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Atlanta Concerts this week: St. Vincent, Howard Jones


Tommy Emmanuel

On his latest release, the esteemed guitarist went collaborative. “Accomplice One” features guest appearances from, among others, Mark Knopfler, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas, Amanda Shires, Jason Isbell and tour mate Rodney Crowell. The songs they tackle are a delicious smorgasbord ranging from Madonna’s “Borderline” (Shires) to Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” (J.D. Simo) to “Purple Haze” (Douglas).

With Rodney Crowell. 8 p.m. Feb. 16. Sold out. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta. 1-877-987-6487,


St. Vincent

The experimental rock singer born Annie Clark has been a member of the Polyphonic Spree, part of Sufjan Stevens’ touring band and collaborated with David Byrne. And she’s only 35. Her fifth studio album, “Masseduction,”cq arrived last fall to much acclaim and also earned St. Vincent her first Top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 album chart. Her tour, which launched in November and extended into 2018 due to demand, is also presenting $1 from every ticket sold to PLUS1 to support organizations that provide treatment and resources for opioid addiction.

8 p.m. Feb. 17. $38.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,



In the late ‘90s, the Detroit rockers were a frequent presence on the modern rock charts with hits “Plowed,” “Molly/16 Candles” and “Have You Seen Mary.” For its current tour, dubbed “Under the Influence,” the quintet is adding something new to its set list — a spate of covers by the band’s greatest influences, including David Bowie, the Psychedelic Furs and Iggy Pop.

With Nobody’s Darlings and the Band Antle. 7 p.m. Feb. 18. $15. Hell at the Masquerade, 50 Lower Alabama St., #22, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


Howard Jones

The platinum-hued performer is regarded as a synth-pop pioneer who has expanded beyond his considerable hit list (“No One Is to Blame,” “Things Can Only Get Better,” “Everlasting Love,” “What Is Love?” and “Life in One Day” to name a handful) and continues to create with new sounds today. But following the recent New Wave package tour, Retro Futura, Jones is back to taking the stage solo and will bring his stripped-down “The Songs and the Stories” show to Atlanta.

With Rachel Sage. 8 p.m. Feb. 21. Sold out (waitlist available). City Winery, 650 North Ave. NE, #201, Atlanta. 404-946-3791,


Pedro the Lion

In 2006, David Bazan dissolved his Seattle-based band to go the solo route. But last year, he realized he missed the collaborative process of a band, and, while in the process of assembling a new outfit, realized he was essentially reassembling Pedro the Lion. The set lists for this current tour will span the Pedro repertoire, said Bazan, “and then some.”

With Marie/Lepanto. 8 p.m. Feb. 22. $23-$26. Terminal West, 887 W. Marietta St. NW, Atlanta. 404-876-5566,

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers the Atlanta Music Scene and entertainment news for print and online.