Holly Williams, Richard Thompson, Torres, Local Metal, Mando Blues, George Takei and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section

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She Got the Beat: Holly Williams is a troubadour who's found what she's looking for (Playing Tuesday, 12th at The Belcourt; The Highway is out now via Georgiana Records)

Man in Need: Produced in Nashville by Buddy Miller, Richard Thompson's latest is a tale of marriage and its discontents (Electric is out now via New West)

By Any Other Name: Torres hits the road on the strength of a self-released debut (Playing Friday, 8th at The Basement and Tuesday, 12th at Grimey's)

Heavy Music City: A quick guide to 12 of Nashville's heaviest metal bands

Backwoods Blues: Mando Blues serves up blues from the most unusual studio in Nashville

“Oh My” God: Our interview with the legendary George Takei (Serving as narrator in A Survivor From Warsaw during Nashville Symphony’s "Harmonic Convergence," Feb. 7-9 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center)

In The Spin: Honoring a Legend: A Tribute to Cowboy Jack Clement at War Memorial Auditorium, The xx w/Austra at the Ryman

Plus Critics’ Picks on Shovels & Rope, Lindi Ortega, Corb Lund, The SteelDrivers, Mike Cooley, Sol Cat’s album release, Trixie Whitley, Butterfly Boucher with Joe Pug, K-Holes, Wooden Wand and more

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