimed hit record, The Con.

    Twin sisters born in Calgary, Alberta and now residing in Vancouver, BC, Tegan and Sara’s career numbers are impressive – over 1 million albums sold, 7 Gold certifications, 1 Double Platinum certification, 3 Juno Awards, 2 Polaris Prize nominations, and a Grammy nomination. But even more impressive is the conviction that has driven Tegan and Sara’s relentless evolution as artists. Transitioning from acoustic roots to indie rock royalty in the mid 2000s, with widely-acclaimed albums So Jealous (2004) and The Con (2007), they began the path of reinvention that continues to inform their creative identity today.

    Even as they’ve been embraced by the mainstream, Tegan and Sara consciously operate to the left of popular culture – their lyrical and social wisdom comes from an outside vantage looking in. Paradoxically, the essential message that underpins their worldview and identity is inclusion. So it is only fitting that these two self-described outsiders have ultimately found acceptance from such a diverse amalgamation of cultural forces. This is a band that can perform comfortably alongside Katy Perry or Neil Young, Taylor Swift or The Killers. You may have seen them in the dusty desert at Coachella or on the pristine stage at the Academy Awards. Few other contemporary artists can cross boundaries of genre and culture so effortlessly. Now we join them in the confines of the historic Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago. 

  • Sat November 4, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Cuddlestock: The Last One featuring Hard Girls
    • Son of a Gun (Record Release)
    • Gallery Night
    • Bleach Party
    • Comm To Black
    $10 (advance), $12

    After five years, over two dozen releases, four fall Cuddlestocks and one spring bonus Cuddlestock that was never to be repeated, Tall Pat Records is going on one of those indefinite hiatuses that are so popular with bands from the 1990s*. Before they do, they’re closing things out with one a hell of a party.

    Two parties, actually: Cuddlestock 2017 brings you the finest rock & roll they could afford. We kick things off at Cole's on Friday, November 3 and finish up right where we started, at The Empty Bottle on Saturday, November 4, with a show headlined by the founders of the original Cuddlestock, San Jose’s very own HARD GIRLS. 

    TPR will be recording tracks for a live compilation that will mark the end of Tall Pat Records with its 25th release. Joining us is the only way to ensure that future generations will remember you. Speaking of recordings and remembrance, if you buy an ticket in advance, you’ll be entered to win a MASSIVE TPR PACKAGE, courtesy of the label, that includes just about everything they’ve released up to this point… as long as they can still find it!!

    As always, there will be No Weak Pits.

  • Sun November 5, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Omni
    • Gentle Leader XIV
    $10 (advance), $12

    Framed from within the relentless heatwave of Atlanta, Georgia, OMNI cuts through the oppressive humidity of the gilded southern capital with a cool and breezy combo of lo-fi nonchalance. In paying homage to post-punk forebears like Pylon, Wire and Devo, OMNI exploits a succinct and focused sound in their 2016 debut. Strung taut with wiry guitar and incisive rhythms, their approach is not without plenty of sneaky, danceable melodies to round off the hard angles. Indeed, their inaugural 'Deluxe' represents a mission statement to cruise a steady though lavish wave of disenchantment like it was 1979. On the road for a solid year and left to finish the record in between tours, OMNI ratchets the fidelity higher as the punk gets more 'proto' and less ‘post'—all while the decade melts away - ex post facto, into the late 60s and early 70s. Welcome in the eccentricities, guys.

    Chicago's GENTLE LEADER XIV conjures the unholy ghost of modern life while warming around the fire of a domesticated mythology. The trio pulls on synth heavy, chorus filled 80s heart strings without diving deep into nostalgia, evoking emotional memory over a gray template of realism. It’s pop without future, love without romance, survival with an undercurrent of persistent loss. New Wave, Post Punk, damaged vibes filtered through a pop machine that keeps turning out the hits. Why keep the radio on when the song is in your head?

    [NPR] [Pitchfork] [Noisey] [Stereogum] [Consequence of Sound]

  • Mon November 6, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Modern English
    $15 (advance), $18

    Presale: Wed Sep 13 at 10am
    Public Onsale: Fri Sep 15 at 10am


    We said it when they were here last year, and we'll say it again -- come "stop the world and melt" with the Empty Bottle and UK post-punk legends MODERN ENGLISH. These fellas are returning to America and couldn't miss out on a stop at The Empty Bottle. "We won't play anywhere else" they may or may not have said after that memorable show back in May of 2016. In case you've been living under a rock your whole life, MODERN ENLGISH are an English rock band best remembered for their songs "I Melt with You," "Hands Across the Sea," and "Ink and Paper". The group disbanded for a period in 1991, but later recorded in 1995 with some new members. The original members reformed in 2009 and began touring again at the beginning of last year and we're all better for it. Don't miss this massive show!

  • Aragon Ballroom Thu November 9, 2017 9:00 pm
    • John Carpenter: Anthology Tour
    • Bric-a-Brac DJs
    $45.00

    John Carpenter has announced Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, a collection of 13 of his classic movie themes newly recorded with the collaborators that worked on his Lost Themes studio albums and subsequent tours: his son, Cody Carpenter, and godson, Daniel Davies. Set for release on October 20 via Sacred Bones, Anthology… is a near-comprehensive survey of John Carpenter’s greatest themes, from his very first movie (the no-budget sci-fi film Dark Star) to 1998’s supernatural Western, Vampires. Those sit alongside the driving, Led Zeppelin-influenced Assault on Precinct 13 theme, Halloween’s iconic 5/4 piano riff, and the eerie synth work of The Fog. Carpenter and his band also cover Ennio Morricone’s bleak, minimalist theme for The Thing. “I asked Morricone to please compose something with a very few notes,” Carpenter says. “And brilliantly, he did.”

     

    To accompany the announcement, Carpenter has shared the theme from 1994’s “In The Mouth of Madness”. Reminiscing on the original composition he states, "I worked on the soundtrack for In the Mouth of Madness with Jim Lang. We never came up with a great main title theme. In a rented house on Woodrow Wilson (my house was being remodeled), I came up with a heavy metal theme inspired by Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” My friend Dave Davies played lead guitar, and now, over 20 years later, his son Daniel is playing the lead. One of my favorite themes."
     
    John Carpenter is a legend. As the director and composer behind dozens of classic movies, Carpenter has established a reputation as one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of modern cinema, as well as one of its most influential musicians. The minimal, synthesizer-driven themes to films like Halloween, Escape From New York, and Assault on Precinct 13 are as indelible as their images, and their timelessness was evident as Carpenter performed them live in a string of internationally sold-out concert dates in 2016.

     

    In the weeks following Anthology’s October 20 release, Carpenter will return to the road, playing both classic movie themes and material from his two Lost Themes albums. Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday at 10:00am local time, including special VIP packages that include meet and greets with John  Carpenter and exclusive merchandise (for more details check www.theofficialjohncarpenter.com). The performances will once again affirm the power of the Horror Master’s brilliant work as a composer and musician, and undoubtedly send audiences rushing home to their DVD libraries to dive yet again into the most rewarding filmography in genre cinema.

  • Thu November 9, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Jessica Lea Mayfield
    • Blank Range
    $15.00

    "The whole record is about me taking my life back, without really realizing it," she says. "I realized I'm the only person that is going to look out for me. I have to be my main person. No one else."

    JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD might make some people uncomfortable with the level of honesty she projects on her forthcoming LP, Sorry Is Gone, but she's not going to apologize – for that, or for anything else on her complex, confessional fourth album. Recorded with producer John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile, Phosphorescent and Dinosaur Jr.), Sorry Is Gone is a raw document of a woman in progress. 

    Written primarily on an acoustic baritone guitar – out of necessity at first, in her thin-walled apartment -MAYFIELD started to process the years of hurt and uncertainly through words and melodies that helped her see the light in the darkness. Evoking the pathos of nineties grunge, the folk confessions of her idol, Smith, and the cool blasé of bands like Luscious Jackson, the tracks that comprise Sorry Is Gone aren’t devised to make anyone comfortable but herself – but they are there to help share an emotional journal and a certain kind of healing that can only come through music.

    BLANK RANGE is an American rock & roll band from the great city of Nashville, TN. They've opened for well-known bands SPOON and DRIVEBY TRUCKERS, and Rolling Stone have sang their praises more than once. In 2015, the magazine said the band sounded like: "that magical combination of dissonant, Pavement-esque and pavement-ready garage rock & roll with a keen grasp of how to make it all wildly melodic."

  • Fri November 10, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The Black Heart Procession
    • Sam Coomes
    • #EB25
    $15.00

    After Three Mile Pilot began an open-ended hiatus in 1997, singer/guitarist Pall Jenkins and multi-instrumentalist Tobias Nathaniel embarked on a darker, more subdued journey as The Black Heart Procession. In the many years and albums since, the band's line-up has expanded and contracted, but at its heart and soul remains Jenkins and Nathaniel, creating timeless, heart-wrenching classics that are adventurous, eclectic, and consistently brilliant. 

    In 2017, they'll bring you their first record, from start to finish. Here's what they'd like you to know: 

    In a small town, with but a small chance, two lowly miscreants toiled feverishly into the small hours of the night creating ballads of loss and self-deprecation, in hopes of illuming the world with their particularly despondent brand of mischievousness.

    Nearly twenty years later, these very same scoundrels have arrived upon your doorstep to drown your sorrows, ease your pains and release your hearts.

    The Black Heart Procession, purveyors of all things disconsolate, would like to formally invite you to attend a singular event, a forlorn gala, a mournful celebration of the dour. It's your town, your desolation, your reclamation.

    Join us in the revelry of sorrow, as we honor the 20th anniversary of our first album. Laugh, cry and absolve your sins with us. Together, we'll brighten the world, confront the shadows beneath our beds and...

    ...well...you could just come to the show in your town where we'll be performing our first record from start to finish, with some extra stuff for the encore. Hope to see you all there, tears of laughter and sorrow alike. 

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    The fourth round of #EB25 shows is upon us, & we're bringing back even more influential bands of Bottle's past. Keep a close watch for more announcements as we celebrate our 25th year all through 2017. 

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

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

  • Sat November 11, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Cherubs
    • Rash
    $12 (advance), $15

    Formed in 1992, CHERUBS emerged on the Austin, TX, LSD punk scene with a jackhammer of nightmarish, rhythm-driven song structures and plenty of Butthole Surfers whimsy and terror to keep things more than interesting. Fast forward 20 years later and the band has reformed with more energy and songwriting acumen then ever. In 2015 they released their first album in 20 years, 2 Ynfynyty, sounding more dangerous than ever while trekking down a few unexpected turns. Effortlessly mixing distorted heaviness with sublime songcraft, the album proves that the trio's two decade hiatus was well worth the wait.

    Four-piece noise brutes RASH brings their gruff mix of noise, punk and hardcore. Signed to High Fashion Industries, a DIY label run out of Chicago, RASH has proven themselves as a vital force in the underground punk and hardcore scene. With four progressive releases in four years under their belt, the band has no intention of slowing down. 

  • Wed November 15, 2017 8:00 pm
    • Red Bull Sound Select presents 30 Days in Chicago featuring Parquet Courts
    • Meat Wave

    30 Days in Chicago is a month of 70+ can’t miss artists in venues throughout Chicago, exclusive to Red Bull Sound Select members.

    Tickets are exclusive to Red Bull Sound Select members, and it’s free to join. To get more info and a code to purchase tickets, head to http://30days.redbullsoundselect.com

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    PARQUET COURTS’ special breed of "Americana punk" began in 2010 when some former Texans who had relocated to Brooklyn began practicing and gigging regularly. The band was centered around Fergus & Geronimo songwriter Andrew Savage, and also included guitarist Austin Brown, bassist Sean Yeaton, and drummer Max Savage. Their noisy indie rock with jagged punk edges borrows much inspiration from late-'90s guitar-heavy alternative acts. Five records and seven years later PARQUET COURTS have become darlings of the indie rock world thanks to the response from the press, constant touring and their intractable charm.

    MEAT WAVE formed in 2011 by the trio of Chris Sutter (vocals/guitar), Joe Gac (bass), and Ryan Wizniak (drums). The three Chicago punk scene stalwarts came together and, just a year later, released its self-titled full-length, though that was never the intention. These dudes really rock the shit out of their songs and we can't help but rage every time we listen to em, be it their rippin' debut full length or 2015's acerbic follow-up, Delusion Moon, released via Side One DummyEntertainment Weekly says MEAT WAVE "bites harder than a polar vortex gust tearing down Michigan Avenue." How's that for a geographically topical reference? Tonight sees the trio's triumphant return to The Bottle stage, so get ready to take it to the next level and show these boys why we love em so dang much.

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  • Sat November 18, 2017 9:00 pm
    • EMA + The Blow
    • Zigtebra
    $15.00

    EMA has teasued us with a new track "Down and Out," off her latest album, Exile In The Outer Ring, which will be released by City Slang on August 25. ERIKA M ANDERSON, the stage name of EMA, continues to evoke a unique and ambitious sound that saw her recognized as one of the most singular artists to emerge in the early 10s, first with 2011 release Past Life Martyred Saints and 2014’s prophetic The Future’s Void. Now, she returns, with a portrait of The Outer Ring: A pitch-black world of dark night highways, American flags hung over basement windows, jails and revival meetings and casinos and rage. In a year dominated by white working-class alienation and anger, EMA – a Midwesterner who never lost her thousand-yard stare – has delivered an album that renders Middle American poverty and resentment with frightening realism and deep empathy. She continues to question social convention and rebels against the status quo in a fury of electro-shock punk therapy. Tonight's co-headlining show with Brooklyn duo THE BLOW sees two boundary pushing artists returning to our stage for the first time in years, both on the heels of excellent new albums that are sure to catapult them back into the public consciousness in 2017.

    THE BLOW is a shape-shifting electronic duo comprised of Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne. They've been many different things over time and are sometimes multiple things at once, but is at its heart always one simple thing which is a qualilty of intimacy made tangible, most frequently in the form of a pop song. The current line up of THE BLOW looks a lot like a band, or as much like a band as they ever have, with both members playing instruments together onstage. More recently, the duo has been playing a series of shows, titled "Unplugged," with Maricich and Dyne performing songs from the extended Blow catalog simmered down to their vital elements. Halos of sonic ambience hover around each cluster of lyrics and melody like auras illuminating the essential qualities of each song. The shows are meditations on the amorphous material of THE BLOW's songs as well as on the experience of listening itself; they are spaces for the performers to tune into the minutiae of each other's shifting spheres of focus, responding in time as the sounds build between them, noting and responding as well to the audience's quality of listening, synthesizing these waves of electricity and attention into feedback loops of delicately reverberating energy.

    (Brooklyn Vegan) (NPR Music) (Stereogum)

  • Sun November 19, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Ritual Howls
    • Odonis Odonis
    • DJ Heather Gabel [HIDE]
    $10.00

    Hailing from Detroit, three-piece audio-visual art squad RITUAL HOWLS are meat machines crafting sound and light to fit their particular vision. The group creates melodic, art-damaged noise-rock while projecting found video samples of collisions, scrapings on concrete, pounding metal & oak over their live performance. This is the kind of feral art that leaves claw marks on your soul. Industrial rock meets cinematic deathrock. RITUAL HOWLS create a surreal, introspective gloom that could fuel a disco in hell, a soundtrack to your favorite nightmares and most grisly fantasies.

    Toronto-based "Industrial surf-gaze" monsters ODONIS ODONIS are returning after their last show in 2015 with experimental psych weirdos ICE BALLOONS. Born out the same DIY scene that spawned METZ, HSY, GREYS and more, this trio cut their teeth at the now defunct Buzz Garage, where they built a solid foundation as a crushing live band. Their 2014 Polaris-nominated album, Hard Boiled Soft Boiled, found ODONIS ODONIS pushing the sonic envelope into new territory, because much like the hypnotic spiral that came to be associated with the band’s earlier efforts, these fellas don't follow a linear path. The band's live show is the point where the diverging influences and hypnotic visual aesthetic collide into something that is maddeningly stunning -- don't miss it.

    Visual artist and HIDE singer HEATHER GABEL DJs throughout the night.

  • Wed November 22, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Red Red Meat plus Califone #EB25
    $20.00

    Chicago’s RED RED MEAT are a full-fledged staple of the Empty Bottle and no 25th Anniversary could be complete without them returning to our stage. Unsurprisingly, the spin-off (and equally-excellent) CALIFONE is also a Bottle fave and we're lucky enough to have the ORIGINAL RRM LINEUP performing here tonight with two members of Califone at their side! This has never happened before, folks, and there's a damn good chance it'll never happen again. This Thanksgiving Eve is absolutely not to be missed!

    RRM released three albums on Sub Pop in the middle 1990s (and a self-titled album before that on their own Perishable Records). The band called it quits in 1997, its principals heading off in their own, frequently inter-related directions. Singer/guitarist/primary songwriter Tim Rutili and percussionist Ben Massarella formed CALIFONE, bassist Tim Hurley formed SIN ROPAS, and drummer/producer Brian Deck went on to become a full-time music producer, working with bands including MODEST MOUSE, IRON & WINE, CALIFONE, and the FRUIT BATS.

    “In the ‘90s RED RED MEAT was poised for world domination with a distinctively acid-stained, unhurried take on blues/roots music—-snazzily produced for record by its drummer, Brian Deck. But even with a cohesive and accessible album like 1995’s Bunny Gets Paid, RRM remained a cult act during the postgrunge heyday.”—-Time Out Chicago (Jul. 2008)

    We’ve celebrated a few NYE runs with these boys, most notably our ’94 end-of-the-year showdown with HUM and VELO DELUXE. Their last show here was a two-night run back in ‘09 with RICHARD EDWARDS AND THE NUKES and PILLARS & TONGUES. Almost ten years later, we get to re-live the action and relish the fact that they actually agreed to be a part of the fun.

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

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

  • Tue November 28, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Cold Specks with special guest LA Timpa
    $13.00

    Like a cool summer breeze, COLD SPECK breathes an air of natural elegance. Upon a second listen, her message begins to transgress an unearthly dark message. Self described as "doom soul", Canada-born and London, England based Cold Specks joins us this evening to deliver her delicate arrangement of songs inspired from socio-political issues she faces on a daily basis. Her latest single, Wild Card, an ethereal and melodic tale focusing on her mother's selflessness towards a Somalian refugee was just released on Consequence of Sound with great remarks. Coming off a month long European tour this fall, we are eager to hear the seasoned touring veteran command our stage with grace and deliverance. 

    LA TIMPA, Nigerian born producer and songwriter, immigrated to Canada as a child. He spent his formative years shaping his craft surrounded by farmland, religion and static suburbia. As foreign seasons drifted by, endless hours were dedicated to the dreaming up of sounds, brands, characters, art, clothes and films with his brother. It was diaspora dreaming, dancing divinely between their worlds. In 2015, LA TIMPA began diving into field recordings he’d collect from aimless walks with a tape recorder, everything from a cat meowing to a spoon falling was recorded and then sampled into his productions. The same approach was applied to soundtrack visuals he would record with a cheap video camera. This was the beginning of the project. Last year, LA TIMPA released his debut EP Animal on Toronto label Slow Release. Animal garnered critical acclaim and was featured on Pitchfork, i-D, The Fader and more. Recently, he has been held up in Toronto’s Easy Life Studio, honing his skills on late night sessions with Jim Anderson (COLD SPECKS, MOBY, ANNA CALVI). This creative environment lead to LA TIMPA adding additional production to two tracks on COLD SPECKS’ anticipated forthcoming album, and being invited to join her as a special guest on her Fool’s Paradise World Tour 2017. LA TIMPA is working on new music for release this fall and is performing on a slew of dates across the UK, EU, North America and Canada.

     

    (Consequence of Sound) (Stereogum) (Pitchfork)

  • Wed November 29, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Baio
    $15.00

    Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio comes out strong with his solo project, BAIO. In his downtime between tours, BAIO began to explore his own personal musical stylings in an effort to create an individual voice away from the band. His efforts have crafted a sun-soaked synth-pop dance arrangement that warrants anything but conformity. BAIO sticks out with his sweet summery dance hooks and a pop-heavy hopefulness that reaffirms a worldly optimism that’s useful to be reminded of. Contrasting that upbeat sound, BAIO makes sure to deliver a message within his songs detailing the darker side of life. Reeling you in with sweetness and squeezing you out with a down-trodden sense of existence. We here at the Bottle are always up for a good slap in the face of reality. 

  • Sat December 2, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Chad VanGaalen
    • Un Blonde
    $12 (advance), $15

    From the beautiful mind of CHAD VANGAALEN comes Light Information. The creative polymath’s sixth album will be released via Sub Pop worldwide on September 8th.

    While alienation has always been a theme of VanGaalen’s music, Light Information draws on a new kind of wisdom–and anxiety–gained as he watches his kids growing up. “Being a parent has given me a sort of alternate perspective, worrying about exposure to a new type of consciousness that’s happening through the internet,” he says. “I didn’t have that growing up, and I’m maybe trying to preserve a little bit of that selfishly for my kids."

    The song “Old Heads” is a sci-fi space anthem to technology that constantly replaces itself, proving both necessary and unnecessary at the same time. It’s also a jangly pop gem, a trip through the fantastical that is ultimately warm and relatable.

    Light Information features the standouts “Old Heads” [listen on Spotify], “Pine & Clover,” and Mind Hijacker’s Curse.” As always, VanGaalen wrote, played, and produced all of the music on the album (save Ryan Bourne’s bass part on “Mystery Elementals” and vocals on “Static Shape” from his young daughters Ezzy and Pip), and designed the cover art. Light Information emerged from the experimental instruments that fill VanGaalen’s Calgary garage studio. Among them is a beloved Korg 770 monosynth, which VanGaalen coveted for years before fixing one up and devoting a lot of recent energy to recording “duets” with it. One of these, “Prep Piano and 770,” is the lone instrumental on Light Information, more atmosphere and chord bursts than the rest of the album’s hooky rock narrative.

    “If I was going to go out and buy a record, I would probably want it to sound only like that,” says VanGaalen. “That one’s for me.”

    Throughout the dark-wave reverb of Light Information are stories of paranoia, disembodiment, and isolation–but there’s also playfulness, empathy, and intimacy.

  • Sat December 9, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The Districts
    • Katie Von Schleicher
    $15.00

    THE DISTRICTS are a four-piece indie rock band from the small town of Lititz, Pennsylvania. The group formed in 2009 while members Rob Grote, Mark Larson, Connor Jacobus, and Braden Lawrence were still in high school. The prolific young band released their first EP, Kitchen Songs, in 2011, followed by Telephone, their debut full-length, the following year. Now into their third LP, Popular Manipulations, the band has represented an exponential leap in sound and cohesion, an impressive and impassioned burn with a wide scope that threatens to swallow everything else surrounding it.

    The distinctly intense sound of Popular Manipulations—charging guitars, thunderous drumming, and Grote’s searing vocals—was brought on by a few cited influences, from shoegaze’s aggressive swirl to the Velvet Underground’s impeccable drone-rock sound. There’s a distinctly Canadian flavor to this brand of indie rock, too; Spencer Krug’s anthemic, lushly inscrutable work in Wolf Parade and his defunct Sunset Rubdown side project comes to mind, as does 2000s Toronto barnburners the Diableros’ overlooked 2006 gem You Can’t Break the Strings in Our Olympic Hearts.

    But don’t mistake easy comparisons for a lack of originality: on Popular Manipulations, THE DISTRICTS are in a lane entirely their own, exploring lyrical themes of isolation and abandonment in a way that ups the music’s already highly charged emotional quotient. A mix of jangly indie Americana and blues-inspired rock n’ roll baby. 

  • Sun December 10, 2017 9:00 pm
    • The Districts
    • Katie Von Schleicher
    $15.00

    THE DISTRICTS are a four-piece indie rock band from the small town of Lititz, Pennsylvania. The group formed in 2009 while members Rob Grote, Mark Larson, Connor Jacobus, and Braden Lawrence were still in high school. The prolific young band released their first EP, Kitchen Songs, in 2011, followed by Telephone, their debut full-length, the following year. Now into their third LP, Popular Manipulations, the band has represented an exponential leap in sound and cohesion, an impressive and impassioned burn with a wide scope that threatens to swallow everything else surrounding it.

    The distinctly intense sound of Popular Manipulations—charging guitars, thunderous drumming, and Grote’s searing vocals—was brought on by a few cited influences, from shoegaze’s aggressive swirl to the Velvet Underground’s impeccable drone-rock sound. There’s a distinctly Canadian flavor to this brand of indie rock, too; Spencer Krug’s anthemic, lushly inscrutable work in Wolf Parade and his defunct Sunset Rubdown side project comes to mind, as does 2000s Toronto barnburners the Diableros’ overlooked 2006 gem You Can’t Break the Strings in Our Olympic Hearts.

    But don’t mistake easy comparisons for a lack of originality: on Popular Manipulations, THE DISTRICTS are in a lane entirely their own, exploring lyrical themes of isolation and abandonment in a way that ups the music’s already highly charged emotional quotient. A mix of jangly indie Americana and blues-inspired rock n’ roll baby. 

    KATIE VON SCHLEICHER rose from intern to artist on Brooklyn label Ba Da Bing with Bleaksploitation, a self-recorded 2015 mini album of irreverent, fuzz-laden tunes. On her debut full-length, VON SCHLEICHER strikes again on the magic that comes from her warped and uncompromising sound. Shitty Hits channels the bright, sunny radio burners of the 1970’s, songs you drive to, carefree, and songs you can cry to, which The Guardian describe as “Portishead meets the Beatles,” and NPR’s Bob Boilen calls “one of those constant repeat records for me."

    Conjuring the home recorded sound of Paul McCartney's McCartney or Jeff Buckley’s Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk, Shitty Hits was created on a tape machine at VON SCHLEICHER's childhood home in Maryland. Where Bleaksploitation courted a kind of sonic nihilism, Shitty Hits shows confidence, growth and unflinching self-realization. Inhabiting the roles of producer and engineer, VON SCHLEICHER cements her voice as one to be reckoned with, parsed and pored over, on an album that is “never less than beguiling” (Pitchfork).

    [Pitchfork] [NPR]

  • Sat December 16, 2017 9:00 pm
    • GGOOLLDD
    $10.00

    Hailing from our northern neighbors of Milwaukee, GGOOLLDD debuts here at the Bottle this evening. Between wispy melodies and a lethargic atmosphere that builds to a gracious sway, there's a little something for everyone in GGOOLLDD's sound. GGOOLLDD isn’t like other bands. They formed on whim, decided to play their first show mostly as an excuse to host a killer party, and they eschew the traditional gotta-get-a-record-deal game in favor of playing a lot of shows and releasing their own material. That sense of whimsy blended with resolute autonomy is all part of the signature GGOOLLDD aesthetic. Secrets, their new album, is a soaring collection of bangers that conjures wind-in-your-hair glittery romanticism. 

  • Logan Square Auditorium Sun December 31, 2017 9:00 pm
    • Windy City Soul Club NYE
    $15.00 - $20.00

    The WINDY CITY SOUL CLUB is coming back to Logan Square Auditorium to help Chicago ring in the New Year. Yes yes, y'all, these fine fellas create the best soul dance party this city has ever seen once/month at the Empty Bottle so they're primed and ready to tear the roof off LSA once again. 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" while counting down to 2018, then you've found your party. Tonight's your night to get dapper and get down.

     

     

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