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Super Furry Animals, Stephen Malkmus, Screaming Females Turn Up 4Knots 2015

The Village Voice’s annual midsummer 4Knots festival faced two logistical changes this year: a location switch-up and a transition from free to the modest general-admission fee of $25. This is the fifth year the festival has taken place, and in many ways, it’d outgrown both the free price tag and the Financial District South Street… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 13, 2015 - 11:47 am

Watch Stephen Malkmus Cover Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” For Portland Kids

While Stephen Malkmus doesn’t seem to care about a Pavement reunion, he does care about making sure a group of kids has the best time possible. And the easiest way to do that? Pull out some Taylor Swift, of course. During an appearance on Portland’s children variety show You Who, Malkmus covered 1989 single “Blank… More »

By: James Rettig / February 19, 2015 - 9:17 pm

Watch Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Play Letterman

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks released Wig Out At Jagbags on the very first week of 2014, but they just now made it to Letterman. Weird how these promotional cycles work sometimes — or maybe not that weird because now you’re thinking about the Jicks again for the first time in a while. Anyhow, they… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 20, 2014 - 9:51 am

Watch Damian Abraham Interview Stephen Malkmus On The Wedge

In a sense, Stephen Malkmus and Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham are the chilled-out yin and the amped-up yang of the Matador Records roster. So it only makes sense that they more or less complete each other in the context of a TV interview. Malkmus stopped by Abraham’s MuchMusic talk show The Wedge to discuss Malkmus’… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 31, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Watch Spiral Stairs Join Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks On “Stereo” In L.A.

The Pavement reunion tour has been over and done for years, and there’s no indication that we’ll get another one anytime soon. But people who went see Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks play L.A.’s El Rey Theatre on Friday night got to see something of a mini-reunion, as Spiral Stairs rejoined his old Pavement bandmate… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 31, 2014 - 11:57 am

Stephen Malkmus Albums From Worst To Best

Few solo careers justify wholesale rebranding. Though it has become common for aging indie rockers to want a “clean slate” following the dissolution of their respective beloved bands, listeners can usually spot an old dog doing old tricks, and a fresh moniker alone is unlikely to persuade them to reconsider their already-established impressions. But unlike… More »

By: James Jackson Toth / March 18, 2014 - 12:19 pm

Listen To Stephen Malkmus On The Dinner Party Download

The ever-humble Stephen Malkmus was the guest of honor on the Dinner Party Download podcast and he talked Album Of The Week Wig Out At Jagbags, what his ideal fanbase is (“not fascists”), and whether or not his kids know that they have a cool dad. You can listen to the charming interview or read… More »

By: James Rettig / February 24, 2014 - 12:21 pm

Watch Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Mash Up Beck’s “Golden Age” & “Debra” With “Gold Soundz”

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks have history with Beck — he produced their 2011 album Mirror Traffic — so consider it no surprise that, with the release of Morning Phase imminent, the jammy Portland indie-rock combo paid tribute to the good Mr. Hansen Thursday at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall. During the Jicks’ encore, a cover of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 24, 2014 - 10:18 am

Watch Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Perform On French TV

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks are staying busy promoting Wig Out At Jagbags, 2014’s first Album Of The Week. At the moment the band is touring Europe, which included an appearance on the French TV show Ce soir (ou jamais !) — that translates to Tonight (Or Never!). They performed lead single “Lariat,” a song… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 20, 2014 - 9:45 am

Album Of The Week: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Wig Out At Jagbags

If you don’t know Stephen Malkmus by now, you will never never never know him. The former Pavement frontman’s signature sound was cemented somewhere around 1999’s contented, side-eyed sigh Terror Twilight — the fifth and final Pavement LP in name but Malkmus’ solo debut in spirit — or if you really wanna be a dick… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 7, 2014 - 4:16 pm

Watch Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Play Fallon

Today, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks release Wig Out At Jagbag’s, the first big, important indie rock album of the new years. And last night, they appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to perform their memory-lane single “Lariat.” Malkmus rocked multiple necklaces and looked elegantly rumpled, his drummer wore a Frasier T-shirt, and the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 7, 2014 - 9:28 am

Stream Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Wig Out At Jagbags

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks’ sixth LP Wig Out At Jagbags is now streaming online. The collection, which includes the previously heard “Lariat” and “… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 31, 2013 - 10:13 am

The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

We’re almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it’s time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be. For the past several years, we’ve ranked our most anticipated albums. Today the feature returns, bigger than ever, with a whopping 100 records we’re looking forward to hearing, enjoying, debating,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 23, 2013 - 11:23 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Typically, in this space, we do the week as a Thursday-to-Thursday thing, and we wait a week to consider any videos that come out the same Friday as this column runs. As you may have noticed, one Beyoncé Knowles happened to give us a new “visual album,” with 17 new music videos, just last night. More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 13, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – “Cinnamon And Lesbians” Video

Last month we heard (and dissected) “Lariat,” the lead single from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks’ upcoming Wig Out At Jagbags. Now comes our second taste from the album in the form of director Jay Winebrenner’s “Cinnamon And Lesbians” video. Like “Lariat,” the song is absolutely not going to shock anyone who’s been listening to… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 10, 2013 - 10:42 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The Week That Was had already delivered to us a pretty impressive number of worthy songs for inclusion in this list, and then, outta nowhere, Death Grips dropped a whole new album, giving us 10 more songs to sort through for this feature (Government Plates goes 11 tracks deep, but the previously released “Birds” wa… More »

By: Stereogum / November 15, 2013 - 1:30 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

In a week full of big music videos, the one that generated the most conversation was, logically enough, the one that raised the most hackles. In this case, it was Lily Allen’s big comeback clip “Hard Out Here,” in which Allen uses her big platform by using outdated catchphrases and outdated music-video cliches to addre… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 15, 2013 - 10:59 am

With “Lariat,” Stephen Malkmus Moves On To Meta-Nostalgia

“Lariat” is boilerplate Jicks. Despite being ostensibly upbeat — even “ebullient” — the song skates ahead softly with that same graceful melancholy that’s been following Stephen Malkmus around since at least Terror Twilight (and frankly haunts much of Brighten The Corners too after they dispense with the fact-checkin’ cuz). It rides in with those twisty… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 13, 2013 - 12:52 pm

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – “Lariat” Video

Malkmus is back! Stephen Malkmus and his band the Jicks made their big return to the stage (and played a few new songs) last week in Portland, and now they’ve announced plans for their excellently titled new album Wig Out At Jagbags. Here’s what Malkmus has to say about the album in a statement:… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 12, 2013 - 8:36 am

Watch Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Preview Wig Out At Jagbags, Cover Led Zeppelin & Velvet Underground In Portland

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks’ sixth album, the excellently titled Wig Out At Jagbags, is out in January via Matador Records. The band, which consists of Malkmus, Mike Clark, Joanna Bolme, and Jake Morris (who replaced drummer Janet Weiss after Minor Traffic), previewed some of the songs from the LP at a hometown show at… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 9, 2013 - 6:11 pm
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