Live music picks


Wiz Khalifa

The Pittsburgh rapper is racking up plenty of frequent flier miles with his trips to Atlanta lately. Earlier this month, Khalifa performed at the Kennesaw State University homecoming concert. His Friday show at Center Stage is the second of a two-night stand as he continues to tour behind his fifth studio album, “Blacc Hollywood,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The rapper has been busy on the singles chart as well, with “We Dem Boyz” and “Promises” making plenty of noise.

With Uzi. 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Sold out. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


First Aid Kit

Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg first started to gain notice when, as teenage musicians, they covered Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” and became well-known among the Internet music-surfing crowd. Their 2010 debut, “The Big Black & the Blue,” earned notice from Patti Smith and Jack White. Their third album, “Stay Gold,” led by the lush single “My Silver Lining,” is another example of their canny melding of lush harmonizing with an Americana backbone.

With Samantha Crain. 9 p.m. Nov. 1. $24. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


The English Beat

To some, the band is best known as the group that splintered into General Public and Fine Young Cannibals. But now back in modified form, the band behind the ’80s hits “Save It for Later” and “Mirror in the Bathroom” recently announced that a new, crowd-funded album is on the way. They’re even sharing a portion of their fan funding with Doctors Without Borders. The current lineup features Dave Wakeling on vocals and guitar, Rhythmm Epkins on drums, Larry Young on bass, Kevin Lum on keyboards and Matt Morrish on sax.

With Hermits of Suburbia. 8 p.m. Nov. 5. $25. Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

Maria Muldaur

Though she’s most associated with the oft-derided 1974 pop hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” Muldaur has always been more of a blues-roots singer. Her 40th album, released in 2012, was called “First Came Memphis Minnie,” a tribute to the pioneering blues singer-guitarist. (Bonnie Raitt, Ruthie Foster and Phoebe Snow were among Muldaur’s guests on the project.) Muldaur, 71, continues to tour steadily with her Red Hot Bluesiana Band and will be joined at her Smith’s show by a recent inductee into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, the luminous Atlanta blues singer Francine Reed.

With Francine Reed. 7 p.m. Nov. 5. $20 (advance), $25 (day of show). Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 1-877-725-8849,


Phillip Phillips

The 2012 “American Idol” winner told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s “Idol” guru, Rodney Ho, in a recent interview that he’s happy with his second album, “Behind the Light,” and thinks that the songs resonate live much better than his first crop of material. The easygoing Leesburg native behind the hits “Home,” “Gone, Gone, Gone” and “Raging Fire” said of the songs on “Light”: “They have so much more energy. We can rock out even harder. It’s so musical and the emotions are a little heavier.” And, even though he’s playing tony Symphony Hall, don’t expect the casual Phillips to don a suit for the occasion. He joked to Ho that he dresses up “only when my girlfriend makes me.”

8 p.m. Nov. 6. $39.50-$59.50. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-5000,

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