Listen: Modest Mouse's Tour Mates

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Modest Mouse / Photo by Wendy Lynch
WRITTEN BY
Larry Fitzmaurice

Modest Mouse will hit the road this February on a 12-date U.S. tour -- and they'll be bringing frontman Isaac Brock's latest musical discovery, Mimicking Birds, along for the ride!

Brock, a former Sub Pop A&R man who discovered and signed Wolf Parade, recently inked Portland, OR, folkies Mimicking Birds to his record label, Glacial Pace. The two bands begin their tour February 22 in Oakland, CA, and hit cities along the West Coast and across the Midwest and Southern U.S. before closing at Miami, FL's Langerado Festival March 8. Guitarist Johnny Marr, who is currently busy recording with Brit punks the Cribs, will be replaced by Jim Fairchild of late, great indie-rock outfit Grandaddy. Marr, a Modest Mouse spokesperson confirms, is still in the band.

Mimicking Birds is headed by Nate Lacy, whose acoustic sound is similar to fellow Northwesterners Fleet Foxes. Lacy and his band -- guitarist Tim Skellenger and drummer Aaron Hanson -- are currently recording their Glacial Pace debut, expected to drop this spring. Until then, feast your ears on two new tracks off the upcoming album, "Burning Stars" and "The Loop."

Listen: Mimicking Birds, "Burning Stars"

Mimicking Birds, "The Loop"

Modest Mouse/Mimicking Birds tour dates:
2/22, Oakland, CA (Fox Theater)
2/23, Visalia, CA (The Fox Theatre)
2/24, Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Palladium)
2/25, Tempe, AZ (The Marquee)
2/26, Albuquerque, NM (Albuquerque Convention Center)
2/28, Boulder, CO (Balch Fieldhouse)
3/2, Kansas City, MO (Uptown Theater)
3/3, Oklahoma City, OK (Diamond Ballroom)
3/4, Austin, TX (Stubb's)
3/5, Oxford, MS (The Lyric Oxford)
3/7, Atlanta, GA (The Tabernacle)
3/8, Fort Lauderdale, FL (Revolution)
3/9, Lake Buena Vista, FL (House of Blues)
3/10, Myrtle Beach, SC (House of Blues)
3/11, Raleigh, NC (Disco Rodeo)
3/12, Baltimore, MD (Ram's Head Live)
3/13, Washington DC (9:30 Club)
3/14, Philadelphia, PA (Electric Factory)
3/15, New York, NY (Terminal 5)

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