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Atlanta Concerts this week: Future, Shaky Beats, Bastille




Is anyone more prolific than this guy? His latest album, “HNDRXX,” released Feb. 24, debuted at No. 1, pushing his other new album, “Future,” released a week earlier, down a notch to No. 2. The feat made Future the first act in nearly 61 years of Billboard’s charts to achieve back-to-back No. 1 albums in consecutive weeks. One of the announced special guests on the tour will be missing: Kodak Black, who is sidetracked with legal issues for violating his house arrest.

With Young Thug and Zoey Dollaz, 7 p.m. May 5 and Young Thug, Tory Lanez and Zoey Dollaz, 7 p.m. May 9. $26-$99.50. Lakewood Amphitheatre, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

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Chris Stapleton

The hirsute country-rock-soul troubadour has new music on the way to coincide with his pair of Atlanta shows. Joining the fun on Stapleton’s “All American Road Show” will be Brothers Osborne, Lucie Silvas, Anderson East, Brent Cobb and Margo Price.

7 p.m. May 5-6. $30.75-$70.75. Verizon Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 1-800-745-3000,

Shaky Beats

Regardless of your feelings about the Chainsmokers, the DJ/producer duo of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall have officially crossed into Major Act territory between landing smashes “Don’t Let Me Down” (with Daya) and “Closer” (with Halsey) and last weekend’s high-profile stint on “Saturday Night Live.” The guys topline the roster for the second Shaky Beats Music Festival, a three-day gathering at Centennial Olympic Park that spotlights EDM, hip-hop and indie dance music. Joining the Chainsmokers are Kaskade, Griz, Flosstradamus, Zeds Dead, Galantis, RL Grime, Gramatik, Girl Talk and about 40 other acts. Owing to the nocturnal habits of many in the dance music fan base, a spate of late-night shows will also take place throughout the weekend, including Illenium, Ganja White Night and Little Dragon at the Masquerade and Kaskade at Terminal West (Shaky Beats and the aftershows are 18-and-older events, while the May 6 Galantis late-night show at the Gold Room is 21 and older).

3-11 p.m. May 5; 2-11 p.m. May 6; 1:30-10 p.m. May 7. $97 (general admission daily pass); $179 (general admission three-day pass); $235 (VIP daily pass); $439 (VIP three-day pass). Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave. W. N.W., Atlanta.


Midnight Oil

Aside from a couple of stadium benefit concerts in Australia, Midnight Oil has been scarce — until this “Great Circle” world tour, which has the classic lineup of the band circling the globe through October (the tour started and will end at their home base of Sydney). Peter Garrett (vocals), Rob Hirst (drums), Martin Rotsey (guitar), Jim Moginie (guitar, keys) and Bones Hillman (bass) launch the North American run with this sold-out Atlanta date and fans can expect to hear hits “Beds are Burning,” “Blue Sky Mine” and “Forgotten Years.” The band’s activist roots are still deep; they will collaborate with local and international environmental organizations throughout the tour and are making sure their carbon footprint during the tour is offset with sustainability initiatives at every show.

With Dave Franklin. 8:30 p.m. May 6. Sold out. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


Lil Wayne

So much for retirement. The past six months have seen Weezy perform at Music Midtown and, in December, the V-103 Winterfest. For this 13-city run, dubbed “Kloser 2 U,” Wayne is playing intimate venues. As fans know, the next time could be the last time.

8 p.m. May 8. $52.50. Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre, 800 Battery Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,



The British indie-pop band, which soared to immediate success in 2013 with the inescapable hit, “Pompeii,” visited last year’s SweetWater 240 Fest and return for another Atlanta visit next week. The band is touring behind their sophomore album, “Wild World.” Earlier this year, the quartet was nominated for best British group at the BRIT Awards (they lost to The 1975) and won England’s NME Award for best album.

With Mondo Cozmo. 8 p.m. May 10. $26-$42. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499,


Kings of Leon

The “Sex on Fire” hitmakers are in the midst of the second leg of their “Walls” tour (a third was just announced for fall), which follows the October arrival of their seventh studio album. The album, an acronym for “We Are Like Love Songs,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart and spawned the alt-rock hit, “Waste a Moment.”

With Deerhunter. 7 p.m. May 11. $20-$135. Lakewood Amphitheatre, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers the Atlanta Music Scene and entertainment news for print and online.

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