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Zach Freeman, a free-lance writer for the Tribune, stopped by the Empty Bottle earlier this week to take in a comedy set from Sarah Squirm, the comedic architect of HELLTRAP NIGHTMARE, and a blossoming band of comedic misfits that having been re-working the essence of what comedy can look like, sound like and feel like. The […]

Last November, while on tour with Alejandro Escovedo, Scott McCaughey suffered a stroke that nearly cost him his life. After nearly a month in the Intensive Care Unit, McCaughey was released from the hospital and continues to work to regain his musical-self. The former R.E.M guitarist, whose musical talents have seeped into barrooms and onto stages […]

It’s with a great deal of sadness that we take the time to look back on the life and work of John Mahoney. The film, screen and voice actor who’s best known for his role of Martin Crane on the American Sitcom, Fraiser, and who earlier in his career established himself at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, passed […]

Valentine’s Day tends to be a hit-or-miss for most; but for a significant portion of the population, single or otherwise, is palpably apathetic to the Hallmark Holiday. One adjective that isn’t often associated with the “holiday” is ‘Fun.’ But that’s not the stance taken by The Make-Out Party Orchestra. For the 12th time in as […]

After nearly a decade-and-a-half hiatus away from music (at least in terms of performing as a group) Brendan Canty and Joe Lally are coming back to the stage with guitarist Anthony Pirog as The Messthetics. Canty and Lally spent the late ’80s and most of the ’90s shredding stages across the world as part of the […]