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New Year's Eve (December 31) is just around the corner... have you figured out what you're doing yet? There are a handful of great concerts and parties taking place in Chicago this year, from Death (the band) to Roky Erickson to Star Slinger to Girl Group Chicago, and many more. Check out your options below...

Legendary Detroit protopunks Death will be closing out 2013 at Reggie's with support from Rabble Rabble, Le Tour, and El Major. Tickets--including VIP packages--are still available.

Oozing Wound, Magic Milk, Jimmy Whispers, and DJ Mike Lust will kick out the jams at the Empty Bottle. Advance tickets are still available and you could even return the following night for Everyone's Hungover, which is just like "Everyone's A DJ, but with multiple playlists from multiple humans and the company of all your buddies/plas/comrades/frenemies from all over this weird little community."

Minneapolis' own Dessa and Astronautalis can be found at Lincoln Hall. They'll each be backed by a full band, and tickets are still available.

Flosstradamus play the Riviera Theatre with Alex Young and DJ Spinz. Tickets are still available, and you can also catch them at the Riv on December 30.

Local H and Stoop Goodnoise play Subterranean (tickets).

Jimmy Eat World and Chicago's own Smoking Popes play the House of Blues. Tickets will cost you quite a bit, but are still available.

Speaking of veteran Chicago punks, The Lawrence Arms play Concord Music Hall with Masked Intruder, Downtown Struts, and Direct Hit! (tickets). TLA are gearing up for the release of their first full-length album in eight-years, titled Metropole, which is due out on January 28 via Epitaph. You can take a listen to the LP's lead single "You Are Here" at the bottom of this post.

Roky Erickson, White Mystery, and Hounds of Baskerville play Beat Kitchen (tickets). You can also catch Roky at Beat Kitchen on December 30 with Heavy Times and Hounds of Baskerville.

Girl Group Chicago and The Yolks will bring you into 2014 at the Hideout (tickets).

Los Lobos play a pair of shows at City Winery Chicago (7:30PM; 11PM).

Archie Powell & The Exports, The Noise FM, and Hemmingbirds play Emporium Arcade Bar. Tickets include a Jeppson's Malort toast(!).

Star Slinger, Lil Texas, Equator Club, and Stefan Ponce can be found at Beauty Bar. Tickets include a one-hour open bar and a champagne toast.

Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys and Nicholas Tremulis play SPACE (tickets).

Crowbar, Thunder Driver, and The Ox King play Cobra Lounge (tickets).

Windy City Soul Club takeover the Logan Square Auditorium (tickets).

Mucca Pazza play Double Door with Chandeliers and DJ RomaSoul (tickets).

Black Joe Lewis plays Metro with Outer Minds and Numero Group DJs (tickets).

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound and Cracker play the InterContinental Chicago O'Hare Hotel (tickets).

Pickwick and My Gold Mask play Schubas (tickets). You can also catch Pickwick at Schubas on December 30.

Cheech & Chong and War play The Chicago Theatre (tickets).

Motion City Soundtrack play Bottom Lounge (tickets).

And don't be an idiot--take the CTA (or a cab) out/home instead of driving drunk. CTA Penny Rides begin at 10PM on New Year's Eve and last until 4AM.

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We've been talking New Year's Eve for quite some time, and since the world didn't end last week, all the great shows and parties we told you about are still happening.

Refresh your memory below...

"The Screaming Eagle of Soul" himself, Charles Bradley, will be visiting Chicago for a two-night stand at Lincoln Hall on December 30 & 31. Advance tickets are still available for both shows, and though his New Year's Eve performance will cost you twice as much as the 30th, you'll receive complimentary drink tickets, appetizers, and a Daptone Records drop card for a free digital sampler.

Speaking of Lincoln Hall, their sister venue Schubas will be hosting Maps & Atlases on December 30 & 31. Gypsyblood will act as main support on the 30th, Santah will open the show on New Year's Eve, and advance tickets for both shows are still available. There's also a two-show pass for sale.

Screeching Weasel are celebrating their 27th anniversary with a two-night run at Reggie's on December 30th & 31st. Though Night 1 (with The Queers, The Manges, and Vatican Junkies) is sold out, advance tickets for Night 2 (with The Queers, The Manges, and They Stay Dead) are still available.

Local H are playing the Beat Kitchen on December 30 (with State & Madison) & 31 (with All Eyes West). Their NYE show is sold out, but tickets are still available for their 12/30 performance.

Tilly and the Wall are yet another act that will be playing two Chicago shows during New Year's Eve weekend. You'll be able to find them at Subterranean on December 30 (with California Wives) & 31 (with My Gold Mask and DJ CC Rider). Advance tickets for both shows are still available.

Butch Walker and Dick Prall are also playing two nights in Chicago. They'll appear at the Double Door on December 30 and at the Bottom Lounge on December 31. Both shows are sold out.

The Eternals will be performing "the Espiritu Zombi Suite," a piece written for a larger group-version of the band, at the Hideout on New Year's Eve. As discussed, core members Damon Locks, Wayne Montana, and Areif Sless-Kitain will be joined by six additional musicians on vibes, coronet, flute, saxophone, and more. Chandeliers will act as main support and will also play a DJ set around midnight. Advance tickets are still available.

"The Queen of Rockabilly," Wanda Jackson, will be headlining the Double Door on New Year's Eve. JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers, Burlesque le' Moustache, and Soul Summit DJs will open the show. Advance tickets are still available.

Alejandro Escovedo and his band The Sensitive Boys are set to play SPACE in Evanston, IL on New Year's Eve. Nicholas Tremulis will open the show, and advance tickets are still available.

Naked Raygun and The Dwarves are playing the Cobra Lounge on New Year's Eve. Though advance tickets are sold out, there may be a small amount available for purchase at the door.

Denton, TX's The Marked Men are playing the Empty Bottle on December 31 with Bad Sports and Terrible Twos (tickets). As discussed, Marked Men side project Mind Spiders are playing the Bottle on December 29 with The Novice and Dumpster Babies (tickets).

Speaking of the Empty Bottle, they're also presenting Mucca Pazza, White Mystery, and Jon Drake & the Shakes at the Logan Square Auditorium on New Year's Eve (tickets). They're also doing "New Year's Eve: Two Thousand Turnteen" with The Hood Internet, Moon Boots, Only Children, and DJ Esquire at Beauty Bar (tickets).

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound are set to play the final show of 2012 at Mayne Stage on December 31. Advance tickets for that show are still available.

The Airborne Toxic Event and On An On play Metro on New Year's Eve. Tickets are still available, and don't forget: Neurosis, Bloodiest, and The Atlas Moth play the venue on December 30 (tickets).

Magic Milk, Rabble Rabble, Vamos, Kodiak Farm Boys, The Electric Dollhouse Groove Buggy, Don't Forget Your Dinosaur, and The Sueves are ALL set to play Quenchers on New Year's Eve. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

Outer Minds, The Hello Hello, and Absolutely Not will be performing at The Burlington on December 31.

South Loop dive bar Cal's are closing on New Year's Day. They'll be throwing a farewell // New Year's Eve show, featuring performances by Mercy Mercy, Demerits, and Larroquettes.

Hannibal Buress is playing three shows at Zanies on New Year's Eve. Advance tickets for his three NYE shows in Chicago are sold out, but the Zanies box office might be holding onto some.

Perhaps you're looking for something a bit more electronic? Porter Robinson is coming to Chicago for a two-night stand at the Congress on December 30 & 31. Hardwell and Deniz Koyu will act as main support on the 30th, and Mat Zo and The M Machine will open the show on the 31. Advance tickets for both nights are still available. Paul Oakenfold is also playing Castle Nightclub (tickets).

ALSO: You'll be able to ride the CTA from 10PM - 4AM on New Year's Eve for 1¢. For more information on how that works visit the CTA's website.

What did we miss?

Heading to Austin or New York? We also have a list of shows that are happening in both of those cities.

Happy (almost) New Year!


Chicago's Outer Minds, who played the Bottle this past weekend, have been added to the excellent lineup of Chicago Psych Fest 4. As discussed, the festival will be taking place on January 11 & 12 at the Hideout, and Outer Minds will close out the whole shebang. Advance tickets for both nights are still available. That's the festival's impressive poster above, which organizer Matthew Ginsberg screened on a bunch of throw-away records.

Bitchin Bajas (aka the project of CAVE's Cooper Crane) are one of the many acts performing at Chicago Psych Fest 4. Crane will also be taking residency at the Hideout on Tuesday nights in January. You can either pay a small fee at the door for each show or purchase a four-show pass for a lump sum.

Chicago Psych Fest 4 lineups-by-day are below...

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Outer Minds @ Pitchfork Festival 2012 (more)

The Reader B-Side and the Empty Bottle are set to host another one of their booze cruises on Lake Michigan this month. On Thursday, September 13 they'll be setting sail with Outer Minds, The Yolks, and White Mystery (DJs) in tow. Line up begins at 6PM on Navy Pier and the ship leaves at a prompt 6:30PM. Tickets are on sale now, and include drinks / food.

Headliners Outer Minds are prepping their new LP, Behind the Mirror, for release in late-October via FDH and Red Lounge. Take a listen to the album's lead single, which they shared earlier this summer, called "We Are All Stone" below.

Continue reading "Outer Minds, The Yolks & White Mystery (DJs) playing a Chicago Reader B-Side Booze Cruise"


Washington, D.C.-based garage rockers Chain & The Gang released their most recent LP, In Cool Blood, in June via K Records. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream the album in its entirety at the bottom of this post. Frontman Ian Svenonius and co. are set to tour the US this fall. That tour hasn't been announced in full, but makes a stop in Chicago on October 3 for a show at The Burlington with Outer Minds. Tickets will be for sale at the door.

All known Chain & The Gang dates and a stream of In Cool Blood are below...

Continue reading "Chain & The Gang touring, playing The Burlington w/ Outer Minds"

photos by James Richards IV, Chase Turner & Fred Pessaro

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"Rain controlled the tempo of Pitchfork Music Festival day one early on, but the clouds eventually gave way to sun shine and music from an eclectic and entertaining lineup of acts. At its close, Friday of Pitchfork Fest 2012 was a humid but fun time that was definitely not short on memorable moments." [LoudLoop]

"In a sharp programming shift, Day 1 went from the psychedelic pop of Olivia Tremor Control into the mixtape hip-hop of A$AP Rocky. The only similarity I can think of between the two acts is that there are higher than average odds that both their listeners partake of illicit substances." [Jim DeRogatis]

"Dirty Projectors, a six-piece New York band with some highly acclaimed albums in its resume, demonstrates seriously accomplished chops during a set full of art-pop songs. [Greg Kot]

We already posted up one set of pictures from the first day of Pitchfork Fest up on BrooklynVegan. Here is a BV Chicago exclusive set and it continues below....

Continue reading "#P4K Festival 2012 pictures (part 2) -- ASAP Rocky, Japandroids, Big K.R.I.T., Dirty Projectors, Clams Casino, Flatstock & more)"


Chicago-based live music archivist/recording engineer/architectural acoustician Shimby McCreery has put together a collection of his works that were recorded at the Empty Bottle throughout the past two years. TODAY (April 14), marks the release of his project on vinyl/CD/digital download. Head to the CHIRP Record Fair to grab a physical copy of the album, which features Best Coast, Ty Segall, the Black Lips, Crystal Stilts, Davila 666, Dutchess and the Duke, The Fresh and Onlys, Hollows, Hunx and his Punx, Mickey, Outer Minds, Shannon and the Clams, The Strange Boys, and Tyler Jon Tyler.

Stream Shimby Presents: Live at the Empty Bottle in its entirety, below...

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After releasing 7"s on HoZac, Goodbye Boozy, and Push My Buttons, Chicago's Outer Minds are set to welcome their debut self-titled LP via Southpaw Records on March 5. Stream two of the LP's tracks, "Gimmie A Reason" and "Conversation" at the bottom of this post. The album is now up for preorder on both black and colored vinyl, instant digital download included.

Outer Minds will begin gearing up for SXSW in early March, playing two Chicago shows before heading down to Austin for the festival. The first will be Baby Teeth's record release show at Schubas, taking place this Friday, March 2. Tickets are still available. They'll also play The Hideout's massive SXSW send-off party on March 10.

On April 7, Outer Minds will play a FREE record release show at the Empty Bottle, with support from Mannequin Men, Radar Eyes, and Summer Girlfriends. RSVP to secure your spot for this excellent bill.

All 2012 tour dates and song streams, below..

Continue reading "Outer Minds to release their debut LP; schedule shows"

Death Cab at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Baby Teeth, Outer Minds, and Bobby Conn are playing Schubas on March 2nd.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow (2/3), at noon CST.

Lower Dens are playing Subterranean on March 8th.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday (2/4), at noon CST.

Astronautalis and Bus Driver are playing Schubas on March 11th.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow, at noon CST.

Andrew Jackson Jihad, Laura Stevenson & The Cans, and Roar are playing Subterranean on March 18th. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, at 10AM CST.

Hunx And His Punx and Heavy Cream are playing the Double Door on March 29th.
Tickets go on sale this Satuday, at noon CST.

Caveman are playing Schubas on April 12th.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow, at noon CST.

Death Cab For Cutie (featuring The Magik*Magik Orchestra) and Low are playing the Chicago Theatre on April 16th. Presale tickets will be available starting at 10AM tomorrow (2/3). Password: magik . Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, at 10AM CST.

Fountains of Wayne are playing the Double Door on April 27th.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday, at noon CST.

Justin Townes Earle and Tristen are playing Park West on May 10th.
Tickets go on sale this Satuday, at 10AM CST.


Chicago's Radar Eyes are set to release their debut self-titled LP on February 7th via HoZac Records. The LP's first pressing will consist of a gold edition of 200 and 550 in standard black vinyl thereafter; check out the cover art below. If you want the gold (which sounds pretty sweet to us), head to the Empty Bottle on February 6th for the band's FREE record release show. Bare Mutants, who will welcome their debut Without You 7" that night, and Outer Minds will act as support. Stream the B-side to Without You, titled "Inside My Head" HERE.

Radar Eyes' cover art and all 2012 tour dates, below..

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As we usher in 2012, The Empty Bottle will help make the transition a bit easier by hosting free shows (21+) every Monday night. Chicago bands Moonrises, ONO, and Wume will play the first event of the series, this coming Monday (1/16). No RSVP is necessary for these shows.

Here's what has been announced so far:

01/16 - Moonrises, ONO, Wume
01/23 - Wally Dogger, Pinto & The Bean, Mutts, Otter Petter
01/30 - Adam Arcuragi & The Lupine Chorale Society, The Pear Traps
02/06 - Radar Eyes, Bare Mutants, Outer Minds
03/05 - Wet Hair, Psychedelic Horseshit, Ed Schrader's Music Beat
Which will you go to?

Karen O - Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ a JT benefit (NYC) (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

About a month ago, NYC DJ Jonathan Toubin was involved in a freak car accident in Portland, which consisted of a cab crashing into his hotel room. There have been many NYC benefits to raise money for the DJ (who is still in stable, but critical condition) and now there will be a Chicago event as well.

In two weeks from today (Friday, January 20th), the Empty Bottle will have Radar Eyes, Outer Minds, and House Sounds, plus DJ Sets from James Porter, Emilie Jaeger, Kristin Marx, Naomi Walker, Alex White (White Mystery) & Brent Zmrahl.

Tickets are on sale now for $8.

Mannequin Men LP

Chicago garage rockers Mannequin Men are set to release their new self-titled LP on November 8th via Addenda Records. You can stream clips of each song on the 12-track album over at their site. The album was recorded at the Key Club Recording Co. in Michigan by production duo Bill Skibbe/Jessica Ruffins, who also did the recent Jacuzzi Boys and The Kills records. The first 150-vinyl copies of the self-titled LP will come in "beer colored" wax. Though it's about two and a half weeks too early, hopefully they'll have the album for sale tonight (10/29) when they play the Empty Bottle.

Football will headline, leaving Mannequin Men with the second slot. Coffin Pricks and then Outer Minds will kick off the night. Tickets are still available.

Head below for the album's tracklisting.

Continue reading "Mannequin Men to release new LP, playing Empty Bottle tonight w/ Football, Outer Minds, & Coffin Pricks"

Royal Baths @ Shea Stadium in 2010 (more by Andrew Frisicano)

today in Chicago
* Peter Bjorn & John, The Rhunes @ Schubas
* Royal Baths, Outer Minds, Jealousy @ Hideout
* Magical Beautiful, Chandeliers, Magic Key, Distractions @ Subterranean
* The Get Up With The Get Downs, Black Bear Combo, Savvy @ Empty Bottle (Free Show)

St. Vincent will play "Cruel" on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) at 10:35PM CST. Check out the music video for the track below.

What else?

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Delicate Steve @ The Beach - Governors Island in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)

today in Chicago
* Larf, Rad Playoff, Wide Angles @ Treasure Town
* Delicate Steve, Bombino @ Jay Pritzker Pavilion (Free Show)
* Coughing Fit, Drug Money, Culo, Cool Lovers @ Albion House
* King Khan, Gris Gris, Outer Minds, Shane Shane @ Empty Bottle

Nick Diamonds (Islands, Mister Heavenly) has released a solo LP titled I Am an Attic. Download it via his Bandcamp, name your own price (c'mon give the guy a few bucks).

What else?


HoZac Records' famed BLACKOUT Fest returns to its rightful place in Chicago for the first time in over five years.

Featuring a FREE art show (on day one), and two nights of music; BLACKOUT Fest 2011 is poised to be one to remember.


HoZac offered:

We said we wouldn't do it again after five years of overindulgence, but the folks at the Empty Bottle twisted our arm and we figured we'd give it another shot, and what a shot it's gonna be.

That's right fine people of the Internet, HoZac Records was requested to curate the BLACKOUT Fest once again and since it had been five long years since the last one, we figured it was worth a shot. No more of the four-six day marathon standing/leaning/drinking/puking all in the same room monotony (where even your favorite bands on earth can sound bland), it's now cooked down to just TWO DAYS of bands, which makes the whole "fest" experience so much more tolerable, and we know you'll agree.
May 27-28th 2011 at Chicago's most sophisticated ballroom, THE VELVET PERINEUM in Logan Square (capacity 500+).

Tickets for all portions of the festival are available here.

BLACKOUT Fest will highlight acts such as: Reading Rainbow, the People's Temple, Nobunny, K-Holes, TV Ghost, Idle Times, Radar Eyes, Heavy Times (who just opened for Dirty Beaches), and Outer Minds.

Head below to view the full 2011 lineup by day.

Continue reading "HoZac 'BLACKOUT Fest' 2011 kicks off this Thursday!"