Best shows to see: Deafheaven, the Fresh & Onlys, Steve Kuhn, and the music of Edgard Varese | Bleader

Best shows to see: Deafheaven, the Fresh & Onlys, Steve Kuhn, and the music of Edgard Varese

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According to the Constitution, the Fourth of July is for beer, brats, and slurring along with Lee Greenwood's "God Bless America" until you pass out. According to Soundboard, it's an opportunity to binge on live music for four days (and beer and brats). Let the Brits listen to Jay-Z rap about expensive cheese on their Samsung Galaxy S4s. You should be hitting the shows.

It's first and foremost a weekend of festivals. The International Festival of Life starts today, bringing together reggae, dancehall, Latin music, and more—stop by Saturday to hear prodigious preteen singer Mae Ya Carter Ryan. The American Music Festival at FitzGerald's, which began yesterday, continues through Saturday with the likes of Dave Alvin, Brave Combo, NRBQ, Dolly Varden, and Max Baca & Los Texmaniacs.

The Wavefront Music Festival starts tomorrow on Montrose Beach, with Danny Tenaglia and LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy helping kick off the three-day ruckus. Plus, afterparties. To name just two, Tenaglia is at Spy Bar on Friday and Fatboy Slim is at the Mid on Saturday.

For those who like their shows a la carte, DJ Shred One spins tonight at the Whistler for the last time before she moves to Queens—her final Maxx Traxx set is devoted to boogie and modern funk. Shred One's real name is Sheila Hernando, and she's cofounder of Cherries records, which put out the first official release from soul singer Doug Shorts (subject of a recent B Side cover story). Friday, Lorelle Meets the Obsolete comes to the Burlington, Lo-Pan plays at Cobra Lounge, Squarepusher hits Metro, and RJD2 headlines at the Mid.

On Saturday, the eminent Young Jeezy headlines at Arie Crown Theater, Margot & the Nuclear So and So's play at Lincoln Hall, and Cellular Chaos play at Burlington, where Gossip Wolf says they'll be hawking tour copies of a forthcoming self-titled LP. Old-school house fest the Chosen Few Picnic returns to Jackson Park. On Sunday night, Vic Mensa and Alex Wiley open for Phony Ppl at Schubas.

More Soundboard picks after the jump:

Thu 7/4: International Contemporary Ensemble and Nosaj Thing at Pritzker Pavillion

Perhaps nothing could fill the expansive Pritzker Pavilion better than the music of Edgard Varese. The International Contemporary Ensemble performs three of his most famous works, including the percussion cavalcade Ionisation—Peter Margasak calls them "just as explosive and spectacular as any fireworks show." LA glitch-hop auteur Nosaj Thing opens.

Fri 7/5 and Sat 7/6: Steve Kuhn Trio at Green Mill

Steve Kuhn has been a staple of modern jazz since the 60s, when he played in bands led by John Coltrane, Art Farmer, and Stan Getz, but don't take last year's Wisteria for granted. "You can tap your toes along to its sharp rhythms and bask in its pliant tunefulness without necessarily appreciating the level of mastery involved," writes Peter Margasak. For this rare Chicago visit, Kuhn is joined by drummer and fellow New Yorker Joey Baron and Chicago bassist Eric Hochberg.

Sat 7/6: Deafheaven at Subterranean

In this week's Artist on Artist, Deafheaven vocalist George Clarke talks with Chicago metal mainstay Stavros Giannopoulos about metal bands on Pitchfork, beer in Utah, and the dadness of James Hetfield. Over on Soundboard, Leor Galil says that Deafheaven's sophomore album, Sunbather, "launches black metal out of its dungeonlike clubs and gray Arctic wastes and sends it screaming across a cloudless summer sky."

Sat 7/6: The Fresh & Onlys at Beat Kitchen

The recent Long Slow Dance from San Francisco group the Fresh & Onlys is a shiny departure from their early garage-rock approach, but for Peter Margasak this just proves that "the band's love for melody has always been stronger than its loyalty to any specific rock subgenre. Long Slow Dance contains the Fresh & Onlys' dreamiest, most indelible melodies yet."

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