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Cymbals Eat Guitars: Pretty Years

With Pretty Years , Cymbals Eat Guitars have delivered their richest and most accessible music yet.

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The Best Album Re-Issues of 2014

The music world saw reissues from all over the genre map, spanning classic rock titans to electronic music legends.

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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 60-41

PopMatters' coverage of the 2000s' best recordings continues with selections spanning Swedish progressive metal to minimalist electro-R&B.

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Governor's Ball Music Festival: 24 June 2012 - New York

Day 2 at Governor's Ball NYC presented a maturing festival--in both its lineup and execution. And that was a good thing.

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Grouplove: Never Trust a Happy Song

The Los Angeles quintet settles for a mixed bag of goods on their debut album. Or perhaps a mixed bag of bads is more applicable?

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Mister Heavenly: Out of Love

Sub-Pop doo-wop for an indie-rock sock hop from the Unicorns' Nick Thorburn and Man Man’s piano-puncher Ryan "Honus Honus" Kattner.

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Various Artists: Rave on Buddy Holly

This tribute collection of 19 covers of one of early rock's most influential pioneers features legends (Paul McCartney, Lou Reed), indie A-listers (Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, She & Him), and -- would you believe? -- Kid Rock.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Styrofoam Boots / It’s All Nice on Ice, Alright”

The Lonesome Crowded West ends on a note of comfortable abandon, with Isaac Brock momentarily shrugging off his existential questions for a well-deserved drink.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Bankrupt on Selling”

“Bankrupt on Selling” manages its melancholy with an expert hand, making it one of the most moving tracks on an album full of full-steam heartwrenchers.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - "Polar Opposites"

On "Polar Opposites", Isaac Brock and Modest Mouse turn frustration into energy, anthemizing listlessness in a way that only the best of rock ’n roll music can do.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Truckers Atlas”

If The Lonesome Crowded West is an album born of and fixated upon car culture, “Truckers Atlas” is the engine at the heart of it. Jack Kerouac, take a seat and learn something.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - "Shit Luck"

"Shit Luck" swings with both fists right away, the most focused burst of aggression on an album full of it.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - "Long Distance Drunk"

"Long Distance Drunk" may be the weakest track on The Lonesome Crowded West, but it proves its merit when taken on its own.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - "Out of Gas"

"Out of Gas" sees Modest Mouse writing the kind of track that would later bring them wider success and the ire of many critics and longtime fans: a pop song. For the record, it's a good thing.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - “Trailer Trash”

If The Lonesome Crowded West’s default mode is mouth-foaming anger, “Trailer Trash” is the wounded heart at the center of the album.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - "Cowboy Dan"

"Cowboy Dan" separates the believers from the unbelievers as Isaac Brock gives his Sermon on the Mount, a song of such devastating emotional power that you almost have to look away to catch your breath.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - "Doin' the Cockroach"

"Doin' the Cockroach" seethes with frustration, its bursts of violence finally exploding into one of the most satisfying and exhilarating moments in Modest Mouse's career.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - "Jesus Christ Was an Only Child"

"Jesus Christ Was an Only Child" has Isaac Brock indulging in his taste for roots music and Americana, providing an interesting digression in the flow of The Lonesome Crowded West.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - "Lounge (Closing Time)"

"Lounge (Closing Time)" finds Isaac Brock exploring the darker sides of romance and sex, coming up with a heady ambivalence that mirrors our own human experience.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - "Convenient Parking"

"Convenient Parking" embodies Isaac Brock's uniquely American fixation on the empty promises of the open road.

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Modest Mouse: Sad Sappy Sucker / The Fruit That Ate Itself

Modest Mouse reissue Sad Sappy Sucker and The Fruit That Ate Itself, both works that give an interesting glimpse into the band's early days -- and one definitely worth the time to listen.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - "Heart Cooks Brain"

"Heart Cooks Brain" gives us one of the most subtly heart-wrenching and realistic depictions of the working of depression ever committed to tape.

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A Long Drive: Modest Mouse - "Teeth Like God's Shoeshine"

Corey Beasley kicks off a new Between the Grooves series here at Sound Affects that takes a detailed look at indie rock group Modest Mouse's 1997 album The Lonesome Crowded West. In this first installment: "Teeth Like God's Shoeshine", a song of singular force that introduces Modest Mouse as a talent impossible to ignore.

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Pitchfork Music Festival: 16-18 July 2010 - Chicago

Despite a blistering heatwave and some sound issues, Pitchfork put on their most electrifying music festival yet.

Daniel Boczarski
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Modest Mouse: 18 July 2010 - Knoxville, TN

Most of the crowd was so involved in the idea that they were seeing Modest Mouse live that they didn't seem to give much of a damn about the sound quality. They were in the palm of Brock's hand the whole night.

Ryan Reed
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Modest Mouse: 16 November 2007 - Norman, OK

Yes, faithful friends, Isaac Brock is human, however much he strives to achieve the persona of a deft, but thoroughly imbibed, alien.

William Carl Ferleman
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Modest Mouse is modestly happy

"It's not fair to a record to go in married to one idea," he says. "You've got to keep it a little loose in case things want to develop in a different direction."

Brian McCollum
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Modest Mouse -- Part 3: We Still Have the Radio

In the final installment of PopMatters' immodest Mouse debate, Ryan S. Henriquez gets down to brass tacks, using a recent live show to examine the Good News and see if the ship's really sunk...

Ryan S. Henriquez
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Modest Mouse -- Part 2: Teeth Like God's Shoeshine

In section two of PopMatters' internal battle royale for critical supremacy, the gloves come off and the great debate begins... with a pox for foul-weather friends.

Ryan S. Henriquez
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Modest Mouse -- Part 1: I miss you when you're around

In section one of a three-part series chronicling recent chart topper Modest Mouse's rise and the fallout from their newfound flirtation with fame and fortune, PopMatters reexamines a pre-breakthrough concert bummer.

Brian Bartels
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Modest Mouse: We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank

Having attained mainstream success -- and arguably the world's most coveted guitarist -- Modest Mouse are back. Surprisingly, they sound like neither event ever happened.

Michael Franco
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Modest Mouse: 17 November 2006 - New York

What happens when people who love bad news get it?

Brian Bartels
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