An idea for an early holiday gift: Cash now to buy concert tickets.
It would also be helpful if you could be in two places at once, since several dates are stacked with musical options.
An abundance of shows will roll through Atlanta the next couple of months, with a few Christmas-themed ones creeping into the post-Thanksgiving window. We’ll tell you more about those later in the year.
But for now, here’s a smattering of what to anticipate for the rest of fall.
Unashamed Tour with Lecrae, Trip Lee and Tdot. “Gravity,” the latest album from Atlanta hip-hop Christian artist Lecrae represented a true breakthrough. It debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, selling 72,000 copies its first week. 7 p.m. Oct. 19. $22 (general admission). The Tabernacle, Atlanta.
Rascal Flatts with Little Big Town, Eden’s Edge and Eli Young Band.
The country mega-band with pop leanings is reportedly cherry-picking songs from their nine albums (14 No. 1 hits among them) for this tour’s set list. 7 p.m. Oct. 20. $25.50-$76.50. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta.
Rufus Wainwright with Ingrid Michaelson and Lucy Wainwright Roche. Between his lush songs and grand stage presence, Wainwright live is always a treat. He’s supporting his recent “Out of the Game” album, produced by Mark Ronson and featuring the Dap Kings. 7 p.m. Oct. 20. $29.50-$34.50. The Tabernacle.
Patty Griffin. In recent years, the Americana princess hooked up with Robert Plant for his Band of Joy tour dates. Her most recent album, 2011’s “Downtown Church,” was recorded live at the Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville. 8 p.m. Oct. 21. Sold out. Red Clay Theatre, Duluth.
Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie. Two of metal’s most ghoulish masters will attempt to blow the roof off Lakewood Amphitheatre on their “Twins of Evil” tour, which promises a “full-on assault of the senses.” 7 p.m. Oct. 25. $31-$81. Lakewood.
Alanis Morissette with Souleye. Just because she’s a mom now doesn’t mean Morissette has softened. As evidenced on her potent new album, “Havoc and Bright Lights,” her thoughtful songwriting has only deepened. And how cool that she’s bringing baby and husband Souleye along for the ride. 7 p.m. Oct. 25. $32.50-$48.50. The Tabernacle.
Psychedelic Furs with The Lemonheads. The Furs visited the Masquerade in July 2011 and The Lemonheads rolled through “It’s a Shame About Ray” at The Earl earlier this year. But the chance to see them on the same bill should appeal to many a nostalgic heart. 8 p.m. Oct. 25. $28.50-$32.50. The Variety, Atlanta.
Mary Mary. Though sisters Erica Atkins-Campbell and Trecina “Tina” Atkins-Campbell are predominantly recognized for their gospel prowess, the ladies have recently expanded their sound, tacking on richer percussion and an R&B feel. 8 p.m. Oct. 26. $29-$100. Symphony Hall, Atlanta.
She’ll always be identified as the head chanteuse of The Bangles, but Hoffs has been moonlighting as a pop-folkie with a penchant for ‘60s-styled melodies for years. Check her out in this intimate environment as she showcases her new album, “Someday.” 8 p.m. Oct. 29. $25-$30. Eddie’s Attic, Atlanta. 1-877-725-8849, www.ticketalternative.com.
Rush. The newly minted hopefuls for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are pumping their 19th studio album, “Clockwork Angels,” and playing about three-quarters of it live, saving the hits for the end. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1. $40-$129. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta.
Nas and Lauryn Hill. Nas’ latest, “Life is Good,” might be the best album of the year so far. And Hill, who angered fans with her late appearance at a January 2011 show at Center Stage, then came back two months later to make up for it, is always an unpredictable presence. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 2. $59.50-$69.50. The Tabernacle.
Mac Powell. The Third Day frontman is trying the solo thing (don’t worry, the band is releasing a new album Nov. 6), and playing songs from his self-titled country album released this summer. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 3. $20-$22.50. The Variety.
Need a “Quadrophenia” fix? This is your chance. And maybe your last one since Pete Townshend said the motivation for the tour was so that he and Roger Daltrey could work together again “before we drop dead.” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5. $59.50-$129.50. The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth.
Heart. The sisters Wilson are in fine, rockin’ form on their latest album, “Fanatic,” reminding fans that even when their hair pouffed and their songs glistened in the ‘80s, they were always yearning to break out their Led Zeppelin-esque chops. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7. $36.50-$56.50. Fox Theatre, Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499, www.foxatltix.com.
Melissa Etheridge. The gravel-voiced singer might not illuminate the charts as she did in the ‘90s, but her forceful voice and earnest songs never go out of style. 8 p.m. Nov. 12. $37.50-$102.50. Symphony Hall.
ASAP Rocky. The New York rapper is poised for a monster fourth quarter with the Oct. 31 release of “LongLiveASAP,” his first proper studio album. 8 p.m. Nov. 14. $25 (general admission). The Tabernacle.
Madonna. Some have loved this “MDNA” tour and some have been critical of its recycled themes of religion and sex and drastically reworked handful of hits. Just know this – most reviews have mentioned that she doesn’t take the stage until after 10 p.m. 8 p.m. Nov. 17. $94-$359. Philips Arena, Atlanta.
Asia. For their 30th anniversary tour, original members, Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and John Wetton, will play their self-titled mega 1982 album in its entirety. 8 p.m. Nov. 19. $35-$40. The Variety.
“The Story” tour with Mark Hall (of Stockbridge’s Casting Crowns), Jeremy Camp, Natalie Grant, Matthew West and others. This will be the third date for the annual Christian tour, which features a full choir and orchestra, Christmas carols and, of course, “The Story,” a musical journey from the books of Genesis to Revelation. 6 p.m. Nov. 25. $25-$75. The Arena at Gwinnett Center.
Eric Church, with Justin Moore and Kip Moore.
Church is one of country music’s most sizzling stars right now. Though he’s had hits for years, he entered mainstream consciousness earlier this year with his sort-of homage to “Springsteen,” which is up for three CMA Awards. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29. $34.50-$44.50. The Arena at Gwinnett Center.
Rick Springfield. His excellent new album, “Songs for the End of the World,” deserves to be the showcase on this tour, but Springfield never disappoints longtime fans who also want to hear his arsenal of hits. 8 p.m. Nov. 29. $35-$65. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center.
Tickets to all shows can be purchased through Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com or www.livenation.com) unless otherwise noted.
By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene