Dark Star Orchestra
The Dark Star Orchestra re-creates specific Grateful Dead concerts in their entirety. For this latest tour, Jeff Mattson joins the band on guitar. Mattson has played with Phil Lesh & Friends, Zen Tricksters and the Donna Jean Godchaux Band. The latter opens both of these shows.
8:30 p.m. Feb. 26-27. $25. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.
Following a full-scale Phish reunion last year, frontman Anastasio is back in solo mode. This time around he has a seven-piece band (including a horn section) and, as usual, will debut some new material that could easily end up in Phish’s repertoire.
8 p.m. Feb. 27. $39.50. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.
Jay-Z is rap royalty, having created some of hip-hop’s defining documents during the past 15 years. His 1996 debut “Reasonable Doubt” and 2001 album “The Blueprint” are widely acknowledged genre masterpieces. With 2009’s “The Blueprint 3,” he became the solo act with the most No. 1 albums in the 50-plus year history of the Billboard 200 album chart. It was his 11th chart-topper,according to Billboard, pulling him one ahead of Elvis Presley. Only the Beatles have more No. 1 albums, with 19.
7 p.m. Feb. 27. $39.50-$129.50. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. 404-878-3000.
The slow-rising Brits in Muse have spent many years making big and blustery atmospheric rock for those who miss early Radiohead. The anthemic rock trio will rattle the rafters with songs from a five-album catalog, including last year’s “The Resistance,” which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
7:30 p.m. Feb. 27. $48.50. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500.
Reverend Horton Heat
He’s been fusing Jerry Lee Lewis and the Ramones for years, but it’s the subject matter that will put a scare into those with delicate sensibilities. As the Rev. (aka Jim Heath) once put it in an official band bio a few years back, “You might say there are a few recurring themes found in our songs: beer, gin and tonic, whiskey, cocaine, tequila, martinis, marijuana, cigarettes, cars, more beer, pretty women, sermons, cats and dogs, the devil, Texas and [bassist] Jimbo.”
8 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1. $20. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.
Puscifer is essentially an outlet for Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan’s musical and lyrical impulses, but the guy is so talented that even his detours into below-the-belt humor are fascinating.
8 p.m. March 2-3. $38.50-$64. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.
Stefon Alexander — aka P.O.S. — was a punk-rock kid with a taste for hip-hop, and that combination shows in his albums. Thankfully, it has nothing to do with the dreaded “rap-rock” genre and everything to do with his fellow underground hip-hoppers who are part of the Minneapolis-based Doomtree and Rhymesayers crews (such as Atmosphere, Brother Ali, MF Doom and P.O.S.’s current touring partner Dessa).
6:30 p.m. March 4. $10. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.
Manuelle was born in New York but grew up in Puerto Rico, where he fell in love with salsa music. Since his debut in the early ’90s, he’s been one of the best purveyors of the style. He’s currently on tour with his 13th album, “Yo Mismo,” released in November.
10 p.m. March 4. $35. Atlanta Peach, 3365 Buford Highway N.E., Atlanta. 404-929-6622.
The antithesis of Shania, Faith and the other pop country sirens, Clark, from Alberta, Canada, has always been refreshingly earthy. She came strong right out of the gate with her 1995 debut album, which included three Top 10 country hits. Things have slowed down in recent years on the chart front (her last big U.S. hit was the 2004 No. 1 “Girls Lie Too”) and a change of labels didn’t go according to plan. She signed with BNA Records, but after a couple of singles, a planned 2007 album called “My Next Life” went unreleased. The track “In My Next Life,” however, hit No. 1 on the country chart in Canada. She’s now an independent artist with the self-released 2009 album “The Long Way Home.”
7 and 9 p.m. March 4. $30-$35. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.