Music » Critics' Picks

Modest Mouse

7 p.m. Tuesday, July 1. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard



When R.E.M. announced that Modest Mouse would open its just-finished U.S. tour, it seemed like an odd choice. While the legendary Athens trio was enjoying a return to streamlined rock & roll, Modest Mouse has long labored on the fringes, creating unhinged, spazzy, sharp-cornered landmines of rock music. In hindsight, though, the pairing was inspired — like R.E.M., Isaac Brock's ungainly crew has made the move from treasured indie band to major-label act without sacrificing what made the band great to begin with. Last year's We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank proved that Modest Mouse was a solid investment for Epic Records (even if it didn't spawn a hit as massive as "Float On"), and the addition of former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr to the ever-changing lineup adds a touch of classicist pop pedigree to a band that has always been greater than the sum of its disparate parts.

Riverfront Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of St. Louis and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep St. Louis' true free press free.