Heavy Hops Ep. 012: Black Metal & Comics (Luca Cimarusti & Mike Gebel)

Joining us today are Luca Cimarusti of heavy bands Annihilus and Luggage and Mike Gebel, formerly the talent buyer for The Empty Bottle, a legendary independent venue in Chicago. In our conversation, we touch on coming of age in Chicagoland and the importance of independent and DIY venues in the city, and suburbs, from the perspectives of a talent buyer

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Heavy Hops Ep. 003: Music In And Out Of Venues (Empty Bottle & Thalia Hall)

Chicago is one of the few cities in the United States with a thriving independent music venue circuit not dominated by Live Nation or AEG. We are joined by Molly Mobley (Talent Buyer – Empty Bottle) and Brent Heyl (Talent Buyer Thalia Hall, Empty Bottle; Partner Empty Bottle Presents) to discuss the value and importance of independent music venues and

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Scorched Tundra Retrospective Playlist & Update

The last month has been exceptionally difficult for the entertainment and hospitality industries.  To offer a bit of respite, we’ve assembled a playlist containing influential tracks from each band that has played Scorched Tundra over the last eleven editions – in order of appearance at the respective edition.  Hopefully this playlist brings back great memories, allows for pathways for discovery

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