Miranda Lambert plays Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood Friday, Oct. 5. Photo: Randee St. Nicholas
One of the most ubiquitous songs of the year came from an unexpected source. Gotye, who was born in Belgium but raised in Australia, took the pop chart by storm with the ear-grabbing “Somebody That I Used to Know,” climbing all the way to No. 1. It wasn’t an overnight success, though. He’s been recording for more than a decade and released his debut album in 2003. With Missy Higgins and Jonti.
7:30 p.m. Oct. 5. $34.50-$46.50; $29.50 lawn. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-733-5012, www.chastainseries.com.
The sparkling Lambert is one of country music’s brightest talents, a critical favorite who finally broke big with “White Liar” (a No. 2 country hit) and “The House That Built Me” (her first No. 1), both from her third album, “Revolution.” Her latest album, “Four the Record,” brought her three more Top 10 hits, including another No. 1 hit, “Over You.”
7:30 p.m. Oct. 5. $20-$49. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Ave. S.E. 404-443-5090, www.livenation.com.
Godspeed You Black Emperor
This Canadian collective pretty much disposes of rock and pop altogether, creating a quiet tension with a strange and ethereal string-driven ebb-and-flow.
7 p.m. Oct. 5. $31; $26 in advance. The Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-843-2825, www.thebuckheadtheatre.com.
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
Vermont native Potter and her band signed with Hollywood Records in 2005 and have spent much of their time since then gathering a large and loyal audience one gig at a time with their bluesy, soulful rock. Potter duets with Kenny Chesney on “You and Tequila,” which climbed to No. 3 on Billboard’s country singles chart last year and even made the all-genre Top 40 pop chart.
8:30 p.m. Oct. 6. $30; $27.50 in advance. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022, tabernacleatl.com.
Journey, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo
Steve Perry’s powerful emotion-packed tenor helped Journey fill arenas throughout the ’80s, but he wasn’t the band’s first singer. Its 1975 debut was bland jazz-rock that went nowhere. After two more albums that also went nowhere, the band recruited Perry and recorded 1978’s “Infinity.” Three years later came “Escape,” which spawned three Top 10 singles. Perry, who enjoyed brief solo success, is no longer with the band. After Perry clone Steve Augeri got the boot in 2006 and following a brief stint with Jeff Scott Soto, Journey hired Filipino singer Arnel Pineda. The band discovered Pineda via YouTube clips of his band’s Journey covers. Neal Schon and bassist Ross Valory remain from the band’s earliest incarnation, and keyboardist Jonathan Cain has been with the group since “Escape.” Big-voiced Benatar is still accompanied by her guitarist husband Neil Giraldo, just as she was in the first half of the ’80s when she was a regular presence in the Top 40. With Loverboy.
7 p.m. Oct. 6. $35-$135; $25 lawn. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-443-5090, www.livenation.com.
Kicks 101.5 Country Fair with Alan Jackson
You know what Newnan native Alan Jackson is all about by now. The aw-shucks demeanor that sometimes verges on the stoic, the rail-thin frame topped with a cowboy hat. Most of all, you know that he’s a reliable maker of pure country. Jackson’s latest, “Thirty Miles West,” was released in June, and it’s his first on his own ACR label (that stands for Alan’s Country Records). It comes almost 23 years after his debut, “Here in the Real World.”
5:30 p.m. Oct. 6. $29-$79; $20 lawn. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010, www.vzwamp.com.
One of Mexico’s greatest musical treasures, Fernandez takes Mexican traditional music and ornaments it with lush strings and other modern touches, but all the symphonic trimmings in the world can’t extinguish the fiery emotion in his voice. It’s still a powerful instrument even though Fernandez is just a few months from his 73rd birthday.
8 p.m. Oct. 6. $65-$250. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500, www.gwinnettcenter.com.
Frontman and songwriter James Mercer’s melodies drift into the most unexpected places, but they’re studded with thorny hooks that sneak up on you. “Port of Morrow,” released in March, is the band’s first release since 2007’s “Wincing the Night Away” and the first since the departure of several founding members (though most of them make appearances on the album). Despite the changes, the album doesn’t depart significantly from the lush beauty of its predecessor.
8 p.m. Oct. 8. $27.50-$43. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800, www.cobbenergycentre.com.
Silversun Pickups, Cloud Nothings
Los Angeles quartet Silversun Pickups churns out a mighty psychedelic roar tempered by the occasional moment of quiet beauty. Cloud Nothings’ “Attack on Memory” is one of the best reviewed albums of 2012, a spiky blast of emotional fury studded with post-punk reference points from Wire to Jawbreaker. It’s a stunning breakthrough for a band that began as a one-man basement project of Ohio singer-songwriter Dylan Baldi. With Atlas Genius.
7 p.m. Oct. 9. $30. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022, tabernacleatl.com.
Maybe the two-person band thing just got a little constraining for a guy as ambitious as Jack White. In the middle of the first decade of this millennium, the former White Stripes leader and Loretta Lynn producer expanded into a four-man lineup for the Raconteurs. Now he’s pared things back down (at least in name) and gone solo with this year’s “Blunderbuss.”
8 p.m. Oct. 9. $39.50-$85. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100, www.foxtheatre.org.
This Texas troubadour has the kind of voice — and songwriting chops — that should take decades of hard living to achieve. He’s only 31, but years on the rodeo circuit helped put some of those miles on Bingham. His music vibrates with the hard, brittle heat of the west Texas border country.
8 p.m. Oct. 11. $27.50; $25 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com.
Her 1967 hit “Society’s Child,” which dealt with an interracial relationship, was so controversial that it brought her hate mail and death threats. The song is now among the inductees into the Grammy Hall of Fame, which recognizes music of historical importance. Ian climbed the pop charts just one more time, with the 1975 No. 3 hit “At Seventeen,” but she’s continued making great music. Ian, who turned 60 last year, still tours regularly.
8 p.m. Oct. 11. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976, www.eddiesattic.com.
Shane Harrison, firstname.lastname@example.org