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Live Music Picks Aug. 21-26

TODAY

Photo courtesy Paul Freundlich Associates

O.A.R. Photo: Danny Clinch

O.A.R.

This rock quintet, formed at Ohio State University, had already built a major following through word-of-mouth buzz about its well-attended live shows, but they remained a well-kept secret to most of the world. Then came last year’s “All Sides,” which included “Shattered (Turn the Car Around),” the band’s first Top 40 entry and a No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Album Adult Alternative chart.

8 p.m. Aug. 21. $35. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.

Blue October, Switchfoot

Blue October emerged just as the prospects for another post-grunge rock band seemed dim (circa 2000). Against the odds, they’re around nearly a decade later, exploring a more interesting way forward for a sub-genre that seems stuck in a Nickelbackian, though lucrative, dead end. San Diego rock band Switchfoot is one of the most successful mainstream graduates from the Christian rock market.

8 p.m. Aug. 21. Masquerade Music Park, 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178.

Sound Tribe Sector 9. Photo: C. Taylor Crothers

Sound Tribe Sector 9. Photo: C. Taylor Crothers

Sound Tribe Sector 9

Atlanta-born quintet, mixes current dance-music genres, jazz and hip-hop with the elasticity of a jam band. Now based in northern California, the venues get bigger and bigger for these guys. For this homecoming, they’ll be playing downtown at the Tabernacle tonight and moving up to the much larger Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on Saturday.

9 p.m. Aug. 21. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

8 p.m. Aug. 22. $19.75-$39.50. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Pkwy., Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.

SATURDAY

The Jonas Brothers

You’ll probably hear the screaming girls from one end of metro Atlanta to the other. These boys’ curly locks — especially those of mini-heartthrob Nick — are tween catnip. You’ve been warned. Oh, and the music, well, at its best, it sounds like a pasteurized Fall Out Boy/Maroon 5 hybrid.

8 p.m. Aug. 22. $29.50-$89.50. Philips Arena, One Philips Drive. 404-878-3000.

SUNDAY

Big and Rich

These guys were the prime movers behind Nashville’s Muzik Mafia, a musical support group made up of artists, producers, writers and industry professionals that helped put Gretchen Wilson, Cowboy Troy and many others onto the country charts. But the duo formed by these two co-founders, John Rich and Big Kenny, might be the Mafia’s most enduring success story.

7:30 p.m. Aug. 23. $19- $49. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Pkwy., Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.

TUESDAY

Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire

Horns rule as Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago join forces. These two bands were among the biggest brass-driven hit-makers to emerge during the ’70s. The rock and pop leaning Chicago scored 35 Top 40 hits between 1970 and 1991, while the R&B and funk powerhouse Earth, Wind and Fire took 16 tracks into the chart between 1974 and 1983.

7 p.m. Aug. 25. $39.50-$89.50. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Dr. N.W. 404-733-5012.

WEDNESDAY

Photo: J. Michelle Martin-Coyne

The Flaming Lips. Photo: J. Michelle Martin-Coyne

The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips are one of the few true progressive rock bands left. Everything they do seems to point forward, toward some futuristic music that isn’t fully formed yet. And they’re translating into terms we can understand.

7:30 p.m. August 26. $43. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Dr. NW, Atlanta. 404-733-5012.

9 comments Add your comment

timthebrave

August 19th, 2009
3:23 pm

the flaming lips are great

ATLVOL

August 19th, 2009
5:15 pm

Big and Rich are what is great about country music…..simple, fun and feel good Get on the Love Train!!!!!!

Danny G

August 19th, 2009
6:33 pm

If you have never been to see Big & Rich because you don’t care for Country Music, you owe it to yourself to see them in action. They are far from country and if you listen closely, you will hear good ol 70’s style rock & roll, great vocals and have a Big & Rich time!

Hilary

August 19th, 2009
9:03 pm

There is a great band from Charlotte called Simplified playing at Smith’s Olde Bar on Wednesday night!!!

smokey

August 20th, 2009
11:56 am

i think i will wait for zepagain at the playhouse.

K8lynn

August 20th, 2009
10:11 pm

I LOVE the Jonas Brothers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BigDawgFan36

August 21st, 2009
10:04 am

STS9-good band. Flaming Lips-okay band. Jonas Sisters/Big and Rich-definition of what’s wrong with music today if you can even call it music. Blue October/Switchfoot-LAME! Chicago/EWF-fun but lame. OAR formed at Ohio State-everything Ohio State is lame. King’s X-the band that stole the show at Woodstock ‘94 playing at Sidelines in Marietta tonight…lame they are having to play tiny clubs but it will be awesome. By the way, did I mention the jonas sisters might be the worst thing to ever happen to music….ever!

Lynn Lively

August 21st, 2009
11:30 am

BIG & RICH put on the best show, they have so much good music that people who don’t buy thier CD’s have no idea about. IT IS A MIND BLOWING SHOW AND DEFINETLY WORTH GOING!!!!!!

Hey, BigDawgFan36 ...

August 21st, 2009
11:32 am

… obviously you would not know “good music” if it hit you in the ears!