Ryan Adams Recording Covers LP of Taylor Swift's '1989'

August 6, 2015

Ryan Adams is a master of stripped-down, emotional covers, but he's taking that mastery to a new level as he records covers of Taylor Swift's smash album 1989 in its entirety and in the style of the Smiths. "Guaranteed saddest version of...


Johnny Marr Preps Autobiography: 'The Time Has Come'

March 23, 2015

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr says the "time has come to tell my story" in a new autobiography scheduled for release in Autumn 2016 through publisher Century, The Book Seller reports. The as-yet-untitled book will be come out in hardback...


Flashback: Morrissey Declares 'The Queen Is Dead' in 2007

February 3, 2015

Morrissey is a tough guy to please. He changes managers and record labels like most people change their socks, cancels an absurd amount of concerts and hates so many things that the shows that do happen sometimes begin with Big Hard Excellent Fish's 1990...



James Franco's Art School Duo Daddy Prep Smiths-Inspired LP

November 11, 2014

Proving once again there's no artistic medium he won't dabble in, James Franco is prepping for the release of Let Me Get What I Want, the new Smiths-inspired album from Daddy, his art school project with producer-composer Tim O'Keefe. While the LP, which...


Green Day, NIN, Smiths Nominated for Hall of Fame

October 9, 2014

The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 are in, and the list includes Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A, the Smiths, Lou Reed and Sting. The rest of this year's hopefuls are the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Chic,...


Arcade Fire Covers CCR's 'Hey Tonight'

July 31, 2014

Arcade Fire have added yet another cover to their growing repertoire, busting out Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Hey Tonight" during their Wednesday night show at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Via Pitchfork, multi-instrumetnalist...


20 Years of Morrissey's 'Vauxhall and I'

June 6, 2014

There once was a time when Morrissey cared very deeply about how the public's perception of his work had the potential to sink his solo career. "There's going to be some trouble/A whole house will need rebuilding," he sings in the opening lines of "Now...


Left of the Dial: The Best of Eighties College Rock

May 27, 2014

They came from places like Athens, Georgia, and Manchester, England: Bookish (and often brooding) alt-rock savants whose snarling attitude and sharp wits soon found a home among cool-kid radio stations across the land.


Morrissey Shares New Single, 'World Peace Is None of Your Business'

May 13, 2014

Morrissey has offered up the first taste of his long-awaited new album, World Peace Is None of Your Business, sharing the title track and a new spoken-word video, both of which you can check out on iTunes. The album is also expected to see release on...


Morrissey: Nobody 'Wants a Smiths Reunion'

February 27, 2014

Morrissey once again dashed fans' hopes for a Smiths reunion in a new interview with Billboard, tossing off the idea with a cheeky, "I don't know a single person who wants a Smiths reunion!" But while the impossible dream may still be just that, Morrissey...


See Noel Gallagher and Johnny Marr Jam on Iggy Pop

October 24, 2014

Johnny Marr brought out Noel Gallagher to play a couple of songs during the encore of a recent concert at London's O2 Academy Brixton. When Marr introduced the former Oasis guitarist, he called him "one of the great songwriters for this country" and cheekily...


Morrissey Dropped by Record Label

August 10, 2014

Morrissey has once again been set adrift without a record label. True To You reports that Capitol Music and Harvest Records have ended their relationship with the singer, "as directed by label boss Steve Barnett." The news comes just...


Arcade Fire Cover the Smiths in London

June 8, 2014

Arcade Fire have continued their streak of canny cover songs as they've taken the Reflektor tour overseas. On Saturday night, for the encore of their second show at the Earl's Court Exhibition Centre in London, the band covered the Smiths' "London." The...


Morrissey and Pam Anderson Team for Video

June 2, 2014

Morrissey continues to roll out somber and quietly riveting spoken-word music videos for tracks off his upcoming LP, World Peace Is None of Your Business. In the latest clip is for the album's third single, "Earth Is the Loneliest Planet," Moz...


Miley Cyrus Covers the Smiths in Belfast

May 20, 2014

Miley Cyrus has added a true tear-jerker to her growing repertoire of covers, breaking out her best Morrissey warble for a version of the Smiths' classic, "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out," at her recent show in Belfast, Ireland. The performance...


10 New Wave Secrets Finally Revealed

April 16, 2014

If you miss the days when the world was made of mesh and lace, you'll want to check out Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s. The hugely entertaining book, by Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein, includes interviews...


The Smiths Release Interactive Career Timeline

March 4, 2014

In just five years, the Smiths went from an indie pop outfit puttering around Manchester to one of the UK's most successful, significant acts – and then, just like that, they were gone. Short as their time was together, the Smiths' output was...


Morrissey Blasts 'Thickwit' Prince William

February 10, 2014

Over the weekend, Morrissey posted an open letter to Prince William lambasting him for a recent hunting trip in Spain with his brother Harry. He's chastised the "Boil Family" before, but reiterated his criticism after William's deer and boar...