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Concerts: Madonna, Trey Songz, Asia, War

Trey Songz at the Fox TheatreR&B star Trey Songz plays the Fox Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 17. Photo: Raymond Hagans

SATURDAY
Madonna
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.

Trey Songz
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.

Caroline Herring
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.

War

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.

SUNDAY

Yeasayer
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.

MONDAY
Asia
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.

WEDNESDAY
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.

11 comments Add your comment

dick whiskey

November 15th, 2012
11:23 am

madonna is the most overrated of all time,i grew up in the 80’s and did’nt like her then and don’t like her now,her music was basically cheese pop that did’nt stand the test of time, and no way in hell was she ever attractive and now that she’s old she looks like hell , no way would i spend a dime on her

Kat

November 15th, 2012
12:40 pm

Sounds like dick whiskey has never had a girlfriend.

$350 for a ticket to her show (albeit at the high end of the range)! What does that get you? A roll with her backstage?

good news

November 15th, 2012
2:55 pm

She has really evolved I think…she appears to be shaving her armpits these days

Michelle

November 15th, 2012
4:29 pm

Who is this person writing this article?
There’s really no need to trash the Queen of Pop..!!!

I find it ageist pushed by sexist. Just tasteless

Ludvig

November 15th, 2012
6:09 pm

Yes Fan

November 15th, 2012
6:34 pm

Steve Howe has been my fave guitarist for nearly 40 years! He was one of the few rock guitarists who also played nylon-string classical, steel-string acoustic and pedal-steel guitar with virtuoso talent! That he is continually left off Rolling Stone Magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists” lists, and that YES is NOT in the R&R HOF, are travesties of the highest order!

Sluggo

November 16th, 2012
12:16 am

Rumored official Madonna tour sponsors…

Depends brand underwear & Fixodent denture adhesive.

Guitar jones

November 16th, 2012
1:08 am

Yes fan…Rolling stones 100 greatest guitarists list is a complete joke…no Steve Morse, no Peter Frampton, just two of many unforgivable omissions. Howe belongs, but others also. Oh yea, Madonna is now an imitator, not innovator.

japes

November 16th, 2012
2:30 am

It is just not enough these days I guess to be thrirty years into your career have the highest grossest tour in history and one of the ten best selling albums of the year, I think she has been called overrated for thirty years as well. It is amazing how small penised men are so threatened by talented powerful woman. People condem her because she flaunts her sexuality at her age,,,,I mean really how dare she? She should just retire like Mic Jagger,,,,oh wait a minute, he didd’t and he has done way less than she has in the later part of his carrer, in fact their tours rely on greatest hits and she still highlights new material.Screw the nighsayers…she’s laughing al the way to hall of fames and the bank!

Brant

November 16th, 2012
3:41 pm

Whoo hoo! I have my Madonna tickets. Oh, way to be negative about Madonna like every other writer…

Hall of Fames

November 16th, 2012
11:31 pm

Theres more than one? Who knew