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Maybe we’re biased, but the Best of Chicago Bash tonight at Metro, presented by your favorite Chicago weekly, sounds like a dashing way to start off the weekend. Soundboard understands, though (not really), if you’re tired of hearing us rave about the Best Hyped Youngsters Who Can’t Play Your Neighborhood Bar. Here are the best shows over the next couple days, whether you accept the invitation to ours or not.

Trinidadian trumpeter Etienne Charles performs tonight with French saxophonist Jacques Schwartz-Bart, bassist Ben Williams, and drummer Obed Calvaire at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts. Caddywhompus opens for Shiloh at Ultra Lounge, Torres headlines at the Empty Bottle, and Sir Michael Rocks plays at Double Door.

Dam-Funk, Black Moth Super Rainbow mastermind Tobacco, ShowYouSuck, and many more play across two stages throughout the weekend at the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, which starts Friday. Also on Friday are Helen Money at Experimental Sound Studios, Katie Got Bandz at Reggie’s, and Sun Rooms at Green Mill.