You might remember this Atlanta band as the pop-punk quintet that recorded an album in a glass-encased studio sponsored by MTV and Dr. Pepper. The band’s third album, “Cycles,” has been a long time coming and it’s the first for Wind-Up Records (home of Evanescence, Seether, Finger Eleven and Creed), the band’s third label. The group’s first album, 2005’s “Chroma,” was released by the Militia Group. Sony/BMG affiliate Epic Records then signed the band for the self-titled follow-up (that’s the one they recorded in the glass bubble).
7 p.m. Nov. 27. $16.50. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. 404- 577-8178, www.masq.com.
Jefferson native and UGA grad Smith melds country, rock and blues and plays to packed houses across the Southeast. He gets the Bulldog faithful going with “Every Dawg” and keeps the spring-break spirit alive for the post-grad crowd with “If I Could Do It Again.”
8 p.m. Nov. 27. $25. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W. 404- 659-9022, tabernacleatl.com.
It’s been a while since Mullins scored his international hit with “Lullaby, “ but since that 1998 hit, he’s continued to make great music with far less fanfare. Last year’s “Honeydew” was another worthy addition to his catalog. Atlantans will find many recognizable people and places among the songs, including “Cabbagetown” and “The Ballad of Kathryn Johnston,” a moving tune about the 92-year-old Atlanta woman killed in her home during a botched drug raid in 2006.
8:30 p.m. Nov. 28. $20. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404- 524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com.
Emily Haines is a remarkable lyricist and multifaceted vocalist and convincingly pulls off everything from punk to synth-pop (and, most often, a marriage of the two) in her work as the leader of Metric. Metric guitarist, co-writer and producer James Shaw is also associated with Broken Social Scene. “Fantasies,” the band’s 2009-released fourth album, is the kind of disc that sounds great cranked to full volume in a fast-moving car.
9 p.m. Nov. 28. $20. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404- 885-1365, www.centerstage-atlanta.com.
Rihanna. There, we’ve got that out of the way, because the name of Brown’s former girlfriend will forever be the first thing that comes to mind when this R&B pin-up is involved. This “fan appreciation tour” comes just days before the scheduled release of Brown’s third album, “Graffiti.” I’m sure the thing that Brown will appreciate most is having the fans buy that album, because the advance single, “I Can Transform Ya” (with Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz) is currently stalled in the 20s on the Hot 100 singles chart.
8 p.m. Dec. 2. Sold out ($37.50). Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404- 885-1365, www.centerstage-atlanta.com.
Billy Joe Shaver
Shaver is an underappreciated master of outlaw country. The adversity this Texan has overcome gives added poignance to everything he does. Between 1999 and 2001, he lost his wife, mother and son, and suffered a serious heart attack on stage.
8 p.m. Dec. 2. $25. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404- 377-4976, www.eddiesattic.com.