Live music picks

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Afropunk Fest

The Brooklyn-rooted music fest, which debuted in 2005 and took place again in New York in late August, is noted for its multicultural appeal. Now, it’s expanding and Atlanta is the inaugural second market. Based on the lineup tapped for the Atlanta arrival, a similar commitment to diversity appears to be a priority. Notable inclusions are: D’Angelo and the Vanguard; Flying Lotus; Santigold; Tyler, the Creator; Death Grips; Public Enemy; Twin Shadow; Danny Brown; Benjamin Booker; Suicidal Tendencies; Trash Talk; Kaytranada; Big Freedia; and Saul Williams.

Noon Oct. 3-4. $45-$289. Central Park, Central Park Place and Linden Avenue, Atlanta.

Collective Soul

It's been a more than 20-year journey for the Stockbridge natives, and longtime fans will revel in the CS specialty combination of crunch rock ("This") and melodic balladry ("AYTA") that anchors "See What You Started by Continuing," the band's first new album in six years. Oh, and singer Ed Roland — who performed at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony last weekend — would like it known that he did not schedule this date, which coincides with his beloved Georgia Bulldogs taking on Alabama in Athens.

With Kevn Kinney. 8 p.m. Oct. 3. $32.50-$38. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


Foo Fighters

The hard-rocking, hair-flailing Foo Fighters are on their biggest-ever North American tour, in support of “Sonic Highways.” The guys — Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear — had a bit of a scare when Grohl severely injured his leg this summer in a stage fall, but an inventive, typically Foo “throne” constructed for Grohl has allowed the show to go on while he heals.

With Gary Clark Jr. 4 p.m. Oct. 4. $67.50 (general admission). Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave. W. N.W., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,



The trio from Charlottesville, Va., is going Stripped on this tour, an acoustic evening featuring songs from their three albums. Their most recent, “Overnight,” arrived in 2013 and slickly produced songs such as “Higher” and “Can’t Help” earned them spots on late-night and ESPN shows.

With Emily Hackett. 7 and 9:40 p.m. Oct. 5. $18 ($20 day of the show). Vinyl at Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365,


21 Pilots

The duo of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun have splashed their indescribable mixture of pop, emo, rock and hip-hop across charts from the U.S. to Japan. This year, though, with the release of their fourth full-length album, “Blurryface,” 21 Pilots has broken big thanks to the singles “Fairly Local,” “Tear in My Heart” and “Stressed Out.” A memorable performance on the MTV Video Music Awards in August solidified their status as the new cool.

7 p.m. Oct. 6 with Echosmith and Finish Ticket; 7 p.m. Oct. 7 with Finish Ticket. Both shows are sold out. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

Owl City

In 2009, Owl City — aka the project of Minnesota native Adam Young — careened onto the charts with the wispy, tinkling “Fireflies.” The electronica-synth sound produced by Owl City is back on display on their fifth album, “Mobile Orchestra,” which bowed in July. While Young has worked with artists ranging from Carly Rae Jepsen to Aloe Blacc to Lindsey Stirling, his coolest hookup might be (truly) with Hanson, the featured guest on the new song “Unbelievable.”

With Rozzi Crane. 7 p.m. Oct. 6. $25 (advance) and $30 (day of the show). Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365,