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December 6, 2022

The Lonesome Crowded West

By: Laurie Gallardo

Modest Mouse at ACL Fest 2021. Photography by Renee Dominguez for KUTX.

Hardcore Modest Mouse fans, you might roll your eyes but please bear with your AMM host. It’s the truth: There’s catchy, and then there’s the way Modest Mouse does it. Like those first riffs of “Float On” from Good News for People Who Love Bad News (2004), all the way on up to the banger that’s “We Are Between” from 2021’s The Golden Casket. Songwriter/vocalist Isaac Brock owns it like the badass poet he is.

The Moon and Antartica (2000) is a critics’ favorite for sure, but there’s no denying the power and continued relevance of The Lonesome Crowded West (1997), Brock’s damning portrait of the exploited American landscape – a wasteland of closed strip malls being replaced by even more strip malls, natural beauty reduced to something more barren and clinging to existence. But at the core is the desolation of the people, or what Brock has described as the “dehumanization” of America.

The album will be performed in its entirety when Modest Mouse plays tonight, Monday Dec. 5, at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. Doors at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. with Portland, OR electro-experimental band Mattress.


October 30, 2023


Genesis Owusu returns to Austin to perform tomorrow night at Empire Garage.


October 28, 2023

LEVITATION: Saturday and Sunday

AMM picks for LEVITATION weekend, including Amyl & The Sniffers, Durand Jones, Altin Gün and more.


October 27, 2023

LEVITATION: Friday & Saturday

The AMM’s LEVITATION 2023 picks for Fri/Sat, including Alan Palomo, Allah-Las, Queen Serene and more.


October 26, 2023

So Very Curious, Indeed

A Curious Mix of People book launch reunion show, Saturday at The Parlor on Guadalupe.


October 25, 2023

Friday at Radio East

Black Live Music Fund & Radio East present a DAWA benefit with Latasha Lee and Blakchyl.


October 24, 2023

The Returner

Allison Russell brings The Returner Tour to 3Ten tomorrow night.


October 23, 2023

Haunt Me and Dark Shadows

Cover your neck. Or don’t. It’s the Goth Gala tonight at Sagebrush, with Haunt Me, and a screening of the original ‘House of Dark Shadows.’


October 21, 2023

Bienvenido al Laboratorio

Carrie Rodriguez’ LABORATORIO at Stateside on Sunday, with Angélica Garcia & Cat Cardenas.