Nancy Wilson (right) and Ann Wilson of Heart, shown here at New York’s Beacon Theatre in October, will play the Fox Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Photo: Getty Images
Grant Hart, Ray Dafrico
Hart was the drummer for influential Minnesota punk trio Husker Du and was also one of the band’s songwriters, along with guitarist Bob Mould. His solo career has been much more sporadic than that of his former bandmate; he’s released only three albums under his own name since Husker Du disbanded in 1987. He also formed the band Nova Mob, which issued two albums in the early ’90s. The first Nova Mob album, “The Last Days of Pompeii,” might be the best of Hart’s small but gem-filled post-HD catalog, and it was reissued with an expanded track list in 2010. Dafrico played guitar in the Nightporters, one of the Atlanta underground’s best bands of the ’80s. He went on to form Kathleen Turner Overdrive, Kickstand and other bands.
8 p.m. Nov. 2. $10. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-228-6769.
Motion City Soundtrack
It looks like Motion City Soundtrack is on the verge of a major breakthrough, using a big bag of tricks stuffed with classic pop hooks, sprightly keyboard flourishes and guitars that rumble and jangle. In 2010, this Minneapolis quintet made its major label debut with “My Dinosaur Life,” a 40-minute teenage rampage made by 20-somethings that obviously was inspired by tourmates Weezer and producer Mark Hoppus’ band Blink-182. Despite stellar reviews, it wasn’t the big breakthrough that Columbia Records was hoping for and the band was dropped by the label. That hasn’t kept the band down, though. This year’s “Go,” which has been praised almost as highly as its predecessor, “My Dinosaur Life,” was released on the band’s own Boombox Generation label through a partnership with Epitaph. With Jukebox the Ghost.
7 p.m. Nov. 2. $19 in advance. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.
The English Beat
The English Beat (just the Beat in the U.K.) began as one of the second-generation ska bands — along with the Specials, Madness, the Selecter and others — in the wake of punk in the late ’70s. Like many of its contemporaries, the band added elements beyond straight-ahead ska over its original five-year, three-album lifespan, crafting memorable tunes such as “Save It for Later, “ “I Confess” and “Mirror in the Bathroom.” The current version of the band is led by original frontman Dave Wakeling.
8:30 p.m. Nov. 2. $22.50; $20 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.
Nas, Lauryn Hill
Provocative and lyrical rapper Nas returns on the heels of a new album, “Life Is Good,” which was at least partially inspired by Marvin Gaye’s “Here, My Dear.” That album was released in the wake of a bitter divorce and the proceeds from it were part of the divorce settlement. Gaye used the album to comment on the marriage and divorce. In Nas’ case, the divorce in question is his split from R&B star Kelis (“Milkshake”). “Life Is Good” isn’t a treatise on their relationship, but tracks such as “Bye Baby” and “Cherry Wine,” which includes vocals from the late Amy Winehouse, clearly reference it. It’s been 12 years since former Fugees member Hill made her solo debut with “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” It debuted at No. 1, sold more than 8 million copies and won five Grammys, including album of the year. And it’s still her only studio album. In the years since, there has been a live album, a short-lived Fugees reunion, and sporadic and occasionally odd appearances, but 2010 saw an uptick in activity and reports that she was recording again. In 2011, a show at Center Stage got started so late and inspired such disastrous buzz that she returned a few months later to make it up to the fans. Don’t be surprised if you have to wait for her again. At a date in Dallas Monday, Nas’ set ended at 10:30 p.m. and Hill took the stage at 12:15 a.m., according to the Dallas Observer.
8:30 p.m. Nov. 2. $59.50-$69.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.
Alabama native Powell, of multi-platinum-selling Atlanta Christian rock quartet Third Day, will perform music from his recent self-titled solo debut, which finds him in a country mood. It’s a varied set that gives him a chance to explore his musical roots and take his powerful voice into new territory. Read our interview with Powell.
8:30 p.m. Nov. 3. $22.50; $20 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.
Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band
Actor Sinise (“CSI: NY,” “Forrest Gump”) brings his band to town for a concert that kicks off fundraising efforts to build “smart homes” for a pair of local disabled veterans, Army SFC Michael Schlitz and Marine Cpl. Todd Love. Check out our story on the effort and about the two men who the concert will help.
7 p.m. Nov. 3. $39.50-$59.50. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.
One of Brazil’s greatest living musicians, Gil was a prime mover of the Tropicalia movement in Brazilian music in the late ’60s. He was deemed such a threat to the country’s military leadership at the time that he and fellow musical powerhouse and frequent collaborator Caetano Veloso were exiled to London. Gil and Veloso returned in the early 1970s and have continued recording and performing regularly while enjoying increasing popularity and influence outside Brazil.
7 p.m. Nov. 4. $42-$68. Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University, 80 Forsyth St., Atlanta.
In 1997, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and a small army of other musicians played the group’s early ’70s classic “Quadrophenia” album from start to finish at Lakewood Amphitheatre. It was a thrilling and powerful night of music, demonstrating that the Who still packed a wallop onstage. Now, 15 years later, they’re doing it again, but this time without the late Entwistle, who died in 2002.
7:30 p.m. Nov. 5. $59.50-$129.50. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500.
After spending a brief time as the Lovemongers, the Wilson sisters have been trading as Heart again for just over a decade. More than 30 years after they first appeared, “Barracuda, “ “Magic Man” and “Crazy on You” still send a tingle up the spine.
7:30 p.m. Nov. 7. $39.5-$59.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100.
Shane Harrison, email@example.com