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Dum Dum Girls at the Empty Bottle on 03.31.2014

Dum Dum Girls' spring North American tour with Blouse tagged Chicago on Monday night (3/31) for a very sold-out show at the Empty Bottle. Dee Dee and co. touched on each of their releases throughout their headlining set, including a large chunk of their most recent effort Too True. Locals Radar Eyes got things started, and pictures from the Empty Bottle are in this post.

More of them, along with Dum Dum Girls' setlist, lie after the jump...

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San Francisco's The Fresh & Onlys are gearing up for a large summer European tour. They'll return stateside in the beginning of July, and have just a couple of U.S. shows scheduled. One of the two is a performance at Beat Kitchen on July 6 with support from Radar Eyes. Advance tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now. The Fresh & Onlys' most recent album, Long Slow Dance, hit stores in September of 2012. While you wait for their next effort, check out the video for Long Slow Dance's "Presence of Mind" and the band's full tour schedule below...

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We're excited to announce that we have once again joined forces with Saki Records to bring you a full day of in-store performances on Record Store Day 2013 (Saturday, April 20). For those looking to grab some of RSD's many exclusive releases, Saki will be opening up at 9AM. The first 10-customers of the day will receive a free, Ryan Duggan-designed BV Chicago // Saki tote bag (they will also be for sale). In-store performances will begin at 1PM and continue up until 7PM.

Here's what the day will look like:

1PM Twin Peaks
2PM Radar Eyes
3PM The Oarsman
4PM The Beets
5PM Pink Avalanche
6PM Fake Limbs

CHIRP Radio DJs will be spinning between sets.

And stick around after our full day of in-stores, as local comedians Joe McAdam and Nick Rouley will be bringing their Revolutions Per Minute podcast to Saki. That'll start at 8PM, and their musical guest is Blizzard Babies.

Join us at Saki on Record Store Day!


San Francisco's Wax Idols are set to welcome their second album, Discipline + Desire, on March 26 via Slumberland Records. Discipline + Desire is their first for the label, and you can take a listen to its gothy lead single "AD RE:IAN" at the bottom of this post. The LP's cover art and tracklisting can also be found below.

Wax Idols will be embarking on a spring North American tour in support of Discipline + Desire. Though that tour hasn't been announced in full, we do know that they'll be visiting Chicago for a performance at the Empty Bottle on April 20 with TV Ghost and Radar Eyes. Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale this Friday (1/25) at 10AM CST.

All known Wax Idols tour dates, album info. for Discipline + Desire, and a stream of "AD RE:IAN" are below...

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Trevor de Brauw @ Lincoln Hall in June (more by Zach Pollack)

Pelican // Chord guitarist Trevor de Brauw has told us his top 10 favorite things of 2012. As we near the end (of the year, NOT the world), Trevor delivers a list that includes albums, songs, live shows, and major life experiences. Check out his favorite things of 2012 after the jump, but first, a message from the man himself...

There was a fucking ton of good music this year and anyone who claims the contrary needs to stop being a cynic and get on the party train. I feel like almost every one of my favorite bands/musicians made new albums this year, many of which were career highlights. Additionally great new bands are popping up at a rate that's difficult for semi-old-timer's like myself to fathom. For this year's top ten I reluctantly decided it was unfair to include clients from my PR career (difficult because I did press for so many great records, including, but not limited to, OM, Zammuto, OFF!, Codeine, William Basinski, Mono, Hundred Waters, EL-P, etc) - in part because they have the unfair advantage of me automatically obsessing over their albums, but also because it feels weird ranking them against one another. Fuck it, they're all great. But as for things I have less difficulty ranking, here's a small sample of my 2012 obsessions:

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Permanent Recs. in Feb. during a Screaming Females in-store (more by Ben Cohen)

There are so many upcoming in-stores that we've decided to dedicate a post to just that. All are free, all ages, and you won't need to RSVP for entry.

As mentioned, Bob Log III and Cheap Time play the Double Door tonight (Wednesday, September 19). Cheap Time are also playing a 6PM in-store at Permanent Records.

Chicago-area teenage rockers The Orwells play an in-store at Reckless Records' Wicker Park location on Thursday night (9/20) at 7PM. They've also got a show at Crown Tap Room on September 27, and an in-store at Saki with Father John Misty on October 29.

Helado Negro, who performs at Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements on Sunday, September 23 with Bobby Womack, is playing a 5PM in-store at Saki on September 24. Support on that in-store will come from Serengeti and Tony Trimm. As mentioned, Helado Negro is also playing the Hideout on September 22 with Maria Minerva.

As mentioned, Detroit's The Peoples Temple are headed to Chicago on September 27 for a show at the Empty Bottle with Natural Child. Earlier that night, at 6PM, they'll play an in-store at Permanent Records with Radar Eyes.

Australia's Slug Guts are headed to Chicago on September 29 to play the Empty Bottle with Nones, E.T. Habit, and The Man. The following day, they'll play a 6PM in-store at Permanent Records.

Toronto ear-assaulters METZ play the Empty Bottle on October 27 with Radar Eyes and Absolutely Free. Earlier that day, at 4PM, they'll play an in-store at Permanent Records.

That's it for now, but stay tuned for additions to this list.

photos by James Richards IV

Guided by Voices @ Metro on 8.11.2012
Guided By Voices

On Saturday night (8/11) Guided by Voices visited Chicago to play a one-off show at Metro with support from Radar Eyes. A full set of pictures and some video footage from the show can be found below. As you might remember, GBV played their final show at the Wrigleyville club on New Year's Eve in 2004. The show was documented on the DVD The Electrifying Conclusion. The band reunited for Matador's 21st birthday fest in 2010 and have released two records so far this year, with a third rumored to drop in November. Were you there on Saturday night? How was it?

More pictures and some video footage from the 8/11 Metro show can be found below...

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The 2012 edition of the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival is slated to take place this weekend (from July 20 - July 22) on, well, Milwaukee Avenue (between Kimball and California) in Logan Square. The street festival features over 100-artists performing on three stages, theater/dance/performance art, an art market, food from local restaurants/food trucks, and more.

The music lineup throughout the weekend includes Disappears, Ana Tijoux, the Yolks, the Runnies, the Mutts, Rabble Rabble, and more. Check out the full lineup below.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per day or you can purchase a $10 festival pass for the whole weekend, which is half off until tomorrow (aka you save $10).

There are also a few festival aftershows happening at the Empty Bottle. Disappears, Radar Eyes, and Population play on Friday (tickets). NOMO, The Eternals (trio), and Low Tide Dance play the venue on Saturday (tickets). And Ana Tijoux, Phero & Phillip Morris, Color Brown, and Soulphonetics (DJ set) play on Sunday (tickets).

The full MAAF music lineup and a trailer for the fest are below...

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Guided by Voices @ Central Park earlier this month (NYC) (more by Chris La Putt)

Guided by Voices self-released their second album of 2012, Class Clown Spots a UFO, in mid-June. They are also rumored to be releasing ANOTHER album in November called Bears for Lunch. You go, Robert Pollard, show Ty Segall how it's done. Stream Class Clown Spots a UFO in its entirety below.

GBV are heading out on tour in the U.S. in September, though before that happens, they'll be playing two more one-off shows this summer. One of those dates is an August 11 performance at Metro with support from locals Radar Eyes. Tickets go on sale this Saturday (7/21) at noon CST.

All Guided by Voices dates are listed below, with a stream of Class Clown Spots a UFO.

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Jeff Mangum

today in Chicago
* Julie Frost @ SPACE
* Terrapin Nation @ Martyrs
* Jeff Mangum @ Athenaeum Theater
* Stolen Silver, Julie Meckler, Ami Saraiya @ Schubas
* Deleted Scenes, The Hudson Branch @ Subterranean
* Girl Detective, New Oceans, The Newburys @ Reggie's
* Radar Eyes, Bare Mutants, Outer Minds @ Empty Bottle (Free Show)
* Various Hands, The Ultrasounds, Matthew Jason & the Collective Debut @ Township (Free Show)

Neon Indian has a new video for Era Extraña's lead single "Fallout." Watch it below.

Madonna was this year's Superbowl Half Time Show performer. As noted, M.I.A., Cee Lo, Nicki Minaj, and LMFAO all joined her on stage at one point or another. Watch The Material Girl's full 12-minute performance below.

Stream Shearwater's forthcoming LP, Animal Joy, via NPR.

Jeff Mangum begins his two-night-run at the Athenaeum Theater tonight (2/6).

Check out Radar Eyes' FREE record release show at the Bottle.

What else?

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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.

Feist @ Church of the Intercession in October (more by Jessica Amaya)

Feist and her band (featuring Mountain Man as backup singers) will play the Riv.

SBTRKT makes his live (not DJ like North Coast) Chicago debut at the Bottom Lounge.

Star Slinger, Shlohmo, and Shigeto can be found at Lincoln Hall.

Le Butcherettes, Gypsyblood, and White Mystery will play Subterranean.

Electric Six play their second to last show of tour with Kitten and Andy D at the Double Door.

If it's disco you are looking for, check out Miami Horror and Hey Champ at The Mid.

Big Sean, Cyhi The Prince, and Shawn Chrystopher will play a sold out show at Metro.

First Ward Alderman Proco Joe Moreno will host punk rock karaoke at Quenchers. All proceeds will benefit Friends of Goethe School.

Amen Dunes will play a FREE, 5PM in-store at Reckless Records' Wicker Park store.

Loyal Divide, Lazers and Fast and Shit, and Verma will play the Empty Bottle.

Julian Velard and Sharon Little will play the early show at Schubas. Eight Bit Tiger, Ghost House, Boutros, and Sam Padrul will play the late show.

Holy Ghost!, Jessica 6, and Eli Escobar will play the Double Door.

Mark Sultan will play the Ultra Lounge.

Danava and Thrones are playing an early show at the Empty Bottle, while Wooden Shjips, Birds of Avalon, and The People's Temple will handle the late night.

The Wombats will play a sold out show at Subterranean, with support from The Postelles and The Static Jacks.

Comedian Michael Ian Black will perform at Park West.

Common speaks about his recently published memoir One Day It'll All Make Sense at the UIC Forum. CANCELED

Chaperone, Dastardly, and Grandkids are playing the Beat Kitchen.

Beer Hoptacular! returns to the Aragon Ballroom for a second year.

Designer Drugs, Black Matter, Pls Dnt Stp, and Gemini Club will play Reggie's.

Chickenfoot, Ponderosa will play Metro.

Chicago's own Radar Eyes and Wax Idols will play Cole's along with Terry Malts.

The Civil Wars and Milo Green will play the Vic.

A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Benoit Pioulard, and Ken Camden will play Lincoln Hall.

Jonny Corndawg, Man is Man, and Ice Rod will play Schubas.


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.

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