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You probably know legendary guitarist Johnny Marr best as one of the members of The Smiths. But he also has participated in many other acts such as Electric, The Cribs, and Modest Mouse. Recently Marr has embarked on a solo career of his own. On November 15 he stopped by Brooklyn to play a sold out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg in support of his new album Playland.

Marr had terrific control over the room, bringing his music to life in on his own terms. As a frontman he’s engaging and certainly holds is own vocally. He played lots of new material from Playland (his sophomore solo effort) as well as cuts from his solo debut, The Messenger. Going into the show I hoped to hear a few of The Smiths songs thrown in there, and thankfully he did more than that. He played a handful of Smiths favorites such as “Panic,” “Bigmouth Strikes Again,” and “The Headmaster Ritual.” He also played “Getting Away With It” from Electronic.

Marr really surprised the crowd by bringing out Kirk Douglas of The Roots to play guitar on “How Soon Is Now?,” an unexpected treat to say the least. The encore brought a heartwarming performance of “Still Ill” as well as “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” which was sung by the entire crowd at remarkable levels.

I may never get to see The Smiths (or Morrissey) but at least I am able to have caught the wonderful Johnny Marr.

Setlist:

1. Playland
2. Panic (The Smiths)
3. The Right Thing Right
4. Easy Money
5. 25 Hours
6. New Town Velocity
7. The Headmaster Ritual (The Smiths)
8. Back in the Box
9. Speak Out Reach Out
10. Generate! Generate!
11. Bigmouth Strikes Again (The Smiths)
12. Boys Get Straight
13. Candidate
14. Getting Away with It (Electronic)
15. How Soon Is Now? (The Smiths) w/ Kirk Douglas of The Roots on guitar

Encore:

16. Still Ill (The Smiths)
17. Dynamo
18. Lust For Life (Iggy Pop cover)
19. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (The Smiths)

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[new]: Johnny Marr – The Right Thing Right

By Will Oliver, December 5th 2012

“The Right Thing Right” is the latest song to be shared from Johnny Marr and his debut album, The Messenger. It’s a strong upbeat cut that wears its British influences well on its sleeve. Guitar rock is well and alive everybody.

The Messenger comes out February 26 via Sire/ADA. Take a listen below via Rolling Stone.

Johnny Marr – The Messenger

By Will Oliver, November 13th 2012 — with 1 comment

Last week legendary Smiths member Johnny Marr announced that he was going solo, and releasing his debut album which would be titled The Messenger. It’s coming out February 26 via Sire/ADA.

He has released the title track from the album, and it sounds great. Not that I would ever doubt Johnny Marr’s ability as a musician, but I wasn’t sure what to expect from him as a solo musician.  Any questions about Marr as the main vocalist are instantly put to rest, as he can certainly carry his own weight. As expected the guitar work is top tier. The man has a good ear, and it shows in the songs deliciously British melody.

Marr has released it in the form of a music video. Check that out below.
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Johnny Marr Announces Debut Album: The Messenger

By Will Oliver, November 5th 2012 — with 1 comment

The Smiths legend Johnny Marr is finally (officially) going solo. He is releasing his debut album, The Messenger, on February 26 via Sire/ADA. It was written and produced by Marr himself, and was recorded in Manchester/Berlin earlier in the year and mastered at Abbey Road.

I’m excited to see what Johnny can do all on his own, and even more excited at a shot to see him live at some point next year as he is planning to tour.

Interview: Peter Matthew Bauer (Of The Walkmen)

By Will Oliver, July 21st 2014 — with 1 comment

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With The Walkmen on indefinite hiatus, it has given its members new freedom to venture out on their own. Such as member Peter Matthew Bauer, who released his debut album Liberation! on Mexican Summer last month. I’ve seen Bauer’s live show now, and can confirm that he’s made the full transition into a solo musician.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak with Bauer over the phone, where we talked about life as a solo musician, the influence behind his album, and if he would ever consider getting the band back together.

Find our full discussion posted below.
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Coachella Announces 2013 Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 24th 2013

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Coachella has announced their 2013 lineup, and it’s a good one. There’s a lot of classic acts making the stop to Indio, California this April.

Both The Stone Roses and Blur are getting together, which is an incredible thing. Then you got Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lou Reed, New Order, Modest Mouse, The Postal Service, The xx, Sigur Ros, Jurassic 5, Grizzly Bear, Violent Femmes, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Wu-Tang Clan, Social Distotion, and Hot Chip. It doesn’t stop there. You got Passion Pit, Beach House, Band Of Horses, Local Natives, Moby, Two Door Cinema Club, Yeasayer, Franz Ferdinand Foals, Wild Nothing, Tame Impala, Metric, Of Monsters and Men, Japandroids, Johnny Marr, Alt-J, Jamie Xx, Earl Sweatshirt, Youth Lagoon, Palma Violets, James Blake, Grimes, The Gaslight Anthem, Jessie Ware, and much much more.

Wish I could make it out there to catch most of these classic acts that are all conveniently in the same spot.

[new]: Best Coast – In Your Sleep

By Will Oliver, October 19th 2011

Johnny Marr has collaborated with select artists such as Best Coast for a new project with Ray-Ban called “Ray-Ban Raw Sounds”. He helped motivate the artists by offering up pieces of inspiration such as a photograph, a poem, a quote, a old map of downtown Manhattan, and a video of him playing the guitar.

For his collaboration with Best Coast, Marr offered Bethany the photo and it resulted in the love longing effort, “In Your Sleep”. Say what you want about Best Coast, but no one can deny their incredible work ethic.

Stream “In Your Sleep” over at Spin. The other tracks are done by Au Revoir Simone, Mona, and Tom Vek. All can be found at the same link.

[NEW] The Cribs – We Were Aborted

By Will Oliver, July 7th 2009 — with 5 comments

The Cribs are back. This time they have added a new member. Not just any member, it is a man named Johnny Marr. He’s only played guitar in The Smiths and Modest Mouse. No biggy.

They have released a brand new track called “We Were Aborted” on their website for free download. It is the leading track off their upcoming album Ignore The Ignorant. The impact of Marr is immediately felt on the record. Apparently it was the first that they wrote with him too!

I am enjoying this track greatly right now. It is a great urgent guitar track with a friendly Cribs chorus. Having this and “Crying Lightning” blasting away will make this week go by easier.

[mp3] : The Cribs – We Were Aborted

Ignore The Ignorant comes out September 8th.




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