The Chapin Sisters
These two singer-songwriters have quite a pedigree. Their father is Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Tom Chapin and the late Harry Chapin (of “Cat’s in the Cradle” fame) was their uncle. Once a trio, they’re now a duo after half-sister Jessica Craven took a break to spend more time with her new baby. The siblings have collaborated with many indie-rock types — including She & Him, Gang Gang Dance’s Jesse Lee, who co-produced their new album, “Two,” and Lavender Diamond — but their music has the antique feel of early country.
8:30 p.m. Sept. 3. $10. Red Light Cafe, 553 Amsterdam Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-874-7828.
Rolling Stone has called her the “spiritual love child of Sade and D’Angelo.” And you can hear the blend of those two soulful vocalists in the touches of jazz and hip-hop that marble her music. We’re still waiting for the release of her upcoming CD, “Milk & Honey,” but you can hear the title track online at her website, goapele.com.
8 p.m. Sept. 4. $30-$45. The Loft, 1374 West Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.
WRFG 25th annual Labor Day Blues Barbecue
One of the major annual fundraisers for community radio station WRFG will feature performances by some of Atlanta’s best blues talent, including Little Brother Jones, the Liz Melendez Band, the Tony Bryant Band and the Breeze Kings. The headliner is Michigan-based (and formerly Atlanta-based) Motor City Josh and the Big 3 will headline the event. The event also honors Georgia bluesman Roy Lee Johnson, composer of “Mr. Moonlight,” which is probably best known from a cover version by the Beatles on “Beatles for Sale” (though it was released here on “Beatles ’65”).
1 p.m. Sept. 6. $15; $12 advance; ages 12 and younger free. Park Tavern, 500 10th St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-523-3471.
About a decade ago, he was just one of the many hopeful singer-songwriters frequenting the stage at Decatur’s Eddie’s Attic. Now he’s such a household name that his non-musical pronouncements and his Twitter feed have overshadowed his musical career in the minds of many. With Owl City.
7 p.m. Sept. 8. $30-$63. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 404-443-5000.
Toronto duo Crystal Castles can take distorted screeching and other unpleasant dins and turn them into stomping dance tracks, adding a rampaging beat here and epic retro-techno keyboards there. Just to keep things interesting, they’ll toss in interludes of unquestionable beauty. The pair’s 2010 sophomore album — like the first, it’s titled simply “Crystal Castles” — begins with the caustic racket of “Fainting Spells, followed by the pretty, ethereal “Celestica.” With Bear In Heaven.
7:30 p.m. Sept. 8. $22 in advance. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.
ProgPower USA XI
This annual festival of underground progressive metal is largely concentrated on bands from Scandinavia, Germany and Europe’s low countries (Belgium, the Netherlands). But it’s those strongholds of dark, doomy goodness, Sweden and Norway, that dominate the lineup, many of them marrying epic mythology and metal.
Sept. 9-11. $35-$60; two-day pass for Sept. 10-11, $120. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.
“If you don’t want a wild one, quit hangin’ ’round with me.” That’s from the debut album by these three Murfreesboro, Tenn.-based women and “Wild One” serves as the perfect theme song for Those Darlins. Their ragged, raw and sexually-charged marriage of honky-tonk and punk is a blast of attitude and innuendo. If you like your music clean, precise and note-perfect, Those Darlins aren’t for you, but if you think auto-tuned precision is over-rated, revel as it gets demolished by the trio’s infectious energy.
8:30 p.m. Sept. 9; 9 p.m. Sept. 10. $10. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.