Live music picks

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Neon Trees

The release of the band’s new “Pop Psychology” album marks an interesting time in Neon Trees’ nearly 10-year career. Singer Tyler Glenn recently talked to Rolling Stone about being gay and Mormon (the band hails from Utah), and drummer Elaine Bradley is back for the new album and tour after giving birth to son Bryce in 2012. The tour, which kicked off May 12, pulls several songs from “Pop Psychology,” but also reminds fans of the band’s giddy breakthrough hits, “Everybody Talks” and “Animal,” as well as the sublime current chart topper, “Sleeping With a Friend.”

With Small Pools. 8 p.m. May 23. $25. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

Ben Folds

Currently on tour performing with symphonies around the country, sharp-witted melodic mastermind Folds will meld his snappy piano pop with the sounds of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. It’s probably worth the ticket price just to hear the two collaborate on “One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces” and the set-closing “Rockin’ the Suburbs.”

8 p.m. May 23. $46.50-$85.50. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


Dave Matthews Band

Last year’s Atlanta DMB sighting was a little unconventional — the band performed at Centennial Olympic Park as part of the NCAA Final Four festivities. This year’s road run features the group performing two sets at each show — acoustic and electric — for the first time since New Year’s Eve 1996, and is a “reinvention of the traditional DMB summer evening.” The tour launched last weekend and the first few dates have included a cover of Sixto Rodriguez’s “Sugar Man,” of “Searching for Sugar Man” fame.

7 p.m. May 24. $40.50-$75. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

Styx and Foreigner with Don Felder

Former Eagles guitarist Felder told us in a recent interview that he’s looking forward to this summer outing with his old friend Tommy Shaw and the rest of Styx because, they’re “just really nice people. There’s no drama, no egos. The same with Foreigner. We were working on some rehearsals to announce the tour, and it just seemed like a really fun group of people. I thought, this is going to be a really fun tour. It seemed like we could go out for three months together and not get sick of each other.” Felder will open, followed by Foreigner and then Styx.

7 p.m. May 24. $19.50-$99.50. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 1-800-745-3000,

DJ Jazzy Jeff

Yes, it is that DJ Jazzy Jeff, the one who rose to prominence in the late ’80s when he and Will Smith (aka the Fresh Prince) appealed to teens everywhere with their “Parents Just Don’t Understand” anthem. Check out for the latest installment of his video diary series, “Vinyl Destination.”

9 p.m. May 24. $30 (21 and older only). Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band

This is the first time Buffett will play Chastain in 27 years. Though some fans have expressed disapproval of the show being held at a venue that lacks tailgating space (a prerequisite for many Buffett fans), others will appreciate seeing him in a more intimate location. If you’ve never seen Mr. Margaritaville, expect to hear plenty of well-worn fan favorites such as “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Volcano” and “Fins.”

8 p.m. May 27. $130.50-$255.50. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,