Johnny Marr

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    November 19, 2014

    10 of the 11 Best Pretenders Songs Came Out Before 1984

    How many women out there can say they have married both a Kink (Ray Davies) and a Simple Mind (Jim Kerr)? Chrissie Hynde can. She's arguably the most badass alto of all time, and I'd certainly hate to ask her, "How does it feel to know almost all of your best songs were on the first three Pretender ... More >>

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    August 20, 2014

    La Cerca's Big Sound Comes from Small Influences

    La Cerca singer/songwriter/guitarist Andrew Gardner is an idealist. No, he's a cynic. In any case, he's a master songsmith who speaks most articulately through his guitar playing. He found his calling in the early-'90s twee-pop of Beat Happening and Unrest, along with New Zealand indie bands like th ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    Was Coachella 2013 Worth The Drive From Phoenix?

    If you went to Coachella last weekend, you're probably still sunburned, dehydrated, and physically exhausted. Sleeping in your own bed is a glorious feeling after camping out or crashing on a friend's hotel room floor, but some aches and pains are bound to persist. Fortunately, if you had a good-en ... More >>

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    April 14, 2013

    New Order - Coachella - April 13, 2013

    New Order While over at the main stage the bulk of the Coachella crowd was enduring Phoenix with the hope that Daft Punk would come out -- they instead got R. Kelly -- a smaller but perhaps-more-enthusiastic crowd got a first-rate greatest hits set from New Order last night. See also: Doing Drugs ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013
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    March 27, 2013

    Billy Bragg, Crescent Ballroom, 3/26/13

    Billy Bragg @ Crescent Ballroom|3/26/13For his first-ever Phoenix show, Billy Bragg gave his all, of all of his sides -- the young punk firebrand, the activist, the lover, the Woody Guthrie acolyte, the folk malcontent, and the Bard of Barking hawking his new album. Though the new record, Tooth & ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Stop Hating on the 2013 Coachella Lineup

    Each year, like many of you, I impatiently wait for the Coachella lineup to be announced. Sometimes it's disappointing (if Daft Punk says they're not touring, chances are they're not playing the festival), but there's always going be a few redeeming artists. At best the lineup will be amazing, and i ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013

    Coachella 2013 Official Lineup is Posted

    The wait, as they say, is finally over. You can cease all the speculation of who the hell is officially playing this year's Coachella as Goldenvoice unveiled the lineup in grand fashion. See also: -Who Is Really Playing Coachella This Year? -The Rolling Stones Aren't Playing Coachella, but Some ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    Coachella's "Bloom" Video: WTF Does it Mean?

    Yesterday afternoon, the home page of the Coachella website changed to a video called "Bloom," which shows plants and art exhibits sprouting from the ground. Some look pretty creepy--did those worm/slug things 30 seconds into the video really just form a structure? At least the rest are fairly cute ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    Who Is Really Playing Coachella This Year?

    Historically, the Coachella line up has always been announced in January. That means the official line up should be announced any day now, along with some artists that will hopefully make their way to Phoenix between dates. There have been a number of fake posters circling the net-- some credible a ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012
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    October 2, 2012

    Robyn Hitchcock Talks Tomatoes and Psychedelic Pop

    Speaking with Robyn Hitchcock back in 1996, the conversation quickly diverged from music to the difficulties of growing tomatoes at high-elevation. It was not his issue, but mine, as he lives in England where growing tomatoes is much easier, and I was in Colorado. Still, that conversation made it cl ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    Goldenboy's Shon Sullivan Talks Phoenix and Elliott Smith

    The New Familiar is more than just the name of the forthcoming album from L.A.-based Goldenboy. It's an aesthetic, says songwriter Shon Sulllivan, whose resume includes work with Elliott Smith, Spain, The Eels, The Watson Twins, The Rentals, and more. "People always ask us, what do you sound like? ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    Flashback Friday: The Smiths, A Soundtrack to Awkward '80s Dance Moves

    Where we're going, we don't need roads; just a synthesizer, eyeliner, and a touch of androgyny. Welcome to Flashback Friday. Los Angeles-based rockers Ozomatli reminded me of a cold hard fact at last month's McDowell Mountain Music Festival; if you're a Latino, particularly a Chicano like myself, y ... More >>

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    January 31, 2012

    Unite and Take Over Vol. 2: More Stories Inspired By the Songs of The Smiths

    Unite and Take Over Vol. 2, Record Store Day variant cover by Jason Pedersen​One of our favorite Kickstarter success stories was last year's Unite and Take Over, a graphic collection of songs inspired by the lyrics of The Smiths. Editor and writer Shawn Demumbrum took to the crowd-funding s ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012

    Otro Mundo Featured in NME's 100 New Bands You Have to Hear in 2012

    British tabloid NME has a penchant for overstating it -- you know, a new "savoir of rock" every couple weeks -- but they're right on the money with this one: the January 7 issue of the magazine spotlights Phoenix-based Otro Mundo as one of the 100 New Bands You Have to Hear in 2012. The Otro Mundo ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    First Ever Twitter Cover Band Created

    ​A group called Tw1tterband (@tw1tterband) has become the first Twitter music group, according to Paste.The project began when an Englishman named Richard Newman decided to reach out for singers, musicians and producers via Twitter to make a cover song together in honor of his two year Twitter ann ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    Goldenboy's Shon Sullivan on Bisbee, Johnny Marr and South by Southwest

    ​Shon Sullivan has collaborated with Elliott Smith, Johnny Marr, The Eels, The Watson Twins, and Neil Finn over the years. Sullivan started playing solo acoustic music between Elliott Smith and Eels tours and dubbed his band Goldenboy after a nickname Smith gave him.Three albums later, Goldenboy i ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    Feb. 17 In Blogs: The Oatmeal, J.D. Stooks, Raspados, and Jeff Flake

    ​​​In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:

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    September 28, 2010

    MGMT Drummer Gets Hit With Jar of Piss, Refuses to Return to Stage UPDATE

    ​Move aside, angry pigeons -- piss is the new birdshit. In a story that seems too good to be true, MGMT drummer Will Berman was hit in the chest by a glass full of urine during a gig at the Manchester Apollo Sunday night. The band was in the middle of the song "The Handshake," from their admittedl ... More >>

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    November 16, 2009

    New Bob Dylan Video, The Swell Season Live, Slayer/Megadeth Tour

    Electric Mustache: Video: Black Carl @ ModifestIdolator: Katharine McPhee Covers A Christmas ClassicNME: The Cribs announce first North American tour with Johnny MarrPitchfork: Video: Bob Dylan: "Must Be Santa"Rolling Stone: Live at Rolling Stone: The Swell Season Play "Strict Joy" TunesSpin: Slaye ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    Neil Finn, family and friends make melodious music for poverty relief on 7 Worlds Collide

    Frenz.comSinger/songwriter Neil Finn gathered family and friends in his native New Zealand to create and record a double album in three weeks.​ A sage singer/songwriter named Willie Nelson once extolled the joys of "making music with my friends" and a younger, but perhaps no less sage, singe ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009
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    December 28, 2008

    The Top 10 Reissues of 2008

    By Chris Gray It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 27, 2007

    Life After Morrissey

    Former Smiths drummer is still alive and stickin'

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    March 22, 2007

    Modest Mouse

    We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

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    September 14, 2006

    Andy Rourke

    Magic hands

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    April 28, 2005

    Next Wave

    The Wonder Stuff is back, with one finger raised for the Britpop it spawned

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    December 18, 2003

    Billy Bragg

    Must I Paint You a Picture? The Essential Billy Bragg (Rhino Records)

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    August 14, 2003

    The Star Spangles

    Bazooka!!! (Capitol Records)

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    December 26, 2002

    It Ain't Good -- So What?

    Sometimes, the best music is the stuff you wouldn't dream of praising in public

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    October 17, 2002

    Canadian Smoke

    With a new album, killer fashion and trendy referencing, Hot Hot Heat prepares to invade the hip U.S.

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    August 8, 2002

    Still Ill

    Forever Maladjusted, Morrissey hauls his musical baggage out on tour

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    June 20, 2002

    Pet Shop Boys

    Release (EMI)

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    August 23, 2001

    Revved-Up Rock

    The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club rides roughshod over today's guitar gods

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    May 18, 2000

    Uncertain Smile

    The The's Matt Johnson is back with a new record, a new label and something close to optimism

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    February 17, 2000

    The The

    Naked Self (Nothing)

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    September 29, 1993