Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Tour Preview

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Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Tour Preview
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Tour Preview

After the success of worldwide Pavement reunion tour last year (QRO live review), Stephen Malkmus is now back with a new stunning album this time with his full-time band The Jicks.  Mirror Traffic (QRO review) is special for many reasons: first of all it was produced by Beck (QRO album review), the first producer to work with Malkmus since Pavement’s last album Terror Twilight; it also represents a departure from the jammy, psychedelic melodies of Real Emotional Trash (QRO review), and a return to the catchy hooks of his debut solo album and somehow the directness of Pavement last hits.

After a few U.S. dates, the Jicks will play some European shows in November.  The band will feature new drummer Jake Morris (ex-Joggers) who replaced Janet Weiss, now busy touring with super-group Wild Flag (QRO album review).

Forget about Pavement sold-out shows and big sized venues.  A couple of festivals aside, this time Malkmus will play small venues and entertain hardcore fans with more intimate shows.  Expect different set lists every night with tunes from Mirror Traffic, old hits, new songs, and unusual covers, and lots of banters and improvisation in good Jicks tradition. 

If you can, catch Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks at one of these dates:

9 Nov. – Button Factory, Dublin
10 Nov. – Ritz, Manchester
11 Nov. – The Arches, Glasgow
12 Nov. – Constellations Festival, Leeds
14 Nov. – Koko, London
16 Nov. – La Gaite Lyrique, Paris
17 Nov. – Den Atelier, Luxembourg
18 Nov. – Abart, Zurich
19 Nov. – Magazzini Generali, Milan
21 Nov. – B72, Vienna
22 Nov. – Postbahnhof, Berlin
24 Nov. – Le Guess Who Festival, Utrecht
25 Nov. – Primavera Club @ Sala Apolo, Barcelona
26 Nov. – Primavera Club @ Palacio Vistalegre, Barcelona
28 Nov. – Hipnoza Club, Katowice

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