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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).
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.
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. www.bluebirdstl.com.