Live music picks


Aaron Carter

The younger brother of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter had a smattering of chart action in the late-’90s when he was a preteen. Now almost 27, Carter has stayed visible through the years with various musical projects and a stint on “Dancing With the Stars.” This summer, he unveiled the new song “Ooh Wee,” and since September has been on this Wonderful World Tour, which rolls through January.

With Amanda Hale, KZ, Liberty Deep Down and Crazy Carls. 9 p.m. Nov. 14. $17-$67. The Loft at Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

Jenny Lewis

The former Rilo Kiley frontwoman released her third solo album, “The Voyager,” in July and, while it took five years to complete, the result was more than worth the wait. Led by the strummy single “Just One of the Guys” (featuring a priceless video Lewis directed with Anne Hathaway and Kristen Stewart), the album showcases Lewis’ admirable skill of combining feathery melodies with muscular indie rock. Lewis hasn’t abandoned her Rilo Kiley history, either. On this tour, she’s regularly performed “Silver Lining” and “The Moneymaker,” among others, from her days with the band.

With Waxahatchee. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 14. $26. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Carpenter canceled her original show on this same date at Symphony Hall out of respect for the contract negotiations between the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Woodruff Arts Center. That dispute has since been resolved, but in the interim Carpenter shifted her show to the Variety, where she will perform acoustic renditions of her beloved folk-pop catalog with Jon Carroll on piano and John Doyle on guitar. The concert also will benefit Hosea Feed the Hungry and the Atlanta Community Food Bank; attendees are encouraged to bring two cans of food.

With Tift Merritt. 8 p.m. Nov. 14. $35. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

Straight No Chaser

In 1998, a video of the group performing “The 12 Days of Christmas” landed on YouTube and subsequently garnered millions of views, leading to a multi-album record deal for the 10 friends, who formed SNC at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. Listening to Straight No Chaser sing is like an aural puzzle. Pieces of vocals link together in perfect harmony as the a capella group coats many contemporary pop songs with their distinctive stylings. In November 2013 they released the EP “Under the Influence: Holiday Edition,” so, given our current season, expect to hear some of those Chase-i-fied tunes.

8 p.m. Nov. 14. $32-$47. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499,



The hirsute frontman of the now-defunct David Crowder Band, an Atlanta transplant from Texas, has been rolling solo for a couple of years and released his debut, “Neon Steeple,” this spring under the simple name of Crowder. The singer-songwriter, a pillar in the contemporary Christian music world, always manages to deftly blend sacred and secular, and rustic folk and glimmering pop. This tour launched in October and will wrap this weekend with a sold-out victory lap in Crowder’s current hometown.

With Capital Kings and All Sons & Daughters. 7 p.m. Nov. 15. Sold out. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

Little Big Town

It was a big night for Little Big Town at the CMA Awards last week, where the quartet scored vocal group of the year honors for the third consecutive time. Onstage, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet dazzled with light-up costumes and a taut rendition of their breezy “Day Drinking.” While they might not have quite that level of razzle-dazzle on tour to support their sixth studio album, “Pain Killer” — “So many people and so many wires in all kinds of places,” joked Schlapman backstage at the CMAs — they do bring 12 years of hits to the tour, which launched last weekend in Ohio. “Country music fans are the best and we want to give them something exciting,” Fairchild said of the group’s philosophy. The Fox show is a sort of homecoming for the group — Schlapman is a native of Cornelia and Fairchild graduated from Lassiter High School in Marietta.

With Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15. $27-$56.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499,

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