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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

“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

2018 North American Tour *Updated 7/17*

June 1 Turf Club, St. Paul MN ** SOLD OUT

June 2 The Back Room at Colectivo, Milwaukee WI ** SOLD OUT

June 3 Thalia Hall, Chicago IL ** SOLD OUT

June 5 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH ** SOLD OUT

June 6 Rex Theater, Pittsburgh PA ** Tickets

June 7 Grog Shop, Cleveland OH ** Tickets

June 8 The Magestic, Detroit MI ** Tickets

June 9 Lee’s Palace, Toronto ON ** SOLD OUT

June 11 Theatre Fairmount, Montreal QC ** Tickets

June 12 The Sinclair, Cambridge MA ** SOLD OUT

June 14 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY ** SOLD OUT

June 15 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY ** SOLD OUT

June 16 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA ** Tickets

June 17 Black Cat, Washington DC ** SOLD OUT

June 19 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC ** Tickets

June 20 The Georgia Theatre, Athens GA ** Tickets

June 21 Mercy Lounge, Nashville TN **  SOLD OUT

June 22 Zanzabar, Louisville KY ** SOLD OUT

June 23 The Woodward Theater, Cincinnati OH ** Tickets

July 17 Mystic Theatre, Petaluma CA ## SOLD OUT

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

** With Lithics
++ With Dommengang
## With Soccer Mommy

Concrete & Grass Festival Shanghai

Concrete & Grass Festival Shanghai

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FJM/SM&J

For you non-procrastinators, you can now buy tickets to the Father John Misty / Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks show happening on September 1st of this year in Troutdale, OR. We both played the Boston Calling Music Festival last Fall and it was a blast.

T I C K E T S

2015 Shows Part 2

Fun fact: the line in beloved Pig Lib bonus disc rarity ‘Dynamic Calories’ that goes “From York to New York, you were a mild sensation” was originally “From Austin to Boston….”. It’s true! And I know I have a bootleg live recording of an early version of it lying around in the archives somewhere to prove it if you don’t believe me. Anyway, as Summer turns to Autumn, and my thoughts drift back to the forgotten college radio bands of yore (Fetchin Bones anyone?) we Jicks are in the midst of living out those prophetic lyrics. Last weekend we brought our lighthearted and lackadaisical show to Austin’s Parish club (read all about it here: http://goo.gl/niS35K ), and next weekend we make our way to Boston for not one but two shows! On Saturday, we’ll be a part of the excellent Boston Calling music festival, for which single-day tickets may be purchased here: http://bostoncalling.com/tickets.html. Preceding that, on Friday we will be headlining the Boston Calling Official After Party at the Sinclair (ticket link: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/01004F31C5A755F2?brand=sinclair). I know it seems strange that we’re playing an after party BEFORE our festival show, which presumably means we’ll be partying before the after party, but I’m pretty sure it all makes sense somehow. Come on down if you can and join us while we “make a little rendezvous…”