Mon 7/30: Deafheaven mix soothing and scathing sounds on their new album, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love. “Genre-bending California five-piece band Deafheaven have just about perfectly mastered the art of harnessing metal ferocity to a shimmering, shifting, rolling sound that’s perversely relaxing and soothing, at least as much as anything with howling and blastbeats can get,” writes the Reader’s Monica Kendrick. 7 PM, Metro, 3730 N. Clark, $23, $21 in advance. 18+
Mon 7/30-Thu 8/2: Eighth Grade: Social media, but no social life. “Eighth Grade is a harrowing portrait of anxiety and acceptance in a post-social-media landscape, showing how all of us cope with an ever-changing, constantly refreshing world,” writes Reader contributor Cody Corrall. Bo Burnham directs. R, 94 minutes. Various times, various prices.
Mon 7/30-Thu 8/2: MPAACT’s Summer Jams provide a stage for young black performers. Various times, see website, Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-404-7336, greenhousetheater.org, $25.
Mon 7/30-Thu 8/2: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. “This exuberant sequel easily tops the 2008 musical hit Mamma Mia!: ABBA’s songs flow nonstop, and the dexterous ensemble gives as much pleasure as the gorgeous Mediterranean backdrop,” writes Reader contributor Andrea Gronvall. Ol Parker directed. PG 13. 114 minutes. Various times, various prices.
Tue 7/31: Young shoegaze maven Will Kraus expresses himself even more clearly on his second album, Path. 8 PM, Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, $12, $10 in advance. 18+
Tue 7/31: Adrianna Hicks’s Celie owns the musical adaptation of The Color Purple. This Broadway in Chicago production fills the Auditorium Theatre with intimacy, authenticity, and power. 7:30 PM. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress, 800-982-2787, broadwayinchicago.com, $24-$100, $25 tickets available through lottery.