HoZac Blackout Fest, The Dictators NYC, Shocked Minds, A Giant Dog, Rainbow Gun Show

Sat May 17 2014

9:00 PM (Doors 8:30 PM)

Empty Bottle

1035 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

Ages 21+

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Hundreds of heathens and maniacs will once again descend upon Chicago for a weekend of rock & roll-fueled debauchery inside the confines of the Empty Bottle.  We've got unbelievable headliners at this year's HoZac Blackout Fest! Legendary protopunk band THE DICTATORS NYC are hitting the Bottle for the first time since the year 2000 and their debut album, Go Girl Crazy!, was recently named #1 in Uncut Magazine’s “50 Greatest American Punk Albums!” Formed in 1974, the band was one of the finest and most influential protopunk bands to ever walk the earth, alternately reveling in and satirizing the wanton excesses of a rock & roll lifestyle and lowbrow culture. THE DICTATORS NYC play loud, fast rock & roll fueled by a love of '60s American garage rock, British Invasion pop, and the sonic onslaught of THE WHO and we couldn't be more excited to welcome them back to our stage tonight. Just when the world thought it was safe from the clutches of the primal punk sneer of the CARBONAS, SHOCKED MINDS have exploded up from the underground as the brand new vehicle from JOSH MARTIN (also of EX-HUMANS and TESTORS) with hooks that kill as well as they drill. With original CARBONAS members DAVE RAHN (also of GENTLEMAN JESSE & HIS MEN) and JEREMY THOMPSON (also in GAMES) rounding out the ranks, it’s dead set to stick in your brain like a parasite, just the way you’d expect from these long-admired Atlanta punk figureheads. The four-piece released their debut LP on HoZac this past June, and it's a complete knockout of a record, with the rabidly jagged harmonies littered over each classic cut like broken glass – it’s best to not get to close or you’ll surely GET CUT. Hailing from Austin, TX, A GIANT DOG is a five-piece rock & roll band comprised of members of BAD SPORTS, OBN IIIs & other Texas rock bands we/you know and love. Heavily influenced by beer, THE COASTERS, THE STOOGES and VELVET UNDERGROUND, these punkers have released some damn fine albums on Chicago's own Tic Tac Totally, a damn fine label that urges you to dig on the "female pipes yowlin’ on top o’ dissonant hooks knee deep in country-fried, blues-tinged LA punk musicality." OK!!! RAINBOW GUN SHOW have dazzled us a few times before and the rest of the city has taken notice of these glammy rascals and their stomping garage-punk. Loud Loop Press picked the GUN SHOW as the #1 Chicago band to watch in 2013 and our pals at HoZac released their 7" this past winter. That swirling, crunchy single "Cinderella Sizzle" has us in a tizzy and it warms our hearts nearly as much as it tingles our dingles.

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HoZac Blackout Fest featuring The Dictators NYC / Shocked Minds / A Giant Dog / Rainbow Gun Show

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    Just when the world thought it was safe from the clutches of the primal punk sneer of the Carbonas, Shocked Minds have exploded up from the underground as the brand new Josh Martin-fronted (also in Ex-Humans, Testors) vehicle with hooks that kill as well as they drill. And with original lineup Carbonas members Dave Rahn (also in Gentleman Jesse & His Men) and Jeremy Thompson (also in GAMES) rounding out the ranks, it’s dead set to stick in your brain like a parasite, just the way you’d expect from these long-admired Atlanta punk figureheads. But don’t let that get you distracted, Shocked Minds steer their cantankerous and razored residual noise into concise blasts of exactly what you want, glazed over with refreshing nuances of the Dead Boys, Testors, and Heartbreakers, and with closer listens, shards of the 70s Belgian punk creme de la creme like Mad Virgins, Revenge 88, and Raxola. Songs executed so painfully tight and impeccably produced by Mr. Rahn for pinpoint perfection, you might not even notice that obscure cover by The Eat hiding in there, and it’s gonna hit you like a ton of bricks.

    Track after track, it’ll become apparent that this is a knockout of a raw punk debut LP that you’ll hate your life without, and with the rabidly jagged harmonies littered over each classic cut like broken glass, it’s best to not get to close or you’ll surely GET CUT.

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  • A Giant Dog

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    Forging their friendships in the crucible of their Houston, TX, high school, Sabrina Ellis (vocals), Andrew Cashen (vocals, guitar), and Orville Neeley (drums) first got their start covering AC/DC, The Ramones, Joan Jett, and the finer points of the Back to the Future soundtrack at school dances under the band name Youth In Asia. Reuniting in Austin in 2008, they enlisted their pals Andy Bauer (guitar) and Graham Low (bass) and christened the act A Giant Dog.

    AGD is raucous ear candy culled from the hook-driven melodies of Slade, the glammy swagger of Marc Bolan, the morbid fantasy of Killer-era Alice Cooper, and the unpredictable wit of Sparks. Sabrina and Andrew’s lyrics, equal parts brutally honest, clever, and debased, have a knack for taking their idiosyncratic depravities and making them feel universal. These songs are by, for, and about the losers, freaks, and outcasts. The lonely. The terminally horny. Boozehounds and party animals. No band better speaks to the hearts of slackers, burnouts, rockers, sluts, and creeps everywhere than A Giant Dog.

    AGD have built their reputation blowing the goddamned doors off every venue in Austin. Live, they are loud, heavy, electrifying. Sabrina struts around the stage like Iggy Pop channeling Tina Turner. Andrew hurls himself from the summit of the speaker stack. Graham’s headbanging clobbers anything close to him. The audience rages, asses shake, and everyone leaves drenched in beer and bodily fluids.

    Over the years, they’ve clocked in their time on the road, leaving destruction in their wake. They’ve shared members with other bands in the Austin rock ’n’ roll community including Sweet Spirit, OBN IIIs, Bobby Jealousy, and others.

    In 2012, AGD impressed fellow Austinite and Spoon frontman Britt Daniel enough that he took them under his wing to start demolishing concert halls across the USA as the support act for his band. In Daniel’s own words, “Andrew and Sabrina are currently writing circles around just about anyone else in rock and roll. Their live show is insane, which is probably why I’ve seen more of their shows than any other band’s over the past few years.”

    Pile, AGD’s third LP and first for Merge Records, shows a band whose years of road-dogging have honed them into unstoppable rock machines. Their second time working with producer Mike McCarthy (Spoon, White Denim, Trail of Dead) reveals Sabrina’s impressive pipes, Andrew’s sweet licks, and a pummeling rhythm section—everything is tighter, more focused, crisper. The album deals with divorce, getting older, dying, frustration, and futility, ultimately transcending those earthly headaches through the power of rock ’n’ roll.

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Empty Bottle, Inc.

HoZac Blackout Fest featuring The Dictators NYC / Shocked Minds / A Giant Dog / Rainbow Gun Show

Sat May 17 2014 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:30 PM)

Empty Bottle Chicago IL
HoZac Blackout Fest, The Dictators NYC, Shocked Minds, A Giant Dog, Rainbow Gun Show
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Ages 21+

Hundreds of heathens and maniacs will once again descend upon Chicago for a weekend of rock & roll-fueled debauchery inside the confines of the Empty Bottle.  We've got unbelievable headliners at this year's HoZac Blackout Fest! Legendary protopunk band THE DICTATORS NYC are hitting the Bottle for the first time since the year 2000 and their debut album, Go Girl Crazy!, was recently named #1 in Uncut Magazine’s “50 Greatest American Punk Albums!” Formed in 1974, the band was one of the finest and most influential protopunk bands to ever walk the earth, alternately reveling in and satirizing the wanton excesses of a rock & roll lifestyle and lowbrow culture. THE DICTATORS NYC play loud, fast rock & roll fueled by a love of '60s American garage rock, British Invasion pop, and the sonic onslaught of THE WHO and we couldn't be more excited to welcome them back to our stage tonight. Just when the world thought it was safe from the clutches of the primal punk sneer of the CARBONAS, SHOCKED MINDS have exploded up from the underground as the brand new vehicle from JOSH MARTIN (also of EX-HUMANS and TESTORS) with hooks that kill as well as they drill. With original CARBONAS members DAVE RAHN (also of GENTLEMAN JESSE & HIS MEN) and JEREMY THOMPSON (also in GAMES) rounding out the ranks, it’s dead set to stick in your brain like a parasite, just the way you’d expect from these long-admired Atlanta punk figureheads. The four-piece released their debut LP on HoZac this past June, and it's a complete knockout of a record, with the rabidly jagged harmonies littered over each classic cut like broken glass – it’s best to not get to close or you’ll surely GET CUT. Hailing from Austin, TX, A GIANT DOG is a five-piece rock & roll band comprised of members of BAD SPORTS, OBN IIIs & other Texas rock bands we/you know and love. Heavily influenced by beer, THE COASTERS, THE STOOGES and VELVET UNDERGROUND, these punkers have released some damn fine albums on Chicago's own Tic Tac Totally, a damn fine label that urges you to dig on the "female pipes yowlin’ on top o’ dissonant hooks knee deep in country-fried, blues-tinged LA punk musicality." OK!!! RAINBOW GUN SHOW have dazzled us a few times before and the rest of the city has taken notice of these glammy rascals and their stomping garage-punk. Loud Loop Press picked the GUN SHOW as the #1 Chicago band to watch in 2013 and our pals at HoZac released their 7" this past winter. That swirling, crunchy single "Cinderella Sizzle" has us in a tizzy and it warms our hearts nearly as much as it tingles our dingles.

(FADER) (Uncut Magazine) (Tribune)