After playing in every band on every label on every song in the Nashville music scene (a fuzzed-out execution showcased on 2008's Matador Records singles comp), 2009's Watch Me Fall acknowledges Reatard's death wish with overblown, poppy drama in two-minute increments. Though recent documentary Waiting For Something worked hard to portray Reatard as an industrious genius who always wears the same Strapping Fieldhands t-shirt, they couldn't stop the Elvis comparisons. Fittingly, take this quote from a recent Voice interview: "Most of the time, what's wrong with you is more interesting that what's right. What's right with you is fucking boring." With Box Elders, Hunx, and more.
Thu., Oct. 1, 11 p.m., 2009