VIDEO : Stephen Malkmus – “Rushing The Acid Frat”

(“Rushing The Acid Frat” – directed by Robert Strange and James Pepper)


(photo by Robbie Augspurger)

Stephen Malkmus had a vision … or so begins the lyrics to “Rushing The Acid Frat,” the newly released single from his forthcoming ‘Groove Denied'(out March 15th). The song title, inspired by Stephen’s memories of a specific student fraternity (think less beer-pong-bros, more “Grateful Dead druggy tie-dye” vibe) at his UVA alma mater, is a “Louie Louie”-style shindig rumpus, which he imagines as the soundtrack to a “Star Wars bar scene in such a frat … it’s kinda 12-bar but gigged with psych lyrics.”

In the  accompanying video (above), created by Robert Strange and James Papper, features an animated Stephen taking a romp through LA’s Koreatown and Hollywood Forever Cemetery, followed by a trip to the moon, and back to a field on Earth (fun fact – it’s Ben Kweller’s ranch in Texas), tinged with  hallucinatory enhancements.

Along with this May’s solo dates, additional shows have been added at NYC’s The Kitchen and the Art Institute Of Chicago (ticket links below).

stream / download “Rushing The Acid Frat”
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Stephen Malkmus on tour (new dates in bold)

Tuesday, April 30 92nd St Y New York NY (In Conversation with Vanity Fair’s Michael Hogan)
Wednesday, May 1 The Great Hall, Toronto ON * #
Thursday, May 2 The Kitchen, New York NY *
Friday, May 3 Arts At The Armory, Somerville MA * # (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, May 4 Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore PA * #
Sunday, May 5 Union Stage, Washington DC * #
Tuesday, May 7 3TEN ACL Live, Austin TX *
Wednesday, May 8 Art Institute of Chicago Fullerton *
Friday, May 10 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR * (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, May 11 Columbia City Theater, Seattle WA *
Tuesday, May 14 Swedish American Hall, San Francisco CA * %
Wednesday, May 15 Lodge Room, Los Angeles CA * (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, May 30 Primavera Sound, Barcelona ES
Tuesday, June 4 De Casino St. Niklaas BE
Wednesday, June 5 Knust, Hamburg DE
Friday, June 7 Debaser, Stockholm SE
Tuesday, June 11 Parkteatret, Oslo NO
Wednesday, June 12 Bergenfest, Bergen NO
Friday, June 14 Lille Vega, Copenhagen DK
Saturday, June 15 Traumzeit Festival, Duisberg DE
Tuesday, June 18 De Kreun, Kortrijk BE
Wednesday, June 19 La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris FR +

* denotes Stephen Malkmus solo performance
# denotes support from Elenor Friedberger
% denotes support from Mary Lattimore

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