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 the genre’s classics with 1986’s “Reign in Blood.” Megadeth was formed by guitarist Dave Mustaine in 1983 after he was dismissed from Metallica, just before the band recorded its debut album “Kill ’Em All.” Speed metal legend Anthrax has been going strong since 1984’s “Fist Full of Metal.”
7 p.m. Oct. 1. $10-$59.50. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500.
Make a Difference Tour
A Christian rock gathering featuring TobyMac, Michael W. Smith, Third Day and author and minister Max Lucado. TobyMac was instrumental in injecting hip-hop influences into contemporary Christian rock as part of the pioneering trio dc Talk. The group’s “Jesus Freak” was a genre-defining album. Smith was one of the first of the genre’s earliest acts to cross over to the pop charts, but Third Day will likely get the most love here. The Atlanta quartet racks up impressive sales (with an armload of gold and platinum records to its name), is a perennial winner at Christian music’s Dove Awards and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame last year. Hook-filled songs and stirring live shows have kept Third Day near the front of the God-rock pack for more than a decade. For more on Third Day, see our interview with the band.
7 p.m. Oct. 2. $23-$99. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.
Yeasayer sprinkles the usual indie-rock rumble with a generous handful of world music spice. It might even be groove-laden enough to make a reticent indie head-nodder shake his groove thing. The band is touring behind sophomore album “Odd Blood,” released early this year.
8 p.m. Oct. 2. $20. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.
Underground pop invention reaches new and beautiful heights. These Canadians rock without bluster. The guitars chug and sway, male and female vocals mix and mingle prettily and the melodies linger like the most sweetly scented flowers.
8:30 p.m. Oct. 2. $22.50; $20 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.
The Gaslight Anthem
Like a post-punk take on Bruce Springsteen, the Boss’ fellow New Jersey boys do no-frills rock ’n’ roll with a distinctive style and modern flair. Rock with no hyphenation needed.
7 p.m. Oct. 3. $20 in advance. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.
James Murphy’s crispy electronic stomp has taken up permanent residence in year-end best-of lists in recent years. It’s easy to hear why on his latest, “This Is Happening,” another hour of nonstop ecstatic dancing with soul, smarts, humor and heart.
8 p.m. Oct. 4. $32. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.
These New Yorkers sold out the EARL in early 2007, then returned within the year to perform their dramatic and discomfiting lullabies to a packed Variety Playhouse. They moved up to the Tabernacle in 2009 and now the quintet graduates to the Fox. Deep-voiced frontman Matt Berninger can make the brightest day seem like the dark wee hours of morning. For more on the band, see our interview with the National.
8 p.m. Oct. 5. $27.50-$35. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100.
The Eastern European flavor of this New York-based gypsy-punk ensemble comes courtesy of Ukrainian frontman Eugene Hutz. Hutz is also an actor, playing the English-mangling Ukrainian guide in the film adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel “Everything Is Illuminated,” and he played the lead in Madonna’s 2008 directorial debut, “Filth and Wisdom.” At times, Bordello’s music bears a striking resemblance to some of the Pogues’ more raucous material, which points up the many similarities among Europe’s indigenous musical traditions.
8 p.m. Oct. 7. $30 in advance. The Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404-843-2825.
Ah, the power of television. This California musician’s piano-driven single “Love Song” was featured in a commercial for the music service Rhapsody, and and eventually landed in the Top 10. The album the song comes from, “Little Voice,” climbed to No. 7 on the Billboard album chart in 2007. The follow-up, “Kaleidoscope Heart,” debuted at No. 1 in September.
8 p.m. Oct. 7. $27.50; $25 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.