Not sure what it was that attracted me to Pitchfork’s 90th best track of 2008, but that is how I began my on-again-off-again relationship with Sic Alps. The San Francisco duo-turned-trio sometimes annoys the piss out of me, and other times I find a certain poignancy in garage-noise all-star "Message from the Law." Music has never sounded so stripped down; you know exactly what you’re getting with track titles like "Bells with Tremelo Distortion." Recently released Napa Asylum continues to show Sic Alps cleaning up their act while maintaining the edge they’ve become known for. When it seems like everyone is migrating south right now, this Thursday the 17th the Empty Bottle will prove you don’t need a plane ticket to Austin or have Irish blood to enjoy this weekend. Drag City label-mates and locals Cave join the fun with their hypnotic, trippy, weird, funky sounds, as well as the Iowa City organ and drum duo Wet Hair. This show will certainly not be the faint of ears.