Tours in brief: Stephen Malkmus, Tortoise, Jonathan Wilson

The announcements for the Brisbane Festival and Perth’s inaugural This is Nowhere festival have brought us a stack of great shows to keep us busy (and abuse our wallets) in September and October.

We haven’t seen a tour from Stephen Malkmus playing his solo material since 2009 (thanks to that pesky Pavement world tour of 2010) but he’ll be back in October with the Jicks to play tracks from last year’s excellent Beck produced Mirror Traffic album at the Brisbane festival, the Wave Rock Weekender in Western Australia and at a run of sideshows.

Mirror Traffic was one of FL’s favourite albums last year, with the FL review noting that the album “delves into Crooked Rain territory with an upbeat indie rock ethos coupled with relaxed, spaced out alternative country… Mirror Traffic comes at a perfect time when nineties indie/alt rock is coming back to be a prominent force within the music scene. As history repeats itself, the influx of 80s revivalist bands are starting to become boring and repetitive and slowly but surely guitar based alternative rock is climbing its way back onto its former pedestal and Mirror Traffic acts as a ladder to stand on in that climb. Despite being eclectic at the best of times it is still at heart an indie rock record.”

Support at the shows comes from Pavement fanboys Bearhug.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks shows:

Tuesday 25th September – Brisbane Festival

Wednesday 26th September – Brisbane Festival

Friday 28th September – The Rosemount, Perth

Saturday 29th September – Wave Rock Weekender

Wednesday 3rd October – The Corner, Melbourne

Friday 5th October – Factory, Sydney

Jonathan Wilson has also announced that he’ll be bringing his North Carolinian drawl, supple melodies and psychedelic tunes to the Brisbane festival and to Sydney and Melbourne for sideshows with full backing band. Heavily inspirited by the Laurel Canyon folk stars from the 60s and 70s, Wilson has worked with Erykah Badu, Elvis Costello, Wilco and The Black Crowes.

FL’s review of his 2011 album Gentle Sprit noted that “the use of country, rock and folk genres and borrowing things from the songbooks of Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young is certainly nothing original. But what Gentle Spirit does is successfully recapture a spirit lost somewhere between the tie-dye and flowers-in-the-hair of tuned out, sixties hippies. Wilson’s thinking is that we are too rushed in modern life and there is little opportunity to take stock and offer respect through pure stillness. One thing’s for certain, there is nothing urgent-sounding or rushed here with 13 heavy tracks clocking in at 78 minutes.”

Jonathan Wilson tour:

Friday 14th September – The Corner, Melbourne

Saturday 15th September – The Standard, Sydney

Sunday 16th September – Spiegeltent, Brisbane

Sunday 17th September – Spiegeltent, Brisbane

Chicago instrumental five-piece Tortoise are heading to back Australia in October to headline the This is Nowhere festival in Perth and they’ll be warming up for that set with sideshows in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Over two decades and released six studio albums, post-rock heroes Tortoise have joined rock, dub, dance, jazz, techno and minimalism into a dazzling sound somewhere between Can, Minutemen and Miles Davis.

FL’s review of their most recent album 2009’s Beacons Of Ancestorship noted that the record “push[es] the margins even further” and “reminds us of what made Tortoise such an important and groundbreaking band”.

Tortoise tour:

Thursday 11th October – Hi Fi Bar, Sydney

Friday 12th October – The Zoo, Brisbane

Saturday 13th October – The Corner, Melbourne w/ Grails (USA)

Sunday 14th October – This Is Nowhere, Perth

Tickets on sale Wednesday 27th June