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April 12, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
With headlining performances due later by the Stone Roses and Blur, Coachella's gigantic main stage is the place to be Friday night for fans of vintage Brit pop. But earlier on Day 1 the smaller Mojave Tent was packed with English artists as well, including Jake Bugg and Johnny Marr, who played back-to-back sets full of ringing guitar hooks. A 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Nottingham, Bugg offered some of the bracingly acerbic folk-rock ditties from his self-titled debut, which came out in the U.S. this week following its initial appearance at home in 2012.
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March 31, 2014 | By Todd Martens
There's no hiding the intent behind "It's on Again," the new Alicia Keys single boasting guest spots from Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell Williams. In the song's opening moments, Lamar is heard shouting that this song "is for the warrior"; soon after, Keys arrives to coo that she's "a freedom fighter" and an "eye of the tiger for hope. " For  most of its four minutes, "It's on Again" makes it clear that this is a tune designed for a superhero movie. With the start of baseball season this week, don't be surprised to hear this upbeat soulful pop song at more than a few parks over the summer.  PHOTOS: Unexpected musical collborations Recorded for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," the single also features an assist from soundtrack workhorse Hans Zimmer, who tapped Williams and former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr to work on the score.
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March 1, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Fans of the Smiths have more to occupy them this week than at any point in recent memory. Dominating the conversation in his usual fashion, the outspoken frontman Morrissey - who co-founded the hugely influential (and now defunct) English band with guitarist Johnny Marr in 1982 - has been involved in high-profile feuds related to his vegetarianism. First, he battled the owners of Staples Center over his demand that the venue go meat-free for his concert on Friday. Then the singer canceled a scheduled performance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
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October 4, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The much-anticipated, long-delayed, possibly pulled memoir from singer Morrissey is apparently headed for British bookstore shelves this month. " Morrissey: Autobiography " will be published by Penguin Classics in the U.K. on Oct. 17. The book, spotted on the Penguin Classics website by Publishers Lunch , will be a $14, 408-page paperback. Fans hope it will hold the key to explaining Morrissey's secrets -- despite his fame, he's always been something of an enigma. Morrissey was born May 22, 1959, to Irish parents who had emigrated to Manchester, England.
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January 30, 2003 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
London 1977: Paul Weller, barely 19, leads punk trio the Jam on a mission to bring snazzy mod styling and R&B roots to the world of no future and safety pins. Manchester 1982: Johnny Marr, just 19 himself, crafts the supple, sinewy and sophisticated music supporting singer Morrissey's sensitively solipsistic poetry as the Smiths counter-program to the silly synth-pop that has dominated the post-punk new wave.
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August 18, 1989 | DON WALLER
Loud. Cold. Serious as the downtown business section of Beirut. Debuting locally at the Roxy on Wednesday, U.K. singer-songwriter Matt Johnson's latest, rock-band version of The The came off like the Little (almost) Tin Machine That (almost) Could.
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February 5, 2003 | Natalie Nichols, Special to The Times
Now that Johnny Marr has his own band -- instead of being the stellar guitarist behind Morrissey in the Smiths and Bernard Sumner in Electronic, among others -- there's just one question. How come he didn't become a frontman sooner? Leading his group the Healers on Monday at the Troubadour, Marr proved a confident and understated singer. Maybe he was so self-assured because he had stellar backup in drummer Zak Starkey, ex-Kula Shaker bassist Alonza Bevan and guitarist-keyboardist James Doviak.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The much-anticipated, long-delayed, possibly pulled memoir from singer Morrissey is apparently headed for British bookstore shelves this month. " Morrissey: Autobiography " will be published by Penguin Classics in the U.K. on Oct. 17. The book, spotted on the Penguin Classics website by Publishers Lunch , will be a $14, 408-page paperback. Fans hope it will hold the key to explaining Morrissey's secrets -- despite his fame, he's always been something of an enigma. Morrissey was born May 22, 1959, to Irish parents who had emigrated to Manchester, England.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2014 | By Todd Martens
There's no hiding the intent behind "It's on Again," the new Alicia Keys single boasting guest spots from Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell Williams. In the song's opening moments, Lamar is heard shouting that this song "is for the warrior"; soon after, Keys arrives to coo that she's "a freedom fighter" and an "eye of the tiger for hope. " For  most of its four minutes, "It's on Again" makes it clear that this is a tune designed for a superhero movie. With the start of baseball season this week, don't be surprised to hear this upbeat soulful pop song at more than a few parks over the summer.  PHOTOS: Unexpected musical collborations Recorded for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," the single also features an assist from soundtrack workhorse Hans Zimmer, who tapped Williams and former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr to work on the score.
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April 15, 2013 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
Ten minutes into his band's performance Friday night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, singer Damon Albarn of Blur realized he hadn't introduced himself. So after a hard-driving rendition of Blur's song "There's No Other Way," the frontman took a second to address the tens of thousands of music fans sprawled across the manicured grounds of the Empire Polo Club. "For those of you out there who are unfamiliar with us," he said, "we're from England. " The audience might've guessed.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
With headlining performances due later by the Stone Roses and Blur, Coachella's gigantic main stage is the place to be Friday night for fans of vintage Brit pop. But earlier on Day 1 the smaller Mojave Tent was packed with English artists as well, including Jake Bugg and Johnny Marr, who played back-to-back sets full of ringing guitar hooks. A 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Nottingham, Bugg offered some of the bracingly acerbic folk-rock ditties from his self-titled debut, which came out in the U.S. this week following its initial appearance at home in 2012.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Fans of the Smiths have more to occupy them this week than at any point in recent memory. Dominating the conversation in his usual fashion, the outspoken frontman Morrissey - who co-founded the hugely influential (and now defunct) English band with guitarist Johnny Marr in 1982 - has been involved in high-profile feuds related to his vegetarianism. First, he battled the owners of Staples Center over his demand that the venue go meat-free for his concert on Friday. Then the singer canceled a scheduled performance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
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November 7, 2006 | Eric Ducker, Special to The Times
It was hard to believe it was actually going to happen, but there he was. On the far left of the Avalon's stage in Hollywood on Sunday stood guitarist Johnny Marr, the co-founder and co-visionary behind the miserably romantic British rock group the Smiths, four microphones down from Isaac Brock, the talented frontman of Modest Mouse who has come to embody the American indie-rock dirtbag.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2003 | Natalie Nichols, Special to The Times
Now that Johnny Marr has his own band -- instead of being the stellar guitarist behind Morrissey in the Smiths and Bernard Sumner in Electronic, among others -- there's just one question. How come he didn't become a frontman sooner? Leading his group the Healers on Monday at the Troubadour, Marr proved a confident and understated singer. Maybe he was so self-assured because he had stellar backup in drummer Zak Starkey, ex-Kula Shaker bassist Alonza Bevan and guitarist-keyboardist James Doviak.
NEWS
January 30, 2003 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
London 1977: Paul Weller, barely 19, leads punk trio the Jam on a mission to bring snazzy mod styling and R&B roots to the world of no future and safety pins. Manchester 1982: Johnny Marr, just 19 himself, crafts the supple, sinewy and sophisticated music supporting singer Morrissey's sensitively solipsistic poetry as the Smiths counter-program to the silly synth-pop that has dominated the post-punk new wave.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2006 | Eric Ducker, Special to The Times
It was hard to believe it was actually going to happen, but there he was. On the far left of the Avalon's stage in Hollywood on Sunday stood guitarist Johnny Marr, the co-founder and co-visionary behind the miserably romantic British rock group the Smiths, four microphones down from Isaac Brock, the talented frontman of Modest Mouse who has come to embody the American indie-rock dirtbag.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2013 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
Ten minutes into his band's performance Friday night at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, singer Damon Albarn of Blur realized he hadn't introduced himself. So after a hard-driving rendition of Blur's song "There's No Other Way," the frontman took a second to address the tens of thousands of music fans sprawled across the manicured grounds of the Empire Polo Club. "For those of you out there who are unfamiliar with us," he said, "we're from England. " The audience might've guessed.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 18, 1989 | DON WALLER
Loud. Cold. Serious as the downtown business section of Beirut. Debuting locally at the Roxy on Wednesday, U.K. singer-songwriter Matt Johnson's latest, rock-band version of The The came off like the Little (almost) Tin Machine That (almost) Could.
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