Sun Nov 18 2012

9:00 PM

Empty Bottle

1035 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

$8.00

Ages 21+

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Often called the godfather of the Omaha scene, and a major influence on CONOR OBERST of BRIGHT EYES, SIMON JOYNER has released one challenging song-cycle after another on indie labels since the early 90s. Combining compelling, lyric-driven, story songs, JOYNER has invited comparisons to such songwriting legends as LEONARD COHEN, BOB DYLAN, TOWNES VAN ZANDT and NICK DRAKE. The folk troubadour is celebrating 20 years with an album MTVHive hails for tweaking “The alt-folk recipe by tossing some tart, twisted post-punk influences into the mix, sort of like wrapping a delicately handcrafted gift in razor wire.” JOHN BELLOWS returns and kicks off tonight’s eclectic bill with his unhinged folk primitivist approach to acoustic songwriting. Whether he’s playing from the stage or unplugged on the floor, BELLOWS’ whirlwind performances constantly keep us guessing and his approachably maniacal charm is sure to win over any crowd. CIRCUIT DES YEUX is HALEY FOHR, a young lady barely old enough to order a beer, from Lafayette, IN.  2011 saw the release of her third long player on De Stijl Records,Portrait, a “stunning and utterly singular record, glued together (or thoroughly unglued) with bent electronics, delayed vocals, drifting percussion, piano and acoustic guitar,” in the words of Other Music.  The effort is full of imagination, murky, decaying soundscapes and FOHR’s fallen-angelic vocals and translates in interesting ways live.

(BV Chicago) (MTV Hive) (Reader) (Time Out)

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Simon Joyner, John Bellows, Circuit des Yeux

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  • Simon Joyner

    Simon Joyner

    Folk

  • John Bellows

    John Bellows

    Pop

    Fast Hits, ironically, took forever to make. And after years of asking, "John, when is the new record coming out?" with no clear reply, you've probably forgotten about it entirely! But it's finally landed, striking with the sudden force of a compound fracture for which you have no health insurance!

    As the long-time, quirky little brother to the Chicago music scene, I wanted to create an album that pierced directly into the vein of the headbanging youth culture.  The concept: A Twelve Song Rock and Roll Album.  Crazy, right?  Using such conventional tools as guitars, bass, and drums I would make music that would lift me out of the weedy, anti-folk ghetto and establish me me as pillar of relevance within the Chicago music scene.  Finally, I would share the stage with all of those drunk, heavy bands in all of those smoky, stinking venues!  Alas, in my lack of enthusiasm for the standard format I could not sustain a real-life John Bellows rock band. But hey! The songs themselves were still satisfying to the core!  So alone in my room, lost in the deafening treble of my headphones, wallowing in the bounty of rock and roll genius, dancing like a 5 year-old in green sweatpants, and belligerently soloing all over the songs to the point of tape disintegration, I found true freedom.  It's a wonder I ever emerged from that delusional abyss with my head still screwed on straight!  Well, maybe that's all subject to opinion.

    Fittingly, most of the songs on the album are about reluctance, self-deprecation, and failure.  But what kind of garbage would you have to suffer through if I was a confident, self-propelling, successful rock star?  Fast Hits will not be the record that makes me famous.  I already messed that all up.  But whenever I DO become famous, you will feel so cool to actually own one of only 300 handmade copies.  So you better pick up one now because, by golly, they are gonna go FAST!

  • Circuit des Yeux

    Circuit des Yeux

    Singer-Songwriter

    Indiana’s Haley Fohr has already undergone the sort of transformation that scarcely strikes musicians two or three times her age. The release in 2012 of Portrait, her third solo album as Circuit des Yeux (in addition to two EP releases — all on the long-running Minneapolis art-rock label De Stijl), reveals a singer-songwriter with the incredibly rare power of immediate communication. You can compare her to others who’ve come before — even names ranging from Abbey Lincoln to Bob Dylan and (the curse of every recent singer who happens to be female) Cat Power’s Chan Marshall — but only in that Fohr shares their unmistakeable and arresting ability to connect the personal with the universal. Like a bolt, she makes listeners understand exactly where she’s coming from, and where they stand in relation, and what it all means. Clearly, as a musician, Fohr is an artist in full, and as an artist, she is constantly in motion.

    We know this in part because the road that led her to this place is hardly uncommon: After studying classical music as a kid, she became drawn to the guitar as a teenager, and studied it on her own even as she took lessons in voice. From there, in quick succession (like everything else for Circuit des Yeux), Fohr was seduced by the two musical movements that bookend America’s 20th century: the blues and punk rock. It’s testament to her creative growth that she’s built Circuit des Yeux’s music on the lessons of both, without resembling either. In her songs, Fohr accesses the core of the blues, channeling currents of pain and awareness through punk’s transits of honesty and directness with her deep, multihued voice and unwavering expression. It’s this emotionally charged, sui generis presence that led Vogue Paris, in the wake of Circuit des Yeux’s European tour earlier this year, to declare that Fohr “sings as if she had lived a thousand lives, intense and tender at once.”

    Remarkably, even as her work as Circuit des Yeux has progressed rapidly, Fohr has moved toward dual degrees at Indiana University, though in light of her music it might not be surprising to learn she’ll graduate this year with degrees in Ethnomusicology and Recording Arts. A veteran of international touring as well as the recording studio, and having easily navigated academia — both institutional and that inherited from artists who came before — Circuit des Yeux is prepared to write her next chapter.

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Simon Joyner, John Bellows, Circuit des Yeux

Sun Nov 18 2012 9:00 PM

Empty Bottle Chicago IL
Simon Joyner, John Bellows, Circuit des Yeux
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$8.00 Ages 21+

Get a free mp3 download from Simon Joyner! After your purchase you’ll get a link to download "Vertigo" by Simon Joyner. Enjoy!

Often called the godfather of the Omaha scene, and a major influence on CONOR OBERST of BRIGHT EYES, SIMON JOYNER has released one challenging song-cycle after another on indie labels since the early 90s. Combining compelling, lyric-driven, story songs, JOYNER has invited comparisons to such songwriting legends as LEONARD COHEN, BOB DYLAN, TOWNES VAN ZANDT and NICK DRAKE. The folk troubadour is celebrating 20 years with an album MTVHive hails for tweaking “The alt-folk recipe by tossing some tart, twisted post-punk influences into the mix, sort of like wrapping a delicately handcrafted gift in razor wire.” JOHN BELLOWS returns and kicks off tonight’s eclectic bill with his unhinged folk primitivist approach to acoustic songwriting. Whether he’s playing from the stage or unplugged on the floor, BELLOWS’ whirlwind performances constantly keep us guessing and his approachably maniacal charm is sure to win over any crowd. CIRCUIT DES YEUX is HALEY FOHR, a young lady barely old enough to order a beer, from Lafayette, IN.  2011 saw the release of her third long player on De Stijl Records,Portrait, a “stunning and utterly singular record, glued together (or thoroughly unglued) with bent electronics, delayed vocals, drifting percussion, piano and acoustic guitar,” in the words of Other Music.  The effort is full of imagination, murky, decaying soundscapes and FOHR’s fallen-angelic vocals and translates in interesting ways live.

(BV Chicago) (MTV Hive) (Reader) (Time Out)