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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

Wed Mar 11th, 2015

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“He’s the longest-running rock artist who’s never made a weak record.”
– Rolling Stone

New Zealand are lucky to play host to songwriting genius Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks next year; the man who defined an era of music with his band PAVEMENT will perform in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin from 10 March to 13 March 2015.

As always, the work of Malkmus is consistently and casually brilliant. Wig Out at Jagbags, his sixth studio album, was released earlier this year in January. Indeed, it is no exception to past work; playful, intelligent indie rock/pop music with a lyrical sophistication and depth that is unmatched in modern music.

Malkmus describes the album title as “a smeared aspersion, not profanity, but derived from one..... watered down for the airwaves, or the assembly line”.

Malkmus drew upon a curious and wide range of inspirations; from Germany, Mark Von Schlegell, Rosemarie Trockel, through to inactivity, jamming and “indie guys trying to sound Memphis”. Recorded in an isolated studio in Belgium near Luxembourg, he describes the experience as ‘the cradle of morbid tax relief’.

“We were (are) pretty psyched with results.”

An effortlessly cool ‘Flying Nun-style’ act, Malkmus and band are reliably excellent across such an extensive body of work; this will be a treat to behold and utterly refreshing in a world where viral things wrongly get all the attention.

In the world of Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, quality and music actually prevail which is great for all of us.

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

Tuesday 10 March 2015, Chicks Hotel, Dunedin
Wednesday 11 March 2015, Chicks Hotel, Dunedin
Thursday 12 March 2015, Studio, Auckland
Friday 13 March 2015, James Cabaret, Wellington

Tickets are on sale via Under The Radar and Dash Tickets from 16 December 2014.


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