Anyone starting a new independent record label these days has to be driven by passion, because the business prospects are anything but promising. Chicagoan Michael Paeth clearly is a fan and a believer, and he's celebrating a new compilation, "Analog Highway," trumpeting the Americana, roots- and garage-rock artists on his Mile Long Records label (www.milelongrecords.com) with a record release show Saturday, Dec. 5, at 9 p.m. at Martyr's, 3855 N. Lincoln. The performers include Dive Bar, Penthouse Sweets, Twilight Revival, Scattergun, Nashville Wreckers, Medicine Hat and Sawbuck, and the cover is $8. More information can be found at www.martyrslive.com, (773) 404-9494.
It's a busy evening Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, starting with a free screening at 7 p.m. of "Wesley Willis's Joyrides," a new documentary by Chris Bagley and Kim Shively "celebrating the life and phenomenon of the legendary Wesley Willis, cult rock-and-roll icon." Then, starting at 9, the club hosts a strong triple bill with a $3 cover (a buck a band!) featuring Magical Beautiful, Above/Below Sea Level and Implodes. Finally, beginning at 11, DJs Bruce Lamont and Mark Solotroff spin what they're billing as a "Death Musick Ritual" (admission is free). For more info, call (773) 276-3600 or visit www.emptybottle.com.