Lydia Loveless has become a frequent visitor to Atlanta wjile promoting her 2011 album “Indestructible Machine.” She’s at Smith’s Olde Bar on Friday, July 27. Photo: Paula Masters Travis
If you love Neko Case but long for an extra dash of grit in her solo work, you must hear Lydia Loveless. Her gorgeous country-flavored wail reaches in and grabs you by the heart on her stunning debut album “Indestructible Machine.” You have to be curious about an artist with a honky-tonk heart who lists Richard Hell, Charles Bukowski, Loretta Lynn and Britney Spears as inspirations.
8 p.m. July 27. $10 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522.
Brandi Carlile, Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band
Carlile has a killer voice that combines the disparate but complementary styles of two of her musical heroines, Indigo Girls Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. She can pull off both the gruff power of the former and the sweet clarity of the latter.
Understated, melodically gifted Idaho singer-songwriter Ritter is ranked among our country’s finest living songwriters by many music critics. His most recent full-length studio album is 2010’s “So Runs the World Away” (the title comes from “Hamlet”), but he released both his first novel, “Bright’s Passage,” and an EP titled “Bringing In the Darlings” in 2011.
7 p.m. July 27. $25-$59. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. 404-733-4900.
Seal, Macy Gray
To many, Seal may be best known as Heidi Klum’s British husband. The couple is now separated, but long before he took up with Klum, Seal was already a singer and songwriter with a catalog of soul-stirring songs, including atmospheric epics such as “Killer” and “Crazy” and the soaring “Kiss From a Rose.” His eighth studio album, “Soul 2,” was released in late 2011. Gray (right, photo: Getty Images) is one of the most distinctive R&B divas to emerge in the past 15 years, even though she hasn’t been a regular radio and chart presence.
8 p.m. July 28. $25-$75. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. 404-733-4900.
The guitar master/rebel of one of rock’s most popular bands of the past 40 years is still going his own way. Since returning to his solo career in 2006 after a 14-year hiatus, he’s released three albums, including 2011’s “Seeds We Sow.” It’s Buckingham’s first self-released album and maintains his standing as one of pop’s greatest craftsmen, and as a longtime critical favorite. “Unencumbered by the commercial and ego demands in [Fleetwood] Mac,” writes the Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot in a review of the album, “Buckingham affirms his talent for turning eccentricity into twisted pop songs.”
9 p.m. July 28. $40-$50. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.
This band made some of the most sophisticated and enduring pop music of the late ’60s, even if little of it made much of an impact on the charts. Everyone knows “Time of the Season, “ and maybe a few more are familiar with “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No,” (all Top 10 hits) but keyboardist Rod Argent (on left in photo, photo: Getty Images), vocalist Colin Blunstone (on right in photo) — both on this tour — and their band mates also gave us “Odessey and Oracle.” Many critics put it in the company of ’60s classics such as “Revolver,” “Pet Sounds” and “Forever Changes.” And they’re right.
8 p.m. July 28. $20-$30. Southern Ground Ampitheatre (formerly The Villages), 301 LaFayette Ave., Fayetteville. 770-719-4173.
Former Atlantan Jordan Jeffares brings his band Snowden back to town for Corndogorama. Snowden was recently signed to Kings of Leon’s Serpents & Snakes Records, which will release the band’s second album, “No One in Control,” this fall. Photo: Preston Craig
It’s been 15 years since the first Corndogorama, which took place at the late, lamented dive Dottie’s (in a space on Memorial Drive). One band played (Ancient Chinese Secret) on a Monday night in October 1996, and it was founder David Railey’s birthday. Something happened that night that showed Railey humans’ love for corndogs: “I thought that they would just throw the corndogs at each other, but they actually ate them.”
Since then, the fest has had its ups and downs, but it’s always good to see this old friend on the event schedule. But it isn’t just about golden brown, cornmeal-covered franks on a stick, there’s also a flip-flop race, the crowning of Miss Corndog and loads of music. This year’s line-up includes Snowden, Sealions, Dead Confederate. It’s a good place to catch up with some longtime local favorites, with the Nightporters’ Ray Dafrico doing an afternoon solo spot at 2 p.m. Saturday and the Young Antiques’ Blake Rainey taking the stage at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Noon July 28-29. $10 per day. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.
It’s been almost 30 years since his last Top 40 entry, but that doesn’t matter to the die-hard Mani-lovers. He still sells albums and concert tickets by the score, as the crowds come to hear the tale of Lola and Rico at the “Copacabana” and the sad ode to the spurned “Mandy” one more time.
8 p.m. July 29. $65-$85; $35 lawn. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. 404-233-2227.
This one’s bittersweet for the preschool set. It’s the last hurrah for three-fourths of the Wiggles. Original members Murray Cook, Greg Page and Jeff Fatt (aka, respectively, the Red Wiggle, the Yellow Wiggle and the Purple Wiggle) will retire from touring after this year, leaving. Blue Wiggle Anthony Field will continue with a new crew following this tour. Among that new 2013 edition will be the first female Wiggle, Emma Watkins.
2:30 and 6:30 p.m. July 31. $15-$75.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100.
Yes, Procol Harum
The brontosaurus of dinosaur rock comes stomping through the United States once more. It was popular to dismiss Yes for many years as pretentious twaddle, and some of the band’s catalog undoubtedly qualifies (“Tormato” is just embarrassing). But when Yes was at its peak, progressive rock didn’t get much better. “Fragile” and “Close to the Edge” are flashy, complex, melodic and among the essential albums in the genre. The current lineup includes Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Geoff Downes and Alan White, but it’s missing frontman Jon Anderson. The portentous prog-rock of Procol Harum reached its commercial peak with the band’s debut, “A Whiter Shade of Pale.” There’s so much more to the band, though, especially on the albums released in the years immediately following that 1967 Top 10 hit. “Shine on Brightly” and “A Salty Dog” are among the best albums of the late ’60s, and the tougher “Home” and “Broken Barricades” (from 1970 and ’71, respectively) provided a showcase for Robin Trower’s snarling guitar, B.J. Wilson’s stellar drumming and the growl in Gary Brooker’s R&B-influenced vocals. Only Brooker remains from the band’s original lineup (unless you count nonperforming lyricist Keith Reid, always considered a full member of the band, among the current lineup).
7 p.m. July 31. $19-$125. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.
Allman Brothers guitarists Derek Trucks (left) and Warren Haynes, shown here at New York’s Beacon Theatre in March, will take the stage at Chastain Park Amphitheatre Wednesday, Aug. 1. Photo: Getty Images
The Allman Brothers Band
These consummate Southern rockers have weathered controversy and tragedy over their long and influential career — and they’re still packing sizable venues all over the country and gaining new fans more than 40 years after their debut. The inventive riffing of upstate New York jam-rock outfit moe will get the show going.
7 p.m. Aug. 1. $65-$95; $45 lawn. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. 404-233-2227.
Shane Harrison, email@example.com