Sun Oct 21 2012

9:30 PM

Empty Bottle

1035 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

Ages 21+

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SHEARWATER
Related: Okkervil River

Providing his multi-instrumental talents to OKKERVIL RIVER since its inception, JONATHAN MEIBURG has been writing, recording and releasing material under the SHEARWATER name with a rotating cast of musicians since 2001 and has gained notoriety for his ability to craft expansive and lush recordings that continuously break sonic grounds. For their 2012 effort, Animal Joy out via Sub Pop, SHEARWATER’s efforts have transformed yet again and the band remains inventive, fresh and direct. As they’ve amped up their efforts to cover new territory – more rock, less folk – the band continues their ever-evolving artistic reimagining, all the while landing an opening spot for freakin’ DINOSAUR JR. during their fall tour! Mellow acoustic ensemble JUDSON CLAIBORNE, a band that uses a humble, spare approach that feels both natural and personal, drawing listeners in completely, returns for the first time since opening for THE BESNARD LAKES this past June. They’ve recorded a new record that’s due out in spring 2013 and we’re excited to hear new tunes from these trusty old friends who’s live show is not to be missed. Springfield, IL native DANIEL KNOX is an accomplished filmmaker and scorer who’s developed over the past five years into a well-respected solo musician and songwriter in and out of Chicago. Self-recording much of his own material, KNOX released Evryman For Himself in 2011, out via La Société Expéditionnaire, a soaring, lilting and jeering effort that sees the rogue pianist crooning, sneering and shouting to his contagious melodies with a full band and larger arrangements. Mixing live performers and prerecorded sound set to projection, Daniel will perform a set of new material written specifically to accompany video work by photographer John Atwood.

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Shearwater / Judson Claiborne / Daniel Knox

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  • Shearwater

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    Originally conceived as a one-off collaboration between Okkervil River's Will Sheff and Kingfisher's Jonathan Meiburg, Shearwater continues the tradition of detailed, reflective songwriting set by classic artists like Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen and contemporary indie rock songwriters such as Bill Callahan and Will Oldham. The group began after Sheff and Meiburg had known each other for just a week with the idea that the duo wanted to make an album called The Dissolving Room. The pair exchanged songwriting ideas through e-mail and were so pleased with the results that they decided to make their project into a permanent, touring affair along with making bass player Kim Burke an official member. The Dissolving Room was released in early 2001 by the Grey Flat imprint. The following year Shearwater released another album, Everybody Makes Mistakes, and their third album, Winged Life, followed in 2004. Meiburg's influence over the direction of the band steadily increased over the years, and this trend continued on the band's fourth release, 2006's Palo Santo. The band moved from Misra to Matador that year, making way for the release of an expanded edition of Palo Santo in 2007. The powerful and streamlined Rook arrived in 2008, followed by the dreamy Golden Archipelago in 2010. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi

  • Judson Claiborne

    Judson Claiborne

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    Judson Claiborne is the reclamation of a name given to me by my father. It’s also the name I chose for this band. We formed in 2007 following the end of my previous project, Low Skies. We made our first record, Before Midnight Scholar (self-released 2008) to document rebirth into a greater awareness and consciousness with new collaborative partners and to celebrate the return of dormant creative energies. Time and Temperature (La Societe Expeditionnaire 2010) was written and recorded with a similar spirit but with emphasis on the transformation of the human psyche by way of life’s companions and mysterious pathways. We are currently at work on a new album that we hope to release in the spring of 2013. Performing is of course essential communication for us to convey our ideas, emotions, and to transmit the full expression of this music. Since founding of this band, we’ve had the honor of sharing a stage with Andrew Bird, Cass McCombs, Shannon Wright, The Cave Singers, Grant Lee Phillips, Haley Bonar, Freakwater, and Jana Hunter.

  • Daniel Knox

    Daniel Knox

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    Springfield, Illinois native Daniel Knox escaped to the big city in 1999 to attend film school. Intent on composing his own scores, he began sneaking into the Hilton Tower’s Grand Ballroom to teach himself to play the piano. As this bit of mischief gradually paid off, plucking became music-making, and when he incorporated his booming tenor, sound-scapes became songs. Years later, he has amassed a dark and diverse repertoire, addictive as much for its narrative and lyrical deftness as for its musical lure. 

    In January of 2007, Knox accompanied filmmaker David Lynch on organ for the Chicago premier of Inland Empire at the historic Music Box Theater. This led to his participation in David Coulter’s (Damon Albarn, Tom Waits, Nick Cave) production of ‘Plague Songs’ at the Barbican in London alongside the likes of Damon Albarn, Rufus Wainwright, Sandy Dillon, Imogen Heap, and Phil Minton. It was a bang-up London debut - enough for the Evening Standard to refer to Knox as a “name to watch.”

    Following the event, he played his first batch of shows outside the borders of Illinois to enthusiastic, capacity audiences in the UK and Ireland as the support act for the Handsome Family. 

    More recently, he performed with Rufus Wainwright and opera star, Jessye Norman at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, contributed vocals to Jarvis Cocker’s 2009 album Further Complications, lent a song to the short film Taxidermist (Bertie Films, UK) and shared stages with Cocker, Baby Dee, Camille O’Sullivan, the Bitter Tears, and A Hawk and a Hacksaw. He continues to add to his recorded output – which includes the full-length and first of a trilogy H.P. Johnson Presents : Disaster and the soon to be completed follow up Evryman For Himself.

    Knox is recording Evryman at his home in Chicago. Some of the songs soar, some lilt and jeer, but all are stamped with his contagious melodies and preoccupation with styles of the 1920’s – a peculiar package for his lyrical jabs and barbs.

    A Harold Arlen for the darker set, he bellows tales of disillusionment, obsession, and criminal intent with as much sarcasm as sincerity. Daniel Knox is a rogue at the piano, crooning, sneering and shouting so that his cast of characters may speak.

Empty Bottle, Inc.

Shearwater / Judson Claiborne / Daniel Knox

Sun Oct 21 2012 9:30 PM

Empty Bottle Chicago IL
Shearwater, Judson Claiborne, Daniel Knox
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Ages 21+

SHEARWATER
Related: Okkervil River

Providing his multi-instrumental talents to OKKERVIL RIVER since its inception, JONATHAN MEIBURG has been writing, recording and releasing material under the SHEARWATER name with a rotating cast of musicians since 2001 and has gained notoriety for his ability to craft expansive and lush recordings that continuously break sonic grounds. For their 2012 effort, Animal Joy out via Sub Pop, SHEARWATER’s efforts have transformed yet again and the band remains inventive, fresh and direct. As they’ve amped up their efforts to cover new territory – more rock, less folk – the band continues their ever-evolving artistic reimagining, all the while landing an opening spot for freakin’ DINOSAUR JR. during their fall tour! Mellow acoustic ensemble JUDSON CLAIBORNE, a band that uses a humble, spare approach that feels both natural and personal, drawing listeners in completely, returns for the first time since opening for THE BESNARD LAKES this past June. They’ve recorded a new record that’s due out in spring 2013 and we’re excited to hear new tunes from these trusty old friends who’s live show is not to be missed. Springfield, IL native DANIEL KNOX is an accomplished filmmaker and scorer who’s developed over the past five years into a well-respected solo musician and songwriter in and out of Chicago. Self-recording much of his own material, KNOX released Evryman For Himself in 2011, out via La Société Expéditionnaire, a soaring, lilting and jeering effort that sees the rogue pianist crooning, sneering and shouting to his contagious melodies with a full band and larger arrangements. Mixing live performers and prerecorded sound set to projection, Daniel will perform a set of new material written specifically to accompany video work by photographer John Atwood.

(BV Chicago) (Chicago Mixtape)