Music & Nightlife

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Music & Nightlife

Stephen Malkmus is still enigmatic, but with a big heart

Somehow Stephen Malkmus managed to jam a sarcastic complaint about too many bike lanes into a poignant song about Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old African-American man who died after breaking his neck while in a police transport vehicle. Gray's death prompted a civil-rights investigation and heavy protests in his home city, Baltimore, throughout 2015. It's a typically shambling poetic connection from the former Pavement frontman – juxtaposing the issues of life, death, racism and power of one community with the cycling-access issues of another.