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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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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

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks @ The Village Studios (KCRW) Los Angeles, 8/24/11

Fresh off their performance at Amoeba Records, Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks stopped by the Village Studios for two “rock blocks” for KCRW. Performing eight…
Andrew Youssef | August 25, 2011 - 9:13 am

Stephen Malkmus Picks “Blow Job” Winner

Last night in a live webcast celebrating the release of Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks' solid Beck Hanson-produced LP Mirror Traffic, Mr. Malkmus announced the…
Corban Goble | August 24, 2011 - 12:16 pm

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks – “No One Is (As I Are Be)” Video

Through most of Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks' "No One Is (As I Are Be)" clip, all we see is Malkmus singing and making droll…
Tom Breihan | August 22, 2011 - 12:48 pm

Stream Stephen Malkmus Mirror Traffic

On 8/23, Matador releases Mirror Traffic, the new Jicks album produced by Beck Hansen. It’s been in the can since early 2010 but held back…
Amrit Singh | August 15, 2011 - 9:45 am

Stephen Malkmus Needs Another Word For “Blowjob”

Steve Malkmus needs help writing an FCC-friendly "Senator." Your job's to figure out a replacement for "blowjob" in the oft-repeated: "I know what the senator…
brandon | July 15, 2011 - 3:51 pm

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks – “Tigers”

Last month we shared "Senator," from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks' forthcoming Beck-produced Mirror Traffic. Now the LP's opening track "Tigers" has premiered on Cerys…
Scott Lapatine | July 11, 2011 - 11:46 am

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks – “Senator”

You might've heard "Senator" live at a Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks show at some point. Here's the studio version from the forthcoming Mirror Traffic,…
brandon | June 8, 2011 - 9:54 am

Stephen Malkmus Mirror Traffic Details

Matador announced Stephen Malkmus’s latest album with The Jicks today via their Matablog. The record’s called Mirror Traffic, and it was produced by Beck Hansen.
jessica | May 24, 2011 - 4:10 pm

Pavement Play Colbert, Stephen Grills Stephen

"Gold Soundz" was not the best song of the '90s. It wasn't even Pavement's best song of the '90s. (I'll make that claim without leaving…
brandon | September 21, 2010 - 10:47 am

Pavement – “Stereo” (Live At Coachella ’10)

This wasn't the band's first time playing "Stereo" this year, and it won't be the last, but witnessing Pavement reunited firsthand felt so good, if…
Scott Lapatine | April 20, 2010 - 12:54 pm

Pavement 2010 Reunion Begins In Auckland

Pavement launched their reunion tour today at Auckland Town Hall in New Zealand. There's a 13-hour time difference between Auckland/Brooklyn, so the show already happened.
brandon | March 1, 2010 - 6:24 pm

10 Years Of ATP In Photos

When the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival first launched, the idea of canonizing an iconic album with a track-for-track live performance was still a novel concept.
Amrit Singh | December 14, 2009 - 12:03 pm

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks/The Fresh & Onlys @ The Echoplex, Los Angeles 7/25/09

Joining Malkmus and his Jicks at the Echoplex in L.A. on Saturday night were the recently loved Fresh & Onlys and Red Cortez. Stephen’s amp…
Amrit Singh | July 27, 2009 - 3:01 pm

Stephen Malkmus Is A Daytrotter

In today’s session SM and his Jicks perform “Vanessa From Queens,” “Elmo Delmo,” and a cover of the James Gang’s “Funk #49.” Download at Daytrotter.
Scott Lapatine | March 30, 2009 - 2:47 pm

Pavement Didn’t Reunite Over The Weekend

Almost, though! Details at Nashville Scene.
Scott Lapatine | February 23, 2009 - 5:29 pm

Steve Malkmus Talks Fantasy Hoops

While we discuss fantasies about a Pavement reunion, Steve Malkmus gives the nerdy ins and outs of his fantasy “hoops” team (“Widespread Perkins”) as well…
brandon | January 14, 2009 - 3:56 pm

Pavement May Or May Not Reunite

I've been cynical about the flurry of reunions in '08 (and, you'd assume, '09) because music has always seemed more enjoyable to me when it…
brandon | January 14, 2009 - 1:14 pm

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks & Blitzen Trapper Cover James Gang

Adding another entry to the canon unexpected covers, Steve Malkmus & the Jicks teamed up with stage mates and fellow Portland residents Blitzen Trapper to…
brandon | November 3, 2008 - 3:37 pm