R&B star Trey Songz plays the Fox Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 17. Photo: Raymond Hagans
She used to be the one who brought the underground into the mainstream, but in recent years Madonna has seemed like more of a follower than a trendsetter. But nothing can take away her long list of accomplishments, including her 2008 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and her huge catalog of memorable and massive hits. Her many compilations demonstrate that a lot of fans think of her as a singles artist, but there are hidden gems on her albums. The best ones begin with the words “Like a” — 1984’s “Like a Virgin” and 1989’s “Like a Prayer.”
8 p.m. Nov. 17. $49-$355. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. 404-878-3000, www.philipsarena.com.
His fifth album, “Chapter V, ” was released in August, but R&B singer Songz could have made a career being the name after “featuring” on many hit singles and popular tracks. Ludacris, Drake, Rick Ross, Mary J. Blige and Yung Joc are among those who have employed Songz on a track. Drake returned the favor on “I Invented Sex, ” a No. 1 R&B hit from Songz’s third album, “Ready.” “2 Reasons,” the second single from “Chapter V,” features T.I. and is one of three Top 10 R&B hits from the album. With Miguel, Elle Varner.
8 p.m. Nov. 17. $60.15-$118.40. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100, www.foxtheatre.org.
Herring is a magnificent storyteller, a master of the painterly detail, but she never gives it all away. There are enigmatic spaces in her songs that works like magnets, drawing the listener deep into her tales of hardship, history, perseverance and celebration. This show will be taped for a planned live album, but the Decatur resident’s latest album is the stellar “Camilla.” With Bo Bedingfield.
8 p.m. Nov. 17. $22; $20 in advance. Eddie Owen Presents at the Red Clay Theatre, 3116 Main St., Duluth. 404-478-2749, www.eddieowenpresents.com.
This one-time L.A. cover band was transformed by former Animals frontman Eric Burdon. After hitting the Top 5 in 1970 with the surrealistic “Spill the Wine, ” Burdon moved on. War continued to produce hit after hit during the ’70s, including “Cisco Kid, ” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” and “Low Rider.” Comedian George Lopez declared the latter the “Chicano national anthem” and used it as the theme song for his sitcom.
8 p.m. Nov. 17. $34.50; $29.50 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com.
Yeasayer sprinkles the usual indie-rock rumble with a generous handful of world music spice. It might even be groove-laden enough to make a reticent indie head-nodder shake his groove thing. The band is touring behind its third album, “Fragrant World.”
8 p.m. Nov. 18. $22.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022, tabernacleatl.com.
Remember the days of supergroups, when members of big bands joined forces to create a whole new musical enterprise? This was one of the supreme supergroups. If you’re a fan of progressive rock, you’ll probably be a fan of a least one of the members of Asia. Steve Howe was in Yes; John Wetton was in King Crimson and UK; Carl Palmer was one-third of Emerson, Lake and Palmer; and Geoff Downes was in Yes and the Buggles. These guys even managed to hit the Top 40 four times in the early ’80s, and “Heat of the Moment” was a Top 5 hit. That song was introduced to a new generation by “South Park” resident and cartoon brat Eric Cartman, who used the song in an address to Congress in the episode “Kenny Dies.”
8 p.m. Nov. 19. $40; $35 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com.
Manchester Orchestra presents the Stuffing
It’s starting to look like a new tradition. For the third year, genre-defying Atlanta rock outfit Manchester Orchestra offers a pre-Thanksgiving celebration, with Center Stage, the Loft and Vinyl packed to the giblets with bands. In addition to the headliners, the lineup includes Cage the Elephant, O’Brother, Kevin Devine, Royal Thunder, Hardy Morris and the Outfit, Gobotron, All Get Out, Death on Two Wheels, Harrison Hudson and Ponderosa.
5 p.m. Nov. 21. $35; $32.50 in advance. Center Stage/the Loft/Vinyl, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.