Live music picks


Alejandro Escovedo

You never know where the eclectic alt-country-punk-Chicano-pop rocker might emerge. In the late-’90s, it was with Americana darling Ryan Adams. In the mid-’00s, he worked with John Cale of the Velvet Underground on the album “The Boxing Mirror.” And, earlier this year, the San Antonio native appeared in the crowdfunded movie and soundtrack to “Veronica Mars,” contributing the song “We Used to Be Friends.”

With Betty Soo. 7 p.m. June 27. $35 (advance), $42 (at the door) and $175 (reserved table of four). Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 1-877-725-8849,


Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo with Rick Springfield

Benatar and Giraldo are fresh from an opening stint for Cher, where they commandeered the stage for an hour of muscular favorites, including “Love Is a Battlefield” and “Hell Is for Children.” The husband-wife team is celebrating 35 years in the music business (and 32 years of marriage), but their playing and vocals sound as potent as during their ’80s heyday. Springfield, meanwhile, is celebrating the release of his first fiction book, “Magnificent Vibration.” Never seen him live? He’s the epitome of underrated.

With William Beckett. 8 p.m. June 28. $30.50-$69.50. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

Katy Perry

The latest leg of her Prismatic World Tour launched earlier this week and will roll through North America until October. Considering this is her third major tour — and “Prism” her fourth album — Perry is primed to completely steal the pop princess crown from Madonna and Lady Gaga. Her set features six themes and 22 songs that remind how far she’s come since “I Kissed a Girl.” And judging from photos released from opening night, it’s also quite the creatively cute and colorful production.

With Capital Cities. 7:30 p.m. June 28. $29.50-$129.50. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


“The Voice” Tour

While the “American Idol” juggernaut fades, the appeal of “The Voice” continues to swell — although how much that has to do with the playful judges panel and unique contestant-picking process, rather than the talent onstage, is unknown. But the 31-city tour, which launched last weekend in Texas, is bringing fans unique performances, such as the cast doing Bastille’s “Pompeii” and Rihanna’s “We Found Love”; Will Champlin, Jacquie Lee and Tessanne Chin performing original songs from their respective upcoming releases; and Josh Kaufman singing a duet of “Every Breath You Take” with vocal coach Usher on video. If Usher is in town this weekend, who knows, maybe he’ll show up to sing his portion live.

7:30 p.m. June 29. $32-$62. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

Landon Pigg

The Nashville singer-songwriter hasn’t performed live since 2011. But while he hasn’t been extremely visible, he hasn’t been AWOL, either. Pigg has kept fans up to date on YouTube, releasing some acoustic performances the past couple of years and also promoting the beautifully poignant 2012 film “Perks of Being a Wallflower,” in which he had a small role. Pigg’s Twitter feed resurrected last month with some simple posts that offered insights such as, “Been writing a lot.” A June 16 posting linked to his Red Clay performance with the message: “Can’t wait to play.”

7:30 p.m. June 29. $20 (advance) and $25 (at the door). Red Clay Theatre, 3116 Main St., Duluth. 404-478-2749,


New Edition

New Edition, the precursor to New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, ’N Sync and Boyz II Men, both solidified the modern-day boy band movement and also carried enough drama to fill a decade’s worth of reality TV programming. But for the past couple of years, the original crew of Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant has mended grievances and returned to kicking out jams such as “Candy Girl,” “If It Isn’t Love” and “Telephone Man.” The group also spends some time regaling fans with their moonlighting gigs as solo stars or as part of Bell Biv DeVoe.

8 p.m. July 3. $38-$60. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

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