Donald Glover+ Childish Gambino
The former “30 Rock” writer and current “Community” star returns home with his musical project and rapping alter ego Childish Gambino. Glover grew up in Stone Mountain and attended Rockbridge Elementary and the DeKalb School for the Arts. His latest album is “Culdesac,” released in July 2010 and available online as a free download. Glover claims that he got the name Childish Gambino from an online Wu-Tang Clan name generator, so maybe those online time-wasting apps actually serve a purpose.
8:30 p.m. May 6. $20; $18 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.
’70s Soul Jam
The Stylistics (“Betcha by Golly Wow” and loads more), the Chi-Lites (“Have You Seen Her”), the Main Ingredient with Cuba Gooding Sr. (“Everybody Plays the Fool”), New Birth (“Wild Flower”) and the Dramatics (“Whatcha See is Whatcha Get”) warmed radio airwaves in the ’70s and their music still packs enough sweet, sweet love to make this a romantic’s dream night.
7 p.m. May 6. $42-$74. Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, 395 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-523-6275.
The Wood Brothers, Abigail Washburn
This is a tale of two brothers from Colorado. One went to New York and became the bassist for jazz mavericks Medeski, Martin and Wood; the other came to Atlanta and played bluesy rock with King Johnson. Now, bassist Chris and guitarist Oliver have teamed up as a duo. They share the bill with Washburn, an Illinois-born Mandarin Chinese scholar and singing banjo player whose latest album is the acclaimed “City of Refuge.” It was produced by Tucker Martine, who has worked with the Decemberists, Spoon and Sufjan Stevens.
8:30 p.m. May 7. $20; $17.50 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta.404-524-7354.
My Chemical Romance
As Queen did for hard rock in the ’70s, My Chemical Romance injects flamboyance and variety into the current brand of emotionally charged, hard-edged pop-punk. The New Jersey quintet with a Goth heart stirs emotions, even through the dazzling arrangements and production sheen.
7:30 p.m. May 11. $33.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.
Leo is a tireless touring machine, a crafty tunesmith and a blistering live performer who tears into his guitar with a fervor that recalls Pete Townshend and former Jam frontman Paul Weller. His affection for the Jam is even more apparent than usual in his latest album, “The Brutalist Bricks.” He’ll perform solo here without his band the Pharmacists. The show opens with Carnivores and a solo set by Gentleman Jesse.
9 p.m. May 11. $12; $10 in advance. The Drunken Unicorn, 736 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Atlanta.