These Southern rap originals got back together for a reunion show at the Masquerade Music Park last fall and now Cee-Lo (who has had big success as half of Gnarls Barkley), Khujo, T-Mo and Big Gipp are in the midst of a national tour. These are the guys that gave us the phrase the Dirty South, which is the title of a Big Boi-assisted track from the group’s 1995 album “Soul Food.”
9 p.m. Feb. 12. $35. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022, tabernacleatl.com.
It’s been more than eight years since the sweet-voiced R&B adventurer released his terrific debut album, “1st Born Second.” A planned follow-up was leaked online and then shelved (apparently forever, though interested fans can get a listen with a little online detective work). He’s remained a popular concert draw, but it looks like 2010 might finally put this under-appreciated talent back on record. He’s now signed to Plug Research, a label with a decidedly non-mainstream roster of experimental electronic, alternative and hip-hop artists. The label’s site announces a 2010 release for his new album.
8 p.m. Feb. 12. $32.50. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365, www.centerstage-atlanta.com.
Looking to keep the Saints celebration going? Check out New Orleans funk machine Galactic. The party never ends when these guys are on stage, so they’ll provide the perfect bridge from Super Bowl to Mardi Gras (which falls on Feb. 16 this year). They’ll be playing tunes from their new album called “Ya-Ka-May,” which includes vocal assists from Louisiana luminaries Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas.
8:30 p.m. Feb. 12. $20. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com.
It might be a month or so early, but you might as well go ahead and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with these guys. If you can’t have the Pogues, this septet will do nicely. It’s raucous, rip-roaring punk with a festive injection of Celtic folk. “If it didn’t have mandolin, accordion, fiddle and whistle, it would be punk rock,” says frontman Dave King in the band’s online bio, “and if it didn’t have guitar, bass and drums, it would be traditional Irish music.” The band has a new live album/DVD, “Live at the Greek Theatre,” coming March 2.
8 p.m. Feb. 13. $28-$37.95. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022, tabernacleatl.com.
The 5th Dimension
Original member Florence La Rue is the sole remaining link to the hit-making outfit of the late ’60s and early ’70s. The band’s most recognizable members, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., left in 1975. Though you might miss McCoo’s dulcet tones, you can bet the group’s smooth pop – with just a hint of soul – remains much the same.
8 p.m. Feb. 13. $40. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, 548 S. Marietta Parkway S.E., Marietta. 770-528-8490, prca.cobbcountyga.gov/anderson_theatre.htm.
Once tagged as the next Dylan, this Mississippi-born troubadour is best known for “Romeo’s Tune, “ but he has a résumé overflowing with great songs. That 1979 hit was his only foray into the mainstream, but he’s maintained a loyal fan base, still enjoys critical favor and is a mesmerizing live performer.
8:30 p.m. Feb. 13. $20-$22. The Red Light Cafe, 553 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta. 404-874-7828, www.redlightcafe.com.
An innovator in launching a subgenre known as post-rock, this Chicago act incorporates jazz, contemporary classical and rock into a sound that is unlike anything else. Tortoise’s music puts the listener in this strange sound world that seems both familiar, because so many of the elements are familiar, and alien, because they fit together in such an unusual way.
8 p.m. Feb. 14. $15. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950, www.badearl.com.
Hamell on Trial
Singer-songwriter Ed Hamell’s fiery folk-punk generates more musical power with just a voice, a guitar and his caustic wit than most modern metal outfits can muster with endless stacks of Marshall amps.
8 p.m. Feb. 14. $8-$10. Smith’s Olde Bar (in the Atlanta Room), 1578 Piedmont Road, Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.
You probably know him best as the frontman and primary songwriter for folky alternative pop band Toad the Wet Sprocket, but these days he’s a solo artist with several side projects. As ever, though, he’s a master of the memorable melody and the catchy chorus, and much of his work is colored with sweet-natured melancholy.
8 p.m. Feb. 17. $17.50. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com.