Empty Bottle BOOK
Submit Your Story, Essay or Photos to Curbside Splendor for the Empty Bottle Book, out in Fall 2015.
- TOMORROW NITE: Red Bull Sound Select presents Holly Herndon w/ Silver Apples for ONLY $3 WITH RSVP:... http://t.co/OKnGb8kt4u about 2 hours ago
- RT @Do312: Head to @TheEmptyBottle SATURDAY for some sultry synth courtesy of @rosequartzmusic & @Ishimusic. Enter to WIN --> http://t.co/R… about 2 hours ago
- RT @CHIRPRadio: Win tix to see Swearing at Motorists (@SAMotorists), @DTCVrock @theemptybottle on Thurs! Email MOTORISTS to tickets@chirpra… about 2 hours ago
- Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel band return to us WEDNESDAY NIGHT & Chicago Reader's got nice things to say about... http://t.co/UiqttKhivk about 3 hours ago
Mar 30th 2015 @ 9:00 pm
Lo-fi rockers FAMOUS LAUGHS return to for one last show, as they bid farewell to Chicago at tonight's Free Monday. We've had some good times with these fellas - some good laughs, if you will - and we'll be sad to see their damaged but friendly tunes drift off into oblivion. We can assure you that their dreamy, well-placed melodies will grip your ears and take you on a breezy trip through the outer reaches of the sonic galaxy. Sleep well, sweet prince. Chicago natives THE FATHER COSTUMES strapped an acoustic guitar to a time bomb and they'll be waiting to explode as you slam $2 PBRs into your face-hole. These chill wavers have been boppin around the city for some time now, playing all the usual haunts on their way to our stage for a headlining set. The band's EP, The Mismade Girl - featured on their bandcamp - is your perfect Sunday afternoon coffee sippin, memory trippin, laidback, 5 track jam. We are ready for a beautiful close to our evening with THE FATHER COSTUMES as they send us off into the starry cosmic wonderland. The ornithology/dairy named BABY BIRDS DON'T DRINK MILK join us from NYC with choral, formative longtones reminiscent of DEERHUNTER's early-mid output. Their 2013 released album, Think Tone, is the collection of a year's worth of recording from Chicago to Ohio to Brooklyn oh my! Returning to our stage - and the city - tonight and playing second is Chicago three-piece LALA LALA, a grungey, lo-fi trio who's catchy pop and rock songwriting swims in a river of reverb. These ladies are using the show as a sort of Welcome Back From Tour show as they spent the last month touring around the U.S. on their way to Austin for SXSW. We strongly recommend you treat your ears to their debut tape (courtesy of Manic Static) before you catch em live.Free Monday
Mar 30th 2015 @ 9:00 pm
Tonight we're honored to help celebrate the release of Chicago folk-monster RYLEY WALKER's new LP, Primrose Green, his first for the acclaimed Dead Oceans. Last winter, Tompkins Square released All Kinds of You, an impressive album of acoustic finger style guitar tracks that saw RYLEY stretching his legs with a band in the studio. The new album, out tomorrow (3.31.15), continues the evolution of this "true American guitar player" with graceful flow and circular shimmers, not to mention a mixture of new and old Chicago players from the post-rock and jazz communities that add a visceral edge to the songs and give them a life of their own in a live setting. Flowing, earthy acoustic work cascades from WALKER's hands and he's been reborn as a troubadour, which he carries on exploring to this day. Opening the show is JIM BECKER, a Chicago-based musician, producer, and sound engineer who plays guitar, banjo, filddle, mandolin, and is known for his original improvisation and use of effects. He draws from a wide range of inspirations, from classic rock to Appalachian old time music, recording and collaborating with a long list of rock, folk and experimental bands, touring the world with such acts as CALIFONE, IRON & WINE and more.$10.00 *SOLD OUT*
Mar 31st 2015 @ 9:00 pm
Red Bull Sound Select, an ongoing program to support local music scenes and the people who push them forward, announces its March 2015 show with curator Empty Bottle Presents in Chicago. This time around we've got a left-field, co-headlining showcase featuring 60s psychedelic/experimental legend SILVER APPLES and contemporary electronic experimenter HOLLY HERNDON. It's a real cross-generational night of sonic mind-fuckery that also features to Chicago noise/synth maniacs BEAU WANZER and BRETT NAUCKE.
Every month, Red Bull Sound Select showcases are curated by local music influencers. Tickets are $3 with RSVP or $8 without RSVP. Save yourself 5 and RSVP.
@redbullCHI | #soundselect$3 with RSVP or $8
Apr 1st 2015 @ 9:00 pm
CHRIS FORSYTH's hypnotic compositions assimilate art-rock textures with vernacular American influences. Long active in the international underground, he’s released a series of acclaimed records as a solo artist that demonstrate a resolute engagement in making corporeal/cerebral music that transcends such subterranean realms, reaching instead for a bleeding-edge physicality and lyricism heavily influenced by his private studies with TELEVISION guitarist RICHARD LLOYD. This year's No Quarter-released album, Intensity Ghost, sees FORSYTH adding a full band to the recording process rather than recording it almost entirely himself. It's a change the Chicago Reader praises: "The dynamic provided by a real working band pays serious dividends, with an interactive spark generated by Forsyth and fellow guitarist Paul Sukeena that reaches toward the heights achieved by those aforementioned influences."
(Reader)$8 (advance), $10
Apr 2nd 2015 @ 9:00 pm
20 years and 2 million miles under the radar
Swearing at Motorists has come a long way since its birth as a poster for a fake band in 1994. A few months after the posters mysteriously appeared in record stores and music venues around Dayton, OH, Dave Doughman jokingly scrawled the name on a cassette of home recordings that he gave to friends, and the band was officially born, joining already established Dayton bands Guided by Voices, Brainiac and the Breeders in releasing music made in the Miami Valley.
The late '90s found S@M releasing a slew of 7" EPs on different labels, and after getting repeated plays from the BBC's John Peel and favorable press worldwide, the band landed a contract with the then new label Secretly Canadian. They released 2 EPs and 4 LPs on Secretly Canadian, including 2000's Number Seven Uptown and 2002's This Flag Signals Goodbye, both of which were named MOJO Magazine's "Underground Album of the Year" the years they were released.
Swearing At Motorists relocated to Berlin, Germany in 2005, releasing their last LP for Secretly Canadian, Last Night Becomes This Morning, the following year before quietly disappearing into the never-ending Berlin night... until now.$10.00
Apr 3rd 2015 @ 5:30 pm
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
Apr 3rd 2015 @ 9:00 pm
Independent label Dine Alone Records has partnered with revered musician NATE MENDEL to release his first solo album, If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going To Eat For A Week, under the moniker LIEUTENANT on March 10th. Beginning today, fans are invited to stream a new song, “Believe The Squalor." Also known as bassist for popular rock band FOO FIGHTERS and highly influential emo act SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE, MENDEL is venturing into uncharted territory as the primary songwriter, guitarist and singer for his first solo project. Thought admittedly not an enthusiast of solo projects, MENDEL was determined not only learn to play the guitar and sing but also develop his songwriting if for no other reason than to prove to himself he could succeed. If a decent album came out of it then all the better. Despite only recently picking up the guitar and vocals, MENDEL found a natural groove on If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going To Eat For A Week. The music draws listeners in with sincere lyrics and keeps them moving with echoed, jangly guitars as heard on standout tracks like “Rattled,” “Prepared Remarks” and “Belle Epoque.” LIEUTENANT recently made its live debut with a string of warm up shows in Southern California and features MENDAL alongside CHRISTIAN WARGO of FLEET FOXES on bass, PAUL "PABLO" WILSON of SNOW PATROL on guitar, JORMA VIK of THE BRONX on DRUMS and the album's producer TOSHI KASAI on.$15.00
Apr 4th 2015 @ 9:00 pm$10.00
Apr 5th 2015 @ 9:00 pm
September 2013, WAND (of TY SEGALL's God? Records) was quietly dismembered and ritually eaten in the hills near Dodger Stadium. A few things, at least, are certain: WAND hears ghosts. WAND prefers serpents. The Sun is the mother of every fiction. All phenomena will be consumed in alphabetical order, but desire will recirculate ad infinitum. If all else fails, WAND will just devour more hands. Returning to our stage is HEATERS, a band that's drawn acclaim across the webosphere for their spacey, driving take on West Coast psych rock. Tapping into both the twang of their ‘60s garage compatriots and building their own brand of expansive, cosmic swells, Pitchfork calls the band “catchy and kinetic,” noting their “energy and hook writing are clearly on point.”Combining a seemingly constant output of “reverb coated, fuzz studded, hard driven garage psych” with a kaleidoscopic, hip-shaking live set, HEATERS are quickly forging something new and exciting. Not to be missed. E | G | O, formerly known as MASSIVE EGO, combines unapologetic punk swagger, naturally psychedelic brainwaves, folk-lovinglyness, and killer pop sensibility into one gleaming badass package. These multi-instrumentalist madmen are notorious for their madcap instrument switching and white-hot, high-energy live music. Their first full-length album, Don’t, was released the one year ago and is 40-minutes of mind-bending sonic assault. Featuring members of COFFIN SHIPS, REDDILICIOUS and MODE HEXE, Chicago's MELKBELLY returns to our stage, all the way from Pilsen, with their throwback, thrashy noise-rock. These fellas seem to be one of the hottest young names in town, bringing devilish grins to faces all over town whenever their live as hell shows go down. Since releasing one of the finest Chicago albums of 2014, Pennsylvania out on Automatic Recordings, they've continuously turned it up to 11 whenever they hit the stage and we can't wait to see them in action once again.$10.00
Apr 6th 2015 @ 9:00 pm
Tonight's Free Monday is a damn celebration (aren't they all?) for Chicago band CROWN LARKS' newest release, Blood Dancer, out on Space Lung / Land Breathing and Already Dead. CROWN LARKS burn through fuzzed out meltdowns, feedback hypnosis, manic space groovin, eccentric songs, and dynamic sort-of-jazzish freakouts. Fueled by sax, clarinet, and flute, brain-melted guitar, hushed whispers, damaged screams, warped percussion, volcanic organ and noise. MINES is a band featuring members of TIGER HATCHERY, WYOMING and BATTLESHIP that released their debut LP, Just Another Thing That Got Ruined, in April 2013 to much acclaim from fans and critics. Their songs are bursting with cleverly buried melodies under walls of fuzzy atmospherics and MINES aren’t afraid to let the avant-pop ditties come crashing down in a mess of noisy chaos before quickly picking up the pieces to rip and thrash some more. In the words of the Chicago Reader, "Satek and company sound like a band that's touring the national festival circuit, not one that's been grinding in dank basements for the past five years." COLUMBA FASCIATA is the minimalist basement pop project of TOUPEE members Whitney Allen and Nick Hagen. Haunting vocals hover over the delicate guitar lines with staggered drum machine rhythms as bits of tape loops fill out the sound and lend all of the songs a strangeness to satisfy all the weirdos out there. MARK SHIPPY of U.S. MAPLE - look em up, kids - brings his solo experimental/ambient-noise-rock project SECRET MEANS OF ESCAPE to kick of this most epic of Free Mondays. Visuals will be provided by brownshoesonly.