Johnny Marr has hardly kept idle in the quarter-century since the Smiths disbanded. The journeyman guitarist has added his distinctive blend of folk-rock jangle and punk fuzz to a nigh-endless list of recordings, from Talking Heads to Tom Jones.
In recent years, he signed on as a full-fledged member of Modest Mouse and the Cribs. But he'd never released an album under his own name until The Messenger this year (although 2003's Boomslang, credited to Johnny Marr & the Healers, might squeak past the lenient), prompting a tour that brings him to the Trocadero on Tuesday night.
"There was a certain kind of music I wanted to hear, so I decided that I should just do it myself," Marr, 49, said last week from a tour stop in Omaha. "I wanted it to be fairly catchy, to sound good in the daytime, and although I never expect to be on the radio, I think I wanted each song to be like something I heard on the radio when I was younger."