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Hey, guys, The AJC Music Scene blog is movin' on up to a groovy new platform. Please come visit me here - http://music.blog.ajc.com/ - update your bookmarks, spread the word, etc. Thanks for your continued readership! Cheers, Melissa P.S. The content on this site will remain for the near future just in ...

ZZ Top will return to the road next year, after Dusty Hill completely recovers.

ZZ Top reschedules Atlanta show for 2015

ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill is on the mend, but the band won’t return to the road until next year. A few weeks ago, Hill took a misstep on the band’s tour bus and injured his hip, resulting in the postponement of several shows including Sept. 6 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre ...

Jenny Lewis is heading to the Buckhead Theatre.

Atlanta Tickets: Jenny Lewis, Trans-Siberian Orchestra

BY SARIA CANADY  If you find a mistake in Hot Tickets, please let us know. Contact Saria Canady at scanady@ajc.com. Events are subject to change, so it’s a good idea to call the venue before driving a long distance. Follow us on Twitter. ON SALE FRIDAY, SEPT. 12 Midnight show with CBDB. ...

Ed Sheeran headlines The Arena at Gwinnett Center on Friday.

Atlanta Concerts: Ed Sheeran, Charlie Wilson

FRIDAY Tedeschi Trucks Band The 11-member band fronted by Susan Tedeschi and husband Derek Trucks is playing its first headlining show in Atlanta in a few years (they visited last summer with the Black Crowes and in 2012 with B.B. King). Their live shows draw primarily from their original output, ...

British singer Ed Sheeran has jumped from clubs to arenas in the past year of his career. He'll headline The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth to promote his latest album, "x."

Atlanta concerts: Ed Sheeran, Lily Allen

FRIDAY Tedeschi Trucks Band The 11-member band fronted by Susan Tedeschi and husband Derek Trucks is playing its first headlining show in Atlanta in a few years (they visited last summer with the Black Crowes and in 2012 with B.B. King). Their live shows draw primarily from their original output, ...

Stevie Wonder, shown performing in June, last played Atlanta in 2007.

Stevie Wonder will bring 'Songs in the Key of Life' tour to Atlanta

Stevie Wonder is taking “Songs in the Key of Life” on the road. The legendary singer-songwriter-musician will play 11 cities this fall, including a 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 stop at Philips Arena. The performances will be a live adaptation of Wonder’s landmark 1976 “Songs in the Key of Life” album. ...

Ariana Grande will visit Philips Arena in March.

Ariana Grande announces Atlanta arena concert

Pop’s newest princess, Ariana Grande, will embark on a headlining arena tour early next year and visit Philips Arena at 7:30 p.m. March 24. Grande, a ubiquitous radio presence this summer with the hit “Problem,” featuring Iggy Azalea, is supporting her sophomore record, “My Everything,” which debuted at No. 1 ...

Jason Mraz finds his groove at the Fox.

Concert review: Jason Mraz oozes laid-back charm at Fox Theatre show

Jason Mraz sauntered onto the Fox Theatre stage in his usual uniform of jaunty hat, T-shirt and jeans, somewhat surprising audience members still hunting for their seats. He wasn’t quite ready to perform, but wanted to come out to say, “Thanks, y’all” (he might be a longtime San Diego-an, but ...

Tedeschi Trucks Band will play Chastain on Friday.

It's a family affair for Tedeschi Trucks Band

When Susan Tedeschi and husband Derek Trucks bring their 11-person band to Chastain Park Friday, they need two buses, plus the equipment truck – and that’s even without inviting the kids along. Tedeschi and Trucks, the parents of Sophia, 10, and Charlie, 12, often take their offspring on the road, ...

"Songs of Innocence" is U2's 13th studio album.

U2 giving away new album 'Songs of Innocence' on iTunes

U2’s long-awaited 13th studio album, “Songs of Innocence,” is being gifted to iTunes Music Store customers starting today. Seriously.  If you don't believe it, check your "purchased" bank because it will be in there.  For non-Apple conformists, “Songs of Innocence” will be released Oct. 14 (it will remain an iTunes ...

Brantley Gilbert played the Kennesaw Best Buy in May for his album's release.

Free Brantley Gilbert tickets to his Arena at Gwinnett Center concert

Brantley Gilbert achieved the biggest success of his career with the May release of “Just as I Am,” his third album. The Jefferson native debuted at No. 1 on the country album chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart thanks in part to the chart-topping success of ...

Avicii at the I Heart Music Awards in May.

Avicii cancels all upcoming appearances, including TomorrowWorld

TomorrowWorld will be without one of its headliners later this month, as Avicii is canceling all scheduled performances. The Swedish EDM star, born Tim Bergling, is suspending touring  due to health concerns. Earlier this year, the newly minted 25-year-old had surgeries to remove his gallbladder and appendix. The DJ/producer’s camp ...

Kings of Leon is mended and ready to rock.

Kings of Leon talks touring, Robyn and Atlanta

 In February, Kings of Leon stormed through Philips Arena for the opening date of their “Mechanical Bull” tour. The arena run performed decently, coming in at No. 22 on Pollstar’s listing of the Top 100 North American tours so far this year with an average of 9,000 tickets sold per ...

Jake Bugg makes a big sound with a small band.

Concert review: Jake Bugg showcases guitar chops at inaugural Parklife music festival

A solid lineup, a decent turnout and, most importantly for an upstart festival, a break from the lousy weather that mars so many Atlanta music events. All told, a good start for the Parklife festival, which took over the “central park” area of Atlantic Station most of Sunday afternoon and ...

Jason Mraz will play in stripped-down form at the Fox on Tuesday.

Jason Mraz talks touring, pre-show rituals and Raining Jane

Regardless of your feelings about Jason Mraz, you can never doubt his sincerity. Since his first hit more than a decade ago, the meaningful-but-hiding-behind-a-sunny-melody “The Remedy,” Mraz has made hearts swoon with “Lucky,” his Grammy-winning duet with Colbie Caillat, spawned a gazillion homemade YouTube videos with the breezy “I’m Yours” ...

Atlanta rapper Future scored an impressive six nominations.

Drake, Future land major nominations for BET Hip Hop Awards 2014

Continuing as the king of ubiquity this year, Drake leads the BET Hip Hop Awards 2014 with eight nominations, including Best Live Performer, Album of the Year (“Nothing Was the Same”) and the coveted People’s Champ Award. But the Atlanta rap community has a potent presence as well among this ...

Ne-Yo will visit The Tabernacle next month.

Atlanta Tickets: Ne-Yo, Junior Brown

BY SARIA CANADY  If you find a mistake in Hot Tickets, please let us know. Contact Saria Canady at scanady@ajc.com. Events are subject to change, so it’s a good idea to call the venue before driving a long distance. Follow us on Twitter. ON SALE FRIDAY, SEPT. 5 Tig Notaro. 8 p.m. ...

Austin Mahone says his current tour, which plays Alpharetta on Sunday, is "bigger and better" than any previous shows.

Austin Mahone talks touring, his future and George Strait

Oh, to be an 18-year-old burgeoning superstar and a swoony idol to millions of teenage girls. If that’s your life, and you’ve been on tour for more than a month in a rumbling bus that pulls into a city long enough for you to soundcheck, sign 300 posters for fans, ...

Leesburg's Luke Bryan is up for Entertainer of the Year, among other CMA Awards this year.

Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum among Georgia nominees for 2014 CMA Awards

It might be Luke Bryan’s kind of night when the 48th annual CMA Awards roll around in November. The Leesburg native is a high-profile nominee among this year’s contenders with nods for entertainer of the year, male vocalist of the year and album of the year for his 2-million-selling “Crash ...

Eminem will headline Music Midtown on Saturday, Sept. 20, along with Zac Brown Band.

From Eminem to Garth Brooks to One Direction, fall offers colossal concert choices

To call September “super” would be like calling Garth Brooks “a country singer.” It’s a lot bigger than that. Colossally so. Starting with the Sept. 13 One MusicFest, which this year moves to Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, weekends in September will be a juggling act for music fans. Music Midtown ...

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From Eminem to Garth Brooks to One Direction, fall offers colossal concert choices

To call September “super” would be like calling Garth Brooks “a country singer.” It’s a lot bigger than that.

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