Modest Mouse at the Crystal Ballroom is becoming one of the longer-running and more dependable musical traditions in Portland. Something about it just works; obviously the band is comfortable there, and the room offers some intimacy for a group that regularly plays much bigger venues. I remember seeing them there back in January of 2000. They were a bit different then, sure—a four-piece with no number-one records and only a single drummer (the rolling, inimitable Jeremiah Green). That leaner lineup allowed tempos room to ebb and flow and launch exuberant improvisations. Even in recent years, though, with their more arena-ready ensemble, Modest Mouse's sets engage longtime fans, constantly shuffling the deep deck of their catalog. Speaking of which, the band's last album came out way back in 2007. They've been hard at work on the follow-up. So the question is: In their hometown, will they share some of the new stuff? ANDREW R TONRY
1332 W Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
Hours: Doors usually open an hour before show time.