After losing a couple of Atlanta-connected members (Brandon Bush and Johnny Colt), Train is back down to three original members with its latest album, “Save Me, San Francisco” (the title is a tribute to the band’s hometown). That album has taken them back into the upper reaches of the pop charts with the No. 3 hit “Hey Soul Sister.” Before this year, the band’s most recent Top 40 hit was “Calling All Angels,” which climbed to No. 19 in 2003.
8 p.m. Aug. 27. $19-$49. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-733-4949.
Oryx and Crake
This Atlanta band celebrates the release of its self-titled debut album with this gig, and it’s certainly something to celebrate. The album is easily among the best local releases of the year, displaying a remarkably rich and distinctive sound. Matt Jarrard’s cello is one of the band’s defining characteristics, but there’s so much more in the mix. Beautiful harmonies share space with slabs of expressionistic guitar, and banjo and synthesizer both pop up on occasion to lend their distinctive plinks and whooshes. Sure, there are hints of Arcade Fire, Shearwater, Midlake (kindred spirits all) and even the occasional touch of classic rock and soul, but Oryx and Crake sounds like Oryx and Crake. Few bands come out of the box with such a singular, well-developed identity. It’s a marvel. Have a listen at their website.
9 p.m. Aug. 28. $7. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.
Sound Tribe Sector Nine, Big Boi
Formerly Atlanta-based, and now working out of Northern California, STS9 mixes the electronic thump of club music and hip-hop, the experimental explorations of jazz and the elasticity of a jam band. This show brings them together with fellow travelers Disco Biscuits. The show also features special guest Big Boi, of OutKast fame, showcasing some of his recent solo album, “Sir Lucious Left Foot … Son of Chico Dusty.”
5 p.m. Aug. 28. $25-$39.50. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.
Jackson County Line
One of Atlanta’s best-kept secrets, Jackson County Line is a fine Americana act that just keeps getting better. Led by singer, songwriter and guitarist Kevin Jackson, the band has a brand new album to celebrate. “South” is the follow-up to the self-titled 2007 album. Go to the band’s website to check out some samples from the new album, including “Someone Asked Me,” a sweet, warm blanket of a song that soothes even as Jackson’s honeyed voice asks, “Am I dead?” The site also hosts a gorgeous early version of the title track, a stunning display of the band’s lush vocal harmonies.
7:30 p.m. Aug. 28. $10; $8 in advance. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.
A former boxer and the son of a Church of God minister, Thorn has slowly built an audience with his scruffy charm and terrific songs that straddle the boundary between country and rock. He can be laugh-out-loud funny one moment and have you weeping in your beer the next. He has a knack for combining the poignant with the ridiculous, which is a pretty rare talent. And he’s a great storyteller, so even when he’s not playing, you’ll be entertained.
8:30 p.m. Aug. 28. $17.50; $15 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.
Paramore, Tegan and Sara
Vocalist Hayley Williams and her band mates rock in the same emo-punk vein as many of their contemporaries — think Fall Out Boy crossed with Kelly Clarkson’s more upbeat moments — but with a clean and melodic magnetism. The Tennessee-based band was a Grammy nominee for best new artist in 2008, but lost to Amy Winehouse. Tegan and Sara, twin sisters from Canada, are building a catalog of some of the most intense and personal music to be tagged with the indie-rock label, the most recent being their sixth album “Sainthood.”
6:30 p.m. Sept. 1. $26-$36. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500.
Toby Keith, Trace Adkins
The two-time Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year makes catchy, unapologetically country music that still appeals to a pop audience. It’s a tough balancing act, but Keith has managed well. He has plenty of talent, and he gives people what they want. Since his 1996 debut album “Dreamin’ Out Loud,” Adkins has been a consistent hit-maker. In March, he scored his fourth No. 1 country single duetting with Blake Shelton on “Hillbilly Bone.”
7:30 p.m. Sept. 2. $19-$69.75. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 404-443-5000.