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The Make-Up at Empty Bottle

July 6, 2018 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm


THE MAKE UP is the Washington, DC group that re-defined underground music in the middle and late 1990s with their peculiar and incendiary blend of gospel, garage and yeh-yeh music. Known for their dynamic and interactive live presence at hundreds of shows across 5 continents, the group also recorded 7 LPs, 14 singles and EPs and collaborated on films, videos, pamphlets, and happenings. They toured extensively as a headliner and with groups such as Royal Trux, Sonic Youth, Fugazi, Dub Narcotic Sound System, Lung Leg, Harry Pussy, and many others.

THE MAKE UP has been referred to “dazzling … best dressed … martial … terrifying.” Their shows are known to feature communication, sermonizing, crowd participation, and dancing virtually unknown in the staid world of indie and garage rock. Their style is perfect, with matching Mao style jackets, newly designed versions for each tour.

The group was widely copied as well and precipitated and inspired a wave of “garage” imitators in the 21st century who often had commercial success but lacked the spark, character, nuance of THE MAKE UP. Occasionally, when the moon is bright and the wolfsbane blooms, the group has come out of hiding for rare and exciting personal appearances since disbanding in 2001. They are making one of their rare returns now for a short time only.

AXIS: SOVA’s recently released Motor Earth off Drag City is a meeting of the reptilians and the beast within – the good, odd vibes resonating in late nights and the blow-ear mixes. Earlier released material, Early Surf is a blown-out, sure-as-shootin’ guitar symposium of an album via TY SEGALL’s God? Records that’s received heaps of praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Chicago Reader and more. At its origin, AXIS: SOVA existed primarily as a solo affair for Chicago guitarist BRETT SOVA, his savage guitar and voice accompanied only by a blown out drum machine – the Rhythm Arranger. Since then, the AXIS: live experience has evolved, expanded, and contracted. No matter the lineup, it consistently fries ears and minds with vivid guitarisms fully gone off.


July 6, 2018
9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Empty Bottle
1035 N Western
Chicago, IL United States
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