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Jack White at the Fox Theatre – in pictures

 

Photo: Akili-Casundria Ramsess

Photo: Akili-Casundria Ramsess

Jack White and his female band hit the Fox Tuesday night. Check out our gallery of photos for more visuals from the show.

[I’ll be out of the office on vacation until Oct. 22. If you have breaking music news, please contact my trusty colleagues Rodney Ho (rho@ajc.com ) or Jennifer Brett (jbrett@ajc.com ). Also, story comments are disabled until I return.

Ciao for now!

Melissa]

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Georgia acts dominate American Country Awards nominations

Luke Bryan, shown at the ACM Honors show in Nashville last month, is up for seven awards. Photo: Getty Images.

Luke Bryan, shown at the ACM Honors show in Nashville last month, is up for seven awards. Photo: Getty Images.

It’s getting increasingly difficult to keep the myriad country music awards straight these days and seems as if there is a different one every few weeks.

The CMA Awards, essentially the Grammys of country music – air Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

But on Dec. 10, the third annual American Country Awards, essentially the People’s Choice Awards of country music, will air live from Las Vegas on Fox with hosts Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth.

(There are also the CMT Music Awards in the summer and the Academy of Country Music Awards in April.)

What separates the ACMs, though, is that they’re entirely fan voted and this year, touring and Song of the Year (for songwriters) categories have been added to the mix.

So who is up for some trophies? Lots of Georgia acts, as is commonplace when country accolades are being bestowed.

Leesburg’s Luke Bryan leads the nominations with …

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Tickets: Pink, Sarah Brightman, Jingle Jam with Jason Mraz

71707050Pink will play Philips Arena in March. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Oct. 13. Photo: Getty Images

ON SALE NOW
Jimi Cravity, Kameron Corvet, Mykel, Desmond Sean. 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Vinyl. $10; $5 in advance. TA.
Radio One Family Comedy featuring Marcus Wiley and Griff. 8 p.m. Nov. 17. Center Stage. $25. TM.
Emilie Autumn. 9 p.m. Jan. 19. The Loft. $20; $17 in advance. TA.

ON SALE OCT. 12
Purity Ring, Young Magic. 9 p.m. Jan. 17. Variety Playhouse. $17; $15 in advance. TM.
Keane. Jan. 24. Tabernacle. $29.50. LN.
“America’s Got Talent Live: All-Stars Tour.” 8 p.m. March 28. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. $35.50-$55.50; a limited number of VIP tickets that include a meet-and –greet, $85.50. TM.

ON SALE OCT. 13
STAR 94’s Jingle Jam with Jason Mraz, Ed Sheeran, Alex Clare, Grace Potter, Phillip Phillips, Andy Grammer. 7 p.m. Dec. 13. Gwinnett Arena. $27-$47. TM.
Pink. 8 p.m. March 1. Philips Arena. $29.50-$99.50. TM.

ON SALE OCT. 15
Sarah Brightman. 8 p.m. Feb. 21. Fox Theatre. …

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Tuesday Tunes: Spotlight on Rick Springfield

Cover__300RGB[I'm on with my rock 'n' roll pal Kaedy Kiely at 97.1 The River every Wednesday at 6:50 and 7:50 a.m. to talk about the latest rock news. Tune in to hear what's up!]

Few things are as annoying as seeing an underappreciated musician reduced to a single song. You see it with artists such as Cyndi Lauper – as if she never had another hit besides “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” – and Richard Marx, who apparently will always be associated with “Hold On to the Nights” and not his dozen other Top 40 appearances.

Someone else who gets relegated to ‘80s-only status yet has been making terrific, thoughtful, engaging pop-rock for nearly 30 years is Rick Springfield.

Yeah, yeah, we all know about “Jessie’s Girl” since he’s forced to play it on every talk show appearance. But that immediately identifiable ditty aside, he’s notched a dozen-plus Top 40 hits, and, in the past two decades routinely dug deep into his own psyche (the soulful “Rock of Life”), opened a few veins and tackled some …

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Trey Songz to kick off tour in Atlanta

Photo:  JIMMY FONTAINE

Photo: JIMMY FONTAINE

Trey Songz will kick off his “Chapter V World Tour” on Nov. 17 at the Fox Theatre.

The R&B romeo will perform with guests Miguel and Elle Varner.

Songz is touring behind his recent album, “Chapter V,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Album chart when released in August. The U.S. portion of the tour will hit 23 cities, then Songz will head to Europe in January.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through www.foxatltix.com and are priced at $48-$103. 

The Petersburg, Va., native is also branching out into acting – catch him in January’s “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D.”

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Don’t stop believin’ in Journey, Pat Benatar

Arnel Pineda, current Journey lead singer (left), while original member Neal Schon looks on. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Arnel Pineda, current Journey lead singer (left), while original member Neal Schon looks on. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Melissa Ruggieri is on vacation so she let AJC Radio and TV Talk blogger Rodney Ho came in to indulge in his love for the 1980s by checking out the Journey/Pat Benatar concert Saturday night, October 6:

During Journey’s high-energy set at a packed Aaron’s Lakewood Amphitheatre last night, guitarist Neal Schon pulled out a guitar solo of “The Star Spangled Banner,” channeling Jimi Hendrix, American flag on the video screens behind him.

The underlying message: Journey is as American as mom, apple pie and baseball.

Their music is a mix of brawn and vulnerability, intimate yet arena friendly, packed with positivity messages (”Don’t Stop Believin’! “Keep on Runnin’ ” “Be Good To Yourself”) and longing (”Faithfully,” “Open Arms”).

Three of the current members of Journey go back to the “Escape” days, including keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Jonathan Cain, bass …

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‘60 Minutes’ to explore the great myth of ‘Sugar Man’

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Jay-Z to live stream Brooklyn concert

Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

Jay-Z will launch his personal YouTube channel, Life+Times, Saturday night with a live stream of his final show at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The busy rapper/businessman opened the venue last week and will perform eight sold-out shows  (it’s also the home of the newly transported Brooklyn Nets, in which Jay is a minority owner).

USA Today first reported the story that Jay’s new channel, an offshoot of his personal blog of the same name, will also feature original video content including “The Road to Brooklyn,” about the Nets, and the fan interaction show, “Roc Nation Check-In.”

Saturday’s stream begins at 9:30 p.m.

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By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene

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Friday Riffs: What’s the best revenge song?

Miranda Lambert comes to town tonight for a show at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, and if there’s one thing we know about the sassy country songbird, it’s that she doesn’t take any guff.

So, in honor of her frank assessments about love, let’s talk revenge. It would be hard to sway me from my belief that Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” remains the gold standard of middle finger songs, although Carrie Underwood bashing the headlights of a deceitful fool’s car in “Before He Cheats” comes close. (Both ladies, by the way, are also coming to town – Morissette to The Tabernacle Oct. 25 and Underwood to Gwinnett Arena Dec. 19.)

In the essence of gender fairness, let’s give the guys in All-American Rejects credit for their deliciously spiteful “Gives You Hell,” and of course, we can’t discuss kiss-off songs without mentioning one of the original residents of See-Ya-ville , Nancy Sinatra and “These Boots are Made for Walking” (I spared you the Jessica Simpson version).

Some of …

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Concerts: Miranda Lambert, Gotye, Jack White, Alan Jackson

mirandaMiranda Lambert plays Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood Friday, Oct. 5. Photo: Randee St. Nicholas

FRIDAY
Gotye

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.

FRIDAY
Miranda Lambert

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, …

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