Music, Reviews

Review: A Night of Surprises as Bonny Doon Turns Chicago into Detroit Rock City

Guest review by Lorenzo Zenitsky. Okay, so first things first, Bonny Doon‘s Thursday night performance at The Empty Bottle was my first show ever at The Empty Bottle and I […]

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Review: A Happy as Can Be Torres Rocked the Empty Bottle

[soliloquy id=”97856″] I had originally planned to see Torres, the incredible project of Mackenzie Scott, last year, right around my birthday. Then the pandemic hit and pushed everything away.  At […]

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Music, Previews

Preview: Aweful Is Actually Pretty Great

Aweful is one of those bands you see around town and think to yourself, haven’t I seen these people in a million other good bands? And what exactly is it […]

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Review: Orville Peck Brought Mysterious Cowboy Vibes and Pure Sincerity to Empty Bottle

I jumped onto the Orville Peck train a little late, only having discovered him on Twitter a few weeks ago. It wasn’t even his sound that lured me in, but […]

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Review: Tokyo Police Club and Dizzy Played an Incredible Show at Empty Bottle

Maybe it’s because I worked all day, maybe it’s because I’m 31 but secretly 80 on the inside, but I was really tired when I got to the Empty Bottle […]

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Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 12/13 – 12/16

We’re inching closer and closer to the end of the year and there’s still so much left to do. There are tons of markets, concerts, and even a few stories […]

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Music, Reviews

Review: An Audio/Visual Spectacle with Windbreaker, Joan of Arc, and Buke and Gase

Saturday night at the Empty Bottle was quite an audio/visual treat. Chicago’s Windbreaker stealthily appeared on stage behind a projection screen full of colorful, glitched out imagery. More than just aesthetic, […]

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Review: Lala Lala Steps Out at Empty Bottle

Friday Night at the Empty Bottle seemed like the destined moment for Lala Lala’s underground buzz to overflow. It had been hedging that way for years–since 2014 when the droning, […]

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Review: A Sampling of Stoner Rock at the Empty Bottle

Thursday night at the Empty Bottle was an enticing sampler of rock and roll. Each of the four bands had their own flavor, but the night’s theme was straight up […]

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Festivals, Music, Reviews

Review: Scorched Tundra Fest Brings a New Side of Metal to Empty Bottle

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This weekend the Empty Bottle hosted back-to-back soldout shows for the annual Scorched Tundra festival. Since 2011, Alexi Front has been curating and highlighting some of the most innovative acts […]

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Review: Post-Adventures with Lume, Chastity, and Mourn at the Empty Bottle

Tuesday night’s show at the Empty Bottle featured three relatively up-and-coming bands that redefine their parent genres and challenge what it means to sound like a “post-rock” band. In an […]

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Review: Har Mar Superstar Sings Sam Cooke to a Captivated Empty Bottle

On one fateful and pretty damn hot evening, the Empty Bottle hosted Har Mar Superstar, the musical superhero that is Sean Tillman, for two shows of Sam Cooke covers. Right […]

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