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Nashville Scene: Best of Nashville 2011: Heroes & ‘Villians

From The Scene, photo by Eric Englund

BEST LISTENING ROOM/RESTAURANT: FAMILY WASH

Most times, when you go to hear a band at a club that serves food, you’re either struggling to choke down the inedible equivalent of a two-drink minimum or trying to tune out some wispy acoustic balladeer while you rummage around for the last nacho. Neither food nor music shows signs of neglect at Jamie Rubin’s East Nashville hang, where the neighborhood’s many musicians can be found chilling at the renovated laundry with a shepherd’s pie and a brew (the Wash’s famous $10 Tuesday “Pint & Pie” special) when they’re not on the road. Tip: Any night you get wind of a set by the Sons of Zevon — Rubin’s all-star cover band featuring regulars who’ve played for the likes of David Bowie, The Black Crowes and The Jayhawks — bring lawyers, guns and money.  JIM RIDLEY