Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
Is any dad rocker more liberating than Stephen Malkmus, the pun-spitting father of two who can split the difference between punk, prog, and the Grateful Dead without breaking a sweat? Malkmus has now been with the Jicks longer than he fronted Pavement, and his perky new Wig Out at Jagbags, recorded in Berlin, serves as a sort of musical conversation between the younger and older Stephens. Who's happier? Let's just say the Jicks' bonhomie makes these prog-pop tunes, featuring Malkmus's geekily akimbo guitar solos, more life-affirming than not. They're fuel-efficient, to boot: Everything you need to know about the '80s lies in "Lariat," while "Cinnamon and Lesbians" deals a sharper take on Pacific Northwest vanities than all of Portlandia combined.
Wed., Feb. 26, 9 p.m., 2014
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