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Atlanta Concerts this week: Whitford/St. Holmes, Flight of the Conchords


Whitford/St. Holmes

Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford and former Ted Nugent band member Derek St. Holmes first teamed in 1981 when Whitford took a hiatus from the Boston rock band. They released an eponymous album and a couple of crunchy foot-stompers (“Sharpshooter,” “Whiskey Woman”) and then shelved the project after returning to their respective bands. Now, they’re back with a new album, “Reunion,” and a spate of shows with Whitesnake, as well as headliners at some. Their Atlanta gig is the latter.

7 p.m. July 8. $25. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


Col. Bruce Hampton

Some call him the Southern Zappa. Others don’t know what to call him, and that’s perfectly OK with the idiosyncratic guitarist, beloved locally for helping establish Atlanta’s Hampton Grease Band in the late ’60s. In 2014, Hampton released his 16th album, “Pharaoh’s Kitchen.” That same year, he appeared in a video for Atlanta rappers Run the Jewels and, earlier this year, he returned to his acting hobby in the indie film “Here Comes Rusty.” Clearly, he relishes an eclectic life.

9:30 p.m. July 9. $10-$14. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 1-877-435-9849,


Brand New and Modest Mouse

The bands promise no opening acts and full sets by each, so fans of both acts will get their fill. This is the first joint tour for the alt-rockers (though they did share a few shows in 2014) and they plan to alternate who hits the stage first. But, more importantly, Brand New basically has said this is the end. At the tour kickoff last week in Salt Lake City, singer Jesse Lacey told the crowd, “We’re done. Oh yeah, we’re done, and it makes nights like this all the more special, so thanks for being here.” Modest Mouse, meanwhile, is touring behind 2015’s “Strangers to Ourselves.”

7 p.m. July 10. $20.50-$51.49. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

Shawn Mullins

The Atlanta staple always will be known to the masses for his unconventional late ’90s breakthrough, “Lullaby,” but anyone who has paid remote attention to Mullins’ career knows he’s toured and recorded tirelessly since then. Last year, Mullins released “My Stupid Heart,” which was influenced by the dissolution of his third marriage and his firm belief in love.

8 p.m. July 10. $28-$36. City Winery, 650 North Ave., Atlanta. 404-946-3791,


Flight of the Conchords

Quirky and clever New Zealanders Bret McKenzie and Jermaine Clement endeared themselves to American audiences with their HBO series and their endless wit (they refer to themselves as “the almost award-winning fourth-most-popular folk duo in New Zealand”). Fans have waited patiently as the folk-parody duo worked on new material — it’s been about seven years since their last album and three since their most recent major tour — and recent shows have indeed been stuffed with fresh offerings.

8 p.m. July 12. $35-$50. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


Boyz II Men

Amid endless touring, their Las Vegas residency, a stint on “Grease: Live” (they played the teen angels and sang “Beauty School Dropout”) and Wanya Morris’ semifinals showing on “Dancing With the Stars,” it’s been another whirlwind year for the R&B-popmeisters. Wanya Morris, Nathan Morris and Shawn Stockman released their most recent album in 2014, but most fans are coming to hear the “Cooleyhighharmony.”

8 p.m. July 14. $35-$55. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

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