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Show: Jeff the Brotherhood "For a small group, Jeff the Brotherhood makes a pretty massive sound: Heavy Days is a loving, burnout-friendly tribute to fuzz pedals and big-ass riffs handed down from 70s guitar boogie bands by generations of devotees (and burnished by loving use along the way)," writes Miles Raymer. "But if you can look past the caveman-rock moments and 'yeah bro' vibe you'll find a surprising amount of subtlety in the mix."
Dinner: Small Bar This unassuming soccer bar is decorated with lava lamps and classic rock photography as well as rally scarves and framed jerseys. The bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable, and good thing, too, since Small Bar has a massive beer selection—120 to 150 varieties in total.
2049 W. Division St., 773-772-2727, thesmallbar.com/division
Show: Accomplices After the battered body of a rent boy is pulled out of the Rhone, two Lyonnaise homicide detectives (Gilbert Melki and Emmanuelle Devos) begin canvassing his teenage peers, sifting through his cell phone records, and tracing his recent online activities. The firmly controlled film is an exercise in contrast and balance: graphic but not prurient, polished but not slick, fixated by sexual danger yet devoid of puritanism. In French with subtitles.
Dinner: Via Carducci The attractive interior and friendly staff at this small, homey southern Italian trattoria make it a consistent favorite among Raters.
1419 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-665-1981, viacarduccichicago.com
Show: Impress These Apes! Few shows in Chicago are as consistently dangerous as Impress These Apes—anything can happen and usually does.
Dinner: Socca Socca is airy and spacious, with a menu of French and Italian country fare. It's named after a French chickpea-flour crepe — chef Roger Herring's version is stuffed with grilled shrimp and served beside a garlicky chickpea puree and a refreshing salad of tomato, cucumber, and red onion.
3301 N. Clark St., 773-248-1155, soccachicago.com