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Live Music Picks, Aug. 14-20



This melodic California quintet’s latest studio album, 2007’s “Light Grenades,” relies less on memorable riffs and songs by adding experimental textures that don’t always gel. Give them points for trying to expand their sound, though. This year, we got a best-of set called “Monuments and Melodies,” with two new tracks and a second disc of B-sides and rarities.

8 p.m. Aug. 14. $35-$45. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.

The B-52s. Photo: Joseph Cultice

The B-52s

The B-52s took a long time between albums before releasing “Funplex” last year. When predecessor “Good Stuff” was released in 1992, Miley Cyrus wasn’t even born. The Athens-born party band continued to perform during the intervening years, and that’s where this dance-centric outfit shines brightest.

8 p.m. Aug. 14. $20-$75. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. 770-819-7765. .

Kingsized Orchestra Elvis Memorial Spectacular

It’s been more than 30 years since his death, but it seems that nothing can dull the king’s shine. This annual tribute is headlined by Kingsized, a supremely entertaining retro combo led by imposing singer/actor Mike Geier. The festivities are gussied up with an injection of Vegas-y cheese by the glamorous Dames Aflame burlesque troupe. This is one of Geier’s two annual tributes to Tupelo’s favorite son. (There are also festivities each January on Presley’s birthday.)

8:30 p.m. Aug. 14-15. $25. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354.


Dierks Bentley

In one of his many No. 1 country hits, Dierks Bentley sang about being free and easy. Now he’s making good on the free part. It’s pretty easy, too. This show is part of Third Annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush series taking place in nine cities around the country through mid-September. Just go to the Samsung AT&T Summer Krush site and register to get your tickets. They’ll also be giving away tickets on radio station Kicks 101.5 in the days leading up to the show.

8 p.m. Aug. 18. Free. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W. 404-659-9022.


Judas Priest

This influential British quintet is among heavy metal’s greatest bands largely because of Rob Halford’s hair-raising banshee wail. He split in 1992 and was replaced by Tim “The Ripper” Owens, who had been lead singer in a Judas Priest tribute band. Halford’s been back since 2003 and Priest once again equals great heavy metal. The band’s current tour celebrates the 30th anniversary of a metal classic, “British Steel.” That album includes a couple of Priest’s best loved tunes, “Living After Midnight” and “Breaking the Law.”

7 p.m. Aug. 20. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Pkwy., Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.

Fiery Furnaces

Fiery Furnaces. Photo: Lithe Sebesta

Fiery Furnaces

The brother-sister duo Fiery Furnaces made one of the most acclaimed and ambitious albums of 2004 with “Blueberry Boat.” It was a compelling mess, with bits and pieces of many musical genres dismantled and put back together in fascinating ways. Then came “Rehearsing My Choir,” where Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger wrapped their box of musical tricks around their grandmother’s stories. It was easy to admire, but very hard to love. This year, “I’m Going Away” finds the siblings tightening up their sound, settling into a distinctive style all their own. That doesn’t mean it isn’t innovative or fascinating. No matter what they do, Fiery Furnaces will never be easy listening.

8 p.m. Aug. 20. $15. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354.

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August 12th, 2009
7:53 pm

Mother’s Finest is at Mudcatz in Dunwoody on August 13th and 14th.


August 12th, 2009
11:46 pm

The Fiery Furnaces are originally from Chicago, but currently reside in New York. Thank you.

Shane Harrison

August 13th, 2009
10:21 am

boy is correct. The Fiery Furnaces are from Chicago but now live in Brooklyn, N.Y. I’ve corrected it. Thanks for the heads up.