News

Jul 12, 2018

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks released a new albumSparkle Hard, back in May via Matador. Now they have shared a new video featuring Malkmus performing the album's "Solid Silk" on acoustic guitar on a couch. Brook Linder directed the relaxed and intimate clip.  More

Album of the Week: Courtney Barnett

Tell Me How You Really Feel Out Today via Mom + Pop/Marathon Artists/Milk! Records

May 18, 2018

In the now four years since her double EP A Sea of Split Peas announced Courtney Barnett as a force to be reckoned with in the indie singer/songwriter sphere, there has been little-to-no let up in the proficiency of this Australian 30-year-old. More

May 09, 2018

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks are releasing a new album, Sparkle Hard, on May 18 via Matador. Now they have shared Sparkle Hard: The Movie, a 10-minute documentary on making the album, among other things. It shows the band recording in the studio, along with Malkmus being interviewed, playing tennis, and riding horses. More

Apr 25, 2018

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks are releasing a new albumSparkle Hard, on May 18 via Matador. Now they have shared another new song from it, "Refute." It features the guest vocals of Kim Gordon (formerly of Sonic Youth). Listen below, followed by the band's upcoming tour dates. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Natalie Prass, Tracyanne & Danny, Wye Oak, Stars, and More

Plus Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Laura Veirs, CHVRCHES, John Parish, Eels, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 30, 2018

Last week we crammed two weeks into Songs of the Week, but this week we're back on track with a regular one-week wrap-up. There was plenty to choose from this week. Our #1 is a funky feminist anthem and our #2 was a close second. Artists whose songs almost made the Top 10 include Hinds, Air Waves (feat. Kevin Morby), mastersystem (remixed by Mogwai), The Lemon Twigs, Sam Evian, and Bernice. More

FYF Fest 2018 Lineup: My Bloody Valentine, St. Vincent, Florence and the Machine, and More

Janet Jackson, The xx, Car Seat Headrest, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lucy Dacus, Mount Kimbie, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Breeders, U.S. Girls, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Others Set for 15th Anniversary

Mar 30, 2018

FYF Fest has announced its 2018 lineup. The event is due to take place July 21 and 22 at Los Angeles' Exposition Park. The headliners are Florence and the Machine and Janet Jackson.  More

Mar 26, 2018

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks have announced a new album, Sparkle Hard, and shared a new song "Shiggy." Sparkle Hard is due out May 18 via Matador. Last month the band led by the former Pavementfrontman shared a brand new song, "Middle America," which is featured on the new album. Listen to "Shiggy" below, followed by the album's tracklist and cover art, as well as their upcoming tour dates.  More

7 Best Songs of the Week: MGMT, U.S. Girls, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, and More

Plus Marlon Williams, Ought, Titus Andronicus, El Perro Del Mar, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 09, 2018

It was a lighter week for exciting new tracks this week. So for this week's Songs of the Week we only have a Top 7. Our #1 is jokingly presented as a cover (or a rip off of another artist's song), but it's not. There are quite a few actual covers in the honorable mentions however. More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Blowing the Budget

The Government Shutdown is Mainly Averted

Feb 09, 2018

Things have gone south and then been rescued in Washington (again) as yet another attempt not to shut down the government fell short. It's also not been a good week for economic benchmarks, or Chiefs of Staff. For that reason, we close by getting away from the swamp to hit up "Middle America." More

Feb 07, 2018

Yesterday Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks shared a 20-second teaser video via their Twitter account that appeared to be a clip from a new music video, with the former Pavement frontman singing on the roof of a building. Now the band has shared that new song in full.  More

Feb 06, 2018

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks have been fairly quiet of late, last releasing an album in 2014 with Wig Out At Jagbags. But today they posted a new video to their Twitter account.  More

Listen to Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Cover Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” Live

Recorded Last June at Quiet Music Festival of Portland

Feb 04, 2016

Last June at the fifth annual Quiet Music Festival of Portland Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks played a set that included covers and rarities. The set opened with a cover of Nirvana's "Come As You Are," from the iconic album NevermindMore

May 20, 2014

Still out and about supporting their latest LP Wig Out at JagbagsStephen Malkmus and the Jicks made an appearance last night on Dave Letterman's Late Show. More

Watch Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks on “Fallon”

Perform "Lariat" and "Stick Figures in Love"

Jan 07, 2014

Last night Late Night host Jimmy Fallon welcomed Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks as his musical guest.  More

Dec 31, 2013

On Jan. 7 Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks will properly kick off the 2014's year of music with the release of their new album Wig Out at Jagbags. More

Dec 10, 2013

Soon to release their latest full-length Wig Out at Jagbags next month Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks have premiered a new music video for the effort's included cut "Cinnamon and Lesbians." More

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Announce North American Tour

New Album Wig Out at Jagbags Out Jan. 7

Dec 03, 2013

Recently announcing the forthcoming release of their newest album Wig Out at Jagbags Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks have revealed plans for an extensive North American tour behind the effort. More

Nov 12, 2013

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks have announced the upcoming release of their new album Wig Out at Jagbags. More

Watch: Stephen Malkmus Covers Can’s “Ege Bamyasi”

Celebrating Album's 40th Anniversary

Dec 07, 2012

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Can's influential krautrock album Ege Bamyasi. Last weekend Stephen Malkmus honored the impact the record had on his musical upbringing by performing the record in full at the Week-End Fest in Cologne, Germany. More

Oct 16, 2012

As part of Cologne, Germany’s Week-End Fest (taking place November 30-December 2), Stephen Malkmus has announced that he will perform Can’s Ege Bamyasi in full. More

Listen: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Cover L.A. Guns

First Installment in Matador's 7″ Subscription Series

Feb 16, 2012

Back in Mid-December Martador Records announced the launch of a subscription 7'' series called "Singles Going Home Alone" that would release rare and exclusive tracks from its stable of artists. More

Matador and True Panther Sounds to Release Vinyl Sampler

Features Unreleased Music by Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Perfume Genius

Jan 05, 2012

Matador Records, alongside its subsidiary True Panther Sounds, has announced that on Jan. 14 it will release an 11-track vinyl-only sampler album.  More

Oct 14, 2011

Who says political candidate quite like Jack Black? That’s the idea behind the new Stephen Malkmus video, “Senator,” a cut from recently released Mirror Traffic More

Watch: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Cover R.E.M.

"Radio Free Europe" Played in Atlanta

Oct 11, 2011

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks pay tribute to R.E.M. with a live cover of "Radio Free Europe." Check out the clip from the band's October 2 show at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. More

Watch: Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks’ “Tigers” Video

Mirror Traffic Album Out Now, Malkmus Interviews Gus Van Sant in our Summer Issue

Sep 07, 2011

Stephen Malkmus and The JicksMirror Traffic, produced by Beck, was released in August. Now you can watch the new video for "Tigers." More

Watch: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks on Fallon

Band Plays an Unreleased Song

Aug 31, 2011

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks hit Late Show With Jimmy Fallon last night. We have the video. More

Aug 19, 2011

Stephen Malkmus (who interviews Gus Van Sant in our current issue) gets dreamy in the new video for grammatically challenged Mirror Traffic cut, “No One Is (As I Are Be).”  More

Under the Radar Announces Summer Issue and St. Vincent Cover

Issue Also Features Stephen Malkmus vs. Gus Van Sant, M83, The Horrors, Washed Out, Bon Iver vs. Fugazi, WU LYF, Dum Dum Girls, and much more

Jul 28, 2011

Under the Radar’s Summer 2011 Issue has just hit stands. It features St. Vincent on the cover and includes articles on M83, Bon Iver vs. Fugazi, The Horrors, Washed Out, Stephen Malkmus vs. Gus Van Sant, WU LYF, Dum Dum Girls, Friendly Fires, Memory Tapes, John Maus, Niki & The Dove, Purity Ring, Youth Lagoon, and many others; as well as over 115 reviews. The digital version of the magazine also includes 50 extra pages of bonus content, including articles on My Morning Jacket, The Rapture, Eleanor Friedberger, Handsome Furs, Moonface, Stephin Merritt, Laurel Halo, and more. More

Treasure Island Festival 2011 Lineup Announced – Death Cab for Cutie, St. Vincent, and more

Performers Also Include Cut Copy, Beach House, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Friendly Fires, Empire of the Sun, Battles, and others

Jul 26, 2011

Today, Treasure Island Music Festival announced their 2011 lineup. More

Clean Stephen Malkmus’ Dirty Mouth

Winner Gets a One-of-a-Kind 7”

Jul 15, 2011

Send the kids out of the room—Stephen Malkmus’ new single “Senator” gets down and dirty with the line, “I know what the senator wants—what the senator wants is a blowjob.” He ants YOU (yes you) to help him think of a new line.  More

Listen: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks’ “Tigers”

Opening Track from Forthcoming Mirror Traffic

Jul 11, 2011

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks' forthcoming album, Mirror Traffic is due out August 23 via Matador, but in the meantime the first song on the album, "Tigers" has premiered. More

Wild Flag Announces Debut Album

Out September 13 via Merge Records

Jun 17, 2011

Super-group Wild Flag have announced that their self-titled debut album will be released September 13 via Merge Records. More

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Announce Tour

Band Hits the Road in Support of Mirror Traffic (Due This August)

Jun 15, 2011

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks announce North American tour dates following the release of their album Mirror Traffic in August. More

Listen: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks “Senator”

Mirror Traffic, on August 23 in the U.S. via Matador

Jun 08, 2011

The timely lyric "what the senator wants is a blow job" is sung with a forceful wink on the new tune from Stephen Malkmus and the JicksMore

May 24, 2011

After appeasing long-time Pavement fans with a reunion tour last year, Stephen Malkmus is readying life again alongside his current outfit The Jicks with a new album scheduled for August 23. More


Interviews

May 02, 2014

Portland is the place where young people go to retire—that's arguably the most widely quoted line from season one of Portlandia. But if that's true, Carrie Brownstein and Stephen Malkmus must be the old-soul exceptions, as both relocated there when they were in their prime early retirement years and have continued working at more or less the same prolific pace.  More


Reviews

Wig Out at Jagbags

Wig Out at Jagbags

Matador

Jan 06, 2014

Seeing as Stephen Malkmus has spent the last couple of years living in Berlin, one might expect Wig Out at Jagbags to be his version of Low, or The Idiot, or Drum's Not Dead. Rather, it sounds less like it was conceived and recorded in Continental Europe than produced at Abbey Road, in the 1970s, by Paul McCartney. More

Mirror Traffic

Mirror Traffic

Matador

Aug 22, 2011

We’re over 20 years into Stephen Malkmus’ musical career and he’s still consistently delivering relevant and entertaining sonic statements packed with erudite lyrics, slippery guitars, and unexpected structural twists.Mirror Traffic, his fifth full-length in the post-Pavement era, smartly summarizes much of his recent work with a series of concise rockers, jammy experiments, and occasional moments of raw emotion. More