Articles tagged the smiths

Morrissey and Blondie at Madison Square Garden

At 56, Morrissey is singing better than ever. His New York concert, however mostly was a drag.

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Various Artists: Tease Torment Tantalize: A 30th Anniversary Tribute to the Smiths’ Debut

A cast of mostly unfamiliar names recreate the Smiths' first album song by song, rendering some surprisingly satisfying results.

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16 Oct 2014 // 2:05 AM

Johnny Marr: Playland

Johnny Marr's second solo album suggests a consummate musician becoming more comfortable with his solo status.

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Five Observations About the 2015 Rock Hall of Fame Ballot

The just-unveiled ballot for next year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction class attempts to honor Generation X as well as continue to rectify past oversights.

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Hope Despite the Times: 12 Essential Alternative Rock Albums from the 1980s

For those interested in acquainting themselves with alternative rock's rich and diverse early years, Sound Affects has assembled this '80s alt-rock primer.

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The House of Love: She Paints Words in Red

Nearly all of this album feels circular. The songs do not take advantage of the chance to escape, but prefer to keep within safe sight of where they start.

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20 Oct 2011 // 10:00 PM

The Smiths: Complete

Even when compiling the band's entire catalog together, the same problems remain: too much overlap, not every song is actually represented. That said, Marr did a hell of a job on the remaster ...

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Counterbalance: Year One

In this special one-year anniversary edition of Counterbalance, Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn discuss their first year combing through the pop music canon (as determined by Acclaimed Music's calculations of every best-of list available), share a few favorites, and justify a couple items on their expense account.

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Shoplifters of the World Unite Soon, Now

The Smiths will be releasing a ginormous boxset (as of this writing) on 3 October 2011. The boxset, whose enormity is only eclipsed by Morrissey’s louder-than-bombs

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Still Ill: The Best 13 Songs by the Smiths

To celebrate the 25th birthday of the Smiths' masterful album The Queen Is Dead, PopMatters presents a list of the top 13 tracks by the legendary English quartet.

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15 Jun 2011 // 6:30 AM

Morrissey Premieres Three New Songs with the BBC

This past Friday the former Smiths mainman, Morrissey, stopped by the BBC London studios to play three new tunes for Janice Long’s BBC Radio 2

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Counterbalance No. 28: The Smiths’ ‘The Queen Is Dead’

Some Smiths records are bigger than others -- The Queen Is Dead, for example, comes in at No. 28 on the Acclaimed Music list of the Greatest Albums of All Time. Bigmouths Klinger and Mendelsohn strike again with another edition of Counterbalance.

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Dum Dum Girls: He Gets Me High EP

While it's no secret that the retro-leaning indie popsters aren't exactly forward-thinking originators, all it takes is one well-chosen cover song to leave the Girls’ creative limitations exposed.

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Pete Yorn: musicforthemorningafter (10th Anniversary Edition)

Two-disc set commemorates Yorn's first studio album and shows what it plainly is: a collection of beautiful songs, nearly each one a small victory.

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Morrissey: Bona Drag (20th Anniversary Edition)

Morrissey -- is there any greater, more consistent talent to be found in the last 30 years? Bona Drag, remastered and reissued with bonus material, reminds us why Moz is still so beloved and so worthy of attention.

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Freebass: You Don’t Know This About Me - The Arthur Baker Remixes EP

Freebass: You Don’t Know This About Me presents five remixes of a song by a group featuring three bassists from some of Manchester's greatest bands.

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Northern Portrait: Criminal Art Lovers

Northern Portrait likes the Smiths.

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(500) Days of Summer—The Music

Director Marc Webb's deft, nuanced use of pop music does more than just enhance an already great film.

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Morrissey continues his promotion of Years of Refusal with a stop at Friday Night with Jonathan Ross last week, performing “I’m Throwing My Arms

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The Smiths: The Sound of the Smiths

The Smiths "re-package" themselves on this definitive single-disc encapsulation of one of the '80s best underground bands. A two-CD deluxe edition adds rarities, worthy b-sides, and some great album tracks.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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