Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Perform on Fallon, Release “Wig Out at Jagbags”

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The music of Stephen Malkmus always holds a fond place in my heart.  From the first moment I heard the quirky sounds of Pavement around 1994 when I was about 11 years old on MTV’s 120 Minutes, I was instantly intrigued. Through all the muffled Grunge sound and a sea of alternative and industrial bands, Pavement, was like nothing I had ever heard before. For all the youngsters out there, this was way before finding music on the internet or being able to download it on your phone and ipods. We usually had to work to find the music we loved. Countless hours of listening to college radio, recording on cassettes, zines, staying up late to watch 120 Minutes, you name it.

Stephen Malkmus and Pavement were my first true glimpse at ‘Indie Rock.’ None of my friends understood what that even meant at the time. Indie Rock in the suburbs of New York was pretty a non-existent term. I begged my parents to go to see Pavement every time the radio announced they were in town, to no avail. By the time I was old enough, they were no longer a band. Luckily I had the chance to see them twice at their Central Park reunion shows back in 2010, which were phenomenal. Malkmus’ voice I have always found to be one of the most unique in rock n’ roll. Somehow it always sounds a bit sarcastic, which I’m not even sure is intentional. But that’s part  of it’s beauty. Throughout the years with Pavement and his solo-esque project, The Jicks, Malkmus always delivers. He never completely strays away from his classic sound, but it is indeed a sound that has evolved throughout time. It has become more polished, perhaps even a bit slicker. His vocals are always unforgettable, and he never tries to be anything he isn’t.

This week Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks released their 6th studio record. Wig Out at Jagbags, an incredible 14-track piece that somehow is better with every listen. Just unleashing the video for “Cinnamon and Lesbians,” and honoring it with their own ice cream flavor/meet-and-greet fest at Momofuku in NYC this week, the group also appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon performing “Lariat,” with a special online bonus of “Stick Figures in Love.” What a great way to ring in the new year, no? Wig Out at Jagbags isn’t a great departure from any other Jicks record that has been released, but seriously, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Link to the videos below of the group performing on Jimmy Fallon. Wig Out at Jagbags is out NOW, via the lovely folks at Matador Records.

“Lariat”
http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/stephen-malkmus-and-the-jicks-lariat/n44778

“Stick Figures in Love”
http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/stephen-malkmus-and-the-jicks-stick-figures-in-love/n44766

TOUR DATES:

Wed Feb 12 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre (with Tyvek)
Fri Feb 14 – Columbia, MO – Mojo’s (with Tyvek)
Sat Feb 15 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House (with Tyvek)
Sun Feb 16 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room(with Tyvek)
Tue Feb 18 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center (with Tyvek)
Wed Feb 19 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon (with Tyvek)
Thu Feb 20 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall (with Disappears)
Fri Feb 21 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch (with Disappears)
Sat Feb 22 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace(with Disappears)
Sun Feb 23 – Montreal, QC – Cafe Campus (with Disappears)
Tue Feb 25 – Boston, MA – Paradise (with Disappears)
Wed Feb 26 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (with Disappears)
Thu Feb 27 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg (with Endless Boogie)
Fri Feb 28 – Washington, DC – Black Cat (with Endless Boogie)
Sat March 01 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts (with Endless Boogie)
Mon March 03 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle (with Purling Hiss)
Tue March 04 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West (with Purling Hiss)
Wed March 05 – Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree (with Purling Hiss)
Thu March 06 – New Orleans, LA – The Parish @ House of Blues (with Purling Hiss)
Fri March 07 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs (with Purling Hiss)
Sun March 09 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater (with Purling Hiss)
Sat March 15 – Portland, OR – Star Theater
Thu March 27 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s (with Speedy Ortiz)
Fri March 28 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sat March 29 – San Diego, CA – Casbah (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sun March 30 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriets Pioneertown (with Speedy Ortiz)
Tue April 01 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom (with Speedy Ortiz)
Wed April 02 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar (with Speedy Ortiz)
Thu April 03 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sat April 05 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat (with Speedy Ortiz)
Mon April 7 – Calgary, AB – Republik (with Speedy Ortiz)
Tue April 8 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room (with Speedy Ortiz)
Thu April 10 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz)
Fri April 11 – Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar (with Speedy Ortiz)
Sat April 12 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre (with Speedy Ortiz)

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Cut Copy Announce Remix Series, Tour Schedule

Cut Copy just released the first of a series of re-interpretations from their latest album Zonoscope.

The song “Need You Now” was retooled by Architecture in Helsinki and premiered on Huffington Post. You can grab a copy of the song here.

The band also played the first talk-show post-Zonoscope, stopping by Jimmy Fallon’s last Friday. The band has started its North American leg of the Zonoscope World Tour. You can check out Cut Copy here:

Apr 12 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo*

Apr 15 – Indio, CA – Coachella – SOLD OUT

Apr 16 – San Francisco, CA – The Grand Ballroom @ Regency – SOLD OUT *

Apr 16 – San Francisco, CA – The Sutter Room (DJ SET)

Apr 17 – San Francisco, CA – The Grand Ballroom @ Regency*

Apr 20 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater – SOLD OUT *

Apr 21 – Austin, TX – Stubbs BBQ*

Apr 22 – Austin, TX – Stubbs BBQ – SOLD OUT *

Apr 23 – New Orleans, LA – Republic*

June 5 – Houston, TX – Free Press Summer Fest @ Elanor Tinsiley Park

July 7 – Mariaville, NY – Camp Bisco @ Indian Lookout Country club

July 17 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival @ Union Park

August 12 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre

*with Holy Ghost! as support

Friendly Fires Hit the Road

Photo by Dominic Storer

Friendly Fires have settled on a release date for their sophomore album. Pala will be out May 24th on XL Recordings.

The album will follow the group’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, which was released in 2008. Even better, fans don’t have to wait till May to hear a glimpse of the new album. The band just premiered their new single “Live Those Days Tonight” live on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, March 23rd.

If for whatever reason you don’t watch Jimmy Fallon (understandable), the band has considerately made the song available to listen to on the groups website. You can hear it right here.

Although the band is still recovering from the chaos of SXSW, they will set off on tour behind their new album in late May. Their tour schedule looks like this:

5/24 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church

5/25 – New York, NY – Webster Hall

5/26 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

5/27 – Boston, MA – Paradise

5/28 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre

5/30 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre

5/31 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall

6/1 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater

6/4 – Vancouver, BC – Venue

6/5 – Seattle, WA – Neumos

6/6 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge

6/8 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

6/10 – Los Angeles, CA – Music Box at The Henry Fonda

Cut Copy Get Remixed And Hit The Road

Over the next few weeks, Cut Copy will be unveiling several remixes of their single “Need You Now.” The first of these remixes, done by fellow Melbourne residents Architecture in Helsinki, was released at the beginning of this week.
http://soundcloud.com/wesleyambrecht/cut-copy-need-you-now
 

Tonight, The band will also be doing their first TV performance of the Zonoscope era, performing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. And, tomorrow, they’ll embark on a nationwide tour. Many of the dates have sold out already but we’ve provided a full list below.

 

Cut Copy Spring Tour Dates

Mar 26 – Miami, FL – Ultra Music Festival – SOLD OUT
Mar 28 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade – BUY TICKETS*
Mar 29 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club – SOLD OUT! *
Mar 30 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club – SOLD OUT! *
Mar 30 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall (DJ SET) – BUY TICKETS
Mar 31 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero – SOLD OUT *
Apr 1- New York, NY – Terminal 5 – SOLD OUT *
Apr 2 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 – SOLD OUT *
Apr 4- Boston, MA – House of Blues – BUY TICKETS*
Apr 5 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda – BUY TICKETS
Apr 6 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 – SOLD OUT
Apr 7 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy – BUY TICKETS*
Apr 8 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater – SOLD OUT *
Apr 9 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue – BUY TICKETS*
Apr 12 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo – BUY TICKETS*
Apr 15 – Indio, CA – Coachella – SOLD OUT
Apr 16 – San Francisco, CA – The Grand Ballroom @ Regency – SOLD OUT *
Apr 16 – San Francisco, CA – The Sutter Room (DJ SET) – BUY TICKETS
Apr 17 – San Francisco, CA – The Grand Ballroom @ Regency – BUY TICKETS*
Apr 20 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater – SOLD OUT *
Apr 21 – Austin, TX – Stubbs BBQ – BUY TICKETS*
Apr 22 – Austin, TX – Stubbs BBQ – SOLD OUT *
Apr 23 – New Orleans, LA – Republic – BUY TICKETS*
June 5 – Houston, TX – Free Press Summer Fest @ Elanor Tinsiley Park – BUY TICKETS
July 7 – Mariaville, NY – Camp Bisco @ Indian Lookout Country club – BUY TICKETS
July 17 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival @ Union Park – BUY TICKETS
August 12 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre – BUY TICKETS

Pavement Drop By Fallon, Play Last NYC Show Tonight


If you are lucky enough to spend the last night in NYC with Pavement today, make it a good one. The show starts only in a matter of hours. To hold you over until then, check out the performances the band did on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night! They played “Unfair,” and “Stereo,” the latter on the internet only, with contest winner Steve Goss. Lucky bastard. You can watch those below.

Pavement goes on at 8pm tonight at Central Park. Tickets are sold out. See you there!

Watch “Stereo” HERE

“Unfair”