“If you don’t want a wild one, quit hangin’ ’round with me.” That’s from the debut album by these three Murfreesboro, Tenn.-based women and “Wild One” serves as the perfect theme song for Those Darlins. Their ragged, raw and sexually-charged marriage of honky-tonk and punk is a blast of attitude and innuendo. If you like your music clean, precise and note-perfect, Those Darlins aren’t for you, but if you think auto-tuned precision is over-rated, revel as it gets demolished by the trio’s infectious energy.
9 p.m. Jan. 15. $8.The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.
Asylum Street Spankers
The rootsy, nostalgic group is laugh-out-loud funny. It’s also packed with seriously talented musicians who travel easily from ragtime to blues to Western swing to rap. The Austin, Texas-based combo’s live shows are justly celebrated for providing a foot-stomping good time that nourishes body and soul. After mounting a musical revue, “What? And Give Up Showbiz?,” for a two-week off-Broadway run and releasing its first album for kids, “Mommy Says No!,” these talented jokers are back with what they’re calling “the world’s first agnostic gospel album.” “God’s Favorite Band” is culled from a series of gospel brunch shows the band recorded in its hometown.
8 p.m. Jan. 16. $15. Spring4th Center, 728 Spring St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-870-0040.
Atlanta-based Third Day headlines this gathering of contemporary Christian rock and pop artists. Newsboys, Tenth Avenue North, Fireflight, Sidewalk Prophets, Robert Pierre, Revive and Valdosta’s Newsong are also on the bill. The doors open at 5 p.m. and there’s a pre-show beginning at 5:20 p.m.
6 p.m. Jan. 17. $10. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500.
Would you like some Finnish folk with your metal? Korpiklaani, which means “clan of the wilderness,” used to sing in English, but now the band’s lyrics draw inspiration from the Kalevala, Finland’s national epic. Even if you can’t understand the lyrics, there’s a fantastical feel that tells you you’re in the realm of the shamanistic myth and magic. Accordion, violin and the lute-like jouhikko entwine with the rampaging guitar, bass and drums as if they were meant to be together.
7 p.m. Jan. 18. $16. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.
It’s easy to forget that Carey is, first and foremost, a singer. These days she gets more notice for acting, making rambling champagne-fueled speeches and dressing in clothes more appropriate for an 18-year-old than a woman on the verge of 40. Though opinions on Carey’s music vary widely, most of us acknowledge that she’s an exceptional vocalist (though she sometimes sings not wisely, but too well).
8 p.m. Jan. 19. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100.