ALEX CHILTON died after suffering a heart attack this year, but the prolific songwriter, best-known for co-founding Memphis power-pop luminaries Big Star, left his mark. Be it immortalized in song by the Replacements or through the dozens of albums he churned out as both musician and producer, Chilton is the patron saint of earnest pop songcraft. Local acts Anna Kramer & the Lost Cause, the Pinx, Tous Le Jours and more host an entire evening honoring his legacy. Benefits the American Heart Association. $8. 9 p.m. Star Bar, 437 Moreland Ave. 404-681-9018. www.starbar.net. (Chad Radford)
Must rock bands always have the most angsty, emo names? BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE is no different. The imported heavy metal band from Wales performs hits from its third album, Fever, at the Tabernacle. The latest album is a follow-up to the worldwide platinum album Scream Aim Fire. If head-banging and yelling at the top of your lungs is what you want, then Bullet for My Valentine is sure to deliver. Special guests include Chiodos, Airbourne and Arcanium. $24. 6:30 p.m. 152 Luckie St. 404-659-9022. www.livenation.com. (Shonitria Anthony)
MAY 6-9 SHEER EXHILARATION Celebrates Atlanta Ballet's 80th anniversary with four edgy new pieces that combine fan faves. www.atlantaballet.com.
MAY 6-30 BOEING-BOEING Marc Camoletti's French farce closes Aurora Theatre's season. www.auroratheatre.com.
MAY 8 ZZ TOP Plays Chastain Park Amphitheatre. www.ticketmaster.com.
MAY 10 MINUS THE BEAR Seattle quintet visits Variety Playhouse. www.variety-playhouse.com.