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Concerts: Alabama Shakes, Fiona Apple, David Byrne, Animal Collective

80840002Catch Alabama Shakes at Masquerade Music Park Saturday, Sept. 29. Photo: Autumn de Wilde

FRIDAY
The King’s Men

Several of the biggest names in gospel music come together for a month-long tour that brings them to Chastain this weekend. The show includes solo spots from Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin and Israel Houghton, but they’ve also been doing duets, trios and, according to a review in the Los Angeles Times, “at the end, an exuberant all-hands jam.”
8 p.m. Sept. 28. $55-$65; $35 lawn. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-733-5012.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY
CounterPoint Music and Arts Festival

This festival, which takes place on a 350-acre farm south of Atlanta, brings together some of the biggest names in electronic and dance music, along with a sprinkling of hip-hop. The farm was also the site of 2007’s Echo Project, which wasn’t as narrowly focused as CounterPoint. Among the extensive list of artists appearing at this new festival are Big Boi, Skrillex, Bassnectar, M83, Pretty Lights and Washed Out.
Noon Sept. 28-29. $89-$165. Bouckaert Park, 9445 Browns Lake Road, Fairburn.

SATURDAY
Alabama Shakes

This buzzed-about quartet has been on a tear lately, gaining a growing following with blistering live shows and an acclaimed debut album. The band’s rootsy blend of rock and soul isn’t necessarily breaking any new ground, but the brilliance is all in the execution. There’s energy and emotion to spare when vocalist Brittany Howard and her band mates rip into a song. Howard is a mesmerizing presence onstage, shooting out sparks of vocal power (and drawing comparisons to Tina Turner and Janis Joplin in the process), while guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell and drummer Steve Johnson rock with a seasoned authority that’s surprising for such a young band.
Sept. 29. $26 in advance. Masquerade Music Park, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

SUNDAY
Animal Collective

Everything Animal Collective does seems chaotic: the playful cacophony of voices, odd bits of nonmusical sounds, cascading guitars and pianos, and rhythms that veer from marching to tribal abandon. The band seems to move closer to the mainstream with each new release, including the new “Centipede Hz.” That doesn’t mean it’s easily accessible. It’s still weird as all get out, and that’s a good thing.
8 p.m. Sept. 30. $30. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

MONDAY
Leon Russell

Singer, songwriter and famed session musician Russell is probably best known for the 1972 hit “Tight Rope,” but he also wrote “This Masquerade,” a Top 10 hit for George Benson. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s most recent release is “The Union,” a 2010 collaboration with Elton John and producer T Bone Burnett.
7 p.m. Oct. 1. $22-$28. Terminal West, 887 W. Marietta St. N.W., Atlanta.

MONDAY
Metric

Emily Haines is a remarkable lyricist and multifaceted vocalist, and she convincingly pulls off everything from punk to synth-pop (and, most often, a marriage of the two) in her work as the leader of Metric. Metric guitarist, co-writer and producer James Shaw is also associated with Canadian supergroup Broken Social Scene.
8 p.m. Oct. 1. $30. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

WEDNESDAY
Fiona Apple

Apple had a little run-in with the law in Texas on Sept. 19, when police officers allegedly found hashish and marijuana on her tour bus. It hasn’t stopped this tour, though, and the outspoken singer has addressed the arrest in subsequent concerts. But that’s beside the point. Her music speaks for itself. Her sultry vocals and complex yet accessible melodies display a rare merging of art and heart. Her lyrics are sharp, musical barbs that usually hit their mark.
8 p.m. Oct. 3. $49.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

WEDNESDAY
David Byrne, St. Vincent

The former Talking Heads frontman is big on collaboration, and his latest partner in music is former Sufjan Stevens band member Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent. The pair released the brass-heavy “Love This Giant” last month.
8 p.m. Oct. 3. $40-$73. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800.

Shane Harrison, sharrison@ajc.com

4 comments Add your comment

Overated

September 30th, 2012
7:45 pm

Alabama Shakes…fantastic mgmt..marginal talent

Jeff

October 1st, 2012
9:52 am

Overrated. Paid $26 for 8 songs as the Masquerade Music Park this past saturday. Not what you expect from an up and coming act. Very poor show stick to their CD’s

zach

October 1st, 2012
2:45 pm

I saw the Shakes at the new Athens Theatre and it was awesome.

FM Fats

October 1st, 2012
11:58 pm

Wondered if there was a health problem of some kind at the Alabama Shakes show. Even if there was an 11:00 curfew there was time for an encore. Very disappointing.