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Stephen Malkmus has always hated the Pavement/Nirvana comparison, but Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain was Pavement’s own twisted sort of Nevermind: the boldest, brightest, poppiest album of their career and the one that got them on the radio, if only briefly. Pavement were never anywhere near as popular as Nirvana, but they had followed a similar… More »

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 »

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 »

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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 "…
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.
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…
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…
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,…
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.
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…
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…
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 consist…
Scott Lapatine | November 9, 2013 - 6:11 pm

The 10 Most Anticipated Record Store Day 2013 Releases

It's that time of the year again, everybody! The best holiday of the year (yes, better than National Ferris Wheel Day AND Leif Erikson Day)…
Miles Bowe | April 16, 2013 - 1:03 pm

Watch Stephen Malkmus Cover Can’s Ege Bamyasi

This past weekend, Stephen Malkmus helped to celebrate the 40th anniversary one of his favorite albums, Can's krautrock masterpiece Ege Bamyasi, by covering the album…
Tom Breihan | December 7, 2012 - 10:24 am

See Stephen Malkmus In High School

That adorable face you see above belonged to one Stephen Malkmus, back when he was a junior in high school. It comes from a Santa…
Tom Breihan | April 27, 2012 - 3:53 pm

Slanted And Enchanted Turns 20

Where were you in '92. The music world was fascinated by "alternative rock," which was culturally ascendent and extremely commercially viable: 120 Minutes held sway,…
Amrit Singh | April 20, 2012 - 1:06 pm

Hear Stephen Malkmus Cover L.A. Guns

Last month, Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks teamed up with the glam-metal veterans L.A. Guns to cover each other on a split single for Matador’…
Tom Breihan | February 16, 2012 - 9:16 am

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks, Ty Segall @ Music Box, Hollywood 10/19/11

Armed with some witty stage banter and clever lyrics, Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks stopped by the Music Box in support of their latest album Mirror
Andrew Youssef | October 20, 2011 - 10:32 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This week's music-video MVP was whoever was responsible for researching New York signage in Kindness's "Cyan" video. That must've taken a lot of work! A…
Tom Breihan | October 14, 2011 - 2:34 pm

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks – “Senator” Video (Feat. Jack Black)

The Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks song "Senator" has a video now, and it's a doozy. Jack Black, hamming it up hardcore as always, play…
Tom Breihan | October 14, 2011 - 9:47 am

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks – “Tigers” Video

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks already have a video for one Mirror Traffic song, “No One Is (As I Are Be).” And now there’s another…
Tom Breihan | September 7, 2011 - 1:52 pm

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Play Fallon

Last night Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks took Mirror Traffic's "Senator" to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, though it didn't appear that Malkmus had indeed…
Corban Goble | August 31, 2011 - 10:52 am

Malkmus Debuts “Independence Street” At Other Music

Corn dog enthusiast Stephen Malkmus dropped into the East Village's Other Music last night to stump for the recently released Mirror Traffic. He played a…
Corban Goble | August 26, 2011 - 4:34 pm