Atlanta’s Deerhunter has been one of the nation’s most critically revered indie-rock bands since releasing “Cryptograms” in January 2007. Led by the uncompromising Bradford Cox, the band creates an unusual blend of rock, pop and experimentation that’s often hypnotic, sometimes jarring, but always intoxicating. This show kicks off a tour celebrating Deerhunter’s new album, “Halcyon Digest,” which was released this week.
8:30 p.m. Oct. 1. $17.50; $15 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.
Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax
Decades of metallic goodness on one bill. Aside from Metallica, California’s Slayer is arguably the most influential metal band to emerge in the ’80s, producing one of