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Brand New, Modest Mouse

When: Wed., July 6, 6:30 p.m. 2016

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6

MODEST MOUSE &

BRAND NEW

Last October, during the inaugural (only?) American Roots festival at Raleigh's Walnut Creek, Modest Mouse strode on stage at the appointed time, plowed through a joyless hour-long set that dutifully incorporated the hits, and returned immediately to the offstage shadows. At the end, Isaac Brock might have managed a thank-you, but as pleasantries and indulgences go, that was it. The set was an obligation, a job for a payday, devoid of the ardor and energy that long made Modest Mouse work. But last year's Strangers to Ourselves, the band's first album in eight years, was better and bolder than anyone may have expected, with strange acoustic fantasies and chiseled electric anthems coexisting in one wonderful (if sometimes vexing) space. Expect more of that enthusiasm from this headlining date, when Modest Mouse gets to play by its own rules and set lengths. The band splits the bill with Brand New, an act whose once-precious strain of hyperbolic, prog-shaped emo has only grown more efficient and immediate. Its recent "I Am a Nightmare" is one of the year's best rock songs, all tight and tense and sure to delight the residential quiet of Cary. —Grayson Haver Currin

KOKA BOOTH AMPHITHEATRE, CARY6:30 p.m., $40–$50, www.boothamphitheatre.com

Price: $40-$60

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