George Jones, Jeffery Drag Records, The Black Keys, Jim James, Youth Lagoon and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section (and on the Cover)



The Grand Tour: Nashville's Sinatra, Billie Holiday or John Coltrane — that was George Jones, the voice of heartbreak.

Another Side of The Possum: In some of George Jones' woolliest songs, the king of broken hearts could also play the jester

Wise Guy: George Jones gave country music an emotionally revealing model of masculinity, and it matters even more today

Drag Kings: With local label Jeffery Drag Records, Bad Cop's Adam Moult & Co. are in search of 'really great' rock 'n' roll

Black to Basics: Two-and-a-half years after moving to Nashville, The Black Keys have their first hometown homecoming (Playing with The Flaming Lips Friday, 3rd at Bridgestone Arena)

King James’ Version: Jim James — and not Yim Yames — explores the spiritual with his first solo LP (Playing Thursday, 2nd at Cannery Ballroom)

Dead Pool: Youth Lagoon closes the gap between sound and sense on their new Wondrous Bughouse (Playing Thursday, 2nd at Mercy Lounge)

In The Spin: Mage tha Blackheart and more at The End, Band of Horses at the Ryman

Plus Critics’ Picks on Night Beats, DJ A-Sides, Goat, Charles Bradley, EmptyMansions, The Black Angels with Hanni El Khatib, Marnie Stern, Oberhoffer, Fielded, Goatwhore and more

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