Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Release New Single and Tour Dates

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks are back with music in over four years, since their last studio album, Wig Out at Jagbags. The former Pavement frontman and company released the single, “Middle America” and announced a North American summer tour.

“Middle America” opens a riff similar to the classic Pavement track, “Range Life.” It develops a melody close to another Crooked Rain Crooked Rain (1994) classic, “Newark Wilder” in blend with Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down,” when Malkmus sings, “The heir apparent just might try / you know you should be winning.” It’s acoustically warm, but as the song develops, it becomes deep and intense in Malkmus’ vocals, as he sings, “It doesn’t take much nerve / just kiss yourself metaphorically and open the door and piss if you need to.” On Twitter, the group posted a snippet of what it seems like, an upcoming music video for the new single.

Malkmus and crew have set a 31-date North American tour, starting June 1, in St. Paul, Minn. The tour will take the band all across North America, going from Philadelphia to Washington D.C.. The tour will come to an end on Aug. 5, in Malkmus’s home city in Portland, Ore.

Listen to “Middle America” via Spotify below and check out the band’s 2018 tour dates below.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Tour Dates:

June
01 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Turf Club
02 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ The Back Room at Colectivo
03 – Chicago, Ill. @ Thalia Hall
05 – Columbus, Ohio @ Ace of Cups
06 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Rex Theater
07 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Grog Shop
08 – Detroit, Mich. @ Magic Stick
09 – Toronto, Ontario @ Lee’s Palace
11 – Montreal, Quebec @ Theatre Fairmount
12 – Cambridge, Mass. @ The Sinclair
14 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
16 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Theatre of Living Arts
17 – Washington, D.C. @ Black Cat
19 – Carrboro, N.C. @ Cat’s Cradle
20 – Athens, Ga. @ The Georgia Theatre
21 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Mercy Lounge
22 – Louisville, Ky. @ Zanzabar
23 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ The Woodward Theater

July
17 – Petaluma, Calif. @ Mystic Theatre
18 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Slim’s
22 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ The Crescent Ballroom
25 – Austin, Texas @ The Mohawk
26 – Houston, Texas @ White Oak Music Hall
27 – Dallas, Texas @ Granada Theater
28 – Tulsa, Okla. @ The Vanguard
29 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Record Bar
31 – Englewood, Colo. @ Gothic Theatre

August
01 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Urban Lounge
03 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Rickshaw Theatre
04 – Seattle, Wash. @ Neptune Theatre
05 – Portland, Ore. @ Star Theater

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