Young British singer and songwriter Elly Jackson and her co-captain Ben Langmaid craft the hookiest synth-pop since the genre’s early-’80s heyday. In most hands, this stuff sounds dated, but Jackson’s piercing vocals give La Roux’s memorable tunes a modern edge. The duo even managed to land in the Billboard Top 10 earlier this year with “Bulletproof.”
8:30 p.m. Nov. 5. $22.50; $20 advance. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.
He’s collaborated with Sting, the Grateful Dead, Bruce Hornsby and Harry Connick Jr. He’s been a soloist with orchestras all over the country and served as leader of the house band on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” The three-time Grammy winner’s latest album is “Music Redeems,” credited to the Marsalis Family and taken from a live concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.
8 p.m. Nov. 5. $39-$59. Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-894-2787.
You don’t need to be told that Jonathan Meiburg, the leader of Austin’s Shearwater, is an ornithologist, because his music is speckled with the lore and lexicon of birds. His band is named for a seabird, after all. “The Golden Archipelago,” Shearwater’s sixth full-length album, is a winged musical journey as Meiburg and company glide above our planet. The songs tell of frightening beauty and heartbreaking decay, with images of a shuddering sky, cracking ice and an island “broken away from the world” delivered in Meiburg’s sweet, soaring voice.
9 p.m. Nov. 5. $12. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.
Jaron and the Long Road to Love
Formerly half of Atlanta pop duo Evan and Jaron (with his twin brother), Jaron Lowenstein has gone country. “Pray for You,” a track from his new outfit’s debut album “Getting Dressed in the Dark,” climbed to No. 13 on the Billboard country singles chart.
9:30 p.m. Nov. 5. $14-$100. Wild Bill’s, 2075 Market St., Duluth. 678-473-1000.
Robert Earl Keen
Texas singer-songwriter and storyteller Robert Earl Keen has an appeal that spans generations. At a Keen show, you’ll see rowdy college kids and graying fans of alt-country, all of them having a raucous good time, singing and stomping along to excerpts from a catalog that spans more than 20 years. With Randy Rogers Band, Reckless Kelly.
8 p.m. Nov. 5. $27 advance. The Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404-843-2825.
The Stephen Foster-meets-Philip Glass epics and banjo- or piano-led balladry of Stevens’ most recent albums gets an injection of the electronics that dominated his earliest work. “The Age of Adz” melds bits and pieces from all of its predecessors and culminates in a 25-minute epic titled “Impossible Soul.” Stevens’ last Atlanta appearance was at the Fox Theatre in September 2006, and the show was more fanciful and literary than your average pop music concert, the band adorned with butterfly wings and Stevens fitted with a set of bird wings. There are apparently wings involved this time around, too, but the stage show is also informed by the work of late Louisiana folk artist Royal Robertson, whose work inspired much of the new album.
8 p.m. Nov. 6. $35; $30 advance. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.
Of Montreal, Janelle Monáe
The band’s driving force (and at one time sole member), Kevin Barnes, keeps getting better, making psychedelically adventurous indie pop that is catchier and more cohesive with every passing year. This year’s “False Priest” really cranks up Barnes’ Prince infatuation, and that’s a very good thing. Solange Knowles and Janelle Monáe make guest appearances on the album (and Monáe has been touring with the band since September). Monáe’s latest album, the stellar and sprawling “The ArchAndroid,” is easily among the year’s best. According to Metacritic.com, which aggregates reviews from most major publications, it’s the best reviewed album of the year so far.
8:30 p.m. Nov. 6; 8 p.m. Nov. 7. $27.50; $25 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.
She recently popped up on “Gossip Girl,” but the Swedish pop singer will do something a little more highbrow in December when she performs at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway. She hasn’t had a U.S. hit since 1997, when two songs from her debut album, “Robyn Is Here,” climbed into the Top 10. “Do You Know (What It Takes)” and “Show Me Love” both peaked at No. 7. In the meantime, she’s continued to gain international success and critical favor. This year, she’s already released two albums (“Body Talk Pt. 1” and “Body Talk Pt. 2”) with a third scheduled for later this month.
7 p.m. Nov. 8. $20 in advance. The Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404-843-2825.
DJ Shadow emerged in 1996 with the sampling master class of his debut album “Endtroducing,” a genre-defining example of turntablism. It must take a long time to excavate and thread those grooves together because he’s hardly been a prolific artist. He’s only released two more albums under his own name, but he’s stayed busy with remixes and collaborations with Cut Chemist and others.
9 p.m. Nov. 9. $35; $32 in advance. The Loft, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.
The third-season “American Idol” champ released her debut album, “Free Yourself,” in 2004. Though far from perfect, it was a fine start and tentatively positioned Fantasia as the heir to Patti LaBelle’s atomic-powered diva crown. A self-titled follow-up provided her with the No. 1 R&B hit “When I See U.” Then came a long break from recording, which ended when she released “Back to Me” this year. With Eric Benét.
7:30 p.m. Nov. 11. $87. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100.