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Jambinai at the Empty Bottle

Jambinai was one of my favorite bands at SXSW in 2014, playing epic music that mixed rock instruments with traditional Korean instruments. …

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GØGGS at the Empty Bottle

The prolific Ty Segall has yet another new band — GØGGS, which also includes Chris Shaw from the Memphis punk band Ex-Cult …

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Music Frozen Dancing 2016

For the last three years, the Empty Bottle has hosted an outdoor winter concert called “Music Frozen Dancing.” It’s a somewhat ridiculous …

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Drinks at the Empty Bottle

Welsh singer-songwriter-guitarist Cate Le Bon has moved way beyond her early acoustic songs. Her solo music got spikier and stranger — and …

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Algiers at the Empty Bottle

Algiers — a band of Atlanta natives based in London — released a powerful self-titled debut album this summer. The music has been …

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2015 Blackout Fest

Blackout Fest, sales an annual showcase of garage, pharmacy punk and power pop music curated by Chicago’s HoZac Records, returned to the …

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Twerps at the Empty Bottle

Australian rock bands have been making a lot of cool records lately — maybe it’s just something I happen to be noticing …

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Wand at the Empty Bottle

My photos of Wand, viagra 40mg the Los Angeles psychedelic rock band, decease from its performance April 5 at the Empty Bottle: …

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Oneida at the Empty Bottle

July 30 was one of those nights when I wanted to be at concerts simultaneously. As soon as Courtney Barnett finished her bang-up …

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Death at the Empty Bottle

Death returned Friday (June 12)  to the Empty Bottle, sounding stronger and more confident than the group was back in 2009 at …

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Nazoranai at the Empty Bottle

At 11:34 p.m. May 20, I tweeted: This Nazoranai show at @theemptybottle is so loud it might cause a rupture in the …

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Blackout Fest 2014

Blackout Fest was back this past weekend at the Empty Bottle, and once again, Chicago’s HoZac Records delivered a fun package of …

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Skull Defekts at the Empty Bottle

“We’re keeping it unreal,” one of the Skull Defekts declared during the Swedish rock band’s concert Tuesday night (April 30) at the …

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Waxahatchee at the Empty Bottle

Waxahatchee — which is either a band or singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield, depending on how you define these things — released an outstanding …

The Bingers

Cuddlestock

There’s a tall guy named Pat with dark black hair and a dark black beard who shows up at a lot of …

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Lee Ranaldo and the Dust

While Sonic Youth remains on indefinite hiatus, the group’s members have been quite busy with other projects. Lee Ranaldo, who played in …

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Pere Ubu at the Empty Bottle

“Like the Rolling Stones, we’re getting back to our club roots,” David Thomas, the lead singer and mastermind of Pere Ubu, said …

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Blackout Fest

Hozac Records’ Blackout Fest was back this past weekend for another round of garage rock, power pop and other mostly raw and …

Robbie Fulks

Robbie Fulks, Henry Wagons, etc.

Last Monday (Feb. 25), I caught two concerts — first, the always-entertaining Hideout residency of Robbie Fulks, who featured Brooklyn singer-songwriter Greg …

Tortoise

Thrill Jockey’s 20th Anniversary

Time flies. It doesn’t seem like five years have passed since I attended the Thrill Jockey record label’s 15th anniversary celebration. (I …

Metz

Metz at the Empty Bottle

The Canadian band Metz — or METZ, if you follow the group’s preferred capitalization scheme — was back in Chicago this past Saturday …

Twerps

Twerps and Freaks

Most of the music was dreamy and drifting Thursday night (Oct. 25) at the Empty Bottle. Chicago’s Bare Mutants started off the …

Adventures in Modern Music

The Wire, a fine British magazine about experimental music, sponsors a truly diverse and frequently odd festival each year at the Empty …

Blackout Fest 2012

Chicago’s terrific HoZac Records brought its annual Blackout Fest to the Empty Bottle this past weekend, May 18-20, for three long nights …

Terry Malts at the Empty Bottle

The San Francisco band Terry Malts played a tight set of melodic garage/punk rock April 24 at the Empty Bottle, capping off …