Stephen Malkmus Shares New Animated Video For “Rushing The Acid Frat,” Announces Tour Dates

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 on Matador Records).  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 University of Virginia 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.” 

Its accompanying video, created by Robert Strange and James Papper, features an animated Stephen taking a trippy 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 colorful hallucinatory enhancements.

Stephen Malkmus – Tour Dates:

April 30 – New York NY @ 92Y In-Conversation with Vanity Fair’s Michael Hogan

May 1 – Toronto ON @ The Great Hall ^ #

May 2 – New York NY @ The Kitchen ^

May 3 – Somerville MA @ Arts At The Armory ^ # – SOLD OUT

May 4 – Ardmore PA @ Ardmore Music Hall ^ #

May 5 – Washington DC @ Union Stage ^ #

May 7 – Austin TX @ 3TEN ACL Live ^

May 8 – Chicago IL @ Art Institute Of Chicago – Fullerton Hall ^

May 10 – Portland OR @ Doug Fir Lounge ^ – SOLD OUT

May 11 – Seattle WA @ Columbia City Theater ^

May 14 – San Francisco CA @ Swedish American Hall ^ %

May 15 – Los Angeles CA @ Lodge Room ^ % – SOLD OUT

May 16 – Los Angeles CA @ Lodge Room ^May 30 – Barcelona ES @ Primavera Festival *

May 31 – Nimes FR @ This Is Not A Love Song *June 6-9 – Helsinki FI @ Sideways Festival *

June 14-16 – Mannheim DE @ Maifeld Derby Festival *

June 19 – Paris FR @ La Gaîté Lyrique * 

* denotes w/ The Jicks

^ denotes Malkmus solo# denotes Eleanor Friedberger supporting

% denotes Mary Lattimore supporting