Jens Lekman comes to the Variety Playhouse on Tuesday, Oct. 16, with songs from his new album “I Know What Love Isn’t.” Photo: Kristin Lidell
Packway Handle Band
Phenomenal vocal harmonies, bluegrass chops and a rock-informed sense of abandon are getting the Packway Handle Band noticed. If you’re a fan of the Avett Brothers or Nickel Creek, you need to check out these guys.
8 p.m. Oct. 12. $12. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 N. Park Square, Marietta. 770-293-0080.
A3C Hip Hop Festival
The vast majority of hip-hop musicians are working outside of the mainstream — and outside the big-budget world of the major labels. This annual festival brings an impressive number of the underground’s best artists together, offering a compact look at some of the most innovative practitioners of a genre that too often is defined by a few big-name, mainstream stars. The fest also brings in some of the genre’s groundbreakers, and this year they have Big Boi and Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and GZA appearing along with younger talents.
Through Oct. 13. $45. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.
The Australian Pink Floyd Show
With the death of keyboardist Richard Wright in 2008, there can never be a true Pink Floyd reunion again. It had only happened once since 1981 anyway, when the four members of the band’s most successful incarnation played together at the Live 8 concert in London in 2005. These Aussies were even asked to perform at Floyd guitarist David Gilmour’s 50th birthday celebration in 1996. It’s not the real thing, but since we’ll never have the real thing again, this will have to do.
8 p.m. Oct. 13. $53.70-$64.65. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100.
Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Show
This year’s inductees include superstar country duo Sugarland, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra conductor Robert Spano and Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington.
5 p.m. Oct. 14. $58-$98. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800.
This melodically gifted Swede also has a remarkable way with words. Though his songs are often about love and romance, they’re anything but typical. His new album, “I Know What Love Isn’t,” leavens the heartbreak with humor and a big dose of tough reality. “You don’t get over a broken heart, you just learn to carry it gracefully,” he sings in “The World Moves On,” and you just have to nod in recognition at the eloquent and undeniable truth.
8 p.m. Oct. 16. $20; $18 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.
Tilly and the Wall
Tilly and the Wall has grown up a little, but it’s still the cutest musical combo in the nation. The male members of the quintet — Nick White and Derek Pressnall — are former Atlantans. The Omaha, Neb.-based band is probably best known for having a tap dancer instead of a drummer. Though that sounds like a novelty that would quickly wear thin, it melds nicely into the band’s joyous soundscape. On its fourth album, the new “Heavy Mood,” the band has expanded the stylistic template. It maintains some of the punky energy of predecessor “O” without stepping on Jamie Pressnall’s charming dancing feet.
9 p.m. Oct. 17. $12. Terminal West, 887 W. Marietta St., Atlanta. 404-876-5566.
Allman Brothers/Gov’t Mule guitarist Warren Haynes plays a bold, elastic version of Southern-fried blues-rock, which will never grow stale as long as he’s around to give it a kick every now and then. This is one of three Georgia shows (the others are in Macon and Athens) that commemorate the 1996 concerts recently released on the Georgia Bootleg Box, available through the band’s website, mule.net. That 1996 Atlanta show took place at the now-closed Roxy.
7 p.m. Oct. 18. $33.50. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.