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Stephen Malkmus’ new electronic album ‘Groove Denied’ out March 15

The rumors are true: The “rejected” electronic album that Stephen Malkmus has been telling everyone about will see the light of day on March 15th (pre-order it here: http://smarturl.it/groove_denied). But Groove Denied is not a full-blown plunge into EDM or hiptronica. In fact, there aren’t any purely instrumental tracks on the album. Every song is precisely that: a song, featuring Malkmus staples like an artfully askew melody and an oblique lyric. Groove Denied is Stephen playing hooky from his customary way of going about things, jolting himself out of a comfy routine. As Malkmus commented recently in a recent video interview, “It’s kind of funny to mess with stuff you’re not supposed to mess with.”

The first taste of Stephen’s new groove can be sampled today, with the release of single “Viktor Borgia,” and its accompanying video starring Stephen alone in a dance club — until he turns into a digital avatar and dance-battles the digital avatars of a Random Businessman and a pony-tailed pop-star named Ariana.

The title playfully merges the name of the comedian-pianist and the ruthless dynasty of Italo-Spanish nobles. With its stately melody and the almost-English-accented vocal, the coordinates here are early Human League or even Men Without Hats. “Yes, I was thinking things like Pete Shelley’s ‘Homosapien’, the Human League, and DIY synth music circa 1982,” says Stephen, adding “and also about how in the New Wave Eighties, these suburban 18-and-over dance clubs were where all the freaks would meet – a sanctuary.”

Photo by Robbie Augspurger

Stephen will embark on a solo tour, sans Jicks, in May. The newly announced run of dates can be found below – tickets are on sale this Friday at 10am.

Wed May 1 – Toronto ON @ The Great Hall – Tickets

Fri May 3 – Somerville MA @ Arts At The Armory – Tickets

Sat May 4 – Ardmore PA @ Ardmore Music Hall – Tickets

Sun May 5 – Washington DC @ Union Stage – Tickets

Tues May 7 – Austin TX @ 3TEN ACL Live – Tickets

Fri May 10 – Portland OR @ Doug Fir Lounge – Tickets

Sat May 11 – Seattle WA @ Columbia City Theater – Tickets

Tue May 14 – San Francisco CA @ Swedish American Hall – Tickets

Wed May 15 – Los Angeles CA @ Lodge Room – Tickets

Upcoming Dates 2019 *Sideways Festival and This Is Not A Love Song added

 

May 30  Primavera Sound,  Barcelona  Tickets

May 31, This Is Not A Love Song,  Nimes  Tickets

June 2, Best Kept Secret,  Hilvarenbeek  Tickets

June 4  De Casino,  St. Niklaas  Tickets

June 5  Knust,  Hamburg  Tickets

June 6-9  Sideways,  Helsinki  Tickets

June 7  Debaser,  Stockholm  Tickets

June 11  Parkteatret,  Oslo   Tickets

June 12  Bergenfest,  Bergen  Tickets

June 14,  Lille Vega,  Copenhagen  Tickets

June 14-16, Maifeld Derby,  Mannheim  Tickets

June 18,  De Kreun,  Kortrijk  Tickets

June 19,  La Gaîté Lyrique,  Paris  Tickets

Sparkle Hard Europe Starts In One Week!!

UK/Europe Dates

October 17  Albert Hall, Manchester  Tickets

October 18  SWG3, Glasgow  Tickets

October 19  Vicar St., Dublin  Tickets

October 21  SWX, Bristol  Tickets

October 22  The Asylum, Birmingham  Tickets

October 24  EartH (FKA- Hackney Arts Centre), London  SOLD OUT

October 25  Concorde 2, Brighton  Tickets

October 26-27  BIME Festival, Bilbao  Tickets

October 29  Lido, Berlin  Tickets

October 30  Stadtgarten, Cologne  Tickets

October 31  Melkweg, Amsterdam  Tickets

November 2  Filter Festival @ Trix, Antwerp  Tickets

November 3  Pitchfork Festival, Paris  Tickets

KEXP session

Videos from our visit to KEXP on May 21st are now up:

Shiggy:

Cast Off:

Bike Lane:

Refute:

Middle America:

Solid Silk:

Full Performance:

“Solid Silk” video and tour out west

Watch an acoustic version of “Solid Silk”, directed by Brook Linder.

We’re heading back out on tour for the next few weeks – see you out there:

July 17 Mystic Theatre, Petaluma CA ## Tickets
July 18 Slim’s, San Francisco CA ## SOLD OUT
July 19, The Roxy, LA ++ SOLD OUT
July 20 Casbah, San Diego CA ++ SOLD OUT
July 22 The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix AZ ++ Tickets
July 23 Launchpad, Albuquerque NM, ++ Tickets
July 25 The Mohawk, Austin TX ## Tickets
July 26 White Oak Music Hall, Houston TX ## Tickets
July 27 Granada Theater, Dallas TX ## Tickets
July 28 The Vanguard, Tulsa OK ## Tickets
July 29 Record Bar, Kansas City MO ## Tickets
July 31 Gothic Theatre, Englewood CO## Tickets
August 1 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City UT ## Tickets
August 3 Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC ## Tickets
August 4 Neptune Theatre, Seattle WA ## Tickets
August 5 Star Theater, Portland OR ## SOLD OUT
October 5 Greek Theatre, Los Angeles w/ Courtney Barnett, Waxahatchee Tickets

++ With Dommengang
## With Soccer Mommy

10/5 Greek Theatre LA with Courtney Barnett!

Filter Festival Antwerp November 2

BIME Festival Bilbao October 26-27

Middle Waves Festival 9/15

New album SPARKLE HARD out now!

Get our new album “Sparkle Hard” now wherever you buy or stream music: http://smarturl.it/sparklehard

Don’t miss our KEXP session on Monday May 21 – it’s open to the public, but if you’re not in Seattle you can tune in on kexp.org at noon.

We’re also heading out on tour soon! Check the tour dates tab for dates and tickets.

Sparkle Hard: The Movie?

Watch “Sparkle Hard: The Movie”, directed by Brook Linder: https://youtu.be/MCNJytiXyLE
Sparkle Hard (the album) is out now: http://smarturl.it/sparklehard