Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks haven't played in the States in about a year and a half, and judging by the tour page on the band's website, Friday's one-off as part of the Crystal Ballroom's 100-day celebration of its 100th anniversary might be the only US show for quite a while. What might change that is a new album, which the former Pavement frontman and his band of indie-rock lifers recorded this past year in Amsterdam, Berlin, and Belgium. A loose release date is set for Wig Out at Jagbags sometime early next year. I have no idea what it'll sound like, but I have a hunch it'll involve off-kilter guitar work and quirky lyrics with quotable lines. MATTHEW W. SULLIVAN
1332 W Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
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