1035 N. Western
We'll be hittin' the bottle This week...The Empty Bottle that is. Tonight, one of our favorite local musicians, Bruce Lamont, is up with other notable hard core/ metal legend, Scott Kelly! Tomorrow we'll try to swing by early to catch Playfully Yours from Cincinnati. We had a chance meeting, outta town last week, with band member Maxx, and look forward to checkin' out their live set. *Show is still FREE WITH RSVP through TODAY.
We just shot Bruce Lamont's solo stuff and amazing Yakuza set at Reggie's Rock Club, and will have those live photos up today at both ChiIL Mama & ChiIL Live Shows (along with another recent Empty bottle show by The Buddies.)
Empty Bottle Tonight
WED . 1/4/12 ( 9:00pm , $8 buy )
Scott Kelly label: Neurot related: Neurosis
Bruce Lamont label: At A loss related: Bloodiest,Circle of Animals,Yakuza
Winters In Osaka
Che Arthur label: Past/Futures
From Empty Bottle's Site: Hardcore / metal legends NEUROSIS are currently in Chicago working on new recordings for release this year and we are honored to welcome SCOTT KELLY to the Empty Bottle, taking a break from recording to perform a solo set here tonight. KELLY has influenced a whole generation of musicians wanting to take heavy music into new realms and with his various projects - BLOOD AND TIME, TRIBES OF NEUROT, doom metal super group SHRINEBUILDER and as a guest vocalist on MASTODONS last four studio LPs. We can’t wait to hear what happens when he takes the stage solo.
Our own BRUCE LAMONT’S last LP, Feral Songs for the Epic Decline, out last year via At a Loss was highlighted in SPIN’s “20 Best Metal Albums of 2011.” In their words, “thanks to LAMONT’S unholy army of loop pedals, Feral Songs is a dissonant, ritualistic swirl of Middle Eastern scales, mystery slams, ghostly moans, snaking reedwork and acoustic guitars…equal parts bustling and bleak,” and we’re always pleased when he takes the stage here. WINTERS IN OSAKA return to the Bottle, having gone past their punk influenced noise roots, the outfit is now creating quieter, spookier ambient/drone music and has added members of HARPOON and BONGRIPPER to the fold. Chicago by way of Alabama gritty and earnest songwriter CHE ARTHUR returns performing songs off his most recent release via Past/Futures, Like Revenge. (AV Club) (Brooklyn Vegan Chicago) (Reader)
THU. 1/5/12 (9:30pm, Free with RSVP, $8 buy)
Check out one of Playfully Yours' YouTube Videos
Playfully Yours musician, Maxx, sited Thrill Kill Cult as one of their influences, when we had a chance meeting in Cincy last week. Then, weirdly enough, New Years Eve & Day, Thrill Kill Cult came up 3 more times in other unrelated conversations.
*Note to Maxx--never underestimate the power of a crappy day job for networking. Talk about your passion often and doors will open. BTW, to add to our prior conversation, Chicago has some seriously sweet thrift stores to expand your rock wardrobe without blowing the beer $$. Our favorite is the Unique Thrift Store Chain & the best of those two are at Diversey and Kilbourn or Addison & Kimball. If transportation is an issue...there are two worth a look close to Empty Bottle. Check out Village Thrift on Milwaukee Ave., just north of Armitage and a few doors north of there, Family Thrift.
Finally...we'll be hittin' the bottle again Saturday. Check out our prior feature here for all the details.
SAT. 1/7/12 (12:00pm, $8 buy)
'Occupy Chicago' Fundraiser featuring
When Flying Feels Like Falling (our favorite underager snarky punks)