92.9 Dave FM’s Rock for Roots
This free show is headlined by the increasingly popular bluesy rock outfit Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, but the big draw for many will be JP, Chrissie and the Fairground Boys. It’s the latest project from lead Pretender Chrissie Hynde. She’s collaborated on a fascinating album called “Fidelity!” about her relationship with Welsh singer-songwriter JP Jones (who is more than 25 years younger then Hynde). The lineup also includes Atlanta’s Shawn Mullins. To create the venue where the concert will take place, the lower parking lot of Atlantic Station will be transformed by laying sod over about 15,000 square feet. Check 92.9 Dave FM’s website for more details.
4:30 p.m. Sept. 17. Free. Atlantic Station, 17th Street N.W., Atlanta.
After three studio albums of raucous country and country-tinged rock, the son of Waylon Jennings took a major detour with his recent release, “Black Ribbons.” It’s a concept album set in a dystopian future, with narration from Stephen King and musical echoes of Pink Floyd and Rush. But those progressive rock reminders share space with Southern rock, hip-hop, metal and other genres. It’s an ambitious and not always successful musical hybrid, but it’s an admirable and gutsy creation.
8 p.m. Sept. 17. $15. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
This Colorado rock band built a big following through extensive touring in the early 1990s, then gained an even bigger audience with the 1993 album “Sister Sweetly” and memorable mainstream rock hits “Bittersweet” and “Broken Hearted Savior.” The quartet’s latest album, “Rocksteady,” was released in July and includes covers of the Rolling Stones’ “Beast of Burden” and Howlin’ Wolf’s “Smokestack Lightnin’.”
8:30 p.m. Sept. 18. $28; $26 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.
He’ll always be known as Guns N’ Roses’ guitarist, but at least he had the good sense to move on (unlike bandmate Axl Rose, who insists on keeping some faux “Guns ’N Roses” going). He’s released albums and performed with Slash’s Snakepit, Velvet Revolver and, most recently, as a solo artist (amid numerous cameo appearances). His 2010 debut solo album includes contributions from Chris Cornell, Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl and Fergie.
8:30 p.m. Sept. 20. $32.50; $30.50. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.
The tin-and-barbed-wire guitars, the galloping tempos and the voice of Patrick Stickles — full of desperate, aggressive and throat-blistering pleading — meld into a bold wall of sound that doesn’t quite obscure the hookiness and heart beneath Titus Andronicus’ punky darkness. The New Jersey band’s latest album, “The Monitor,” invokes the Civil War to tell more contemporary tales, though it’s more extended metaphor than concept album.
9 p.m. Sept. 20. $12; $10 in advance. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.
Jimmy Eat World
This dynamic Arizona band got a little notice in its early days through some high-profile fans, playing Blink-182 guitarist Tom Delonge’s wedding reception right about the time it released “Bleed American” (later retitled “Jimmy Eat World”). Then the band hit it big with the ubiquitous 2002 top 40 single “The Middle.” The band’s seventh album, “Invented,” is set to hit stores and digital outlets Sept. 28.
9 p.m. Sept. 21. $30; $28 advance. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.
The Alabama-born Texas troubadour has kept the traditional, hard-country flame flickering through the changing winds in Nashville. His Merle Haggard-informed honky-tonk is as reliable as it’s ever been, especially when he riffs with wicked skill on the current state of country music.
9 p.m. Sept. 22. $18; $15 advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road, Atlanta. 404-875-1522.