Modest Mouse @ Crescent Ballroom

In an recent interview with New Times' music blog, Up on the Sun, eccentric bassist Les Claypool confessed: "Primus was never supposed to be on the radio, never supposed to be on MTV, never supposed to sell platinum records." One imagines that Isaac Brock, the singer/songwriter behind Modest Mouse, must feel the same way. Brock had been churning out demented indie rock since 1993 when he accidentally broke into the mainstream in 2004 with "Float On." Brock wasn't new to the major-label game, but he didn't change up his idiosyncratic approach with the sidewise anthem. It's as compelling and strange as anything from his early work, but it touched a nerve, and before anyone knew it, Modest Mouse was everywhere: on the radio, all over MTV2, and performing on Saturday Night Live. The song's success didn't give Brock pause to reconsider how he steered the Modest Mouse ship, however. He kept on his singular path, recruiting former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr for Modest Mouse's last proper LP, 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. Marr since has departed and Brock has taken his sweet time in crafting a follow-up, working with Big Boi and creating the soundtrack to the surreal, Arizona-based comedy Queens of Country (he recently joked on his site that he didn't name his label Glacial Pace without reason). Fans hoping to hear new ModMouse tunes will get a chance, when the band plays a rare intimate performance at Crescent Ballroom.

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