Great show! Stephen and the band in fine form....
Anyone who knows anything about indie rock already knows that Malkmus is one of the finest psychedelic guitarists around. The local rag The Bay Guardian did an article this week highlighting his clever lyrics and craftsman-like songwriting skills.
Perhaps most importantly, great music and great musicians teach us things. Stephen Malkmus has taught us two very valuable lessons. With Pavement, he taught us that 20 year olds could be smart, and with The Jicks, he taught us that 40 year olds could be cool.
He has been fortunate enough to find (...or insightful enough to pick) some great players in both bands who could not only keep up with him but support him, challenge him, and partner with him in making some of the most sophisticated indie pop and rock ever made.
The encore was awesome, No One Is, then a spirited cover of Pavement's Stereo, followed by an excellent cover of Roxy Music's Mother of Pearl and a cool twisted version of Us.