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April 20, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
With its wild, discordant sound and bizarre song structure, Modest Mouse is one of the most unlikely superstar rock bands of modern times. Similarly, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the grungy pop rock band helmed by the unstoppable Karen O, seems like a band you might come across at a local underground rock club. Which is why it's so remarkable to see both on the mainstage at Coachella this year. It's not that either band recently broke out. They both have had massive hits and have accumulated a worldwide fan base.
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April 20, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
With its wild, discordant sound and bizarre song structure, Modest Mouse is one of the most unlikely superstar rock bands of modern times. Similarly, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the grungy pop rock band helmed by the unstoppable Karen O, seems like a band you might come across at a local underground rock club. Which is why it's so remarkable to see both on the mainstage at Coachella this year. It's not that either band recently broke out. They both have had massive hits and have accumulated a worldwide fan base.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2004 | Richard Cromelin
Modest Mouse, the veteran alternative rock band that made a commercial breakthrough with the single "Float On" this year, has been named as curator of the third annual All Tomorrow's Parties music festival, which will be Nov. 6 and 7 at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Modest Mouse, which will headline the first night, will be the primary programmer of the festival, which has established a reputation as an eclectic, cutting-edge showcase.
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April 13, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
INDIO -- The primary story out of Coachella in 2012 was dance music, the handiwork of oxygen-gobbling sets by superstar DJs such as David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia. And electronic beats are definitely a part of the mix at this year's festival. Witness the addition of a brand-new dance-music tent, Yuma, and the expansion of the Sahara, where Moby and Benny Benassi are scheduled to perform Saturday. But on Coachella's flagship main stage Friday night, guitars made a comeback in the music of Modest Mouse and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, scrappy indie-rock bands gone big. And they figured prominently in performances by the evening's headliners, beat-friendly Brit-pop giants Blur and the Stone Roses.
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May 23, 1998 | SARA SCRIBNER
The indie-rock world's latest success story, Modest Mouse has risen from the Seattle suburbs and won sweeping accolades for its prickly, intimate and sprawling 1997 album, "The Lonesome Crowded West." Playing Thursday at the Hollywood Athletic Club, the band that recently snagged the No. 4 spot in Spin magazine's "10 to Watch" annual alternative-music roundup revealed why it is considered a hot young contender.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2000 | STEVE APPLEFORD
There are two ways to hear Modest Mouse. On the Washington state band's newest album, "The Moon & Antarctica," the music is bathed under haunting effects and lots of acoustic guitars, crafting an edgy sound of delicacy and restraint. But the Modest Mouse on display at El Rey Theatre on Thursday was something else entirely: loud, manic and equally compelling. Singer Isaac Brock wielded his guitar with raw, bristling force, building subversive melodies with ragged, fluid riffs.
NEWS
March 18, 2004 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
The death of a close friend conjures a spectrum of emotion -- sorrow, anger, disbelief. Multiply those feelings by two and you have the inspiration for "Good News for People Who Love Bad News," the latest record from Northwest indie-rock trio Modest Mouse. Shortly before heading into the studio, singer/guitarist Isaac Brock was devastated by the deaths of "a couple of the most important people in my life," he said.
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November 7, 2006 | Eric Ducker, Special to The Times
It was hard to believe it was actually going to happen, but there he was. On the far left of the Avalon's stage in Hollywood on Sunday stood guitarist Johnny Marr, the co-founder and co-visionary behind the miserably romantic British rock group the Smiths, four microphones down from Isaac Brock, the talented frontman of Modest Mouse who has come to embody the American indie-rock dirtbag.
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February 25, 1998 | LAUREN VIERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Last year's tell-tale breakups of Seattle bands Alice in Chains and Soundgarden--and Pearl Jam's recent exploration of musically toned-down alternatives--finalized closure on the grunge movement that dominated American rock following Nirvana's breakthrough in 1989. But just when it seemed safe to write off the Northwest music scene as an early-'90s fluke, enter the new generation of regional pop. It's not electronica, it's not ska and, best of all, it's not grunge.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2009 | Associated Press
The music video Heath Ledger directed for "King Rat" by Modest Mouse debuted online Tuesday. The six-minute animated video is both whimsical and dark, showing whales and dolphins aboard a ship, fishing for humans in the water. It concludes with a message in white letters on a black screen: "This began with our friend, a great defender of life, and was completed in his spirit." Ledger was 28 when he died last year. Modest Mouse announced in March that it would release the video "in honor of Heath's last piece of work as a director," according to spokeswoman Lisa Markowitz.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2011
JAZZ Jane Monheit Since being named runner-up in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition at just 20 years old in 1998, Monheit has been a favorite on the jazz vocal scene on par with Diana Krall. Armed with her 2010 album, "Home," which marked a return to more traditional jazz vocal arrangements, Monheit returns to L.A. for a festive run of shows that includes a New Year's Eve performance. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m. Sat. 7:30 p.m. Sun. $25-75.
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December 29, 2011
The Mexican electro band Kinky plays its signature Latin-rock-funk-techno blend for this pre-New Year's Eve celebration. The quintet has earned an international following touring with Modest Mouse, the Flaming Lips and De La Soul and playing festivals including Mexico City's Vive Latino and Austin City Limits. The Conga Room, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $35-$65. (213) 745-0162. http://www.congaroom.com
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2010
COMEDY MTV Fall Comedy Showcase Grace Parra and Paul Wright present the MTV Fall Comedy Showcase at the Laugh Factory's Hollywood location. The show will feature Geoff Keith, Julia Lillis, the Wait List, Peet Guercio, Jason Farone and Eric Patrick, with Ali Wong headlining. The nation's fascination with the coupling of music and television appears to be fading ? Glee's time slot dominance notwithstanding ? but whether the MTV-produced comedy show really represents the network's attempt to diversify, the lineup speaks for itself.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2009 | Associated Press
The music video Heath Ledger directed for "King Rat" by Modest Mouse debuted online Tuesday. The six-minute animated video is both whimsical and dark, showing whales and dolphins aboard a ship, fishing for humans in the water. It concludes with a message in white letters on a black screen: "This began with our friend, a great defender of life, and was completed in his spirit." Ledger was 28 when he died last year. Modest Mouse announced in March that it would release the video "in honor of Heath's last piece of work as a director," according to spokeswoman Lisa Markowitz.
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March 19, 2009 | Associated Press
A Modest Mouse music video directed by the late Heath Ledger is set for release this year. A spokeswoman for the band says Ledger directed an animated video for "King Rat," a track off the band's 2007 album, "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank." Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock collaborated with Ledger on the video's concept, Lisa Markowitz says, adding that Brock "is supporting the completion of the video in honor of Heath's last piece of work as a director."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2008 | Ann Powers, Times Pop Music Critic
Summer IS a time for family gatherings, as celebrating lifelong ties combines with avoiding nosy Uncle Steve's questions at the barbecue. That same familial feeling can extend to seeing live music, especially this season. Grown-up college rockers can see how R.E.M.'s legacy trickled down at the Hollywood Bowl on May 29, when the band shares a bill with 1990s inheritors Modest Mouse and even younger scions the National. And hip-hop fans can celebrate the longtime bond between chanteuse Erykah Badu and the Roots, June 12 at the Greek Theatre.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2011
The Mexican electro band Kinky plays its signature Latin-rock-funk-techno blend for this pre-New Year's Eve celebration. The quintet has earned an international following touring with Modest Mouse, the Flaming Lips and De La Soul and playing festivals including Mexico City's Vive Latino and Austin City Limits. The Conga Room, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $35-$65. (213) 745-0162. http://www.congaroom.com
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
INDIO -- The primary story out of Coachella in 2012 was dance music, the handiwork of oxygen-gobbling sets by superstar DJs such as David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia. And electronic beats are definitely a part of the mix at this year's festival. Witness the addition of a brand-new dance-music tent, Yuma, and the expansion of the Sahara, where Moby and Benny Benassi are scheduled to perform Saturday. But on Coachella's flagship main stage Friday night, guitars made a comeback in the music of Modest Mouse and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, scrappy indie-rock bands gone big. And they figured prominently in performances by the evening's headliners, beat-friendly Brit-pop giants Blur and the Stone Roses.
NEWS
March 29, 2007 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
THERE'S new blood rushing to the head of the national album sales chart, led by Modest Mouse's first No. 1 album, "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank," which claimed the top spot Wednesday with first-week sales of 129,000 copies. The Washington state rock group recently expanded its lineup, bringing Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr aboard, and uses the sea as a metaphor for navigating life's turbulent waters in many of the album's songs.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 2006 | Eric Ducker, Special to The Times
It was hard to believe it was actually going to happen, but there he was. On the far left of the Avalon's stage in Hollywood on Sunday stood guitarist Johnny Marr, the co-founder and co-visionary behind the miserably romantic British rock group the Smiths, four microphones down from Isaac Brock, the talented frontman of Modest Mouse who has come to embody the American indie-rock dirtbag.
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