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Stephen Malkmus, Chris Funk, Matt Sweeney
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It’s going to be a big year for Stephen Malkmus. He’s already got a pair of Pavement shows scheduled for Primavera Sound, and now the beloved rocker has announced a new LP, Traditional Techniques. His third solo album without the Jicks by his side, Traditional Techniques is described in a press release as “new phase folk music for new phase folks,” its 10 songs “packed with handmade arrangements [and] modern folklore,” as well as the incorporation of Afghani instruments. It’s posited as the third in a trilogy with 2018's Sparkle Hard and 2019's Groove Denied, defined as such due to their diversity in sound and style. 

Hear lead single “Xian Man,” a swaggering, lightly psychedelic slice of guitar-forward folk, below.

The Decemberists’ Chris Funk and Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s Matt Sweeney were key to the album’s creation, and both artists will join Malkmus on the road for a North American tour this spring.


Pre-order Traditional Techniques here and see the tour dates below.

03/31—First Ave—Minneapolis, MN
04/01—Turner Hall—Milwaukee, WI
04/02—Thalia Hall—Chicago, IL
04/03—Headliners—Louisville, KY
04/04—Cannery Ballroom—Nashville, TN
04/05—Terminal West—Atlanta, GA
04/07—Orange Peel—Asheville, NC
04/08—Cat’s Cradle—Carrboro, NC
04/09—The National—Richmond, VA
04/10—Black Cat—Washington, DC
04/11—Union Transfer—Philadelphia, PA
04/13—Webster Hall—New York, NY
04/15—Royale—Boston, MA
04/16—L’Astral—Montreal, QC
04/17—Danforth Music Hall—Toronto, ON
04/18—Beachland Ballroom—Cleveland, OH
04/19—St. Andrew’s Hall—Detroit, MI

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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