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After a two-week hiatus, the Empty Bottle‘s free Monday series resumes with a promising evening of music featuring some of Chicago’s busiest mainstays. Todd Rittmann (currently of Singer, formerly of U.S. Maple) will debut a new ensemble that reportedly includes members of Mucca Pazza and the United States Armed Forces Band (!?). Playing second is the Molten Truth Trio, an all-star ensemble comprised of guitarist Jeff Parker (of Tortoise, Exploding Star Orchestra, Isotope 217, etc), Aleks Tomaszewska (who puts the Aleks in Aleks & the Drummer), and Steve Krakow (Plastic Crimewave mastermind and Secret History of Chicago Music scribe). Little Howlin’ Wolf opens at 9 PM.