Panic at the Disco

Refers to: A conflation of the title and lyrics ("Burn down the disco!") taken from the Smiths song "Panic" (apparently; other sources claim the band's name comes from a song by Name Taken).

Sound: Over-the-top emo rock that's influenced by Fall Out Boy's grandiosity and whirligig riffs (and, lately, the Beatles).

Bon Iver: Solitary man.
Colin Kopp
Bon Iver: Solitary man.
Girl in a Coma: What's in a name?
Michael Rubenstein
Girl in a Coma: What's in a name?

Would Morrissey approve? Probably not, as Mozzer always needs to be the most dramatic person in the room — and Panic at the Disco's collective angst is blinding.

Shakespears Sister

Refers to: Smiths' "Shakespeare's Sister"

Sounds Like: After leaving kicky new-wave girl-group Bananarama, Siobhan Fahey embraced her inner goth with this poppy dramatic duo, whose hits ranged from orchestral glamour ("Stay") to Cure-lite ("I Don't Care").

Would Morrissey approve? Totally. Shakespears Sister nails the velvet-swathed dark-vamp aesthetic and owes quite a debt to Siouxsie Sioux — Moz's duet partner on the '90s rarity "Interlude."

Pretty Girls Make Graves

Refers to: A song of the same name found on the Smiths' 1984 self-titled debut LP

Sound: Post-hardcore throttling and melodic pop driven by Andrea Zollo's siren-like vocal bittersweets.

Would Morrissey approve? Yes. Closest in sound to Girl in a Coma, PGMG's calls-to-arms were urgent without being histrionic.— Annie Zaleski

9 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street. $8. No phone.

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