Vamos-1 2 3

Vamos will be releasing their sophomore album 1 2 3 later this week with a show at Empty Bottle. The band has been waiting to release the record for a few months, so I’m sure they can’t wait to finally unleash this blistering set of tracks recorded at Ottoman Empire with Dan Rico last year. It’s a brash, aggressive album keeping in tone with their … Continue reading Vamos-1 2 3

The Gold Web at Empty Bottle 12/16/17

When I got home late Saturday night, I was still picking confetti off my jacket. That’s thanks to The Gold Web, who opened for GGOOLLDD at Empty Bottle with one of the most energetic and fun sets I’ve seen all year. They also had balloons, their own smoke machine, and some sweet jams to get the crowd feeling good. It’s been a long time since … Continue reading The Gold Web at Empty Bottle 12/16/17

Willis Earl Beal Interview At The Empty Bottle 2/27/2017

I went to a free show at The Empty Bottle last Monday to see Willis Earl Beal. I’ve been a fan of his work since he blew up in the Chicago scene at the beginning of the decade, but this was my first time seeing him live. There was no talk of doing an interview beforehand, but my friend August Forte, who works in the … Continue reading Willis Earl Beal Interview At The Empty Bottle 2/27/2017

Angel Olsen Announces New Album, Debuts New Song

I’ll never forget the first time I heard Angel Olsen sing. It was August 2010 and I was covering my very first show for a music site (the now defunct Chicago Tunes). It was a lot of firsts all at once-first time at Empty Bottle since I was 21 and drove up from Indiana to see Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Liars play forever ago, first … Continue reading Angel Olsen Announces New Album, Debuts New Song