It’s no secret for those who know me that The Empty Bottle is by far my favorite venue in Chicago. The lineups are great, the people are good, and the beers are cheap. I find myself there 2 or 3 times a week sometimes, and this week will be no exception.

This Friday, San Francisco space/psych rock favorite, Wooden Shjips will grace the Bottle’s stage with their fuzzed out psychedelic grooves in celebration of their new album, Back to Land.


The band is well known for their experimental yet accessible brand of drone rock. November 12th will mark the official release of their sixth full-length album Back to Land, their second release on Thrill Jockey, but hopefully you’ll be able to pick up a copy early at the show.

The new album finds them flirting with an even more minimalistic sound than before. The title track is a blues infused piece of psychedelic pop that will stick in your head for days. It should be enough to hold you over until you can see it live this weekend.

Supporting Wooden Shjips for a handful of Midwestern and Canadian dates are Chicago four-piece CAVE. The (mostly) instrumental guitar and drum driven group is definitely on the “rock” side of psychedelic music but have their fair share of extended free form jams that will get the hippies and the rockers moving alike.

Here’s a clip of them playing out on the road, literally.

CAVE’s live show is not to be missed, this will be my second time seeing them at Empty Bottle and I couldn’t be more excited to watch them plow through some of their new album Threace, released just last month on Drag City.


CAVE. Photo by Dan Jarvis.

Adding to an already amazing night, and bringing some sleaze to the mix are local psychedelic-blues-punks Rabble Rabble. The band is the perfect bastard child of punk rock and psychedelic music, raised on a diet of cheap beer and Ramones albums. There’s no doubt they’ll get the night started right.

The show will set you back a pittance of $14 and is well worth your money. You get two of Chicago’s best, and an amazing west coast act, and at less than $5 a band. Plus there will be plenty of merch for sale to fill your turntables and cassette decks for further listening enjoyment. Tickets are available at the door or via Ticketweb.

Empty Bottle, Friday November 8th, doors at 9, show at 9:30, 21+ 

Wooden Shjips Official | Facebook | Twitter
CAVE Official | Myspace
Rabble Rabble Official | Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter