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Back when I was first becoming an obsessive music fan, Oasis were big for me. I loved everything: the classic albums, of course, but also the mid-period stuff most people dismiss. As I got older, those last two very underrated albums were special to me, too. I sought out all sorts of Oasis minutiae, from… More »

For a band that lasted only five years and released only four official full-length albums, the Smiths’ catalog is a nightmare to untangle. The 70 or so songs the band eventually issued were consistently brilliant — an idiosyncratic amalgam of character studies, political insight, and life-changing anthems for the eternal outsider. In Britain, they were… More »

Johnny Marr is, without question, one of the nicest guys in rock and roll. He’s also, without question, one of the most talented guitar players of all time. As a founding member of the Smiths, Marr helped change the face of English rock music forever and created a signature guitar style that would influence an… More »

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Johnny Marr Disses HAIM, Spotify

In the newest issue of NME, the Smiths guitar legend Johnny Marr has a column, and he's taken the opportunity to pop some shit off.
Tom Breihan | December 18, 2013 - 9:24 am

Johnny Marr Plays Fallon, Plans Autobiography, Joins Spider-Man 2 Supergroup With Pharrell

Johnny Marr's headlining tour hits NY this weekend, and in advance of the concert he returned to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon yesterday to perform…
Scott Lapatine | November 16, 2013 - 7:24 pm

Watch Johnny Marr Play Conan

He might not have an autobiography out there igniting internet discussion, but former Smiths guitar wizard Johnny Marr is still out there, bringing gooily moody…
Tom Breihan | November 6, 2013 - 8:37 am

Johnny Marr, Foals, ALT-J Weigh In On Camera Phones At Concerts Debate

A few weeks ago, She & Him re-ignited the timeless question of smartphone usage at concerts when they banned cameras at their Toronto Urban Roots…
Michael Nelson | July 31, 2013 - 4:20 pm

Johnny Marr – “New Town Velocity” Video

Earlier this year, the former Smiths axemaster Johnny Marr released The Messenger, his first-ever full-on solo album, and the florid rocker "New Town Velocity' was…
Tom Breihan | July 17, 2013 - 3:34 pm

Watch Bernard Sumner Join Johnny Marr In A Live Electronic Reunion

In 1988, the New Order frontman Bernard Sumner and the Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr got together to form the side project Electronic, which also featured…
Tom Breihan | July 9, 2013 - 2:06 pm

Watch Johnny Marr Play Fallon

Last night, Smiths guitar wizard Johnny Marr served as the musical guest on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. On the show proper, he played the…
Tom Breihan | May 2, 2013 - 10:42 am

Coachella 2013 Weekend 2: Friday’s 5 Best Things

Peel back the surface and look past the picturesque valley backdrop. Forget about the gorgeous, sun-kissed young folk wearing next to nothing (or, on occasion,…
Aaron Lariviere | April 20, 2013 - 6:40 pm

Photos: Johnny Marr @ Aladdin Theater, Portland 4/16/13

Last night, Johnny Marr played at the Aladdin Theater in Portland. Along with his own material, Marr performed a number of Electronic and Smiths songs,…
Stereogum | April 17, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Coachella 2013 Friday: Blur, Modest Mouse, Grinderman, & More

“It’s the homeland!” one of the girls on the hotel shuttle yelped as we neared the festival. It really begged the question -- who is…
Claire Lobenfeld | April 13, 2013 - 2:11 pm

Watch Johnny Marr Play “How Soon Is Now?” With Ronnie Wood

A couple of weeks ago, we posted video of the Smiths guitar legend Johnny Marr playing "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now," one of the many…
Tom Breihan | February 28, 2013 - 10:33 am

Stream Johnny Marr The Messenger

Smiths guitar wizard Johnny Marr has put in decades of work with a generous fistful of post-Smiths projects, but he’s somehow never released a proper…
Tom Breihan | February 19, 2013 - 10:19 am

Watch Johnny Marr Play “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” For The 1st Time In 25 Years

Well, we got the My Bloody Valentine album, so a Smiths reunion must be at least a thing that could happen, someday, right? Wrong? Still,…
Michael Nelson | February 14, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Johnny Marr – “Upstarts” Video

In our interview with Johnny Marr, the guitar god said his new single, "Upstarts," is a "lighthearted description of leaving school and getting screwed and…
Michael Nelson | January 14, 2013 - 11:20 am

Johnny Marr – “The Right Right Thing”

Smiths guitar-god Johnny Marr will release his first-ever full-fledged solo LP The Messenger in a couple of months, and we’ve already seen his moody video
Tom Breihan | December 4, 2012 - 10:18 am

Watch Dinosaur Jr. Perform With Johnny Marr, Frank Black, Kim Gordon, Lee Ranaldo, Tommy Stinson, & More In NYC

On Saturday night, Dinosaur Jr. played a big show at New York's Terminal 5 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their album You're Living All
Tom Breihan | December 3, 2012 - 12:01 pm

Johnny Marr – “The Messenger” Video

Smiths guitar guru Johnny Marr will release his debut solo album next year, and today his camp let loose with the sky-scraping title track "The…
Corban Goble | November 13, 2012 - 9:09 am

Moz Publicist: The Smiths Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together

Yesterday, we told you about how Coachella offered to go vegetarian in exchange for a Smiths reunion at the festival, and then we mentioned a…
Michael Nelson | October 2, 2012 - 2:20 pm