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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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New Stephen Malkmus Video – “Gardenia”

Portland Filmmaker Dan Woods got a bunch of sorta-familiar indie rockers to sing "Gardenia," which is a fine backup plan when Stephen Malkmus is too…
Scott Lapatine | October 22, 2008 - 3:20 pm

Lollapalooza 2008: Friday In Photos

One day into Lolla, and Radiohead have already made the trip worth it. Also Chuck Bass -- we saw him chilling in the media area.
Scott Lapatine | August 2, 2008 - 3:30 pm

New Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – “Astral Facial” (Live At The Siren Festival)

I was in the slightly cooler climes of Pitchfork, Illinois this past weekend and didn't make it to Siren Festival, but NYC Taper ably recorded…
brandon | July 22, 2008 - 9:35 am

Islands And Annuals And Jicks: Siren Fest 2008 In Photos

I couldn't make Siren Festival this year and Amrit and Brandon were at Pitchfork, so ... how was it? Based on the photographic display from…
Scott Lapatine | July 21, 2008 - 2:58 am

Sasquatch 2008 In Photos Pt. 2

Our second and final Sasquatch! dispatch comes with fewer bands than Part One, but a deeper look at them. Last time we teased Wayne Coyne's…
Amrit Singh | May 28, 2008 - 3:57 pm

Coachella: Saturday In Photos (Starring Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Death Cab, Kraftwerk, Portishead & Prince)

By Amrit Singh & Brandon Stosuy Well, this was the best Saturday we've had in awhile. We started the day with an afternoon…
brandon | April 27, 2008 - 1:00 pm

Tomorrow Is Record Store Day

When's the last time you want to an actual record store? Like where you have to walk through a door and can't just click "download"?
brandon | April 18, 2008 - 4:16 pm

Stephen Malkmus: “U2 Wants To Hang Around With Arcade Fire. U2 Didn’t Want To Hang Around With Pavement.”

Malkmus is definitely in (and on) the air these days. We know we've been a bit fixated, and we really did try to resist the…
brandon | April 2, 2008 - 5:21 pm

Kim Deal: “You Know, Malkmus Is Being A Bit Of A Bitch…”

'90s alt-rock fight! As prematurely mentioned, we dig the new Breeders album, Mountain Battles. We also like aspects of Real Emotional Trash, though we still…
brandon | April 1, 2008 - 12:26 pm

Stephen Malkmus Visits Fox News’ Red Eye

If you happened to be watching the Fox News Channel at 3AM this past Friday -- like who wasn't? -- you may have caught a…
Scott Lapatine | March 30, 2008 - 7:47 pm

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Do R.E.M. In San Francisco, Secret Show In Portland

The idea of a Pavement reunion's in the air, but Stephen Malkmus & his Jicks are everywhere else, including a Take-Away in San Francisco and…
brandon | March 6, 2008 - 9:41 am

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Soundcheck “Out Of Reaches”

Parts of Real Emotional Trash are real good. Such as “Out Of Reaches,” a song that’s become a favorite around here after we got all
brandon | February 20, 2008 - 9:32 am

Premature Evalution: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Real Emotional Trash

How rangy do you like your guitar jams? Well, if you're not into shutting your mouth and letting the fretboard do the talking, you might…
brandon | February 1, 2008 - 1:21 pm

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Real Emotional Trash

Stereogum | January 9, 2008 - 1:44 pm

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks’ Real Emotional Trash Album Art, Tracklist

We've only just started picking through Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks' Richard Avedon-referencing Real Emotional Trash, so it's still too premature to get Premature. Though…
Stereogum | January 9, 2008 - 10:51 am

New Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – “Baltimore”

We always want more Pavement. That's just how it is. We were kidding when we said VH1's '90s list needed more (c'mon chillun, as if…
Stereogum | December 14, 2007 - 9:47 am

Pitchfork Music Festival 2007 [Sunday; 7/15] Rating: 6.2

Wouldn't be a series of Pitchfork scores without at least one bearing little-to-no relation to the verbiage that followed, right? Well, day last…
Stereogum | July 16, 2007 - 10:29 pm

2007 PLUG Awards

The night before the mainstream music industry self-fellated on worldwide television, the indie scene had a little backslapping of its own at Irving Plaza for…
Stereogum | February 12, 2007 - 10:34 am

Malkmus On Shins, Smiths, Thermals, Mullets

Stephen had a chat with Seattle’s The Stranger, touching on northwestern bands, cities, and fashion styles. Some thoughts on the region’s music (via LHB): What
Stereogum | January 18, 2007 - 12:34 pm

New Old Pavement – “Half A Canyon” (Live In Australia)

Still no confirmation on a reunited Pavement headlining Coachella '07 (we can dream, can't we?), so Matador's giving us the next best thing: a 50…
Stereogum | October 18, 2006 - 1:33 pm