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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kurt vs. Courtney, Jay Z vs. Drake, and Everyone vs. Donald Sterling

This Week: Kurt vs. Courtney, Jay Z vs. Drake, and Everyone vs. Donald Sterling

"Do you Kurt Cobain take Courtney Michelle Love to be your lawful shredded wife even when she's a b**ch with zits and siphoning all yr money for Doping and whoring"Seattle Police have released a note they found in Kurt Cobain's…
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Music, All Shook Down Johnny Marr on Making a Solo Album and Not Caring About His Age

Johnny Marr on Making a Solo Album and Not Caring About His Age

It's been more than 25 years since the Smiths broke up. Why did it take guitarist Johnny Marr so long to finally come out with a solo album, this year's The Messenger ? Well, he's been a bit busy. Not…
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Music, Let's Get Killed New doc reveals many of Scott Walker’s mysteries

New doc reveals many of Scott Walker’s mysteries

On paper, Scott Walker is the perfect cult icon. The singer and composer's recording career has all the requisite sharp pivots and dark shadows that make for excellent record collector lore. He made drastic stylistic changes, from boy band icon…
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Music, Reviewed Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse

Ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr knows a little something about dealing with strong-willed vocalists (ahem, Morrissey), so it's no surprise that his contributions to the poppiest Modest Mouse record yet are solid. But it's still a treat to hear how focused…
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Music, Split Myself in Two

Split Myself in Two

A golden sun is warming Fruitvale on a Saturday afternoon. I'm seated in the kitchen of Jamie Stewart, the singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who is the driving force behind the group Xiu Xiu (pronounced "shoo-shoo") and who is way more…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Morrissey got most of the attention in the Smiths for his wry lyrical take on British drudgery, but it was Johnny Marr's emotional music that really anchored the band. Now, with his new group, the Healers, there's no avoiding Marr's…
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