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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: 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

KEXP session

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


Cast Off:

Bike Lane:


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

New album SPARKLE HARD out now!

Get our new album “Sparkle Hard” now wherever you buy or stream music:

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 at noon.

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

New track “Refute” ft. Kim Gordon + the Sparkle Hard quiz and playlist generator

Listen to a new track “Refute” featuring guest vocals by Kim Gordon now:

The track appears on the new album Sparkle Hard, out now:

Plus, take the Sparkle Hard quiz with questions penned by the Jicks to calculate your sparkle level and get a corresponding playlist featuring album art rejected by our label:

New Album, Sparkle Hard!

Out on Matador and Domino May 18th
pre-order here
come see us on tour

“Middle America” (acoustic) video

Directed by Brook Linder

"Middle America" + Tour

“Middle America” + Tour

Photo by: Giovanni Duca

New single “Middle America”

Come see us on tour

Wig Out at Jagbags

Wig Out at Jagbags

release Jan 7 2014 (Jan 6 in the UK)

Pre-order here:
Matador • DominoItunes – USItunes – EU/UK

  • Pre-orders from the Matador store receive pre-order only ‘Pick Up The Spare’ 7″ on strawberry red single sided vinyl (while supplies last)
  • Itunes pre-order gets ‘Lariat’ instantly and B-side ‘Pick Up The Spare’ on release day.
Mirror Traffic

Mirror Traffic

release August 23 2011

Pre-order here:
iTunes • Amazon • Label Stores


From Mike

We’re having lots of fun practicing for the upcoming tour; re-learning all the songs off Mirror Traffic with Jake, plus dusting off a few deep-ish tracks from the first 4 records. Also, over the course of the last year plus, Stephen’s written a whole new album’s worth of tunes, so we’ll probably play a few different new ones every night. And we’re learning some surprise covers too, so it should make for a fun show.

We’re gearing up on the promo front too, doing some interviews and photo shoots (even snuck into the Mayor’s office for one), and lining up some release week events, which we’ll announce as soon as they get confirmed, so stay tuned…

US/CANADA Fall 2011

Tue Sep 20, 2011
Detroit MI | Majestic Theatre | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Wed Sep 21, 2011
Toronto ON | Phoenix Concert Theatre  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Thu Sep 22, 2011
Ottawa ON | Ritual  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Fri Sep 23, 2011
Montreal QC | Corona Theatre  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Sat Sep 24, 2011
Boston MA | Royale  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Sun Sep 25, 2011**
New York NY | Webster Hall  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

**This show is being moved from Terminal 5 to Webster Hall, and will now take place on Sunday, September 25 instead of Monday, September 26. All tickets purchased for the Terminal 5 show will be honored at Webster Hall. 

Wed Sep 28, 2011
Philadelphia PA | Theatre of Living Arts  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Thu Sep 29, 2011
Baltimore MD | Ram’s Head Live  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Fri Sep 30, 2011
Charlottesville VA | Jefferson Theater  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Sat Oct 01, 2011
Saxapahaw NC | The Haw River Ballroom  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Sun Oct 02, 2011
Atlanta GA | Variety Playhouse  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Tue Oct 04, 2011
Nashville TN | Mercy Lounge  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Wed Oct 05, 2011
Indianapolis IN | Earth House  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Thu Oct 06, 2011**
Chicago IL | Metro  | Buy Tickets on eTix | Buy Tickets on JamUSA
with Holy Sons 

** The October 6th  Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks show originally scheduled at the Vic Theatre has been moved to Metro, 3730 N. Clark. Tickets purchased for the Vic Theatre will be honored at Metro.   Showtime is 8:00pm; Holy Sons will open the show.

Fri Oct 07, 2011
Milwaukee WI | Turner Hall  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Sat Oct 08, 2011
Minneapolis MN | Pantages Theatre  | Buy Tickets
with Holy Sons 

Tue Oct 11, 2011
Seattle WA | Neptune Theatre  | Buy Tickets
with Ty Segall

Wed Oct 12, 2011
Vancouver BC | The Biltmore Cabaret  | Buy Tickets
with Ty Segall

Thu Oct 13, 2011
Portland OR | Crystal Ballroom  | Buy Tickets
with Ty Segall

Sun Oct 16, 2011
San Francisco CA | Treasure Island Music Festival  | Buy Tickets

Wed Oct 19, 2011
Los Angeles CA | The Music Box  | Buy Tickets
with Ty Segall

Thu Oct 20, 2011
Solana Beach CA | Belly Up Tavern  | Buy Tickets
with Ty Segall