Eighth blackbird and Nico Muhly
This is one of those rare modern classical events that will have appeal beyond the usual classical audience. Muhly has fans in the indie rock world through his own recorded work and work with bands such as Grizzly Bear and Antony and the Johnsons. He has a pretty extensive catalog of compositions at 29 and his first opera will be premiered by the English National Opera this year (and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2013). Eighth blackbird has worked frequently with Atlanta School composer Jennifer Higdon. The ensemble performs with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on Jennifer Higdon’s “On a Wire” concerto for sextet and orchestra on the just-released inaugural CD from the ASO’s new in-house label. Today, the ensemble and composer will hold workshops and discussions, all free and open to the public. Check the Bailey Performance Center website for details. On Saturday, eighth blackbird will premiere a new work by Muhly.
11 a.m. April 1; 8 p.m. April 2. $30. Bailey Performance Center, Kennesaw State University, 1000 Chastain Road N.W., Kennesaw. 770-423-6650.
Bob Marley, who took the Wailers to worldwide success, has been gone since 1981, but the members of his band soldier on. Drummer Carlton Barrett was killed in 1987, but his brother, bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett, is still leading this incarnation of the Wailers (guitarists Al Anderson and Junior Marvin are now part of a different outfit, called the Original Wailers, though Barrett has a longer history as one of the Wailers).
8 p.m. April 1. $20. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.
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. These guys have spent several New Year’s Eves in Atlanta from 2007-2009, playing in increasingly large venues, from the EARL to Variety Playhouse to the Tabernacle. Last year, they moved up to the Fox Theatre for an October gig — and things just keep getting bigger and better. Album No. 3, “Infinite Arms,” debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard album chart in May 2010, and now the band’s playing its biggest Atlanta venue yet with this season opener at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. With the Jayhawks.
7 p.m. April 2. $19.29-$39. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.
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. The siblings have collaborated with many indie-rock types — including She & Him, Gang Gang Dance’s Jesse Lee, who co-produced their latest album, “Two,” and Lavender Diamond — but their music has the feel of early country.
7:30 p.m. April 3. $12; $10 in advance. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.
San Francisco mysteriosos the Residents have been committing downright weird sonic experiments to tape for more than 30 years. The group’s extensive discography veers from disquieting soundscapes that find the beauty in strangeness to disturbing deconstructionist freak fests.
8 p.m. April 4. $27.50; $25 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
This New York quartet melds shimmering pop melodies to fuzzy guitars to generate maximum sweet-and-sour indie rock power. With their sophomore album, “Belong,” the band, with a big assist from producer Flood and mixing engineer Alan Moulder, has found the studio’s “lush roar” button.
8:30 p.m. April 5. $15. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.
Main Mountain Goat John Darnielle is more like a documentarian than your average songwriter with a guitar. He’s released album after album of sharply observed songs that are so fetchingly presented that the casual listener could easily miss the barbs just beneath that catchy surface. For many years, it was just Darnielle and a guitar, but Mountain Goats is currently a rockier trio. The documentary streak remains, despite the slicker surface of recent albums, including the new “All Eternals Deck.” With Megafaun.
8:30 p.m. April 7. $20; $17.50 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.