Modest Mouse playing three New York area shows in August

Indie rock giants Modest Mouse – famous for their enduring alternative smash “Float On” – will arrive in our area in early August for three dates. The Isaac Brock-steered, Issaquah, Washington-bred outfit will play The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on Aug. 5 and The Starland Ballroom in Sayreville on Aug. 7 before headlining Forest Hills Stadium on Aug. 9 with Long Island prominent alt rockers Brand New as part of an extensive summer 2014 tour.

Although the members of Modest Mouse haven’t released an album since 2007’s chart-topping We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank? and their last official release – the EP No One’s First, And You’re Next – came in ’09, the band has kept an active touring schedule in 2014 and has been firing off forceful new material like “Pistol” and the buoyant “Sugar Boats” during recent gigs. Brock and his bandmates tend to change up each show, thriving on unpredictability, which means you’re less likely to hear their aforementioned big hit and its follow-up “Ocean Breathes Salty” than you are, say, other Good News For People Who Love Bad News numbers like “Bukowski” and “The Good Times Are Killing Me.”

This may alienate passive fans and curiosity seekers, but devout followers will surely revel in guessing whether “Cowboy Dan,” from The Lonesome Crowded West or “Dark Center of the Universe” from The Moon & Antarctica – songs from Modest Mouse’s twenty year history – might make the night’s set. And until Brock decides to bless his loyalists with a proper studio offering, this sort of conversation will have to suffice.

Mimicking Birds, a likable, electronic folk act from Portland, Ore. fronted by Nate Lacy open the first two shows. The band is out on the road promoting their latest album, Eons, which balances upbeat rocking numbers like “Spent Winter” with shimmering atmospheric tracks such as “Bloodlines.” The group – which releases its records through Brock’s label Glacial Pace – has been compared to everyone from Bon Iver and The Shins to Sigur Ros and Tom Petty.