Texas singer-songwriter Foster brings her gutsy blues- and gospel-infused vocals to Decatur fresh from a round of triumphant performances at the South by Southwest music conference last week in Austin, Texas. She has a new album, “Let It Burn,” which demonstrates the wide range of influences that inform her genre-defying talent. She covers songs by Adele, the Black Keys and the Band, and duets with William Bell on his soulful Stax Records classic “You Don’t Miss Your Water.”
8 p.m. March 23. $20. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.
The English Beat
The English Beat (just the Beat in the U.K.) began as one of the second-generation ska bands — along with the Specials, Madness, the Selecter and others — in the wake of punk in the late ’70s. Like many of their contemporaries, the band added elements beyond straight-ahead ska over its original five-year, three-album life span, crafting memorable tunes such as “Save It for Later,” “I Confess” and “Mirror in the Bathroom.” The current version of the band is led by original frontman Dave Wakeling.
8:30 p.m. March 23. $22.50; $20 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.
This new Atlanta funk ‘n’ soul band includes keyboardist-singer Matt Wauchope, Terrence Prather on congas and bassist Melvin Zachery, all longtime sidemen for the late Atlanta blues guitarist Sean Costello. Those three, along with drummer Marlon Patton, trombonist Jonathan Lloyd (of Lloyd’s Rocksteady Revue) and sax man Will Scruggs (of CC Booker III), will mark the release of their debut album, “Repurpose,” which includes a vocal assist from the great Francine Reed on “Keep It Movin’.”
10 p.m. March 23. $10. Northside Tavern, 1058 Howell Mill Road N.W., Atlanta. 404-874-8745.
Joe Nichols’ voice is melted country chocolate, whether he’s delivering amusing barroom odes (“Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off”) or heart-stopping ballads (“I’ll Wait for You”). He doesn’t feel any need to prove his country credentials. They’re right there in his voice.
9:30 p.m. March 23. $15-$100. Wild Bill’s, 2075 Market St., Duluth. 678-473-1000.
Knight has a gritty edge, with his road-tattered tales of love and life gone wrong. Just his song titles are enough to evoke the life of a traveling musician — “Homesick Gypsy, “ Miles to Memphis,” “Almost There” — and those are just the ones from his latest album of new material, “Heart of Stone.” His most recent release, though, is “Trailer II,” a companion piece to 2007’s “The Trailer Tapes.” Both albums are drawn from rustic demo sessions recorded in a trailer in Knight’s hometown of Slaughters, Ky., back in 1996.
8 p.m. March 23. $20 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522.
She’s been called the first lady of contemporary American piano music and few have embraced the work of modern, living composers as fervently as Oppens has. She’s been a champion of the work of Elliott Carter in particular, having recorded his complete works for piano. In this Spivey Hall debut, she’ll perform “Two Thoughts About the Piano” by Carter, who is still composing at 103. John Harbison’s “Winging It” and Fredric Rzewski’s “The People United Will Never be Defeated!,” variations on a Chilean folk song, are also on the program. The latter piece was commissioned by and dedicated to Oppens, who premiered the work in 1976.
3 p.m. March 25. $50. Spivey Hall, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. 678-466-4200.
She might be a new name to many, but Canadian R&B singer and songwriter Fiona released her debut album back in 2009. This year, she scored two Grammy awards for her collaboration with Cee-Lo, “Fool for You.” She’ll be celebrating the release of her second album, “The MF Life,” which hit stores and online outlets earlier this week.
9 p.m. March 26. $15. The Loft, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.
Chris Daughtry’s mainstream rock has proven to be one of the more durable products of the “American Idol” starmaker machine. More proof that winning isn’t everything, since Daughtry came in fourth in season five. His band’s third album, “Break the Spell,” was released in November and debuted in the in the Top 10 on the Billboard album chart.
8 p.m. March 27. $32.50-$52.50. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800.
The intimate music of Mike Hadreas was like a tough-to-watch documentary on “Learning,” his debut album as Perfume Genius. The music’s stark, raw beauty marked him as a distinctive new talent and cast him as a new voice for freaks, geeks and, in particular, gay youth. On the follow-up, “Put Your Back N 2 It,” the themes feel a tad more universal, but it’s still a bruising soundtrack for outcasts.
8:30 p.m. March 29. $12; $10 in advance. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.
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