Sunday, April 13, 2014

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks in Edmonton April 8th 2014


I've come to the conclusion that I am no damn good at writing concert reviews, so from here on in, they will be short, and will just include a few words with pictures and such.

Now, having said that. On Tuesday I went to the Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks with Speedy Ortiz double bill at the Starlite Room.

This was my first time seeing opening band Speedy Ortiz in concert. They were alright, a wall of noise coming at you. Seeing the guitar player Matt Robidoux strum his guitar with a pair of pliers is something I have never seen done before. Lead singer Sadie Dupuis sounded good. An interesting band.

Speedy Ortiz at the Starlite Room.


Headliners were Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks who are on tour for their new release "Wig Out At Jagbags" which is a great album by the way. This was my second time seeing them in concert and again another great performance.

The band seemed loose and appeared to be having a lot of fun on stage. Lots of banter between songs with audience and amongst themselves. They just come across as not taking themselves so serious, which was cool. Stephen and The Jicks performed material from pretty much all their albums including a couple of covers. A bang on version of the Rush song "Fly By Night" sung by drummer Jake Morris. Another cover they did was Jane's Addiction "Mountain Song" which also sounded really good, the song wasn't on the setlist but was performed during the encore.

All and all this was a great show. I was a little surprised by the smaller then expected turn out, but being a week day I guess that is to be expected. Good times!!!

Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks at the Starlite Room.


Setlist from show.


T-shirt.


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