The season kicks off with Music Midtown (Sept. 21-22, www.musicmidtown.com), which returns to Piedmont Park. Last year's heralded return of the storied music festival, after a five-year hiatus, was so well-received that promoters tacked on a second night for this year's installment. The Foo Fighters anchor the eclectic first night, which includes sets from Atlanta residents Van Hunt and T.I., as well as Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and The Avett Brothers. On Sept. 22, Pearl Jam headlines, but earlier in the day fans can indulge in the nostalgia of Adam Ant and Garbage, rap along with Ludacris, and rock out with Neon Trees, Girl Talk and Florence and The Machine.
If we're talking eclectic, David Byrne (Oct. 3, www.cobbenergycentre.com ) will always be associated with the art-rock of Talking Heads, but he's rarely deviated from his own creative path. His association with St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) resulted in the idiosyncratic pop album, "Love This Giant," released last week . The pair's joint tour, which comes to Cobb Energy Centre, is accompanied by eight brass players, a keyboardist and drummer.