Entries tagged with: Modest Mouse
photo: ACL 2014 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
The Austin City Limits festival returns to Zilker Park from October 2-4 and October 9-11, and though the lineup isn't supposed to be announced until this Tuesday, Austin 360 points out that the festival's website appeared to have leaked it early. The posting was quickly taken down, but not before 365 Things Austin could screenshot it. And if this thing is actually accurate, ACL 2015 includes Foo Fighters, Drake, The Strokes, The Weeknd, Disclosure, Deadmau5, Bassnectar, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, Sturgill Simpson, The Decemberists, Brand New, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Billy Idol, Chance the Rapper, Father John Misty, Brandon Flowers, Run the Jewels, Sylvan Esso, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Florence + the Machine, Modest Mouse and more.
Check out the full leaked lineup below. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (5/5) at 10 AM CDT.
Portland, Oregon's MusicfestNW takes place at the city's Tom McCall Waterfront Park on August 21-23 and the festival has now announced this year's lineup. The 15th edition of the festival features appearances from Modest Mouse, Beirut, The Tallest Man on Earth, Belle and Sebastian, Danny Brown, Battles, Title Fight, Lady Lamb and many more. Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday (4/24) at 1o AM Pacific (1 PM EDT), with early bird 3-day passes going for $105 and single-day early birds starting at $35.
Check out the lineup in full below...
photo: Sleater-Kinney at T5 in February (more by PSquared)
Sleater-Kinney, who first said they weren't playing festivals but then were announced for Primavera Sound, have now also been added to home stage festival Sasquatch!, taking place Memorial Day Weekend (5/22-25) at The Gorge. Other new additions include Angel Olsen, Hanni El Khatib (who plays NYC tonight), THEESatisfaction, Helms Alee, AlunaGeorge, Kaytranada, Goldlink and a few others.
Those additions join previously announced names such as Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent and many more. Festival tickets are still available.
Updated lineup below...
'Strangers to Ourselves' cover art
Modest Mouse's first album in eight years, Strangers to Ourselves, is out today and pretty much sounds like Modest Mouse -- which is not a bad thing at all. You can stream the whole thing below via Rdio and frontman Isaac Brock offers up track-by-track commentary of the album on Spotify.
Isaac Brock and the rest of Modest Mouse are in NYC for two relative small shows Mimicking Birds, playing Webster Hall on Wednesday (3/18) and Thursday (3/19) both of which are sold out. They'll then be back when their tour returns for a Celebrate Brooklyn! benefit show at Prospect Park on July 22 and tickets are still available.
Modest Mouse also played Prospect Park in 2002 as part of the "Unlimited Sunshine" tour that also featured Flaming Lips, Kinky and Cake. Who remembers that?
Album stream below...
The band have also announced a tour which includes three NYC shows: Webster Hall on March 18 and 19 (tickets on sale 3/6 at 9 AM) and a larger show, Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park on July 22. Tickets for Prospect Park go on sale Friday (3/6) at noon with AmEx, Ticketmaster, and Celebrate Brooklyn presales starting Wednesday (3/4) at noon.
Night 1 of the Webster Hall shows is with Mimicking Birds, but no openers announced for the other two yet.
All dates are listed, with the new song, below...
photo: Paul McCartney in Austin, 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
You may remember that when Firefly Music Fest announced its 2015 lineup, the first headliner was blurred out on the poster. Well, as rumored, it's Paul McCartney, the fest revealed today. Macca will join Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run The Jewels, How To Dress Well, Snoop Dogg, Tycho, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jesus, Rustie, Le1f and many more at the fest which happens June 18-21 at the Woodlands in Dover, DE. Updated lineup below.
General admission passes to Firefly go on sale Monday (3/2) at noon, EST.
McCartney was just in NYC for a surprise Valentine's Day show and an appearance on the SNL 40th Anniversary special. He since spent some time skiing in Vermont, much to the delight of the J.J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery in Peru.
Delaware's annual Firefly Music Festival comes back June 18-21 and the lineup's now been released. Kings of Leon, The Killers and
a TBA third act rumored to be Paul McCartney (update: it's Paul) sit atop the list, with Morrissey, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Run The Jewels, How To Dress Well, Snoop Dogg, Tycho, Sturgill Simpson, Sylvan Esso, Zola Jesus, Rustie, Le1f and many more joining them on the list of performers. Pre-sale passes are sold out, but more general admission and VIP passes will be available soon at the festival's website.
Firefly is Morrissey's first US date since canceling his dates last summer, and no other US dates are announced yet.
Check out Firefly's full lineup below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Modest Mouse in Queens in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Modest Mouse have already put out three songs from their upcoming Strangers to Ourselves LP (due 3/17 via Epic), and today brings a fourth, "The Ground Walks, With Time in a Box." The first three have all sounded different, and the same is true for this new one. The production here may be cleaner than their earlier albums, but this song proves that they haven't forgotten how to be genuinely weird. Listen below.
Also, in case you missed it last time, it was revealed that Shins frontman James Mercer, and members of Grandaddy, Man Man, Red Red Meat, Cold War Kids, and more appear on the new album.
Sasquatch! Music Festival will return to Quincy, WA on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, at The Gorge. This year's lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Modest Mouse, Lana Del Rey, Ryan Adams, The Decemberists, Tame Impala, St. Vincent, Spoon, James Blake, Hot Chip, SBTRKT, Schoolboy Q, The New Pornographers, The War On Drugs, Little Dragon, Father John Misty, Run The Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Real Estate, Future Islands, Ab-Soul, Sharon Van Etten, Action Bronson, Perfume Genius, Rustie, Courtney Barnett, Strand of Oaks, Merchandise, Ex Hex, and more.
Tickets go on sale at 10 AM PST on Saturday (2/7). Full lineup below...
photo: Modest Mouse in Forest Hills in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
They've also pushed back the March 3 release date to March 17 and confirmed they'll perform on Fallon that day.
UPDATE: They've revealed a number of album collaborators including Shins frontman James Mercer (who also sang on their last album), Tom Peloso, Jim Fairchild (Grandaddy), Dann Gallucci (The Cold War Kids), Russell Higbee (formerly of Man Man), Ben Massaralla (Red Red Meat), Lisa Molinaro (Talkdemonic), Davey Brozowski (The Catheters), and more.
Drummer Jeremiah Green recently revealed in a podcast on Modest Mouse fansite Interstate-8 that the rumored/reported Big Boi and Krist Novoselic collaborations will not be on the record, but may be released elsewhere at some point.
Sturgill Simpson at Joe's Pub in July (more by Chris La Putt)
The 2015 Forecastle Festival take place July 17 - 19 in Louisville, Kentucky. The fest has just announced the first round of performers, which include Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, Tweedy, Desaparecidos, The Gaslight Anthem, Sturgill Simpson, Sam Smith, Alvvays, JEFF The Brotherhood, Speedy Ortiz, Big K.R.I.T., and lots more. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/30) at noon EST. All announced Forecastle Fest 2015 performers are listed below.
by Andrew Sacher
While we're still waiting for Sunny Day Real Estate to get back in action again, here's something that's kind of close. Bassist Nate Mendel (also of Foo Fighters and SDRE spinoff The Fire Theft) is releasing a guest-filled solo album under the name Lieutenant, and one of those guests is none other than SDRE frontman Jeremy Enigk himself. The other guests are impressive too: Helmet frontman Page Hamilton, former Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer, Foo Fighters (and No Use for a Name/Me First and the Gimme Gimmes) guitarist Chris Shiflett, and The Head and the Heart singer Josiah Johnson.
The album's called If I Kill This Thing We're All Going To Eat For A Week, and it's due March 10 via Dine Alone (Canadian home of Trail of Dead, Single Mothers, Sylvan Esso and others). Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Helmet, etc) produced it. The first single, "Believe The Squalor," is a nice dose of clean-sounding somber indie rock. Check it out, via Stereogum, below.
Lieutenant's live band has Nate joined by Fleet Foxes member Christian Wargo, The Bronx drummer Jorma Vik, and Snow Patrol bassist Paul Wilson, though no live dates are announced at the moment.
Meanwhile, Nate will be on tour when the Foo Fighters go on their massive stadium tour that hits NYC on July 16 at Citi Field. In other news related to this album, a new Modest Mouse song came out this week, and Helmet are touring Betty in full in February.
Lieutenant song stream and album tracklist below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Modest Mouse in Queens in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
As you may know, Modest Mouse are finally releasing a new full length, Strangers to Ourselves, on March 3 via Epic (their first since 2007), and they've now put out its second single, "Coyotes." This one sounds a little more like classic Modest Mouse than the reggae-ish "Lampshades on Fire," and it's making me pretty excited to see how this album turns out. Watch the video, via Modest Mouse fan site Interstate-8.com, below.
Interstate-8 also points out that the first 2,500 vinyl pre-orders of the new album from ModestMouse.com will receive a free 7" of the "Lampshades on Fire" / "Coyotes" single, which otherwise won't be available for individual sale.
by Andrew Sacher
Modest Mouse in Queens in August (more by Mimi Hong)
Modest Mouse have been talking about a new album and playing new songs live for years now, and after all this time the album is finally confirmed. It's called Strangers to Ourselves, will be out March 3 via Epic Records, and the lead single "Lampshades on Fire" just premiered over at The Current. If you've seen them recently, there's a good chance you've seen them play this one -- it's the song with the funky upstrokes they played early on at their Queens show. Listen to it here.
The new album will be their first full length since 2007's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank and first new release since 2009's No One's First and You're Next EP. It also follows the recent reissues of their first two records.
You can check out the new single's artwork below...
Beach Slang @ BV-CMJ at Baby's All Right 10/25/14
Mimi Hong shot a bunch of shows for us this year, and now that 2014 is coming to a close, she's gone through her pics and submitted a list of her 14 favorite photos she took in 2014. That's one above, and you can check out the rest (along with her favorite LPs) below...
by Andrew Sacher
Our friends Washed Up Emo launched this site IsThisBandEmo.com where you can type in a band's name and get the "emo council"'s verdict on whether or not said band is emo. It's a fun/funny site with some indisputable ones (like American Football), some that will surely anger people (sorry Fall Out Boy fans), and of course some on-the-fencers (let the Jawbreaker arguments begin). Whether or not a band is emo is of course an Extremely Important Issue, and we wanted to have some fun with it and stir it up some more by putting together a list of 10 great songs by non-emo bands that are pretty damn emo. Credit where it's due: in coming up with the list, I googled a bit to see other opinions on how emo these bands are, and found that Popstache did a similar list in 2011, and it actually included two of the same bands as this one.
Emo isn't meant as a bad word here, just a genre. Check out our list, in no particular order, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.
words by Andrew Sacher, photos via BV Austin Instagram
Fun Fun Fun Fest continued in Austin's Auditorium Shores on Saturday (11/8) with another amazing and eclectic lineup (and hopefully better lines). I started my day at the Black Stage for Fat White Family. The crazed psych band was a little calmer than they tend to be in a small venue, but even for a festival set so early on in the day, the Fat Whites brought it.
The energy on the Black Stage quickly rose significantly as Glassjaw followed, quenching the same early 2000s post-hardcore thirst that The Blood Brothers did a day earlier (not to mention they had a shared love for tight tees and theatrical stage moves). They leaned heavy on the early material and really put on a classic Glassjaw set, looking and sounding like no time had passed since 2002. The crowd followed suit, with a pit open and endless stage divers the whole time.
I hung around the Black Stage for a bit of METZ's wild-as-always set, and then headed to the Orange Stage where Courtney Barnett was playing. I hadn't seen Courtney in about a year since she played CMJ 2013, and not that I doubted her but after Saturday's set I'm sure of it that her rise to bigger stages is well deserved. One person said of her recent Webster Hall show, "Courtney Barnett's ramshackle gigs are now serious fucking rock shows" and that's exactly how I felt seeing her at FFF.
The Orange Stage continued to be the place to be as The Pains of Being Pure at Heart took the stage followed by their tourmates The New Pornographers. Pains, who have been on the road with their killer new lineup this year, brought it once again with a lot of the new album, a good mix of the first two, and another of the high energy shows this new lineup is becoming known for. Then the New Pornographers, Dan Bejar and Neko Case included, followed with another excellent set that kicked off with the title track from this year's Brill Bruisers and went on to include plenty more from that album. They apparently had some technical difficulties that they didn't mention until after they were fixed, but you wouldn't have known it. New Pornographers sounded flawless.
Over at the Black Stage, NYHC legends Sick of It All were playing a set pulling from Blood, Sweat and No Tears and Scratch the Surface. SOIA definitely partied like it was 1989, started a wall of death ("a game we used to play before all the metal bands and ska bands took the idea"), and though they talked on stage about not getting too sucked into nostalgia (they mentioned they have a new album out but couldn't play anything off of it because of "contractual obligations"), they clearly had a lot of fun with those old songs.
Another nostalgia set then went down on the Blue Stage, where Nas played all of the unfuckwithable Illmatic. His DJ came out, played "The Genesis" over the PA, and then once he dropped that beat to "NY State of Mind," Nas finally took the stage and was on fire the whole time. Not to throw shade at his other albums, but as good as a Nas set usually is, previous times I've seen him don't compare at all to seeing Illmatic in full. It's no secret that it's a timeless album, but he really made it feel like it was on Saturday. Unlike Sick of It All's set, this didn't feel like nostalgia. There's a handful of good rappers on FFF's lineup, but Nas playing his 1994 album still sounded ahead of all of them.
Wrapping up the day on the Black Stage was the face-painted metal legend King Diamond. Like the other shows on his current US tour, he and his band had a haunted house-like stage set up with staircases, a fence in front of them, light-up crosses, a guest dressed up as a spooky old man, and more props. The operatic singer ran through a set of his songs and a few by Mercyful Fate, all while being a character in the stage show himself.
I split the end of my night catching half of King Diamond's set, and then catching half of Modest Mouse over at the Orange Stage. Though it's still been years since Modest Mouse put out anything new (they did just put out a couple reissues though), Modest Mouse have been having an incredible year on tour. They packed the end of their set with favorites -- "Float On," "A Different City," "Out Of Gas," "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" -- and played them with this genuine energy that was a great reminder that they were once one of the most consistently great indie rock bands around. It might seem boring or obvious to say these things about Modest Mouse in 2014, but their recent live shows deserve it.
UPDATE: Day 3 is up.
photos by Mimi Hong, words by Andrew Sacher
Modest Mouse / Brand New @ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium - 8/9/14
Modest Mouse and Brand New played a few co-headlining shows this year, including Boston Calling back in May, and one in NYC this past Saturday (8/9) at Queens' Forest Hills Tennis Stadium which reopened in 2013 after not hosting concerts for years.
Brand New went on first, with an early set starting at 6:30 PM (the venue has a strict 10 PM curfew) which unfortunately meant that their whole set -- an otherwise killer light show included -- was played in the light. But besides that, no complaints. Like at Boston Calling, Brand New eschewed the poppier material of their early years in favor of a heavy set of noisy post-hardcore. Other than "Seventy Times 7," they focused on highlights from the darker Deja Entendu, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me and Daisy, plus Devil and God-era outtake "Brothers." Of all the (relatively) modern bands I've seen, few can get a stadium of fans singing to every word of a non-single as loudly as Brand New did for "Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't," and the way they've been ending their sets lately with the abrasive one-two punch of "Degausser" and "You Won't Know" is one hell of a sensory overload. Brand New's live sets were getting mixed reviews a few years back, but they're at an all time high right now. There's been talk that new music is finally coming, and with the way these shows have been it couldn't feel like a better time for that.
After Brand New's searing post-hardcore under the sun, it finally got dark and Modest Mouse took the stage for a very different kind of set that somehow was the perfect complement to BN's. Considering how much the music world has changed in the seven years since Modest Mouse last put out an album, you may not consider them as "relevant" as they once were. But their set on Saturday was a hit-after-hit reminder of how great Modest Mouse's entire discography still is, and how weird. We of course got the danceable indie rock of "Float On" and "Dashboard," but also the chilled-out wooziness of "Ocean Breathes Salty," the raucous screams of "Doin' the Cockroach," the genuinely strange bass-heavy "Tiny Cities Made of Ashes" and so much more. They gave us 17 songs in an hour and a half without a dull moment, and when that 10 PM curfew hit, it still felt like most of the crowd would have wanted another 17 more.
The next Forest Hills Tennis Stadium shows are Drake/Lil Wayne (8/19) and The Replacements/The Hold Steady/Deer Tick (9/19). Pictures of Saturday's show are in this post. More, with videos and the setlists for both bands, below...
photos by Ellie Pritts
Outkast / Nick Cave / Modest Mouse
Headliner OutKast took the stage with a more pertinent query: "Are you ready for the greatest rap group of all time?" It was classic rap hype, and yet as the ensuing 90 minutes proved, the recently reunited duo of Big Boi and Andre 3000 has earned the right to include itself in the ranks of the hip hop elite. Not only did these guys show no rust, they reminded us what made them great since their first album, Southernplayalisticadillacmusik, was released 20 years ago: a dynamic and utterly complementary MC team blessed with rare musicality, lyrical ingenuity and stylistic audacity. From frenetic opener Bombs Over Baghdad to the understatedly anthemic Wheelz of Steel, civil rights party jam Rosa Parks and the song that made them a household name, Ms. Jackson, they were at once authoritatively engaging and sonically adventurous. Sure, there were hits, lots - including irresistible genre-bender Hey Ya! (delivered by André 3000 with a line of female fans dancing on stage - cheesy, but effective), sly boast So Fresh, So Clean, and the beautifully sleepy Elevators - but it's all relative. At its best, OutKast mixed cool and creativity like nobody's business. [Montreal Gazette]Taking place over the same weekend as Lollapalooza, and boasting a similarly huge lineup, Montreal's annual music festival Osheaga went down over this past weekend (August 1-3). The stacked festival included sets from Outkast, Jack White, The Replacements (with Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong), Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Modest Mouse, Danny Brown, Mac Demarco, Against Me!, The Dismemberment Plan, Haim and many more. Pictures of some of those artists, and a bunch of others, are in this post.
They continue below...
Pabst Blue Ribbon, or PBR if you prefer, is throwing their first-ever music festival this year in various Portland, OR venues from September 26-28. The fest, dubbed Project Pabst, will feature Modest Mouse, Tears for Fears, Guided by Voices, Rocket from the Crypt, Violent Femmes, Constantines, GZA (performing Liquid Swords), High on Fire, Red Fang, Shabazz Palaces, Phosphorescent, Menomena, The Thermals, Speedy Ortiz and more, Tickets, including single-day passes, weekend passes, and individual show tickets, are on sale now. More info at the fest's site.
Full lineup below...
Kevin Drew w/ BSS at Williamsburg Waterfront in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew released his new solo album, Darlings, earlier this year, and has already come to the US to open Feist's solo tour and play a full band release show (with multiple Arts & Crafts musicians) at NYC's Bowery Ballroom, which happened after being postponed a few weeks in April. Now, he's announced a much longer North American tour which brings him back to NYC on September 26 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. No word yet on what his live lineup will be like this time. Tickets for the MHOW show go on sale Friday (7/25) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/23) at noon.
No openers announced for the MHOW show yet, but many dates are with J Mascis (who plays his own NYC show and also with Witch this week, 7/23). A few others are with Belle & Sebastian and one is with Thurston Moore. This month into August, Kevin's on a Canadian run with Modest Mouse (who have a few NYC-area dates after). All dates are listed, with a video from the new LP, below...
Murder City Devils (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Fun Fun Fun Fest says:
FUN FUN FUN FEST is announcing today two changes to the music lineup for the festival Nov 7-9, 2014 in Austin. Modest Mouse will now be performing on Saturday, Nov 8 on the Orange Stage. The band will fill the slot previously held by Death Cab For Cutie, who had to cancel their performance due to an unforeseen and unavoidable scheduling conflict. The band is very sad to miss out on FFF, and they look forward to returning to Austin in 2015.That was quick! It was less than a week ago (and at the start of a holiday weekend) that Fun Fun Fun Fest published their response to Death Grips.
Also, following the napkin-announced breakup of Death Grips, FFF Fest is announcing that the Murder City Devils will perform in their place on Sunday, Nov 9 on the Black Stage. Murder City Devils will be playing in support of their new album to be released Aug 5, "The White Ghost Has Blood on Its Hands Again," which is their first full length studio release since 2000's "In Name and Blood."
To view the full festival music lineup broken down by day and stage - or to purchase weekend passes, Ultimate Smooth Passes (USP) and single day tickets - go to funfunfunfest.com.
FFF Fest has also recently released their 2014 Yellow Stage lineup, including comedy (Fred Armisen, Thomas Middleditch & Kumail Nanjiani from HBO's Silicon Valley, W. Kamau Bell) and spoken word (John Waters, Jello Biafra) and more. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on the skate & ride action sports lineup as well as this year's Aqua Olympics program.
Modest Mouse also have shows coming up in CT, NJ, NY and other places.
Death Grips were also supposed to play FYF Fest which Murder City Devils is already playing. MCD also have a handful of other west coast dates in support of a new album called The White Ghost Has Blood on Its Hands Again (out August 5), as you can see in their tour flyer with the cover art, below...
Modest Mouse at Firefly 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Modest Mouse's tour dates this year already included upstate NY festival The Hudson Project and a big Queens show with Brand New, and they've now expanded their tour to include a (relatively) smaller NJ show just before the Queens gig. The newly-added show happens on August 7 at Starland Ballroom with support from Mimicking Birds, whose new album Eons came out earlier this year. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/27) at noon.
UPDATE: They also play Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on August 5 with Mimicking Birds, and a bit further from NYC on August 6 at The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT (no opener announced yet). Tickets for the Cap show go on sale Friday (6/27) at noon and tickets for the CT show go on sale Friday (6/27) at 10 AM.
Mimicking Birds also headline their own NYC show right beforehand on August 3 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/27) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/25) at noon.
All currently known Modest Mouse dates (more TBA?) are listed, with a recent live video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The May 2014 edition of Boston Calling went down this past weekend. I went on the Sunday (5/25) which, among other things, was a day full of nostalgia and mutual admiration. Brand New thanked Built to Spill and Modest Mouse on stage, saying they wouldn't be a band without those two groups, and only about an hour later, Modest Mouse also told the crowd they wouldn't have existed without Built to Spill. All three of those bands haven't put out new music in roughly five years, and while a festival full of the hottest flavor-of-the-month acts can be exciting, sometimes you just want a stacked lineup of bands playing the songs you know and love.
Earlier in the day Kurt Vile & the Violators did their thing, opening with "Wakin' On A Pretty Day" on what was undoubtedly a pretty day, and following that 10-ish minute song with more of their lengthier jams, setting what may be the perfect mood for an afternoon in the sun. If there's any artist right now that you need to see outdoors, it's Kurt Vile. After Kurt was Built to Spill who were less fit for a huge festival stage than the two artists that paid them tribute later in the day, but still an excellent sounding band. They were more reserved on stage, far from rock stars, but when Doug Martsch ripped guitar solos they were met with cheers from the crowd almost every time, which still only few indie rock bands (like Dinosaur Jr) can pull off.
Brand New (via @mwells05)
Then came another fun-in-the-sun set from Phosphorescent, the new megapop version of Tegan & Sara which was actually very solid even if you miss them being a rock band, an over-the-top set from indie pop phonies Bastille, and finally Brand New.
The band may hail from the early 2000s Long Island emo scene, but they got up there sounding closer to Sonic Youth than Taking Back Sunday. Their set was made up entirely of material from their third and best album, 2006's The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me, it's practically equal predecessor Deja Entendu, and its likeminded followup Daisy. (Yes, that means no "Logan to Government Center.") And sure, it would've been nice to hear "Jude Law" or "Seventy Times Seven," but it felt like an artistic decision to omit those songs, not a diss at their fans. They're now a heavy, noisy rock band who were legitimately intense on stage. Even the Deja songs like "Sic Transit Gloria" and "Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't" were fleshed out with the feedback that fills their later albums. And if you're wondering just how hard Brand New goes these days, during set-closer "You Won't Know," Vinnie Accardi threw his guitar 30 feet in the air (twice), crashed a cymbal with it, and used a stage lamp as a slide.
Then Modest Mouse took the stage for what would be the second of three times this year the two bands play back to back. (They co-headlined a Cooperstown show a day earlier and will co-headline a Queens show in August.) That may sound like a weird double bill, but it worked so well. After being pushed around and squeezed in like sardines for Brand New's aggressive set, the crowd was looser for Modest Mouse, and broke out into a sea of Deadhead dancers at least once (during "Bukowski). Relatively speaking they were more laid back for most of the set, but not in a lazy way. Most of these songs may be over ten years old (the set was most Good News For People Who Love Bad News plus a few from each other album), but Modest Mouse really delivered like they meant it. I last saw Modest Mouse at Orion Fest in 2012, and their Boston Calling set easily blew that one away. A picture of Modest Mouse's setlist (which they didn't 100% stick to) and few more pics from the fest, below.
The bi-annual Boston Calling happens again in September with The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Replacements, Nas x The Roots, Spoon, The Hold Steady and more. Tickets for that one are on sale now.
A few more pics and a couple videos from the May Boston Calling below...