Herring makes thoughtful and emotionally resonant music for adults, but there’s often a hint of wonder and innocence beneath the grown-up exterior. That takes center stage on her marvelous new album for children, “The Little House Songs.” It’s based on the 1942 book by Virginia Lee Burton, but you don’t have to know the story because Herring vividly recreates it in song. The Decatur-based singer-songwriter has always been a brilliant musical storyteller, and she really shines on “The Little House Songs.” There will be a show for the adults on Friday night and two shows for kids and families on Saturday. See our story on the genesis of the album and Herring’s other projects.
8 p.m. April 15. $18; $15 in advance. CD release shows: 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 16. $10. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.
These guys hit some rough patches following the departure of guitarist Clint Lowery in 2005, but they’ve rebounded nicely. The Atlanta metal band managed a couple of successful releases without Lowery, but he returned in time to record 2010’s “Cold Day Memory.” That album, the band’s eighth studio release, debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard 200, marking the highest chart position yet for the quintet.
8 p.m. April 15. $9.61-$19.61. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.
This Danish twosome’s most distinctive element is the male-female vocal interplay between Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo. Imagine the Cramps with a jones for girl group pop, add a hint of psychedelia and the garage rock revival and you’d get something resembling the Raveonettes.
8 p.m. April 15. $16. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.
Jackson could wail with the best of her male counterparts back in the ’50s. Just listen to her rip through “Fujiyama Mama” or “Mean Mean Man.” Though she never made much of an impact on the charts (with only three minor Top 40 hits to her name), she paved the way for every woman who followed. She had a career in mainstream country in the late ’60s and early ’70s, but she began reliving her rockabilly roots on the revival circuit in the ’80s. Now, at 73, she has a new album produced by Jack White, the former White Stripes frontman who provided a similar service for Loretta Lynn.
9 p.m. April 15. $20; $18. The Loft, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.
Tim McGraw,Luke Bryan, the Band Perry
He’s been more movie star than country star in recent years, but when he returns to his first career, it’s still a pretty big deal. When he tours with his wife Faith Hill, they set records. That doesn’t mean the Lone McGraw show will be a dud, in either ticket sales or entertainment value. The man can put on a show, and he has an impressive list of hits to fill the set list. The show gets a boost from South Georgia native Bryan, who scored two No. 1 hits last year with “Rain Is a Good Thing” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby,” and Alabama sibling trio the Band Perry, which scored a No. 1 hit in 2010, too, with “If I Die Young.”
7 p.m. April 16. $29.25-$79.25. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 404-443-5090.
She’s one of the biggest breakthrough pop stars of recent years, but the music takes a back seat to her outrageous outfits in the pop culture discourse. Underneath that sartorial excess is a pretty good batch of pop songs (though the recent “Born This Way” was a too-close-for-comfort rewrite of Madonna’s “Express Yourself”). Her music is unlikely to change the world, but much of it is fun, catchy and well-crafted. Isn’t that what pop music is supposed to be?
8 p.m. April 18. $52.50-$178. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500.
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Seger doesn’t hit the road often, so this is a rare treat. His most recent tour was in 2006, the same year he released his latest album, “Face the Promise.” He has a new one in the works, tentatively scheduled for this year. But no one goes to hear the new stuff, right? Seger has a stellar list of nearly 20 Top 40 hits, and a few classics that never made it to the charts, including “Turn the Page” and “Rock and Roll Never Forgets.” Some interesting trivia about one of his biggest hits: “Shame on the Moon,” written by Rodney Crowell, never hit No. 1, but sat in the No. 2 position for four weeks. What was stopping it? Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” Seger’s only No. 1 was 1987’s “Shakedown.”
7:30 p.m. April 19. $75. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-878-3000.
Think Lady Gaga with less talent and a big helping of inappropriate behavior. The dollar sign in her name tells you all you need to know about this money-spinning pop princess. That doesn’t mean the tunes aren’t catchy. Hear “Tik Tok” once, and you’ll never get rid of it — like an incurable rash.
8 p.m. April 20. $33.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.
Captured by Robots
This grinding rock contraption is really just one guy and some robots he built. In his mythology, the robots have enslaved him and forced him to perform for us. It’s quite a spectacle, watching the frantic exertions of JBOT (the creator of this mad circus) as he controls the bots with foot pedals and other devices.
8:30 p.m. April 21. $10. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.