Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks' Sparkle Hard tour hit Brooklyn on Thursday (6/14) for the first of two nights at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Stephen seemed to be a little under the weather and hoarse, and didn't talk to the crowd much for the first half of the set but then perked up halfway through. He told a funny story about the old days in Williamsburg in the early '90s, seeing a Bikini Kill concert on the piers of the Williamsburg waterfront where Ian Svenonius stood up to some punks who were starting trouble.

As for the songs, there was a lot of Sparkle Hard (Jicks bassist Joanna Bolme sang Kim Gordon's part on "Refute") plus selected gems from previous records, and two Pavement cuts ("In the Mouth of the Desert" and "No Tan Lines"). The four-song encore ended with first solo LP fave "Jenny and the Ess Dog." Setlist is below.

Opening the night were fellow Portlanders Lithics who had also brought their icy, jagged post-punk to Union Pool the night before. They and Malkmus play MHOW again tonight (sold out). Pictures from Thursday are in the gallery above.

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SETLIST: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 6/14/2018
No One Is (As I Are Be)
Bike Lane
Future Suite
Post-Paint Boy
Shiggy
Share the Red
Rattler
Solid Silk
Cinnamon and Lesbians
Middle America
Witch Mountain Bridge
Refute
Kite

Encore:
Freeze the Saints
In the Mouth a Desert (Pavement)
No Tan Lines (Pavement)
Jenny and the Ess-Dog

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photos by P Squared