Panic At The Disco, Fun
Originally occupying the middle ground between Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance, Panic at the Disco displayed a more mature style with second album “Pretty. Odd.” in 2008. Then half of the band split, including guitarist and primary lyricist Ryan Ross. “Vice & Virtues,” released in March, is the band’s first album without Ross, and it feels like a slight return to the showy pop of debut “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out.” There’s a better reason to go to this show than the headliners, though. Fun makes bold, brassy pop with a ’70s AM pop vibe and a new millennial wink. “Be Calm,” the stunning lead track from the 2009 debut album “Aim and Ignite,” is a weird and wonderful cocktail of Queen and Weezer. Despite those obvious influences, this trio sounds fresh and, yes, fun. Panic and Fun collaborated on a new single “C’mon,” a lush pop nugget that’s a sweet blend of the two bands’ styles.
7:30 p.m. May 27. $28; $25 in advance. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.
The enduring nature of his music is obvious when you consider that the first of these two shows sold out and a second was added. Taylor was a major force in the singer-songwriter era, and hits such as “Fire and Rain” and his cover of R&B legend Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” are still staples on oldies radio. His biggest hit, though, is a version of his recent touring partner Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend,” a song that originally appeared on her 10 million-selling 1970 album “Tapestry.” Taylor’s version went to No. 1 just a little more than six months after “Tapestry” was released.
8 p.m. May 27-28. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. 404-233-2227.
Put Metallica, the Cure and Fugazi in a blender with a dash of Smashing Pumpkins, garnish with a twist of trip-hop, and you have the Deftones cocktail. But there are many more variations in the band’s repertoire, too. The rampaging riffs, impressionistic lyrics and filigreed sound painting put these guys leagues ahead of their contemporaries. These Northern Californian adventurers have been one of alternative metal’s most inventive and enduring acts, even through the tragic 2008 car accident that left bassist Chi Cheng in a “minimally conscious” state. For updates on Cheng’s condition and on the efforts to raise money for his treatment, check out the One Love for Chi website (www.oneloveforchi.com). With Dillinger Escape Plan, Le Butcherettes.
8 p.m. May 28. $35; $33 in advance. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.
Bad Manners was part of the second wave of ska that bubbled up in Britain a couple of years after the punk explosion of the late ’70s. You might consider them the movement’s court jesters, with manic, cueball-headed frontman Buster Bloodvessel leading the charge. The band managed a few Top 10 hits in the U.K., including a gender-flipped take on the 1964 Millie Small hit “My Boy Lollipop” (renamed “My Girl Lollipop”). Bloodvessel still leads the band, but he’s the only remaining original member.
7 p.m. May 30. $15. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.
There’s an orchestral pop drama and indie-rock edge to Okkervil River songwriter Will Sheff’s poetic songs, giving them a bigger-than-life grandeur even when there’s no orchestra in sight. The Austin, Texas, band’s last several albums have had a conceptual center, but the new one, “I Am Very Far,” is a looser collection. Even without a thread to bind them, Sheff’s words come together in startling and memorable ways. The band is just as adept at creating unsettling sounds. Just listen to the way the pop smoothness of “Piratess” is ravished by ripping paper and the sound of a cassette being rewound. Or the way the anxious, fearful march of album opener “The Valley” is slashed with swooping strings. Opener Titus Andronicus played Atlanta less than two months ago, but the band’s bold wall of sound — the tin-and-barbed-wire guitars, the galloping tempos and the voice aggressive and throat-blistering pleading of Patrick Stickles’ voice — is a fine complement to Okkervil River.
8 p.m. May 31. $20; $17.50 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.
This is what Atlanta sounds like, if you put all of our city’s musical ingredients into a big funky blender. It’s soulful, trippy, hook-filled and, as the band’s debut album puts it, “Southern Gothic.” Not only does it sound like Atlanta, the album takes listeners on a vicarious tour of the city’s after-hours night life.
8 p.m. June 2. $18; $15 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522.