Win Tickets ($90): Modest Mouse @ Pioneer Courthouse Square | Rock, w/ Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (Saturday)

We are giving away a pair of tickets to each night of Modest Mouse @ Pioneer Courthouse Square on August 19-20. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed August 15.



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From our sponsors:
Modest Mouse
w/ Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (Saturday Only)
August 19-20, 2022
Doors 5PM, Show 6PM | $45 | All Ages
More info: pdx-live.com

Pioneer Courthouse Square
701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

Over the past quarter century, Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock has served as indie rock’s resident backwoods philosopher, pondering his infinitesimal place in the world at large and seeking balance in a universe governed by polar opposites. On Modest Mouse’s earliest records, he was surveying the changes in the world’s physical landscape from the windows of the tour van, lamenting the displacement of natural beauty with big-box blights. The Golden Casket, the band’s seventh-studio album, is exploring the degradation of America’s psychic landscape through the glass of the smartphone screen. Throughout the record, you’ll pick up on all sorts of references to cellular devices, hashtags,computers, texting, and online dating culture. But this is no typical Luddite’s manifesto decrying iPhone addiction, disinformation overload, or how social media is destroying political discourse.

The album is, however, very interested in the invisible technology that’s allowed all of that to happen: the cellular signals, radio frequencies, and WiFi waves that are likely beaming through your body as you read this.“Everything is giving off a frequency,” Isaac observes.“Everything is vibrating whether you know it or not. We’re swimming in some crazy shit rightnow—it isn’t visible, but it’s real. I think everyone’s minds are getting a little scrambled right now. And I feel it every fucking day.”That sensation finds its most vivid, visceral manifestation

The Golden Casket’s stunning centerpiece track, “Transmitting Receiving,” where Isaac rifles through a never-ending list of consumer products, animals, and geographic phenomena like an auctioneer being broadcast through a de-tuned radio, before a competing vocal track cuts through with a beaming chorus line—”nothing in this world’s going to petrify me”—that finds the serenity in cacophony. Many of these songs can likewise be seen as attempts to coax peace from paranoia.

You can hear it in the moment the apocalyptic blues of “Wooden Soldiers”dissolves into a blissfully existential coda mantra (”just being here now is enough for me”) that was inspired by the ceremonial burning of hallucinogenic African tree bark, or in the off-kilter yet heart-swelling lullaby “Lace Your Shoes,” a.k.a. Isaac’s inaugural entry into the dad-core canon. “When we started putting this record together, I didn’t know how to really sing about anything except my kids,” he admits. “And so I was like, ‘I should just write a fucking song about the thing that is most important to me.’ It’s a weird thing to do, because cheap sentimentality isn’t really something I’m overly comfortable with, you know?”

However, in his hands, “Lace Your Shoes” is no mere lovey-dovey ode to his little ones, but a protective embrace from the cruel world they’ll inevitably inherit. Even at its most urgent and aggressive,The Golden Casketis always looking for the light, as Isaac couches the spiteful sentiments for the playful“Never Fuck a Spider on the Fly” while steering the seething post-punk propulsion of “Japanese Tree” into a blissfully escapist chorus.“That song was written over the course of a long time,”Isaac says, “so whoever I’m lashing out at in that song has been multiple different organizations,people, and situations. That’s the way a lot of the songs are: one way, it’s like this; and then you change the perspective, it’s still the same song, but with a different winner.”

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  1. Jackie on August 1, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    I would love to see Modest Mouse and have Aug. 20th free. I rarely get to see concerts because of my schedule at Randall Children’s Hospital but that day is scheduled off. Would love to hear “Float On” which is my favorite by them. Thanks for giving me the chance to go.

    • Mouse Lover on August 1, 2022 at 11:05 pm

      🐭🫶🏼👋🏻

  2. Victoria on August 1, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    I’ve loved Modest Mouse since I was 16 years old. They’ve only gotten better with the years. Got me through some tough times! 💙

  3. Mike on August 2, 2022 at 9:59 am

    I had tickets to see Modest Mouse at MusicFestNW in 2015 but was called away to fight wildfires. Winning these tickets would definitely make up for missing that show.

  4. Tiana Monk on August 2, 2022 at 12:49 pm

    Yessssss Modest Mouse!! And love RBCF ♥️♥️

  5. AT on August 2, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    Anyone willing to go to this venue deserves free tickets… and I’m just the person to risk my life to see Modest Mouse!

    • TBZ on August 2, 2022 at 2:43 pm

      I would love tickets to see Modest Mouse! Tickets prices these days makes it difficult to anymore.

  6. AJ on August 2, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    I remember first learning about Modest Mouse in high school. This would be a nostalgic evening of good tunes and time together for my partner and me.

  7. Michael K on August 2, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    Never seen them live but a longtime fan!

    • Mandy Katon-Frost on August 2, 2022 at 2:07 pm

      Ahh, would love to see MM live!

    • Robert Gronotte on August 5, 2022 at 9:53 am

      Pick me for either night!

  8. Lauren on August 2, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    A chance to see Modest Mouse… LIVE “This is Good News for People Who Love bad”

    Love MM

  9. Peter on August 2, 2022 at 1:01 pm

    Would love to see them! It’s been years!

  10. Gina on August 2, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    Been a fan of Modest Mouse forever and have yet to see them live!

  11. Sam on August 2, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    Pioneer square is such a great venue!

  12. Brent H on August 2, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    My 14-year-old daughter would love to see Modest Mouse.

  13. Orest on August 2, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    I like good music and dancing. I would really like to attend this concert!

  14. Brian on August 2, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    I had tickets to the Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever show at Rev Hall but it got cancelled so they could open for MM. What an incredible opportunity to see one of my new favorite bands open for one of my all time favorites! I would LOVE to see this show

  15. Samantha on August 2, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    Haven’t seen MM in years! Really wanted to go to Edgefield last year but I was worried about Covid. Now that my three year old is protected I feel safer going out. Pick me! Pick me!

  16. Brad on August 2, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    Modest Mouse!!! I’ve been a huge fan since I was just a young buck driving a piece of crap car at 16, hoping my “ Good News For People Who Love Bad News” cd wouldn’t skip too much on the way to pick up my girlfriend with braces. Now I’m all grown up and STILL love Modest Mouse and can see them in PDX!?!?! Yesssssir….

  17. Lauryn on August 2, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    They were my fav in high school, would be amazing to see in concert.

  18. Dan on August 2, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    Would love these. Don’t want to be a Sad sappy sucker.

  19. Alice on August 2, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    Been a fan since college radio days but haven’t seen them in years! Tix prices don’t fit into our fixed budget these days so might just hang out on nearby streets if we don’t win. 😉

  20. Doug on August 2, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    REALLY want to see the Blackouts!! I hear the other band is good, too!

  21. Nicole SmithRyan on August 2, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    All 3 bands are a real pioneer, would love to blaze the trail to this show!!

  22. Tim on August 2, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    I had tickets to see them the last time they played Moda Center but fell ill and missed the show. I would love the chance to see them again and free tickets gives me some extra cash for food and drink at the concert

  23. Christina on August 2, 2022 at 5:25 pm

    Mental Health Revival 👾

  24. Robin on August 2, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Fun times!

  25. Mark on August 2, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Well all float on all right!

  26. Natasha on August 2, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Pick me

  27. Shen on August 2, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    My husband and I saw MM years ago. It would be great to revisit the band!

  28. Michelle on August 2, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Modest Mouse is a band I have never seen basically because I work too much but I just happen to have this weekend off and would love to attend this concert

  29. Sheena on August 2, 2022 at 10:30 pm

    I love Modest Mouse, and I’d love a chance to see them live. Please pick me!

  30. Maddie on August 3, 2022 at 5:21 am

    One of my favorite bands! I’m pregnant and need joy in my life. Would love to go!

  31. Leigh on August 3, 2022 at 9:59 am

    I love modest mouse, this show would be so much fun!

  32. Ashley on August 3, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    My boyfriends birthday is that weekend and I would love to surprise him with tickets to Modest Mouse. Getting in for free would leave me some cash for food and merch. for us as well.

  33. Madison S on August 3, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    I have been wanting to check out the new stage, and go to a concert post Covid. Would looove to go see Modest Mouse!

  34. Shadow Rose on August 3, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    MODEST MOUSE!!

  35. Reannin Crane on August 3, 2022 at 3:40 pm

    I love Modest Mouse and would love the opportunity to see them live for the very first time!

  36. Eric on August 3, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    Pick me! I’d love to see Modest Mouse.

  37. Terri on August 3, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    I’m 50..and life starts now! I’d love a night of music and people..

  38. Kimberly Grassnickle on August 3, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    My husband I love Modest Mouse and could use a night out enjoying the music.

  39. [email protected] on August 3, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    I need this to make my life complete

  40. Billy Bob Fuckup on August 3, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    I got so drunk last time I passed out and missed the show.

  41. Lisa Kendall on August 3, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    We’ll all float on invisible technology-

  42. Kirstin on August 3, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    Two nights of Modest Mouse at Pioneer Square on a nice summer evening. Sounds great to me. My sister will be in town from Medford that weekend and I would love to win and take her.

  43. Shannon L on August 4, 2022 at 7:57 am

    I’m having a rough year and haven’t gotten out much. It would be lovely to set some things aside and just sink into some rad Modest Mouse music. 😊

  44. Dian on August 4, 2022 at 10:26 am

    Oh man, Modest Mouse at Pioneer Square sounds fun! Maybe you’ll pick me? 🙂

  45. Jessica F on August 4, 2022 at 1:45 pm

    I would love to see Modest Mouse play on their hometurf at Portland’s newest venue!

  46. Teena Winski on August 4, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    I’m not going to be Modest or Mousy and just beg for free tickets.

  47. Mike on August 4, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    I love concerts and have never seen a show at Pioneer Square. Money is tight right now but free tickets would be awesome and I would take my friend from high school who loves Modest Mouse.

  48. Elfina Alongi on August 4, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    Crossing my paws to see them- long time fan

  49. Jennifer on August 4, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    This looks like a lot of fun!

  50. Paul Czarkowski on August 6, 2022 at 5:51 am

    I love how portland is playing music outside near my Hilton Hotel . Good to see people enjoying life and the music is really good thank you

  51. Tamara Colpitts on August 6, 2022 at 6:36 am

    We’d love to get to finally see them. Times are tough financially. What a great thing you are doing for people by giving tickets away. So freaking awesome!!!!!

  52. Casey on August 6, 2022 at 9:11 am

    Pick me.

  53. Claire on August 7, 2022 at 4:07 am

    Yes please 🫶🏻

  54. Stasha on August 7, 2022 at 2:27 pm

    I would love to go, it would make a super special date night for my musician husband on our tight budget

  55. Madeline Nico on August 8, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    who wouldn’t want to see Modest Mouse downtown Portland?!

  56. Kaeli Plaks on August 8, 2022 at 3:44 pm

    I love, love, love, love, love, love, love, L-O-V-E MODEST MOUSE!!!!! Fingers crossed a thousand plus one times and I hope I get to see them at the Square!!!!

  57. Molli Taylor on August 9, 2022 at 8:32 am

    seeing modest mouse would be a dream come true for me and my sweetie

  58. Camille Saenz on August 9, 2022 at 8:44 am

    These would be an awesome lil throwback

  59. Kim on August 9, 2022 at 10:43 am

    I only have Saturdays off from work so I would love a pair for Aug. 20th. Modest Mouse live on a nice summers night at Pioneer Square would be something special for my coworker and I.

  60. Vincenzo Balistreri on August 9, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    MM is suuuuchhh a jam and I’ve never seen them live!

  61. Heidi on August 9, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    I’d love to take my daughter to this show!

  62. Jason on August 9, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    I would love to see Modest Mouse and am a huge fan of the opener, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. Hope I am the lucky one!

  63. Jason on August 9, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    I’d like to see Modest Mouse live.

  64. Amber capwell on August 9, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    I would love to attend this event!!!

  65. Cory on August 9, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    Eek

  66. melanie on August 9, 2022 at 4:50 pm

    omg i loveddd modest mouse growing up

  67. Sheena on August 9, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    i would love to see modest mouse live. please pick me!

  68. Hans Tas on August 9, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Would love to see them!

  69. Brenda on August 9, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    Modest Mouse!! Yes please!

  70. Pepper Varga on August 10, 2022 at 2:12 pm

    I’d love to go!

  71. Julie on August 10, 2022 at 3:26 pm

    I’d love to go and bring my best friend, our first concert together was Modest Mouse at Edgefield in 2011! Thanks for considering. 🙂

  72. YB on August 11, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    My bf loves modest mouse!

  73. Richard Potts on August 11, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    MOUSE RULES!!

    • Brian on August 11, 2022 at 2:43 pm

      Sounds hella fun. Don’t drink and drive.

  74. Sarah R on August 11, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    I would love, love, love to be at Portland’s living room with Modest Mouse. I have a long time covid friend that needs to get out and enjoy an evening. She hasn’t been to an event in over two years. Please pick me!

  75. Holly on August 11, 2022 at 4:50 pm

    My husband’s favorite band. Would love to treat him to a special night!

  76. Adam on August 12, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    I promise to give Issac a ride home in the morning after the party this time…

  77. Sunny Lewis on August 12, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    MOdest MOuse 🐭 in PDX livinG rOOM!!

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