BEN KWELLER is a rock artist who, through sheer touring and good albums, has built a significant cult audience outside the spotlight. His 2002 disc, Sha Sha, drew the most attention, thanks to the sly and tongue-in-cheek single "Wasted and Ready." Since then he's continued to record pop-rock songs with strong lyrics and dependable melodies, earning continued acclaim from music critics. Kweller's touring behind his new, self-titled fourth album. Punk troubadour and sometimes-rapper Tim Fite opens the Tues., AUG. 7 show. $16. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com.