Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
When: 8 p.m. Sunday
Where: The Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St.
Tickets: $17 at etix.com or Homer's Music
Information: 402-341-5353 or onepercentproductions.com
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Stephen Malkmus is done with Pavement now.
In fact, he's now released more albums with his solo band, The Jicks, than he ever did with Pavement, the rock band that made him an indie rock hero.
Malkmus' latest with The Jicks, “Wig Out at Jagbags,” emerged after his 2010 reunion with Pavement, an album/tour cycle for The Jicks' “Mirror Traffic” and a move with his family from Europe back to the U.S.
It's his poppiest album yet, and he did that on purpose — even though he's not really into pop music.
“But I realize that it's a thing that I can do. Maybe everyone could do it if they wanted to, but I thought it was special in a way to be catchy,” he said.
“Lariat” and songs like it were Malkmus' attempt at writing songs he thought people would like, and making tunes that might have mass appeal isn't normally what Malkmus does. The songs were written as an experiment to see if he could pull it off.
“Wig Out at Jagbags” is also full of melodies that reference the '70s classic rock and pop that Malkmus listened to while growing up, but with Malkmus' trademark buzzy indie rock guitar. Malkmus said the melodies, guitar loops and choruses might show up on a warped corner of the radio.
“Hopefully it all comes together and mixes that spiritual feeling from the singer with the sort of technical things (from the song) to make it work,” he said.