& The Jicks are back with their first new music in over four years. The Pavement frontman and his band have shared a new single titled “Middle America” and announced a summer tour of North America.
Much like “Range Life” off Pavement’s classic Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (which we named one of the band’s best songs in 2016), “Middle America” is a folksy, sunny number in which Malkmus poses deep existential questions amid warm acoustic chords, freewheeling electric riffs, and barebones drums and bass. “Men are scum, I won’t deny,” he sings, “May you be shitfaced the day you die.” Here, here.
Malkmus and company have set a 31-date North American tour, starting June 1 in St. Paul, Minn. The band’s run will take them all across the U.S., with stops in Chicago, New York City, Washington, D.C., Nashville, San Francisco and Seattle, among other cities, plus Canada shows in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. The tour concludes with an Aug. 5 show in Portland, Ore.
Today’s single arrives without any information on a new Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks album, aside from the promise of “a further taste of new music,” so stay tuned to find out how “Middle America” fits into the band’s bigger picture. Their most recent release is 2014’s Wig Out at Jagbags.
Listen to “Middle America” via Spotify below (or your streaming service of choice here), and see a 2009 Malkmus performance from the Paste Cloud and the band’s 2018 tour dates further down.
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Tour Dates:
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
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
01 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Urban Lounge
03 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Rickshaw Theatre
04 – Seattle, Wash. @ Neptune Theatre
05 – Portland, Ore. @ Star Theater