Johnny Marr

The clarion, wiry ring of Johnny Marr's guitar and Morrissey's angst-laden vocals made the Smiths one of the definitive bands of the 1980s. After the Smiths' demise late in that decade, Marr began a peripatetic existence, essentially as a guitar for hire who had a far more profound influence than the average sideman on bands like The The, the Pretenders, Pet Shop Boys, Crowded House, Modest Mouse, and the Cribs. He also teamed up with New Order's Bernard Sumner for periodic projects as Electronic and briefly led a group called the Healers, issuing a 2003 album, Boomslang. Marr's current tour supports what's being touted as his first solo album: The Messenger. Amid obvious echoes of the Smiths' prime, the album exudes assurance, its pop hooks doused in irony, the songs solid and alluring, Marr's vocals moodily insinuating. 18+.
Tue., April 23, 7 p.m., 2013

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