Today, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks issued new music for the first time since 2014. “Middle America” is the name of the new single and its release is accompanied by the announcement of a 2018 North American Tour.
The former Pavement frontman and his band put out “Middle America” on a variety of digital services. “Middle America” features, “Malkmus’s wry wordplay and sunny twang create an ode to underdogs everywhere, with bittersweet words of encouragement for the ramshackle character on their receiving end” as per a statement announcing the new single. The press release also mentions “fans can likely expect a further taste of new music.”
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks kick off the tour at Turf Club in Minneapolis on June 1. From there, the band visits Milwaukee, Chicago, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, Toronto and Montreal. A Northeast run features stops in Cambridge, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Then, Malkmus & The Jicks finish the first leg of the tour with concerts planned for Carrboro, Athens, Nashville, Louisville and Cincinnati. Stephen Malkmus & Co. resume the tour in Petaluma on July 17 ahead of performances in San Francisco, Phoenix, Austin, Houston, Dallas, Tulsa, Kansas City, Englewood, Salt Lake City, Vancouver, Seattle and Portland.
Listen to “Middle America” by Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks: