Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks will release their new album, Sparkle Hard, next week (5/18) and if you've been curious about the thought process behind the record, wanted to hear some of the songs from it played live, or ever wanted to see S.M. volley against a tennis machine, you're in luck. His record labels (Matador and Domino) have just shared Sparkle Hard: The Movie, a 10-minute vérité-style, behind-the-scenes documentary made by Brook Linder who has made videos for Malkmus, Spoon, Wolf Parade and more.

In addition to scenes of him puttering around his house and riding the horse seen in the album's press shot, he and the Jicks play one of Sparkle Hard's standouts, "Bike Lane," and Stephen plays a few more solo acoustic. "Since watching this doc," says Stephen, "I’ve improved my tennis game immensely...I’ve shortened my follow through on the forehand and made progress on a buttery topspin backhand." Watch below.

The Jicks will be on tour starting June 1, including two sold-out shows at Music Hall of Wiliamsburg in Brooklyn with Lithics. Updated dates are listed below.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - 2018 Tour Dates
Jun 1, 2018 St. Paul, MN, US Turf Club
Jun 2, 2018 Milwaukee, WI, US The Back Room at Colectivo
Jun 3, 2018 Chicago, IL, US Thalia Hall
Jun 5, 2018 Columbus, OH, US Ace of Cups
Jun 6, 2018 Pittsburgh, PA, US Rex Theater
Jun 7, 2018 Cleveland Heights, OH, US Grog Shop
Jun 8, 2018 Detroit, MI, US Magic Stick
Jun 9, 2018 Toronto, ON, Canada Lee's Palace
Jun 11, 2018 Montreal, QC, Canada Théâtre Fairmount
Jun 12, 2018 Cambridge, MA, US The Sinclair
Jun 14, 2018 Brooklyn, NY, US Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jun 15, 2018 Brooklyn, NY, US Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jun 16, 2018 Philadelphia, PA, US Theater of the Living Arts
Jun 17, 2018 Washington, DC, US Black Cat
Jun 19, 2018 Carrboro, NC, US Cat's Cradle
Jun 20, 2018 Athens, GA, US Georgia Theatre
Jun 21, 2018 Nashville, TN, US Mercy Lounge
Jun 22, 2018 Louisville, KY, US Zanzabar
Jun 23, 2018 Cincinnati, OH, US The Woodward Theater
Jul 17, 2018 Petaluma, CA, US McNear's Mystic Theatre
Jul 18, 2018 San Francisco, CA, US Slim's
Jul 21, 2018 Los Angeles, CA, US Exposition Park
Jul 22, 2018 Phoenix, AZ, US The Crescent Ballroom
Jul 23, 2018 Albuquerque, NM, US Launchpad
Jul 25, 2018 Austin, TX, US Mohawk
Jul 26, 2018 Houston, TX, US White Oak Music Hall
Jul 27, 2018 Dallas, TX, US Granada Theater
Jul 28, 2018 Tulsa, OK, US The Vanguard
Jul 29, 2018 Kansas City, MO, US recordBar
Jul 31, 2018 Englewood, CO, US Gothic Theatre
Aug 1, 2018 Salt Lake City, UT, US Urban Lounge
Aug 3, 2018 Vancouver, BC, Canada Rickshaw Theatre
Aug 4, 2018 Seattle, WA, US Neptune Theatre
Aug 5, 2018 Portland, OR, US Star Theater
Oct 17, 2018 Manchester, UK Albert Hall
Oct 18, 2018 Glasgow, UK Swg3 Tv Studio
Oct 19, 2018 Dublin, Ireland Vicar Street
Oct 21, 2018 Bristol, UK SWX
Oct 22, 2018 Birmingham, UK The Asylum
Oct 24, 2018 London, UK Hackney Arts Centre
Oct 25, 2018 Brighton, UK Concorde 2

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