Earth, Wind and Fire
This R&B and funk powerhouse took 16 tracks into the chart between 1974 and 1983, including irresistible gems such as “September” and “Let’s Groove.” It’s some of the most joyous music to climb the pop charts in the ’70s.
8 p.m. Sept. 23. $25-$99. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive. 404-733-4949.
Clarkston Surf Fest
It’s probably not the first place that comes to mind when you think surf music, but this DeKalb County city will ring with reverb-drenched guitars and groove to the sandy beach blanket vibe. Don’t miss Alabama’s Daikaiju, which combines kabuki masks and trebly guitars to fun and freaky effect. Check the fest’s website for the full line-up.
10 a.m. Sept. 24. Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Ave., Clarkston. 404- 501-0107.
Little Five Fest
Formerly known as the Other Sound festival, this event offers a chance to catch dozens of local bands all in one go. Anna Kramer, the Head, Young Antiques, Jack of Hearts and about 30 more bands will play on five stages around Little Five Points, including indoor and outdoor stages at Star Bar.
12:30 p.m. Sept. 24. $12; $10 in advance. Star Bar, 437 Moreland Ave., Atlanta.
Elvis Costello and the Imposters
An insightful and witty songwriter, Costello has demonstrated that it’s possible to age gracefully in the music business, even when you start out as the quintessential angry young man.
8 p.m. Sept. 24. $35.50-$45.50. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. 404-233-2227.
This Phoenix-based group was one of Kurt Cobain’s favorite bands, and Puppets frontman Curt Kirkwood joined Nirvana for three of his band’s songs on the live “Unplugged in New York.” In 2006, the estranged Meat Puppets reunited and hit the road. The trio has also released three albums of new material since the reunion, including this year’s “Lollipop.”
9 p.m. Sept. 24. $15. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.
One of the finest and most socially conscious hip-hop practitioners, Talib Kweli’s art isn’t all about the Benjamins. It isn’t for lack of trying to hit the big time, though. As Kweli put it, in a lyric that was itself a response to a shout-out from Jay-Z, “If lyrics sold, then truth be told / I’d probably be just as rich and famous as Jay-Z.” The 1998 album “Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star” brought the Brooklyn, N.Y., native together with another smart and original lyricist, fellow Brooklynite and actor Mos Def. The record was a literate bright spot of positivity and fans have been waiting for a repeat ever since. The duo is touring together and performing that 1998 landmark.
8 p.m. Sept. 28. $37; $32.50 in advance. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W. 404-659-9022.
Wilco, Nick Lowe
Wilco is an adventurous band that can’t be contained by the words alt-country or Americana, though many probably still think of the band as purveyors of that sub-genre. Wilco was born out of the remains of Uncle Tupelo, a band that gave ’90s roots rock one of its many sobriquets with the song “No Depression.” There’s still much of that in Jeff Tweedy’s melodic sensibility and his voice, a sound that can inject melancholy into the most raucous rock number, but the band’s experimental bent has given Wilco a sound all its own. Nick Lowe, who crafted the sublime slices of pop beauty “Cruel to Be Kind” and “(What’s So Funny ‘bout) Peace, Love and Understanding,” is still making great music with his latest album, “The Old Magic,” a model of maturity and grace that proves Lowe’s way with a memorable melody is as powerful as ever.
8 p.m. Sept. 28-29. $40. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway. 770-916-2800.
Explosions in the Sky
This Austin, Texas, quartet has no need for a vocalist, which would probably just detract from the gorgeous soundscapes, soaring rock symphonies that overflow with ringing guitars and melodic invention. The band is often associated with the late, great TV show “Friday Night Lights” and the movie that inspired it. The band wrote the film’s score, but “First Breath After Coma” also was featured on the first of the two TV series soundtracks.
8 p.m. Sept. 29. $27.50; $25 in advance. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W. 404-659-9022.