Royal Southern Bortherhood — from left, Charlie Wooton, Mike Zito, Cyril Neville, Devon Allman and Yonrico Scott — will play Center Stage on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Photo:Jerry Moran
Rebirth Brass Band
This beloved New Orleans institution, formed in 1983, has become a big favorite in Atlanta, too. The band has gained a bigger national fan base from its contributions to the New Orleans-set HBO series “Treme.” Their latest release, 2011’s “Rebirth of New Orleans,” brought the group a Grammy for best regional roots music album.
Jan. 11-12. $20 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522, www.smithsoldebar.com.
British singer-songwriter Sande left her medical studies for a music career. She got started writing songs for other artists, including Rihanna and Leona Lewis, and released her acclaimed solo debut, “Our Version of Events,” in 2012. It debuted at No. 1 and became the U.K.’s best-selling album of the year. You might remember her from the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics last year, where she sang “Abide With Me.”
8:30 p.m. Jan. 12. $17.50; $15 in advance. $22.50; $20 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com.
There’s a fine line between homage and parody, and instead of treading it the British quartet The Darkness just decided to obliterate it with a barrage of guitar riffs. The falsetto vocals and crunchy, catchy hard rock jumble up Queen, AC/DC and any number of hair metal bands, resulting in a fist-pumping good time that’s enough to make you yearn for the aroma of Aqua Net.
7:30 p.m. Jan. 12. $23 in advance. Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178, www.masq.com.
Robert Earl Keen
Texas singer-songwriter and storyteller Keen has an appeal that spans generations. At a Keen show, you’ll see rowdy college kids and graying fans of alt country, all having a raucous good time singing and stomping along to a catalog that spans nearly 30 years.
8 p.m. Jan. 16. $27.50; $25 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com.
Royal Southern Brotherhood
This Southern supergroup brings together former Meters/Neville Brothers percussionist and vocalist Cyril Neville and Gregg Allman’s guitar slinging son Devon Allman. The rest of the lineup is more than a match for that star power, with acclaimed blues guitar master and songwriter, Mike Zito, former Derek Trucks Band drummer, Yonrico Scott, and former Atlantan, Charlie Wooten, who served in numerous local outfits before relocating to New Orleans. The band released its blues-drenched, self-titled debut album in 2012. It showcases the guitar interplay between Allman and Zito, a blend that inevitably recalls the early Allman Brothers.
8:30 p.m. Jan. 16. $25; $15 in advance. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365, www.centerstage-atlanta.com.
One of last year’s hottest buzz bands, Canada’s Purity Ring takes the digital present and gives it a nostalgic analog warmth. The synthetic soundscapes of the duo’s 2012 debut, “Shrines,” are as icy as the coldest winter, but Megan James’ sweet voice blankets the chill in warm, intoxicating melodies.
9 p.m. Jan. 17. $17; $15 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com.
Shane Harrison, email@example.com