Check out the fascinating cover story this week on Nashville rocker Tommy Womack, whose ballsy new CD There, I Said It! came out Feb. 20. Womack is a dude who's been through all the rock cliches, from flirting with success in his '80s rock band Government Cheese to anxiety troubles, shit jobs and the inevitable struggle with drugs, failure and redefining what success means for an artist. He plays his CD release show this Friday, Feb. 23 at The Basement.
Other music coverage this week:
Deerhoof: Whatever you do, don't call them an experimental pop band with a childlike singer. Haruch checks in with the weird-core noise rockers about their new record, Friend Opportunity. (Playing Thursday, Feb. 22nd at Mercy Lounge w/Busdriver & Harlem Shakes.)
Guitarist Richard Thompson recommends a lack of success to everyone. Chris Parker looks at Thompson's legacy. (Playing Tuesday, 27th at The Belcourt.)
We got you all worked up about the Philip Glass mini-festival, but did it deliver? John Pitcher delivers the post-mortem.
We expand our local rock coverage exponentially this week with the debut of a new column from writer Jason Moon Wilkins, whose bi-weekly Nashville Sounds will cover record releases with a local connection. This week, he gives you the skinny on the new Cortney Tidwell record, Justin Earle's debut EP (CD release show Monday, 26th at The Basement) and the latest from The Sways (playing Friday, 23rd at The Basement). Local bands, get your demos in fast if you want Wilkins on the scoop.
And finally, being a Nashville music fan means that one minute you're confused about how to feel at the VietNam/Lemonheads gig, and the next minute, you find yourself in the giddy throb of the Girl Talk show. Luckily, The Spin is here to illuminate.
What to do this week? Chris Difford? Black Diamond Heavies? Harlem Shakes? Check our Critics' Picks.