“In modern Britain everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private. Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such protections.” — Morrissey
John Coltrane’s estate has authorized a documentary that will be released to theaters late next year. It will be written and directed by filmmaker John Scheinfeld, who has produced documentaries on John Lennon and on Harry Nilsson. The film will … Continued
It’s easy to be skeptical about a 51 year-old touring the world past his prime in the eighties, when he was guitarist of The Smiths—but if Johnny Marr’s ability to captivate a crowd is any indication, he doe not seem to be slowing down any time soon. Though his covers of The Smiths songs like “How Soon Is Now?” and “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” naturally evoke the most intense reactions from the crowd, Marr’s solo work still manages to solidify itself as the main focus of the set, rather than ...
Big Bank Hank- the standout voice from the pioneering 80′s rap group The Sugar Hill Gang has died. Big Bank Hank was born Henry Jackson and was one third of The Sugar Hill Gang, that also included Wonder Mike and Master … Continued
Toronto dream-pop five-piece Alvvays (pronounced “always”) returns to Philadelphia tonight for a headlining show at Boot and Saddle. The band released its self-titled debut LP on Polyvinyl records earlier this year, and its a delightful set of indie-pop anthems reminiscent … Continued
Every Thursday, we “look ahead” to the next calendar week (Monday through Sunday) and highlight some concert choices for each night of the week. At the end of the post, find a Spotify playlist to listen to the artists mentioned.
Monday, November 10
Johnny Marr will always be known most for his work as guitarist for The Smiths, but over the last two years he has carved out a nice solo career that has earned positive reviews and loyal followers. He released his sophomore album, Playland, last month and will play at Union Transfer on Monday, November 10.
Johnny Marr, the guitarist from The Smiths, will release his second solo album, Playland, on October 6, following up last year’s The Messenger. In support of the album, it looks like Marr will hit the road this fall. An official tour announcement hasn’t yet been made, but some shows have already popped up online, including a stop at Union Transfer on November 10. Tickets for that Monday night show will go on sale this Friday at noon via TicketFly.
Listen to the lead single from Playland, “Easy Money,” below.
Most of the propulsive, sometimes frantic tunes on Brooklyn postpunk band Half Day‘s album In Public – streaming at their Bandcamp page – clock in at around two minutes, often less. They don’t waste notes, they get to the point and then get out, fast. Frontman Christopher Sullivan doesn’t sing as much as he intones, snide and sarcastic. Running his axe through his amp with just a rattle of natural distortion, guitarist Owen Nachtigal veers nimbly between the edge of chaos and singalong Johnny Marr catchiness over the tight rhythm section of Leslie Hong’s growly bass and Kieran Gannon’s ...