The Residents were weird before, during and after weird was cool. Toiling anonymously, the musicians behind this project have been deconstructing pop music and crafting frightening worlds of sound since the early ’70s, when, according to the band’s always suspect self-created mythos, the members moved from Shreveport, La., to the San Francisco area. The group’s complex discography, secretive methods and otherworldly music make them both fascinating and frustrating for the uninitiated. Check the official online realm of the Residents, for a sample of the group’s strange and unusual catalog.
8:30 p.m. Feb. 5. $25-$27.50. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.
David Allan Coe
From the honky-tonk to the jailhouse and back, this country outlaw has traveled a hard road, and his gritty, darkly humorous songs reflect every inch of the journey. Even though he’s politically incorrect and sometimes downright vulgar, he’s written some genuinely poignant songs. His best-known hit wasn’t even his own composition, but he certainly made Steve Goodman’s “You Never Even Called Me by My Name” his own.
9 p.m. Feb. 5. $21.50-$24. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.
B.B. King, Buddy Guy
These days, the aging King spends a lot of time seated during his shows, but even from a chair at center stage, he and his trusty six-string, Lucille, are a commanding presence. The charismatic entertainer, once known as the Beale Street Blues Boy, always raises goose bumps when he launches into “The Thrill is Gone.” The brilliant Buddy Guy is generally credited as one of Jimi Hendrix’s prime inspirations. He’s a Chicago blues innovator, a pioneer of electric blues and the father of rapper Shawnna. Eric Clapton told Musician magazine in 1985 that “Buddy Guy is by far and without a doubt the best guitar player alive.”
8 p.m. Feb. 6. $49.50-$79.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100.
This talented Texas-based musician, a seasoned singer-songwriter with exceptional storytelling skills, spent his youth in Atlanta. It’s been three years since his latest blue-hued trip through the dark side of life, 2007’s “Hollywood Pocketknife,” but Lyle Lovett’s 2009 album “Natural Forces” added to Taylor’s recorded legacy with a new take on the songwriter’s “Whooping Crane.”
9 p.m. Feb. 6. $20. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.
Furthur featuring Phil Lesh
Grateful Dead guitarist and vocalist Bob Weir reunites with Dead bassist Phil Lesh in Furthur, the new torchbearer for their band’s legacy in both set lists and spirit. They’re joined by a couple of Weir’s RatDog bandmates, drummer Joe Russo from the Benevento-Russo Duo and guitarist John Kadlecik from Dead cover band the Dark Star Orchestra.
7 p.m. Feb. 8. $39-$49. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.
Motion City Soundtrack
It looks like Motion City Soundtrack are on the verge of a major breakthrough, using a big bag of tricks stuffed with classic pop hooks, sprightly keyboard flourishes and guitars that rumble and jangle. The Minneapolis quintet’s new album and major label debut, “My Dinosaur Life,” is a 40-minute teenage rampage, made by 20-somethings, that’s obviously inspired by recent tour mates Weezer and producer Mark Hoppus’ band Blink-182.
6 p.m. Feb. 8. $18.50. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.
The Doggfather’s career has outlasted that of many of his peers. The California rapper — born Calvin Broadus in Long Beach, Calif. — first came to public notice on Dr. Dre’s classic 1992 album “The Chronic.” Since then, Snoop has become one of the most recognized rappers in the world through film and television appearances and rock crossover collaborations.
9 p.m. Feb. 10. $34. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.
Them Crooked Vultures
Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, Foo Fighter and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones combine their talents in this supergroup. The trio released its self-titled debut in 2009. The album displays elements of all of the participants’ previous bands, but with Homme out front, it’s Queens of the Stone Age that bubbles to the surface most often. Then again, there’s no denying the Zeppelin influence on QOTSA. It’s all good, because these guys have helped craft some of the greatest rock albums of the past 40 years. “Them Crooked Vultures” is no “Led Zeppelin IV,” “Nevermind” or “Songs for the Deaf,” but it’s a pretty mighty rock beast on it’s own terms.
8 p.m. Feb. 11. $49.50. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.
Norwegian pop wunderkind Lerche’s music is warm-hued, sweet and rich like caramel. He channels veins of ’60s music from Bacharach to bossa nova into a pretty groovy confection, while adding his own contemporary touch.
8:30 p.m. Feb. 11. $15. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.