Best of Nashville Music, Los Straitjackets, Jamey Johnson, Early Graves, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section (and on the Cover)

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Best of Nashville Music: See the writers’ choices for the best local bands, venues, albums, music videos, shows and more from 2012

¡Viva! Daddy-O Grande: The utterly fantastic and totally harrowing story of Danny Amis' fight against cancer (Playing Saturday, 13th at Mercy Lounge)

Great Expectations: With his album of Hank Cochran covers, Jamey Johnson — premier songwriter of his generation — adds to his own artistic legend (Playing Tuesday, 16th at the Ryman; Living for a Song out Oct. 16 via Mercury Nashville)

Pure Hell: Early Graves overcame tragedy to release Red Horse (Playing with Skeletonwitch, Black Tusk & Havok Sunday, 14th at The End)

Banking on a Myth: How Godspeed You! Black Emperor's ambiguity evolved from a building block to a selling point (Playing Friday, 12th at Cannery Ballroom)

In The Spin: David Byrne and St. Vincent at the Ryman, Grimes with Elite Gymnastics and Myths at Mercy Lounge

Plus Critics’ Picks on Crystal Castles and Health, Foreign Fields and WhiteHorse, James McMurtry, The Queers, The Nobility and The Non-Commissioned Officers, The McCoy Tyner Quartet and much more

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