Caroline Herring, the Charles Williams Trio
Whenever this Decatur-based singer-songwriter plays on her home turf, it’s a reason to celebrate. Her latest album, “Golden Apples of the Sun,” a work of magical intimacy and immediacy, has been receiving glowing notices from across the nation (and in the U.K.). On Saturday afternoon, she’ll be doing something a little different. “Shelter” is a set of songs based on the children’s book “The Little House” by Virginia Lee Burton. Williams and his trio will be on hand for this show, too, and Atlanta artist Sylvia Cross will narrate. Peter Cooper and Eric Brace join Herring for tonight’s performance.
8 p.m. Oct. 29. $18; $15 in advance. Also, 1 p.m. Oct. 30. $10; $5, ages 12 and under. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.
Massive Attack, Thievery Corporation
Massive Attack, born in Bristol, England, is credited with inventing the genre known as trip-hop with its 1991 debut, “Blue Lines.” Sonic architects Grant Marshall, Robert del Naja and (former member) Andrew Vowles took hip-hop and reggae-influenced beats, understated rapping and ethereal melodies and added judiciously chosen samples to create swirling and darkly evocative soundscapes. Thievery Corporation seems like a late-night outfit. The D.C. duo’s chilled-out dance vibe just screams for the wee hours.
8 p.m. Oct. 29. $42-$102. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100.
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
A punk-rock supergroup of sorts, with members of West Coast bands Lagwagon and NOFX. The band covers well-known tunes from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s (“My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Sloop John B.,” “Blowin’ in the Wind”) and country songs (on “Love Their Country”) with a punky attitude that’s more affectionate than condescending.
9 p.m. Oct. 29. $16. The Loft, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.
Lila Downs is a University of Minnesota-trained anthropologist, but that doesn’t mean the music she makes is dull and academic. You might have heard the well-traveled Mexican-American vocalist already. She sang the theme for Salma Hayek’s Frida Kahlo biopic, “Frida.” When “Burn It Blue” was nominated for an Oscar, Downs performed it at the Academy Awards ceremony with Brazilian legend Caetano Veloso. Her voice is a pliable wonder, ranging from sharp mournful wail to dark guttural rumble. She even makes a recipe sound sexy on “La Cumbia del Mole.” Whether she’s singing about lightning (“El Relampago”) or translating Lucinda Williams into Spanish (“Yo Envidio el Viento”), her voice is always mesmerizing.
8 p.m. Oct. 30. $34-$61. Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-651-4727.
Band of Horses
Formerly based in Seattle, this acclaimed band returned to its native South Carolina before releasing 2007’s “Cease to Begin.” That second album was a shimmering blend of Neil Young and melodic indie rock haunted by the band’s Southern roots. In 2007, the band played a four-night stand in the days surrounding New Year’s Eve at the EARL. Last year, Band of Horses ushered in the new year at Variety Playhouse. As 2009 became 2010, it headlined the Tabernacle. Things just keep getting bigger and better in 2010, with album No. 3, “Infinite Arms,” debuting at No. 7 on the Billboard album chart in May and this headlining gig at the Fox.
8 p.m. Oct. 30. $30-$37.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100.
Jónsi, born Jón Þór Birgisson, is the front man for Icelandic quartet Sigur Rós. That band’s “()” is one of the most left-field albums ever nominated for a Grammy. The foursome’s chilly sonic poetry is like the musical accompaniment to some alien religious service. Jónsi’s recent solo album puts his otherworldly pipes in a more structured, song-centered setting. On “Go,” Jónsi sings primarily in English instead of the Icelandic or Hopelandic (the band’s own invented language) that graces the strange and slow-moving soundscapes of Sigur Rós.
8 p.m. Oct. 31. $32; $28.50 advance. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.
“The Dissent of Man,” the 15th and latest album from Bad Religion, still finds these politically motivated, lefty punk rockers fired up. Politics have informed the band’s work since its 1982 debut, but it’s the sound that makes the fury work. The new album’s undimmed sonic blast, strong hooks and trademark harmonies prove that punk isn’t a question of age — it’s a question of rage.
7 p.m. Oct. 31. $22 advance. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.
The Omaha, Neb.-formed, reggae-tinged 311 returned last year with “Uplifter,” its first new album in four years. Like its two predecessors, it’s no match for the band’s 2001 high point, “From Chaos.” Even when the albums haven’t been up to par, these guys can knock it out of the park onstage, and their live show is likely to be as energetic as ever. For this show, the band will play all of the 1993 album “Music.” That album was the band’s first nationally distributed release and originally issued by Capricorn Records.
8 p.m. Oct. 31. $59.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100.
Joy Division comparisons used to follow these New Yorkers, but those groundbreaking British doom merchants were never so shiny and lush. The band’s just-released fourth album, titled simply “Interpol,” certainly nails the boredom, depression and self-doubt thing, and finds them slicker than ever.
7:30 p.m. Nov. 1. $32.50. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.
Ra Ra Riot
The Syracuse, N.Y.-formed Ra Ra Riot was hit by tragedy in 2007 when drummer John Pike died shortly before the band’s self-titled debut EP was released. The band has forged ahead, crafting a critically acclaimed debut album, “The Rhumb Line,” and following that with this year’s even better “The Orchard.” The frequent Arcade Fire comparisons aren’t completely unfounded, but fans of their pals Vampire Weekend should check Ra Ra Riot out, too.
7 p.m. Nov. 2. $15. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.
He opened for Sheryl Crow in 2006, right about the time he was topping the country singles charts with “Wherever You Are,” but he’s also opened for country duo Brooks & Dunn. This genre-straddling artist scored big with a cover of Hinder’s “Lips of an Angel” and returned to the country Top 10 in 2009 with “Barefoot and Crazy.”
7 and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 4. $25; $20 in advance . Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.
It’s a very busy week for shows, so here are a few more of note:
Geek-rock overlords Weezer are back on the heels of latest album “Hurley,” playing Chastain Park Amphitheatre on Oct. 30 … Grupo Fantasma, a big band of joyous noisemakers from Texas, will raise the roof at the Variety Playhouse on Oct. 30 … Oscar-winning rap trio Three 6 Mafia comes to the resurrected 688 Club on Oct. 31 … String-laden, goth-tinged trio Rasputina and folk adventurers Faun Fables are at the EARL on Nov. 2 … Also on Nov. 2, the Tabernacle hosts New York-based psychedelic pop explorers MGMT (with Kuroma, which is the current project of former Whigs bassist Hank Sullivant) … ’80s-vintage experimentalists the Legendary Pink Dots are at the Masquerade (downstairs in Hell) on Nov. 4, while Orlando rockers Anberlin are upstairs in the venue’s Heaven space on the same night.