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Built to Spill: Will they cover The Smiths on Monday?

Written by Scott Mervis on .

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There's a good chance that "How Soon is Now?," once called the " 'Stairway to Heaven' of the '80s," will be performed on consecutive nights at Mr. Smalls.

Of course, Morrissey won't be singing the woeful and dizzying epic. The song's brilliant co-writer and guitarist Johnny Marr will make it part of his set when he plays his first-ever solo show here on Tuesday.

The night before, Smalls hosts the pride of Boise, Built to Spill, which came along in 1992 to become the pre-eminent indie-rock guitar band of that decade. Doug Martsch and company have been slipping a sizzling version of "How Soon is Now?" into their encores.

Built to Spill has a way with covers, as you know if you've ever heard them do Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer" or Dino Jr.'s "Sludgefeast." On Sunday, the night of Lou Reed's death, BTS did a 22-minute version of "Sister Ray." 

Monday's is the first Built to Spill stop here since playing a typically stellar show in 2011 at the Levi's Presents: Benefit Braddock gig at the dark, dilapidated library theater.

This will be another trip back here without a new album, as BTS has yet to follow up on 2009's "There is No Enemy." There's still formal word on what we can expect next...

The show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22-$25; mrsmalls.com.

Here is a setlist from Thursday night at Irving Plaza in New York: 

Goin' Against Your Mind 
Center of the Universe 
In The Morning 
Reasons 
Get a Life 
Living Zoo 
Strange 
Velvet Waltz 
Abba Zaba (Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band cover)
Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss 
Carry the Zero 
I Would Hurt a Fly 
Encore:
(Don't Fear) The Reaper (Blue Öyster Cult cover)
How Soon Is Now? (The Smiths cover)
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