Cowboy Jack Clement, Rocketown, Morrissey, Yo La Tengo, Jon Spencer, Jacob Jones, Ty Segall and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section (and on the Cover)


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You Don’t Know Jack: Honoring Cowboy Jack Clement, the one degree of separation between Sun Records and U2 (Honoring a Legend: A Tribute to Cowboy Jack Clement Wednesday, 30th at a War Memorial Auditorium)

Shirt Shrift: A Rocketown employee alleges he was fired for wearing a T-shirt supporting same-sex marriage

Moz Before Bros: Morrissey (and his fans) return to the Ryman (Playing Tuesday, 29th at the Ryman)

Tengo With the Blues: Fellow indie-rock founders and onetime labelmates Yo La Tengo and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion square off (Yo La Tengo playing Saturday, 26th at Mercy Lounge; Jon Spencer Blues Explosion playing Saturday, 26th at Exit/In)

Keeping up With Jones: With his latest, Jacob Jones shifts into rock 'n' roll mode and takes himself a little less seriously (Playing Tuesday, 29th at The 5 Spot; Good Timin' in Waynetown out Jan. 29 via Electric Western Records)

Problems in My Brain: Ty Segall and band prescribe a fist-pumping, head-tripping antidote (Playing Monday, 28th at The End)

Monterey of Light: The Monterey Jazz Festival brings its tour to Nashville (Friday, 25th at Schermerhorn Symphony Center)

In The Spin: Bloc Party w/IO Echo at Cannery Ballroom, Western Medication w/Ranch Ghost, Clear Plastic Masks and Dirty Dreams at Mt. Swag

Plus Critics’ Picks on Ellis Paul, Rock ‘n’ Roe feat. Rosanne Cash and Chelsea Crowell, Purity Ring, Alanna Royale’s release show, Vivian Green, Datsik, Boom Bap’s fifth anniversary, Penicillin Baby, Scott H. Biram, Shabazz Palaces, Calexico, Carrie Rodriguez, Graveyard and more


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