The Duke & the King
Drummers Simone Felice (of the Felice Brothers) and Robert “Chicken” Burke (who has worked with Toshi Reagon and George Clinton) team up for an album that piles wistful melodies on top of a slightly off-kilter twist on rootsy Americana. “Nothing Gold Can Stay” is a dark gem, full of regret and longing, its simple, pretty surface underpinned by unexpected instrumental textures.
8 p.m. Aug. 7. $12-$15. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976, www.eddiesattic.com.
De La Soul
When De La Soul emerged with debut album “3 Feet High and Rising” in 1989, the trio carved out new possibilities for hip-hop. The Grammy category Best Urban/Alternative Performance is unimaginable without these pioneers.
7 p.m. Aug. 7. $25. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178, www.masq.com.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra
The quickest way to musically evoke World War II? Play something by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Lush, lovely and swingin’, the music created by Miller and his big band is a timeless joy. It’s hard to believe that his time at the top of the charts lasted only about three years. After a precipitous rise in 1939, Miller and his civilian orchestra had a successful run of hits — including “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “In the Mood” and “Tuxedo Junction” — before Miller volunteered for military service, where he led a modernized Army Air Force Band. He never made it back to civilian life. His plane disappeared over the English Channel in December 1944, his legacy lives on in this officially sanctioned band, led by trombonist Larry O’Brien since 1988.
8 p.m. Aug. 7. $15-$40. Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater, 201 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. 770-631-0630, www.amphitheater.org.
Funky old-school R&B rules at this annual festival, with performances from Con Funk Shun, the Ohio Players, the Dazz Band and the Bar-Kays.
6 p.m. Aug. 8. $10-55. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way. 404-443-5000, www.livenation.com.
Listening to a Sara Evans album is like listening to two different artists trapped on one CD č one a purveyor of syrupy ballads, the other a hard-core country girl surrounded by fiddles, banjos and pedal steels. Luckily, they both have a powerhouse voice with just the right amount of twang.
8 p.m. Aug. 8. $20-$75. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. 770-819-7765, www.mablehouse.org.
This British band has been a slow-rising phenomenon with a devoted following and loads of critical acclaim. They won the most recent Mercury Prize, an accolade given to the best British album of the year as selected by a panel of musicians, music executives and other industry figures. That album, “Seldom Seen Kid,” is smart, engaging rock for grown-ups, with none of the middle-of-the-road dullness that implies.
9 p.m. Aug. 8. $20. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365, www.centerstage-atlanta.com.
The America’s Most Wanted Tour
Don’t miss one of hip-hop’s most inventive practitioners, as Lil Wayne brings his live show to Atlanta. Atlanta’s Young Jeezy and Soulja Boy are also on the bill, along with Jeremih. Up-and-coming rapper Drake had to pull out of the tour after aggravating a knee injury.
7 p.m. Aug. 9. $29.75-$89.75. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 404-443-5000, www.livenation.com.
Counting Crows has made some undeniably catchy and classic records over the past 15 years, but the 1993 debut, “August and Everything After,” is still the band’s high-water mark.
6:30 p.m. Aug. 12. $48-$63. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Dr. N.W., Atlanta. 404-733-5012, www.classicchastain.com.