Zac Brown Band
This gig is a benefit for Athens’ Georgia Theatre, which was heavily damaged by fire in June. That venue served as host to this band many times, so this is a way of giving back. It could also serve as a celebration of another milestone for the Georgia sextet. Brown and his bandmates just scored their second No. 1 country single with “Toes.”
7:30 p.m. Oct. 30. $100. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100, www.foxtheatre.org.
The Eastern European flavor of this New York-based gypsy-punk ensemble comes courtesy of Ukrainian frontman Eugene Hutz. Hutz is also an actor, playing the English-mangling Ukrainian guide in the film adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel “Everything Is Illuminated,” and he played the lead in Madonna’s 2008 directorial debut, “Filth and Wisdom.” At times, Bordello’s music bears a striking resemblance to some of the Pogues’ more raucous material, which points up the many similarities among Europe’s indigenous musical traditions.
8:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com.
Noot D’ Noot, Gentleman Jesse & His Men, the Coathangers
Spend Halloween with three of Atlanta’s finest local bands, including two of our recent picks for best up-and-coming local band in accessAtlanta.com’s Best of the Big A.
Noot d’Noot blends psychedelia and R&B as if they were natural bedfellows, and frankly, they are (just ask Funkadelic). Think a touch of OutKast and the New York-based mutant disco of the turn of the ’80s melded with modern indie rock.
Fronted by Carbonas bassist Jesse Smith, Gentleman Jesse & His Men got a lot of notice from “I Don’t Wanna Know,” a blazing track that spliced together jangly ’70s power-pop and the melodic punk of the Buzzcocks. It was a couple of the finest minutes of music released by Atlantans in 2007. The band finally got around to releasing a debut album in fall 2008, and “Introducing Gentleman Jesse” was worth the wait, delivering on the promise of that stunning single.
The Coathangers weren’t among our Top 5, but if the list had been a Top 7 or so, they would have made that list. The female foursome released its debut album in 2007, and it was a raucous, punky little party on a silver disc. It took jabs at “Buckhead Betty” (“I’m so pretty, why aren’t you?”) and “Tonya Harding” and doled out some “Haterade.” This year, the band kept the spiky ranting going with its sophomore album, “Scramble.”
9 p.m. Oct. 31. $8-$10. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E. 404-522-3950, 1-800-594-8499, www.badearl.com.
LaMontagne sounds like classic rock without aping anyone in particular. His rootsy, blues-tinged singer-songwriter Americana is a dark horse winner. His debut album, “Trouble,” was a word-of-mouth success, supported by a heavy touring schedule. His third album, 2008’s “Gossip in the Grain,” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart, easily besting the No. 28 peak of his second album, “Till the Sun Turns Black.”
8 p.m. Nov. 1. $30-$50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100, www.foxtheatre.org.
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
Sax man Denson was part of Lenny Kravitz’s touring band for five years. In the early ’90s, he teamed with DJ Greyboy to form the Greyboy Allstars. While the Greyboy Allstars are still a going concern, Denson created the jazz-funk Tiny Universe in 1998, a soulful project that’s gained a lot of grass-roots attention and a jam band-like following. The group’s latest album, “Brother’s Keeper,” hit stores in September.
8 p.m. Nov. 5. $20. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com.
Mastodon, Metalocolypse’s Dethklok
Already one of the most thoughtful, complex heavy rock bands ever, Mastodon took things even further with this year’s monumentally metallic “Crack the Skye.” It makes this Atlanta quartet’s progressive rock inclinations clear, but most prog-rockers never rocked this hard. For this tour, the guys team up with the virtual band from Adult Swim’s animated “Metalocolypse.” The touring version of Dethklok is simply a real-life counterpart led by series creator Brendon Small.
6:30 p.m. Nov. 5. $34.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022, tabernacleatl.com.